Geoff Johns Talks DOOMSDAY CLOCK, and WATCHMEN and SUPERMAN

Geoff Johns is easily the most important and influential writer DC Comics has had in the past two decades. His runs on comics like The Flash, Teen Titans, Action Comics, Aquaman, Justice Society of America, and especially Green Lantern are the stuff of comics legend. And his Infinite Crisis and Blackest Night event series are among the best the publisher has ever put out.

After stepping away from writing comics for a bit after the conclusion of his run on Justice League to focus on his duties as CCO of DC Entertainment, Johns is returning to writing comics with the 12-part mini-series Doomsday Clock, which spins out of last year’s DC Rebirth Special and shows the meeting of Superman and Watchmen’s Dr. Manhattan, set one year in the future of the DCU.

It was revealed in the Rebirth Special, or at least very heavily implied, that Dr. Manhattan, the godlike character from Alan Moore’s seminal mini-series, as the being responsible for altering the DC Universe into the New 52 version of the DCU – a version that was polarizing among fans, to put it mildly.

But despite the Rebirth Special all but confirming Dr. Manhattan as the architect of the current DCU, this new mini-series almost didn’t come together, and was this close to being totally scrapped. Luckily, Geoff Johns ultimately changed his mind.

While meeting with the press on the DC Entertainment yacht at SDCC, Johns revealed that while he and artist Gary Frank had been set from the very beginning of Rebirth to explain the Dr. Manhattan connection, their initial storyline for Doomsday Clock never quite came together in a way that either Johns of Frank felt worked properly.

“On the set of Wonder Woman, we talked a lot about it,” Johns said. “At the end of the day, we thought, ‘You know what? We’re not going to do it. And then, the election happened. And then other things in the world happened, and it changed. Suddenly, the whole story just jumped into my head, and I called Gary and said, ‘I just have to pitch this to you, because I have this story, and the story is bigger than I thought it was, it’s different than I thought it was, it’s more risky than I thought it was.’”

From that point, Doomsday Clock became a 12 -part series, which will debut in November of this year, with Brian Anderson joining Johns and Frank on the creative team. (You can check out teaser images of their artwork, provided by DC,  throughout this article).

“Once I had Gary, and Brian Anderson, I knew we could do the best quality work that we can possibly do. It’s all about the quality of the work and the story. Everything came together. It feels like a story we really want to tell. And you’ll never see a one-shot or a crossover issue where we see Dr. Manhattan fighting the Justice League – it’s just not what the story is about. That’s not what we want to do, we’re not interested in making this a crossover event. ”

In fact, Johns and Gary Frank, longtime collaborators on many titles, were already working on the third volume of their Batman: Earth One series, and were nearly done, when Johns reiterated “We were in the middle of Batman: Earth One Vol. 3, and we were like “OK, let’s put the brakes on that, because we need to tell this story right now. This is the time to do it.”

Doomsday Clock will be perceived, rightly or wrongly, as a sequel to Watchmen, one of the greatest works in comics ever. When asked how he’ll prepare for being judged in terms of following up that iconic series, Johns replied “You just do the best work you can do. I work with the best people I know in comics. And we’ve got a story we believe in, and we tell it. We could shy away from it and not do it.  But we believe in it. Just like Rebirth, I didn’t have to do the Rebirth Special either, but I really believed in it, I believed in what the DC Universe was missing, and what I wanted it to have again. So I wrote that issue. And that issue was risky. But I wanted to put the heartbeat back in (the DC Universe).”

“It’s the characters who dictate what we’re doing. But when you read Watchmen, there’s a structure to it, there’s a pacing to it, we’re not trying to replicate and do what they did. And the story we’re telling is a very different story, but it’s certainly a very personal story. And it’s a story about everything – cynicism, opportunity, corruption, lies, and truth. Love, hope, optimism, decay. Are our best days behind us or ahead of us? Do people give up? Is it OK to give up when you give up? All kinds of things about how we’re all feeling.”

Being the continuity nerd that I am, and as much as I’ve loved the “back to our roots” approach DC has taken with their Rebirth titles, I couldn’t help but notice that their current timeline is something of a mess. The Rebirth Special seemed to imply that the crazy continuity was a result of Dr. Manhattan “stealing time” from the DCU. I had to ask whether Doomsday Clock will deal with the currently wonky DCU continuity. Johns confirmed “We’ll clear that stuff up pretty cleanly, but the story isn’t about that.”

“Just the idea of Superman talking to Dr. Manhattan gets me excited.” Johns said. “What does that look like? Their ideologies are so vastly different, and the circumstances we put them in are very interesting. And there’s a hundred layers to this book. Gary Frank is putting everything he’s got into it, and we’re very excited for people to see it. Superman and Doctor Manhattan are the tip of the iceberg. We know we have all these rules, but we’ve got to break a few rules to tell the best story. And I think it’s going to do more than people think, and be different than people think. I hope it surprises people in a really good way.”

Doomsday Clock will hit comics shops on Wednesday, November 22.

Are you excited about the DCU and the world of Watchmen meeting at last? Be sure to let us know down below in the comments.

Images: DC Comics

From: http://nerdist.com/geoff-johns-doomsday-clock-interview-dc-comics/

‘Justice League’ Trailer Breakdown: Let’s Go All In on the DC Comics Superhero Union

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During Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Pictures brought some superhero action into Hall H with a brand new trailer for Justice League, introducing the world to the villain called Steppenwolf, who both walks tall and carries a big stick, or rather an axe that appears to have the power to lay waste to the world.

As the new Justice League poster points out, you can’t save the world alone, and we certainly can’t let the new trailer go by without taking a cue from Aquaman and making a deep dive into what this footage tells us about the first big screen union of these DC Comics superheroes. So come with us as we deliver a Justice League trailer breakdown.

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The trailer opens with a series of shots showing a group of unidentified, armed individuals walking into a corporate building of some kind. Could it be a bank or something else? Either way, they’re looking for something, and they’re not beyond shooting a couple people and scaring the hell out of some schoolgirls in the process.

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Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) isn’t about to put up with that, and Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment are smart for kicking off the trailer with their most successful superhero in the DC Extended Universe. She smashes through a door and dodges a bullet.

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One of the armed men takes it upon himself to hit the butt of his rifle against the back of Wonder Woman’s head, and he’s definitely going to pay for that as Wonder Woman turns back around and dispatches with the rest of these bad guys.

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When she’s not battling armed bad guys, Diana works in art museums, as we saw in the bookends of Wonder Woman, which took place in the present day after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I’m not sure how her co-worker is oblivious to Diana’s actions since she doesn’t hide her identity while taking on various criminals, but maybe he’s just not plugged into media of any kind.

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Voiceover tells us that the world is still mourning the death of Superman, further confirmed by a black flag with the Superman logo hanging on a bridge in London.

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It appears not much time has passed since the events of Batman v Superman because that Superman statue that was destroyed by Doomsday still hasn’t been cleaned up. Who is looking upon the rubble? Could it be Lois Lane still grieving after Superman has apparently been killed?

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Continued voiceover about the aftermath of the death of Superman mentions a crime wave around the world now that there’s no superhero to stop them. There’s also a French voice mentioning something about Arkham Asylum, but it’s hard to make out what is being said besides the name of the institute for the criminally insane where many of Batman’s villains get locked up. Perhaps this new crime wave is why Wonder Woman is the one stopping that opening crime from being committed. In Superman’s stead, she seems to have taken back the mantle of protecting humanity after being gone for so many years. Because despite Commissioner Gordon (J.K. Simmons) shining the Bat signal in one of the shots…

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…the news voiceover also adds that the “masked vigilante has been a no-show.” Perhaps this crime wave is happening while Bruce Wayne is away looking for Aquaman. The first trailer did show Bruce far away from Gotham, so maybe Batman takes some flack for not dealing with this crime spree while Wonder Woman does her best to clean up the mess.

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This conversation between Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince about the age of heroes coming again is reused from the first trailer, but I want to call attention to this image of Bruce Wayne simply for comparison for a shot later in the trailer that feels like it could be a flashback of some kind. But we’ll get to that later.

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We jump to the island of Themyscira, which appears out of thin air as we get closer to what appears to be an empty area of ocean. The home of the Amazons is about to get a rude awakening.

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As we learned earlier this year, the Amazons have been protecting a Mother Box, a device of great power being sought by Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). There are three in total, with another being protected by the Atlanteans and the other given to Mankind, but has since become part of the Justice League superhero Cyborg. It looks like some energy field is raining down upon the box as it activates, and that’s not all.

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Steppenwolf drops in with a superhero landing, axe in hand, breaking the ground beneath him as the Amazons look on in fear. They clearly were not expecting this.

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It sounds like Steppenwolf goes into monologue mode before he begins his attack on Themyscira, acknowledging that with Diana gone, this place has “no protectors.” At least Atlantis has Aquaman seen, who will have to deal with the villain himself later in the trailer.

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Somewhere in Metropolis or Gotham City, Diana turns around to glance at something. We’re not sure what grabs her attention, but is it the same thing that catches another superhero’s gaze?

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Cyborg is also seen glancing up into the sky from a broken window, and we can’t see what he’s staring at either. When we see him, we hear Steppenwolf’s voiceover continue with an interesting reference to a part of the DC Extended Universe we haven’t been formally introduced to yet. He says there are “no Lanterns” to stand in his way, which implies that he’s had to deal with the Green Lantern Corps at some point.

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Since Wayne Manor has been abandoned, Bruce Wayne has been staying in this glass house on the lake, which we’ll return to in Justice League. In fact, a key moment at the end of the trailer appears to take place in the woods surrounding the house. But we’ll get to that later.

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Bruce Wayne looks at a hologram of Superman in the Batcave. He looks quite pensive, and Wayne doesn’t waste time when he’s in the Batcave, so maybe he’s figuring out something about the Kryptonian while he’s gone (which Steppenwolf acknowledges in continued voiceover). It could be as simple as coming to the conclusion that Superman can come back from the “dead”, especially considering what Alfred says at the end of the trailer. But again, we’ll get to that later.

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Death And Return Of Superman Two-Part Animated Movie Announced

Superman is about to die and return with some new friends.

At Comic-Con International: San Diego, Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced plans to adapt the popular “Death and Return of Superman” storyline as two animated movies releasing in 2018 and 2019.

In 2018, Death of Superman will retell Superman’s famous “final battle” against the unstoppable force known as Doomsday.

Fans of DC Entertainment’s animated movies may remember that 2007’s Superman: Doomsday, the very first film in the series, also adapted this battle. However, in order to condense the entire epic story of Superman’s death and return for a 75-minute film, many omissions and alterations were made. DC Entertainment promises that Death of Superman will be a more faithful adaptation and include several moments that were left out of Superman: Doomsday.

In 2019, the story of Superman’s fate will continue in Reign of the Supermen. While the official synopsis for Reign of the Supermen hasn’t been released yet, fans will remember that the “Reign of the Superman” comic book storyline saw four would-be Supermen step up to replace the fallen Kal-El: Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy, and the Last Son of Krypton (later known as the Eradicator).

The spirit of the “Reign of the Superman” story was present in Superman: Doomsday, but the details were greatly simplified. Instead of four different Supermen, the Superman: Doomsday included a single Superman clone who was created and controlled by Lex Luthor. Superman: Doomsday also saw the true Superman return in his fan favorite black and silver costume and “business in the front, party in the back” haircut.

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment did not reveal the voice cast for either Death of Superman or Reign of the Supermen, but fans should keep an eye on some of the other upcoming DC Animation film releases, including Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, for sneak previews.

The original “Death of Superman” story was created by Mike Carlin, Dan Jurgens, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson, Jerry Ordway, and Karl Kessel. Superman’s death in Superman #75 was a highlight of the speculator bubble in the 1990s. Superman’s death was followed by the “Funeral for a Friend” story, which saw Superman’s loved ones, included the heroes of the DC Comics universe, in mourning and attending Superman’s funeral.

Superman comics ceased publication for months following the Man of Steel’s death, until The Adventures of Superman #500 hit stands, offering the first hint of Superman’s return. The issue also offered the first glimpse at the four new Supermen and each of the replacement took over one Superman’s old titles: Superman, The Adventures of Superman, Superman: The Man of Steel, and Action Comics.

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From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/07/22/death-of-superman-movie/

Justice League’s telling reshoots involve Joss Whedon, more banter, absolutely no mustaches

Superman can do anything, it seems, but have a mustache.

Or to be more accurate, it’s Henry Cavill’s mustache that’s reportedly causing some problems for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Justice League movie, which is due to be released on November 17 but is nonetheless currently undergoing extensive reshoots (which are generally filmed to fix or replace scenes that aren’t working).

After initial filming on Justice League was complete, it seems that Cavill reasonably assumed he was done playing the smooth-jawed Man of Steel for a minute and grew out his facial hair for a part in the next Mission: Impossible movie.

According to a new Variety report, however, Justice League is being retooled so much — with an assist from The Avengers’ Joss Whedon, no less, now that director Zack Snyder has stepped away from the project to cope with his daughter’s recent death — that Warner Bros. has agreed to just digitally remove Cavill’s mustache from any reshot Justice League scenes rather than lose any more time.

That’s because, per one particularly amusing detail in Variety’s account of the situation, Mission: Impossible producer Paramount reportedly “would not allow Cavill to shave the facial hair while production was taking place.” (Just imagine the resulting negotiations for a second and tell me it’s not an outtake from the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar.)

Many people have (rightfully) delighted in this detail as the hilarious one it is. Some are even imagining a brave new world in which Superman — not to mention fellow his Justice League teammates Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg — can both save the world and sport a bushy mustache.

But mostly this anecdote serves as a tangible example of just how hard Warner Bros. is scrambling to make sure Justice League succeeds, and the studio’s apparent belief that in order for the film to have a chance at that success, it requires an almost total tonal revamp.

Justice League’s reshoots — helmed by Joss Whedon — are reportedly trying to adjust the tone to be closer to Wonder Woman’s

As of this week, Wonder Woman has officially passed Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to become the summer’s biggest box office hit. That’s a huge boon for both DC Comics and Warner Bros., which may have found monetary success with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad but were presumably unhappy with the overwhelmingly negative critical response they received. Both movies were slammed for their incoherent stories, their dedication to reimagining beloved comic stories in a relentlessly grim fashion, and their unyielding darkness (both figurative and literal).

Meanwhile, not only is Wonder Woman still tracking better than both of those films, but it’s also been met with widespread acclaim, with the character of Diana Prince inspiring huge cultural cachet and enthusiasm.

So it stands to reason that this success is a huge motivating factor for Warner Bros. to make sure its next DC Comics movie — Justice League — doesn’t squander the opportunity to draw in the fans that came out in such force for Wonder Woman, making the Gal Gadot film an undeniable, massive success.

It seems some adjustments were inevitable for Justice League after Whedon took over directing the project in March. But Variety reports that he is now taking on more than anyone could have anticipated as he carries Justice League over the finish line. (Whedon will not get a co-directing credit, though he may wind up with a producing or screenwriting credit like Tony Gilroy did when he took over the similarly extensive Rogue One reshoots for director Gareth Edwards.)

According to Variety, Warner Bros. is so dedicated to retooling Justice League that it’s devoted about $25 million to reshoots, versus the more typical $10 million or so. Sources tell Variety that Justice League’s reshoots are largely focusing on fixing some “connective tissue” in bigger set piece battles and “punching up” the dialogue to be a little pithier. Both of these tasks land firmly within Whedon’s usual wheelhouse — as we’ve seen at Marvel, where his bantering and bombastic take on The Avengers became the linchpin for the studio’s ongoing web of interlocking superhero stories.

All of this suggests that Warner Bros. wants Justice League to look less like the grim wars of Batman v Superman and more like The Avengers — or the buoyant Wonder Woman. In fact, some people, like Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan, have even noted that the most recent Justice League trailer, released last weekend at Comic-Con, is literally lighter than the first, seemingly to bring Snyder’s direction out of its preferred shadows.

But with Justice League’s release date holding firm in November — just a few months away! — how much can it really change? We may never truly know what the film originally looked like, but it will at least be fascinating to see what the combination of Snyder and Whedon’s perspectives will do for this next critical step in the DC-Warner Bros. superhero universe.


Corrected to reflect that Cyborg, not Cyclops, is part of the Justice League.

From: https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/7/25/16022808/justice-league-reshoots-superman-mustache

New Justice League Trailer Hints at the Appearance of a Mysterious Hero

San Diego Comic-Con, and though we don’t see him, the footage suggests Superman might be back.

Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is holding down the fort for Batman (Ben Affleck) while the Justice League is out, and he looks up from his work.

“He said you’d come,” he says to the unseen person. “Let’s hope it’s not too late.”

Considering Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder teased at last year’s Comic-Con that Superman would return despite seemingly dying at the end of that film, that mysterious figure could be Superman himself. Or does the reflection in Alfred’s eye indicate a Green Lantern is paying a visit?

The footage also teased a return to Themyscira, where we first ventured in Wonder Woman. Some evil spirit lands in Diana’s homeland, to her mother’s surprise.

MORE: What to Know About Justice League Villain Steppenwolf

The cast was overjoyed by the footage. A barefooted Jason Momoa (Aquaman) broke his chair, slamming it on the ground out of excitement. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck enthused, “How many people in their life get to come to Hall H and say that I’m Batman?”

The cast members employed different strategies when it came to the Superman secret.

When a little boy asked the panel where Superman is, Momoa replied, “I don’t know if your parents showed you the last movie, but Superman’s dead” to laughs.

MORE: Ben Affleck Shuts Down Rumors That He’s Leaving Batman

Gadot was determined to be a little kinder to the boy.

“If you’re a big fan of Superman, you’re going to be very, very happy,” she revealed.

The footage reassured fans that the movie was on track.

Zack Snyder relinquished his position as director on the movie, set to premiere on Nov. 17, after a personal tragedy. Since then, Avengers director Joss Whedon has taken over the project and is skipping Comic-Con in order to finish editing the film.

The two directors have very different styles — Snyder’s movies tend to be darker, Whedon’s quippier — so it’s unclear whether Justice League will prove more like the dour Batman v Superman or lighter like the quippy Marvel movies.

MORE: Jason Momoa Just Revealed Who He’ll Be Fighting in the Aquaman Movie

One thing is for sure: Whedon and Warner Bros. are doing their best to capitalize on Wonder Woman’s box office success by shining a light on the heroine in the ensemble film.

From: http://time.com/4867628/justice-league-trailer-comic-con/

New Justice League Trailer Hints at the Appearance of a Mysterious Hero

San Diego Comic-Con, and though we don’t see him, the footage suggests Superman might be back.

Alfred (Jeremy Irons) is holding down the fort for Batman (Ben Affleck) while the Justice League is out, and he looks up from his work.

“He said you’d come,” he says to the unseen person. “Let’s hope it’s not too late.”

Considering Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder teased at last year’s Comic-Con that Superman would return despite seemingly dying at the end of that film, that mysterious figure could be Superman himself. Or does the reflection in Alfred’s eye indicate a Green Lantern is paying a visit?

The footage also teased a return to Themyscira, where we first ventured in Wonder Woman. Some evil spirit lands in Diana’s homeland, to her mother’s surprise.

MORE: What to Know About Justice League Villain Steppenwolf

The cast was overjoyed by the footage. A barefooted Jason Momoa (Aquaman) broke his chair, slamming it on the ground out of excitement. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck enthused, “How many people in their life get to come to Hall H and say that I’m Batman?”

The cast members employed different strategies when it came to the Superman secret.

When a little boy asked the panel where Superman is, Momoa replied, “I don’t know if your parents showed you the last movie, but Superman’s dead” to laughs.

MORE: Ben Affleck Shuts Down Rumors That He’s Leaving Batman

Gadot was determined to be a little kinder to the boy.

“If you’re a big fan of Superman, you’re going to be very, very happy,” she revealed.

The footage reassured fans that the movie was on track.

Zack Snyder relinquished his position as director on the movie, set to premiere on Nov. 17, after a personal tragedy. Since then, Avengers director Joss Whedon has taken over the project and is skipping Comic-Con in order to finish editing the film.

The two directors have very different styles — Snyder’s movies tend to be darker, Whedon’s quippier — so it’s unclear whether Justice League will prove more like the dour Batman v Superman or lighter like the quippy Marvel movies.

MORE: Jason Momoa Just Revealed Who He’ll Be Fighting in the Aquaman Movie

One thing is for sure: Whedon and Warner Bros. are doing their best to capitalize on Wonder Woman’s box office success by shining a light on the heroine in the ensemble film.

From: http://time.com/4867628/justice-league-trailer-comic-con/

DC Comics Gives DEATH AND RETURN OF SUPERMAN an Animated Movie

Remember how Superman fought Doomsday and “died” at the end of Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, even though we all know he’ll be coming back for Justice League? Longtime comic book fans know that this was a reference to the 1994 storyline Death And Return Of Superman, one of the most iconic moments in recent DC Comics history. Now the beloved comic arc is getting a brand new new adaptation that promises to be more faithful than previous iterations, just in time for the arc’s 25th anniversary.

Of course, the reveal of a new Death and Return was just one of several film announcements made at the Batman and Harley Quinn premiere Friday night at San Diego Comic-Con. As Nerdist has previously reported, first up in 2018 will be Gotham By Gaslight, an animated adaptation of the classic 1989 Elseworlds title that featured a Victorian-era Batman tracking down Jack the Ripper. A write-up on the official DC website notes that the comic was only 48 pages long at the time, meaning that the movie will have to expand beyond the story of the original source material.

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That spring will see the release of Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, which will be the first Suicide Squad-focused film to be set within the DC Universe Original Movies continuity (unlike 2014’s Batman: Assault on Arkham, which was actually a part of the Arkham video game franchise). According to DC, it will have a completely original story not adapted from a comic, and will feature an “amazing” voice cast, although no names have been revealed yet. Finally, the first part of Superman’s story, Death of Superman, will be released at the end of 2018, with the follow-up film Reign Of The Supermen (likely named for the gaggle of Superman-pretenders who tried to take over after his passing in the comic) set for early 2019.

Interestingly enough, this is not the first animated DC film to feature the Death and Return storyline; Superman: Doomsday, the very first DC Universe Original Movie released in 2007, condensed the whole story into a single movie runtime and cut out many fan-favorite moments of the original comic — although it did manage to keep in Superman’s badass black costume and his hilarious ’90s mullet, so there’s that.

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Who doesn’t love a good mullet, I ask you?

Hair choices aside, it’s currently unclear currently whether the new Death of Superman and Reign Of The Supermen will completely wipe Superman: Doomsday out of the DC Universe Original Movie canon, or if they’ll figure out a way to make sure both stories work together. Given how committed DC seems to creating a more lavish adaptation this time around, I strongly doubt the latter, but you never know!

Which DC animated movie are you most excited to see in 2018? I’m a sucker for a well-done Superman, but I’ve gotta admit, seeing Mike Mignola’s artwork brought to life in a Gotham By Gaslight adaptation sounds groovy. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and keep checking in for more SDCC news at Nerdist!

 

From: http://nerdist.com/death-and-return-of-superman-will-get-animated-movie-dc-comics/

DC Comics boss: Superman, Dr. Manhattan integral to Doomsday …

Geoff Johns was an acclaimed writer for DC Comics long before he rose to prominence as a creative force in the big-screen DC Extended Universe. Now the president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, Johns has an active role in upcoming films like Justice LeagueAquaman, and The Flash. But at his Spotlight panel on Thursday at the San Diego Comic-Con, Johns kept the focus on comic books and teased his ambitious new 12-part series, Doomsday Clock, which follows last year’s massive DC Rebirth special, promises to bring the characters from the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons masterwork Watchmen into the mainstream DC universe.

Seriously, it’s ambitious: Johns described it as “a comic book that encompasses everything from Action Comics #1 in 1938, all the way until today, and it leads the DC universe into tomorrow.”

Much of the buzz coming out of Rebirth focused on the apparent return of Dr. Manhattan, and Johns confirmed that the character would have a key role in Doomsday Clock. “You don’t want to just do a cameo. It’s not a gimmick. I don’t want to have Dr. Manhattan show up for the end of Rebirth, and then he’s in two pages of a book later on.” Johns teased Dr. Manhattan’s arc by contrasting his appearance in Rebirth with the return of Wally West. For Johns, West symbolizes the return of heart and hope to the DC Universe. Whereas: “If there’s one being out there that could mess with time in such a radical way and challenge hope, I just felt like Dr. Manhattan was it.”

Doomsday Clock will be drawn by Gary Frank and will kick off with a first issue releasing Thanksgiving week. Johns explained that Doomsday Clock #1 will begin one year after the current DC continuity, but all comics in the line will catch up to the story by issue #12.

In lieu of a traditional preview, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio played a game with Johns, flashing single panels from Doomsday on screen. Some were abstract: a close-up on a woman, a fence cut open, a car stopped in the middle of a road. But there was one panel that showed a close-up of a sign that reads, “THE END IS HERE” — a reference to a sign that the Watchmen character Rorschach carried around in his civilian identity. (Rorschach’s sign actually said “THE END IS NIGH,” so things have trended downwards.)

And when another panel showed the familiar Daily Planet sign atop a building in Metropolis, Dan Didio asked Johns: “Is Superman integral to the story?”

“He is the story,” Johns explained, with no follow-up.

Well, some follow-up. The panel debuted a promotional image of several heavy-hitter DC superheroes — Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, the Flash, a couple of Green Lanterns — emblazoned with the phrase, “WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN?”

And Johns also mentioned a scene from Doomsday Clock he was especially proud of. “I love seeing the smartest man from one world talking to the smartest man from another,” he said, smiling. “The smartest man from this world, DC, is Lex Luthor. That’s all I’ll say.”

It’s an easy guess that the smartest man from another world is Ozymandias, a.k.a. Adrian Veidt, described in Watchmen as the world’s smartest man. Left up to the imagination: whether Veidt and Luthor are working together or against each other.

Doomsday Clock debuts Thanksgiving week.

From: http://ew.com/books/2017/07/20/comic-con-watchmen-doomsday-clock-geoff-johns/

DC Comics boss: Superman, Dr. Manhattan integral to ‘Doomsday Clock’

Geoff Johns was an acclaimed writer for DC Comics long before he rose to prominence as a creative force in the big-screen DC Extended Universe. Now the president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment, Johns has an active role in upcoming films like Justice LeagueAquaman, and The Flash. But at his Spotlight panel on Thursday at the San Diego Comic-Con, Johns kept the focus on comic books and teased his ambitious new 12-part series, Doomsday Clock, which follows last year’s massive DC Rebirth special, promises to bring the characters from the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons masterwork Watchmen into the mainstream DC universe.

Seriously, it’s ambitious: Johns described it as “a comic book that encompasses everything from Action Comics #1 in 1938, all the way until today, and it leads the DC universe into tomorrow.”

Much of the buzz coming out of Rebirth focused on the apparent return of Dr. Manhattan, and Johns confirmed that the character would have a key role in Doomsday Clock. “You don’t want to just do a cameo. It’s not a gimmick. I don’t want to have Dr. Manhattan show up for the end of Rebirth, and then he’s in two pages of a book later on.” Johns teased Dr. Manhattan’s arc by contrasting his appearance in Rebirth with the return of Wally West. For Johns, West symbolizes the return of heart and hope to the DC Universe. Whereas: “If there’s one being out there that could mess with time in such a radical way and challenge hope, I just felt like Dr. Manhattan was it.”

Doomsday Clock will be drawn by Gary Frank and will kick off with a first issue releasing Thanksgiving week. Johns explained that Doomsday Clock #1 will begin one year after the current DC continuity, but all comics in the line will catch up to the story by issue #12.

In lieu of a traditional preview, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio played a game with Johns, flashing single panels from Doomsday on screen. Some were abstract: a close-up on a woman, a fence cut open, a car stopped in the middle of a road. But there was one panel that showed a close-up of a sign that reads, “THE END IS HERE” — a reference to a sign that the Watchmen character Rorschach carried around in his civilian identity. (Rorschach’s sign actually said “THE END IS NIGH,” so things have trended downwards.)

And when another panel showed the familiar Daily Planet sign atop a building in Metropolis, Dan Didio asked Johns: “Is Superman integral to the story?”

“He is the story,” Johns explained, with no follow-up.

Well, some follow-up. The panel debuted a promotional image of several heavy-hitter DC superheroes — Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, the Flash, a couple of Green Lanterns — emblazoned with the phrase, “WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN?”

And Johns also mentioned a scene from Doomsday Clock he was especially proud of. “I love seeing the smartest man from one world talking to the smartest man from another,” he said, smiling. “The smartest man from this world, DC, is Lex Luthor. That’s all I’ll say.”

It’s an easy guess that the smartest man from another world is Ozymandias, a.k.a. Adrian Veidt, described in Watchmen as the world’s smartest man. Left up to the imagination: whether Veidt and Luthor are working together or against each other.

Doomsday Clock debuts Thanksgiving week.

From: http://ew.com/books/2017/07/20/comic-con-watchmen-doomsday-clock-geoff-johns/

Superman Henry Cavill Justice League Costume Revealed At … – Cosmic Book News

The Justice League movie Hot Toys figures are unveiled at this week’s Comic-Con where we see what appears to be a brighter and more colorful costume for Henry Cavill’s Superman!

The Hot Toys figures are pretty much on par with their movie counterparts, so it’s likely we’ll see this exact Superman costume in the Justice League movie worn by Henry Cavill.

I know a lot of fans wanted a change from the darker version of the Superman costume from Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman, so it looks like WB is listening. This may also mean they might be tweaking the Henry Cavill Superman from the Zack Snyder “EMO” Superman to the one fans are more familiar with–similar to the comics and the Christopher Reeve version.

Of course the question remains, just how does Henry Cavill and Superman return in Justice League? By all accounts and speculation, it seems as if Superman might be returning in Justice League in the film’s third act, potentially aiding the Justice League against Steppenwolf and his horde of Parademons. 

There has also been another fan theory that Henry Cavill and Superman may actually return as an evil version of himself, perhaps under the control of Steppenwolf or even Darkseid.

I know a lot of fans are also speculating Superman may return in Justice League with the black costume and a beard, but that remains to be seen as well.

Check out the Justice League Superman costume and the Justice League Hot Toys from Comic-Con below. Looks pretty sweet! 

What’s also interesting about the pics is that the heads for both The Flash and Aquaman are missing, which could mean either they are not finished yet, or possibly they want to keep the head of the costumes under wraps for some reason.

Superman from Justice League revealed by Hot Toys at #sdcc. Costume looks great.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE Hot Toys at the Sideshow booth at #sdcc!!!!

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Check out the massive Hot Toys Batmobile from Justice League on display at #sdcc. Looks amazing

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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/superman-henry-cavill-justice-league-costume-revealed-comic-con-through-hot-toys

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