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RIP Steve Ditko – 7 Unsung Characters

 

This weekend we mourn the loss of one of the comic book industries greats. Steve Ditko died at the age of 90. Working on both Marvel and DC throughout the years, Ditko partnered up to co-create some of histories greatest characters that almost everyone has heard of. Heroes like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, villains like Green Goblin and Dormammu. He even gave us supporting characters that would go on to take some of the spotlights like Wong, Clea, Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson. But are there others that don’t get as much limelight? Here’s a list of 7 great Ditko created characters that don’t get enough recognition.

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As the DC Extended Universe expands on the big screen and DC characters are taking over the small screen with The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, and Supergirl (not to mention Lucifer, which will hit screens early next year), DC comics fans are more excited than they have been in years.  After Warner Brothers announced their upcoming slate of DCEU films, which included solo movies from most of the Justice League as well as two Justice League movies, fans began to speculate as to which other characters from DC’s stable would show up on some screen, in some fashion.  Well, DC fans, we have some absolutely stellar news for you: Booster Gold and Blue Beetle will be teaming up for a buddy-cop superhero movie that will be directed by Greg Berlanti. (more…)

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While doing a panel at Wizard World Chicago over the weekend, fan favorite Nathan Fillion was asked which superhero he’s like to play on the big screen. Remember that he’s dipped one foot into Marvel‘s Cinematic Universe in Guardians of the Galaxy and the other in DC‘s animated features voicing Green Lantern, so there is a slew of characters for him to choose from. Which did he pick? (more…)

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Here’s Katy Mor and Jettie Monday as a charming pair of gender-swapped Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. Can they be canon? Photographed by Bill Nash. (CBM)

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Don’t Tease Me DC Nation

When Green Lantern: The Animated Series premiered Friday night (which, btw was surprisingly good), I only caught a glimpse of this trailer. I picked that moment to go to the fridge, damn it. Well, luckily the internet has delivered, the tease trailer for next years DC Nation block on the Cartoon Network is on DC’s YouTube channel. Oh has it delivered.

It flips past with quick cuts fast as hell, but there is a lot to get excited about. In addition to the shows Green Lantern and Young Justice, we see avery anime looking Batman (that almost makes up for the horrible looking Beware The Batman), a tie in to the video game Gotham City Imposters, Teen Titans à la Tiny Titans, Lego Batman, CLAYMATION BATMAN… sorry, was getting excited again. The teaser also has a few shots recycled from unseen pilots or test footage, the live action Blue Beetle and  the Andy Suriano and Tom Kenny (Sponge Bob Square Pants) produced Plastic Man.

That is just a taste, oh why I am explaining it to you, watch it for yourself after the jump.

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All right, big changes are coming to DC Universe in an effort to condense their ever-so-convoluted history and attract new readers with a simple and safe, #1. A lot of characters are getting new back stories, different histories, and some might not even exist anymore! Needless to say many, many comic book fans are freaking the fuck out. Unless you only woke up from a coma, like 20 minutes ago, you haven’t heard the apocalyptic news that DC is rebooting their universe. Well, reboot might not be a fair word. Relaunch? Revamp? Shake-up? Slight alteration  of everything just enough to piss off your die-hard fans? Yeah, it’s something like that.

Of course this isn’t the only time DC decided change was needed. There’s a reason we refer to certain eras in comics as ‘golden’ or ‘silver’, they predominately refer to differences in characters and stories as they reflect their time period. We’re entering a new age now and it’s exciting, thrilling and a little disconcerting.

Listed here, all in one handy post is every new #1 title beginning in September in the post-Flashpoint DCU. Their covers, their quick solicits and a few snarky comments from myself. I admit now I am no DC expert, just a fan. And there are going to be some books I’ll have little to say about, others I could probably devote an entire post to, but I’ll try an keep ’em short. If I don’t share the same concerns you do about a title or I just say little about your favorite new book please, please, please share your thoughts and feel free to contradict me in the comments section. On to the books!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

Written by GEOFF JOHNS, art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS.

On sale AUGUST 31 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make history! In a universe where super heroes are strange and new, Batman has discovered a dark evil that requires him to unite the World Greatest Heroes! This spectacular debut issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.

I think this sounds solid. We’re going to be introduced to our favorite heroes as younger, more inexperienced people and with the team of Johns and Lee, it’ll rock. They want to put their best foot forward with this book, this’ll be the title that introduces new fans to the core of DCU. It’s great to see Cyborg being included in such an iconic group, too. They’re starting out strong with their whole plan to diversify the DCU. We’ll just see how long that plan continues…

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With Smallville‘s final season quickly coming to a close, it is no surprise that the producers are trying to lure viewers with as many DC comics character cameo’s as they can possibly fit in.

So far in the series, we have had Doomsday, Jimmy Olson, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, The Flash, and many, many more.

The latest to be introduced? The charismatic duo of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.

For non-DC fans, Booster Gold (played by Eric Martsolf in the series) is a overly self-confident superhero from the future who always shows up in the nick of time when a disaster happens, and always stays after for a photo-op. Obviously, this pisses Clark Kent off something fierce, but does teach Clark a few things about marketability and inspiration.

According to an article in TVGuide.com, Martsolf says that he will not be playing the Booster Gold everyone knows at the current stage of DC comic continuity.

The episode takes place in Booster’s very early stages where he’s at his conceited best, where he believes he can do whatever he wants. He’s gonna stay for the photo op and bask in the glory of his heroic efforts

Meanwhile, the Blue Beetle (played by Jaren Brandt Bartlett) will get his origin told on the show, when a mystical blue scarab attaches to him and transforms him into a sort of walking arsenal.

For the first look at the two characters, see the picture below. What do you think?

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What do you think of the characters? Are you excited for the episode, which will air April 22, 2011?

Blue Beetle Live Action Demo Trailer

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About a month ago, we got news that we will be getting a TV show about a hero that wears a metal bug armor. No, it’s not Kamen Rider and no, it’s not the Beetleborgs. It’s DC’s Blue Beetle. To be exact, it’s Jamie Reyes as the Blue Beetle. Now that Comic-Con has come and go, the public finally gets to see the demo trailer that was shown at the show and folks, it’s pretty cool.

While all I know about the Blue Beetle is from the Batman: The Brave and the Bold (the show has Plastic and thus is one of the greatest shows on TV) show, which happens to be Jamie Reyes’ BB, the live action trailer seems faithful to what the costume looks like. Also, it seems that we will see the Blue Beetle during the last season of Smallville, probably in order to prep the audience for the Blue Beetle show. Oh great…just by the simple mention of the show, I now have the damn Beetleborgs theme song stuck in my head.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Live-Action Blue Beetle Series Coming To WB?

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Well folks, it looks like Smallville may not be the end of the DC Universe on television!

Rumors have persisted that another franchise would take the leap to the small screen once Smallville ends its run on TV next season, and it appears that the answer is not one viewers were expecting – Blue Beetle.

DC comics writer Geoff Johns first let the news break on his Twitter account that the first test of the transformation into Blue Beetle was done, and that he was very impressed by it. On the official DC Comics blog, known as The Source, Johns said that they’ve been hoping to bring him to television for a long time.

I feel very fortunate to have been a part of Blue Beetle’s introduction way back in INFINITE CRISIS. I’ve said it before, but thanks to the BLUE BEETLE series launched by Keith Giffen and John Rogers with a great design by Cully Hamner, Jaime Reyes rocks. Great character, great story, great look. He’s already appeared in animation, had action figures and right now he’s on my computer in live-action glory. I have an early special effects test that has been floating around of what his armored scarab-suit could look like. This isn’t final. This isn’t greenlit. It’s only a test that was done.

And that wasn’t all the news either!

Johns also said that he will be bringing that footage to San Diego Comic-Con and playing it to get everyone interested.

Check out the stills after the jump.

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