Giant DC Update: More Super Hero Movies From WB, ‘Teen Titans Go!’ Returns to Cartoon Network, & The Third Wave of the New 52
Whew! After what was months of talking out the ass about Marvel it seems DC is reminding us why they’re the other half of the “Big Two.” We’ve heard they’re really moving ahead with a Justice League movie and it’ll supposedly be darker and more mature than we’d expect. They’re actually going to attempt a Wonder Woman movie. And now it’s being reported DC and Warner Bros. have even more super hero movies planned.
Variety‘s got the scoop on all of DC and WB’s plans, which also now include Flash, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Lobo, the Suicide Squad and Shazam movies. That’s a lot of projects lined up and it sounds pretty damn ambitious. The first thing we’ll be seeing in theatres of course in Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, but there’s been little in the way of promotion for that. I expect they’re holding back until San Diego Comic-Con, where they’ll likely be releasing the first bit of footage. In addition to Man of Steel and the half dozen other proposed super hero movies, WB will likely be rebooting Batman very soon. With so many plans for so many super hero movies you’d think WB only just remembered they owned these comic book properties at all!
Hit the jump for news on Teen Titans GO!‘s return as well as what books DC is rolling out for their third wave of the New 52.
Well, that didn’t take long. Teen Titans Go!, one of the many adorably awesome shorts airing during DC Nation is about the becomes a full series. The show will be a 30-minute, animated, comedy program and will, I’m sure, become part of the DC Nation block on Cartoon Network.
Comic Book Movie has the entire press release, but the most important bit is all the principle voice actors from the original series – Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven and Hynden Walch as Starfire – are returning! In fact, they began recording today! See:
Been hard to keep this pizza flavor a secret, but Teen Titans is a GO!! Recording episode 1 r now!! twitter.com/tarastrong/sta…
— tara strong (@tarastrong) June 8, 2012
Here’s a taste of what Teen Titans Go! has been like in the shorts,
Still plenty of action, but their super-deformed style lends itself more to comedy, of which there was plenty in the original series, too. I don’t know about you, but I’m stoked for this show to return as a full series. This also gives me lots of hope we’ll see Super Best Friends Forever! make the leap from shorts to full half hour before long!
Finally, DC also does comic books, just in case you forgot. And after the success of their relaunch, the New 52 sales have begun to level out, and you know what means?!? Unnecessary renumbering and new books! The third wave of the New 52 will begin with four new books as well as all the current titles getting “special” #0 issues. These zero issues will focus on laying out the backstories for all of DC’s characters who had their histories rebooted last year. Speaking to the Associated Press, Dan Didio said,
“We started at different points for the different series,” DiDio said, adding that having every title go to zero with stand-alone stories helps readers, established and new, “find a level playing field and creates another jumping on point.”
Lee said each of the books will help fill in the blanks of some characters’ origins or present a full origin story.
“We underestimated the hunger and appetite that readers would have for this backstory when we launched,” he said. “The readership has been very intrigued in finding out the backstory in the five years since the emergence of the Justice League.”
While this sounds cool and all, I’m more intrigued by the new books they’re releasing,
Dubbed the third wave, the new titles include “Talon,” which spins out of the pages of Batman and is written by James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder and illustrated by Guillem March.
“Sword and Sorcery” is written by Christy Marx and drawn by Aaron Lopresti. It sees the debut of 1980s fan favorite Amethyst, whose alter ego Amy Winston comes to realize she’s the lost princess of Gemworld. The title has a back-up story written by Tony Bedard and drawn by Jesus Saiz that brings Beowulf versus Grendel to a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
“Team Seven” sees the formation of a team designed to counter Superman.
That title, written by Justin Jordan and illustrated by Jesus Merino, has ties to many of DC’s current comics because it includes characters like Steve Trevor, Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller, John Lynch, Cole Cash, Alex Fairchild and Slade Wilson.
The fourth, “The Phantom Stranger,” shows its namesake learning more about his true origin, his ties to Pandora and his role in creating The Spectre, long a mysterious and powerful hand of vengeance.
Didio himself is writing The Phantom Stranger and Brent Anderson is illustrating. Wow, I kind of love this line-up. And I have to wonder why it took them so long to start rolling out these books? Guess quite a few had to fail first.
Of these four new books the Sword and Sorcery title interests me the most. And not just because its first arc will star Amethyst – though that is completely rad! – but after enjoying the shit out of Demon Knights I’m down for more fantasy comics. Don’t get me wrong, I love my capes, but every once and a while you want something a little different. io9 has an interview with Christy Marx in where she dishes all the deets on the return of the crystalline warrior princess, check it out!
Whew! Seriously, this is a lot of DC news. What are you most excited for? The prospect of more DC super hero movies? The return of Teen Titans Go!? Or the new titles and zero issues announced as part of the New 52’s third wave?