In the wake of its summer “Flashpoint” event, DC Comics will re-number its entire superhero line, debuting more than 50 first issues in September while introducing “a more modern, diverse DC Universe.”
The sweeping line-wide change debuts on Aug. 31, when the pubisher releases just two comics — the final issue of “Flashpoint,” and the first issue of “Justice League,” under the new creative team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. According to DC’s Source blog, the premiere of “Justice League” will also mark the beginning of same-day digital release for all of the ongoing titles, “making DC Comics the first of the two major American publishers to release all of its superhero comic book titles digitally the same day as in print.”
USA Today announced that the changes include costume redesigns for more than 50 superheroes, sprearheaded by Lee, intended “to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.”
“We looked at what was going on in the marketplace and felt we really want to inject new life in our characters and line,” Co-Publisher Dan DiDio told the newspaper. “This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today’s audience.”
Even though we’ve known for awhile that the film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit would be broken into two parts, we haven’t known the official names. We’ve been bracing ourselves for something Hollywood, like The Hobbit 1 and Hobbit 2: Smeagol’s Game. Fortunately, the titles have stayed classy.
According to the BBC:
“The first film will be called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and will be released in December next year.
“The Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled to be out in December 2013.”
“An Unexpected Journey” happens to be the name of the first chapter in The Hobbit. “There and Back Again” was part of the original title of Tolkien’s 1937 novel, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.
As with Lord of the Rings, we can trust director Peter Jackson to be respectful of the source material. See the full story here
Thank God for cable. With ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW taking the next few months off from sci-fi and fantasy originals, it’d be one long summer filled with little else but reality TV. Lucky for us, cable TV has stepped up big time.
With 27 new series, movies and specials, we can have our fill of genre television. And we’ve got some leftovers, as several spring shows—Starz’ Camelot, BBC America’s Doctor Who, HBO’s Game of Thrones and Syfy’s Sanctuary—continuing into the summer.
ESO Special Edition: Audio of the DWO Podcast Alliance Podcasting Panel recorded live at TimeGate 2011 on Sunday May 29th. Featuring Chip from the ‘Two-minute Time Lord Podcast’, David & Marty from ‘Hoo on Who Podcast’, Denise from “The Little Finish Podcast”, Matt from the ‘US Whocast’, Kirby from ’20MB Doctor Who Podcast’, and Mike & Mike from ‘Earth Station One Podcast’
When Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel comes out next year, it will represent the second time that Warner Bros. has tried to bring back the most famous comic book character in history. When Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns in 2006 it was meant to spring new life into the franchise that had died when Superman IV: The Quest For Peace came out in 1987. Unfortunately the film was rejected by fans and the studio decided to start again with a new origin story. But what if Snyder’s version fails? They can just start again, right? Apparently it’s not that simple.
Variety has published an article looking into the rights issues behind Superman and they are more complicated than you could possibly believe. Unless something changes, by 2013 the rights to the earliest parts of Superman lore will revert back to the estates of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the character’s creators. But it only gets weirder from there. Should events come to pass, the character would actually be split up in two, with some characteristics belonging to DC Comics and Warner Bros. while Siegel and Shuster get the others. According to the report, the creators would own the look of the costume – blue leotard, red cape and boots – as well as his famed ability to “leap tall buildings in a single bound, while all of the villains, including Lex Luthor, and Supes’ ability to fly would stay with DC and the studio.
It’s summer movie time and we’ve got sequels, prequels, reboots and even a few originals coming at you. While we’re hopeful this will be the best summer movie season EVER, we’ve put together a guide that explores our hopes and fears about what’s to come. Well, that and we’ve scrounged up movie trailers for all but one of the 26 movies below.
While Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean jumped the gun, the official summer movie season doesn’t start until today with Memorial Day weekend. So break out the suntan lotion and the popcorn, because it’s time to see what’s worth checking out.
With Colin Farrell signed to take over the role originated by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Total Recall remake, the next question was: who would play the ladies in his life? Well, now we know.
Collider reports that Kate Beckinsale has officially been cast as Lori, the wife of Douglas Quaid (Farrell) in the “real” world, while Jessica Biel will play Melina, the woman he meets in his “other” life as a spy. The roles were played by Sharon Stone and Rachel Ticotin respectively in the 1990 original. There’s no real surprise about Beckinsale’s casting: she was rumored for weeks to have the role, seeing how she’s married to director Len Wiseman, with whom she’s also collaborated on the Underworld films.
“Nazis. I hate those guys.” We agree with you wholeheartedly there, Indiana Jones. Intense hatred aside, we know they weren’t shy when it came to scientific research. UFOs and orbital death rays? Yup, they were working on it. They had other projects, too. And one stands out as more bizarre than some others.
The Nazis wanted to turn man’s best friend into Nazi Germany’s worst enemy, by creating a super-soldier dog that could talk.
According to Time magazine, Jan Bondeson, author of Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities described:
An Airedale terrier named Rolf became a mythic figure of the project after teachers said he could spell by tapping his paw on a board (the number of taps represented the various letters of the alphabet). With that skill in hand, he mused on religion, learned foreign languages and even asked a noblewoman, “Can you wag your tail?” Perhaps most outlandish is the claim by his German masters that he asked to serve in the German army because he disliked the French. Another mutt barked “Mein Fuhrer” when asked to describe Hitler. And Don, a German pointer, is said to have imitated a human voice to bark, “Hungry! Give me cakes!” in German.
It’s been confirmed that Piers Wenger, currently one of Doctor Who’s three executive producers, is leaving the BBC.
Piers succeeded Julie Gardner as Head of Drama for BBC Wales and shortly after became executive producer of Doctor Who, taking an active role in the casting of Matt Smith as the Doctor. He also served as executive producer on Doctor Who: The Adventure Games and Doctor Who Confidential. Away from the TARDIS he worked on Ashes to Ashes, Christopher and His Kind and the relaunch of Upstairs Downstairs.
What’s going on with The Dark Tower? There are problems with the script, the budget is out of whack, and the production has been delayed. Director Ron Howard has finally opened up about the film’s recent troubles—including Javier Bardem’s (sort-of) casting.
In a recent interview, Howard revealed that yes, production on The Dark Tower has been pushed back, but they’ve got a new start date! Instead of fall 2011, they’re looking to get things going early next spring.
Howard said, “We had to pull back to our September start date due to budget delays and ongoing story development and logistical issues, but Dark Tower is moving forward.” That’s great from a production standpoint, but what about the cast?