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It’s a new week and we’re kicking it off with some news and reviews you might have missed over the weekend. While you kick off your week, check out some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Vulture – I’m a VFX Artist, and I’m Tired of Getting ‘Pixel-F–ked’ by Marvel – Well worth the read. The solution is unions.

The Mary Sue – What’s Going On With Warner Bros. Discovery & the DCEU? – One of the more levelheaded takes.

The Beat – JOHN STEWART: THE EMERALD KNIGHT continues the Green Lantern’s epic evolution – With the recent animated film, it’ll be interesting to see where this character’s arc goes.

Reviews

CBR – Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 – Falling Sky #1
Collected Editions – Superman and the Authority

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 - Falling Sky #1

David Zaslav’s donations paint a very different political picture

In the last 48 hours Warner Bros. Discovery’s CEO David Zaslav has been painted as a villain. With the cancellation of Batgirl and Scoob sequel, as reports of lack of diversity at Discovery under his leadership, Zaslav is being depicted as a right-wing stooge.

Zaslav himself hasn’t helped matters stating that CNN would feature more right-wing viewpoints planting a flag for the center but what can readily available data tell us about the executive.

While we don’t know his political party identification right now, we can look up Zaslav’s donations to candidates and PACs. That tells us a very different story than what’s come out in the media.

11 contributions have been made in 2021 and 2022 by David Zaslav to very few. In total $48,200 has been contributed to 11 entities total.

  • NCTA – THE INTERNET & TELEVISION ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (NCTAPAC) – $10,000
  • DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS, LLC PAC – $5,000
  • JOBS, EDUCATION, & FAMILIES FIRST JEFF PAC – $5,000
  • JEFFRIES VICTORY FUND – $10,800
  • FRIENDS OF SCHUMER – $5,800
  • JEFFRIES FOR CONGRESS – $5,800
  • ZIMMERMAN FOR CONGRESS – $5,800

That’s only three politicians donated to and all are Democrats.

Robert Zimmerman, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, and Sen. Chuck Schumer. The PAC and Victory fund are also Jeffries’. Zaslav is listed as living in New York and all three are politicians from New York. Zimmerman is running to be elected, Jeffries doesn’t seem to sit on any relevant committees, and… it’s Schumer. These don’t come off as donations involving “business” but might be people Zaslav actually supports. I’d lean Zaslav’s politics aren’t right-wing based on this, he’s just an out of touch suit.

If nothing else, it’ll be interesting to see if the list of donations grows and who might benefit.

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Black Adam: The Justice Society Files – Cyclone #1

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

The Beat – Frederik L. Schodt wins second annual Tom Spurgeon Award – Congrats!

Bloomberg – Warner Bros. Discovery Leadership Team Draws Ire Over Diversity – Keep an eye on recent initiatives from DC and whether those happen again.

Reviews

CBR – Black Adam: The Justice Society Files – Cyclone #1
Comicbook – Frankenstein: New World #1
The Beat – Keeping Two
Collected Editions – Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1: Warworld Rising

Warner Bros. axes Batgirl, the film won’t be released

Leslie Grace Batgirl

Though it is nearly completed Batgirl won’t be getting a release. Warner Bros. has decided to shelve the film which will not see it making to theaters or even HBO Max.

The $90 million production starred Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl and directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The film was launched in 2021 as a focus on original films for HBO Max. The new regime of Warner Bros. Discovery has decided to focus on theatrical releases and felt the film wasn’t up to snuff for it. The films they are looking for are on a “blockbuster scale” and it was felt Batgirl didn’t reach that level. The film’s budget was smaller as it was original meant for HBO Max but the budget increased due to COVID delays and protocols.

There are many conflicting takes coming out right now though. Some say this doesn’t fit into the new focus. Some others have stated test screenings were negative. Others think this is part of a general shuffle going on with DCU movies. Rumors have it that Ben Affleck’s Batman is getting a bigger role in The Flash and Aquaman 2.

The movie was rumored to be getting a theatrical release instead of going straight to HBO Max so it being pulled even from that is a bit puzzling but the new regime seems to want to move forward with big movies going forward. The fate of the troubled film The Flash seems to be up in the air as well. It was noticeably absent from San Diego Comic-Con.

Batgirl also featured J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Michael Keaton as Batman, and Brendan Fraser as the villain Firefly.

Now… countdown until #ReleaseBatgirl or #FreeBatgirl begins and plans change yet again.

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Black Adam: The Justice Society Files - Hawkman

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for comic shops to open, here’s some comic news and a review from around the web.

Adam P. Knave – Ten Years Later – MonkeyBrain Comics – Some interesting comic history.

The Beat – SDCC ’22: Massive show floor changes, no booths for Dark Horse, D&Q and others – Hrmmm.

ICv2 – No Vax Requirement at ECCC or C2E2 – Oooph. Good luck everyone.

The Mary Sue – Tatiana Maslany on How ‘She-Hulk’ Will Be Different From Other MCU Series – We’re excited for this one.

TechCrunch – Warner Bros. Discovery ceases new HBO Max originals in Europe and shutters Cinemax Go – Interesting move.

Review

CBR – Black Adam: The Justice Society Files – Hawkman