Superman: Red Son Movie in Development?

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It looks like Warner Bros. might be a little more invested in these DC Entertainment films than we thought, as they’re also rumored to be interested in developing Elseworlds films, as well. Superman: Red Son is an alternate-universe tale in which Superman lands is Russia, and not Smallville. Taken in by the Kremlin, he becomes a symbol of fascism in a world-ruling government.

The rumor comes from Mark Millar himself, creator of Red Son, as well as Den of Geek, who claims to have sources within WB that are supposedly seeing a lot of interest in adapting the graphic novel. It’s a rumor, for sure, but the prospect of seeing Red Son in live-action, especially in today’s turbulent times, would be a geek dream come true.

New Inhumans Poster & Premiere Date Revealed

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While everything we’ve currently seen of Marvel’s Inhumans doesn’t instill the utmost confidence in the mini-series, it’s still one to look out for. The series is rumored to have a $200 million-plus budget, with MCU-level visual fx to boast about. Inhumans will premiere its first two-episodes in an IMAX limited engagement for two weeks on September 1st, and now we have our television premiere date, as well: September 29th, at 9PM EST.

A new poster was also released featuring the three leads in the Inhuman royal family: Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan (Smallville) as Medusa, and Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) as Maximus the Mad. Hit the jump to see the poster in full.

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DC Movie Output Rumored to Increase Dramatically

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Warner Bros.’ DC Entertainment film output has been spotty, at best. The films have been successful from a financial standpoint, but critically they’ve generally been flops, and many have been fraught with delays and mishaps. Now, with the success of Wonder Woman, things finally seem to be on track once again.

Aquaman is currently filming, and Warner is expected to increase their output of DC Entertainment films dramatically. The Flash, Black Adam, Shazam, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, and Suicide Squad 2 are all in the works, so we should expect some pretty big announcements soon.

A lot of people have been asking me ‘What’s the next movie in 2018?’ I know for a fact that DC is trying to get three to four movies made a year going forward. If I were you, I’d make sure I’d be inside Hall H this summer.

New Marvel’s Defenders Motion Posters

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There’s most likely a new Defenders trailer arriving soon, as the crossover-series is set to hit in less than 2 months. We just got a new motion poster for each member of the Defenders, as well as a new one-sheet for the series, as well.

The motion posters feature a few action shots of each character, as well as a line of dialogue, set to the sounds of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” Hit the jump to check out Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist in motion, as well as a shot at the full poster.

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New Comic Books: June 21

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This week was immensely short on new comics, but it made up for it with two fantastic titles that were both satisfying, heartbreaking, and shocking. One from each major publisher this week ensures it’s a pretty even race, and for once, I’m recommending a Marvel title for the week.

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My book of the week is Mighty Thor #20, which sees the representatives of the Congress of Worlds, head to the land of dwarves, where light elf refugees have made home. This issue focuses heavily on Volstagg, for good reason. After a Muspelheim attack on the refugees leaves the team separated, Volstagg attempts to rescue some children, but gets lost. They get attacked, and before his very eyes, the flames of Muspelheim turn the kids to ash. The others find him, naked, and bathed in the only thing that can quell Muspelhaim flame: Fire Goblin blood. At the end of the issue, the Ultimate Mjolnir is shown, calling out to Volstagg, as he grabs it, and becomes the War Thor! Volstagg is the War Thor! I’m not sure why none of us saw this coming, but man, it was satisfying to see Volstagg get his due.

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Another satisfying book this week, with the Manchester Black and the Elite arc coming to a close. Superboy defeats Black, and sends his consciousness into a cow, which is fantastic. Not only that, but we see Jon fly, and everything seems to actually work itself into a happy ending. Overall, this was a great throwback arc for the big blue boy scout, and I hope to see more like it in the future.

Sony’s Marvel Universe Could Be Bigger Than We Thought

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It would appear that Sony has more plans for their “Marvel Universe” than we initially thought. JoBlo is reporting that Carnage is rumored to be the primary villain the Tom Hardy-starring Venom film. It’s also rumored that both Kraven the Hunter, and Mysterio, will be getting their own standalone films in the new universe.

Those new characters join a character cast of Venom, Black Cat, and Silver Sable already confirmed as part of Sony’s world.

Watchmen Series in the Works at HBO

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Last year, there was a pretty spicy rumor that Watchmen would be making the jump to the small screen. Nothing came of that. But now, we have some solid movement on that front, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that HBO is now working on the project with Damon Lindelof at the helm.

Lindelof doesn’t have the most spotless track record (fuck you, Prometheus), but his television work is pretty solid. While Zack Snyder was initially involved in the project, he is no longer working with the studio, and Lindelof is proceeding alone. The series is expected to be based on the classic Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons graphic novel. It’s also likely we’ll see a few snippets of the Beyond Watchmen books in there, as well.

Rumor: New Fantastic Four Movie in the Works

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It’s still just a rumor, but it’s a pretty obvious rumor to come to pass. Fox is purportedly in the process of rebooting the Fantastic Four franchise once again. The plan this time, though, takes things in a completely different direction, as it’s expected to be more kid-friendly, with the film seen through the eyes of Franklin and Valeria Richards, the children of Reed Richards, and Susan Storm.

After Josh Trank’s catastrophic failure of a film, the studio has now tapped Seth Grahame-Smith to write a treatment for the reboot. Seth Grahame-Smith also wrote the initial screenplay of the 2015 reboot, however Trank decided to go with his own screenplay, leaving Smith uncredited. While the family friendly direction, a la The Incredibles, could be immense fun, I’m going to stay cautious with this one.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Headed to Blu-Ray

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Well, this slow week has officially been worth the wait. Warner Archive has announced that the classic 1993 animated film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is officially headed to Blu-Ray this July! The release will feature a full 1080p HD remaster and will include both the original 16×9 aspect ratio (1.78:1) and an open matte 4×3 (1.37:1) version.

Mask of the Phantasm picks up from the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, and follows the caped crusader on the hunt for a mysterious new vigilante that is killing the low-lifes and thugs around Gotham. However, this new vigilante, known as the Phantasm, may have stronger ties to Batman and Bruce Wayne than he thought.

Dark Nights Metal Preview

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The upcoming DC solicitations have revealed some pretty epic things in the near future for the line-wide DC event, Dark Nights: METAL. DC Comics has revealed that seven “corrupted versions of Batman spawned from the Dark Multiverse” will descend on the DC Universe this September. Hit the jump to check out some mysterious teasers of these seven Batmen.

METAL is the final Batman event from acclaimed writer Scott Snyder and artist collaborator Greg Capullo. The story till take threads placed by the team the last several years, and use them to delve into the true history of the Joker, and the roots of many of DC’s Crisis events that have shaped it the last several decades.

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Static Shock to Possibly Appear in Black Lightning

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Black Lightning is coming to The CW next year, and as production and promotion starts to ramp up, showrunner Salim Akil has revealed a bit of love for a fan-favorite character. He’s revealed that he hopes to have Static Shock appear in the show sooner, rather than later.

Static has come close to the small screen several times in live-action since his acclaimed animated series ended many years ago. This would be a great way to bring him into the fold.

I love the idea of Static Shock, and in success, hopefully, we’ll be able to pull other characters in that way. So I’m holding out hope because I love that character.

New Comics: June 14

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What a week for comics, this week. Both Marvel and DC brought their A-games with DC being the obvious winner. Not only did they have 4 core title releases, we also got the first issue of the new Batman-focused line-wide DC event. Such an exciting week, and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

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Recommendation for the week is absolutely 100% Dark Days: The Forge #1. The first issue, acting as a prequel to the upcoming METAL event, this was an exciting book, with a lot of mystery, and some fantastic moments. John Romita Jr’s art is some of the best in the industry, and he was on top of it here. I’m so pumped to see where this has been leading, because this event has been all sorts of mysterious, with all threads leading here.

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Marvel’s big event, Secret Empire, also had a release this week, with our heroes coming face-to-face with each other. Not by choice, but when they’re both overpowered easily by Ultron Pym inside Ultron City, his dominant personality tries to coerce them into stopping the war. The moment where Pym gives Scott Lang the cosmic cube fragment, simply because he’s the only one who sees him as a person was particularly great. The mysterious Steve Rogers in the blue mist just seems to get more mysterious as he was now joined by Bucky Barnes, and Sam Wilson. An interesting twist, that should be fun to see play out. I hope.

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns also saw a mystery start to unfold, though we know the answers to this one. Apparently it’s knowledge that Tomar-Tu murdered his fellow Yellow Lantern several issues ago, and now the Greens are paying the price for it. After the last arc was so severely short, I’m excited to this one play out in a bit more interesting fashion, though I expect the Kyle Rayner/Soranik narrative to play out in tragic fashion.

FLASH

The Flash continues to be such a personal, fast-moving tale, with the artwork and the thoughts inside Barry’s head doing so well to truly dig into our heads just how it feels to be a Flash. I had forgotten that Thawne remembers everything from before Flashpoint, so his interactions with Iris should be insane in the next issue. I wonder how she’ll take that knowledge? Especially with Barry bound to reveal his identity soon.

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The conclusion to Godwatch is a somber tale, with Diana fruitlessly attempting to bring Barbara Ann back from the brink. It’s satisfying to see Doctor Cale’s world implode around her. I feel sorry for her, after all she did to try to bring her daughter back, only for it to fail. But she should take comfort knowing that her daughter is not only safe, but in paradise. And she did that. But instead she’s selfish, and only cares about her daughter for her own reasons. A somber conclusion to a deep story. Now we begin with a new writer and artist.

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Basically every Superman book right now is a beautiful throwback to the 90’s with every villain just being a knock-off of Superman in some way or another. That’s not a bad thing. It’s been great fun reading these, and seeing all these characters again, with Superman being an easy standout among the Rebirth crowd.

Jessica Chastain in Final Talks for X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to be released next November, and the cast is finally starting to come together, with details about where we can expect the story to go. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Jessica Chastain is in final talks to play Lilandra, leader of the Shi’ar Empire.

The trade is reporting that Lilandra is the film’s primary antagonist, so it looks like we can expect the X-Men to go cosmic, as well. An interesting thought, but with such a hit-and-miss record on Earth, we’ll see how well the film can do off-planet from a storytelling perspective.

Spider-Man Trilogy Confirmed

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Tom Holland is most likely in some pretty hot water, now. He accidentally let slip that Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first in a planned trilogy of films for the wall-crawler. Obviously, no details have come to light, but this confirmation is good news.

There is still plenty of room to see Peter grow up Parker and especially Spider-Man in the next two movies, and at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the story is definitely not complete, I’m really looking forward to exploring how it will grow, [and to] see what will happen after puberty. Yes, [they’re] going to be exciting movies. Yes, there will be Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming 3. Now, you know, sorry, Marvel, oops!

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Shadowman Finds Director

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The cinematic Valiant Universe just keeps getting bigger. Continuing their ongoing push to get their characters into the spotlight, Valiant has announced that Reginald Hudlin (Boomerang, The Ladies Man) will direct their live-action Shadowman film, based on a 2012 script from J. Michael Straczynski that Hudlin is revising.

Shadowman is Jack Boniface. A New Orleans resident that must take hold of his destiny, and learn to control his abilities to stop Master Darque from shattering the wall between reality and the Deadside.