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Would You Have Bought Gail Simone’s Deathstroke?

Would You Have Bought Gail Simone’s Deathstroke? | Comic Books | Scoop.it

As we were preparing yesterday’s story concerning rumours Gail Simone leaving Batgirl, and other DC creative changes, Gail was fueling them on Twitter. Such as this conversation.


"

@GailSimone
Deathstroke is a nerd.


@RoseTintedVisor
@GailSimone DEATHSTROKE IS AWESOME.


@GailSimone
@RoseTintedVisor He's nerdy.


RoseTintedVisor
@GailSimone isnt he great tho?


@GailSimone
@RoseTintedVisor Yep, I was supposed to take over his book until a couple weeks ago

"


Gail is often painted as a pastel-shaded, whimsical writer, a family-friendly creator who likes to go for the joke rather than the jugular. A female version of Peter David – or rather the way Peter David is also portrayed. But it’s not true of either of them. Gail has some seriously hardcore books under her sleeves from Rose And Thorn to plenty of Secret Six and much of her work is not for the faint of heart. Hell, I’ve recommended that Avatar approach her for Crossed when her DC contract is up (which is, like, any day now). Deathstroke might have been a step in that direction.

The tweet does also speak to the general headless chicken running around in parts of DC editorial, with decisions made and approved, then suddenly reversed.

It also begs the question, if not Deathstroke, then what? And has anyone told current Deathstroke writer, Justin Jordan?

But if she’s not writing Deathstroke.

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Will Gail Simone Leave Batgirl? DC Creative Changes In The Next Few Months

Will Gail Simone Leave Batgirl? DC Creative Changes In The Next Few Months | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Just as I was about to run the story about the Villains Month at DC Comics yesterday, I received an e-mail from an anonymous source that not only backed up everything I’d heard from good sources about that project but added some new details about DC right now, some of which I’d heard (and was planning a story for today) and some of which I hadn’t.

This includes a list of titles that from issues 18, 19 and 20 will see all the writers leave, and some of the artists.

batgirl, birds of prey, dark knight, flash, hawkman, swamp thing

Some of this I knew. I’ve heard that Duane Swierczynski’s last issue of Birds Of Prey is issue 17, currently in February’s solicitations. Look forward to them announcing a brand new creative direction for that book for March.

Ans yes, I had heard that Scott Snyder has been piling up more and more projects – leaving Swamp Thing and putting American Vampire on hold may be his best option.

As for the rest, Hawkman has just been through one upheaval, can it survive another so soon? Dark Knight has been David Finch’s baby, is he moving on with Paul Jenkins? The Flash has been Francis Manapul‘s signature book, has he said what he’s wanted to say, or will he be making do without Brian Buccellato ?

And then there’s Batgirl. Gail Simone made that book into something it could not have been without her and was afforded respect and some independence for that. However, that was a while ago. She walked off one DC book, will she walk off another? And how will the fanbase, many of whom seem to only be reading the book because of Gail, react?

Or is it all a load of baloney? Action Comics wasn’t mentioned, neither was Batwing or I Vampire, both rumoured to have changes coming.

My gut says yes, though. And I understand that some of these are changes because the writers want to try something new, some are attempts to freshen books that may have been seen as stagnant, but others are based on major creative disagreements and the Villains month may be part of that. Storylines planned and approved well in advance have suddenly been rejected to make way for it, with relatively little time to make amends. Some see this as a challenge, others… less so.

Especially since a number of writers were only told about Villains month after the Bleeding Cool article ran yesterday.

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'Arrow' Adds 'Hobbit' And 'Spartacus' Actor As Slade Wilson

'Arrow' Adds 'Hobbit' And 'Spartacus' Actor As Slade Wilson | Comic Books | Scoop.it

After beating a number of villains who could all be accurately described as human, clearly it's time that Oliver Queen faced something a little more... mythical. The CW's Arrow has found its Deathstroke, and he has prior experience as both a Spartan warrior and also a Middle Earth-dwelling orc warrior. Say hello to Manu Bennett.

Entertainment Weekly had the exclusive on Bennett's casting on the CW series, pointing out that Bennett will officially be joining the show as Slade Wilson, with the question of whether or not he'll adopt his comic book costumed identity of Deathstroke remaining unanswered for now. According to EW, Bennett will first be seen in flashbacks from the island working alongside Oliver, but as he's committed to multiple episodes this season, expect to see him show up in the contemporary Starling City before too long.

Bennett is currently probably best known in the US for playing Crixus in Starz's Spartacus: Vengeance and Spartacus: Gods of The Arena series, but expect that to change very quickly; he's due to appear in the final two installments of Peter Jackson's upcoming Hobbit trilogy, playing Azog, an Orc chieftain of Moria in both The Desolation of Smaug and There And Back Again.

Bennett's first Arrow episodes will air in 2013.

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Joss Whedon’s SHIELD Is… Drumroll Please… “Very Joss Whedon”

Joss Whedon’s SHIELD Is… Drumroll Please… “Very Joss Whedon” | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Telling you what you want to hear, but also what you already knew, ABC President Paul Lee has described the upcoming SHIELD pilot thus:

"It’s very Joss Whedon."


He was speaking to TV Line at something called The Saban Free Clinic Gala. And he had nothing else to say.

So what do we think he meant anyway?

That characters add -ness to the end of adjectives to make them into nouns? Somebody he made us love gets killed when we “least expect it”? Romantic relationships are doomed to an acrimonious ending? Characters can’t quite find the right word so they make up a more cumbersome replacement? Vampires?

SHIELD starts shooting once all of this Turkey eatin’ gets done. We’re expecting to see it on screens next Autumn, with a bit of luck and a following… oh you know. Air. Moving. Through your hair and stuff.

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Here's Stan Lee's latest sad superhero-based project

Here's Stan Lee's latest sad superhero-based project | Comic Books | Scoop.it

http://youtu.be/jdjcpznIwSg


Some people get annoyed at Stan Lee's cameos in all the Marvel movies, but not me. Because I know that when Lee is filming those appearances, he's prevented from making the irrelevant, depressing, terrible, generic superhero-based projects with which he's filled the last 20 or so years of his life. Like his latest, the "real-like superhero" "reality competition" web series "Academy of Heroes," whose trailer you can see above.
In "Academy," Lee has gathered a variety of those selfless, foolish and often quite deluded folks who put on costumes and patrol their cities at night, in theory to "train" them to be better "superheroes." But since this is a Top Chef/Top Model elimination-type reality show, Lee's going to get rid of one "hero" per week until he's left with the "ultimate hero" or something. Look, even if you think this show will actually do these people some good - which it obviously will not - it still means only one of the participants will end up "fully trained," while Lee sends the rest of them home to be stabbed to death while trying to stop a mugging or something. (A cynic might also note that anyone who decides to take a break from "fighting crime" to go be on a Stan Lee-hosted web series may be slightly more interested in self-promotion than the welfare of others.)

Honestly, my biggest problem is that Lee keeps calling these guys "superheroes" when, admittedly by the most benevolent of standards, they're just regular "heroes." They don't have any superpowers, and I think "Academy" is seriously missing its niche by not making the show about trying to give these people some superpowers. Honestly, if the contestants had to 1) get a radioactive spider-bite, 2) survive a gamma bomb and 3) had their parents murdered by a mugger right in front of them, I'd watch every single episode.

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Scott Snyder On 'Death Of The Family': 'It's A Love Letter To Batman From The Joker'

Scott Snyder On 'Death Of The Family': 'It's A Love Letter To Batman From The Joker' | Comic Books | Scoop.it

After he began his tenure in DC's New 52 by cutting off his own face and tacking it to a wall -- hands down one of the weirdest things he's done, which is saying something -- it was pretty clear that when the Joker returned to the pages of Batman a year later, it was going to be a pretty big deal for readers. Now the time has come in "Death of the Family," a crossover event running through the appropriately nicknamed Batman family of titles. Anchored in Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, the story built around the simple idea of the Joker's mission to thin out the "family" that he thinks has made the Dark Knight a weaker opponent.

The true mastermind behind the crime spree, however, is Batman writer Scott Snyder, who spoke to us about his take on the Joker, the villain's relationships to Batman and his allies, and how Snyder built the story to serve as a twisted "love letter" from villain to hero.

"Death of the Family" began in Batman #13


ComicsAlliance: With the clean break that you got from the New 52 relaunch, was there ever a desire to completely reinvent the Joker when you brought him back?


Scott Snyder: It's interesting because I feel like he's a character that you do reinvent every time that you take him on as a new writer. There wasn't really an impulse to change his origin, whatever that origin may be, or reinvent him physically in a huge way -- at least on my part. But there was the idea that if we took him on, I wanted to have a really specific take on him that was different than what Grant [Morrison] had done with him or what Tony [Daniel] had done with him, or anybody else recently. There definitely is that impetus with a lot of these characters that if you're going to take them on, you better have a way of doing it that's going to be your own and different, or you might as well not touch them.


CA: One of the things that I noticed reading through "Death of the Family" so far is that he's a very horror movie type of villain. He's a very scary Joker.


SS: He is very scary.


CA: More than usual, which is quite a bit! Was that where you wanted to go with the Joker? Did you want to do a more horror-style take?


SS: Yeah. For me it's less the idea of him being graphically horrific or explicitly horrific and more about being psychologically and emotionally horrific. I really got my first taste of writing him while I was working on Detective Comics, and I got to do an issue with him. In that issue, you can't ever see his face. He's restrained and he has a mask over his face, he can't even move. So he doesn't do anything like he does in our story now, he's just kind of a voice in the dark, but writing him there was so exhilarating because he was so terrifying with the things he says to you.

I knew the take that I would have here was really that same kind of Joker unleashed. To me, what's so scary about him isn't even the physical things he would do -- those are horrific too and there's plenty of them coming in Batman -- but it's the fact that he seems to know your worst fears about yourself, and he knows how to convince you that they're true. He can look at somebody like Harvey Bullock, and this is coming up in issue #15. He has a two-panel interaction with him, and the things he can say to Harvey can level Harvey and make him pause, this hardened cop, and not know what to do. Almost paralyze him with fear, but of himself. In that way, the Joker's kind of the Devil's tongue in our series. In that way, he's very scary and horrific. He looks at Batman and says "I know what your worst fear is about yourself, and it's true, and I'm here to deliver it and celebrate it with you."

That fear is essentially in our story that deep down, what Batman wants is the Batman Family dead. It's a really personal story. It's probably the most personal story I've done so far at DC. As the father of young kids, the story comes from that kind of impulse where you wish for a moment that you could stop worrying about them and go back to the way it was before you had kids. Even though you love them to death and would never want to change the decisions you made to have them, you just wish you could have some refuge from two minutes from worrying about them. The Joker hears that. He says "I heard what you said, you want your family dead." Batman's like "No, I didn't say that, I didn't think that," and the Joker says, "Yes you did, you just won't admit it. I heard it in your head."

He can read him that way, and in that way he's deeply, deeply horrific and nightmarish. But I don't think of him so much as a horror movie villain. He's a force of primal horror.


CA: I've written before about how there's a very strong family aspect right at the core of Batman, from his origin story to becoming this patriarch of this Batman Family. Obviously, the story's called "Death of the Family," so that seems to be the aspect you're playing with. It's really interesting that this is the source of weakness, that the family is Batman's vulnerability.


SS: What the Joker does is he takes something you're proud of about yourself and convinces you that your worst fears about it are true and that it's a weakness. It's the way he comes after every member of the Family in their respective books. He'll come after Dick Grayson and essentially say, "Your problem is that you need people in your life. You're weak because of that." But that's not really a weakness, that's a strength of Dick Grayson: his sense of empathy and compassion and the friendships and relationships that he builds in his life. But the Joker's very good at making you believe that that's what makes you incapable of winning against him.

So what Joker's saying here is, "You built this family and it will always cause you to lose. You can get ahead of me, you can catch me, but as long as I have Damian right here, or as long as I have Dick over here, I'll always win. You'll never beat me." So it's a weakness. But is it a weakness, or is it a sign of growth and maturity and strength? That's the Joker's game.


CA: The title being a reference to Batman: A Death in the Family stuck out as well along those same lines. We always sort of categorize that as "Batman's greatest loss," the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd. That's the one time he loses.


SS: Right.


CA: Was that something you wanted to get back? This sense of Batman, this unstoppable crimefighter, being in danger of losing through his family?

SS: Very much. Part of the idea is that what Joker is saying is that as long as you love, as long as you love people in the world more than you love being Batman -- and being Batman at its core, to the Joker, is about fighting him; it's about being the Bat-King of Gotham with your enemies, who are really your allies who keep you strong; as the King, as long as you pretend that, you will always be vulnerable -- you will always be weak, and you will always lose.

I really wanted to have this story where I go into Bruce's emotional trajectory more deeply than in any other story. The way that he feels, what he says to Alfred. This is the one that, for me, is really cutting him as close to the bone as I can, personally. It's supposed to be emotionally and psychologically harrowing for him from the word go, and the fact that Alfred's missing and we don't know what's happening to him really cuts Batman's nerves raw for every moment that this story goes on.


CA: Going back and reading through the story so far, it seems to be a grand tour of the Joker's Greatest Hits. You've got the references to Death in the Family in the title; the setup involved references to The Man Who Laughs with the chemical factory and the reservoir; there was the awesome, super-creepy scene with Harley re-enacting the Red Hood story. What was the reason behind revisiting all of those elements?


SS: I wanted it to be a story where the Joker is forcing Batman down a twisted version of memory lane, saying, "I know you loved these adventures we had together." In some ways, I've tried to play this idea of the Joker as Peter Pan a little bit. Even when he says, "Hello, darling," the Darling family is the family in Peter Pan. He says in issue #13, "I'm knocking at your window looking for my old shadow."

Really, what the Joker's trying to say to him is that it was better before. "You were thrilled by me. You won't admit it, but you love that I came along to help you be stronger, to fuel your fantasy, and you do that for me, too. Together, we're more of a family than any of these people." In that way, the trip down memory lane was really meant as a kind of love letter to Batman from the Joker, even though those things were inverted. He's not really acting them out in the same way that he did those crimes the first time, he has these horrible twists on them.

And in having the horrible twists, he's saying something to Batman, which is, "You have forsaken your own kingdom. It's been rotting from the inside for the past couple of years, and I am here to be a corrective to that." The reason the crimes are inverted is to show that this is the place where rivers run backwards and two-headed beasts are born, and the whole city is wrong because Batman essentially can't man up and be the King he's supposed to be, and admit that the people sitting at his table are a false royal court, convincing him that he's human and tender and soft when he's not. "You're supposed to be sharp and strong, and that's why I fell in love with you in the first place."


CA: You talked about the relationship between Joker and Batman, and between Joker and Dick Grayson. How do you see him fitting in with the other characters? What are the views he has of them?

SS: I think he views them all with incredible disdain in general, just thinking that they have caused his king to become fat, soft and weak -- in his opinion. Individually, I think he's been accumulating ammunition against them for the past year. He's seen everything that's happened in their stories from offstage. There's nobody that's safe in any of those books from him coming after them. Individually, he can eyeball you for about a minute and figure out what you're afraid of about yourself, so he's coming after them with a very strong notion of each of them being a certain thing.

For Dick Grayson, again, it's that his compassion is his weakness. For Damian, he really believes that his devotion to Batman as a child is this incredible vulnerability and weakness, and that he pulls Batman down by convincing him that he really loves some child who follows him around like a son.

For Batgirl, what he finds amusing about her, which you'll see in Batgirl, is essentially that she considers herself a survivor and takes pride in that in some way. Whether he thinks she's Barbara Gordon or not, that's part of the mystery and I don't want to give it away, but what he comes after her openly about is that there's something worse in the surviving of a terrible incident, because you get to the other side and it's supposed to be better, and he's going to teach her how that's so untrue.

Jason, of course, he obviously has a very, very personal history with. And Tim as well. He comes after them in a very intimate way. The idea is that he's looked at them and found them wanting, and he has a very specific take on them that cuts to the heart of what they're afraid of about themselves. The kind of challenges he's going to throw their way and the kind of nightmares he's going to put them through really are meant to speak to those fears immediately.


CA: What about Bruce Wayne?


SS: Well, Bruce Wayne is a whole other thing. It depends on what you believe. If you believe the Joker knows who they are and you believe that he's coming after them because he's figured it out, then he has very specific feelings about Bruce Wayne. On the other hand, if you believe Bruce, who says Joker can't have figured it out, or that he won't, or that he hasn't figured it out for reasons that he's still keeping close to his chest in some way, then you'd assume he has no feelings about Bruce Wayne, or very small feelings.

I'd say you have to wait and see with that one.


Batman #13-14 are on sale now in comics shops and digitally from ComiXology, where you can also catch up on all of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's previous issues. Batman #15 goes on sale December 12.

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James Jean Celebrates Launch Of His Accessory Line With Mural In Hong Kong

James Jean Celebrates Launch Of His Accessory Line With Mural In Hong Kong | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Coinciding with the launch of OVM, his new line of jewelry, textiles, scarves, and other accessories, artist James Jean has painted a mural for the Lane Crawford BLITZ space in Hong Kong. You can see the mural plus video of Jean creating the piece, after the cut.


http://www.blogcdn.com/www.comicsalliance.com/media/2012/11/lanecrawford-mural-final-inverse-copydetail.jpg


Video:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/26440129



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Jonathan Hickman Brings Back The New Universe For Marvel NOW!

Jonathan Hickman Brings Back The New Universe For Marvel NOW! | Comic Books | Scoop.it

In the eighties Jim Shooter tried to spearhead a brand new superhero continuity at Marvel Comics, the New Universe, featuring the likes of John Romita Jr, Peter David, Tom DeFalco, Fabian Nicieza, Paul Ryan, Fabian Nicieza, Mark Gruenwald, John Byrne, and many more. DP7 was my favourite by far, an X-Men-alike series, told in real time with powered up people with uniquely exhibited powers trying to band together against the world.

An attempt to bring the New Universe back with Warren Ellis as New Universal died on the vine a bit.

But now Sam Humphries, who wrote with Jonathan Hickman on Ultimates (part of Marvel’s current brand new superhero continuity) has posted;


Sam Humphries@samhumphries
"A round of applause for @JHickman for his spectacular run on ULTIMATES! Thanks for everything and best of luck with the DP7 reboot."

Wowsers. A joke? Or something more? Check out these preview pages from Avengers #7 by Hickman from iFanboy.


http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads//2012/11/AVEN2012007_cov_col-227x350.jpg?802b89


http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads//2012/11/AVENGERS7-page16-656x1024-224x350.jpg?802b89


http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads//2012/11/AVENGERS7-page17-656x1024-224x350.jpg?802b89



There’s imagery from New Universe titles Starbrand and Nightmask there, without a doubt. And that cover? Remember this? Courtesy of the CBR boards…


http://cdn.bleedingcool.net/wp-content/uploads//2012/11/Ad-New-Universe-1986-600x916.jpg?802b89



And check the New Avengers solicitation for January;


"To prevent the collision of our universe with another, the Illuminati, led by the Black Panther, must assemble NOW! It’s the most powerful and brilliant team in the Marvel Universe–The Black Panther, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner and The Beast–against an infinite legion of parallel realities."

New Universe. It’s back, baby!


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DC Comics Brings On The Bad Guys Next Year

DC Comics Brings On The Bad Guys Next Year | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Bleeding Cool has learnt from a number of sources that DC Comics’ Next Big Thing will be a focus on the villains of the DC Universe, and introducing a raft of bad guy characters to books, many of whom will be making their debut in the New 52.

Different villains will be assigned to different heroes, away from the usual individual heroes’ galleries, in most of the titles. This smacks rather of Marvel’s crossover event Acts Of Vengeance then, as now at DC, masterminded by Bob Harras.

I’m told we’ll see this in issue twenty of the DC New 52 titles, but this could also change.

The current success of the Joker story in Death Of The Family may be seen as a model for how the stories – and promotion – may be approached. This may also tie into previous reports that the early days of The Riddler may loom large in upcoming Batman.

I understand that creative reaction to the new edict, having a super villain foistered upon them is… let’s go with “mixed”. But with a number of peple looking to leave their books, start new ones, or swap for a different title, there’s an awful lot in the air right now.

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As Expected – Hugh Jackman In X-Men: Days Of Future Past Too

As Expected – Hugh Jackman In X-Men: Days Of Future Past Too | Comic Books | Scoop.it

As I’ve been wibbling on about for months, pretty much the entire key cast of Bryan Singer‘s original X-Men movies are going to appear in the next one, Days of Future Past.

Two days ago Singer himself confirmed that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart were set to reprise their roles as Magneto and Charles Xavier. Now The Hollywood Reporter say Hugh Jackman is “in talks” to return too.

Essentially, they’re negotiating the terms of his return. Wolverine has a pretty key role to play in the film, as in the original comic. Well, unless Singer and Kinberg have been changing things up a lot of late. But I don’t think they’d cut down on the Logan action any more than they’d absolutely need to.

Jackman will first been seen reprising the role in next summer’s The Wolverine and all signs point to that one being quite the jaw-dropper.

There’s not been a single X-Men movie without him so far, and that’s the way I like it.

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James Gunn Apologises For Controversial Blog Post, Describes It As “Poorly Worded And Offensive To Many”

James Gunn Apologises For Controversial Blog Post, Describes It As “Poorly Worded And Offensive To Many” | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Guardians of The Galaxy writer-director James Gunn has issued a statement regarding the recent controversy over a blog post on his site, in which he made a number of comments that many, myself included, considered offensive to both women and the LGBT community.

Gunn acknowledges, in retrospect, that while his intentions may have been humorous or satirical, this did not come across in the writing and he understands why so many were outraged by it.

Gunn has since removed the blog post from his website. In response to an outreach by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, he sent the organisation a statement apologising for the blog post and any offence it had caused.



"A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don’t think it’s funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings. However, I can see where statements were poorly worded and offensive to many. I’m sorry and regret making them at all.

People who are familiar with me as evidenced by my Facebook page and other mediums know that I’m an outspoken proponent for the rights of the gay and lesbian community, women and anyone who feels disenfranchised, and it kills me that some other outsider like myself, despite his or her gender or sexuality, might feel hurt or attacked by something I said. We’re all in the same camp, and I want to do my best to make this world a better place for all of us. I’m learning all the time. I promise to be more careful with my words in the future. And I will do my best to be funnier as well. Much love to all."

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Reps Refute Batman Rumours

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Reps Refute Batman Rumours | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Earlier today, I passed on a rumour that Joseph Gordon-Levitt had been cast as Batman for Justice League and perhaps a cameo in Man of Steel. I think we all understood that this was just a rumour, right? Not an absolutely confirmed piece of casting?

Well, now it’s a rumour with some sort of official denial resting against it.

There’s no direct quote offered, but Hollywood.com say that they:

checked in with Gordon-Levitt’s reps who have refuted the rumor entirely.

Their bold, not mine. Right. But… what did the reps say? I’d be happier if this report actually made us party to their exact comments.

The Watchmen 2 denials were a pretty good example of how the tennis match of claim-and-denial can go wrong, but I’ve seen it happen many ways, over the years. I wish I knew what Gordon-Levitts reps had said so I could judge better.

Anyway, for now, I’m not expecting Joseph Gordon-Levitt to don the Batcape and cowl… but I wouldn’t 100% rule it out either. It’s all just so much hearsay at this point, and I’m not going to take Hollywood.com over Hit Fix.

Nor, for that matter, vice versa.

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Work Underway On Nemesis Movie Screenplay By Joe And Matthew Michael Carnahan

Work Underway On Nemesis Movie Screenplay By Joe And Matthew Michael Carnahan | Comic Books | Scoop.it

There’s progress being made on the big screen adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven‘s comic series Nemesis, with Joe

Carnahan yesterday tweeting:


"My brother and I have begun 'Nemesis...' This script is gonna be a beast."


His brother is Matthew Michael Carnahan, the screenwriter of The Kingdom, State of Play and some of some iteration of World War Z. I like to think they’ll be batting ideas for the Nemesis screenplay back and forth over their Turkey today. They certainly don’t seem to be the shy kind, as you can tell from this subsequent tweet from Joe:


"With 'Nemesis' Matt & I are gunning for TDK trilogy with the thought that, if you're going after the world record holder, what's the point?"

Nemesis was the strip advertised with that ‘What if Batman was the Joker?’ line, and revolves around the murderous rampage of a ‘supervillain’ with an alter ego. Joe Carnahan has been attached to direct for a while, though the late Tony Scott was the first to take up the project.

Mark Millar, of course, made note of the new development on his own Twitter feed:


"The bearded genius who shot Bin Laden AND made The Grey in the past 2 years has just started Nemesis movie. GO GO! @carnojoe!!!!!"


And it was also the perfect opportunity to remind us that more movies are on the way:


"Okay, you know Kick-Ass 2 wraps Sunday & the Carnahans are on Nemesis. But what are the 3 big Millarworld movies shooting after Easter?!"

Matthew Vaughn’s The Secret Service is one of them, but the other two? Superior? American Jesus? Wanted 2?

I don’t think even Millar is holding out hope for an American Jesus movie any longer…

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New Skottie Young Baby Covers For Marvel, And NOW2

New Skottie Young Baby Covers For Marvel, And NOW2 | Comic Books | Scoop.it

February brings a batch of new Skottie Young “Baby Variant” covers, tiered to certain order levels, from Marvel. Or the “Young Baby” variants, which still sounds weird.

Retailers order Fearless Defenders #1 and Secret Avengers #1 can order extra Baby covers if their initial orders match those of AVX VS #6.

Nova #1 has its Baby level set against AVX VS #4.

While Uncanny X-Men #1′s Baby variant is set against Avengers Vs X-Men #11.

The official Diamond designation for a bunch of new titles will change as well from NOW to NOW2 signifying the second story arc in each title.

So on the listings look out for the likes of ALL NEW X-MEN #6 NOW2, AVENGERS #4 NOW2,AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #12 NOW2, INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #4 NOW2, IRON MAN #6 NOW2, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #649 NOW2 and UNCANNY AVENGERS #5 NOW2

This is going to continue forever isn’t it?

And to accompany Marvel NOW2, a new preview issue (pictured) coming your way soon…

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James Kochalka's 'SuperF*ckers' Animated Series Is Finally Here, Jack Krak Remains The MF

James Kochalka's 'SuperF*ckers' Animated Series Is Finally Here, Jack Krak Remains The MF | Comic Books | Scoop.it

James Kochalka's SuperF*ckers is one of the funniest comics I've ever read, so I've been looking forward to the animated adaptation ever since it was announced. Produced by Cartoon Hangover, the adult-oriented side of Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors' Frederator Studios, the series of shorts has finally kicked off on YouTube, and it's just as gloriously foulmouthed and hateful as the original.

Check out the first episode -- which, even though it's censored, is probably still pretty NSFW -- after the cut!


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If you're not familiar with the original comics from Top Shelf, they're essentially Kochalka's version of the classic '50s and '60s Legion of Super-Heroes, but without any kind of filter on the characters' behavior, or any real superheroing. Those comics were full of teens just being absolute jerks to each other for little to no reason, from their gleefully meanspirited recruitment drives to that one issue where Shrinking Violet shoves a piece of Kryptonite in Superboy's brain and then makes him cry so that she can ride out on his tears (this happened), so it's not really much of a stretch to get to what Kochalka's doing.

The only difference is that SuperF*ckers operates on the premise that these superpowered teens are truly horrible people who hate each other. It's pretty great.

The first episode is available now in both censored and full-on cussin' versions, with another new episode coming every Friday!


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More Stealth Death Of The Family Comics (SPOILERS)

More Stealth Death Of The Family Comics (SPOILERS) | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Are you a collector of the current Death Of The Family storyline in Batman? Think you’ve got every bit so far, even those Batman And Robin and Nightwing and Red Hood And The Outlaws issues that no one actually told you were Death Of The Family tie-ins? Feeling pretty smug with yourself?

Quick! Run back to the store! You’re missing one! Teen Titans #14 has the scene below,just waiting for you to bag, board and slap on eBay like you did Red Hood ANd The Outlaws #13….

There are a couple more comics for Death Of The Family collectors to maybe run back into the comic shop and pick up.

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Relax, CW isn't renaming Wonder Woman to Iris, but she will "suffer no fools"

Relax, CW isn't renaming Wonder Woman to Iris, but she will "suffer no fools" | Comic Books | Scoop.it

A recent casting call for The CW's new Wonder Woman series lit the internet aflame when it seemingly named the Amazon superhero Iris and not Diana, the name she's been using for the last 70 or so years. But rest assured, angry masses, this will not stand- because it's just a big misunderstanding.
According to Deadline, this is the top-secret casting call for the lead in the new Wonder Woman drama. And as you can see the main character's name in this casting call is named Iris. But it was merely a ruse (or at least that's what The CW wants you to think), as Wonder Woman script writer Allan Heinberg took to twitter proclaiming, "Merciful Minerva! So much for using code names to avoid internet speculation. ;)" Which we're assuming means, relax, she's still Diana.


"She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield. Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She's delighted and just as often horrified by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It's all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs. And she's completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what's on her mind at all times. She's bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you're lying to her. And she doesn't have time or patience for politics or tact because she's too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see and things to learn and people to care for. Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere."


The CW is also looking for a lady who is at least 5'8″ or taller to play the part, which could put her eye-to-eye with her superhero competition on The CW's Arrow. Do we like this version more than NBC's Lady Tony Stark Wonder Woman pitch? Sounds like a classic fish-out-of-water story, which is always fun, and might be a lot more fun with a woman.



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Official Iron Man 3 images showcase the Iron Patriot, Maya Hansen and Tony's Bad Helmet Day

Official Iron Man 3 images showcase the Iron Patriot, Maya Hansen and Tony's Bad Helmet Day | Comic Books | Scoop.it

A new batch of Iron Man 3 images show off the new Iron Patriot along with the very first look at comic book character Maya Hansen (played by Rebecca Hall).


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Spain Rodriguez, 1940-2012

Spain Rodriguez, 1940-2012 | Comic Books | Scoop.it

"Hard-charging biker. Class warfare revolutionary. Pioneering underground cartoonist. Loving family man. That was Spain Rodriguez. From his role as one of the original Zap Comix artists with Robert Crumb, to his work as a founder of the Mission District murals movement in San Francisco, Rodriguez influenced generations of cartoonists and illustrators with a gritty, in-your-face approach to urban life."

-San Francisco Chronicle

Spain Rodriguez died yesterday at his home in San Francisco at age 72. Rodriguez was one of the real giants of the sixties counter culture, and his freaky, proto- punk creations remind you of a time when underground meant underground. Wrote Michael Cavna in the Washington Post:


"Spain could make ink ripple and resonate. His style could be bold and blunt and grunting — as in-your-face as an urban hustler — but it somehow always remained seductive. He drew road warriors and revolutionaries. At times — to strangers and eventual friends alike — he could resemble both himself. "


Much more about Spain Rodriguez' life and work here, here and here and here. Creative rebels take note, this is how it's done

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Parting Thought: Comic Artist Josh Medors Passes Away

Parting Thought: Comic Artist Josh Medors Passes Away | Comic Books | Scoop.it

This week the comics community was saddened to learn of the passing of Josh Medors. The 36-year-old artist had contributed to such comic books as 30 Days of Night, Frank Frazetta's Swamp Demon, Criminal Macabre: A Cal McDonald Mystery, Fused: Think Like a Machine and G.I. Joe: America's Elite, but his promising career's ascension was interrupted by a rare form of spinal cancer. Over the years numerous benefits and fundraisers were organized to help Medors -- who also founded the Help for Heroes charity, which raises money to help creators battling cancer -- demonstrating the comics community's commitment to its own and the affection Medors himself endeared in others.

Medors is survived by his wife Charlotte and their son Garth.

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Will Brian Bendis And Mike Deodato Give Us A New Heroes For Hire (Spoilers)

Will Brian Bendis And Mike Deodato Give Us A New Heroes For Hire (Spoilers) | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Yesterday, as the final issue of Brian Bendis’ New Avengers, and his final Avangers issue full stop, was published, Bendis tweeted;


@BRIANMBENDIS
hey Avengers fans! that was fun! 232 issues of crazy! is my last page hinting at a new book by me and @mikedeodato ??


Well we left it a day. Here is that final page.


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So is that Heroes For Hire then? With Luke Cage and Jessica Jones? Come to think of it, we don’t know where Iron Fist is meant to end up…

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Guardians Of The Galaxy – Five Actors Testing For Role Of Peter Quill, Starlord

Guardians Of The Galaxy – Five Actors Testing For Role Of Peter Quill, Starlord | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Marvel have reportedly made deals with five actors for them to come in and test for the role of Peter Quill, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Starlord. He’s the human and, therefore unsurprisingly, the lead character.

According to Deadline the five actors are Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace and Eddie Redmayne.

But the list of contenders doesn’t stop there – Garrett Hedlund, James Marsden and Sullivan Stapleton are all also said to be somewhere on Marvel’s hit list.

Okay, I’m going to call it: Joel Edgerton. Jim Sturgess is my favourite from this list, but I think Edgerton is going to win it.

Talking of which, here’s a nearly was. Joe Carnahan tweeted the following today.


Alex Lynch@TheAlexLynch97
@carnojoe who was your choice to play daredevil


Joe Carnahan@carnojoe
@TheAlexLynch97 I think Joel Edgerton would have been tremendous in that role.


I suppose that could still come to pass if I’m wrong about Guardians, if Disney decide to mount their own Daredevil film, if they hire Carnahan and he still wants Edgerton… and Edgerton agrees.

Nah. Edgerton is Peter Quill. I’ll stake a baked hat dinner on it.

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Casting Underway For Teenaged Wonder Woman – UPDATED

Casting Underway For Teenaged Wonder Woman – UPDATED | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Warner Bros. are taking an unusual tack with their Wonder Woman TV series Amazon, getting into casting before they’ve even given a pilot the green light.

This, EW supposes, is likely because the viability of the show hinges on finding the right star.

Is this a lesson learned from the last attempt to make a Wonder Woman show? Is this decision implicitly putting the blame for that series’ lack of commission on Adrienne Palicki?

Officially, Amazon is going to be about the teen who will become Wonder Woman – it’s a young Diana series, another variant on Smallville. Does this mean it will all be set on Themyscira?

Cue lots of tall actors in Themysciran beach attire walking up and down the beach. Sure sounds plenty CW-friendly to me.

A casting notice is going to be sent out “soon.” We’ll keep our eyes peeled.

UPDATE: How soon is now? Deadline offer the following character description:


"She comes from a remote, secluded country and until now has spent most of her life as a soldier and a leader on the battlefield.

Because of relentless brutality of her life at home, Iris looks at our world with absolute awe and astonishment. She’s delighted ­and just as often horrified ­ by the aspects of everyday life that we take for granted: skyscrapers, traffic, ice cream. It’s all new and fascinating and sometimes slightly troubling ­to her. Iris is completely unschooled in our world, our culture, our customs.

And she’s completely inexperienced at interpersonal relationships. She has no social filter, does not suffer fools, and tends to do and say exactly what’s on her mind at all times. She’s bluntly, refreshingly honest. She can tell when you’re lying to her. And she doesn’t have time or patience for politics or tact because she’s too busy trying to experience everything our world has to offer. There are too many sights to see ­and things to learn ­and people to care for.

Hers is a true, noble, and generous heart. And she will fight and die for the people she loves. Iris is a fierce warrior with the innocent heart of a romantic ­and she will fight to the death to make the world safe for innocents and true romantics everywhere."


Iris? Huh?

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Joss Whedon’s SHIELD Adds A “Deadly, Precise” New Agent

Joss Whedon’s SHIELD Adds A “Deadly, Precise” New Agent | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Brett Dalton has won the part of Agent Grant in the upcoming SHIELD TV series from Marvel and Joss Whedon. Grant is, to the best of my knowledge, another original creation and not a legacy character from the comics.

Most of TV Line‘s story on the matter is full of things we already know – who SHIELD are, for example – but they do add a few details of Grant’s character:

He’s deadly, precise, and cool under fire — but not so great with the people skills.

Grant is the fifth agent to be cast so far, if we’re including Coulson. Production is set for early in the new year, so the last few bits of the cast list will likely be filled in soon. Anybody not going to be an Agent, do you think?

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The Topless Brian Posehn Talks Deadpool – Marvel AR

The Topless Brian Posehn Talks Deadpool – Marvel AR | Comic Books | Scoop.it

Not everyone has a device that runs Marvel AR. So here’s a look at some of the wackiness you could have found in the first couple of issues of Deadpool.

Or you could skip to the end to ogle Brian Posehn’s naked flesh…


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