What Was The Only Thing Keeping Superman From Marrying Supergirl?

In every installment of “If I Pass This Way Again,” we look at odd comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced.

Yesterday, I did a list about superheroes who slept with opposite sex versions of themselves. One of the instances was Peter David’s Supergirl, who was a merger between the alien known as Matrix and the human Linda Danvers. You might notice that neither of those two elements have any connection to Superman, so when that Supergirl ended up in an alternate reality, she had no problems pursuing a relationship with Superman. They got married and even had a kid. My pal, Robert, was creeped out by that idea and I told him that if he thinks THAT’s creepy, then I would have a little something even crazier for him!

All said and done, “Superman’s Super-Courtship!” from 1962’s Action Comics #289 (by Jerry Siegel and Jim Mooney, part of Siegel’s tremendous return to the Superman titles in 1959 where he did the best work of his career for DC during the early 1960s, writing some of the all-time greatest Superman issues) is a great story. I featured it years ago in I Love Ya But You’re Strange, because as good as it is, it definitely is a strange, strange story.

The concept of the story is that Supergirl feels bad for Superman being so lonely, so she decides to match him up with some of the most beautiful women in history through some time travel. However, hilarious hi jinks screw everything up. Eventually, Supergirl actually succeeds when she finds a Superwoman on another planet and Superman falls for her heed over heels, but sadly it did not work out, either and Supergirl finally learns her lesson…

But now we get into the creepy territory. The reason Supergirl picked this particular woman? Because she was basically just a version of HERSELF!!

Yep, Superman’s perfect girl was basically just a duplicate of his teen cousin!

Even odder, Superman just flat out TELLS Supergirl this, while explaining, though, that they can’t get married for a very good reason. Is it because she’s a teenager? Or because she’s your first cousin? Nope, because of the laws of a planet that exploded decades earlier!!

“I’d be all OVER you if it weren’t for this old law. Sorry.”

As you might expect, this did not exactly come up a lot in the future.

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From: http://www.cbr.com/what-was-the-only-thing-keeping-superman-from-marrying-supergirl/

Chris Kent’s Rebirth Return Will Be Big For Superman

The big hook of DC Comics’ Superman at the moment is that he’s is a father who is balancing his life as the world’s greatest superhero with being the world’s greatest dad, and setting an example for his son Jon Kent, the current incarnation of Superboy. However, this isn’t the first time in the past decade the Superman books have given Superman a kid to pass on his legacy to, and that kid made his return to the DC Universe last week with a new destiny that brings him into direct conflict with the Superman family.

Who Is Christopher Kent?

In the wake of Infinite Crisis, Richard Donner, Geoff Johns and Adam Kubert introduced Chris Kent, who became the foster son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane for a time. While the arrival of a new Kryptonian greatly interested the US army — especially classic DC Comics character Sarge Steel — Superman was determined that one of the last remaining Kryptonians remained safe and got the same chance that he did after arriving on Earth as a baby. Superman removed the child from the custody of the US government, and thanks to the help of Batman — who was also going through some newly-discovered paternal struggles — Clark and Lois were able to get their hands on documents stating the child was a relative of Clark’s named Christopher.

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Clark tried to help Chris assimilate into Earth culture, but the young boy struggled with his newfound powers, even after Batman created a red sun watch to dampen them when he attended school. Meanwhile, Superman confirmed to the US government and the press that he had taken responsibility for the Kryptonian child, which drew the attention of Lex Luthor who attempted to kidnap Chris Kent with the help of Bizarro, though he was unsuccessful in his endeavours.

Ultimately, it was discovered that Chris Kent was in fact Lor-Zod, the child of General Zod and Ursa, who was conceived in the Phantom Zone. The Kryptonian criminals escaped their prison alongside their heavy Non and attempted to bring their son back into the fold, but thanks to Superman’s inspiration, Chris rebelled against his biological parents and trapped them back in the Phantom Zone, even though it meant he himself would also be stuck there.

Nightwing and Flamebird

Chris Kent returned as a teenager during the “New Krypton” era of Superman comics in the pages of Greg Rucka and Pete Woods’ Action Comics. While in the Phantom Zone he interfaced with Brainiac technology which connected him with another Kryptonian, Thara Ak-Var. Once free from the extradimensional prison, he became the new Nightwing, with Thara acting as Flamebird. At the time, Dick Grayson was Batman in the wake of Final Crisis, and had thus abandoned his Nightwing persona, one that was itself inspired by an old Kryptonian legend Superman once told Grayson about then the latter was still Robin.

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As Nightwing and Flamebird, Chris and Thara made it their mission to seek out and capture Phantom Zone sleeper agents hiding on Earth. But due to the hostility between Earth and New Krypton, they wore fake power armor as a means to hide their true origins. At the time, Chris was undergoing strange biological changes and growth spurts, first to around the age of seventeen, and then again to around twenty-three. It was eventually revealed that this was a plan by Jax-Ur to harvest Chris’ DNA to resurrect Rao, but Chris and Thara both summoned the ancient deities associated with the Nightwing and Flamebird to put a stop to that crisis.

Unfortunately, Thara Ak-Var perished when Lex Luthor and General Sam Lae turned the Earth’s yellow sun to a deadly red, sacrificing herself to turn it back to its traditional color. Chris Kent then took on his father General Zod during the War of the Supermen pushing him back into the Phantom Zone. Once Chris returned to the dimension of his birth, his body reverted to its natural age and size.

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From: http://www.cbr.com/chris-kent-rebirth-superman/

Superman & Wonder Woman’s Future Son Revealed

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Justice League #26

If you’ve ever wondered what the children of Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, or Aquaman would look like, the time for wondering is over. Thanks to DC Comics, every fan gets to see the parentage and superpowers of the sons and daughters of the Justice League. The good news is that they’re every bit the heroes that their parents were, making up the Justice League of the future… the bad news is that they’ve traveled back in time to seek their parents’ help. Because as heroic as their superhero parents taught them to be, the future may be too lost for them to ever save.

The solution, as is usually the case in comic books, is to head back to a time before the world went so wrong. Before Aquaman was corrupted and claimed Cyborg’s body to keep himself alive. Before Mount Olympus was returned to Earth in the middle of New York City. And before the Gods of Olympus saw their powers stolen by the maniacal villain called ‘Sovereign.’ That’s the villain this ‘next generation’ of the Justice League battles in Justice League #26 – and it may be a villain their own parents helped to create.

Writer Bryan Hitch and artists Oclair Albert and Fernando Pasarin will get to that showdown soon enough. But first, let’s get to the good stuff: it’s time to meet the many children of the Justice League. Most notably, the son that would be born from the union of Kal-El of Krypton… and Princess Diana of Themyscira.

Superman Wonder Woman’s Son

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The hero that claims the spotlight – for obvious reasons – is referred to in the issue as simply ‘Hunter,’ but fans won’t need to see DC’s concept sketches to prove that his full name is Hunter Prince, son of the heroine Wonder Woman. In the bleak, battle-hardened future from which Hunter and his League hail, he demonstrates the leadership and strength you would expect from the son of an Amazon. And judging by the vambraces on his arms, the golden lasso on his hip, and even Wonder Woman’s tiara worn as a cuff around his arm, the message is clear: Hunter is his mother’s boy.

Paternal resemblance is tricky to judge in comic books, but the daggers Hunter shoots at Superman when finally confronting him (seen in the artwork at the top of the page) leaves little doubt that he is, in fact, the son of Superman as well. If his build weren’t proof enough, then his cape/cloak layers on the symbolism of a child of two heroes. He wears a golden eagle reminiscent of his mother’s costume as a broach… keeping Superman’s tattered cape hung around his shoulders. Hunter’s arrival is good news for the New 52 fans who hoped to see Superman and Wonder Woman’s romance continue – but had their hopes dashed when the classic Superman replaced the New 52 version.

Why Superman evidently ends up fathering a child with Diana, instead of Lois Lane, is the real question. But it’s not the only one these Justice League kids will raise… and it’s not even the biggest.

The Flash Green Lantern’s Daughter

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The suggestion that any woman other than Iris West could catch Barry Allen’s eye will be blasphemy to some fans, but not those who’ve been reading Hitch’s Justice League series since Rebirth. Yes, Barry has pursued a romantic relationship with Iris in his own Flash comic. But as this new League has formed around the classic heroes and two new Green Lanterns, Barry’s chemistry with Jessica Cruz has been slowly building. Apparently, that momentum will only keep building, judging by the arrival of his speedster daughter – going by the surprisingly apt and clever superhero moniker ‘Cruise.’ She may have her father’s gifts, but it seems she has taken her mother‘s name into her superhero career.

At least, that’s how it seems. The concept sketches actually referred to Cruise as ‘Nora Allen,’ confirming she is the daughter of Barry Allen, possessing his Speed Force connection and his mother’s given name. And while Cruise has yet to explicitly state that Green Lantern Jessica Cruz is her biological mother, pointing a finger in Jessica’s face while explaining that the group is “your children” is convincing. Barry Allen’s future children have changed over the years, and it seems the ‘Tornado Twins’ of the past have been replaced by a single daughter.

The Speed Force being passed genetically isn’t anything new, either. But the real twist of Barry’s offspring comes in the pair’s other children… which we’ll get to soon.

Aquaman Mera’s Daughter

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The least shocking member of the future Justice League is unquestionably ‘Serenity,’ born with the Atlantean name of Eldoris Curry. The daughter of Arthur Curry and his longtime lover Mera, Serenity seems to possess her father’s Atlantean strength and some undefined, potentially magical abilities in traversal and teleportation. Visually, she’s almost a perfect combination of her parents’ most iconic features: the appearance of Mera with her father’s blond hair, and a costume built out of component pieces conjuring images of both.

The exceptionally good news is that while Aquaman’s had his throne stolen in the current comics, things worked out well enough in the future that created Eldoris ‘Don’t Call Me Dory’ Curry. She’s not only a member of the Justice League, but the reigning Queen of Atlantis. We can only hope that means Arthur takes back the throne, and takes Mera as his queen (as fans always expect). The fact that Aquaman loses his love and becomes a force his own daughter must battle is the twist of the story still to be revealed, but it’s not the only one.

When joining her friends for their trip back in time, Eldoris notes that her departure has left Atlantis vulnerable to “Tempest’s forces.” She’s not the only young member of the Aquaman family to rise to greatness in the future, it would seem.

Green Lantern Flash’s Twins?

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The biggest secret of the issue relates to the Green Lanterns of the future Justice League. Well, the Lanterns anyway, also a mixed gender pair combining their powers to make a formidable force for their teammates. The twist is that the two Lanterns – named Jenny and Jason in the actual issue – don’t use a Green Lantern ring at all. Jenny wears the Lantern symbol on her front, and Jason on his jacket… but it’s the Red and Yellow light of the spectrum they use, respectively.

Even more explosive is the fact that their names are revealed to by Jenny and Jason Allen in sketches. And with the pair seeming to stare down Barry and Jessica as Cruise points her finger, it would appear that the three young heroes have come to visit their speedster and Lantern parents. If Jenny and Jason are twins, then it’s a clever way for Hitch to keep tradition alive under new circumstances. But the question of their power is the real head scratcher. Rings are the source of a Lantern’s power, so how it could be passed genetically is a mystery. And even if the pair’s mastery of the Red and Yellow light is a loving nod to their father’s famous color scheme… the fact that they wield it with their hands demands some inspection.

But hey, at least they seem to know who their parents actually are, and how it’s possible for them to procreate. Which is more than we can say for the final Justice League member.

The Son of Cyborg

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No readers need to actually be told which member of the League is related to ‘Cube,’ since the glowing circuitry, the projected holographic maps during their mission, and his ability to both open and prevent Boom Tubes makes it obvious. Yet even if fans accept that Vic Stone remains human enough to father a son, then the mother is completely unknown. Then again, it’s possible that if Cyborg’s method of actually ‘being alive’ is inseparable from his partly-organic, partly-cybernetic existence, his offspring is a similar case. Was Cube born as a flesh and blood child of Vic and a mystery woman… or was he created in the same way that Cyborg was ‘created’ from Vic Stone?

It’s Cube who’s awarded the fewest clues to his parentage in the issue, but the cover art for Justice League #27 shows him going toe-to-toe with Cyborg (and the knowing glare they’re locked in on the final page shows they have some issues to work out, same as everyone else). But if you’ve got an idea about which hero, villain, or digital program will help bring Cube into the world, your guess is as good as ours.

We’ll have to wait and see about the strange, apocalyptic metahuman war that sent the DC’s Earth down the path to the future of this second generation Justice League. Not to mention our hopes for an explanation of why and how Earth’s greatest heroes left behind their children to keep up the fight. But if Hunter and Cruise keep up the flirting shown in the first issue, DC fans may just have a chance to see the powers and parentage of Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Flash in a single body.

Good luck beating that, cyborg Aquaman.

NEXT: Batman Goes Judge Dredd in Cyberpunk Gotham

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From: http://screenrant.com/superman-wonder-woman-son-justice-league/

Mark Millar’s superhero rise from comic book nerd to Netflix winner

Like many comic book writers and artists, Mark Millar’s love of comics began as a young child when his older brother would take him to comic book shops. But now the Scottish author has become the latest beneficiary of the global obsession with bringing the stories to life on the screen, after his publisher Millarworld – whose titles include Kick Ass, Kingsman and Wanted – was bought by Netflix this week.

The price paid has not been disclosed but experts estimated it would be between $50m and $100m (£39m-£77m). It is the first company acquisition in Netflix’s 20-year history and an indicator that superheroes, old and new, will be on our screens for a long time to come.

Dave Gibbons, one of Britain’s most respected comic book artists whose works include Watchmen, began working with Millar in 2012. The pair created Kingsman: the Secret Service, which is among Millarworld’s most successful titles. He said the Netflix deal made a lot of sense for Millar, having successfully translated works such as Kick Ass from page to screen without losing their distinctive essence.

“Mark does think very filmically, which is why I think his stuff does translate and will translate to movies and TV,” Gibbons said. “He has really paid his dues, starting out working on really very straightforward, unambitious comic fare and then upped his game, and by this point he’s already had a career that is quite unique and exemplary.

“And he has learned how to play the game. Us of older generations got kind of screwed over, to one degree or another, with the kind of deals we got doing comics but Mark in particular has very much learned from what happened before and done his business deals in a very canny Scots way.”

Gibbons added: “He’s not backwards in coming forwards and he’s very good at promoting his own brand, as he should be, so I think those are the things that have really led him to be in the rather wonderful position he’s in now.”



Kick Ass, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, was a Millarworld title that was successfully brought to the big screen. Photograph: Allstar/Lionsgate

Millar was born into a working-class Catholic family in the deprived area of Coatbridge, near Glasgow. He was one of six children, with four brothers and a sister, and it was not an easy upbringing. His mother died of a heart attack when Millar was 14, and he had to drop out of Glasgow University after his father died, to help look after his brother. Money was so tight that “the cat ate one day and we ate the next”, Millar once said.

Millar was a 16-year-old comic book obsessive when he wrote Gibbons a letter, though the pair wouldn’t formally meet and collaborate until decades later. “Mark wrote me a fan letter when he was 16 and said that my next step, after doing Watchmen, should be to work with him on a story that he’d created,” said Gibbons. “I’ve got no memory of it but I apparently wrote him a very gracious letter and sent him a sketch and thought nothing of it until years later.”

Millar eventually found himself working on 2000AD, the British title that bred most of the UK’s top talent. By 1994, his work had drawn the eye of American publishers DC Comics, and later Marvel, where his successes included The Ultimates, a reinvention of Marvel’s supergroup The Avengers, which was Time magazine’s comic book of the decade, and is credited as the inspiration for the current Avengers films.

This was when Gibbons said he realised Millar’s talent. “I was such a huge fan of The Ultimates, I enjoyed the stories so much they really made me feel like a kid fan again, haunting my local comic shop to see if the latest issue was in,” he recalled. “There was some wonderful character work. Mark has a really good understanding of human emotions and motivations and he’s the master of the moment that just rocks you, and makes you stop and think ‘wow’.”

Millar’s motivation to start his own company came from the man considered the godfather of comics, Stan Lee. Interviewing Lee for a feature in SFX magazine in 2003, when he was already a well-established writer for Marvel himself, Millar told Lee about his work with Marvel characters. “That’s great, but you should do your own characters instead of doing mine,” Lee said. “I didn’t do Superman and Batman and Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes. I went off and did the X-Men.”

Millar began creating his own characters and storylines and in 2004 left Marvel to launch his own comic book company. It quickly gained momentum and one of the first titles, Wanted, sold over a million copies – making it the highest-selling creator-owned comic of the decade. It was made into a movie starring Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy, which grossed $340m.

However, his most successful jump from comic book to screen came with Kick Ass, in 2010, which he adapted with director Matthew Vaughn. The script was rejected by seven film studios so Vaughn independently raised the $50m needed for the film. It went on to take almost $100m worldwide, was critically acclaimed and spawned a successful sequel.

Kingsman: The Secret Service, first published in 2012, was another box office success for Millarworld when it was adapted into the 2014 film starring Samuel L Jackson, Colin Firth and Michael Caine.

Millar still adores original characters such as Superman and recently purchased the cape worn by Christopher Reeve in the original film, as well as the cat Reeves saved in the film which had been stuffed after it died and later sold.

Throughout his career Millar has embraced working with major film studios and is scathing of those who see such deals – including his sale to Netflix – as selling out. “I want to be Marvel rather than just work with Marvel,” he said.

From: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/08/mark-millars-superhero-rise-from-comic-book-nerd-to-netflix-winner

Which Millarworld comics should Netflix make?

Netflix is looking to repeat the success of “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones” and its other Marvel TV shows by recruiting the creator of “Wanted”, “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman” to rip more comic book adventures from page to screen.

Netflix said Monday it’s buying Millarworld, essentially the back catalogue of comics writer Mark Millar. The works of Millar (and the various talented artists co-creating each book) will be mined to make new movies and TV shows for the streaming service. Several Millar comics are featured in a promo clip tweeted by Netflix to announce the deal, but there’s no word on which will actually hit your screens.

Having started his career in provocative fashion with controversial stories in British comic 2000AD, Scottish writer Millar went on to pen the enormously successful “Superman: Red Son” and other fiery takes on Marvel and DC characters. His Marvel comics such as “The Ultimates” and “Old Man Logan” massively influenced the Marvel cinematic universe.

More importantly, he’s had a few cinematic hits of his own too: “Kick-Ass” has already spawned two movies and the second “Kingsman” film, “The Golden Circle“, is in theatres in September.

Millar confirmed in a blog post that those two properties are happily at home elsewhere in Hollywood and won’t be part of the Netflix deal. So which of the many incendiary Millarworld comics could we see reborn on the streaming service? Here’s some provocative possibilities…

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While they could be several different projects, we’re going to go out on a limb and wonder if an actual Millarworld could be on the cards — a cinematic universe like Marvel and DC’s that unites Millar’s many superheroes into one anthology TV show.

We’ll keep you posted.

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How DC’s Rebirth Reinvented Lois Lane

Lois Lane has been part of Superman’s world from the very beginning. First appearing in 1938’s Action Comics #1 alongside the Man of Steel, the Daily Planet’s ace reporter has been a core character for nearly 80 years, evolving from “Superman’s Girlfriend” (or one leg of a love triangle between Clark/Lois/Superman, or Lois/Superman/Lana Lang) to crime-fighting investigative journalist. Along the way she finally married Superman — who by now she knew was Clark Kent in disguise — and they made an incredible team.

RELATED: How Superman’s Rebirth Redefines The Story of Clark Kent Lois Lane

But with the New 52 reboot, all of that was gone. Gone was the marriage, the relationship, and, to a large degree, even the spark: Lois, no longer infatuated with Superman, dated other guys, while the Man of Steel got close to Wonder Woman. DC Comics’ Rebirth, though, brought back the Lois and Clark of old, and along with them their son Jonathan Kent, a new Superboy. This represented a shift and an evolution for Lois that may be far greater than even the creators behind these stories had anticipated; Lois is now a stronger character than she’s ever been.

While modern fans rightly roll their eyes at early incarnations of Lois as a lovestruck young woman and mere accessory to Superman, when the New 52 untethered her from Kal-El’s orbit her newfound independence ironically diminished her stature both in comics and in the in-story events of the DCU. Lois was no longer an integral part of Clark/Superman’s life, and with their romantic interest in each other all but removed from the comics, her presence was practically interchangeable with any number of strong female supporting characters Clark has interacted with over the years. And with less interaction with Superman came less access to the superhero community at large.

Compare that with now.

Since the beginning of Rebirth, Lois Lane has been presented not only as the equal of Clark Kent, matching him Pulitzer for Pulitzer, and if anything shown as the more exceptional of the two, but is increasingly seen as the equal of Superman.

After all, who could forget this scene from Superman #5?

What changed? Most fundamentally, the presence of Jon Kent. Fighting for truth and justice is one thing, but motherhood has given Lois a more visceral cause. She will protect her son at all costs; in a superhero world, that sometimes means becoming a superhero. The first arc of Trinity, written by ongoing Superman writer Peter Tomasi, also shows Lois being essentially accepted into the club.

Tomasi is no stranger to writing family of superheroes. His acclaimed run on Batman and Robin (and follow-up series) fleshed out the relationship between Bruce and Damian Wayne, exploring how the fact of their father/son dynamic affected their costumed exploits. In Superman, he delves even further into what it looks like to raise a super-kid. This time, with a mom who’s not a supervillain!

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From: http://www.cbr.com/dc-comics-rebirth-lois-lane-superman/

Justice League Movie: Green Lantern & Black Superman Costume Speculated – Cosmic Book News

Following the reveal of the Justice League Comic-Con trailer, speculation is again leading toward Green Lantern and possibly Henry Cavill in a black Superman costume appearing in the movie.

The speculation regarding Green Lantern kicked off earlier today when a Redditor apparently found that an Entertainment Earth exclusive Funko POP! line of glow-in-the-dark silhouette figures is being produced featuring the Justice League. The Redditor theorizes it’s for the Justice League movie as the line features Cyborg, who wasn’t a part of the Justice League animated series, so the line could very well be for the Justice League movie, which of course if true would mean Green Lantern is a part of the film. Possibly the Justice League movie could feature some sort of iconic intro of the Justice League in silhouette form. 

Here is a screen grab of the Funko Pop! Justice League Silhouette GITD figures from the site:

Funko already has GITD (glow-in-the-dark) figures, so the silhouette versions might be darker black or grey transparent versions something along the line of this (via poorbruce): 

Regarding Henry Cavill appearing in Justice League in the black Superman costume, I did a little digging around the Entertainment Earth website myself and found something rather interesting. The Justice League movie Multiverse 6-inch action figure cases lists “Superman Red/Blue” obviously meaning his red and blue costume. The other characters are just listed by name except for Batman who we already know has more than one costume in the movie and is listed with “Tactsuit Batman.” Why wouldn’t they just list Superman as “Superman” instead of going with “Superman Red/Blue?” Does that mean there will be a “Superman Black/White” figure or another color costume for Superman?      

I suppose if we want to continue with the speculation route, may Henry Cavill is really not shaving for his Superman role in Justice League and the MI:6 thing is just a cover?

Hi All, Welcome to the red glow of set….the secrets of which I cannot reveal. This is Adrian Mcgaw my stunt double on MI6. Just wanted to introduce you all. Yes, he looks like Ricky Gervais No, he’s not a slightly miniaturised human male, that’s just camera perspective. And yes, he thinks that by wearing an MI5 t shirt that he’ll make more friends on set. All joking aside though, he’s a top bloke, who just like Wade and all of his “Eastwood Action Inc” stunts team, puts his all into his work. Not scared of a pint either which is always good in my book! @AdrianMcgaw @WadeEastwood #Eastwoodaction #stunties #MI6

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“Justice League” has a November 17, 2017 release directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Willem Dafoe an Atlantean, Nuidis Vulko.

Synopsis:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

From: http://www.cosmicbooknews.com/justice-league-movie-green-lantern-black-superman-costume-speculated

EXCLUSIVE: Action Comics Variants Tease Mr. Oz’s True Nature

DC has provided ComicBook.com with an exclusive first look at a pair of variant covers for September’s Action Comics issues — and, like the solicitation text for those issues, they strongly hint that Superman has a personal connection to the man under Mr. Oz’s hood.

The covers are from artist Neil Edwards, with color by Jeromy Cox, a change from the original solicitations which said the variants would come from Batman artist Mikel Janin.

Given the context of the issue, and a recently-released lenticular cover for Action Comics #988 which appears to show Jor-El being consumed by the same blue energy that has been seen in stories like “Superman Reborn” and “The Button,” it does not seem entirely impossible that Mr. Oz is in fact Superman’s biological father. That theory has gained some traction recently after being spread by Bleeding Cool a little over a week ago.

The cover for Action Comics #987 features Mr. Oz unmasking, and Superman looking shocked. The reader cannot see Oz’s face, although from behind he appears to have a headband and exposed hair — a descriptor that could apply to Ozymandias, Jor-El (in most continuities, including the current version), or numerous other characters, including Booster Gold.

The second image, the Action Comics #988 cover, is blacked out but appears to show Mr. Oz sitting on a throne made from some kind of machinery. The headrest of the chair vaguely resembles the marketing logo that was used for Zero Hour: A Crisis In Time, a ’90s crossover miniseries written by Action Comics scribe Dan Jurgens. Its golden color its general aesthetic could easily be Kryptonian as well.

You can check out the covers in the attached image gallery, and the solicitation text for the issues below. “The Oz Effect,” a two-part mini-event that resolves one of the longest-running mysteries in the Superman titles, will launch on September 13 and conclude on September 27 within the pages of Action Comics.

ACTION COMICS #987
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
Lenticular cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
“THE OZ EFFECT” part one! The agents of the mysterious Mr. Oz begin to move as the Man of Steel works to stop the chaos they unleash in Metropolis and across the globe. But when Mr. Oz steps from the shadows his identity rocks the Last Son of Krypton to his core. The story that began in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 begins to end here!
On sale SEPTEMBER 13 • Lenticular version $3.99 • Nonlenticular version $2.99 US • RATED T

ACTION COMICS #988
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by RYAN SOOK
Lenticular cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
“THE OZ EFFECT” part two! As Superman struggles with the ramifications of Mr. Oz’s identity, the mysterious figure’s origins and the long road to Superman’s doorstep finally reveal themselves.
On sale SEPTEMBER 27 • Lenticular version $3.99 • Nonlenticular version $2.99 US • RATED T

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/08/04/mikel-janin-action-comics-mister-oz-watchmen-rebirth/

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers: DC Solicits Superman Up To Action Comics #1006, But “Status Quo Changing” Action …

DC Comics Rebirth spoilers follow.

Amazon has some of the upcoming Superman in Action Comics, DC Rebirth era, collected editions solicited. Action Comics Volume 5 covers Action Comics #993-999 while Volume 6 has Action Comics #1001-1006. Where is Action Comics #1000? Will the issue itself be over-sized trade paperback worthy book on its own? The solicitations so far:

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 5

Following the status quo-shattering events of “Superman Reborn”, the Man of Steel is not done fighting for his life … not by a longshot.

Superman’s greatest adversaries have united to defeat the Man of Steel once and for all–the Superman Revenge Squad is back with a vengeance! With the combined might of Cyborg Superman, Eradicator, Metallo, Mongul, Blanque and the new acquisition of General Zod, alliances will be tested, families forged and the DCU will never be the same again!

Classic Superman scribe Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN) continues his epic return to the Man of Steel in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 4, collecting issues #993-999.

Superman: Action Comics Vol. 6:

Following the world-shattering events of THE OZ EFFECT, the Man of Steel must come to terms with a new status quo in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 6!

Superman has never faced a challenge like this–how will it change his relationship with Metropolis? And more importantly, with his wife, Lois Lane, and his super son, Jonathan?

Classic Superman scribe Dan Jurgens (THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN) continues his epic return to the Man of Steel in SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOL. 6, collecting issues #1001-1006.

Action Comics #1000. Wow.

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From: http://insidepulse.com/2017/08/03/dc-comics-rebirth-spoilers-dc-solicits-superman-up-to-action-comics-1006-but-status-quo-changing-action-comics-1000-missing/

15 Times Superhero Movies Were Too Faithful To The Comics

Whenever a new comic book movie is announced, the first things fans want to know is “will it follow the comics, or are the filmmakers just going to be making a bunch of terrible changes.” While that might seem like an overreaction these days, there was a time when Hollywood didn’t respect comic books. Often, they’d adapt a comic into a movie that barely resembled the source material. Characters like Bullseye appeared on screen in costumes that looked nothing like the comics, while villains like Bane had their origins and characterization changed so that they felt like completely different characters.

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Thankfully, movies like Spider-Man (2002) and X-Men (2000) proved that movies could be faithful to the comics and still be successful. Since then, Hollywood has learned to embrace comics. While no movie is a perfect adaptation, many modern comic book movies remain true to the comics, and often draw inspiration directly from the original issues. While this is mostly great, there are some things that just don’t translate to live action at all. Or, there are some moments that could’ve worked, but filmmakers were too concerned about including one moment without properly setting it up, robbing it of its emotional impact.

15. DARK KNIGHT RISES GOES TO NO MAN’S LAND

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Part of the appeal of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy is that it’s supposed to represent a somewhat realistic take on Batman. While there were obviously some outlandish elements to the movies, they always felt like they could take place in the real world. That is, until The Dark Knight Rises (2012) decided to base part of its story off of the No Man’s Land crossover from 1999.

In the comics, Gotham experiences a major earthquake, which causes cataclysmic amounts of damage, leading to the government abandoning the city, allowing the criminals to take over. In the film, the earthquake is replaced by bombs, but Gotham still ends up isolated from the rest of the country while the gangs take control of it. Apparently, characters like the Riddler were too outlandish but Bane holding an entire city hostage was believable.

14. HULK DOGS

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Ang Lee’s Hulk (2003) had a lot of strange moments, and deviated significantly from the comics. One of the strangest moments was when Betty Ross gets attacked by a pack of gamma-irradiated dogs, which are then fought off by the Hulk. In a movie that supposedly is a serious examination of the character, having the Hulk fight a monster-sized poodle feels a bit out of place.

Well, it turns out that the Hulk dogs appeared in the comics, specifically in Incredible Hulk #14 (2000), by Paul Jenkins and Ron Garney. In that issue, Hulk has to defend himself from a pack of dogs that were fed gamma irradiated meat, which caused them to Hulk out. In the comics, weirder things than Hulk dogs have appeared. In the movie, however, they felt like a weird joke in the middle of an otherwise serious story.

13. CAPTAIN AMERICA’S AVENGERS COSTUME

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Taking a super hero’s costume from the page and bringing it to life can often times be problematic. This was especially true for Captain America, which is why the costume design in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) was so impressive. It took the comic design and updated it into something that looked like a soldier might wear, while still being faithful to the design in the comics.

Then, in Avengers (2012), Steve Rogers woke up in the 21st century and was supplied with a new costume. While it was more comic book accurate, it also just didn’t work as well in live action. The combination of color scheme and the way it framed Chris Evans’ body made Cap look skinny and oddly proportioned. It might’ve been more accurate, but it wasn’t an improvement, which is probably why the design wasn’t used in later movies.

12. DOOMSDAY KILLING SUPERMAN

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In Superman #75 (1993) by Dan Jurgens, the monster known as Doomsday did the unthinkable and killed Superman (or knocked him into a Kryptonian coma). Despite Superman ultimately being resurrected, this moment still remains one of the most memorable moments in comic book history, so it makes sense that Warner Brothers would eventually try to adapt it to the big screen, which they did in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

Unfortunately, the moment didn’t work as well in the film. Including Doomsday as the film’s villain gave Batman and Superman a threat worth teaming up to fight, but it was just too early on in the franchise to kill off one of the main characters. Instead of feeling like the death of an icon, it just came across like a cliffhanger for the follow up movie, Justice League.

11. THE OA TRAINING SEQUENCE

Green Lantern

When Hal Jordan is chosen to join the corps in Green Lantern (2011), his power ring eventually transports him to the planet Oa, home base of the Green Lantern Corps. Here, he meets fellow Green Lanterns Sinestro, Tomar Rey and Kilowog and begins an extended training sequence where he begins to learn how to use his ring and the history and purpose of the Green Lantern Corps.

While this representation of Oa is faithful to the comics, it doesn’t help the movie. In fact, it ends up overcomplicating the plot and making the film feel crowded. While Oa is an important part of Green Lantern lore, it might have made sense to hold off showing it until the sequel, just for the sake of the plot. Green Lanterns immediately get trained in the comics, but in the movies it could’ve waited until the sequel.

10. BULLSEYE KILLS ELEKTRA

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One of the most iconic deaths appeared in Daredevil #181 (1982) by Frank Miller when Bullseye killed Elektra. The shot showed Bullseye standing in an almost whimsical pose, looking like he’s smiling, while he lifts Elektra off the ground with a sai stabbed through her chest. Even though Elektra was eventually resurrected, this specific panel will never be forgotten by comic book fans.

In the 2003 Daredevil movie, this scene is recreated, only without the emotional impact. In the film’s story, Matt and Elektra had only recently just met. Sure, they had grown close, but her death just didn’t hit as hard, considering audiences had only just been introduced to her. This was definitely a case where the filmmakers jumped the gun, trying to recreate a classic moment without doing the proper build up.

9. X-MEN FIRST CLASS’ UNIFORMS

X-Men First Class cast shot

Ever since the first X-Men (2000) was announced, fans have been hoping to see comic book accurate costumes. Fans also know that many of the classic designs are too crazy to work in real life, so they’ve settled for black leather. That was just something we all lived with… until X-Men: First Class (2011) came out and delivered costumes that were clearly inspired directly by the comic book designs.

In the film, Beast designs uniforms for the team that look very similar to the uniforms that appeared in the early issues of X-Men. Even though these are some of the simplest designs in the franchise’s history, the yellow and blue full-body suits just didn’t look as good in real life as they do on the page.

8. BATMAN BELIEVES A KILLER

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In 1986, Frank Miller and Klaus Janson unleashed The Dark Knight Returns onto comic book fans. It told the story of an older Bruce Wayne, hardened with age, returning to his one man war on crime as Batman. Given his new, harsher outlook on life, this Batman is much more brutal. In one infamous scene, a thug holds a child hostage, and threatens her life, telling Batman to believe him. Batman guns the man down, responding “I believe you.”

While it worked in the context of this comic, it didn’t belong in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). The scene is recreated during the scene where the caped crusader rescues Martha Kent, who’s been taken hostage by Lex Luthor’s men. In the comics, the scene showed how time had changed Batman, while the movie just made it seem like Batman’s not averse to killing.

7. BUMPO, JOAN AND SPACKER DAVE

punisher 2004 bumpo spacker dave

While The Punisher (2004) deviated pretty heavily from the comics, one of its biggest issues came straight from the comics. About halfway through the movie, Frank Castle moves into a rundown apartment building, which is also inhabited by three other people: Bumpo, a large, jovial man; Spacker Dave, a guy with multiple piercings; and Joan, a woman with self esteem issues.

These characters came straight from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s classic 2000 storyline Welcome Back, Frank. The difference was that the comics had a viciously dark sense of humor, while the movie was trying to paint Frank Castle in a more tragic light. The comedic relief that Bumpo and company brought to the comics fit perfectly, but just added several uneven and awkward scenes in the film.

6. IT’S (NOT) CLOBBERIN’ TIME

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In the comics, Ben Grimm’s catchphrase is perfect. When he shouts “It’s clobberin’ time!” it’s both exciting and gives a perfect example of the character’s heart and personality. He’s kind of silly and loud, and it also helps set the tone of the Fantastic Four comics. When Fox first brought the franchise to the big screen in 2005, the tone was similar enough to the comics that including the catchphrase made sense.

When the series was rebooted with 2015’s Fantastic Four, however, the tone was changed to something that was more dark and gritty. In this new context, Ben Grimm’s catchphrase just didn’t fit in. If the movie was going to go for this tone, it was worth a shot, but that would mean discarding some of the sillier parts of the comic, including “it’s clobberin’ time.”

5. SUPERMAN’S ACTION COMICS POSE

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The cover to Action Comics #1 (1938) by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster is one of the most iconic images in pop culture history, and with good reason. Once again, this is an example of something that wasn’t a bad idea to include in the movies, but was so flawed in the execution that it didn’t work.

There’s a scene in Superman Returns (2006) where Superman catches an out of control car, recreating the iconic cover. The only issue is that it occurs in the middle of the film, after Superman has already made his grand return to the public eye. He’s already returned, so there’s no drama to him appearing. For such an iconic pose, it’s wasted on a fairly mundane scene. Within the context of the film, it’s just an awkwardly posed shot that is confusingly lingered on for a few seconds too long.

4. LOKI’S HELMET

thor 2011 loki helmet

When Marvel introduced Thor into their comic book universe, Jack Kirby lent his brilliant design work to bring the world of Asgard to life. He wanted the Norse gods to look like a combination of ancient mythology combined with modern superhero styles. Loki’s horned helmet is a perfect example, as it’s considered a classic Kirby design.

For Thor (2011), the comic book design was brought to life, surprising fans who assumed it was simply too strange for live action. The design was actually very cool looking, but also incredibly impractical. Tom Hiddleston famously found the helmet very uncomfortable, and as the franchise continued, the helmet has appeared less and less. At this point, Loki just looks like he went through a weird “giant horns” phase that he suddenly grew out of.

3. NOLAN’S BAT SIGNAL

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Batman Begins (2005) ends with the recently promoted Lieutenant Gordon making his first official call to Batman by turning on the bat signal for the first time. The classic piece of Batman mythology made its first comic book appearance in Detective Comics #60 (1942) by Jack Schiff and Bob Kane. While it’s worked well in most Batman stories, it caused major issues with the supposedly realistic tone Christopher Nolan’s movies were going for.

One doesn’t have to have a law degree to know that putting a Batman calling card on the top of the police headquarters is a legal nightmare waiting to happen. It basically implies that Batman is an agent of the police, making his vigilante behavior even more problematic. Basically, in Nolan’s world, the Bat Signal is giant “get out of jail free” card to any crook Batman is even suggested of bringing in.

2. OH MY STARS AND GARTERS

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After highly popular and successful X2: X-Men United (2006) fans were divided on the quality of its follow up, X-Men: The Last Stand (2009). While several controversial decisions were made, like Cyclops dying off screen or its depiction of the Phoenix, one decision that was almost universally praised was the casting of Kelsey Grammer as the Beast.

The casting was basically perfect, and Grammer’s portrayal of the intellectual mutant really felt like the character jumped right off the pages of the comic book. Unfortunately, there was one moment that was just too literal. In the comics (and usually in the cartoons), Beast is known for saying “oh my stars and garters” when he’s shocked or surprised. He uttered the phrase in the movie, which was nice for the fans, but probably super confusing and kind of cheesy for general audiences.

1. MARVEL’S QUICKSILVER

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Both Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) featured the character Quicksilver. The two studios were able to share the character because he plays a prominent role in both franchises. The X-Men movie only included Quicksilver, while “Avengers” introduced both him and his twin sister, the Scarlet Witch.

The Fox version ended up being much more popular than the Disney version, who was killed off in his first appearance. If Disney had only included Scarlet Witch, her story arc could’ve been focused on without people comparing it to the superior character in the X-Men films. Also, his death has been basically forgotten in the Avengers franchise, making it seem like Scarlet Witch barely cares about her deceased brother. Marvel clearly has plans for Wanda, so they should’ve just introduced her and skipped Quicksilver all together.

Will Warner Brothers find the right balance between comic inspiration and movie magic with their next release, Justice League? Find out when it hits theaters on November 17, 2017!

From: http://www.cbr.com/15-times-superhero-movies-were-too-faithful-to-the-comics/

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