GEOFF JOHNS SAYS DC ENTERTAINMENT’S TV AND MOVIE UNIVERSES ARE SEPARATE
If you were hoping to see Arrow‘s Stephen Amell make an appearance as the emerald archer in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or in the upcoming Justice League movie, DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has some bad news for you.
“We will not be integrating the film and television universes,” he said at the Television Critics Association press tour for The Flash. Seems pretty cut and dried.
MONDO ENTERS COLLECTIBLE TOY SPACE WITH ASTONISHING IRON GIANT FIGURE, THE FIRST NINJA TURTLE AND MORE
By Andy Khouri
Purveyors of extremely fine illustrated film posters and other cinematic and pop cultural celebrations, Mondo has been increasing its exquisitely curated presence in the comic book world. The boutique merchandise arm of the celebrated Austin movie theater the Alamo Drafhouse, Mondo has in the last several months hosted a 20th anniversary screening of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (with limited edition poster), presented a gallery show of Marvel Comics artwork by Mike MItchell, offered a gorgeous Elektra poster by Craig Drake, a Harley Quinn poster by Phantom City Creative, launched new convention, MondoCon, announced with new artwork by Mike Mignola, and announced a series of vinyl records celebrating music from Batman: The Animated Series.
It comes as only the best kind of surprise that Mondo will expand its operations into the realm of collectible toys, and the company has some auspicious products to announce its arrival in the new space. In addition to a vinyl figure based directly off of Kevin Eastman’s very first drawing of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Mondo will release what’s perhaps the most handsome collectible ever for The Iron Giant; a 16″ figure with numerous accessories that’s a fitting tribute to Brad Bird’s excellent film about a killer robot inspired to heroism by Superman comic books.
WILL EISNER’S ‘THE SPIRIT’ JUMPS FROM DC TO DYNAMITE
In a surprising coup, Dynamite Entertainment announced that it has acquired the rights to Will Eisner’s legendary domino-masked crimefighter The Spirit. The rights were previously held by DC Comics, which published both a comprehensive collection of the original strips and new adventures from creators such as Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragones, Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone.
Dynamite plans to publish new stories starring the character, but has not yet announced creative teams or indicated when these comics might see print. Whether Dynamite has the rights to any archive material or plans to do anything with it remains to be seen. Dynamite Entertainment publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci called the acquisition, “a lifelong dream come true.”
THE COMICS ALLIANCE GUIDE TO SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2014: WHAT TO DO ON THURSDAY
With more than 200 panels to choose from at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday alone, the programming at the show can be completely overwhelming — and it’s far too easy to miss a panel you know you might have loved, or to find yourself on the wrong side of the con floor five minutes before a great panel is about to start!
Take heart, brave reader. ComicsAlliance has sifted through the schedule to offer up our pick of the best panels, screenings, and events, starting with programming for Thursday July 24, 2014 — with an emphasis, of course, on comics programming. We’ll also let you know where and when you can find ComicsAlliance contributors at the San Diego show.
ACTOR-TURNED-AUTHOR EVANGELINE LILLY SPINS A SPOOKY ILLUSTRATED STORY FOR KIDS WITH ‘THE SQUICKERWONKERS’ [INTERVIEW]
Evangeline Lilly is a familiar name to sci-fi and genre fans – she broke into Hollywood’s major leagues playing Kate Austen in Lost, she was the female lead in 2011′s supremely fun Rocky-meets-Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em flick Real Steel, and most recently, she’s risen to new heights of fame for her role as elven warrior Tauriel in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films.
But while she’s best known for on-camera appearances, acting is merely one of facet of her creative impulse. Lilly’s first authorial effort is premiering at San Diego Comic-Con this week: a creepy crawly children’s picture book entitled The Squickerwonkers, that tells a story-in-verse of a terrible child and the puppet people she encounters and antagonizes. It’s a quick and delightfully dark read, illustrated in at once unsettling and beautiful fashion by WETA designer Johnny Fraser-Allen – and thanks to the fine folks at Titan Books, we recently had the opportunity to speak with Lilly about the long and convoluted path that this tale has taken on the road to publication.
WOMEN OF DYNAMITE: GAIL SIMONE TO OVERSEE THE VAMPIRELLA/DEJAH THORIS/RED SONJA CROSSOVER YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR
By Chris Sims
When a company acquires the rights to a bunch of licensed characters, a crossover between them is almost inevitable — and honestly, that’s pretty exciting for a reader. I mean, who doesn’t want to see the G.I. Joes throw down with the Ninja Turtles, or watch Doc Savage and the Shadow tear through pulpy crime lords, or see a time-spanning battle between RoboCop and the Terminator? It’s something that we are pretty hard-wired as fans to be up for whenever it happens.
Today Dynamite announced one of those crossovers, but with a couple of twists. Firstly, the publisher is teaming up not two, but three of its licenses. Secondly, they’re all women heroes, aligning for what writer Gail Simone describes as a “big, fun, noisy event book, full of action and fun and drama and sex and villainy,” starring Vampirella, Red Sonja and Dejah Thoris.
FASHIONISTA SUPERGIRL FINALLY GIVES BATGIRL THE THUMBS-UP IN MIKE MAIHACK’S LATEST FAN COMIC
By Chris Sims
Ever since it first started, Mike Maihack’s Batgirl/Supergirl has been ComicsAlliance’s favorite take on those two characters, probably ever. The strips are unfailingly charming and delightful, and the clash between Batgirl’s understandable grumpiness and Supergirl’s relentless cheer makes for some classic comedy. Now, though, we’re all getting pretty excited about the official version of Batgirl, with the announcement of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr’s impending takeover of the book with an amazing new costume, it looks like there might be a rival for our Batgirl-related affections coming up soon.
But, as Maihack has proven in his latest strip, there’s nobody more excited about Batgirl’s new costume than her best friend Kara.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK’S FIGHT CLUB SEQUEL COMING FROM DARK HORSE WITH ART BY CAMERON STEWART
Eighteen years after Fight Club first saw print, author Chuck Palahniuk is returning to the world of Project Mayhem for a sequel — which will take the form of a ten issue comic book series illustrated by Cameron Stewart and published by Dark Horse
Speaking to USA Today, Palahniuk says the comic will pick up ten years after the events of the novel (which ends a little differently to the 1999 movie adaptation), with the unnamed Narrator struggling to be a good father to his nine-year-old son Junior, and trying not to repeat the mistakes his own father made with him.
HOW LONG WOULD IT REALLY TAKE TO FIGURE OUT BATMAN’S SECRET IDENTITY? REDDITORS INVESTIGATE
If you weren’t aware, Reddit has a section called Ask Science Fiction, which is essentially a space in the Internet for people to ask for explanations of details in fictional stories (“When and why did the Decepticons and Autobots split apart?”) or to consider fictional “what if” scenarios (“What would cause someone to lose their connection to The Force?”).
Last week, someone asked, “If Batman were to operate in real life, how fast would it take for his identity to be revealed?” The answers are pretty entertaining.
JUST SAY THE WORD: DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON ALL BUT CONFIRMS ‘SHAZAM’ MOVIE ROLE [VIDEO]
By Chris Sims
Dwayne Johnson, better known to wrestling fans from his time in WWE as The Rock, has long been rumored to be up for a starring role in a DC Comics superhero movie, and now it looks like it’s actually going to happen. In an interview with Total Film, Johnson confirmed that he has been in talks with DC Entertainment for years and that an agreement is in place and an announcement is coming soon.
As for just what that announcement will be, well, based on what Johnson says in the interview, there’s a pretty good chance he might be playing Shazam in an upcoming film.