DC comics’ character ‘Aqualad’ has a new graphic novel. Jackson Hyde, the new Aqualad will be the main character of this novel. We follow Hyde as he discovers his powers and explores his sexuality. It so important to see stories like this, especially in the super hero genre. There are so many different interpretations of superheroes in different times lines and universes; its great to see variety in their sexualities as well.
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You Brought Me The Ocean comes out this coming summer. So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. It is sure to be good.
Batman’s next cinematic adventure, simply titled The Batman, has been slowly filling out it’s cast. Robert Pattinson (Twilight) will play Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jeffery Wright (The Hunger Games) will play Alfred, and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) will play Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin. Now, another classic Batman character has been cast.
The character of Catwoman has had several live-action adaptations over the years. This includes Julie Newmar in the 1960s Batman television series, Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal in BatmanReturns, Halle Berry’s ill-received standalone film Catwoman, and Anne Hathaway’s version in The Dark Knight Rises. This is also the second time Kravitz will play the character, as she voiced Kyle in The Lego Batman Movie. Kravitz will be joining her stepfather, Jason Momoa, in the DCEU, as Momoa is currently playing Aquaman.
Once upon a time, before the integration of all sorts of semi-unrelated media and publications, comic book conventions highlighted exactly that—comics. Now, I’m as grateful as any hardcore fan that the Dragon Ball franchise is getting the mainstream convention attention it deserves, but it’s always important to celebrate the comic book universe that started it all: DC Comics.
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New York Comic Con 2019 was truly eventful (especially for someone with a press pass), and DC announced loads to look forward to in the coming year. Here’s a quick run-through of some of the biggest things that DC will be bringing to shelves and more.
Year of the Villain
It’s Apex Lex Luthor vs. The Batman Who Laughs. Crazy s**t has gone down since comics superstar Scott Snyder broke open the DC Multiverse in his Dark Nights: Metal. The event introduced the already iconic villain, The Batman Who Laughs, who is now running rampant and turning the strongest in the multiverse into an unstoppable private army. Lex Luthor, now a super-powered-semi-alien creature, has released a cosmic being from the Multiverse’s fracture who can alter all of existence.
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Only one will be able to do as they please with the world. As writer James Tynion IV of the upcoming Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen series explains, “It’s kind of an Aliens vs. Predator situation: whoever wins, we lose.”
Even the most devout of us DC fans will wonder how our heroes will resolve this one.
The New DC Timeline
The past, present, and future of the DC universe collide. The Doomsday Clock event emphasized that every DC continuity in the last eighty years is indeed relevant and canon. Now, DC is OFFICIALLY streamlining its massive collection of continuities into a coherent timeline, an undertaking that literally made my jaw drop while at the DC Nation panel on Friday.
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According to publisher Dan Didio:
“We are trying to organize our stories in a way that makes cohesive sense from beginning to end, from the start of DC Comics to today. This timeline will build a continuity that makes sense across all of our characters, show them when they’re first introduced, how they interact with each other in one big story that will be the basis for all DC comics for the future.”
If you’ve ever wondered how to get into comics and where to start, DC is about to make it a whole lot easier.
Batman’s 80th Anniversary
While I am biased as a Batman fan (there’d be no Jason Todd/Red Hood without Batman), it’s appropriate to say that the Dark Knight has persisted in the public consciousness for good reason. Batman’s stories have withstood the test of time and have served as inspiration throughout the decades—and they’ve just been so damn good.
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The following is a quick interview conducted at New York Comic Con, where I sat down with a few prominent Batman creators to ask the age-old question:
“Even after eighty years, why does Batman continue to persist as an iconic figure?”
Scott Snyder (Batman: New 52, The Batman Who Laughs): “I think what makes him timeless is the idea that he teaches us that whatever scares us, whatever holds us down, whatever challenges we’re facing, we use those as fuel to get up and conquer, to use those as fuel to be a better person, have an effect that day and matter, so I think that’s a primal and very enduring lesson.”
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava Duvernay is always working on something new and exciting. From historical dramas like Selma to children’s fantasy like A Wrinkle In Time, her filmography covers a multitude of genres. Her next big project is a film adaptation of DC Comics’ New Gods, which tells the story of two warring planets, New Genesis and Apokolips, and features some of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. But New Gods isn’t the only DC project Duvernay has lined up.
Duvernay has been tapped to direct the pilot episode of the comic adaptation DMZ. Released under DC’s Vertigo imprint, it takes place in a future United States divided by a second Civil War. The nation has been divided by the United States and a group of secessionists called the Free States. The main story takes place in a demilitarized New York and follows various characters trying to survive.
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The pilot has been ordered by HBO Max, the upcoming streaming service by Warner Bros., set to compete with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and the upcoming Disney+. There is no word yet on when the service will launch, but it is expected around Spring 2020.
After making her debut in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is set to return in the new film Birds of Prey (and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harely Quinn).
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Based on the superhero team of the same name, the film sees Quinn trying to make a new life for herself after splitting up with the Joker. She encounters a young Cassandra Cain, aka the future Batwoman, who is being hunted down by the notorious mobster known as Black Mask. Quinn teams up with vigilante heroes Black Canary and Huntress, as well as Gotham police officer Renee Montoya, to save Cain from Balck Mask.
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Alongside Robbie, the film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollet-Bell as Black Canary, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask.
A new trailer was just released by Warner Bros. Pictures showcasing the heroines in action. You can watch it here: