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Ava DuVernary is Directing “The New Gods” for Warner Bros.

Deadline is reporting that director Ava DuVernay is closing a deal and will dive into Jack Kirby‘s creations with The New Gods for Warner Bros.

This is another big budget film for the director whose film A Wrinkle in Time opened this past weekend. That film was released by Buena Vista, a division of Disney, a competitor to Warner Bros. in both film and comics.

This is the second female director Warner Bros/DC has brought onto a project. Patty Jenkins was the first and her Wonder Woman went on to gross over $800 million worldwide.

It is believed this will be a freestanding film not connected to the DC Cinematic Universe. That move is interesting as Steppenwolf was the villain of Justice League and Darkseid has been looming over that film universe.

The director is a fan of Kirby’s creations stating that her favorite superhero is Big Barda.

Kirby’s creations debuted in the early 70s and involves two warring factions, those of New Genesis and those of Apokolips. Think of it as a combination of a lot of different mythological backgrounds. Known as the “Fourth World,” the New Gods can currently be seen in Mister Miracle written by Tom King with art by Mitch Gerads as well as appearing in various series of DC Comics.

This is a massive sandbox to play in and it’ll be interesting to see where it all goes from here.

Batman Ninja Gets a Trailer

A must-see for all Batman and comic fans! Announced at New York Comic Con, Batman Ninja’s first trailer has been revealed at Japan’s Tokyo Comic Con!

Batman Ninja was directed by Jumpei Mizusaki with a screenplay by Kazuki Nakashima. Character design is by Takashi Okazaki, music by Yugo Kanno, and animation production by Kamikaze Douga.

The film stars Koichi Yamadera as Batman, Wataru Takagi as The Joker, Ai Kakuma as Catwoman, and Rie Kugimiya as Harley Quinn.

Batman Ninja will be released in Japanese cinemas in 2018.

Superstar Creator Rafael Albuquerque Speaks Out about Berganza and DC Comics

With the line feeling like it’s finally being drawn and more and more speaking out about harassment everywhere creators are coming forward in signs of support and also taking a stand.

Rafael Albuquerque is taking a stand with after the recent Buzzfeed article laid out in detail the failure of DC Comics and Warner Bros. leadership to adequately handle ongoing harassment by editor Eddie Berganza.

Albuquerque is an award winning artist who has worked for DC Comics, Vertigo, Marvel, Dark Horse, BOOM!, Oni Press, and Image Comics. For DC he most recently worked on All-Star Batman, but also worked on Animal Man, Batgirl, Batman, Blue Beetle, among others, as well as American Vampire for Vertigo.

Rafael Albuquerque wrote on Facebook:

I love DC Comics characters since I can remember. First watching them on TV then with Batman movies and those definitely brought me to comics, where I could find my voice, my home. Having spent almost my whole career working for this company made me feel part of a family. That’s how important DC Comics is for me, and I believe that I can speak for many creators who have similar paths.

Maybe, by writing this, I might be jeopardizing my career over there, but I can’t just stay silent about what happened with our colleagues who reported sexual harassment. They probably had the same feeling about DC Comics, and probably felt the same way I did when they became part of the family, and suddently their careers were harmed by someone who just didn’t realized, respected or cared enough to understand that a power position is a privilege that must be used wisely and fairly.

DC Comics, you mean the world to me, but it’s time for you to make the right call, not just for your image, but also to show that there is no place for this kind of behavior in this industry and neither in our society.

I spent the whole day afraid to speak out. I shouldn’t and I won’t anymore. Neither any professional should be anymore.

Shazam! Finds Its Billy Batson with Asher Angel

Last week it was announced that Zachary Levi would put on the cape for Warner Bros.Shazam! based on the classic DC Comics character. But, the question remained, who would play Billy Batson, the kid who gains the power to turn into the hero? We have our answer as it’s been announced that Asher Angel is taking on the role.

Asher is primarily known for his role as Jonah Beck on the television show Andi Mack in his rather short career. At 15 years old, he’s the perfect age the play the character who is usually portrayed in his early teens. This is a case of an actor being cast to play someone about their age and seems like it’ll be a solid choice. Also great is that Asher looks like someone who could turn into Levi when he gets older.

Shazam! is based on the comic series and follows a boy named Billy Batson who can transform in a superhero by speaking the word “Shazam!” The word is an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.

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New Justice League Clips Show Steppenwolf

Justice League is just a few weeks away and we’re getting a better look at what we can expect when the film is released. Included in this new set of clips is a better look at Steppenwolf.

The character was in a deleted scene in Batman v Superman, but this is the first official debut of the character in the DC Cinematic Universe.

Justice League releases Thursday night November 16.

The Justice League Images Released so Far

Justice League comes to theaters in a few weeks opening up Thursday night November 16 in North America. Below is all of the stills Warner Bros. has released so far of the movie. Anything stand out? Any guesses as to the film? Sound off in the comments below.

Zachary Levi to Star in Shazam!

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that actor Zachary Levi will star in Warner Bros.‘ upcoming Shazam! film based on the classic character. Shazam! is reported to be the next DC Cinematic Universe movie to film, ahead of the Flashpoint, Joss Whedon’s Batgirl and the Suicide Squad sequel. A dual movie focused on Shazam’s villain Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson is also being developed. No release date has been announced but Shazam! will begin filming in February 2018 in Toronto.

Shazam! is based on the comic series and follows a boy named Billy Batson who can transform in a superhero by speaking the word “Shazam!” The word is an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury.

David F. Sandberg is directing Shazam! for New Line. Sandberg has excelled in small budget horror films with large returns. The screenplay is by Henry Gayden and Darren Lemke.

Levi brings his action and comedic chops to the role and this isn’t his first step into the comic movie realm. Levi was Fandral in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok.

Did Geostorm Tank at the Box Office Due to Recent Natural Disasters?

Did Geostorm tank at the box office due to recent natural disasters? While that question might seem silly, it’s on the mind of Warner Bros. Studio who asked the question in a survey to individuals that are part of a community of theirs. Warner Bros. regularly uses the community to ask questions about possible shows, packaging, and what fans are interested in. This particular survey was about the film with questions as to whether the recipient has seen it or was planning on seeing the film in the future.

In a recent survey the movie studio focused on Geostorm which stumbled in its opening weekend where it earned just $17.1 million domestically. For a $120 million budgeted film with a pretty heavy marketing push, that’s a poor debut even when you include the $52 million earned at the foreign box office.

Specifically, Warner Bros. asked:

Given recent environmental events (e.g. Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Mexico City Earthquake, Fires in Northern and Southern California, etc.) does this make you more or less interested in buying this movie?

It’s an interesting question and one that’s worth to ponder.

The last “disaster” film Warner Bros. released was 2015’s In the Heart of the Sea which debuted with $11.1 million on a $100 million budget. It went on to earn $93.9 million worldwide. The movie studio more than likely expected a San Andreas which opened with $54.6 million domestically and went on to earn $155.2 million domestically and $474 million worldwide on a $110 million budget.

It’s clear from the question the study is attempting to figure out why the movie flopped in its opening weekend. But, the poor box office wasn’t limited to just that film. Its opening weekend was a week one earning $30 million less than the same weekend last year. October is down about 13% compared to last year. The domestic box office as a whole is struggling no matter the film. The question Warner Bros. should be asking isn’t why did Geostorm struggle, but instead it should ask why are movies struggling domestically as a whole?

Justice League Gets a New Trailer

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League is out November 2017.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch Returns to Television Courtesy of The CW

Get ready for an intense look into the world of magic and witchcraft with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a new one-hour dark drama/horror project based on the classic Archie Comics character. The new project is eyed to debut in The CW‘s 2018-19 television season as a companion to Riverdale. It shouldn’t be surprised to see the series as Riverdale has been a hit for The CW and the comic series it’s based off of is well regarded.

The new show will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer and Riverdale Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, directed by Lee Toland Krieger, and produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Brothers Studios. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Lee Toland Krieger serve as executive producers.

Sabrina will draw from the comic book series from Archie Comics written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack, detailing the compelling and shocking re-imagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s occult origins. This dark coming-of-age story deals with horror, the occult, and witchcraft and will see Sabrina struggle to reconcile her dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal while protecting her family and the world from the forces of evil.

Casting and additional news on the new series will be revealed in the months to come.

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