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With Marvel Studios getting all the attention these days (you heard Spidey is coming back to Marvel, right?) We haven’t heard much from the DC camp. Sure, hearing about the casting announcements and rotations on the upcoming Suicide Squad movie (which is gonna a be nuts!) makes for a good proverbial snack, DC/Warner Bros. need to give something more. Well more they have given!

How about our first look at Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman from Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice? That ought to do, right? (more…)

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Diversity is a loaded word when it comes to the four-color world of comic books and superheroes. For some, it’s an eye-rolling attempt at political correctness to force characters of different colors and religious and sexual persuasions into stories that supposedly don’t need them. Others see it as cynical money grab by tone-deaf publishers, namely DC and Marvel, to improve sales by enticing noob readers into buying books with characters who look like them on the covers. Me, I see it as strips of the quilt that has made up my reading material in and out of comics since I foolishly ripped the pages out of a copy of Charlotte’s Web my mother gave me when I was seven to make paper airplanes. I don’t need to be able to relate to a character before I pick up a book no matter the genre because I’m just as likely to be the last survivor of the planet Krypton as I am the reincarnated soul of a bloodthirsty mercenary sent back to Earth as a spawn of Hell. So just make sure the yarn holds my attention and I’ll judge it on its own merits. However, when I do find a character I see some of myself in, I’m hooked for life. Heroes and a few villains like Easy Rawlins, Sherlock Holmes, Batman, Nino Brown, and Black Manta. But when I saw Black Lightning, the protector of Suicide Slum, on the cover of a Justice League of America comic in 1979, I said that’s me.  (more…)

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There’s more to Aquaman than the hackneyed “he talks to fish” joke. He’s far cooler than most people ever give him credit for. He’s a born leader, handles hardships like a boss, and gets shit done. The moment the character grew a beard and jabbed a trident on the stub that was once his left hand,  cemented him as a total bad-ass in my book. I  mean seriously, why would anyone doubt a guy that has the potential to summon a Sharknado? Still, the vast majority of pop culture enthusiasts just think of him as that homoerotic water boy who rides giants seahorses.

While recent media outings like the DC Animated feature Justice League: Throne of Atlantis have tried to reintroduce the king of the 7 seas to some decent fanfare, Aquaman’s cool factor tows the line to a small (maybe not so small) pocket of fans who appreciate and understand him.  It will be real interesting to see how the characters star meter rises (or falls) when Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa dons the scaly orange suit and raises the royal trident when he appears in Batman v Superman and the eventual Justice League movies and Aquaman standalone film. (more…)

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I am and always have been a big fan of DC’s King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman.  In fact, I like most aquatic  characters I’ve come across in my years of reading comic books like Aquaman’s counterpart at rival  Marvel,  Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, Tempest, Mera, and K’aldur’ahn, the updated Aqualad who made a big name for himself on the late, lamented Young Justice (I’m still salty about that one, CN).  I  like them all but King Arthur (Curry) is still the big fish for me though because he was the first one I saw  riding giant seahorses under the sea with concentric circles coming out of his head summoning  hammerhead sharks in animated shorts and on The Superfriends.  So imagine my surprise when I  discovered he’s now the butt of ironic hipster jokes on Family Guy and Robot Chicken.  The latest  animated offering from the smoothly functioning machine that is Warner Brothers Animation aims to  rehabilitate the monarch’s image with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and it is off to a good start. (more…)

Justice League Dark

With Warner Bros. set on quickly expanding their DC Cinematic Universe, it comes as no surprise that more news is starting to surface regarding the future of Guillermo del Toro‘s movie adaptation of Justice League Dark. Having managed to juggle his fantastically busy schedule; writing and handing in a finished screenplay to the suits at Warner just before Christmas, this is by no means a transient money-grabber for the ever-proverbial workaholic. Guillermo has been working on the project alongside the studio for many years now, and it seems that both parties want to knock things into gear–or at least kick-start the creative engine. With no solidified release date in sight yet, we have news on potential characters who could be set to feature in the dark superhero franchise. (more…)

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We haven’t heard much about the Fables movie since it was announced almost two years ago. Fans of Bill Willingham‘s Vertigo series were ecstatic, and we were too, but then it seemed to just fade away. Just like some of your favorite fairy tale memories fade with time. Well we might be hearing more soon because the project is finally moving forward with an additional screen writer assigned to turn Willingham’s comic book masterpiece into a workable big screen script. Who’s been tagged with the writing chore? We’ve given you a hint in the title… (more…)

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The Suicide Squad cast just got that little bit less impressive. In fact, scratch that, the Suicide Squad adaptation has just been dealt a major blow. Latest news is that Tom Hardy – who was due to play the role of the leader Rick Flagg – has had to drop out of the tent-pole adaptation. The Mad Max and Inception actor was set to co-star with Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne in the DC Comics adaptation, which is being written and directed by Fury’s David Ayer. (more…)

Spiderman

Nothing beats a good ‘is-Spider-Man-going-back-to-Marvel’ rumor. This one is especially good due to the source that it came from. It’s no secret that Marvel and Sony have been conversing with each other regarding a deal to bring Spidey into Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. We seen some of the conversations that were shared through the Sony Hacks scandal just before Christmas. For some Marvel fans, it looked like Christmas had come early in the form of speculative talks about Spidey returning home.  Supposedly the web-slinger would appear in Marvel’s 2016 release Captain America: Civil War. However, talks dissipated as a deal could not be reached that satisfied both parties. Consequently, the natural assumption was that Spidey was to remain at Sony, and they were unsure how to move forward with the character due to the lackluster performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2but now we have something a little more concrete. (more…)

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We’ve seen a couple of Alex Luther‘s fan made videos and teaser trailers before. The Marvel Vs. DC Epic Trailer was pretty damn good. This time around he’s pitting Earth’s Mightiest Heroes combined against the incredible power of the Dark Side. That’s right, Emperor Palpatine and his Sith Apprentice Darth Vader are bringing all their powers to bear on Earth. Who can save us? Certainly not some scruffy Nerf Herder like Han Solo. This is a job for the likes of Superman, Iron Man, Batman, Thor, The Green Lantern Corps, and Star Lord. Wait… who the hell is Star Lord? (more…)

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This is a pretty wild rumor, in fact it’s a ridiculous and far “out-there” rumor to be precise. However, with Warner Bros. yet to comment, we can have a little fun with it. The rumor is regarding an image that appeared online on Friday that looks like it has come from promotional material for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. On the image, it has the movies coming in two parts, with Part I titled Enter the Knight, and going to theaters on October 23, 2015, and Part II, Dawn of Justice, due  on the original release date, March 25, 2016. (more…)