SUPERMOVIES: THIS IS WHAT THE NEXT FEW YEARS OF YOUR LIFE LOOKS LIKE [INFOGRAPHIC]
The Warner Bros. announcement on Wednesday of ten upcoming movies based on DC Comics properties neatly fills in a calendar of dates that the studio previously provided — and help flesh out an extraordinary timetable of DC and Marvel superhero movies over the next six years from Warner Bros, Marvel Studios, Fox, and Sony Columbia.
ComicsAlliance’s own graphics maestro Dylan Todd put together a timeline that reveals what those six years look like, including 29 confirmed release dates between now and the end of 2020, with several dates and titles still to be announced. For anyone who remembers the days when just one Spider-Man movie seemed an impossible dream, it’s an astonishing representation of how comic book superheroes now dominate popular entertainment.
LEN WEIN ON HARLAN ELLISON, GARCIA-LÓPEZ AND ‘BATMAN ’66: THE LOST EPISODE’ [INTERVIEW]
On November 19, DC Comics will release Batman ’66: The Lost Episode, a bookshelf-format one-shot by writer Len Wein and penciller José Luis Garcia-López — superhero comics legends, both — adapting a previously-unknown story that Harlan Ellison wrote for the classic Adam West and Burt Ward TV show: the introduction of Two-Face. The project is a very special companion to DC’s popular and critically acclaimed digital-firstBatman ’66 series. In addition to its prestigious veteran storytellers, the book also features inking by Joe Prado, colors by Alex Sinclair and cover art by Alex Ross, all industry leaders in their disciplines.
At New York Comic Con this past weekend, we had the opportunity to sit down with Wein and discuss the origin of the project, his friendship with Ellison, and the experience of adapting an unfilmed television episode into the comic book format.
COMICSALLIANCE VS. THE DC COMICS MONSTER CEREAL REDESIGNS
By Chris Sims
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in a lifetime of reading, selling, making and writing about comics, it’s that people who like comic books also tend to have a pretty healthy interest in breakfast foods. That, I assume, is why the people at General Mills decided to spice up their annual revival of the Monster Cereals — Boo Berry, Franken Berry and the immortal Count Chocula — with a set of redesigns for their principal characters, courtesy of artists Jim Lee, Dave Johnson and Terry and Rachel Dodson. In other words, your breakfast just got a New 52 reboot.
The whole thing is even marketed as a co-production between General Mills and DC, with the former presumably handling the cereal while the latter concentrated on art. Obviously, this means that these cereals are technically an edible DC Comics title, so with Halloween creeping up on us like a restless spirit, I have taken it upon myself to examine the new look for the spoooookiest of breakfast cereals to find out just how these new designs hold up to the originals.
WARNER BROS ANNOUNCES JUSTICE LEAGUE, WONDER WOMAN, AQUAMAN MOVIES & MORE
At a presentation to investors on Wednesday morning, Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara unveiled his studio’s blockbuster movie slate for the next few years through to 2020, finally confirming the titles for an ambitious number of movies based on DC Comics superhero properties.
The announcement confirms that we will finally see a long-awaited Wonder Woman movie in 2017. Gal Gadot will reprise the role after 2016′s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The announcement also includes the expected Justice League movie — and a sequel — the previously announced Suicide Squad movie, and pictures starring Justice League members Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, and Cyborg. This means DC now has one superhero movie in the works with a female lead, and three with non-white leads.
BIZARRO BACK ISSUES: BATMAN VS. CLUB DRACULA (1983)
By Chris Sims
Here’s a weird thing about this career that I’ve found myself in: A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a few disparaging remarks about one Andrew Bennett, the weepy star of DC’s I… Vampire, and the next day I got an email from one of my childhood heroes asking, jokingly, what I thought of the Andrew Bennett story that he’d done in the pages of Brave and the Bold. The writer was Batman: Year Two‘s own Mike W. Barr, and the issue in question was BATB #195, where he and artist Jim Aparo sent Bennett on a team-up with the Caped Crusader to deal with a sudden wave of vampire crime in Gotham City. To be honest, it’s really one of those perfect superhero comics for Halloween. It’s fun, it’s exciting, and as you may have guessed, it’s more than a little weird.
Largely because it takes the World’s Greatest Detective to figure out that all this vampire crime might have something to do with Gotham’s newest business, Club Dracula.
BATMAN AND LOIS LANE ARE SITTING IN A TREE, F-I-G-H-T-I-N-G-C-R-I-M-E (AND KISSING) IN ‘BATMAN/SUPERMAN’ #15 [PREVIEW]
By Chris Sims
In case you’ve forgotten their current status in the New 52 version of the DC Universe (which at this point is old enough that we can probably stop referring to it as New), Superman and Lois Lane are no longer romantically entangled.
Superman is, of course, currently dating Wonder Woman, while Lois is with… Jonathan Carroll? Remember that dude? Is he still around? Well, trust me on this one, he doesn’t matter, because as of this week’s Batman/Superman #15, Lois is going to be dating Batman – or at least, she’s going to be going on a date with him.
FINALLY: THE COMPLETE AND UTTER INSANITY OF ‘BATMAN: ODYSSEY,’ PART 6
By Laura Hudson
This is a post three years in the making. Way back in 2011, David Wolkin and I attempted to deconstruct the madness of Batman: Odyssey, an incomprehensible masterwork by legendary Batman artist (and legendarily terrible Skateman writer) Neal Adams that quickly established itself as the most insane comic we have ever read. When the series was renewed for a glorious second volume, we completed four additional reviews – but stopped just short of the last two issues.
Our recaps were gratifyingly well-received, inspiring fan art, live readings and even cantankerous comments from Neal Adams himself (or so we choose to believe). And for the last three years, people have been tweeting at us, e-mailing us and asking us at conventions when we would finally complete our coverage of Batman: Odyssey.
That day is today.
David: I’d like to start out by noting that since we started reviewing Batman: Odyssey, I’ve been through two major job transitions, met and started dating the woman I would go on to marry, and moved from Brooklyn to Maryland.
Laura: I stepped down as Editor-in-Chief of ComicsAlliance, moved to San Francisco, became a Senior Editor at WIRED for a year and a half, and moved back to Portland.
David: But one thread in our lives has remained consistent: In all that time, we’ve never stopped thinking about the final two issues of Batman: Odyssey. It is the giant whale to my Ahab or something. One of the issues we reviewed was so insane that, if memory serves, I had to adopt a kitten to get over it. That’s not actually a joke. He’s sitting next to me right now, and he’s three years old.
Laura: What backstory do new readers need to know in order to begin this experience?
David: Batman and Robin are pursuing a martial arts expert named Sensei into a strange underground society deep inside the hollow Earth. So far, they have encountered GMO human-animal hybrids who were also the original Egyptian gods, jive-talking wizards, dinosaurs, half-human half-dinosaur lizard people, and little green aliens. When we left off at the end of issue #5, they were in the midst of a tribe of trolls who were holding Talia al Ghul hostage. I’ve left a lot out.
NOW THE WORLD IS READY FOR YOU: DC DIGITAL ANNOUNCES ‘WONDER WOMAN ’77′ [NYCC]
DC Digital‘s Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman must be doing decent business, as the publisher announced a second digital Wonder Woman title at the Download This panel at New York Comic-Con on Sunday; Wonder Woman ’77, inspired by the hit 1970s Wonder Woman TV show starring Lynda Carter. The series follows the digital-first format of the Batman ’66 comic, which is based on the 1960s Batman TV show.
Written by Marc Andreyko and illustrated by various artists, Wonder Woman ’77 will launch in December with a six weekly installments that will later be released in print. Further Wonder Woman ’77 stories are expected to follow in the future.
THERE’S GOING TO BE A LEGO BATMAN MOVIE — FINALLY SOMEONE IS DOING SOMETHING ABOUT ALL THIS LEGO CRIME
By Chris SIms
To this day, The LEGO Movie remains one of exactly two movies about Batman released in my lifetime that I missed out on seeing in the theater. The other, incidentally, is Mask of the Phantasm, and I’m as surprised as you are that I somehow missed out on that one, but considering that I didn’t have a car or my own source of income when I was 11, I can at least use that as an excuse. Sadly, missing out on The LEGO Movie is entirely on me, and remains one of my greatest regrets.
But here’s the good news: It seems that I’m getting another shot at seeing the blocky, thumbless incarnation of the World’s Greatest Detective on the big screen, because Warner Bros. has announced a LEGO Batman movie coming to theaters in 2017.
A BELATED BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF THE GREAT RAMONA FRADON
Ramona Fradon is one of the great living legends of comics, a creator with an instantly recognizable style who has worked on some of DC Comics‘ best-loved series — and co-created a few classic characters along the way. Her crisp, lyrical line has elevated every book she’s touched over her six-and-a-half decades in the business, and her work continues to influence and inspire creators to this day.
Fradon graduated from Parsons School Of Design in 1950, and began working at DC almost immediately, pencilling the Shining Knight backup story in Adventure Comics #165 – and when that feature was replaced by Aquaman two issues later, Fradon found her first signature character.
To mark the occasion of Fradon’s recent birthday, we’ve compiled a small gallery of her art, and assembled a few friends to join us in celebrating her life and work.