Pull Box: July 18

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THOR
This book has been so ridiculous. It’s lighthearted in a way that’s refreshing for Thor after the incredibly emotional ride that was Jane Foster’s tenure. Thor’s dysfunctional family at the heart of it all, as they slowly mend fences to bring an end to a war that’s raged on for actual years in comic book time. And now, with Hela restored to glory, Thanos steps in to break up a wedding? I love it.
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This was a surprising follow-up to Bruce Wayne’s heart getting broken by Catwoman. Batman is out of his element, being emotionally damaged once again by opening himself up, and he takes it out on those around him, particularly the villains at his disposal, and now Bruce Wayne must pay the price, having his mistake put directly in front of him, and forced to confront his demons. Yet another interestlingly personal story for The Dark Knight.
JL
Luthor’s plan is still so elaborate, and while it’s starting to take shape, and we’re getting answers for some questions, it’s still such a mystery. So, the baby was a reincarnated Turtle, fully attuned to the Still Force, the opposite of the Speed Force, and one of the mysteries of the Multiverse past the Source Wall. But, how does Luthor know so much? What is he trying to accomplish? Still so many questions!
BB
That was not the ending I was quite expecting for Book One. It was a bit all over the place, with even more questions than answers. Fights that should have raged for more time were over in the blink of an eye, and the pacing was all over the place. Not the best ending, but hopefully it at least sets up more stories in the future for this world that they’ve created. This world of Monsters and Men.
MMPR
Honestly, I feel as if this entire event, which has been fantastic, was building to that incredible splash page of the Rangers teleporting to their Command Center, like brightly colored shooting stars across the sky. Then, to see all these incredible Rangers in one place… it actually gave me goosebumps. That’s the reason I’ve been so into this story, and it’s finally coming to the beautiful climax I’ve been expecting.

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Numan Acar Cast as The Chameleon?

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It’s been rumored that classic Spider-Man villain, The Chameleon, would be showing up in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and now it seems we’re a little closer to that confirmation. Deadline is reporting that Numan Acar (Homeland) has been added to the cast of the sequel, though no details on his role have been revealed, we know that he’ll be playing a character named Dmitri, which could signify his role as Dmitri Smerdyakov, a.k.a. The Chameleon.

This is still speculation, but given the that Acar can speak numerous languages, and the globe-trotting nature of the film, it could certainly be true.

Aquaman Den of Geek Cover Revealed

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After yesterday’s fantastic theatrical poster, Den of Geek has revealed their SDCC issue cover for Aquaman, and it gives us our first glimpse at plenty of new characters, including Ocean Master, Vulko, Black Manta, and King Orm.

You can hit the jump to check out the cover in full.

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Batwoman Series in the Works at The CW

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We know that The CW will be introducing Batwoman during this year’s annual Arrowverse crossover, but it’s now been confirmed that she’ll be getting her own solo series in 2019. Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) is penning the pilot, and she will be executive producing the series alongside DC veteran and production juggernaut, Greg Berlanti.

“Batwoman revolves around Kate Kane, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet: in a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

Birds of Prey Lineup Confirmed

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The Wrap has confirmed that an earlier rumor regarding the lineup of director Cathy Yan’s upcoming Birds of Prey movie was fairly spot-on. The team’s lineup will consist of Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, Renee Montoya, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. It’s currently not known whether Montoya will be The Question in the film, or a detective.

The villain of the piece is expected to be Cassandra Cain’s father, David Cain, who is commonly associated with Ra’s Al Ghul, and Cassandra’s mother, Lady Shiva. This all but confirms that Batgirl is not involved as many expected.

New Official Still from Shazam! Revealed

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Entertainment Weekly is continuing its massive pre-SDCC coverage by revealing yet another new still from the upcoming live-action adaptation of Shazam! We get another look at Zachary Levi in costume alongside Jack Dylan Grazer. This time we get to see the light-up lightning bolt on the heroes’ chest which does a great job of driving home the magical nature of the character.

We should be getting plenty more information on the film, including maybe even a teaser trailer this Saturday when Warner Bros. takes to Hall H in San Diego.

First Poster for Aquaman Debuts

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Warner Bros. has revealed that Aquaman is now on Twitter, and alongside it, we get our first official poster for the upcoming film, as well as confirmation of a trailer this Saturday at SDCC. The poster is beautiful, with Jason Momoa on a rock surrounded by the denizens of the deep, and the tagline “Home is Calling” along the top.

I can’t help but get excited by all this information from Aquaman as this is shaping up to be something very special. We’ll find out once and for all on Saturday. Hit the jump for a look at the full poster.

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Duncan Jones Working on 2000AD’s Rogue Trooper

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Director Duncan Jones, after teasing that he’ll be working on a comic book movie as his next project, has taken to Twitter once again to tease an additional clue that all but gives new project away. Going back to his “homeland” of Britain and tackling a 2000AD character, Jones removed his hat to reveal a blue mohawk, essentially confirming his next project to be a Rogue Trooper film.

For the unfamiliar, Rogue is a Genetic Infantryman, that is genetically engineered to be immune to all known toxins. He wanders in search of the Traitor General accompanied by a helmet, a gun, and backpack that contain the personalities of his many fallen comrades.

First Look at The Fisherman King in Aquaman

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Entertainment Weekly has revealed a first look at one of the seven Kings of Atlantis, with the first being The Fisherman King, played by none other than Djimon Hounsou, who was recently added to the cast of Shazam! as the Wizard after Ron Cephas Jones was forced to depart. Also pictured are the Fisherman Queen (Natalia Safran), Princess (Sophia Forrest) and a royal guard.

“After the fall of Atlantis, some of the kingdoms evolved and some devolved,”explains producer Peter Safran. “This is one that evolved. This is a kingdom that’s primarily artistic and cerebral, with poets and philosophers.”

Duncan Jones is Directing a Comic Book Movie

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The acclaimed director of genre films Moon and Source Code, took to his Twitter this morning to announce that his next project will be a comic book movie. He goes on to say we’ll learn more in a few days. With that timeline, it nearly eliminates Marvel from the competition, but things look good for DC. Could Jones be directing Green Lantern Corps? What project do you think he would be best suited for?

A little nervous about this, but hell, nervous is where the fun is! I’m going to be making a comic book movie next! A pretty special one. That’s the initial tease… Second tease to come in a few days!

Jones was one of the first directors approached for Man of Steel back in 2010, but passed on it, believing that Moon, the only film under his belt at the time, didn’t yet prepare him for such a large scale film. Now, with Source Code, the surprisingly great Warcraft, and Mute, on his resume, perhaps Jones feels now is the time? His cinematic sensibilities certainly line up with DC, and his eye for wonderful shots would make for some incredibly beautiful alien worlds alongside the Green Lantern Corps. Additionally, with Geoff Johns recently signing on fully as screenwriter, that could shape up to be something special.

Cate Shortland to Direct Black Widow Solo Film

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After a long and intensive search, the much-anticipated Black Widow solo movie finally has a director. The Hollywood Reporter is bringing word that Australian director Cate Shortland will helm the Marvel Studios movie starring Scarlett Johansson. Shortland’s past credits include World War II drama Lore, and horror film Berlin Syndrome from last year.

THR is also reporting that Jac Schaeffer has penned the most recent draft of the script for the film. Additionally, the Black Widow movie will be a prequel and is set before the events of Marvel’s The Avengers.

First Official Shazam! Image Hits

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Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first official image of Zachary Levi as the title character in DC Entertainment’s upcoming Shazam! film. The image shows a transformed Billy Batson in full costume, alongside friend Freddy Freeman, played by Jack Dylan Grazer (Stephen King’s It).

The costume is inspired by several different incarnations of the character, including his golden age cape, New 52 lightning bolt and hood, and animated incarnation gauntlets. It’s quite the detailed costume, and I can’t wait to see it in motion, as it’s sure to be even better with full effects. You can hit the jump to check out the image in full.

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Pull Box: July 11

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HM
Hawkman is only 2 issues in, and it’s a fantastic throwback to the old Hawkman books, with nods to many of his past lives and incarnations, as well as new additions that make perfect sense in hindsight. His new visions, and memories of the past, interspersed with the revelations from Dark Knights: Metal and his role in all of that, is making for quite the interesting story.
GL
This issue was more fun that it had any right to be. Hammond playing mind tricks on the Lanterns, Orion, and Zod, just so everyone would be happier was so damn adorable I couldn’t even stand it. Plus, the multi-layered plan of distraction after distraction is something so very John Stewart. Only he could concoct a plan like this that relies on so many moving parts and potential variables.
PM
This was as goofball as it gets for Plastic Man, bordering on Mister Miracle levels of weird. But it was still charming as hell to see Eel O’Brien impersonating essentially every major pop culture character he’s missed in the last decade. The story here isn’t taking shape too quickly, but there are plenty of mysteries. Such as the inclusion of Man-Bat? That’s a strange pick to fight Plastic Man. We’ll certainly learn more in later issues, though.
SM
A solid first issue for Brian Michael Bendis on his own full-run Superman book. Superman’s biggest battle currently is with himself, and his loneliness. Desperately trying to hold close to the memories of his family, knowing that currently he could never find them. A few big takeaways: Martian Manhunter seemed strange in their conversation. He seemed genuine and his point was valid, but there was something off about it. Additionally, how did Rogol Zaar get the Earth into the Phantom Zone?! The entire planet?! That’s a big question for the next issue.
FL
That was a hell of an issue that resolved the Flash War in a satisfying way, and set up so many new plot threads and crazy surprises. The new threat from the 31st Century seems intense, and with time travel not possible anymore, who knows how things could shake out from here. The biggest, and best surprise? The return of Bart Allen, aka Impulse! He even has his Impulse costume! That’s so great, and makes me so happy!
WW
After all of that, Jason was the key to defeating the Dark Gods, after all. I wasn’t expecting him to be feigning control by them, but he seemed more clever than any of us thought. Then, he sacrificed himself to save the world, and fix Diana’s mistake. The only downfall of this issue is the lack of future plots it set up, as the end of the Dark Gods could have certainly set up some future stories, yet they opted to not go that route.

Nick Fury Returning for Spider-Man: Far From Home?

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It would seem that Nick Fury has more to do after his return in Captain Marvel. Samuel L. Jackson has confirmed over on his Instagram that he’s in the United Kingdom, and that he’s making his return as Nick Fury. However, it looks like the former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director will be rocking some facial hair, confirming this role likely won’t involve Captain Marvel, but instead the currently filming friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

How the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. will play into the story has yet to be seen, but seeing as Spider-Man: Far From Home is the first film after Avengers 4, meant to lead us into a new chapter of the MCU, it makes sense to see the man that started it all.

Djimon Hounsou Joins the Cast of Shazam!

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Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) has been cast as The Wizard in DC’s Shazam! Hounsou will be replacing Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) after a scheduling conflict prevented Jones from taking the role on further.

The new casting is a bit of a shock, but continues the trend of great casting for the film, though Ron Cephas Jones will be missed as a fantastic choice. Djimon Hounsou will be reprising his Guardians of the Galaxy role as Korath in Marvel’s Captain Marvel which releases only a few short weeks before Shazam!