WB and DC Comics Announce Movie Slate Through 2020
Oct 2014 15

DC Movie Slate

 

No need to bury the lead folks.  There you have it,  the DC Cinematic Universe has been set.  At a shareholder meeting today, Kevin Tsujihara (CEO of Warner Brothers) made the blockbuster announcement.  Not only will Zack Snyder’s Justice League be broken up into two movies, but we will also get a stand alone Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) movie in 2017.

In 2018, The Flash and Aquaman will also make their big screen debut. We know that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) is playing Aquman and  will have a small part in BvS, but to what extent is still unknown.  With The Flash, it was also announced today that Ezra Miller (Perks of Being a Wallflower) will be The Flash.  What a version of the character (Barry Allen, Wally West, or Bart West) is still unknown.  Miller and Mamoa will be in both Justice League films as well. I still don’t understand the thought process behind having two version of The Flash (TV and Cinematic).  That’s an odd mindset.

Moving on to 2019, Shazam already has it’s villain/anti-hero cast.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was announced a couple of months as Black Adam.  No other news or casting has been announced yet.  The second flick for that year is the second part of Justice League.

2020 is an interesting one.  The two movies on the slate are Cyborg and Green Lantern.  I’ve yet to figure out the push behind Cyborg.  I know Geoff Johns loves the character.  So much so that he added him to the main roster during his New 52 relaunch of the Justice League. To me, he’s always been a character that works in a team setting (Teen Titans or Justice League), but he’s always been kind of one dimensional. The other big flick is the reboot of Green Lantern. I think the 9 year gap between the last movie and this one is a good thing.  We will never be able to forget the complete misfire of the 2011 version, but hopefully with wound won’t be quite so fresh.  Again, no word on which version of the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, or Kyle Rayner) will appear on screen.  I can only assume Cyborg and Green Lantern will debut in the Justice League.

What I find interesting is that there is no Superman or Batman solo flicks on the slate.  That doesn’t mean the movies aren’t coming and I’m sure they’re working on something. I just found it strange that they didn’t announce anything.  The other question I have is why the Suicide Squad?  It’s a third tier book at the most.  That was an odd choice.

Overall, it’s pretty exciting to see the DCCU take shape.  Now we only have to wait 2 more years…….

Marvel Announces New “Miracleman” From Morrison & Quesada
Sep 2014 04

Over the past year, Marvel has been releasing reprints of Miracleman (every issue has been out of print for the past 20 years) from British publisher Eclipse Comics. The book was written by Alan Moore and featured art from Alan Davis, Garry Leech, Chuck Austin, Rick Veitch, and John Totleben. Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham would pick the book as well.  The character has been involved in a decades long legal battle over who really owns the rights. At last years Comic Con, Marvel announced that they finally had the rights to issues and they would begin to republish the single issues in their original form.

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The Long Box – Casting Call: “Batman: Under the Hood”
Aug 2014 22

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With the recent rumors about the plot of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, I decided to take a look at one of my favorite Batman stories from the last 10 years.

The Bat-Franchise is one of Warner Brothers most lucrative properties.  The advantage of having Ben Affleck make his debut in a non solo Batman movie is that the character will be established in this film.  The door is wide open for a stand alone movie next. Why not start with a story about what happened to the second Robin, Jason Todd?

The current rumor is that there is a tattered Robin costume on display in the Batcave. The fanboys out there  know that Bruce kept the destroyed costume of Jason Todd (the 2nd Robin).  Jason was murdered by the Joker in the epic story line “Death in the Family”.

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Massive Character Changes at Marvel Comics
Jul 2014 19

Ever since the “Marvel Now” initiative went into effect, The House of Ideas has been taking risk after risk with some of their most popular characters.  They “killed” Peter Parker and replaced him with Otto Octavius, stripped Wolverine of his healing factor, brought the original 1960’s X-Men into the present time, and even did a Battle Royal style book featuring “C” and “D” list characters (Avengers Arena).  Keeping with the recent tradition, Marvel has made some pretty massive announcements over the last week.

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The Longbox: Has Marvel Comics Neutered Wolverine?
Jun 2014 04

 

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What has happened to Marvel’s resident bad boy?  Remember the days when Wolverine would go into a bar, get drunk, fight some ninjas, and then sleep with the waitress?  Those days are over my friends. Everyone’s favorite Canuck is now the headmaster of the Jean Grey School, he’s lost his healing factor, and Marvel has decided to kill him off.  The question I ask you is this: Why?  Wolverine is arguably the most popular character in comics today.  Why mess with it?  Who’s to blame?  Is there any way to save Logan’s balls?  I will try to answer those questions and give you some recommendations for great Wolverine stories.

 

 

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