New Comic Has Ben Affleck Easter Egg From Batman v Superman

Ben Affleck Batman SupermanComic books have inspired the marvelous golden age of comic book movies that we are now living in. Occasionally, things come full circle and the comic book movies will influence the comic books themselves. Well, now it looks as if Ben Affleck and his interpretation of Batman from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice have influenced Tom King’s current run in the comics.

Eagle-eyed Reddit user JoshTHS spotted a small but interesting detail in Batman issue #62. If you look closely, it appears that Batman is utilizing the Batarangs typically sported by the Ben Affleck Batman in both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.

Take a look for yourself below:

Other: Today’s Batman Issue #62 had Batman using the Batfleck batarangs from the DCEU from DC_Cinematic

So what do you think? Is this the same iconic Batarang from films such as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice? Or do you think that there are enough differences between the two that this could be considered its own thing? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Directed by Zack Snyder, with post-production duties handled by Joss Whedon, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Amber Heard, Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Connie Nielsen, and Julian Lewis Jones.

Justice League is available now on Digital HD, 4K, Blu-Ray, and DVD. Here’s the film’s official 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.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for more updates on the DC Extended Universe.

Source: Reddit

‘Gotham’ Cast Photos Feature Bane, Plus Penguin Riddler In Iconic Costumes

Gotham DC Comics Fox Bane Penguin RiddlerFOX has released a new batch of Gotham cast photos featuring Batman villains The Riddler and Penguin donning their classic costumes, along with a new look at Shane West’s Bane.

The final season of FOX’s Batman prequel series subtitled Legend of the Dark Knight will serve as a conclusion to the series with David Mazouz completing his journey towards becoming Batman. In addition to Batman’s introduction, the final season is also set to introduce Shane West as the iconic Batman villain Bane as it continues the No Man’s Land storyline.

Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith with also be featured in the iconic Penguin and Riddler costumes which you can get a look at in the gallery below!

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The Batman prequel series stars Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan, and Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox.

With Gotham on the brink of total anarchy and cut off from the outside world, only Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and a handful of heroes remain behind to retake the city. Inspired by the “No Man’s Land” arc from the comics, villains including Penguin, the Riddler, the Sirens and Jeremiah have taken claim on various regions of the city. Will order be restored, or will chaos reign in Gotham?

Gotham season 5 will premiere on January 3, 2019, on Fox. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the final season of Gotham: Legend of the Dark Knight as we learn it.

Source: TV Line


7 DC Comics to Borrow on ComiXology Unlimited Right Now

DC Comics and Vertigo Comics have finally become part of ComiXology Unlimited! The digital comics subscription service offers hundreds of titles to “borrow” for a monthly fee (with the first month free) from publishers big and small. DC was noticeably missing from the list of available titles for some time, but for no longer—Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman and more now join the ranks of this fantastic service.

If you’ve ever wanted to catch up on a backlog of comic book reading, ComiXology Unlimited is one of the best ways to do it on a budget. Here are seven titles we recommend catching up on that you can download right now.

All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely)

Destined to be a classic comic, All-Star Superman is a poignant 12-issue series that doesn’t look at Superman’s origin, but his end. It might take place outside of DC Comics continuity, but the story leaves an impression on anyone who’s a fan of the Man of Steel. The first four issues are available on ComiXology Unlimited.

Batman: Hush (Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee)

If the creative credits on this book aren’t enough to entice you immediately, this storyline features a number of classic Bat-villains, along with a brand new one who proves to be a worthy adversary for the Dark Knight. The story will be adapted into an animated film later this year, so catch up now.

Flashpoint (Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert)

Fans of The Flash television series will find this story familiar. By changing a pivotal moment in his past, Barry Allen creates an entirely new timeline in which his powers are gone, his teammates have changed, villains are now heroes, and heroes are villains. This storyline became the basis of the New 52, which merged the DC, Vertigo, and Wildstorm universes together as a result of Barry’s actions.

Batman: Death of the Family (Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo)

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo took over Batman in 2011 and their tenure on the title is going to go down in comic book history as one of the greatest. Death of the Family introduces a Joker who is even more maniacal and horrifyingly unpredictable than you ever thought possible, and he has set his sights on those closest to Batman.

Super Sons Vol. 1 (Peter J. Tomasi, Alisson Borges, and Jorge Jimenez)

In current continuity, the sons of Batman and Superman have reluctantly formed a team to learn how to be heroes. Jonathan Kent, as Superboy, and Damian Wayne, as Robin, must put aside their clashing personalities and form a team if they ever want to fight crime alongside their fathers. Action-packed and lighthearted, Super Sons is a fantastic reminder of the joy of comics.

Batwoman (Greg Rucka, Jock, J.H. Williams III, and Scott Kolins)

This Detective Comics run of issues #854-863 is considered the origin of the modern take on Batwoman. Get to know Kate Kane before she debuts in her own series on The CW in this landmark story.

Justice League / Power Rangers (Tom Taylor, Stephen Byrne, and Eduardo Nunez)

It’s the crossover you never knew you wanted! When the Power Rangers are inadvertently thrown into the Justice League’s world, Superman, Batman, The Flash, and the others aren’t quite sure what to make of them. Together they’ll form an unbeatable team to save both their worlds.

And we didn’t even mention the Vertigo books now on Unlimited, like The Sandman, Watchmen, Hellblazer, and Fables! ComiXology Unlimited is $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members.

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Elseworlds and alternate realities in comics

Comic book continuity at Marvel and DC is notoriously complicated, and if it wasn’t bad enough, both publishers have introduced the concept of alternate dimensions and realities, some of which no longer exist and some of which have been retconned many times over decades.

Marvel and DC have generally echoed each others’ major storylines for years now, and likewise, they have both released many “hypothetical tales” for their characters that occur outside of continuity entirely. It isn’t a format that is particularly friendly to new readers, but there is an element of charm to the sprawling complexity of superhero books. Part of the social aspect of comics revolves around rehashing or arguing timelines for many fans, and indeed many zines and podcasts thrive off of attempting to make sense of it all.

DC’s Continuity Crisis

In comics such as Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane and Superman Family, there would be “hypothetical tales” that would usually revolve around Lois Lane marrying someone in Superman’s life that was not Superman, like Lex Luthor or Bruce Wayne. These stories are high camp, like most of DC’s output of the time, and usually end with the narrator reminding the audience that nothing they just read actually happened and the characters they knew and loved would return next month in the following issue.

As DC’s output continued from the ‘40s into the ‘70s, the vibe of mainstream comics had evolved in some ways to appeal to more mature readers, and to accommodate stylistic changes many early stories were eventually said to have occurred on Earth-2, an alternate reality in which Superman and Lois Lane were married and the timeline was relatively carefree and campy. Earth-2’s residents ultimately fared very badly, however, when they were wiped from existence due to a company-wide editorial mandate a few years later.

By the mid-’80s, DC’s continuity had become convoluted and self-contradicting, and they made the decision to clean the slate by destroying all parallel universes in their first reality-changing crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Although Crisis is generally regarded as a classic, it wasn’t exactly effective when it came to simplifying DC’s continuity, and it was followed by several other attempts, including Zero Hour, Infinite Crisis, New 52, and Rebirth, all of which have proved to be equally paradoxical. Problems with coherent histories in a massive fictional universe with hundreds of characters and many different creators working under sharp deadlines are understandable, and attempts at corrections of those inconsistencies have been a wild ride, to say the least. Earth-2 was eventually reintroduced to DC continuity, but not before several of its prior residents suffered immensely in Infinite Crisis.



What If…?

Marvel’s What If…? made its debut in 1977. Unlike many other “hypothetical tales” series, the comic featured a consistent host in Uatu the Watcher, the being that observes realities from his home on the moon and has sworn never to interfere. While Uatu is a purposely frustrating character most of the time, it goes without saying that he was the best person for the job. The series ended for a time but began again in the late ‘80s, featuring Uatu in the role of narrator once more for most of its run. After its eventual end, the book returned with a hacker whose handle was The Watcher as the narrator.

Regardless of storytelling flaws, What If…? was a fun and fascinating book. Questions like What If… Jane Foster wielded the hammer of Thor? have proven to be prophetic, eventually influencing the direction of comics years later when Jane Foster did, in fact, gain the powers of Thor. Stories like What If… Nick Fury fought World War II in outer space? proved the series took no issue with being a little absurd. The stories aren’t always high quality in and of themselves, but asking the readers to interact with Marvel’s classic storylines by imagining alternatives to their endings was what made reading the book interesting.



Hypothetical Stories Evolve Into Elseworlds

DC’s Elseworlds series began with the decidedly steampunk-inspired Gotham by Gaslight in 1989, which imagines Bruce Wayne in the late 1880s. This was followed by many others, such as Thrillkiller, in which we met a vengeful Barbara Gordon, and Catwoman: Guardian of Gotham, where Selina Kyle is the city’s protector and Bruce Wayne is a criminal. More questionable storylines revolved around concepts like “What if Green Lantern was in the SS?” and “What if Superman existed during the Civil War?” These stories were typically too short to make much in the way of interesting commentary about the very specific periods they were addressing, and so the tales tended to come off as making light of oppressive regimes.

The initial premise of alternate worlds from the Elseworlds stories continued to evolve into things like the short-lived Tangent Universe, and the bleak futuristic reality of Kingdom Come. In the mid-’90s, Marvel and DC combined their propensity for utilizing possible timelines into the truly bizarre Amalgam Universe, which took vaguely similar characters from either company and merged them into one. For instance, Wolverine and Batman became Dark Claw, while Wonder Woman and the Punisher became Bullets and Bracelets. Although the stories were inherently quite odd and self-referential to the point of being completely baffling for new readers, Amalgam was still an intriguing concept that went reasonably well in practice. A lot of those stories still hold up in quality if not in overall scope or coherence.

And Then There Were Retcons

Whereas DC is prone to company-wide crossovers to address the issue, Marvel is more apt to simply introduce complicated retcons on the fly within their books. One infamous example of the Marvelian Retcon occurred when it was decided that Jean Grey would be brought back from the dead in order to join X-Factor. Jean had died at the end of the Dark Phoenix Saga after destroying an entire planet, and the slate needed to be cleaned if she was going to reappear as a functional member of the X-Men. Years after the fact, it was revealed that she had in fact been in a cocoon at the bottom of Jamaica Bay, and the Phoenix Force had simply duplicated her and imitated her due to its desire to experience life as she did. Thus, Jean Grey had never been the Phoenix, at all, and was free to rejoin the heroes. This is just one example of many of retcons that rewrote continuity to allow for storytelling changes.

Meanwhile, the comic Exiles took a note from the show Sliders and assembled a group of reality-hopping heroes attempting to return to their homes, forced to go from one alternate dimension to another in search of the correct world. Over at DC, the Injustice Universe has been enjoying a solid run, reimagining DC if it were overrun by its villains. Both comics have been successful, proving that the need for out-of-continuity stories at Marvel and DC remain.

Alternate realities in superhero comics are intrinsic to the concept at this point, and it’s hard to imagine the epic scope of these worlds without the context of unlimited parallel worlds. Superhero plotlines have been repeating themselves for much of the existence of the genre at this point, and these hypothetical tales are integral in their ability to show new and exciting possibilities for characters that are many decades old at this point. Part of the appeal of these stories is, after all, the ability to interact with them mentally and emotionally, and the myriad possibilities their respective universes allow their fans to contemplate.



The Death of Superman + Reign of the Supermen coming to cinemas for one-off screening

This year marks the 80th anniversary of Superman, who first arrived in comic books in 1938. For a fella who just hit 80 the Man of Steel is looking pretty good for his age.

Old mate Superman has embarked on many adventures over the years, including one that resulted in his death. Fans of Superman comics will recall that he was killed by a monster called Doomsday in the early 90s, before inevitably returning from the grave.

Two animated feature films capture this story: The Death of Superman (released in 2018) and the brand-new Reign of the Supermen.

Both are arriving in Australian cinemas for special, one-off back-to-back screenings in various locations across the country on Sunday January 13. Check out this page for session times and cinema locations.

Don’t expect to see these movies return to the big screen any time soon, or even at all. So if you’re keen you might want to grab a ticket.


Captain Comics: The year in film

It’s going to rain genre movies in 2019. That’s bad for movie critics who only like talky dramas, but great for we popcorn-loving plebes who apparently don’t know any better. There are too many to even list, so let’s just look at the top 20 comics, sci-fi, horror and animation movies of 2019, in reverse order of my enthusiasm.

(Note: Release dates and other details are subject to change.)

20) “Terminator 6” (Nov. 1): The last couple of Terminator reboots were so awful they soured me on the franchise. But this unnamed movie will ignore every Terminator property after “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” which is a huge, robotic step in the right direction. And with James Cameron returning as producer, and both Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger on board to pass the torch, I feel my enthusiasm awakening — and becoming self-aware.

19) “Joker” (Oct. 4): I’m really interested in seeing what bizarre actor Joaquin Phoenix can do with Batman’s bizarre arch-foe. The movie also stars Zazie Beetz (“Deadpool 2”) and the legendary Robert DeNiro, which is very encouraging. The bad news is that much of The Joker’s appeal — and all of what makes him remotely plausible — is that nobody is sure who or what he is. Giving him a specific, authoritative origin (which the comics have deliberately avoided) can only lessen his mystique. That seems like a dumb thing to do.

18) “Men In Black: International” (June 14): This concept has moved so far beyond its origins at tiny Aircel Comics in 1990 that it can safely be called its own animal. But Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones may have already said all that can be said with it. Still, with a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), it should be thoroughly watchable.

17) “The Crow Reborn” (Oct. 11): Wow, there have been a lot of bad Crow movies. But there’s nothing like a good revenge fantasy, which is what The Crow has always been, dating back to its inception at Caliber Comics in 1989. It’s a can’t-miss concept (unless they miss).

16) “It: Chapter Two” (Sept. 6): There have been a lot of bad Stephen King adaptations, too. But the $700 million the first chapter raked in worldwide says “It” isn’t one of them. This movie adapts the second half of King’s novel, with the kids of the first part now all grown up. They’re played by the likes of Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader, plus Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise, so there’s going to be a lot of star power up there on the screen.

15) “Brightburn” (May 24): The idea of evil Supermen, even evil Superboys, has been old hat in the comics for decades. Heck, even “Superman II” had a drunk, unshaven Superman in a dirty costume. But what about a bad Superbaby? That’s the premise of this movie, answering the question “what if that cute, super-powered tyke arriving in a rocket is a bad seed?” It turns heroism into horror, a genre-bender that treads new ground.

14) “Kingsman 3” (Nov. 8): There are all sorts of rumors swirling around what this movie is about. One possibility is that it’s a prequel, which would be terra incognita. Another is that it will constitute the third part a trilogy, bringing closure to the Eggsy-Harry Hart relationship (played by Taron Egerton and Colin Firth, respectively). Or it could be a musical. OK, probably not. The point is: We don’t know. But since I enjoyed the first two installments, I’ll probably enjoy whatever this is. (Unless there are show tunes.)

13) “The Kitchen” (Sept. 20): The original 8-issue miniseries of the same name, published in 2014 by Vertigo, DC Comics’ mature readers line, was a fascinating story about three mob wives who turn to crime to pay their incarcerated husbands’ debts — and how joining “the life” changes them. This movie stars Elisabeth Moss, Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy in the three principal roles, so it could even be better than the source material.

12) “The Addams Family” (October 11): One reason my younger self loved “The Addams Family” TV show more than “The Munsters” was because the former, every once in a while, gave a hint of the vicious black humor of the original Charles Addams cartoons that appeared in “The New Yorker.” Since this animated movie is based directly on those cartoons, we’re getting Addams’ delightful venom straight from the source — and my inner 12 year old is thrilled.

11) “Alita: Battle Angel” (Feb. 14): Movies based on manga (Japanese comics) have an awful track record in the U.S., and there’s no reason to believe this one will buck the trend. But the original comics are awesome, the concept — a post-apocalyptic cyborg warrior — is cool, the special effects look amazing, plus Christoph Waltz and Jennifer Connelly are on hand. Here’s hoping.

10) “Glass” (Jan. 18): “Unbreakable” had comics fans feeling smug, because we knew the color code director M. Night Shyamalan was using to give us advance tips on the characters before the script did. (Hint: Superheroes generally wear primary colors, whereas villains favor purple, green and orange.) Shyamalan’s stock fell for a while, before being rescued by “Split.” Now comes “Glass,” which is a sequel to both movies, heretofore unrelated. That’s some trick, M. Night.

9) “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (May 31): I hear there are some people who don’t love Godzilla, and didn’t spend Saturday afternoons in their youth thrilling to the sight of men in rubber suits trampling tiny models of Tokyo. I don’t understand such people. That’s like hating pizza, or kittens, or sex. Well, it takes all kinds. And my kind of person will be front and center for this updated take on the Big G, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. Given today’s special effects, this sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla” should be quite a show. (Although I confess some part of me will miss the rubber suits.)

8) “Shazam!” (April 5): It’s a joy to see the original Captain Marvel — yes, that was his name when he was introduced in 1940 — given his due. Now maybe people will better understand those vague memories swirling around the collective unconscious about this guy, who sold as well as Superman in the ’40s. Anyway, this is the story of a boy who is given a magic word from a dying wizard that turns him into an immature, but genial, super-powered adult. Now called Shazam, this light-hearted character is the perfect antidote to the grimdark grimness of movies like “Batman v Superman.”

7) “The New Mutants” (Aug. 2): This next generation group of X-Men, introduced at Marvel Comics in 1982, had some pretty strange, non-superhero-ish adventures. One was a straight-up horror show titled “The Demon Bear” — and that’s what we’re getting in this hero/horror hybrid, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”), Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”), Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) and Rosario Dawson (the Marvel/Netflix shows).

6) “Dark Phoenix” (June 7): This movie promises a more faithful adaptation of the famed X-Men story “The Dark Phoenix Saga” than the mess we saw in “X-Men: The Last Stand.” It’s also probably the last X-movie before Disney reboots the franchise, so this is probably the last X-dance for Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.

5) “Hellboy” (April 12): The two movies directed by Guillermo del Toro, which starred Ron Perlman as the demonic hero, were perfectly enjoyable films. But they weren’t really Hellboy. This new version, starring David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) promises to be more faithful to the comics, so that movie viewers can see why comics fans have loved Hellboy for so many years.

4) “Captain Marvel” (March 8): Yes, it’s Marvel’s first female-led superhero movie. Yes, it’s Marvel’s first period-piece superhero movie. But is it good? I’m hoping for “Wonder Woman” good, but I’ll settle for “Ant-Man” good.

3) “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (July 5): Tom Holland made us fall in love with Peter Parker all over again in “Civil War” and “Homecoming.” Bring on Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and the popcorn!

2) “Star Wars Episode IX” (Dec. 20): The last Star Wars movie got a lot of hate, and I for one have no idea why. But maybe it shook the powers that be, because Star Wars mastermind J.J. Abrams himself returns to direct this (unnamed) installment, which should conclude the storyline starring Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).

1) “Avengers: Endgame” (April 26): There’s not a lot to say about this movie, because we know so little. But evidently we don’t need to know anything, because “Endgame” is already setting records for trailer views and advance ticket sales.

That’s my top 20. And for movie critics, I’m sure there will be a talky drama or two.

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Review – Superman: Action Comics #1006: Corrupt Metropolis

Owner/Publisher, Editor-at-Large

Ken Denmead


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Managing Editor


Senior Editors

Jonathan H. Liu, Jenny Bristol, Corrina Lawson, Patricia Vollmer

Gaming Editor

Dave Banks

Assistant Editor

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Associate Publishers*

Megan Fulton, Tim Johnides, Jeff Williams, Dante Lauretta, Magnus Dahlsröm, Jayson Peters, David Michael, Gerry Tolbert, Andrew Smith, Ray Wehrs, Joel Becker, Scott Gaeta, Beth Kee, Joey Mills, talkie_tim, Danny Marquardt, Adam Bruski, John Bain, Bill Moore, Adam Frank, Lacey Hays, Peter Morson, James Needham, Matt Fleming, Adam Anderson, Jim Reynolds, Seiler Hagan, Bryan Wade, Petrov Neutrino, Jay Shapiro

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Chris Anderson

Core Contributors

Darren Blankenship, Rory Bristol, Robin Brooks, Preston Burt, Mathias DeRider, Ray Goldfield, Jamie GreeneRyan Hiller, Rob Huddleston, Will James, James Floyd Kelly, Anthony Karcz, Michael Kaufman, Mordechai Luchins, Joey Mills, Brad Moon, Tony Nunes, Anton Olsen, Skip Owens, Jules Sherred, Shaun Washington, Simon Yule

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Tim Bailey, Sara BlackburnStephen Clark, Jeffrey Cohen, Adam Dimuzio, Mathias DeRider, Tom Fassbender, Luke Forney, Logan Giannini, Travis Hanson, Sean Hallenbeck, Michael Harrison, Kim HaynesWhit Honea, Greg Howley, Michael J.Angela Leach, Michael LeSauvage, Jim MacQuarrie, Eric Parrish, Michael PistiolasRicardo Rebelo, Drew Rich, Mitchell RoushMariana Ruiz, Tony Sims, Randy Slavey, Erik Stanfill, Andrew TerranovaGerry TolbertMark VorenkampChris Wickersham


The Death of Superman & Reign of the Supermen heading to cinemas for one night only

Superman will make a triumphant return to cinema screens for a very special double-bill of animated awesomeness. On 14th January 2019 (and for one night only), Superman can be seen in a spectacular animated double feature – The Death of Superman followed by the brand-new release Reign of the Supermen.

The action-packed event will include two features; audiences will first see The Death of Superman (which came out last year – read our full review here) followed by the infamous Reign of the Supermen storyline which is the latest epic story to get the animated film treatment from DC.

Reign of the Supermen will then debut on Digital Download on 15th January. This will be followed by a Blu-ray DVD release on 28th January.

The two-part film is the adaptation of The Death of Superman saga, DC’s’ groundbreaking 1992-93 comic phenomenon. This event made global news back in the day and was one of the biggest pop culture moments of the 90s. People queued up for hours to get their hands on a coveted issue of Superman #75 – the legendary comic where Superman and Doomsday fight to the death. That comic even came in its own black bag, sealed with goodies like a black armband, a Daily Planet newspaper snippet and some stamps.

The film version of this epic story features an all-star voice cast led by Jerry O’Connell (Carter, The Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.

They are joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League – Jason O’Mara (The Man in High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T, Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash.

There was an earlier iteration of this story – Superman/Doomsday (which was released way back in 2007). It told an abridged version of The Death of Superman storyline. That film was quite short – around 74 minutes – and as a result a lot of the comic book storyline was cut, instead focusing on the battle between The Man of Steel and Doomsday.

The Death of Superman
Credit: DC/Warner Bros

This new version of The Death of Superman doesn’t have the same problem and marks the first chapter of a two-part film experience that concludes with Reign of the Supermen. That storyline followed on from the death and funeral of Superman in the comic books and introduced the world to a series of new Supermen, each with their own unique powers. The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen will hopefully have plenty of runtime to explore these iconic stories properly onscreen.

Here’s the official synopsis for both films;

The Death of Superman
An Asteroid hurtles through our atmosphere and with it arrives an unstoppable force known only as Doomsday. With innocent lives threatened and Metropolis under attack, the Justice League rally to meet this otherwordly menace. But when the dust settles, only an epic showdown between superman and Doomsday can decide the fate of the Metropolis and ultimately, planet Earth!

Reign of the Supermen
It’s been months since the unfathomable death of Superman, and the world is still shaken when four Super Heroes arrive in Metropolis, all battling to be the reincarnation of the Man of Steel. Even Metropolis isn’t big enough for these brawlers, it’s only a matter of time until dark forces make their moves from the shadows…

We can’t wait to experience this on the big screen – it’s what Superman and DC Comics fans have been waiting for!

Check out a clip from the film and the new Steelbook artwork below!

Reign of the Supermen
Credit: Warner Bros


Bendis teases Batman Beyond, the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes, OMAC and more

As he’s taken to doing each year, Superman scribe Brian Michael Bendis has once again jumped on Instagram with his “teases of what’s to come” in books he’s working on. For 2019, that includes: Superman and Action Comics, the full litany of Jynxworld comics, “Batman Universe” over in the DC 100-page Giants at Wal-Mart, and his brand new Wonder Comics imprint that kicks off this month.

These images are just hints of things to come in presumably all the corners of the DCU that Bendis has been working in, and so connecting a few of these dots might be a challenge…but there’s definitely one that is as clear as day. Let’s begin!

2019- a tease in ten parts! Our annual tradition continues. If you’re just joining us, every year I throw out a 10 part abstract tease of things that are coming in one shape, form or another. These are teases. They are meant to delight and frustrate. There will be no follow-up questions answered here. It’s a tease, ya see 🙂 for fun! let’s discuss at the end of the year. Thank you for an aaaaaaaaamazing 2018! @dccomics #wondercomics #jinxworld #dcnation #brianmichaelbendisisatease

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As you can see above, the first photo is Bendis teasing something with Batman Beyond. A book that’s been written by Dan Jurgens since DC You. It’s a property that’s the publisher surely wants to keep pushing given the long-standing affection for the concept that marries Batman with Spider-Man in the world of Blade Runner/Akira. Limitless possibility there.

Wonder Woman tease! Who’s to say what that might mean?

KAMANDI!!!! Given the wide-ranging scope of both his Superman and Batman runs, the Last Boy on Earth would fit in pretty nicely in either place.

Rose and Thorn, long-time no-see. Looks like 2019 is when she’s coming back.

This looks to be a Batman as drawn by Alex Maleev, though I admit my eyes might be deceiving me. Is it possible that the classic Daredevil team might be reuniting on a character many have long wanted them to collaborate on?

To follow on Kamandi, hints of OMAC as well?

Here’s the biggie: what is clearly a piece of the Legion of Super-Heroes logo. Now, this is a property that has laid dormant since the most recent Paul Levitz-scripted series was cancelled at the end of 2013 to eventually be replaced with Justice League 3000 (more or less). Since then, fans have clamored for its return and given Bendis tossing out his share of hints about the current Superman story, “The Unity Saga” setting up the United Planets, and Saturn Girl’s appearances in Rebirth, Doomsday Clock and Batman, the time is right! It’s just a matter of where. 2019 definitely looks to be the when though. Long Live The Legion!

Your guess is as good as mine…Wildfire? The Guardian’s shield? The Science Police? Could be anything!

An Ivan Reis piece of a character I can’t identify…might be a Jynxworld coming attraction, unless one of the sharper-eyed Beat readers can name that character.

Based on the outfit, I’m going to guess this is some background information on the changes Jonathan Kent has gone through since his parting with his father at the end of The Man of Steel mini.

Honestly, Action and Superman produced the two most exciting mainstream American superhero comics I read last year, so I’m eating up all of this right out of Mr. Bendis’ hand. What do you think these all add up to? Sound off below!

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All The DC Comics Movies Scheduled To Be Released In The Next Two Years

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With Wonder Woman moved to 2020, the next big theatrical release for DC following Aquaman and Shazam! will be Joker, a movie about the roots of Batman’s arch-nemesis. 

The movie, made inexpensively under the lens of director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, is a grimy, ’80s-set origin story that has drawn comparisons to Taxi Driver, a movie directed by Joker producer Martin Scorcese.

While some people are quick to call Joker a superhero film, Phoenix stressed caution and said it’s anything but.

“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre,” Phoenix said in a recent interview with Collider. “I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”

Some people have questioned the need for a Joker spinoff movie, or even why Phoenix would agree to fulfill such a role. But the actor is simply following in the footsteps of legends such as Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Hamill.

“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on, always.” Phoenix added. “So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f-cking sh-t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”

Joker premieres in theaters on October 4, 2019.


Superman confronts a crooked politician in this Action Comics exclusive

Brian Michael Bendis’ run on DC’s Superman titles has been one of the best things to come out of the publisher this year, with Superman spotlighting the cosmic elements of the iconic hero while Action Comics focuses on Clark Kent’s experience as a Daily Planet reporter. Bendis has an exceptional understanding of what makes Superman tick and how his abilities affect his perception of the world around him, and the duality of the character is at the forefront of Action Comics, where Clark gets as much attention as his costumed alter ego. The series features a phenomenal line-up of artists including Patrick Gleason, Yanick Paquette, and Ryan Sook, and Bendis’ talent for writing to the strengths of his collaborators shines through in each issue. It’s a beautiful comic where the depth of the plotting and characterization matches the richness of the visuals, giving readers a Superman who is easy to relate to despite his extraordinary struggles.

Cover by Ryan Sook
Image: DC Comics


This exclusive preview of this week’s Action Comics #1006 shows Clark digging into why the mayor’s office stopped an investigation of a recent string of fires throughout the city. His public confrontation with the mayor brings up ongoing debates about superheroes interfering in the work of public servants like police officers and firefighters, but it also gets personal when the mayor brings up Clark’s absent wife, Lois, and her recent interactions with Lex Luthor. Artist Ryan Sook, colorist Brad Anderson, and letterer Josh Reed fill the crowd scenes with life, but there’s a strong shift into loneliness when Clark eavesdrops on the mayor’s private conversation, with tight close-ups and centered lettering isolating Clark from the world around him. He thinks he’s alone when he ducks into an alley for a costume change, but instead he encounters a young superhero fan and trusts him to keep his identity secret because he needs someone to trust right now.

The most exciting thing about this preview happens on the very first page. Each issue of Action Comics begins with a full page devoted to the desk of a Daily Planet staffer, featuring shout-outs to other DC comics and Post-It note teases of future projects. This week’s issue references the Martian sex scene in Martian Manhunter #1 and the forthcoming return of Young Justice this month, but most importantly, it has a Post-It stating that Greg Rucka is writing an “unauthorized Lois Lane” book. Lois Lane has long deserved her own series at modern DC, and Rucka would be a fantastic writer to handle it given how well he’s able to ground superhero stories in reality, a skill necessary for a journalist character like Lois. There’s been no official announcement about this series, but hopefully this tease will turn out to be fact in the future. 



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