In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, TV shows, video games, etc. while also highlighting various Comic Book Cosplay (one female and one male). A really quiet week for news. Let’s begin:
“Dear Batwoman readers – From the moment DC asked us to write Batwoman — a dream project for both of us — we were committed to the unofficial tagline ‘No Status Quo.’ We felt that the series and characters should always be moving forward, to keep changing and evolving. In order to live up to our mantra and ensure that each arc took Batwoman in new directions, we carefully planned plotlines and story beats for at least the first five arcs well before we ever wrote a single issue. We’ve been executing on that plan ever since, making changes whenever we’ve come up with a better idea, but in general remaining consistent to our core vision.
Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.
We’ve always understood that, as much as we love the character, Batwoman ultimately belongs to DC. However, the eleventh-hour nature of these changes left us frustrated and angry — because they prevent us from telling the best stories we can. So, after a lot of soul-searching, we’ve decided to leave the book after Issue 26.
We’re both heartbroken over leaving, but we feel strongly that you all deserve stories that push the character and the series forward. We can’t reliably do our best work if our plans are scrapped at the last minute, so we’re stepping aside. We are committed to bringing our run to a satisfying conclusion and we think that Issue 26 will leave a lasting impression.
We are extremely thankful for the opportunity to work on Batwoman. It’s been one of the most challenging and rewarding projects of our careers. We’ll always be grateful to everyone who helped us realize 26 issues: Mike Siglain, who brought us onto the project originally; Greg Rucka for inspirationally setting the stage; our amazing artists Amy Reeder, Trevor McCarthy, Pere Perez, Rob Hunter, Walden Wong, Sandu Florea, Richard Friend, Francesco Francavilla, Guy Major, Dave Stewart, and Todd Klein; Larry Ganem, for listening in tough times; and editors Mike Marts, Harvey Richards, Rickey Purdin, and Darren Shan.
And most of all, a huge thank you to everyone who read the book. Hearing your voices, your reactions, your enthusiasm every month was such a joy, so humbling, so rewarding. You guys rock! Because so many of you embraced the series, we were able to complete four arcs, and your passion for Batwoman encouraged us to push ourselves to do our best work with each and every issue.
Thank you for loving Batwoman as much as we do. Goodbye for now, – Haden & J H”
With their last issue being #26 we only have three issues left before their grand exit. Yet another case where DC is coming into conflict with their creative teams, a problem that is becoming more and more frequent. What is going on there? Why cancel the wedding? But more importantly who could hope to live up those awesome covers that J.H. brought to us month in and month out? I am severely disappointed as are many fans of the series.
Arrow Season 2: The Wall & The FlashFirst we learned that Amanda Waller was coming to Arrow when the CW revealed that episode six “will see the introduction of recurring character Amanda Waller who is an agent of A.R.G.U.S. who sends out a team to kidnap Diggle.” Then we got some casting: Cynthia Addai-Robinson who apparently was in Spartacus: War of the Damned which was a series that already has some representation in the form of Manu Bennett (Slade Wilson). While I would have liked to see classic Waller on the show I knew deep down that they would employ the skinnier new 52 version. Lastly, Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed when we should expect some Flash news: “We’ll have to have somebody by Sept. 30, which is when we start shooting his first episode. So there is that timeline. But it’s been a really exciting process just getting to meet so many fantastic actors and seeing the enthusiasm that so many people around town have for the character. It’s just amazing — I have pictures of myself at age 4 holding a Flash and a Superman doll. That I’m sitting here writing the Flash and Green Arrow now, it’s more than my little nerd heart can bear sometimes.” Who could it be?
(#1) Catwoman #23 which featured the first appearance of new character, Joker’s Daughter, is already having sales of between $10-$12 with some even jumping as high as $15. This momentum from her debut is seeing advance copies of her Villain’s Month issue coming in at the $15-$16 dollar range as well. Joker’s Daughter looks to be in high demand, that’s for sure.
There was no notable non-movie or non-TV news from Marvel this week,
(#1) Bryan Cranston was addressing those Lex Luthor casting rumors recently: “This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.” Is he telling the truth or is it just a clever deception on his part?
(#2) Latino Review has revealed that Zack Snyder is actively looking for a female actress to play Batman’s love interest in the Superman VS Batman movie: “They’re looking for someone in their late 20s and are open to all ethnicities… and are looking for an actress who is both tall and possesses physicality.” As for her identity, that is a looming question. How cool would it be if it was Diana Prince though…?
(#3) Bradley Cooper has officially agreed to voice Rocket Raccoon in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Very cool as the notable names just keep on coming to this movie.
(#4) Marvel also cast James Spader to voice Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. An inspired choice in my opinion and one that shockingly didn’t get a lot of attention when it occurred.
And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!