New ‘Justice League’ Image Totally Fails to Impress

justiceleague-ughWarner Brother released this image to USA Today for its promotional package on “must-see” movies in 2017, and I must say, the gambit totally backfired: This doesn’t make me want to see Justice League. It makes me want to laugh and then feel sorry for DC Comics.

The photo depicts most of the Justice League, DC’s team of superheroes meant to compete on the silver screen with Marvel’s Avengers. Included here are Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), the Flash (Ezra Miller) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) — but the team’s final member, Superman (Henry Cavill), is nowhere to be seen.

That could be because Supes was killed in the abominable Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and producers are trying to keep his resurrection a scret. But I think he’s just hiding because he doesn’t want to be associated with another bloated, self-important turkey that collapses under its own weight.

“[Filming Justice League] was all about the filling-out of this massive comic-book pantheon with the biggest and coolest heroes we could,” director Zack Snyder told the newspaper.
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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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SUPERGIRL TV Series Uniform Unveiled

Here is the first look at what Melissa Benoist will be wearing when she appears as the title character in CBS’ upcoming SUPERGIRL pilot. It’s clearly a version of the fighting togs worn by Henry Cavill in Man of Steel.

And I think that’s the point: DC Comics/Warner Bros want to establish a brand, and so they have to have a consistent look. If Supergirl’s uniform were all bright and cheery, that would conflict with the established grim-and-gritty feel of Superman’s look. Let’s just hope that Kara Zoe-El doesn’t go around casually breaking necks whenever it’s convenient,  like her cousin.
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SUPERGIRL Seeking a Superman — Sort of

SupergirlweriesThat planned CBS SUPERGIRL series is looking for someone for portray the title character’s cousin, Superman.

Technically, the show is looking for a Kal-El “body double,” so Superman might only be seen from a distance or in silhouette, as opposed to actually having lines.

According to ProjectCasting.com, the production is looking for someone “5-foot-11 or taller” and “square-jawed,” with “a ripped physique” be portray the double of a “DC Comic Superhero.” How mysterious! But then again, interested parties are told to respond via e-mail with “Superman” in the subject line.

The cast already includes Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El.

Superman & Lois Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Direct from the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams (Superman and Lois Lane) take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And, as befits a superhero, Cavill goes the extra mile:

In unfortunate related news, shortly after this, Superman flew to Metropolis and slaughtered 750 innocent bystanders. I guess old habits die hard…

First Look at Cavill’s Second Go as Superman

supesMos2The first glimpse of Henry Cavill back in costume as Superman for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has come courtesy of newspaper USA Today.

There are no noticeable changes to the red-and-blue jammies, but to me Cavill’s hairline looks… odd. When I saw this, the first thought that leaped to mind was: “Don’t you think he looks tired?” (Am I right, Whovians?)
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Did Disney Exec Just Sabotage ‘Captain America 3’?

cap3With Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier mowing down the competition at the box office, the already-greenlit Captain America 3 looks like a total no-brainer — however, Disney studio execs cannot resist overthinking things, and talking about it may just undercut the 2016 event film before it even starts shooting.

Disney may have done what no supervillain has been able to accomplish onscreen: hit Cap where it really hurts. It’s never a good sign when the boss expresses doubt about sending his champion into battle against a new untested foe; it makes the big guy look like a paper tiger and conveys instant credibility on the rookie.

As fans are no doubt aware, Marvel/Disney’s next Captain America sequel is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016 — and Warner Bros. has slotted its Man of Steel sequel, tentatively dubbed Batman vs. Superman, on the very same Friday, setting up a clash of titans between the comic book rivals and moving it from the page to the screen.
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Not Even Superheroes Can Defeat Taxes

uuperhoeDeathIt’s April 15, the most dreaded day on the calendar here in the United States: the day tax returns are due. And no one likes to pay taxes — not even superheroes!

Here is a selection of comic book covers from the Golden Age to the Bronze dealing with rendering unto Uncle Sam. You’ll notice the frequent theme “Death & Taxes,” which I find very ironic because while no one beats taxes, most superheroes have conquered death — having died and been resurrected many times.

 

Superman + GoPro Camera = Brilliance

Check out this short film created by Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer — two directors looking for financing at their page on Patreon.

What can I say? I loved this clip. I really loved it. Thanks to a breezy sense of fun, it feels way more like the “classic” Superman we all know and love — not the alien mass-murderer he became in Man of Steel.