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.

RELATED: 16 Unused DC Movie Costumes (That They Don’t Want You To See)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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/

Krypton’s Cameron Cuffe Talks Journey Of Superman’s Grandfather

The DC Comics universe – and the origin of one of its most iconic heroes – will be presented like never before in Krypton. The upcoming Syfy series will chronicle the events of the House of El on the titular planet, two generations before the birth of Kal-El/Superman.

With Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), the grandfather of Superman, at the center of the series, fans can expect a unique hero’s journey when Krypton debuts on the small screen. Cuffe recently spoke to ComicBook.com about his character’s arc within the upcoming series. Check it out in the clip above!

“Ultimately [the journey] is about the struggle of the House of El and how it redeems its honor.” Cuffe explained. “Very early on in our story, through no fault of Seg’s own, he goes to the very top of the Kryptonian society, this great House of El, and ends up growing up at the very bottom and has to struggle to survive.”

With the House of El having an established history – as well as, of course, a rather noteworthy descendant – within the events of Krypton, Cuffe went on to say that the future results of Seg-El’s actions will come into play in an interesting way.

“There is this legacy at play and he sort of understands it, but it seems very very far away from him because he’s just trying to survive. He’s a hustler. And the story for Seg is how he – how that symbol starts to mean what it means, and how he grows to fill it.”

Fans who are excited to see Seg’s journey commence will have to wait until Krypton premieres on Syfy in 2018.

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Krypton is a Superman prequel in the mold as Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham. The show, which has been picked up to series by SyFy, will follow Superman’s grandfather as he tries to redeem the honor of the House of El generations before the destruction of the planet. The official synopsis follows.

Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, KRYPTON follows Superman’s grandfather (Cameron Cuffe, “The Halcyon”) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos. Based on DC characters, KRYPTON is from Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer (“Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (“Sleepy Hollow”) will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

In addition to Cuffe, KRYPTON stars Georgina Campbell (“Broadchurch”), Elliot Cowan (“Da Vinci’s Demons”), Ann Ogbomo (“World War Z”), Rasmus Hardiker (“Your Highness”), Wallis Day (“Will”), Aaron Pierre (“Tennison”) with Ian McElhinney (“Game of Thrones”).

The pilot teleplay was written by Goyer and Kindler, from a story by Ian Goldberg (“Once Upon a Time,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) Goyer, with Colm McCarthy (“She Who Brings Gifts,” “Peaky Blinders”) serving as director and co-executive producer. KRYPTON is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC.

More Krypton News: Brainiac Coming To Krypton / First Trailer For Syfy Superman Prequel Series Krypton Debuts Online / First Official Photo From SYFY’s Krypton Series Released / SYFY Orders Krypton To Series, Hints At Release Date

From: http://comicbook.com/dc/2017/08/01/krypton-plot-seg-el-cameron-cuffe/

16 Unused DC Movie Costumes (That They Don’t Want You To See)

We may only be a few movies into the DCEU, but there is a rich history of films based on the properties of DC Comics dating back 50+ years. There were the serials and short films of the 1940s and ‘50s, of course, but it wasn’t until Batman came to the small and silver screens in 1966 that superhero movies became a legitimate craze. Years later, in 1978, Superman introduced the world to the first blockbuster comic book film.

RELATED: 15 Unused MCU Costumes Marvel Doesn’t Want You To See

Now, as a fledgling cinematic universe attempts to find success, we look back at all that was… and all that could have been. We remember how the world’s greatest superheroes and villains looked on camera, but too often we forget what was left on the cutting room floor. It’s always fun to compare the finished product to the concept and prototypes that were ultimately rejected. Some of these early designs DC Comics has shared with us, like the early look of the Joker in The Dark Knight before Heath Ledger came aboard. Others, DC has attempted to bury from view or has at least completely ignored. Either way, CBR gives you 16 unused movie costumes that DC Comics doesn’t want you to see.

16. SUPERMAN LIVES

By now we’ve all heard of the infamous Superman Lives film that cast Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel, would have had Tim Burton as director, and was worked on by Kevin Smith. Much of what could have been has been lost to time, but concepts for the suit made it all the way into the prototype phase. The Photos that were unearthed in 2009 provide a lasting legacy for a questionable time in superhero movies.

Pictures show Cage in a plastic/leather-like Superman costume that makes him look like a walking action figure. However, it’s the film’s second suit that really stands out after all these years. Following Kal-El’s death, he was supposed to return sporting a brand new outfit—one that was see-through silver and had rainbow lighting effects. Superman would have actually used gadgets in the movie, too.

15. BATMAN V SUPERMAN

Before Zack Snyder settled for the Frank Miller-inspired batsuit for Ben Affleck, the design team explored several different variations for the Dark Knight. You’ve seen the sleeker suit on CBR before. Concept artist Constantine Serkis also developed a few alternative looks for the film, which resemble Christopher Nolan’s Batman with the plated armor and the sleek, form-fitting suit. After half a decade spent looking at Christian Bale, it’s hard to go for anything else.

The suit they end up with for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is far bulkier and isn’t as “realistic” as these designs. Affleck’s Batman is bigger, stronger, and more of a brawler than Bale’s take on the character. Say what you will about the film and the actor, but BvS sported one of the better batsuits in movie history.

14. MAN OF STEEL

Before Zack Snyder chose the eventual costume for Henry Cavill’s Superman, he had a lot of options to choose from. According to concept artist Warren Manser, the studio was considering a wide variety of designs. Some were faithful to the comic books, some were a departure. There were even some that threw out the traditional red, blue, and yellow color palette.

Manser developed a few ideas that were ultimately scrapped, but we can see what they were considering early on. His concepts featured the traditional red trunks and one even sported some interesting veiny features that resemble the suit from Green Lantern. There’s even a black suit Superman, which likely would have been used in a sequel if they had ever gone down that route.

13. SUICIDE SQUAD

Most of the concept art out there for the Suicide Squad movie shows off alternative clothing the characters could have worn in the movie. Katana’s clothing went through a few different iterations, from a flashier design on the pants to a full set of samurai-style armor. She also almost sported beautiful red dyed hair that would have looked fantastic in action.

Concept artist Stephan Martiniere shared his designs for the film, which include a Katana with dreadlocks that looks almost nothing like the comic book character. He also had a few different concepts for the Enchantress, which made her look kind of like the Scarlet Witch but dressed in green. The movie would have looked a lot different if they had gone with any of these ideas.

12. SUPERMAN: FLYBY

Superman: Flyby was more or less a precursor to the film that would eventually become Superman Returns. Instead of a continuation of the Christopher Reeve Superman franchise, J.J. Abrams wrote the script as a new origin story. Trouble with casting and production ultimately caused the demise of the film, but designs for the titular character still survive.

Several years ago, costume and special effects designer Steve Johnson released concept art for Superman’s suit for Flyby. These designs take a far more alien spin on the traditional Superman costume. You will also notice that, even back then, the studio wanted to get rid of the red trunks. It’s too bad this design wasn’t used for anything because it would make a great costume for an alternate world story.

11. BATMAN AND ROBIN

The universally maligned Batman and Robin film from the ‘90s actually had a lot of good ideas going for it when they were in pre-production. Several designers came up with interesting concepts for the new characters, which were ultimately scrapped. Designer Miles Teves developed a sexy Batgirl costume with a bat-shaped boob window. Admittedly, he knew the suit wouldn’t work for the kind of film they were producing.

A few years ago, concept artist Tim Burgard shared his designs for Poison Ivy and Batgirl. His costumes were a bit more faithful to the source material than what we eventually got. He even made sure to give Batgirl a practical outfit for riding motorcycles. None of these designs would have been right for the actresses in their roles, but maybe that just says they should have found someone to match these looks instead.

10. BRAINIAC

Before Warner Bros. pulled the plug on a Superman Returns sequel, Bryan Singer was hard at work bringing Brainiac to the big screen. The movie would have reportedly had the villain travel to Earth in order to “save” it, only for everyone to learn that Brainiac actually intended to destroy the planet. In the process, he would have downloaded his mind into Superman’s son—yeesh.

Though we never got to see it happen, illustrator Michael Anthony Jackson had worked on an imagining of the film’s bad guy. Apparently his Brainiac would have looked like some kind of creepy mashup between Darth Vader and the Martians from Mars Attacks. Between the synopsis and the design, it’s probably a good thing this one didn’t go into production after all.

9. TIM BURTON’S BATMAN

Tim Burton’s Batman pushed the envelope on how dark the franchise could go. What stood out most of all was the batsuit, which took on the look of a suit of armor for the first time ever, pushing the franchise further from Adam West and the 1960s. We know that the director had plans for a third movie after Batman Returns, but the studio had other plans.

Sculptor José Fernandez developed concepts for both Batman Returns and Burton’s proposed third film, which featured sleek designs and over-the-top abs. It is also well known that Marlon Wayans would have been Robin. Costume designer Bob Ringwood even sketched out an interesting costume for him to wear. It matches the visual themes of Batman but gives him a more street-level design with a bizarre ‘80s hairdo.

8. JOSS WHEDON’S WONDER WOMAN

Years before Wonder Woman was turned into a box office success, Joss Whedon tried his hand at adapting Diana to the big screen. Things obviously didn’t work out, but you can still read Whedon’s hilariously bad script online. As for his vision of Wonder Woman herself? That lives on in a few drawings that could be seen as concept art for the film.

Designer Shawna Trpcic tweeted out a few pictures of Diana in 2010. Seeing as how she has worked with Whedon on Angel, Firefly, Serenity, and Dollhouse, it’s safe to say what these drawings were for. Trpcic’s Wonder Woman is a stylized take on the traditional costume and actually holds some similarity to J. Michael Straczynski’s reimagining of the character from Wonder Woman #600.

7. DARREN ARONOFSKY’S BATMAN

Following the end of the Batman movie franchise from the ‘90s, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky pitched a new beginning for the character in a story (loosely) based on Batman: Year One. He would have turned Bruce Wayne into a homeless youth following the death of his parents, and his Alfred would have been an African-American mechanic.

Thankfully, the film was rejected, and instead we got Batman Begins, but at least the costume was something fun to look at. The bizarre design is very steampunk in nature and looks cobbled together, which makes sense considering his lack of resources. Several of the suit’s features actually harken back to the Golden Age batsuit, which is pretty cool. This would be a great costume for another instalment of Batman: Gotham By Gaslight.

6. KRONA AND PARALLAX

While the finished product ended up looking like a lackluster CGI box office bomb, Green Lantern could have been a lot darker with a more terrifying villain. Before Parallax was the giant head in a cloud it ended up being, there were a few other options on the table that didn’t make it to the animators.

Freelance artist Peter Rubin shared his unused designs for the fear parasite, which made the creature look more of an alien monster with tentacles rather than a demonic dust cloud. Nothing came close to resembling the insect appearance Parallax has in the comics, but these would have been much better. Concept artist Jerad S. Marantz also had some creepy depictions of the unnamed Guardian infected by Parallax, which would have been Krona.

5. SCARECROW

Following the disappointing release of Suicide Squad, concept artist Ed Natividad showed off some new artwork that featured several elements not seen in the final cut of the movie. It seems that there were several key scenes originally depicted in the art, including a part where the Joker steals the Batmobile. That never happened, but it’s a good look at what could have been.

Included in Natividad’s designs is a drawing of a new Scarecrow that never made it into the film. This version of Jonathan Crane carries a sickle and turns the terrifying scarecrow look up to 11. Some farmhand style and plenty of straw poking out from his clothing make this version of Scarecrow an interesting addition to the DCEU. It’s too bad we never got to see him come to life.

4. JUSTICE LEAGUE: MORTAL

It’s easy to forget that Warner Bros. almost released a Justice League movie 10 years ago. The cast was finalized, filming locations were selected, and the costumes were in production. Then everything fell apart and the movie never got made. Things were so far along that they had working prototypes for some of the costumes. Gal Gadot totally nailed the look and feel of playing Wonder Woman, but Megan Gayle’s Princess Diana worked in a very different way.

We don’t have much else to go on, but Weta Workshop had been developing designs up until production fell apart. Concept art for Aquaman was released that shows the king of Atlantis’ take on a more natural look that we’ve never seen before. His armor resembled that of a crustacean and his body suit looked like it could blend in with seaweed.

3. GENERAL ZOD

Artist Ed Natividad also worked on Man of Steel and had several designs for Zod that would have painted the character in a completely different light. Instead of the conniving berserker he ended up being, at one time it looked like he could have taken on more of a foot soldier vibe with full body armor and weapons to match. One of the designs even featured something of an S shield.

Each design is very different, showing how open they were to the final look, which would have made him look more like the Russian Zod from the early 2000’s than the classic character. Ultimately, the studio decided to go with a costume without a helmet in order to show off actor Michael Shannon. It’s a pity these designs couldn’t be used for another character.

2. DOOMSDAY

The worst thing about Doomsday from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is that he could have looked so much better, but the studio actively chose to turn the villain into a Lord of the Rings cave troll. There are numerous unused designs out there on the internet, all of which are superior to the final thing.

Perhaps the best, and fittingly the most accurate to the comics, was the design created by concept artist Jerad S. Marantz. This Doomsday is big and mean, sure, but he’s also boney and has the wisps of hair that truly make the character feel real. It’s a pity that the studio didn’t go for this look because it would have been perfect and fans would have actually enjoyed something from the movie.

1. HARLEY QUINN

Before Margot Robbie played a stunning rendition of Harley Quinn, there were a few different looks that were being played around with. The general look and feel of the character was there, but the concept art really concentrated on the smaller details like tattoos and makeup. We know what we got, but what could things have looked like instead?

The various makeup art is interesting to compare to the final product. Harley looks a lot more heavily made-up than she does in the movie, but some of it would have been an interesting twist for the character. The dramatic tattoos would have been stylistically crude and similar to the Joker. She even has a giant Joker face on her body. Good call on toning it down a bit in the end.

Do you know of other cool unused costume designs from DC movies? Share them with us in the comments!

From: http://www.cbr.com/dc-unused-movie-costumes/

15 DC Characters Who Won’t Stop Dying

DC Comics was founded over 80 years ago, and their inventive and beloved characters have been through countless battles, spanning multiple generations.The very DC Comics Universe itself has been rebooted and retooled several times, meaning that the characters in the Universes we knew and loved had died, and new ones took their place.

Luckily most of the DC Comics heroes and heroines are too strong for even death to keep them down for long. That being said, there have been some drastic and cataclysmic events in DC Comics 80 plus year history, and almost every hero has fought and died at some point to keep those they love safe from harm. With heroes like the Flash, it’s easy for the Comic giant to just turn back time and resurrect our favorite superheroes.

Unfortunately, some of the characters have managed to bite the dust several times, and it can sometimes feel like the comic creators are grasping at straws, attempting to place emotional weight into a scene that’s severely lacking it. Some of these characters have died far too many times for it to still mean something impactful to the audience.

So without further ado, here are 15 DC Characters Who Won’t Stop Dying.

15. Parallax

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Parallax was originally just an alter-ego to Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern, after he became a villain for a short time. Later, DC Comics retconned his origin so that the creature would have more of a science-fiction spin. Parallax was later introduced as an intergalactic being that was derived totally out of the yellow energy of fear.

Parallax’s first death was actually emotionally gripping, as it died so that Hal Jordan could rid himself of the mind control that was crippling him. But later, as Parallax became a sentient life force, comic creators saw fit to have him destroyed in numerous (often ridiculous) ways. Not to mention his awful appearance in 2011’s Green Lantern, where Parallax was basically a giant brown gaseous mass that was forced into the sun by Hal.

Parallax has stopped being an interesting foe for the Lanterns, and instead become an entity that merely grants powers to its host, before being ripped out and imprisoned time and time again.

14. Thomas And Martha Wayne

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The Waynes have a long and illustrious history in DC Comics, but that is mainly due to the event of their death, and the subsequent birth of Bruce Wayne’s alter-ego, Batman. Of course, Flashpoint proved that the Wayne’s could be interesting characters themselves, but only if they adopted the identities of another hero or villain.

The Waynes have been a punching bag for generations at DC Comics. They show up briefly, Bruce sees them killed, a pearl necklace drops, and a wonderful flash-forward happens, revealing Bruce Wayne brooding in his costume. And filmmakers have gone back to this well numerous times, adding their own little flare or Easter eggs, attempting to put their own spin on the iconic scene.

Audiences of both the comics and the films have seen them die enough. Maybe it’s time for them to finally rest in peace.

13. Robin

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The Boy Wonder himself, Batman‘s sidekick has proven to be quite the helping hand over the years, and those who have worn the tights have gone on to become beloved heroes themselves. Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Jason Todd, and even Damian Wayne have given the character a breath of personality. Hopefully audiences will be able to forget about the Batman  Robin movie when the character is finally introduced to the DCEU.

There is a glaring problem throughout Robin’s history, however, and frankly it’s a problem with any character that aligns themselves with Bruce Wayne. Batman’s villains always find out that the perfect way to hurt Bruce, is through the people he loves. And Robin has gotten the worst of it.

The Robins have been kidnapped, beaten to death with crowbars, blown up, and even killed off screen in the current DCEU. Robin deserves better, and hopefully Chris McKay will deliver an epic on-screen Dick Grayson.

12. Lois Lane

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Superman‘s greatest love has seen her fair share of disasters over the years. She’s been a damsel in distress so long that it’s hard to read a Superman story where she’s not in trouble.

One of the most notable deaths that she’s faced was at the hands of her own love, in the Injustice storyline. It’s utterly heartbreaking when Superman finally realizes that it’s not Doomdsay he’s been pummeling, but his own wife, who he recently found out was pregnant. It’s one of the most repulsive acts the Joker has ever committed, and it completely tears the DC Universe apart after Superman does the same to the Joker.

Lois is always smarter than Clark, constantly snarky, and unabashedly kind, and hopefully Amy Adams’ wonderful Lois Lane won’t have to die in the DCEU to make for interesting Superman material.

11. Hawkman

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Hawkman and another character that will be introduced later on this list are linked to each other, and that relationship forces them to continually die. The history of both of these characters dictates that they will be drawn to each other every time they are eventually resurrected. When they finally meet back up in their next lives, and their love begins to blossom, fate dictates that they have to die.

Throughout their time in DC Comics, these characters have died and been resurrected dozens of times. They also usually find out about this curse shortly after they meet, but then decide to stay together anyway. It’s certainly one of the most intriguing romances in all of comics (although that’s not saying much).

10. Superman

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The Man of Steel had arguably the biggest death of any superhero in comics history when he died in the 1992 arc, The Death of Superman. In the comic, Superman is the only hero that can stop the war machine that is Doomsday, a creature that had been resurrected thousands of times throughout time, growing stronger with each subsequent death.

The fight itself is incredibly brutal and full of carnage, and was even used partially as inspiration for Zack Snyder’s 2016 film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Since then, Superman has died over five times in the comics, and also was presumed dead in Bruce Timm’s animated Justice League cartoon. One of the greatest acts that a hero can perform is the act of self-sacrifice, and Superman has sacrificed himself for the good of humanity countless times.

9. General Zod

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This is a pretty touchy subject, but it’s worth noting that Zack Snyder was not the first person to have the Big Blue Boy Scout murder the infamous General Zod. Of course Man of Steel is certainly the most iconic and prevalent scene in which Zod is killed by Kal-El – in a horrifically tense scene in which Superman has to snap Zod’s neck in order to save a group of civilians.

Sometimes heroes need to make the impossible choice to kill, and having Clark be so conflicted in those few moments was brilliant, no matter how bombastic the backlash was.

Another instance of Superman killing Zod was in the comics, where Superman executed Zod and his minions using an extremely powerful variation of kryptonite. At the end of the day, premeditated-killing Superman seems worse.

8. Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman has died numerous times, both inside and outside of continuity, in actual and artificial realities, and even at the hands of those closest to her.

Wonder Woman has also died about five times throughout her DC Comics history, the most famous of which being in Crisis on Infinite Earths, when she was turned into clay. She was also later brutally murdered by Steppenwolf in Earth 2, vol. 1.

The Amazon Princess, much like the Man of Steel, is a hero that other characters have to demonstrate their strength against. Nothing says “formidable foe” like being able to put the Amazon Warrior six feet under. It’s also a way to keep both the audience and her allies on their toes, because it’s not easy to take on the armies of Apokolips without Diana.

7. Hawkgirl

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Hawkgirl is one of the most powerful heroines in all of DC Comics, which is saying quite a bit, seeing as DC prides itself on having many strong female characters. She is a powerful Thanagarian that is destined to find, fall in love with, and die in her lover’s arms. She also made quite the powerful impression on young audiences with her inclusion in Bruce Timm’s Justice League series, as she offered a different perspective on femininity compared to Diana.

It’s hard to make an expected death impactful, especially when your audience is anticipating it at any time, but DC has always been smart to make sure the deaths of both Hawkman and Hawkgirl are meaningful and impactful for the entire DC Comics Universe.

6. Batman

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Batman loves to die, but in his defense, he does it in a much greater fashion than almost any other character. He usually doesn’t die at the end of a brutal fist fight, or from being outsmarted. No, Batman usually dies in the most horrific ways possible, and usually at the hands of his greatest nemesis, The Joker.

One particularly horrific death was in Action Comics vol 1. Issue #770, where the Joker is granted all of the power of Mr. Mxyzptlk, and he uses those powers to take full advantage of Bruce. The Joker ensnares Batman in a constant time loop, in which the Joker continually kills in and brings him back, and each death is more brutal and creative than the last. The worst variation is when Batman was torn apart by hundreds of vultures.

5. Doomsday

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This killing machine was mentioned earlier on in this list, but he deserves this spot on the list. As mentioned previously, Doomsday’s very existence is linked to him dying and coming back even stronger than before. His most notable death is the same as the Man of Steel’s, as they both died trading blows with each other.

The only real flaw with Doomsday as a character is that he doesn’t really bring a ton of intriguing material to the DC Comics world. He’s basically just a walking punching bag for Superman, and the other more powerful DC Comics heroes.

Doomsday’s origin has also been rewritten numerous times, from the monster being conceived on Krypton, to being brought to life by Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

4. Vandal Savage

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This is one of the few instances where a character dies more in film or television than in the comics. And Vandal Savage did die in the comics when he was outsmarted, and then blown to pieces by his own nuclear missiles. But the character has died the most in The CW’s series, Legends of Tomorrow. There, Vandal Savage isn’t killed by Superman, Batman, or Wonder Womanl he’s offed by discernably C-level heroes.

Vandal Savage is supposed to be one of the most formidable, and most intelligent characters throughout DC Comics history, and a lot of that wisdom comes from him being the oldest human character. If only he’d learned to stay away from meta-human teams that can travel through time.

3. Ra’s Al Ghul

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Quite frankly, Ra’s al Ghul has died too many times. The seemingly immortal character has been stabbed, beaten to death, blown up, and impaled numerous times. With the Lazarus Pit always at his disposal, DC Comics has really taken advantage of the fact that Ra’s al Ghul can be left lifeless at the end of a panel, only to be brought back in the next.

He’s died so many times now, that it’s hard to actually get invested in the character. It’s now become a game of guessing exactly when Ra’s al Ghul is going to die. His deaths have shifted from horrifying to hilarious in a matter of years. He even dies in an epic train crash in Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Batman Begins, only to show up in “Force ghost” form in The Dark Knight Rises.

2. The Flash

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Barry Allen, aka The Flash, is really the emotional lynchpin of the entire DC Comics Universe. He is the character that the audience views the world through. He’s always excitable, often clumsy and awkward, but consistently kind. That’s why it’s especially hard to watch his character bite the dust so many times.

His most notable death was also in Crisis on Infinite Earths, where Barry sacrificed himself in order to stop the Anti-Monitor device from destroying the entire Universe. Barry’s death caused a rift that forced the DC Universe to collide within itself, creating a singular continuity, and essentially resetting the entire Comic Universe.

It seemed to be a pretty concrete end for the Scarlet Speedster, until (like most heroes) he was eventually bought back to life.

1. Resurrection Man

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Resurrection Man is easily the most obscure comic character on this list, but he undoubtedly deserves the top spot on this list. Mitch Shelley was a lawyer that was unwittingly implanted with Tektites; little sentient devices that gave him the gift of immortal life. He can, of course, die, but he is always revived seconds later.

His only true power is that he is granted the powers of the being that last killed him. And with villains like Mr. Mxyzptlk, Darkseid, and numerous other immensely powerful beings existing in the DCU, it means that Resurrection Man could potentially be one of the deadliest characters in the Universe at any given time. He’s died so many times, that it would take several lists to arrange them all, but trust us, he’s died… a lot.

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    What to wear? From Wonder Woman to Superman, they’re all at Hono

    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

    For many special occasions, one of the first things to worry about is what to wear.

    Comic Con Honolulu is no different — with a twist, of course.

    Hundreds converged on the Hawaii Convention Center on Friday for the event, decked out in their best cosplays, or character costumes.

    Among the attendees was Mario Mercado, Jr., who was Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones.

    “It allows you to be someone you are not; instead of being timid, I can be more outgoing,” Mercado said. “You kind of take on the persona of the character that you’re dressed up as.”

    Many, like Mercado, have spent countless hours designing their looks. 

    “It took me three months on and off during the weekends,” Ryan Oshiro said, who was dressed as Cable from the X-Men series. 

    From handmade costumes to onesies, people walked in ready to display their work of art proudly. 

    But for fans, the comic convention is more than a place to dress up; it’s a place to meet new people, share new concept art and celebrate all things comics. 

    David Torres, a father of three, was finally able to attend his first Comic Con ever. 

    “Now I have an excuse to come — I bring the kids,” Torres said. 

    His daughter, Gabriela, was dressed as WonderWoman and was very excited to be at her first Comic Con, too. 

    “WonderWoman is my favorite,” she said. “I saw the movie twice.” 

    Next time, they said, the entire family will dress as a mix of Marvel and DC characters. 

    As far as planning goes, most have already decided who their cosplays will be each day of the event, which means a host of characters will step into the convention center ready to shine.

    Comic Con Honolulu runs through Sunday. 

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    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/

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