What DC Is Doing Right With the New Versions of Superman and Batman



Two simple changes have made DC Comics’ relaunched Superman and Batman books much more enjoyable.

The Man of Steel’s always been a character who punches things to save the world, but he’s also been an aspirational avatar of compassion and altruism. Before DC’s Rebirth initiative kicked off two months ago, Superman was in the middle of one of the most aggro interpretations ever. He’d lost most of his superpowers and was outed as Clark Kent, frantically trying to fight his insecurities and regain his lost abilities.



The plot beats I liked in the last year of Superman stories—a more meaningful understanding of human frailty and down-on-the-ground connection to real-world injustices—were smothered by overcooked emotional scripting and underwhelming villains. This Superman stopped feeling like the superhero other heroes would look up to.

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Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne wasn’t wearing his cape and cowl during the last year of Batman comics. A near-death experience left him reborn without the skills and trauma that birthed the Dark Knight and a fitter-than-ever Jim Gordon fought crime in a 10-foot-tall robo-Batsuit. Like the weaker Superman storylines, these arcs had their charms, especially when showing a Bruce Wayne who was more emotionally well-adjusted.



But, fun as it was, the Gordon Batman would never have the bleak psychological allure of Bruce Wayne’s Dark Knight. People like Batman because he’s a survivor who turned loss into a strength, though that mindset has painfully isolated him from meaningful relationships over the years.

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However, the biggest surprise of the relaunched Batman and Detective Comics—written by Tom King and James Tynion IV, respectively—has been how Bruce has been prioritizing relationships after putting the cowl back on. In the main Batman title, he’s taking a new approach to superhero mentorship, addressing junior partner Duke Thomas with refreshing respect and candor.







Over in Detective Comics, he’s revealed his identity to Batwoman in an appeal for her expertise that leaned on emotional connection. What’s more, he’s letting her be in charge of training heroes that will be facing the mysterious threat targeting vigilantes in Gotham.





This is a big shift from the terse, aloof, and all-knowing iteration of Batman that’s been prevalent in recent years. He’s asking for help, acknowledging the emotional states of others and praising his partners.



He’s even treating the new superpowered crimefighters in his city with less than total suspicion.

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It’s all stuff Batman hasn’t been shown doing in a long time. My interview with Tom King last month gave some insight as to the logic powering this characterization:

You’re inheriting a Batman who is kind of a clean slate, but it also feels like Bruce is showing more emotional range in your first two issues. What’s your take on Batman’s relationships? What does it look like when Batman lets people in?

King: I think at this point in his career—and this goes back to the continuity stuff—it’s stupid to write a story where Batman’s like, “I don’t need a family. I just need to go forward and think about my dead parents.” He’s smart enough to realize that he’s been through some things and that he does need a family and that he does need help.

In similar fashion, the tweak of making Superman an explicit father figure humanizes him more than the Clark Kent who just died. The recently deceased Clark was dating Wonder Woman in a relationship that hit a rocky patch after his power loss. The Man of Steel flying through the skies is married to Lois Lane and helping raise their young son. He’s an older, more experienced Kal-El—supposedly from the reality that preceded DC’s 2011 reboot—who lived a secret life with only occasional superheroing. Now that he’s taken up the red cape again, the quieter moments with his family have served as a counterpoint to the super-fisticuffs.



That life isn’t without its tensions…



…but, so far, the new stories position Superman as a source of stability and comfort, even if he is a transplant from a universe that doesn’t exist anymore. He’s not raging around, losing his temper.





Superman as a level-headed dad with a son that he’s teaching superhero stuff. Batman, of all people, telling someone not to pull away. DC’s made a lot of mistakes handling its characters and issuing unfulfilled promises over the last few years, making it hard to trust that the publisher can execute better-nature versions of its heroes. But, as regards its two biggest icons at least, these last few weeks have been a promising start.

From: http://io9.gizmodo.com/what-dc-is-doing-right-with-the-new-versions-of-superma-1783294742

DC Reborn Review: SUPERMAN #2 enacts a perfect blend of action and sentimentality

Last month, DC Comics kicked off the start of its Rebirth initiative. After a wave of criticism surrounding the way they have treated their characters’ rich histories since 2011’s New 52 relaunch, DC has decided to rebrand. They hope that by restoring their characters’ pasts, they will restore readers’ faith in them as well.  Do they succeed? That’s what the Comics Beat managing editor Alex Lu and entertainment editor Kyle Pinion are here to discuss.  Book by book. Panel by panel.

Welcome to month two of DC Reborn!

Note: the review below contains **spoilers**. If you want a quick, spoiler-free buy/pass recommendation on this book, check out the bottom of the article for our final verdict.


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Writer: Peter Tomasi
Penciller: Patrick Gleason
Inker: Mick Gray
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letters: Rob Leigh

Alex Lu: A few weeks ago, Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason astounded me when they released Superman #1.  I did not enjoy their work on Superman: Rebirth #1 so I was surprised at how deftly the series changed course in its second issue.  The creators made this dramatic turn by refocusing the Superman on Jon Kent, the Man of Steel’s son with Lois Lane.  Tomasi puts an incalculable amount of emotional weight into the relationship between Clark and his son and gives readers a revealing window into his paternal side.  By and large, Superman #2 continues to do this.

The story opens by resolving the major cliffhanger that closed the previous issue. Following a clandestine meeting with Batman and Wonder Woman, Superman has taken Jon from his room– not to chain him in a prison for the world’s protection, but rather to assist him on a lifesaving mission.  It’s a clever bait and switch on Tomasi’s and Gleason’s part, though frankly, I can’t imagine a universe where Superman would actually agree to imprison his own ten year old child.

Reading the issue, I can’t help but feel like Tomasi’s and Gleason’s Superman story is basically a metaphor for a father’s role in a son’s life as the latter goes through puberty.  In the first issue, Jon’s inability to control his newfound strength led to the death of the family cat Goldie. His struggle to tell his father about the tragedy reflects many of the internal conflicts a teenager undergoes as their relationship to their parents and the rest of the world dramatically changes.  It is at this stage in a child’s development that the strengths and weaknesses of one’s parenting methods shine through. In a testament to the midwestern sense of honesty Clark constantly exudes, Jon ultimately does tell his father the truth– only to find out Superman already knew what had happened.  This internal conflict is juxtaposed with Clark teaching Jon how to focus his energy beam powers. Jon burns his father’s back severely, but ultimately succeeds despite the doubts placed in his mind by Goldie’s death thanks to his father’s gentle, unwavering faith in him. Watching Superman guide his burgeoning son towards greater internal and external strength is a huge joy that is unique to this book.

The splash page in the middle of this chapter where Lois, Clark, and Jon are huddled together beneath a tree, honoring Goldie’s memory as a happy family is now one of my favorite pages in comics.  Gleason knocks it out of the park here, creating a warm moment that epitomizes the themes this book sets out to express.  

Did you enjoy all of this as much as I did, Kyle?

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Kyle Pinion: Sure, I had a pretty good time with this second installment of Superman proper. I think the comics fills a significant niche in the current Superman status quo, and allows us a better opportunity to understand the family dynamics of the Smith family (I may have missed something, but when did they stop being the White family? Perhaps that was something during the Tomasi “Last Days of Superman” issues that I only picked up the first half of.). It’s funny to note what was easily the worst Rebirth comic of the lot has been followed up by two of the most enjoyable ongoing issues that DC has published in these past two months. Gleason’s lovely and emotive art has a lot to do with it, but the storytelling from all facets is crisp and purposeful, with the best definition of this new Superman’s personality that we’ve seen anywhere.

I was also a big fan of the action sequences on hand, from the awfully impressive sea creature – vividly colored by John Kalisz – to the moment where Jon learns how to use his heat vision, which elevates this title, not only to being the best character-driven Superman book, but also the most exhilarating one visually in the superhero slugfest mold. And given how much I’ve enjoyed Patrick Zircher’s efforts on Action Comics, that’s no small amount of praise.

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While I think you basically covered it all here, Alex, in terms of what worked best for me (particularly the turnabout on a child’s expectations of his father punishing him vs. reality). I did want to state that the arrival of the Eradicator was likely my favorite bit. He’s always a bit of a confusing character, and his history is a fairly convoluted one, but I’ve loved his design as far back as his initial appearance. I thought utilizing the Clark Kent glasses from the Fortress of Solitude to establish why he has that visor look was a clever touch, and I’m excited to see the character return. I also noticed that, one panel aside, there were a number of places where the art was obscuring the fact that Superman doesn’t have the red strongman tights. This is especially apparent in the one pager of Clark discussing with Jon why he’s wearing the “S-shield”. It’s basically black where the underwear goes. It was an odd choice that probably signifies how difficult it is to actually render Superman in certain shots so he doesn’t have a bulge or a Ken doll crotch, at least in the current all blue pants design.

Any additional thoughts on your end, Alex? I’m 100% team Tomasi/Gleason at this rate.

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Alex: As you were writing your thoughts, I was flipping through the book again and noticed the same thing about Superman’s tights.  This struggle to come up with a coherent and modern Superman design has gone on for quite some time now, and I doubt this will be the last design we see over the next few years, even though it has been my favorite thus far.

The Eradicator reveal was a little strange to me, but after doing some research I think he’s a solid character that could pose an interesting foil to Superman in the weeks to come.  Most importantly, Kathy’s crush on Jon is adorable. Maybe next time he won’t fall out of a tree when she touches him.  Girls don’t have cooties! Promise.

Buy. this. Book.

Final Verdict: Buy


Stay tuned throughout the day as we post reviews for Aquaman #2Green Arrow #2, Green Lanterns #2!

Previous Reviews:

Week One— BATMAN:REBIRTH, GREEN ARROW: REBIRTH, SUPERMAN: REBIRTH, and GREEN LANTERNS: REBIRTH

Week Two— ACTION COMICS #957, AQUAMAN: REBIRTH, DETECTIVE COMICS #934, FLASH: REBIRTH, WONDER WOMAN: REBIRTH

Week ThreeBATMAN #1, GREEN ARROW #1, GREEN LANTERNS #1, SUPERMAN #1, TITANS: REBIRTH

Week Four– ACTION COMICS #958, AQUAMAN #1, DETECTIVE COMICS #935, THE FLASH #1, WONDER WOMAN #1

From: http://www.comicsbeat.com/dc-reborn-review-superman-2-enacts-a-perfect-blend-of-action-and-sentimentality/

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers: DC Rebirth Month 2 Begins With Justice League Rebirth #1, Superman #2 & Batman #2 …

Month 2 of DC Comics Rebirth begins with another big one-shot in Justice League Rebirth #1 plus second issues of two DC Comics trinity in Superman #2 and Batman #2.

Teaser interior pages and spoilers follow.

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So do these preview pages for Justice League Rebirth #1, Superman #2 and Batman #2 compel you to check out the books this NCBD?

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‘Batman v Superman’ kill count video measures the Dark Knight’s lethal methods

But where’s all the sore loser fanboys about enemy soldiers Iron Man fought killed?
Or his extremis attackers?

Or Nazi/Hydra that Captain America fought?

Or the frost giants that Thor fought?
Or the dark elves?

Or the soldiers Hulk smashes?

Or the Chitauri?

Or any innocent bystanders from the New York or Sokovia invasions?

Hypocrite morons.

From: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2016/07/batman-v-superman-kill-count-video-measures-the-dark-knights-lethal-methods/

The Mission: The Power of Superman, Beyond Death and Rebirth

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“Laws won’t stop them. It’s what’s in their mind. There is good and there is evil, and it seems like evil is winning.”

After being impressed by the top-selling “DC Universe: Rebirth” comic book published by DC Comics and produced by a stellar team of creators, I decided to engage the fan in me. I committed to buying every first Rebirth title, and using the quality of each issue to decide if I would buy the series every month.

The DC Universe’s revitalization is, in part, supported and informed by the death of their flagship character, Superman.

Starting in “Superman” #52, continuing in “Superman: Rebirth,” and progressing in “Action Comics: Rebirth,” the story of how Superman’s valiant last fight against an enemy of equal power, and what happens to the world in the aftermath of the hero’s tragic demise, is laid out brick by narrative brick.

EXCL. PREVIEW: DC’s “Superman” #1 Ditches the Black Suit for “Rebirth”

Albeit still in its publication infancy, the new Superman story made me think about the first time Superman died, 24 years ago in “The Death of Superman” saga.

In a climactic showdown depicted in the 75th issue of “Superman,” the hero fought to a bloody end against the villain called Doomsday, with both dying in the battle. Both were resurrected, after a good amount of time passed, so readers could become heavily invested in a world without its greatest hero. With the 21st Century revisiting of Superman’s death as part of DC Comics’ high-stakes gamble to revitalize their superhero universe, I wondered:

Did the publisher consider Superman’s greatest impact and marketability to be in the form of a dead character?

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In 2005, DC Comics began publishing “Infinite Crisis,” a miniseries with Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman at the thematic center of a large-scale story about the changing nature of heroes over time; their actions and their relevance.

During the first issue, Batman tells Superman the last time he inspired anyone is when he was dead. Possibly a metatextual statement from “Infinite Crisis” writer Geoff Johns, who is now the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, and the architect behind the rebirth of DC Comics’ superhero universe and line of superhero comic books.

That assertion, voiced through a fictional character, apparently holds true to this day.

If a new reader wanted to enter the world of Superman now, they would learn, among other things:

  • Superman is dead.
  • Superman’s greatest enemy is now acting as the new Superman for the deceased hero’s city, Metropolis.
  • A Superman from a parallel universe, who just happens to be the same Superman who was killed in the 1992 comic book, is living secretly in his counterpart’s world.
  • The parallel universe Superman has come out of hiding, seemingly poised to take on the mantle of Superman in this new world.

That’s a lot to absorb, but if you decide to go with it and continue on, your introduction to Superman is an introduction to a corpse. In 1992, Superman’s death led to the introduction of new heroes wearing the familiar “S” emblem. This year, the same thing is going to happen.

A pattern repeats itself, for whatever reason(s), and it begs the question: “Does Superman have the greatest impact when he is dead?”

I would say “No.”

Superman is a character subject to a number of interpretations and approaches. Is he Jesus Christ? Is he a Sun God? Is he the ultimate immigrant?

I considered him the latter, until I had lunch with two friends recently. One of them a journalist, the other a well-known storyteller in comics, and the storyteller convinced me otherwise.

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So after the better part of 46 years having an on-and-off relationship with Superman, I was wondering does he still work, and what exactly is he? Is Superman still relevant?

RELATED: Man of Steel Rebirth: Your Guide to the New (Old) Superman

From”Action Comics” #775 (published in 2001) to “Superman: Birthright” (2003-2004) to “All-Star Superman” (2005-2008), some of the most popular writers, artists, colorists and letterers in American superhero comic books have made best efforts to answer that question. All of them, and others, have done so in exemplary fashion. But I needed my own answer.

DC Comics has tried, with varying degrees of success and failure, to attach real-world social issues into Superman’s mythos for years. National allegiance versus world allegiance, the growing conflict with American citizens and an increasingly militarized police force, the consequences of killing someone and more.

It never seems to stick. So where is Superman’s gravitas? His impact? His power? I found my answer today.

I found it while thinking about the horrifying tragedy of June 12, in which a man used a weapon to murder at least 49 people in an Orlando nightclub, and injure more, using ideology as the justification for an inhumane act.

I found it while talking to my neighbor, an 80-year-old Jamaican woman who spoke the words at the beginning:

“Laws won’t stop them. It’s what’s in their mind. There is good and there is evil, and it seems like evil is winning.”

I found it while seeing the statements online from friends, family and strangers, in the declarations of people about their lives, their loves, their sexual identity and their convictions.

I found it while remembering an old interview with writer Warren Ellis, shortly after the terrible events of September 11, 2001, in which he discussed someone’s public statement about wishing Superman was real. Ellis created a comic book about a team of real people with real skills who came together to save all of the other real people of the world.

Superman is not real. The ideal of Superman is, however, very real.

To do good.

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In Superman is a place where prejudice finds no home, where murder finds no justification, where gender, lifestyle, ethnicity… none of these things matter.

These controversial differences, and the ugliness of the world that attaches to them, exploits them… they do not thematically stick to Superman because his mind and heart have no refuge for separation or segregation. There is only the impetus, to do good.

Beyond anger is the power to do good. Beyond sorrow is the power to do good. Beyond fear, rage, desperation. Beyond powerlessness… is power.

To do good.

The summary of efforts, the distillation of complex actions and activism. Our personal idiosyncrasies, internal conflicts, capacity for questioning what to do, how to do it, when to do it, for how long.

To do good, is the succinct idea, the apparent abstract, the decision that can lead to changing the courses of mighty rivers. Mighty rivers of hatred. Xenophobia. Fanaticism. The initiative to do good, which lies at the core of Superman, is his timeless root of relevancy.

That’s the answer to my question about Superman.

Maybe that’s a part of the answer to our questions in the face of horrifying acts, for which we eventually run out of words to describe. Because my neighbor is a fountain of wisdom, but I want her to be wrong this time.


Joseph Illidge

Joseph Phillip Illidge is a public speaker on the subjects of race, comics and the corporate politics of diversity. In addition to his coverage by The New York Times, CNN Money, the BBC and Publishers Weekly, Joseph has been a speaker at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Digital Book World’s forum, Digitize Your Career: Marketing and Editing 2.0, Skidmore College, The School of Visual Arts, Purdue University, on the panel “Diversity in Comics: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexual Orientation in American Comic Books” and at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York City.

Joseph is the Head Writer for Verge Entertainment. Verge has developed an extensive library of intellectual properties for live-action and animated television and film, video games, graphic novels and web-based entertainment.

His graphic novel project, “The Ren,” about the romance between a young musician from the South and a Harlem-born dancer in 1925, set against the backdrop of a crime war, will be published by First Second Books, a division of Macmillan.

Joseph’s newest comic book project is the upcoming Scout Comics miniseries “Solarman,” a revamp of a teenage superhero originally written by Stan Lee.

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Spider-Man and Deadpool Mocked ‘Batman v Superman’ in the Latest Issue of Their Team-Up Comic

The rivalry between Marvel and DC is as old as the companies themselves. Sometimes it’s playful; sometimes it gets downright heated. In the latest issue of Spider-Man/Deadpool, the Cold War between comics’ “Big Two” went full fire emoji.

First of all, yes Spider-Man and Deadpool are currently starring in an ongoing team-up series where they fight crime and trade quips. It’s a fun book; they’re sort of like Laurel and Hardy, but with more web-fluid and chimichanga references. The new issue, Spider-Man/Deadpool #6, is written by Scott Aukerman of Comedy Bang! Bang! fame, and it’s all about the world of superhero movies.

In the story, Deadpool gets his own Hollywood production and gets a glimpse into the modern moviemaking process. (Where do they come up with these ridiculous ideas? A Deadpool movie? It’ll never happen.) Cue the jokes about increasingly dark superhero films (and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in particular)!

There are plenty of great jokes (including one about how all the other heroes ignore the X-Men and act like they don’t even exist, because in the MCU they don’t), but the pièce de résistance is this page:

There is no mistaking what’s going on here. Nighthawk and Hyperion are from a book called Squadron Supreme, which is basically Marvel’s analog of DC’s Justice League; each character in the group is based on a corresponding DC character, with Nighthawk as the group’s Batman and Hyperion as its Superman. There’s a joke about their mothers sharing the same first name. There’s a joke about setting up future movies at the expense of a present movie. And really there’s no better BvS putdown subtitle than Yawn of Boredom.

There is also a joke about rebooting characters until they get it right. Speaking of which, Spider-Man: Homecoming is just one year away! Good to know Marvel can poke a little fun at itself as well as its competitors. You can get Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 at finer comic book stores everywhere right now.

From: http://screencrush.com/spider-man-deadpool-mock-batman-v-superman/

Comic-Con: Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman Get Lego Mighty Micros Treatment (Exclusive)

Lego is expanding its Super Heroes Mighty Micros line with some new sets, one of which features the brick debut of DC villain Doomsday.

The micro line is a tiny, some would say cute, version of well-known characters and their vehicles. Lego first tried a diminutive line with Star Wars Microfighters and this year moved onto DC and Marvel superheroes. The toys proved popular with kids and collectors so Lego is putting more in the pipeline.

Three new DC sets will be unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con: Batman vs. Killer Moth, Wonder Woman vs. Doomsday, and Superman vs. Bizarro.

Batman flies with his Batcopter to face off Killer Moth’s vehicle while Wonder Woman, with a sword and shield, pilots her invisible jet against Doomsday’s car. Superman’s car comes with fists that he can bump against Bizarro’s fists on the latter’s back-to-front automobile. Batman is in his ’66 version while the other heroes are also in classic incarnations, not forms from the recent films.

Sadly, those attending SDCC will be able to look but not touch: the sets won’t go on sale, at $9.99 a pop, until January 2017.

Check out the exclusive peek above and below.

From: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/comic-con-batman-wonder-woman-907037

COMIC REEL: Pics of "Batman v Superman’s" Cyborg; James Gunn’s Take on Cap’s Twist

BATMAN V SUPERMAN

With less than three weeks left to go until the “Batman v Superman” Ultimate Cut hits stores, behind-the-scenes photos from the set have surfaced of Ray Fisher’s Cyborg in the film.

The pics offer a better look at Cyborg’s transformation (which we saw very briefly in “Batman v Superman”), in addition to a close-up of Fisher’s half-cybernetic face.

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Additionally, shots of Jason Momoa’s Aquaman were unearthed from the set that show the underwater hero’s costume and trident before the CGI was added — revealing a gold armor that appeared much less shiny in the final version of the film.

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The set also provides a look at Wonder Woman, from her 2017 film, sporting a cloak.

The “Batman v Superman” Ultimate Cut arrives on Digital HD June 28, and on Blu-ray/DVD July 19.

CAPTAIN AMERICA

“Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has sounded off on the Captain America Hydra twist, offering a very spoiler-y opinion on the changes to the character that were executed in this week’s “Captain America: Steve Rogers” #2.

Gunn wrote to Facebook:

“Captain America: Steve Rogers” #2 is in stores now.

THE WALKING DEAD

Residents of Cynthiana, Kentucky, are honoring the creator of “The Walking Dead” and the series original and current artists — Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard — by painting a mural for the franchise on the wall of the town’s local theatre.

The following videos goes behind the design of the mural and the folks who painted it:

Portuguese artist Sergie Odeith is heading the project (with funding from the Cynthiana Arts Council) that will see Sheriff Rick Grimes, Carl, Michonne and Daryl Dixon depicted in the mural. Emily Ammerman, a board member on the council, said of the project, “We wanted this first mural to really make a statement…And it’s great to honor the Walking Dead, because it has been such a big hit and people here are proud of the local connections.”

Kirkman is set to revisit Cynthiana for “Walking Dead Day” in August. He and artist Tony Moore developed the project in Cynthiana while they were still residents.

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“Arrow” is moving one step closer to the world of Green Lantern. The hit CW series has cast Carly Pope as Coast City reporter Susan Williams who, in the comics, is the sister-in-law of Green Lantern Hal Jordan.

Williams — in the comics, the wife of Hal Jordan’s brother, Jim — will come to Star City “looking to make a name for herself,” by going after Oliver Queen for a “big story.” She’ll make her debut in the third episode of “Arrow’s” fifth season.

Also joining the cast of “Arrow” is Tyler Ritter (“The McCarthys”) in a recurring role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ritter is playing Detective Malone, a replacement for Captain Lance (Paul Blackthorne) on the Star City Police Department, for the upcoming fifth season. Blackthorne will continue to appear on the series as a regular, despite not operating on the police force.

Returns Wednesdays this fall on the CW

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Blu-ray box art and details have been revealed for “Captain America: Civil War.” The set will release in stores on September 13. Before that, the film will be available on the Disney Movies Anywhere and for digital download on September 2.

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Extras on the set include:

  • United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  • Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  • Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  • Deleted Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  • Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  • Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

“Captain America: Civil War” will be released on digital HD platforms and the Disney Movies Anywhere app on September 2; the film will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and on-demand on September 13.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

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Marvel/Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has added six-time Emmy Award-winner Tyne Daly to the cast in an unspecified role. The 70-year-old actress made her mark on TV’s “Cagney Lacey” and “Judging Amy,” and most recently appeared in the Michael Showalter-directed comedy “Hello, My Name Is Doris.”

Daly joins Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Michael Barbieri, Kenneth Choi, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Martin Starr, Hannibal Buress, Abraham Attah, and many others for the film.

Directed by Jon Watts, and from a script by “Vacation’s” Jonathan M. Goldstein and John Francis Daley, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is slated for a for a July 7, 2017 release.

Opens July 7, 2017

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

Vinnie Jones (“Lock, Stock Two Smoking Barrels”) has joined the cast of director Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” sequel.

Jones let his casting known via his Twitter:

While Jones’ role hasn’t been disclosed, his picture with Julianne Moore could suggest an antagonistic role, considering Moore’s character was rumored as the film’s villain earlier this year.

Like the original, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” features a script by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, with Vaughn back to direct. The film is slated for release on June 16, 2017.

Opens June 10,2017

SUICIDE SQUAD

Following in the footsteps of the newly-unveiled “Suicide Squad”-themed Converse sneakers, Hot Topic has rolled out its “Suicide Squad” fashion collection.

Debuting July 22, the line — heavy on Harley and The Joker — has sweaters, tank tops, dresses, skinny jeans, boxer shorts, a trench coat and more (including a black-and-silver “Puddin” choker).

Prices range from $10.32 (for the choker) to $89.90 (for the trench coat). The collection can be preordered from the Hot Topic website.

Take a look at a few samples from the “Suicide Squad” fashion line below:

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The clothing be available in select stores beginning July 22.

Opens on August 5, 2016

PREACHER

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After only five episodes, AMC has renewed “Preacher” for an extended, 13-episode second season.

The first season has performed solidly on AMC, as the #2 series on the cable channel with an average of 3.3 million viewers per episode in Nielsen live plus 3 ratings.

On the series’ renewal, AMC president Charlie Collier said, “‘Preacher’ is a special television program and we’re eager to share with fans the rest of this wild first season and, now, an expanded second season…What Sam [Catlin], Seth [Rogen], Evan [Goldberg] and the entire creative team have achieved in bringing Garth Ennis’ graphic novel to the screen is extraordinary. We look forward to more time with these unforgettable characters be it in Heaven, Hell, Texas or beyond.”

Additionally, AMC is set to air a “Preacher” catch-up marathon that will show the first five episodes of the series, starting at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 30.

Airs Sundays on AMC

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The Top 5 Versions of Superman In Comics

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May 30th, 2016

From: http://moviepilot.com/posts/3983948

Top Comics to Buy This Week: 6/29/2016

We all want the best of the best, so let us point out the hottest comics released each week. We spotlight our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.

Check out our picks, then take to the comments to let us know what looks good to you!

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By writers Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller artist Andy Kubert | DC Comics

The world is in a bad place. Father Quar has an army of Kryptonians (including Superman/Wonder Woman’s daughter Lara), Gotham City is destroying itself, and Superman is trapped underwater encased in some nasty black goop. And if the cover to this week’s issue is any hint, Superman might rejoin the story, but it doesn’t look like he’s on Batman’s side anymore. What did that tar stuff do to him?

This series has been a whirlwind of plot twists and big character moments, so it’s been a little tough to get invested in the story, but having passed the halfway point, things are starting to coalesce into a more focused superhero narrative. Not to mention, artist Andy Kubert has been doing the cartooning of his life, delivering dramatic imagery at a heart-pounding pace. It’s controversial to even be telling this story in the first place, but no one will deny Kubert draws one hell of a Batman.

Yes, the six dollar price point stinks, but this comic includes a mini-comic drawn by Frank Miller — this time featuring Lara — to help make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.

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By writer Jeff Lemire artist Mico Suayan | Valiant Comics

Here’s the great thing about this series: it’s done in a way that you can jump in wherever you want. Issue #14 is the start of a new story arc — called “Bloodshot Island” — and it’s got a pretty sweet setup. Bloodshot has been stranded on a mysterious island, and he discovers that this is where all past Bloodshot experiments have been sent — World War II Bloodshot, Cold War Bloodshot, Vietnam Bloodshot, etc. — so not only do we get to meet failed experiments of the program, but we’ll witness Bloodshot uncovering more about his legacy and expand the mythology of the character.

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By writer Nick Cron-Devico artists Matthew Smigiel, Meg Omac | BOOM! Studios

This is a different kind of comic. It’s for children, as it’s based off the silly Cartoon Network series Clarence that’s all about kids being kids and getting into all sorts of mischief. You can read this as a palate cleanser from all the intense superhero stories that fill the shelves, or you can gift it to a youngin’ in order to hook them on comics at an early age. BOOM! Studios excels at creating comics for all ages, so this is a safe bet for a fun and accessible comic.

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By writer Mark Millar artist Frank Quitely | Image Comics

Speaking of intense superhero stories, we finally have the long-awaited, much-anticipated followup to Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy. The first mini-series was a Shakespearean family drama and a superhero epic rolled into one, showing what happens to the world when the world’s greatest heroes have super-powered kids who care less about saving people and more about basking in the fame their parents earned.

The ending was pretty mind-blowing — on bad days, we like to sit back and think of those pages gorgeously rendered by Quitely’s gifted hand, and suddenly life seems like it’s going to be okay — and we can’t wait to see what happens next. Best of all, all five issues of this new mini-series are already drawn and completed, so we’ll be getting it on a monthly basis without those notorious Quitely delays. (Although, to be fair, we get that good art takes time, so we’re not knocking the man!)

Keep reading for what’s coming from Marvel this week.


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From: http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/06/28/top-comics-to-buy-this-week-6292016

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