For this weeks Superhero-Round Up we bring you a handful of smaller story of note and interest. Yes, I am aware that tonight, nerds all across North America are currently have minds blown by The Avengers and yes I do have something related to Joss Whedon‘s mind blowingly awesome superhero epic (that NB has reviewed here). Don’t worry, we won’t forget you Avenger fanboys/girls.

Coming up, we have word that the Green Arrow TV series is most defiantly hitting CW sometime soon, DC launches another TV campaign to sell the New 52 to you, and…. Saddly, some bad news for Spider-Man purists. Like really bad. Like… if you hated the biological webshooters from the Sam Rami movies, you are going to want to fire bomb Marc Webb‘s house.

Up first, we’ll cover the Avengers. Your Superhero Round-Up starts after the jump.

Via exastris, apparently this kitten is also worthy enough to wield Mjolnir. Ok, I didn’t say it was BIG Avengers news. Cut me some slack, we’ve given you all we have to give… what more do you want?

Oh, yea, the Spider-Man news.

Now take a deep breath and pray this is a false rumor. If you don’t want spoilers or you don’t like it when movies make strange and senseless changes to a comics story, scroll past the next few paragraphs.

Devin Farcai, from BadAssDigest, has apparently been sitting on a doosey of a spoiler for quite some time. After the release of the latest trailer that apparently hints at the drastic changes in the origin story, he made it public.

“Three sources have told me this, but I held it. I didn’t see the point in running it now, when the movie has been shot and edited and is ready to go. Nothing can be changed. But then the new trailer hits today and all but spells this out, so what the hell, here we go:

Spider-Man’s origin has been changed in The Amazing Spider-Man. The spider bite no longer gives Peter powers, it rather activates something already in his genetic structure. Something placed there by his father. Peter Parker is no longer super-powered by chance, but rather by design.”

*sigh* Well, now I know why I had a bad feeling about this movie. After watching the new trailer for a second time, I saw the hints there, this rumor is very very plausible and also a movie breaker for me. The beauty of Peter Parker is that he was just a regular kid that suddenly got great power, had to take on great responsibility, yadda yadda ya. Making him a genetically altered (no doubt by his mysterious parents and Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard) predestined for power cheapens that in my opinion. It also counts as senseless meddling with comic book canon and well… we all know how that goes.

Speaking of senseless meddling, wanna buy the New 52 all over again?

As the one year anniversary of the DCnU nears, DC comics is offering local retailers another chance to advertise on TV for the release of the first round of collected editions, hitting store shelves this summer.

Via Bleeding Cool:

30 second spot

2 Minute spot

Now, DC Entertainment is offering an astounding 75% co-op for stores to run these on commercials on their local stations. , As someone who works in the broadcast industry, even for only 25 cents on the dollar, I still say they are not worth it. Don’t get me wrong, the fanboy in my loves the motion comic look and the fake Trent Reznor soundtrack, but I really don’t see anything in them that would attract a ‘new reader’

Maybe show the uninitiated that comics are not a genre but just a story telling medium, rather than just some flashy images of Superman in jeans.

Ready for more TV news?

The CW will announce their upcoming fall schedule on the 17th of May and according to the Hollywood Reporter, Arrow will be on it. The grittier/realistic take on the DC Comic’s character Green Arrow will be part of the networks attempt to capture a younger audience. We’ve already had a few things to say on this project (that it will suck), and while we won’t know till the 17th if it makes the cut, maybe we are closer to seeing it (suck).

This has really been a bit of a bummer round-up, hasn’t it. To make up for that, I’ll leave you on a high note, the ultimate superhero supercut from SleepySkunk just ro remind you that we’ve had some fantastic superhero movies over the past few years. Granted, some not so fantastic ones are in there two, but hey… it’s still fun.


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