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Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and Games Wan’s The Trench Not Moving Forward

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The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Warner Bros. has shelved two of its upcoming, and high-profile, films based on DC properties. Ava DuVernay‘s New Gods and James Wan‘s The Trench are not going forward at this time.

In a statment, Warner Bros. and DC said:

As part of our DC slate, some legacy development titles including New Gods and The Trench will not be moving forward. We thank our partners Ava DuVernay, Tom King, James Wan and Peter Safran for their time and collaboration during this process and look forward to our continued partnership with them on other DC stories. The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.

New Gods was a take on the classic Jack Kirby characters with DuVernay directing and working with comic writer Tom King. The film has been in development since 2018. DuVernay is working on the television series Naomi based on the DC character which will air on The CW.

The Trench was a spin-off from the blockbuster Aquaman. The horror-tinged film featured Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald on the script with Wan developing as producer with Peter Safran. Wan is still working on Aquaman 2 which will begin shooting later this year.

While these two projects have been shelved for now, they may happen down the road. It is believed the issue is there was no “natural” place to release the films in the current upcoming plans.

DC is currently focused on a multi-platform approach with films like The Suicide Squad and The Batman bleeding over into television with the HBO Max series Peacemaker and a show focused on the Gotham police department.

DC is still focused on creating a film universe with The Flash, tackling the DC multiverse, being key to what comes next. Upcoming films include Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and projects featuring Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Supergirl, Static Shock, and Green Lantern Corps. There’s also the third Wonder Woman film, newly announced Zatanna, and Superman film produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the weekday to end and weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Marvel’s Avengers Adds ‘What Am I Doing With My Life’ Armor – Still playing this game?

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Take a galactic load off at REST AREA 51 – Free comics!

Reviews

Collected Editions – Blue Beetle Vol. 3: Road to Nowhere
Comic Attack – Slightly Exaggerated #1
Comic Attack – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2

Blue Beetle Coming to the Big Screen with Director Angel Manuel Soto

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Rumored for a while, a Blue Beetle film is getting some movement. Angel Manuel Soto has been tapped by Warner Bros. to helm the DC Comics film. Soto was behind the 2020 Sundance drama Charm City Kings. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer wrote the script for the film.

Blue Beetle will be the first DC film to center around a Latino hero. The movie will be based around the current individual who holds the mantle, Jaime Reyes. Reyes gains superhero abilities courtesy of alien armor. The character debuted in 2006 and was created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner. He first appeared as Reyes in Infinite Crisis #3 and as Blue Beetle in Infinite Crisis #5.

The character has been depicted in other media beyond comics. He appeared in the tenth season of Smallville and the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold as well as Young Justice: Invasion, DC Super Hero Girls, and Justice League Action. The character also has appeared in animated films such as Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War.

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Jo & Rus

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

ALA – Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table Announces 2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List Titles – What do you all think of the list?

Reviews

ICv2 – Afterlift
Collected Editions – Blue Beetle Vol. 2: Hard Choices
But Why Tho Podcast – Jo & Rus
CBR – Tell No Tales: Pirates of the Southern Seas

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Savage Avengers #17

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What did you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Comics librarians announce their first list of Best Graphic Novels for Adults – What do you think of the list?

Reviews

Collected Editions – Blue Beetle Vol. 1: The More Things Change
Comic Attack – DC Future State
Comic Attack – Savage Avengers #17

Warner Bros. announces new DC Showcase animated shorts

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Beloved DC characters Kamandi, The Losers, Blue Beetle, and Constantine are the focus of four new DC Showcase animated shorts for release by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2021-2022.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and inspired by characters and stories from throughout the iconic DC canon, the all-new quartet of shorts will be included on upcoming releases of DC Universe Movies, with exception of the lengthier Constantine short. The Constantine short will serve as the anchor for a compilation set to be distributed in 2022. More information will be released closer to individual street dates.

All four new DC Showcase shorts are produced by Rick Morales (Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge).

Directed by Matt Peters (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War) from a script written by Paul Giacoppo (Young Justice, Star Wars: Resistance), Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth! will be the first of the new shorts to be released. The post-apocalyptic thriller will be attached as a bonus feature to Justice Society: World War II in Spring 2021.

Launched in 2010, DC Showcase was originally comprised of four animated shorts: The Spectre (2/23/2010), Jonah Hex (7/27/2010), Green Arrow (9/28/2010) and Superman/Shazam: The Return of Black Adam (11/9/2010). An additional short, Catwoman (10/18/2011), was attached the following year to the release of Batman: Year One. For 2019-2020, DC Showcase returned with five shorts: Sgt. Rock (8/6/2019) Death (10/22/2019), The Phantom Stranger (3/17/2020), Adam Strange (5/19/2020), and the interactive Batman: Death in the Family (10/13/2020).

Actors featured on DC Showcase shorts have included Malcolm McDowell, James Garner (in his final performance), Jerry O’Connell, Linda Hamilton, Karl Urban, Gary Cole, Alyssa Milano, Bruce Greenwood, Thomas Jane, Michael Rooker, Eliza Dushku, Neal McDonough, Ariel Winter, Danica McKeller, George Newbern, Michelle Trachtenberg, Charlie Weber, Arnold Vosloo, Leonard Nam, Jamie Chung, Peter Serafinowicz and Michael Rosenbaum.

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The weekend is almost here and we’ve got lots of geeky things we’ve got planned. What are you all doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the week day to end and weekend to begin, here’s some news from around the web.

The Wrap – Jaime Reyes ‘Blue Beetle’ Latino Superhero Movie in Development at DC and Warner Bros – Good. This is a smart move.

ICv2 – Lion Forge Restructuring – We’ve been hearing rumors.

CBR – Black Lightning Showrunner Faces Domestic Violence, Copyright Lawsuit – …

iO9 – Adorable Into the Spider-Verse Heroes From Build-a-Bear Workshop Have Arrived – Hell yes!!!

DC Rebirth Roundup: Feb 27th’s Comics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pick up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


BLUE_Cv18Action Comics #998 Just wait to the next issue. you’ll thank me for it.

Batgirl #20 Penguin and his son, Darksun, have hijacked some satellites. The weather also isn’t ideal. As far as comics go, this is Friendly enough to hop into, and it’s not half bad, either. 6/10

Blue Beetle #18 As a one shot story, you really can’t go wrong with a comic that successfully introduces you to the hero, the mentor and the supporting cast while simultaneously telling a compelling and fun superhero story. Blue Beetle #18 is fun, Friendly and well worth checking out. 8/10

Detective Comics #975 Batwoman shot and killed Clayface because she thought he was about to go all super psycho and kill Orphan. Needless to say, that doesn’t sit well with the Bat-family. The Trial Of Batwoman is a Friendly, and dialogue heavy comic. 7.5/10

Justice League Of America #25 I’ve missed a few issues in this series, but picked this up largely due to the fact it was the first part of a new arc, however alas it’s not the most accessible (meaning that it’s Unfriendly). It’s also not worth reading. 4/10

The Flash #41 Gorilla Grodd has stolen Barry Allen’s Speed Force and frozen time in Central City, which means it’s time for Wally West to step up to the plate and save the day. The issue is sorta Friendly, but whether it’s worth reading is another matter. 5/10

Teen Titans #17 The first part of a new arc. Is it an easy to pick up issue? It is indeed a Friendly one, but it’s just not great. 6/10

Wonder Woman #41 The first part of a new arc, which is generally the safest place to jump on board with any DC series at this point, And this one is probably Friendly, but being honest I couldn’t make it through through this pile of drivel. Friendly or not, this really isn’t worth your time. 4/10

Preview: Blue Beetle #18

Blue Beetle #18

Story: Christopher Sebela Art: Scott Holins Cover: Scott Holins
Color: Romulo Fajardo Jr. Letterer: Josh Reed
Editor: Jim Chadwik Assistant Editor: Liz Erickson
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s chaos at Kord Industries as Jaime helps Ted install a new A.I. system, only to have it come online and seize control of the facility. Trapped inside the building, Blue Beetle is put to the ultimate test, battling a hostile entity that turns every tool in Ted Kord’s inventory into a deadly weapon. With his last school year approaching, Jaime could be taking his final exam.

DC Rebirth Roundup: Jan 31st’s Comics

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s DC Rebirth: Recap And Review where we take a look at the comics released under DC‘s Rebirth banner and try to work out just how accessible they are for new readers – we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in.

Each comic will receive a rating of Friendly or Unfriendly based on how easy it was for new readers to pick them up; the ratings are based solely on the issues released in the post-Rebirth ongoing series. More consideration regarding the comic’s accessibility will be given for the specific issue being read rather than the series overall, but if reading a back issue will help, then that will be mentioned. You’ll also notice that each comic will get a rating that falls on Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale, which is there to help you pick between issues if you only want to check out one or two.

Not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often), or I really can’t bring myself to pick up the issue. If I have missed an issue, typically I won’t go looking for back issues to catch up on events – this feature is all about accessibility for new readers, after all.


DTC_ANN_Cv1Deathstroke Annual #1 Leaning heavily on the previous events in the series, this isn’t the easiest annual to just pick up and read, but it does give you a sense of where the series is at currently, so in that sense it’s almost Friendly6.7/10

Detective Comics Annual #1 The origin of Clayface (re)told! This issue is very Friendly for new readers, and is also perhaps the best comic DC have put out all week. Exploring the tragic fall of Basil Karlo as he transforms into the monster Clayface, Batman is seldom seen here, instead becoming a bogeyman in the dark as we watch a man turn into a monster. 8.7/10

The Flash Annual #1 Wally West (the red headed Wally) was lost in the timeline for the entirety of the New 52, and now he’s back – but the world doesn’t remember him. This annual focuses a little on the fallout of a previous story in The Flash, but there’s no recap needed as the relevant details are all included. The annual itself tends to center around Wally West’s journey and sets the character up for the next year or two (or more) with some cool Speed Force moments to quench your thirst for Flash action. Yes, this is Friendly, and it’s also worth checking out if you’re interested in the Scarlet Speedster. 8/10

SLNCR_Cv1Harley Quinn #36 It has been a long time since I read this series, so there’s no recap to be had, but once you figure out that Harley has somehow been infected by the Man-Bat serum, you’ll find this Friendly enough if you do want to read it. I was reminded of why I haven’t missed the series, however. 5/10

The Silencer #1 A new character from the events of Dark Nights Metal, and thus no recap necessary (I say that because I have no idea where the original appearance for the character is – it could well be this issue for all I know). The comic’s Friendly, though with little obvious to tie in with Dark Nights Metal. Worth a read if you enjoy John Romita Jr’s art. 7/10


That’s a wrap for this week folks. I’ll see you next time!

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