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This is another story about why it seems like Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment don’t seem to be entirely sure that they know what they’re doing so far as movies based on DC Comics characters are concerned. Today’s installment of “What are they thinking?” brings us back to the subject of Justice League Dark, the proposed adaptation of DC’s premier supernatural super-team by fan favorite filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the project, and now we can reveal why: it’s over. Well, at least for del Toro. In other news, Warners is doing some shuffling, certain comic book projects will be fronted by them, and others will be fronted by New Line. You know, the pressing stuff. (more…)

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Of course, it’s kind of a running gag for comic book readers, how exactly can no one see that Clark Kent and Superman are one and the same all because of a pair of glasses? Sure, in spite of the obvious we believe that a man can be so thoroughly disguised by some eyewear, but it’s been in the back of our collective minds throughout the nearly eight decade history of the Man of Steel. Well, the jig is up! As part of the new normal after DC Comics‘ recent Convergence crossover, Superman is about to be exposed as Clark Kent and vice versa. (more…)

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For years we’ve talked about the massive documentary project that was chronicling the production and combustion of the Superman movie that was to be directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage. The end result of those efforts, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, will be available on VOD this coming July. Along with Jodorowsky’s Dune, which chronicled Alejandro Jodorowsky’s attempt to make a version of Frank Herbert’s Dune in the 70s, there seems to be a trend of making documentaries about movies that never happened. But two films don’t make a trend, so how about three? Straight out of Australia comes word that a new doc is in development, this time the subject is George Miller‘s abandoned Justice League movie Mortal. (more…)

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You may recall that just a few days ago, filmmaker Michelle MacLaren walked away from the director’s chair on the upcoming Warner Bros./DC Entertainment live-action film version of Wonder Woman. Citing the ambiguous rationale of “creative differences,” which is about as old an excuse as it is mysterious, MacLaren’s departure from the project could be viewed as a black eye for a production slate of DC Comics-based films that has been struggling for years to come to fruition. With a 2017 release date etched in stone, the studios had to move quickly, and they have. Now, Wonder Woman has a new director, and she is also no stranger to trying to make comic book movies work despite “creative differences.” (more…)

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Well, this was almost sadly inevitable, and things were going so well for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment with Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice coming out in less than a year, and Suicide Squad building some solid hype now that productions begun… As of this morning though, there’s news that there’s now trouble in paradise, or rather on Paradise Island. The long suffering superhero franchise in waiting, Wonder Woman, must now endure another setback, and it’s an old story if you’ve been following along with the seemingly decades long attempt to make the Amazonian princess into a big screen action star. Sadly, the search for a director is on again with Michelle MacLaren out of the job. (more…)

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After years in development hell, the new series based on the DC Comics/Vertigo title Preacher seems to be really coming together. Under the auspices of the cable channel AMC and executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the casting process for the series has been going full-force the last week, and now another important piece of the acting puzzle’s been filled. When Jesse Custer departs on his trip across America to find God next year, he will have the assistance of one of the most important characters from the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon graphic novel. Hint: he drinks blood. At least when he’s not drinking alcohol. (more…)

DC Pulls Plug on Controversial ‘Batgirl’ Cover

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Although it’s one of the most revered Batman stories ever told, Batman: The Killing Joke still has its critics. Primarily, The Killing Joke is an example of “woman in the fridge,” even before the term came into popular use in the 90s. Basically, Barbara Gordon/Batgirl is shot and paralyzed by the Joker as a means to torture her father Commissioner Gordon, and although the comics eventually built Barbara back up as the powerful information broker Oracle before she got the use of her legs back, many still read a misogynistic turn in the book by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. So when the artist on the current Batgirl series decided to pay homage to The Killing Joke for a special variant cover, let’s just say it reopened old wounds. (more…)