The next animated feature from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation will be based on 2011’s Flashpoint, the comic that saw the old DC Universe die out and merge into The New 52. It’s an interesting choice to develop a movie based on such a recent comic, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess it’s being chosen to further ingrain The New 52 in the public consciousness. Or they just think it’s a good story. I disagree, but you don’t see anyone asking what comics I want to see become animated features. ::cough::TheKillingJokeStarringMarkHamill::cough::
Opinions of Flashpoint aside, the cast for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox – the animated version’s new title – looks stellar. Fan favorites Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany and Nathan Fillion are all returning as Batman, Lois Lane, and Green Lantern, respectively. Some new, big names are also on the roster, like Ron Perlman as Slade/Deathstroke and Cary Elwes as Aquaman. There’ll be another Batman in this one, too, and as readers of the comics know it’s not Bruce Wayne. Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Rome) will play the other Batman, Michael B. Jordan is Cyborg, Vanessa Marshall (Young Justice‘s Black Canary) is Wonder Woman, Sam Daly (son of often-Superman, Tim Daly) is Superman, C. Thomas Howell (Southland, The Amazing Spider-Man) is the story’s main villain Professor Zoom, and Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy) takes on the starring role of The Flash.
All right, this cast has me pretty excited, possibly enough I’ll overlook their poor decision in adapting Flashpoint. What do you guys think? Conroy back as Batman is always welcomed, but I might even be more pumped for Elwes as the King of the Sea. That’s right, Aquaman fangirl right here.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox will release on DVD, Blu-ray, on-demand, and digitally on July 30th.
Whoops. Seems Kevin Conroy, known to most of us as Batman, may have let it slip what DC property is next to be adapted into an animated feature. While appearing on the Nerdist Channel‘s weekly comic book show, Comic Book Club, Conroy said,
Oh I just, just last night, I recording a new animated movie…that features The Flash, it’s more about The Flash, but Batman is in it as well. It’s a Flash…Flashpoint! Flashpoint? I think it’s Flashpoint.
Flashpoint? Really?!? I mean, I guess I didn’t hate Flashpoint but I think I made myself read it more so for how it birthed DC’s new universe not because it was a particularly good read. Here’s a quick refresher about what went down in the miniseries,
Flashpoint was released in 2011 and was written by Geoff Johns with art done by Andy Kubert. The story shows The Flash(Barry Allen) waking up in an alternate time, where nothing seems to be right his mother is alive, his father is dead, there is no Superman or Justice League, and Citizen Cold is Central City’s greatest hero. After discovering that Reverse Flash is behind everything The Flash enlists the help of Batman(Thomas Wayne) to help him set the events of time right. While doing this Flash meets a mystrious hooded figure who urges him to merge the DC, Vertigo, and Wildstorm universe creating DC’s New 52.
There hasn’t been any official word yet about the slip-up, so there’s still hope it isn’t Flashpoint and Conroy just remembered the wrong title. Somehow though, I doubt it. I can’t think of another DC story with “Flash” in the title or one that would sound anything like Flashpoint. And does this mean Conroy’s voicing Bruce Wayne or Thomas Wayne? I’m confused.
At the moment I’d classify this as rumor. But coming from the mouth of Batman himself, it’s hard not to think it must be true. What do you think? Is a Flashpoint animated film right around the corner?
In a related note, I highly suggest you check out Comic Book Club. I’ve been a fan of their podcast for some time and their show on the Nerdist Channel is just as good, if not better since you can see them. Plus, they’ve had a great line-up of guests thus far. Check out this week’s episode, including Conroy’s Flashpoint bomb drop, below,
Marvel and DC. Two heavy hitters, both with special summer events leading into bigger story lines. But, one of them is playing dirty.
For those of you that don’t know what’s going on. Comic book companies publish a huge story arc, known as an “Event”, which spreads out among multiple books and characters. This basically ass fucks your wallet. You wanna keep up with the whole story? Well you gotta pay! PAY!
For Marvel, it’s their Fear Itself series. On the other side of the super here tracks is DC, who are banking on their Flashpoint story arc. Well, Marvel is being a bully. For every 50 copies of any of the Flashpoint #1’s that retailers rip the cover from, Marvel will send them a rare, variant cover of Fear Itself #6, which can be sold at a higher price.. What…the…fuck!
Fear Itself #2 has already sold more copies than Flashpoint #1. Marvel has already showed it has the stronger of the summer series. Asking people to do this unnecessary destruction is just rubbing salt in the wound. Not only is it a kick in the proverbial balls, but they could very well be pissing on the future of the DCU. Flashpoint is meant to be the lead-in for DC’s new 52 series, relaunching almost every hero and villain the their library. It’s also the beginning of DC’s initiative to sell digital copies of issues on the same day of the print release.
Is it unethical? No, not really. Just a competitive business decision from the higher ups. Douchey on the other hand? Yes.
What do you think? Is this an unfair move from a company already on top?
Super Hero Round Up? All the little Superhero movie and news bits that you should know about, but just can’t make a full post on their own. Sneaks peaks in this roundup includes the Avengers teaser poster, the original Superman Returns opening sequence, everything you want to know about Fear itself and Flashpoint, a new Spiderman Edge of Time trailer, cardboard super hero costumes, Dark Knight Rises teaser gets animated and a Captain Canuck film in development.
San Diego Comic-con News: The Avengers Teaser Poster
Coming straight from the official site for Marvel’s The Avengers the official teaser poster has been released to the public, right in time for Comic-con. Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, this is Marvel’s brass ring-dipped in gold and sprinkled with awesome.
When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, the action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Clark Gregg, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard and Amanda Righetti. The Avengers hit theaters everywhere May 4, 2012.
The DC Comics Universe is about to get a little weird.
Beginning this week with Flashpoint #1, the DC universe has slipped into something not-quite like an alternate universe. It is confirmed that what is happening is indeed real, with all the characters you know and love in slightly different positions. For example, Abin Sur (the purple alien who gave Hal Jordan the Green Lantern ring) is NOT dead, and Bruce Wayne may not be Batman … he’s kind of a casino mob boss (or something like that).
I really don’t know much, because it’s all pretty hush-hush. But, it is an important event that will span all the corners of the DC universe with long-lasting ramifications for everyone. Not just the Flash.
But, we do have one thing to reveal to you from the last page of Flashpoint #1. Now, beware, as this is 100 per cent entering into spoiler territory for those of you who read DC comics (via Topless Robot). But, if you are interested, then click below the jump!
There’s been quite a bit of upheaval in Gotham over the last year or so, particularly where Bats are concerned. Bruce Wayne is no longer the only Batman, in fact he’s been recruiting a whole league of them in Batman Inc. Dick Grayson, former boy wonder became the Batman in Gotham after Bruce died…err was lost in time…err became an evil time bomb. Eh, comics are confusing. Anyway with a new Batman came a new Robin, and after that a new Batgirl. So there are lots of new faces in the Bat family recently.
But there’s one missing, or maybe I should rephrase it to read there’s one I’m missing. Batwoman, Kate Kane, the former marine, kick-ass chick whose not afraid to say she loves the ladies. She’s fierce, passionate and a fantastic addition to the Bat family, even if she’s not been officially sanctioned by the big Bat himself. So where can you catch her daring adventures month to month? Well, you can’t. Her new self-titled series has been delayed, again. Readers were given a preview with Batwoman #0 released back in November of last year with the series to start in February. Then it was pushed to April and you might have noticed ads in your DC books saying this. Well, now the series has been pushed back to September. Can’t a girl catch a break in this man-bat world?
J.H. Williams III who beautifully illustrated Batwoman during her stint in Detective Comics (written by Greg Rucka) is working on both the art and story for the new book and has commented on the delays before,
Well, its obvious to many that Batwoman’s release has been pushed back yet again. This was not our choice, and as to why, I’m not at liberty to really discuss. So the release may be farther away now, but be assured that work is still commencing. The upside to a later release means that gives us plenty of time to get a lot of issues done.
And they have been working really hard. The team of Williams, Haden Blackman and Amy Reader are well through the first arc and are already beginning a second. Now with a push back to September they’ll probably have a year’s worth of comics completed before we can read a single one!
Reader is who confirmed the new start date of September at WonderCon this passed weekend. She says the reasoning for the delay this time is to allow DC to give the Batwoman series a big promotional push. Dan Didio, co-publisher of DC confirmed this. DC does have a lot of new books coming out this summer with the newest crossover event, Flashpoint beginning. But they’ve been planning Flashpoint for a long time and I find it hard to believe they couldn’t have worked Batwoman around this.
I hate to say this but I think Batwoman’s getting screwed. Her run on Detective Comics is what brought me to my local comic book store. Her stories are what made me start reading other Bat-books and then other DC books. I know a lot of other comic book fans have been eagerly anticipating this book and it sucks having to wait so long for series we’ve been craving since Rucka left DC. She’s also a really important character socially. She is one of DC’s few openly gay characters. She’s one of the few DC women to not fit the mold of buxom and blonde. She’s also one of the few females to not bear the moniker ‘girl’. She’s a woman, a Bat-woman. Unlike so many of the other women in DC who are labeled girls while obviously being quite mature. Power Girl, Supergirl, Batgirl. She’s up there with Wonder Woman as one of the few chicks who are allowed to stand toe to toe with the guys.
So no Batwoman until September. All right fine, but I really want an awesome promotion for when the series does begin. I’m talking posters and t-shirts, maybe some special edition covers, I want it all DC because you’re making us wait.