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The Hollywood Reporterhas 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 theHBO Max series Peacemaker and a show focused on the Gotham police department.
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Daniel Acuña (CA) Daniel Acuña Rated T In Shops: Mar 24, 2021 SRP: $3.99
THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA – “WAKANDA UNBOUND” Part 6 The Intergalactic Empire has suffered thousands of losses – and still they’re coming for Earth. Wakanda Prime is in more danger than ever as Emperor N’Jadaka – A.K.A. the resurrected Killmonger, one of the Black Panther’s deadliest enemies – returns to face the king who unintentionally brought him to power.
The 80th anniversary of Captain America will also mark the end of one of the character’s most groundbreaking chapters. June’s Captain America #30 will be the final issue of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ redefining work on the title. Joined by artist Leonard Kirk, Captain America #30 will provide the climactic conclusion to the “All Die Young” story arc and prepare the Star-Spangled Avenger for his next era.
Since taking over the ongoing adventures of Steve Rogers, Coates has provided readers with a thought-provoking examination about what it means to be Captain America and introduced new elements of the Captain America mythos such as the Daughters of Liberty and the villainous Power Elite. The acclaimed author’s run began with Captain America on the run as the most wanted man in America but will end with him restoring his honor in an epic fight to the finish with the Red Skull.
Check out the cover by industry legend Alex Ross below and don’t miss the finale of Ta-Nahisi Coates’ blockbuster run when Captain America #30 hits stands on June 16th.
Deadline is reporting that there’s a Superman reboot in the works under the guidance of Ta-Nehisi Coates and J.J. Abrams. Coates is writing the script while Abrams is producing under his Bad Robot label. Hannah Minghella will serve as producer.
Details are scarce, really non-existent, and it’s unknown if Superman will be recast or if Henry Cavill will return. Cavill has expressed interest in reprising the role.
Coates is a celebrated and award-winning author who has covered cultural, social, and political issues. He’s also written numerous comics for Marvel including a current run on Black Panther and Captain America.
J.J. Abrams has been tied to Warner Bros. and DC for a while now and is reportedly developing Justice League Dark for film and television.
Def Jam Recordings and Marvel Comics – two iconic brands who have left an indelible stamp on popular culture the world over – have announced a special collaboration designed to integrate the voices of young Black creatives with one of the most transformative characters and storylines in graphic arts history: Black Panther. Three of Def Jam’s rising stars – Saint Bodhi, Bobby Sessions, and Kaash Paige – will each contribute character-driven short stories in Black Panther #23, #24, and #25, the last three issues of the “Intergalactic Empire” saga from the acclaimed creative team featuring writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Daniel Acuña.
In celebration of Black History Month, arriving February 24th, Black Panther #23 will see buzzing South-Central-LA singer/songwriter Saint Bodhi share her take on Storm for an emotional story grounded in tragedy and acceptance. One month later in issue #24, Dallas-native, revolutionary rapper Bobby Sessions will tell a story about the King of Wakanda Black Panther himself. And in the series finale issue #25 in April, “Toxic R&B” breakout star Kaash Paige will forge a tale about Wakandan Princess Shuri and the power of knowledge. Aligned with the Def Jam Forward initiative to promote social, economic, and educational equality, each three-page story will also feature an exclusive one-page Def Jam artist profile.
Bodhi, Sessions and Paige are stepping into comics for the first time within these highly anticipated issues, but each of the Def Jam artists have a long-standing passion for Marvel and the world of comics and graphic arts in general. And like the inspirations behind their latest albums, the challenges faced by Marvel’s heroes are not so far removed from their own.
Bodhi, Sessions, and Paige will bring their short stories to life alongside some of Marvel’s most talented comic book writers and artists. Kicking off with her Storm story in Black Panther #23, Bodhi will be joined by co-writer Danny Lore, artist Alitha Martinez, and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg. Don’t miss this iconic new issue of Black Panther and Bodhi’s Marvel Comics debut, on stands in comic shops everywhere February 24th! As a bonus, Bodhi’s debut story will also be included in Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1, a celebration of Black voices and artists, on sale the same day.
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Daniel Acuña (CA) Daniel Acuña Rated T+ In Shops: Feb 24, 2021 SRP: $3.99
THE POWER OF THE NAMELESS! The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda turned their legendary king into a slave. Now the king is restored – and after years of effort, the gates of the Empire will swing wide open as the Black Panther makes one final attempt to free the ranks of the Nameless across the five galaxies.
April’s Black Panther #25 will mark the end of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ redefining work on Black Panther. Featuring art by Daniel Acuña and an epilogue drawn by Brian Stelfreeze, the previously announced issue will bring fans the triumphant end to the acclaimed “Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda” storyline. Since taking over the title in 2016, the National Book Award winner and New York Times Best-Selling author has transformed the Black Panther mythos. Now five years later, he departs, leaving the world of Wakanda forever changed and laying the groundwork for the next bold era of this iconic Marvel hero.
Throughout his run, Coates has taken the Black Panther to hell and back and expanded Wakanda into the distant stars. In his final issue, he’ll bring T’Challa full circle, back to the home he left behind…and the crown he has never fully accepted. The journey will conclude, but the legend remains.
Check out extraordinary variant covers by Brian Stelfreeze and renowned illustrator Sam Spratt and don’t miss the close of a historic epoch in comic history when Black Panther #25 arrives in April!