DC's "Rebirth" Roster Could Look Very Familiar
A federal appeals court has again sided with DC Comics and Warner Bros. in the long-running feud over the rights to the Man of Steel.
As first reported by THR, Esq., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a 2013 ruling that the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel relinquished their claim to the character in a 2001 settlement with DC, and therefore are not able to terminate the copyright.
You may have thought the latest Suicide Squad movie trailer couldn’t possibly get any better, but that’s only because you hadn’t seen it remade using footage from the classic DC Animated Universe.
Retaining the dialogue, sound effects and music, the video is impressively faithful to the original trailer, as YouTuber Reuven White clearly spent a good deal of time tracking down just the right footage. And when he couldn’t find what he needed (certain characters, for instance), he did an admirable job of improvising.
In addition to their previously announced line of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” T-shirts, Merchoid has unveiled several official new pieces of merchandise for the film, including a line of baseball caps and bags. This time around, the merchandise features Wonder Woman and LexCorp as well as Batman and Superman.
The new merchandise features both the logos of each respective character as well as full figure shots of the characters in action. Several of the designs are printed with a sublimated “allover” technique, which allows the design to cover the entire shirt. The designs are available in both mens’ and womens’ cuts.
With just a little more than four months until the premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Merchoid has unveiled the first officially licensed T-shirts for the Warner Bros. film.
There are four designs (for now, at least): the Batman v Superman logo; a riff on a vintage boxing poster, with “The Gotham Guardian” pitted against “The Last Son of Krypton”; and two propaganda poster-inspired designs, one depicting a skeletal Batman, labeled “Gotham Demon,” and the other showing a crossed-out image of Superman with horns and the words “False God!”
Legal | No, the lengthy battle over the rights to the Man of Steel still isn’t over. Attorneys for Warner Bros. and the family of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel on Tuesday were back before the Ninth Circuit to argue once again whether Siegel’s daughter Laura Siegel Larson was entitled to rescind a 2001 settlement agreement. The outlook doesn’t appear promising for the Siegel family. [Courthouse News Service, The Beat]
Political cartoons | The group Palestinian Media Watch has critiqued the cartoons of Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh as anti-Semitic, saying they dehumanize Jews and portray them as villains. Sabaaneh, who has done time in an Israeli prison, counters that he is simply reflecting the realities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his cartoons. [The Washington Post]
Batman co-creator Bob Kane will receive the 2,562nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Held in front of the Guinness World Records Museum, the event will also see Batman presented with the title of “Most Film Adaptations of a Comic Book Character.” Director Zack Snyder and DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Jim Lee will speak at the ceremony, where the Batmobile from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be on display.
Despite a troubled rollout that saw the rapid withdrawal of the PC edition, Batman: Arkham Knight has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide since its June 23 launch.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s fighting game Mortal Kombat X, which debuted in April, has also passed that milestone, The Wall Street Journal reports. LEGO Jurassic World, which also premiered in June, has sold about 4 million copies.
Although frequently criticized for its bleak tone, director Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel film serves as inspiration for one New Mexico high school football team, which has embraced the words of Jor-El.
When it was time for the Española Valley High School Sundevils to get new uniforms, they took a cue from Superman’s Kryptonian father, who explained “The symbol of the House of El means hope,” and adopted that crest as their own. It’s of course recognized the world over as the stylized “S” emblem of Superman, only in this case that letter stands for “Sundevils.” But also “hope.”
Even if you’re not a fan of the super-deformed style — or, for that matter, Hal Jordan — you might just give this Hybrid Metal Figuration Hal Jordan figure from Herocross a second look. Admit it, it’s pretty darned cute.
Standing 6 inches, the figure features more than 20 points of articulation, two pairs of interchangeable hands, a Green Lantern power battery, a burnished metallic body, and three LED light-up areas: his eyes, the power battery and his chest emblem.
When a client in the posh Melbourne, Australia, suburb of Toorak wanted to renovate to make room for a car collection without marring the architecture of the stately manor, design firm Molecule knew where to turn for inspiration: Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film The Dark Knight.
Using Bruce Wayne’s striking subterranean garage as “a totem of the design approach,” the studio set to work on “the Wayne Residence,” whose beautifully landscaped lawn and well-appointed tennis court conceal the very modern Batcave nestled beneath.
Six Flags Over Georgia plans to introduce DC Super Friends, the first-ever DC Comics-themed zone for kids, featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn.
It’s part of a larger rollout of DC attractions first announced last year for Six Flags’ 18 theme parks across North America. The other new additions include The Joker roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California; Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, and Six Flags Mexico in Mexico City; The Riddler Revenge, Catwoman Revenge and Harley Quinn Spinsanity at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas; and Superman the Ride at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts.
Although most fans are still scrubbing memories of 2011’s Green Lantern from their minds, YouTuber Alex Luthor is already looking ahead to the planned 2020 reboot Green Lantern Corps.
Using footage from Green Lantern, TRON: Legacy, Pacific Rim, John Carter and other films, he casts Idris Elba as John Stewart and Garrett Hedlund as (presumably) Hal Jordan. The editing is nowhere as polished as some of Alex’s earlier work — some of the heads appear as if they were literally pasted on bodies — but he continues to demonstrate his skill at weaving together an engaging, cohesive narrative.
Funko has unveiled a new series of Pop! Heroes vinyl figures inspired by the video game Batman: Arkham Knight.
Debuting in September, the line will feature Batman, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow and, of course, Arkham Knight. Whether additional figures will be released remains to be seen.
This week, Warner Bros. dismantled a decades old cartoon-themed mural which in recent years served as the public face of the studios’ connection to DC Comics.
Cartoon Brew caught some photos of the removal of stories-high homage to the likes of Superman, Batman, Bugs Bunny and Scooby-Doo at the Warner Studio lot in Burbank. While the mural once held a “cartoon Mount Rushmore” featuring the likes of Fred Flintstone, since 2009 it has served as the most public expression of the company’s commitment to the DC superhero line.
Of course with a full DC Editorial office now in Burbank, it’s not as though Warners is looking to downplay its ownership of the likes of Batman and Superman any time soon. But with such a long-running cornerstone of the company’s cartoon pride coming down, what could possibly take its place?
Though the lack of existing footage from Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League prevented the studio from even thinking about giving fans a look at the anticipated film (production has not even begun on the movie) that didn’t stop YouTube user AlexLuthor from using his imagination — and not inconsiderable editing skills — from creating his own trailer for the upcoming superhero blockbuster.
Using the speech Russell Crowe’s Jor-El made for his son, Kal-El, as the voiceover, and incorporating footage from Star Trek, Conan the Fast & Furious franchise, The CW’s Flash and, yes, the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, AlexLuthor has crafted an impressive, action-packed teaser that incorporates the entire announced Justice League roster, and pits them against an inspired choice of foe.