Shazam! Adds Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman

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The long-standing supporting cast for Shazam!, arguably just as important as the title character himself is starting to finally take its full shape. Jack Dylan Grazer (It) has been cast as Freddy Freeman according to Deadline.

Grazer’s Freddy Freeman is said to be “Batson’s best friend and the only person who knows the truth about Shazam.” DC fans will know that Freeman eventually suits up as a hero himself, taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel Jr. in the comics. Shazam! is set to hit theaters in 2019, and also stars Zachary Levi as the titular superhero, Asher Angel as Billy Batson, Mark Strong as Doctor Sivana, and Grace Fulton.

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New Comic Books: December 7

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Another minimal week for comic books, as many of the larger events have gone on a brief hiatus for the Holidays. Metal is back next week (but I won’t be, more on that this week), which is great. The big two of Superman and Batman were a large focus this week, with the lone exception being the bonkers Neal Adams-penned Deadman.

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The status quo of Superman and Lex Luthor finally nears its completion, with Lex turning his back on the symbol of hope that is Superman’s S logo. On the other hand, Apokolips is ruled by Superman, and he guides the cursed planet to a new and brighter hope of being lead by its people. This accomplished a great deal of large story points, and that’s the best thing a story like this can hope for.
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This was absolutely one of the greatest comic books I have ever read. It was so charming, and put the friendships and relationships that drive Batman and Superman on full display in the most wonderful and realistic fashion. The two complete opposite heroes put their hearts on their sleeves when they were alone with the ones they love and it made for such an amazing, and truly funny moment. This is absolutely a must-buy for any one who is fan of either of these characters.
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These Neal Adams Deadman books are absolutely batshit insane, in both the best and worst way. They’re wildly confusing with the art being all over the place and the story moving at breakneck speed. Once you’re able to slow the story down it makes more sense, and becomes a masterpiece. The inclusion of all of these mystical characters, such as Etrigan, the Phantom Stranger, and the Spectre are all making this more and more interesting.
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This book is such a wonderfully written piece of Elseworlds that I wish it was released bi-weekly, and forever. This world is rich with such interesting character design, and progression that seems all too natural. Now, the second Harley is Neo-Joker and Jack Napier is geniusly pulling the string, but to what end? His intentions are to ruin the Batman, of course, but does he really want to save the city, or destroy it? So many questions. As the Hatter would say, “curioser and curioser.”

Batman Ninja Debut Trailer

Earlier this year, it was revealed that an epic adaptation of the Dark Knight from creators Junpei Mizusaki, Takashi Okazashi, and Kazuki Nakashima, titled Batman Ninja. Now, its first trailer has hit and it looks like we won’t be disappointed.

The incredibly original animation includes Feudal Japan inspired Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, Poison Ivy, Gorilla Grodd, and more. Warner Bros. is set to release the film next year and will include both the subtitled original Japanese version and an English dubbed version when it lands on Blu-ray.

New Comic Books: November 29

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After being unable to hit up comic books last week due to a combination of getting married, and the crazy holiday schedules, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming, and it was a small week! A super small week, in fact. Marvel had no books, and all of DC’s large-scale events, such as Metal and Doomsday Clock were both on hiatus, so not much happened this week.GL
Moments like the touching one when even John Stewart was enthralled with the joy of a child taking flight are the mark of a fantastic writer. In that moment, it re-humanized John, and even managed to make the two rogue Guardians sympathetic to the reader. Now, the return of the Controllers throw a wrench into a lot of things. I’m hoping that we can stay on course with the incredible writing that Hal Jordan has been given the last several months, and that this arc doesn’t undo the fantastic arcs that all the Lanterns have gone through.BM
That was a hell of an annual, and an incredible way to solidify the ever-present romance that’s been at the forefront of the main line Batman book for months. Seeing the relationship between Bruce and Selina blossom so beautifully, and end in a way that Bruce would never have thought to see come to fruition was tragic, and beautiful, both at the same time.
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This was one hell of a sullen and mysterious tale. The twist of Batman being a fictional character, but made real by the boys mind was done in a great way, but leaves a lot of questions. Not to mention, the mysteries about why “Alfred” would never be allowed to keep his nephew, or never agrees to see him at his home are also built up well. I’m actually excited to read the next issue of this alt-Batman.

DC Films to Introduce the Legion of Doom Across Several Films

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Despite the generally negative reception to Justice League, Warner Bros. is committed to revamping the DC Extended Universe to please fans, and build a solid cinematic universe. The first part of this plan truly began in the end credits of Justice League when Deathstroke (Joe Maganiello) met with Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and was proposed the group should begin to “form [their] own league.”

It was an exciting moment in an otherwise “OK” film. Now, rumor has it that the Legion of Doom is set to begin forming across the slate of DC Films for the future, beginning with Aquaman, and culminating with the group being the villains of Justice League 2. That’s an exciting prospect, and hopefully Warner Bros. gives this story time to truly fill out, and allow the villains to stay one step ahead of the heroes, and do right by them.

Jude Law Cast as Mar-Vell in Captain Marvel

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The cast of Marvel Entertainment’s much-anticipated Captain Marvel is slowly taking shape, and the studio is pulling no punches on big names for the film. Variety is reporting that Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes) has been cast as Kree hero, Mar-Vell, the alien responsible for giving Carol Danvers her powers.

This casting is terrific, but rumor has it that Keanu Reeves was offered the role, but turned it down. Perhaps it’s for the best.

First Trailer for Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel Entertainment has followed up this crazy week of Avengers: Infinity War coverage with the first official trailer for one of the most anticipated films in cinematic history. Infinity War brings together our heroes from across the galaxy, with many of them interacting for the first time to combat the intergalactic threat of universal destruction at the hands of Thanos.

It’s an epic trailer that just barely seems to touch on anything in the film. It even holds back on Marvel’s usual depth of key scenes to draw the viewer in, knowing full well that everyone on the planet plans to see it in theaters.

First Infinity War Teaser Poster

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If I didn’t know any better, I would say that most studios have shut their cool news down for the week, as Avengers: Infinity War has taken over the internet with its massive endless stream of coverage, trailers, images, and more. Now, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has debuted a new teaser poster for the upcoming film.

You can hit the jump to check out the beautiful, cosmic-inspired poster in its full glory.

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Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Dropping Tomorrow

Marvel Entertainment dropped a massive bombshell to continue the week of coverage and excitement for Avengers: Infinity War with the announcement that the first trailer for the film will be debuting tomorrow.

The announcement alongside a goosebump-inducing video featuring key scenes and trailer reactions throughout the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If this is any indication, then the MCU is going to be pretty emotional for many fans the next two years.

Avengers: Infinity War Vanity Fair Covers Unveiled

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Vanity Fair has debuted the exclusive covers for its upcoming Holiday issue, that give us our first official look at characters from Avengers: Infinity War. Captain America is still sporting his Civil War costume, and Thor is sans eye patch, but a look at all is still a look.

The covers feature a total of 17 different characters: Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Vision (Paul Bettany), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly); and finally Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

Hit the jump to take a look at the covers in full.

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First Look at Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

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If you stayed after the credits for Justice League, you were treated to one of the best comic book movie teases in recent memory, with Joe Manganiello debuting his interpretation of mercenary Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. It was the culmination of a fan campaign to keep the actor on board for the role, which eventually resulted in the announcement of his own solo movie.

The costume looks incredible, and while I would have personally just kept all of Joe Manganiello’s own personal facial hair, he’s one of the who can make that white goatee work. Hit the jump for a full look at the epic photo.

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Lizzy Caplan Joins Gambit in Mystery Female Lead Role

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The long-awaited cast of Gambit is finally taking shape, with actress Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Masters of Sex) joining the film in a mystery female lead role. Early in production, it was rumored that Lea Seydoux (Spectre) would be the female lead, cast as Bella Donna Boudreaux, but that has clearly been passed on. It’s currently unclear, if Caplan will take up the role, or this is entirely new, given the constant re-writes the films has undergone.

Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is set to helm the project with a script from Josh Zetumer (Patriots Day). Filming is expected to begin next year in New Orleans.

R-Rated Harley Quinn Animated Series in the Works

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It appears Warner Bros. has placed the success of Deadpool squarely in its sights, with the announcement of an R-Rated Harley Quinn series on the way from Powerless executive producers Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey. The adult-oriented show will debut on Warner Bros’ upcoming DC streaming service, with 26 half-hour episodes already ordered. Margot Robbie is set to be approached to voice the character. Check out the first piece of promo art for the film above, and the synopsis below.

Harley Quinn who has finally broken things off once and for all with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City. The series features Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and a whole cast of heroes and villains, old and new, from the DC Universe.

Crisis on Earth-X Crossover Event Full Trailer

The CW has posted a full trailer for the upcoming 4-part Crossover event, Crisis on Earth-X pitting heroes from Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow against an evil alternate universe ruled by Nazi-versions of the same heroes. The crossover is set to be feature-length, spanning the course of four hour-long episodes, and is sure to contain more than its share of surprises and cameos.

The crossover event begins Monday, November 27th, on Supergirl, and will air on each DCCW show the rest of the week, in order.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Extended Season 5 Trailer

At the end of season 4, Coulson and his rag-tag group of agents were captured by a mysterious organization, and upon waking up, found themselves in deep space. Season 5 is set to continue that story, with the gang being kept aboard what looks like a Kree vessel, attempting to stop a threat to the Earth, and save themselves.

COULSON AND THE TEAM ARE LOST IN SPACE, ON THE TWO-HOUR SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S ‘MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’

“Orientation (Part One)”/”Orientation (Part Two)” – Coulson and the team find themselves stranded on a mysterious ship in outer space, and that’s just the beginning of the nightmare to come, when “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for its highly anticipated fifth season with a special two-hour premiere, FRIDAY, DEC. 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.