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DC’s Brightest Day has lots of Heroes returning

Posted by LiveFor on April 2, 2010

After The Blackest Night it appears that lots of dead DC heroes are coming back and this time they’re not going to be zombie copies.

Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Firestorm, Maxwell Lord, Captain Boomerang, Jade, the Reverse-Flash, Hawk, Osiris and… Deadman?

DC’s writer and Co-Publisher Geoff Johns gives us some info, over on DC’s The Source, on what we can expect and the new comics that will show us the way.

Twelve heroes and villains were resurrected by the white light. Some will call it a miracle and others a sign of the apocalypse, and though the exact reasons for their rebirths is a mystery, it won’t be for long.

They’re back ­ for a reason.

Although they all have their own journeys ahead, they are connected by something and their exact mission will unfold throughout BRIGHTEST DAY. But while the truth behind their return and their ultimate destination lies within the BRIGHTEST DAY series itself and GREEN LANTERN, there are other books where you can follow these recently returned heroes to find out what life has in store for them and what they have in store for life.

In BRIGHTEST DAY, the whole cast will be seen with Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Firestorm and Deadman taking the lead as the truth behind their resurrections is discovered.

In GREEN LANTERN, the mysterious White Lantern will be the object of everyone’s desires.

In THE FLASH, Captain Boomerang will deal with a bizarre change he believes is left over from the black ring that animated his corpse. And the Reverse-Flash won’t be gone for long… but he’ll appear somewhere else first.

In JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST, Maxwell Lord ­ the most wanted man in America ­ is hunted by the former members of Justice League International; Booster Gold, Fire, Ice and Captain Atom. Why not the Justice League of America? Max is tricky…

In JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, the exact nature of Jade’s powers and their connection to the mythology of the Green Lantern Corps is unveiled.

In BIRDS OF PREY, Hawk will have to be balanced out by Dove..and Dove’s connection to the white light will be revealed in BRIGHTEST DAY.

In TITANS, Osiris will be seen as a way to Black Adam and vice versa.

And finally, in GREEN ARROW #1… well… I’ve said enough. Let’s let the pictures doing the talking.

It’s a new dawn, but what tomorrow is like no one can say for sure. Except maybe Deadman… who is ironically the key to it all.

All very exciting and intriguing. Now if only I could afford to pick up all the titles to follow what was going on!

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UPDATED: Watchmen 2 may happen – Hurm! Warren Ellis won’t be involved

Posted by LiveFor on February 4, 2010

UPDATE: Warren Ellis kindly took the time to write in the comments that he would not be involved in this in any way. I think this could well be the feeling of many comic book professionals. END OF LINE

The always excellent Bleeding Cool have some worrying news. A Watchmen sequel might be in the works.

Back in the day DC Comics President Paul Levitz had stopped any Watchmen 2 projects. He felt that this would go against Watchmen creator’s Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons hopes for the story. This was quite cool of Levitz as Moore had a huge break-up with DC Comics and Paul Levitz.

Then things changed as things do and Paul Levitz left DC Comics. Dan DiDio, DC’s Senior Vice President, stepped in and decided to prove that Watchmen 2 is a viable project and something that can be done. He wants to do “multiple prequel comic miniseries and spinoff ongoing projects.”

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons still have to be offered first refusal before any of these new titles could be published. They most likely won’t want to take on these jobs and it looks like DiDio has actually been looking for writers. If there are comics there could well be another film.

I say thee nay! Watchmen was a standalone classic and anything else is just going to get on people’s nerves. Mind you if they go prequel then that may not be so bad, especially if Grant Morrison or Warren Ellis were involved. Garth Ennis doing a Rorschach prequel could be great. I still think it stinks though.

Would you want some more Watchmen comics? Who would you want to write them and what characters would you want to see in it? Would you want other DC heroes to appear in the comics?

Image from Wizard Magazine

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Holy Blackest Night! Lex Luthor with a Power Ring

Posted by LiveFor on January 8, 2010

The cover of DC’s Blackest Night #7 shows that a number of DC characters are going to get their hands on a power ring. It shows:

Atom – Indigo for Compassion
The Flash – Blue for Hope
Mera – Red for Rage
Lex Luthor – Orange for Greed
Scarecrow – Yellow for Fear
Wonder Woman – Violet for Love

Apparently, John Stewart warns Hal Jordan that every Black Lantern in the universe is heading for Earth. Jordan says they need the entire seven Corps to arrive and unite in order to produce the white light. While they summon the seven Corps to Earth, Ganthet duplicates the rings of each respective power of the emotional spectrum to double their efforts to halt the Black Lantern Corps until they arrive. While Ganthet himself becomes a Green Lantern, Barry Allen is chosen as a deputy Blue Lantern, Mera as a Red Lantern, Lex Luthor (who had been battling the hundreds of people he had killed over the years) as an Orange Lantern, Scarecrow as a Sinestro Corps officer, Atom as an Indigo Tribe member, and Wonder Woman as a Star Sapphire after she is broken free from the black ring’s influences with Greek goddess Aphrodite’s aid.

If none of this is making any sense then head over here to get up to speed.

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Star Wars vs DC Comics crossover?

Posted by LiveFor on January 3, 2010

An interesting piece over on Bleeding Cool hints that we could possible be seeing Darth Vader going head to head with Superman.

The return of the inter-company crossovers. With Paul Levitz leaving, there may be less of an impediment to the Marvel/DC crossovers that have been stymied for a while. How soon until Batman/Daredevil by Bendis and Mack? Of course much bigger news will be the DC Universe, Dark Horse and LucasFilm getting into bed for crossovers with epic proportions.

It is very vague, but we could definitely be seeing some kind of crossover with some Star Wars characters and comic book characters.

What are your thoughts? What crossovers would you like to see?

Image from Comicbooks

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Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths – New images from the animated feature

Posted by LiveFor on December 30, 2009

We finally get a proper look at the Justice League’s evil, alternate-Earth counterpart, The Crime Syndicate, in these pictures from Warner Bros forthcoming animated film. The picture below shows Johnny Quick, Ultraman, Superwoman and Owlman. As you’ve probably guessed they are the evil Earth 2 version of The Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

That means The Jester (above) is an heroic version of the Joker and the pumped up Jimmy Olsen (bottom) is a bad guy.

Source: MTV Splashpage

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Pirate and Caveman Batman? The Return of Bruce Wayne

Posted by LiveFor on December 9, 2009

Last we saw of Bruce Wayne he was hit by an energy beam from Darkseid and was sent tumbling way back into the past.

The DC Universe at large thing he’s dead and Dick Grayson has taken on the mantle of the Bat. All of this was the brainchild of Grant Morrison.

Next year DC Comics will launch a new six issue series by Morrison called Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. In it we will see Bruce trying to reclaim his memory, his identity and his proper place in time and space.

Morrison spoke to USA Today about the series and here are some of the highlights.

Return is a fairly intricate time-travel story in which the world’s greatest hero, the optimum man, is up against the supreme challenge to his ingenuity and skill. How does Batman get out of the ultimate trap? It has a mystery and an apocalyptic countdown going on, there are some major twists and reveals, and it sets up big changes to the Batman universe status quo.

The first episode is set in the Late-Paleolithic Era, the second is in Pilgrim-era Gotham Village, and we also get to see Gotham in Western or noir style.

Each of the stories is a twist on a different “pulp hero” genre — so there’s the caveman story, the witchhunter/Puritan adventurer thing, the pirate Batman, the cowboy, the P.I. — as a nod toward those mad old 1950s comics with Caveman Batman and Viking Batman adventures. It’s Bruce Wayne’s ultimate challenge — Batman vs. history itself!

I’ve tried to thoroughly research each time period so that the stories work not only as at least fairly plausible reconstructions of life in the real 17th or 19th centuries but also as romanticized “pulp” versions too, while at the same time referencing the more extravagant history of the fictional DC Comics Universe in the background.

This is more for me about putting Batman/Bruce Wayne through my own, and my collaborators’ version, of the ultimate test of who and what he is. So far I’ve had him overcome the Devil, Madness and Death; now we see him, truly lost, amnesiac, and stripped down to basic human survival mode in some extremely hostile environments and unfamiliar situations. He’s the best fighter in his world, he’s one of the smartest and most driven men who ever lived, but we’ve seen him outwit the Joker 10,000 times. This was a way of taking the character off the grid, as they say, and reminding readers what kind of man he is and what he’s capable of. If you wonder why Batman is so cool — here’s why Batman is so cool.

This is an attempt to look at a very familiar character from some unusual angles. And it’s about Bruce and who he is — I want to remind people how the man and the mask are inseparable parts of a terrifying whole.

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DC Comics Blackest Night Lego style

Posted by LiveFor on December 7, 2009

Cool artwork by Ulises Farinas who has taken the Green Lantern DC Universe crossover story Blackest Night and made it all Lego.

Source: io9

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Green Lantern – Rorschach may be Sinestro and Superman could be in it

Posted by LiveFor on October 17, 2009

sinestroOkay calm down. Before I go any further let me just say that this is a rumour from Harry Knowles over at AICN. However, he states it is from a pretty reliable source from someone working on the film. We know Ryan Reynolds is playing Hal Jordan in the Martin Campbell directed Green Lantern film, but until now there hasn’t really been much movement on who will be playing the other roles.

Here is what Harry had to say:

This story came from someone working on the film. That part is solid, what isn’t – and won’t be till it all gets finalized is the fact that JACKIE EARLE HALEY is leading the list to play SINESTRO!!! That’s just about perfect in my book! Something that makes me absolutely giddy as all hell!

Oh… and according to my source, it’s looking like SUPERMAN will be making a cameo, but that all depends upon how… other DC things go, but it is an indicator that DC is paying attention and taking note of what MARVEL is doing, which has excited all of us so much! But remember, you heard it all here first!

Jackie Earle Haley as Sinestro. For those not in the know Sinestro is the big bad of Hal Jordan’s tales – he used to be a Green Lantern who trained and was a friend of Hal’s but it turned out he was a bit of a nasty chap. Haley was great as Rorschach and is Freddy Krueger in the remake of Elm Street.

In my opinion he has the right face for Sinestro, but he is a little short for the purple faced fella.

As for Superman cameoing (no word if that would be Brandon Routh) well I really hope they have some kind of cameo from him or a few other DC characters just to tie it all in as that is what we comic fans love and geek out on.

Do you think Jackie Earle Haley is the right fit for Sinestro? If not him who? How should they get Superman or other DC characters to cameo in it?

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Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths – New DC Comics animated feature

Posted by LiveFor on September 16, 2009

I have still not got hold of the new Green Lantern: First Flight or seen any of the Superman / Batman: Public Enemies animated films that DC have recently released (if any PR people reading this have any screener copies they want to send me to review then send them my way – hey that’s one of the perks of running this site).

However, I do love cartoons, comics and superheroes so anything like this is immediately cool in my book.

MTV had this first look at the new film and it is based on some classic stories from the DC universe – some footage has now been released.

Written by Justice League alumni Dwayne McDuffie and Bruce Timm serving as executive producer, the feature borrows themes from DC’s “Crisis On Infinite Earths” and Grant Morrison’s “JLA: Earth 2” storylines with a heroic version of Lex Luthor traveling from a parallel Earth to enlist the aid of the Justice League in thwarting their evil counterparts, The Crime Syndicate. Owlman stands out as the most notable foe, apparently putting “the balance of all existence in peril” according to Warner Bros.
Earth 2 featured an alternate Earth where all the Justice League heroes had their evil counterparts (see the pic below) and was a very cool tale from the man who brought us The Invisibles, We3, Animal Man and so many more good things.
Crisis on Infinite Earths is a true classic and featured the DC multiverse being obliterated one Universe at a time. It also featured the death of Supergirl and Barry Allen who was the first Flash to don the full red suit. Since then Barry has returned and a new version of Supergirl has since appeared. That is the trouble with comics. No one stays Bucky dead anymore…not even Bucky although I don’t mind that so much as his time as the Winter Soldier and the new Captain America have been very cool.

Any way I digress and apparantly switched comic book universes in that last paragraph.

The feature’s voice cast will include stars Mark Harmon (“NCIS”) as Superman, James Woods (“Ghosts of Mississippi”) as Owlman, Chris Noth (“Sex and the City, Law & Order”) as Lex Luthor, William Baldwin (“Dirty Sexy Money”) as Batman, Gina Torres (“Serenity,” “Firefly”) as Super Woman and Bruce Davison (“X-Men”) as the President.

All in all this is shaping up to pretty darn tasty. Anyone else excited about it?

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Sylvian White talks Ronin and Castlevania

Posted by LiveFor on September 14, 2009

Ronin06[1]Director Sylvian White is currently working on DC’s The Losers. MovieWeb recently caught up to him to speak about his proposed work on an adaption for Frank Miller’s Ronin and the video game Castlevania.

“Well, you always worry about being pin holed,” said White. “I haven’t been yet. You always worry about that, no matter which genre you do. Luckily for me so far, every time I’ve done a movie it’s been a completely different genre. If I went to Ronin, it would be a very different genre from this movie, even though the source material is still a graphic novel. You’re going from a gritty action film to a sci-fi, fun, light and contemporary action film to a very dark, futuristic sci-fi film, so I’m not worried.”

How close would he be to the original comic – would he be shooting frame for frame or instead take more freedom with the project? “The fortunate thing is that Ronin is some of Frank’s earlier work,” said White. “What works for me in the graphic novel, aesthetically-speaking, is the design of Aquarius and the design of New York. So I would pay homage to him more in the production design versus the actual frames. The frames in Ronin are some beautiful frames. To me the beautiful thing about Ronin is the production design, the character design and the colors that are used. I think you can frame things with much more depth and beauty on film than you can in a graphic. Replicating frames, that’s a different language. You want to always stay true to the graphic novel, but you’re watching a different medium. You never want to remind the audience that they’re watching a graphic novel or [something from] a graphic novel source. You just want them to watch a great movie. If they know it’s based on a graphic novel, awesome and if you make the fans happy because you paid good tribute to the source material, awesome. I don’t think you make fans happy by just replicating frames. What they want to see is that you stayed true to the story, true to the characters and true to the design.”

The director continued to explain his vision for the film. “It’s a big-budget, big blockbuster take on it,” White said. “I’d love to do it in 3D. I think it’d be ridiculous and amazing. That’s an additional budget issue, but it’s the kind of movie that would be great. I think it’d make a brilliant video game as well, something along the lines of ‘Assassin’s Creed’ but from a first-person perspective. I think it’s just a great property and a great concept. It’s got so many ideas in it in terms of commentary and philosophy. Frank Miller is a genius when it comes to that. It took so long because the source material is so complex. It’s very difficult, and it’s not linear, and it doesn’t really fit into a film format off the bat. It’s not a straight adaptation like ‘300 was or even Watchmen. It’s not as simple. I think with Ronin we need a little bit of streamlining, otherwise it’s too esoteric. You need a little bit of streamlining, but the story and the characters, if I get to do that movie, will all be there. I’m the guy who wants to respect the authors and the source material as a fan of graphic novels who grew up reading them. It’s something that needs to be done right.”

What is the deal with the adaption of Castlevania?

Castlevania is a project that I developed for a couple of years at Universal. We got to a really good point, then the division of Universal folded, and I jumped on another movie. Now it’s set up somewhere else, and I believe that someone else got attached. It’s one of my favorite video games, and I’m a huge video game player. I played that game for 25 years, and I loved developing it. I almost feel like I’ve already shot it because I was so into it for a while. I think it’ll be a great movie if they do it right,” concluded the director.

I’ve never played Castlevania so I am open to whatever it looks like on screen. As for Ronin, it is one of those graphic novels that gets raved about, but to be honest, it left me a little cold when I read it. Still it may work well on the big screen.

What are your thoughts on the two adaptions?

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