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The second day of Comic-Con International, which began with the official word of Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters video game, concluded with the presentation of the 22nd annual Eisner Awards and news of a feature-film adaptation of Will Eisner’s landmark graphic novel A Contract with God.
In between, there were plenty of other comics announcements:
• During DC’s “Batman: The Return” panel, Grant Morrison revealed he and artist Yanick Paquette will launch Batman, Inc., an ongoing series that will see Bruce Wayne joined by a number of other characters wearing the mantle of the Bat. CBR TV spoke with DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio about the new title.
• In the “DC Nation Special Edition” panel, Geoff Johns revealed plans for a second ongoing Flash series titled Flash: Speed Force, which will focus on the other speedsters of the DC Universe. DiDio also said the publisher will begin reprinting Young Justice material in October.
• Top Shelf unveiled plans to publish Jeffrey Brown’s Incredible Change-Bots Two, five new graphic novels for kids (plus new volumes of Korgi and Owly), Kagan McLeod’s Infinite Kung Fu, and Jess Fink’s Chester 5000 XYV collection. The publisher also previewed a page from Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century #2 — 1969.
• Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson announced that the relaunched Dark Horse Presents anthology series will feature Paul Chadwick’s Concrete.
• Archaia announced it will publish the 2006 French graphic novel Cyclopes, by Matz and Luc Jacamon (The Killer), as a miniseries.
• Writer Marc Guggenheim has partnered with producer Alisa Tager to launch Collider Entertainment, a company designed to created properties for comics that will then be developed for other media.
• Legendary horror director Wes Craven has inked a deal to write a four-issue miniseries for Liquid Comics, with the goal of adapting the comic in other media.
• Bandai Entertainment will add Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens to its manga line.
Movie and television news
• Director Joss Whedon confirmed that The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner will play Hawkeye in The Avengers movie. Meanwhile, a report emerged that Marvel Studios has signed Mark Ruffalo for the role of Bruce Banner.
• Warner Bros. Animation released the first look at Young Justice, which will air on Cartoon Network.
• Grant Morrison is writing a low-budget psychedelic revenge thriller called Sinatoro.
• AMC announced additional cast members for its adaptation of The Walking Dead.
• Avatar‘s Sam Worthington has signed on to star in the Warner Bros. adaptation of Dan Dare.