DC Comics’ Free Comic Book Day Title: ‘Divergence’

fcbddivDC Comics will offer a sampler comic book on Free Comic Book, May 2: DC Comics: Divergence.

Available for free from participating comic stores, Divergence will boast three, eight-page previews for the company’s June releases: Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo; Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok (featuring the Darkseid War of Darkseid vs. the Anti-Monitor); and Superman by Gene Luen Yang and John Romita Jr.

DC Screws Up Costume Changes — Again…

DC Comics simply cannot leave bad enough alone. The Powers That Be are simply compelled to keep making things worse.

Now, in a mind-boggling move, Superman has been given back the silly T-shirt and jeans he was forced to wear when the failed  “New 52” started, and Wonder Woman has… well, it’s hard to tell what’s new with her latest get-up, since her look has been changing so much lately. Let’s just settle for saying it’s as bad as the first time they put pants on her.

Not as bad as Superman’s crappy duds, but still.

And let’s not even start on the Man of Steel’s haircut.
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Meet the Cast of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Animated Series

 

guardiansXDBOY MEETS WORLD’s Will Friedle has been tapped to lend his voice to Star-Lord in the upcoming Marvel animated series GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on Disney X D.

Chris Pratt personified Peter Quill’s nom de crime in last summer’s live-action blockbuster Marvel movie, and will reprise the role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but not in the animated series.

Friedle will be joined by  Kevin Michael Richardson as the voice of Groot, Trevor Devall as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, David Sobolov as Drax, and James Arnold Taylor will voice two characters: Yondu and Cosmo.
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New Nightcrawler to BAMF Into ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

KodicrawlerBryan Singer, director of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, announced on Instagram that Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) has joined the cast as Nightcrawler.

No, not the Jake Gyllenhaal character from last summer’s Nightcrawler; rather the German-born, sticks-to-walls, teleporting blue-skinned mutant last seen onscreen portrayed brilliantly by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United.

Singer wrote: “Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler.”

In the comics, Nightcrawler, a.k.a. Kurt Wagner, could teleport from place to place in a puff of smoke with his trademark “BAMF!” sound effect.

X-Men: Apocalypse will BAMF! into theaters on May 27, 2016.

Presenting His Royal Highness, Aquaman!

aquamomoaKing of the Seven Seas Aquaman made his first official public appearance on the interwebs yesterday, courtesy of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder, and I will say that while Jason Momoa does look pretty badass, he doesn’t look anything like Aquaman.

Which is not necessarily a bad thing, and certainly not unexpected — no one thought the orange-and-green color scheme from the comic books was going to be attempted onscreen, and everyone expected the director to toughen up the Atlantean royal’s look.
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A Peek at the Apocalypse, X-Men Style

Singer_X-Men_Apocalypse_instagramHere we have a peek at the coming Apocalypse — no, not the Zombie Apocalypse we watch every week on THE WALKING DEAD — this is Apocalypse, the mutant, the Big Bad in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse movie.

Director Bryan Singer posted this image to his Instagram and captioned it:

Some production art. #XmenApocalypse #GrantMajor I was a little busy but will continue to snap more.

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’50 Shades of Grey’ Film Is Tied to Comic Books

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Premiere - AUDI At The 65th Berlinale International Film FestivalStrangely enough, the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, — which is definitely not for children  despite the juvenile writing of its source material — has a connection to the comic book world: Director Sam Taylor-Johnson is married to actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, best-known for playing the title role in the two Kick-Ass movies and soon to become quite a bit more famous for portraying Quicksilver in this summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Sam is well-respected photographer in the world of fine arts, where she has been nominated for such prestigious awards as Britain’s Turner Prize. Back when she was an artist known as Sam Taylor-Wood, she recreated the Last Supper with Jesus reimagined as a topless woman. And her “Crying Men” portraits of Robin Williams, Sean PennPaul Newman, Laurence Fishburne and Dustin Hoffman depicted the Hollywood stars… well, crying.
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A.K.A. JESSICA JONES Looks Promising, Adds Moss

akajessicaKrysten Ritter has begun filming the title role in A.K.A. JESSICA JONES, the Netflix series based on the Marvel comic book Alias, which is set to debut later this year.

Since Jessica is a retired superheroine, the street clothes the former BREAKING BAD actress wears pretty much constitute her “costume.” She seems to have the right look to me, and it certainly looks like the series will be true to the comic, which was notable for its street-level grit.

And in more good news, Carrie-Anne Moss, of The Matrix fame, is joining the cast as an original character named Harper. She is “a person in a position of authority who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica — if the titular character doesn’t completely alienate her first, that is,” according to The Wrap.
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Marvel To Unleash All-Female Avengers Team: A-Force

aforcecvr1An all-female Avengers team called A-Force will emerge from the Secret Wars event, taking over after older versions of the team have disbanded (or worse), Marvel Comics has announced.

The team will be led by She-Hulk; Dazzler; Medusa; Nico Minoru; Singularity, a new heroine with cosmic powers; and others to be announced.

The cover of the first issue, drawn by Jim Cheung,  features a huge potential roster, including: She-Hulk, Medusa, Singularity, Dazzler, Nico, Storm, Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Phoenix, Wasp, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, Pixie, Elektra, Rescue, Spider-Gwen, Black Widow, Moondragon, Snowbird, Aurora, Capt. Marvel II, Hellcat, Firestar, Vindicator, Jubilee and Spectrum.
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DC Comics Will Put an End to the ‘New 52’ Line

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DC Comics is contracting its universe. Again.

It’s not quite the DC Implosion of 1978, but the roster of titles is shrinking from 52 to 49, and the “New 52” moniker is going away — even as the company says continuity will remain the same and therefore this is not another reboot or relaunch.  And, in fact, DC is launching a whole slew of new titles — including a few mini-series — to replace the dead ones, and rebranding some existing comics with new titles.

Apparently, DC just wants to shed the “New 52” label — maybe Warner Bros. lawyers are big on truth in advertising now? And there is only a net loss of three titles, following the cancellation of a bunch of comics with the March solicitations.

As of June 3, DC’s post-New 52 comics line will be 24 titles and 25 ongoing comics that will retain their numbering (Yay, no new “collectors’ item” No. 1 issues!).
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