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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.

DC Rebirth: Recap and Review Comics Released 12/13

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 pic 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.


 

Action Comics #993 Superman has gone back in time to save Krypton, and Booster Gold arrived half a second too late from the future to stop him. The rest you can puzzle out on your own in the Friendly issue you have in your hands. 7/10

 

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Detective Comics #970 
Uhm…. This is a decent issue, I suppose, but it’s really  not that friendly (which means it’s Unfriendly) as there’s a LOT to cover and the comic doesn’t give you breathing room to figure it out. Honestly, any recap I give you will be worse than if you went in blind. 6/10

The Flash #36 Part one of a new arc, which does make for a Friendly jumping on point, all things considered, finds Barry Allen at the center of a murder in the Iron Heights prison in a return to basics for the series (which means this is a really good starting point). 7.75/10

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #34 I had actually forgotten all about what happened here last issue, and then the opening page reminded me. It’s a bit of a forced recap, but it works well enough for new folks – or for folks like me who have a terrible memory. Friendly, and half decent/ 7/10

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New Super-Man #18 While the New Super-Man is trapped in Lex Luthor’s house while he tries to activate his full abilities (and instead opens a gate to Hell), Lex and Superman try to break through Luthor’s defenses to help him. Kong Kenan describes this issue best when “oh forget it, just punch anything with more than one head!” If you don’t worry to much about the plot, then you’ll enjoy this sloberknocker of a Friendly comic. 7.5/10

Red Hood And The Outlaws #17 The Outlaws have been convinced to go on a mission with the Suicide Squad in a very cold location. Ultimately, this Friendly issue is a lot of fun, even if lacking a little in substance. 6.5/10

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Supergirl #16 
It looks like Supergirl’s reputation is in the tank, and while someone is trying to actively ruin her in the public eye, the DEO is trying to apprehend her for her perceived crimes. I think. The issue is borderline Friendly7/10

Titans #18 For whatever reason I’ve missed the last couple issues of this series, and honestly have very little idea what’s going on here. Thankfully, despite this being a climactic (and probably emotional issue if you’ve been reading the series a little) battle, it’s quite Friendly. 7.5/10

Wonder Woman #36 If you give the issue time, and soak in all the details, then you’ll find this Friendly without a recap. It is also, conveniently enough, one of the better issues in the series for a month or two. 7.25/10


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

DC Rebirth Recap And Review For Comics Released 5/24

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. Generally, the quality of an issue won’t be discussed unless it directly impacts a new reader’s enjoyment of the series.

You may notice that not every comic is covered week to week, and that’s because I  sometimes forget to read them  (although that doesn’t happen often). 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.


 

Before I start this week, I wanted to disclaim that since I last read the series below I went on vacation for two weeks and made an effort to not think about comics. What this means is that I can’t really remember any of the details of those comics right now… so any recap will be vague at best, unless it comes back to me as I read the comic, and because I’m a bit miffed at myself for forgetting everything I may be a bit, uh, snarky.

AC_Cv980_dsAction Comic #980 A bunch of Superman’s villains are teaming up to kill him. This Friendly issue actually has a bit of exposition at the beginning to explain their motivations.

Batgirl #11 Uh… so Batgirl’s ex, and Penguin’s son turned evil (surprise!) and now he’s trying to kill Penguin or something. I honestly don’t know. It’s an okay comic, but an Unfriendly place to begin.

Batman Beyond #8 From what I remember, which isn’t much, Ra’s Al Ghul is back (or is he?!) in Batman’s life. We haven’t seen his face beneath the mask, so we could be looking at his heir; whomever that may be. Oh, and Terry is currently wearing a prototype Batsuit that for some reason he shouldn’t be. Batman, some former League of Assassins person named Curare and Barbara Gordon have just fought of the League, and we find them in the aftermath in the Friendly comic.

Blue Beetle #9 I got nothing on this. Or at least, I thought I didn’t. There’s some kind of alien invasion, Jamie Reyes has lost his scarab and so he’s wearing Ted Kord’s old costume. Surprisingly, it’s Friendly.

Deathstroke #19 Slade Wilson wants to go back in time to fix his relationship with he deceased son, so he’s stolen Kid Flash’s super spead. The issue is kinda Friendly, which is unusual for this series.

DTC_Cv957_dsDetective Comics #957 After Tim Drake’s death, Spoiler left Batman’s team. This Friendly issue fills us in on what she’s been doing since.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #21 The time traveler Rip Hunter has come back in time to prevent the Green Lantern Corps from being eliminated from a future threat that uses Green constructs of some kind from Hal’s old gauntlet (because apparently he had one) that was dug up in the future… it probably sounds ridiculous, but it’s not. It’s just not the most friendly place to start. Unfriendly.

Justice League Of America #7 This is a surprisingly Friendly comic with little to no recap needed. You’re able to just dive in and enjoy it – and I say that as both someone who doesn’t like this series, and as someone who has forgotten the previous issues.

Suicide Squad #18 So General Zod has been forced into being a member of the Suicide Squad after being retrieved from a Siberian prison. If you’re not too worried about the rest of the plot this an enjoyably Friendly comic.

Wonder Woman #23 I’ll be honest – I have a hard enough time following this series when I do remember what’s going on. This issue concludes one of the two stories running concurrently in alternating issues in the series, so maybe wait for the trade to read this story, and jump on board in a future issue. Another Unfriendly one.

 

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godcountry01_coveraThe weekend is almost here and it’s a long one for the Graphic Policy team! We’ll be busy playing catch up and planning for the year. What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments.

While you decide what you’ll be doing, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Comichron – 2016 comics shop orders beat 2015 — barely — after icy December – For those interested.

ICv2 – New Graphic Biography of ‘D&D’ Creator Gary Gygax – This could be cool. Such a creative way to tell the story.

Comics Alliance – FX ‘Y: The Last Man’ Has Script Inbound, Will Be Full Series – This should be interesting to see in today’s political climate.

Deadline – Warner Bros Sets David Goyer, Justin Rhodes For ‘Green Lantern Corps’ – Interesting… Doesn’t this fly against all the doom and gloom reports about DC’s movies?

Tabletop Gaming News – Mantic Games launches The Walking Dead: All Out War Painting Competition – Who’s entering?

 

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Talking Comics – God Country #1

The Beat – Knights Errant

Comic Attack – Southern Bastards #16

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Helped produce X-Men, Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and more.

trumpOur first reality television President sure seems to be tapping into his Hollywood connections when it comes to asking opinions on what he should do as well as his nominees for different roles. It is being reported that President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Steven Mnuchin to be his Treasury secretary. You might be asking why we’re reporting on this, but Mnuchin is more than a former partner at Goldman Sachs, his career is actually relevant to this site!

Founded in 2006 Dune Entertainment was a movie financing company started by Mnuchin. The company helped co-finance 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and Fox 2000 Films such as X-Men: The Last Stand (which was a co-production with Marvel Entertainment and The Donners’ Company), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (a co-production with Marvel Studios, Constantin Film and 1492 Pictures), Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, X-Men Origins: Wolverine (a co-production with Marvel Entertainment, The Donners’ Company, and Seed), Avatar, Predators, X-Men: First Class (a co-production with Marvel Entertainment, The Donners’ Company, and Bad Hat Harry), Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Prometheus, and dozens of more films.

Marvel is mentioned because Marvel’s CEO Ike Perlmutter is buddy buddy with Trump.

RatPac Entertainment (aka RatPac-Dune Entertainment) was a movie production and financing company formed in a merger by producer-director Brett Ratner, James Packer, and Dune Entertainment’s Mnuchin after a collapse in a negotiation between Dune and 20th Century Fox. That company then closed a deal with Warner Bros. to become their key co-financing partner replacing Legendary Pictures.

That new venture helped produce such films as Gravity, The Lego Movie, Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (co-production with DC Entertainment, Cruel and Unusual Films and Atlas Entertainment), The Legend of Tarzan (co-production with Village Roadshow Pictures, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Dark Horse Entertainment), Suicide Squad (co-production with DC Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment), The Lego Batman Movie (co-production with Warner Animation Group and DC Entertainment), Wonder Woman (co-production with DC Entertainment, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films), Justice League (co-production with DC Films, Atlas Entertainment and Cruel and Unusual Films), The Flash (co-production with DC Films), Aquaman (o-production with DC Films and Cruel and Unusual Films), The Lego Movie Sequel, Shazam (co-production with DC Films and New Line Cinema), Cyborg (co-production with DC Films), Green Lantern Corps (co-production with DC Films), and the Justice League sequel (co-production with DC Films and Cruel and Unusual Films).

There’s also the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie… so, yeah. He even acted in Rules Don’t Apply where he was a “Merrill Lynch Executive.”

Mnuchin has worked with Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse, on some of the major comic films of the last decade and next five years. The guy even has an IMDB page.

So, when you nerd rage over how much upcoming geek films suck, you can turn your venom towards our possible next Treasury secretary.

DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League Dishes Details

On last night’s DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League Geoff Johns and Kevin Smith dished on who we can expect in the upcoming Justice League film as well as revealing the logos we can expect. Plus debuting actual footage of Wonder Woman! The lineup includes Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and…. not just the Green Lantern but the Green Lantern Corps will be a part of this universe!

Some interesting tidbits.

Aquaman was described as a man between two worlds and it sounds like whatever his foe will be, it’ll be something from the deep. There was a lot of comic art in his debut, but some new art with the movie version present.

There was a lot of emphasis on The Flash and time, even stating this is a character who is really tied in to time, past, present, and future. There was also some new concept art.

Cyborg will be dealing with trying to not to succumb to technology and is fighting to stay human. We also get this interesting art for the character.

The Green Lantern images they showed not only included Hal Jordan, but John Stewart

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Review: Justice League #43

jl043In the past several years at DC Comics, Geoff Johns undeniably has been behind some of the biggest successes.  Although the big event crossovers that he has led have tended to focus around the Green Lantern Corps during his run on those titles, with the relaunch of DC into the new 52 his interest has lain with the Justice League and its main collection of DC’s most popular and most powerful heroes.  That having been said though, that while Johns’ work has led to some of the best 5-star epic story lines, that they are not necessarily always extremely original.  After all, when his formula works it doesn’t need too much to make it work elsewhere as long as the players and the stories underneath are different.  Such is the case with Justice League, with such an impressive collection of characters to work with that have been assembled in this book, it makes sense to throw them all together in a way which will be for a big flashy story.  So far Darkseid War has worked at that, especially with the twist ending at the end of the previous issue with Batman taking over the role of Metron.

This issue plays out a bit differently, although it fits into the same kind of Geoff Johns formula.  Batman as Metron discusses the virtue of the Mobius Chair and whether he should sit in it at all.  At the same time the heroes are hesitant about the arrival of both the Anti-Monitor and Darkseid, as they have to prepare for the worst scenario that they could conceive of.  Elsewhere Superman and Lex are continued to be forced to work together as they have to struggle for survival in their own corner of Apokolips.  Although the issue starts slowly, there is the promise of a lot of action as the issue comes to a close, as pretty much every major player in this story arc gets thrown into some kind of battle.

There might be those who read this and recognize some of the hallmarks of a Geoff Johns epic story.  After a big plot twist at the end of the previous issue, it seems as though Johns could not resist doing the same here, although the effect is less impressive.  At the same time, there is a good reason that Johns keeps getting handed the reins to such ambitious projects and this issue is proof of his abilities.  Such an issue as this almost has to exist as there needs to be some setup for what is to come, and this issue might therefore seem to be a bit more low key to others which have come before, but also most certainly those that will follow.  At the very least, although there are fewer fireworks here, it is easy to see where this fits in the bigger picture of the story arc, especially as Johns takes the times to devote a bit of effort to characterization even in the midst of this big show.  In the end, it all works, even if it we have seen some of the same before.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What did everyone get?

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The Beat – San Diego Comic-Con parking goes to lottery system – So glad I don’t drive.

The Independent – The All-Islamic super-heroes: Muslim children love ‘The 99’ comics, but hardliners loathe their creator – whose trial for heresy is looming – Ugh.

iO9 – The Secret History Of Marvel’s Movies Before Iron Man: Part 1 – Some good history here.

 

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Comic Vine – Action Comics #40

Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #16

Comic Vine – Ant-Man #3

Comic Vine – Batman Eternal #49

Comic Vine – Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #13

Comic Vine – Deadpool #43

Comic Vine – Ghosted #18

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #40

CBR – Hellbreak #1

Comic Vine – Howard the Duck #1

CBR – Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 #1

CBR – Ms. Marvel #13

Comic Vine – New Suicide Squad #8

The Beat – Ninjak #1

Comic Vine – Ninjak #1

The Outhousers – Ninjak #1

Comic Vine – Southern Cross #1

The Beat – Southern Cross #1

Comic Vine – Star Wars #3

Comic Vine – Thor #6

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It’s a new day, and a long weekend approaches…..

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The Beat – Space Goat Productions launches its own print line – Welcome! The water’s fine!

Newsarama – Meet the New NEW SUICIDE SQUAD – I might start reading the series again.

Poughkeepsie Journal – Exhibit focuses on the art of comic books and more – Very cool!

 

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Comic Vine – All-New X-Men #36

Comic Vine – Amazing Spider-Man #14

The Beat – Amazing Spider-Man #14

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #12

CBR – Chrononauts #1

Comic Vine – Darth Vader #1

Nothing But Comics – Darth Vader #1

Comic Vine – Deep State #4

Comic Vine – Divinity #1

The Beat – Divinity #1

Comic Vine – Ghosted #17

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #39

Comic Vine – Guardians of the Galaxy #24

Comic Vine – Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special #1

Comic Vine – New Suicide Squad #7

Comic Vine- Secret Six #2

Comic Vine – Thor #5

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Star Wars #1 hit stores yesterday. How many of you picked it up? What’d you think?

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Amazing X-Men #15

Comic Vine – Avengers #40

CBR – Batgirl #38

The Beat – Conan/Red Sonja #1

Comic Vine – Daredevil #12

Comic Vine – Deep State #3

Comic Vine – Ghosted #16

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #38

Talking Comics – Lady Killer #1

The Beat – Mortal Kombat X #1

Comic Vine – S.H.I.E.L.D. #2

Comic Vine – Spider-Verse #2

The Examiner – The Superior Iron Man #1

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