EXCLUSIVE: Battleworld Gets Dangerous in Marvel's July 2015 Solicitations
This week it’s back into the DC/CW television universe, as news has broken about three “major DC characters,” each new to the TV realm, who will be part of the upcoming Arrow/Flash spinoff series. Some brief character descriptions are now fueling speculation about these folks. So who are The Traveler, Female Warrior and Mystery Hero — and why do we want to know?
Marvel and Disney hope to reach a broader audience with products tied to Avengers: Age of Ultron, which means more items that appeal to women and fans of individual superheroes.
“For the first film, we primarily focused on the Avengers property and the group shots,” Paul Gitter, Disney Consumer Products’ senior vice president of Marvel licensing, tells Variety. “Now we’re broadening the line and scope to create SKUs that focus on the team and the individuals characters, as well.”
Beating Spider-Man and Captain America to the punch, Wolverine and Thor staged their own epic crossover last night in a brewing Civil War over … musical beers and dueling mullets.
Donning wigs, actors Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth joined Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost and Bobby Moynihan for a game that’s exactly what it sounds like: musical chairs, only using cups of beer.
Before Frieza reveals his new golden form in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F, the iconic villain shows off his fierce dance moves in a new TV commercial for Kirin Beverage’s Mets grape soda.
Already widely considered the most powerful being in the universe, the galactic tyrant demonstrates there’s more to him death and destruction — namely, moves to rival Beyonce. I mean, just look at that choreography and those backup dancers!
To quote Zim, “Prepare your bladder for imminent release!” Or perhaps GIR’s “Doom Song” is more appropriate here.
Whichever the case, Oni Press released the above teaser image on Twitter and Tumblr, as a sure sign the publisher will announce a comic book revival of Invader Zim, the critically acclaimed animated series by Jhonen Vasquez. (If the phrase “DOOM IS COMING” isn’t clear enough indication, Vasquez retweeted and reblogged the image.)
With comics, live-action television, prose, video and board games, and collectibles already covered, it’s only a matter of time before Robert Kirkman & Co. complete their conquest of popular culture with a Walking Dead animated series. Not Saturday-morning cartoons mind you — hey, that era came to an end in October — but possibly a late-night show; Adult Swim maybe.
Whatever the case, there’s a pretty good chance it’s coming, and artist Edward Pun may have a pretty vision of what it would like. He’s drawn terrific animated-style versions of the central cast of the hit AMC drama, capturing the actors’ likenesses without losing his own artistic flair.
Although it may be difficult to imagine modern television classics like Breaking Bad and sadly short-lived Freaks and Geeks could be improved upon, PistolShrimps proves the adage true once more: Everything is better with Batman.
In the new video “Breaking Bat,” a petulant, needy and slightly dimwitted Dark Knight is inserted into scenes from Friends, Two and a Half Men, America’s Next Top Model and the aforementioned Breaking Bad and Freaks and Geeks, bringing with him barely contained rage, part of a knock-knock joke and more than a few F-bombs.
When Brian Michael Bendis appeared last week on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, he did more than promote Playstation Network’s Powers adaptation and Marvel’s Secret Wars. He also offered up some comic-book recommendations.
In “Comic Book Gateway,” a video shot backstage at Late Night and released this week, the writer suggests some titles for newcomers. While he gives nods to Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars, Bendis devotes most of his time to creator-owned comics.
“People clamor for Black Panther or Luke Cage, and the incredible response when the Static show was announced — that wasn’t just black fans going ‘yay, about time.’ That was fans going, ‘yay, about time.’ Everyone knows diversity is good. We want black superheroes, we want female superheroes, we want Latino superheroes. That makes things better. And they don’t have to be sidekicks or buddies, they can be rock stars themselves.”
— Reginald Hudlin, in an interview with Comic Book Resources, discussing the Static Shock live-action digital series, and the desire for diversity in superhero-comics adaptations
(Time once again for ROBOT 6 contributors Tom Bondurant and Carla Hoffman to email each other about the year in DC and Marvel superhero comics. This year’s exchange took place between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30.)
Tom Bondurant: First let’s address the elephant in the room — or, more accurately, the infinite number of parallel rooms, each containing a slightly different elephant. In 2015, both Marvel and DC are building Big Events around their respective multiverses. Conventional wisdom predicts that DC is doing this to address fan criticisms of the New 52, perhaps resulting in some continuity tweaks.
Carla Hoffman: Oh, man, I hope that’s true! Honestly, I have a hard time judging the inner workings of our respective companies sometimes because I always hear more from the fan side than the production team. Enough customers come in, day in and day out, with a piece of their mind on how things should be run or changed, but rarely do the people in charge — not creators and editors, mind you, the people who sign the checks at the end of the day with real power — come forward to say, “We feel this is the right direction.” Tom Brevoort on Tumblr comes close with his tireless open forum, but even then there’s always going to be company policy. If DC is brave enough to go “Maybe we shouldn’t have thrown the entire baby out with the bathwater” and massage their continuity into a more pleasing shape for fans, that’s going to be a heck of thing that will have an effect on readership, for sure.
A little over a year ago, I asked, “what do we want out of a [superhero] comic-based TV series?”
This season, DC Comics fans have plenty of material to fuel that debate. I still haven’t seen any of Gotham or Constantine, but I’ve really enjoyed the combination of The Flash and Arrow. With both shows taking a break for the holidays, today I want to see what satisfies and what doesn’t.
* * *
It took me a while to warm up to Arrow. After taking most of last season to catch up — and, as it happens, missing the Barry Allen episodes — I seem to have gotten on board just at the right time. Because I am not a fan of superhero shows that de-emphasize the “superhero” part, it was harder for me to accept that Oliver Queen would skulk around the urban jungle in a hood and eyeblack. That sort of intermediate realism (which now reminds me of the short-lived TV show based on Mike Grell’s Jon Sable comics) somehow requires more suspension of disbelief than a full-on costume and codename does.
The fan-favorite animated series The Legend of Korra hasn’t had it easy, surviving a disastrous Season 3 rollout only to be bumped from Nickelodeon’s television schedule to finish out its four-season run online (although it now appears to be returning to TV). But in this new video from Gritty Reboots, which gave us the trailer for Calvin and Hobbes: The Movie, Korra strikes back against Nick executives, which here take the form of slime benders.
The location and stunts are terrific, and the special effects pretty decent, but I can’t help but think the parody could’ve been taken a lot further. Watch the the video and behind-the-scenes feature below.
Wytches artist Jock, who earlier created scene-transition illustrations for a Gotham TV spot, returns to the city’s gritty streets for an ad spotlighting the Fox drama’s breakout character: Oswald Cobblepot, as played by Robin Lord Taylor.
“Gotham needs me,” states The Penguin, the master manipulator. “I am its future.”
To help promote tonight’s episode of Arrow, The CW has returned to the series’ roots, with a one-page comic teasing the search for the latest threat to Starling City, Cupid.
Debuting in the closing moments of last week’s episode, where she immediately proved her deadliness, Cupid (aka Carrie Cutter) was introduced in 2009 in DC Comics’ Green Arrow/Black Canary #15, by Andrew Kreisberg and David Baron. Kreisberg of course went on to co-create Arrow and its spinoff The Flash (although he didn’t write tonight’s episode, “Draw Back Your Bow’).
Although George Barris’ Lincoln Futura concept car achieved iconic status on the 1966 Batman television series, it wasn’t the first Batmobile. That honor apparently goes to a customized 1956 Oldsmobile 88 built in a barn in New Hampshire and later sanctioned by DC Comics. And now it’s up for sale.
According to Heritage Auctions, 23-year-old Forrest Robinson began conceiving the car in 1960 — simply to drive around himself – and then enlisted his friend Len Perham to help build it. Their Batmobile, originally painted “space-age silver,” was completed in 1963, two years before Barris began work on the car for the TV show.