The CW’s Elseworlds Crossover Poster Revealed

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Stephen Amell has released the official Elseworlds poster on his Twitter account for The CW’s three-night superhero crossover event. The poster reveals that destiny will be rewritten with Amell and The Flash actor Grant Gustin switching roles in the upcoming romp through the multiverse.

The crossover will start with The Flash on Sunday, December 9th continuing through Arrow on Monday, December 10th, before it all comes to an end in Supergirl on Tuesday, December 11th. Hit the jump to see the poster in full.

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First Look at Ruby Rose as Batwoman

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The first official image of Ruby Rose (John Wick: Chapter 2) as Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, from the upcoming Arrow crossover has leaked online, and it’s something to behold. The costume is incredible comic accurate, and seeing it in motion should be pretty fantastic.

The crossover between Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl begins shooting soon, with an early December air-date, and sets up Batwoman for her own solo series, which is expected to debut in 2019. Hit the jump to check out the image in full.

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Ruby Rose Cast as Batwoman for The CW

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In what can only be called a coup for casting, Deadline is reporting that Ruby Rose (Orange is the New Black, The Meg) has been cast as Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, for the upcoming Arrowverse crossover, as well as her own show produced by Greg Berlanti, and Caroline Dries.

Rose is an open member of the LGBTQ+ community, making her a perfect representative to the world of Arrow, as well as a great choice for the openly gay Kate Kane.

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.”

Batwoman Headed to The Arrowverse on CW

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Arrow star, Stephen Amell, confirmed in a press conference today that The CW is taking the next step forward with its “Arrowverse” and introducing Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, to the universe, as well as her home city, Gotham City. Kate Kane was re-introduced to the DC Universe in the New 52, and has gone on to become one of the leading LGBTQ characters in all of comics.

We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ll be doing another crossover event this fall on the CW, and we’ll be introducing a new character. For the very first time appearing, we’ll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific. The crossover is going to make it to air in December. I need to leave right now and start filming it.

First Gotham by Gaslight Trailer

The first trailer for the upcoming DC Universe animated film, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, is now online, giving us our first look at the crisp animation and stellar voice-acting of the steampunk thriller. In the film, Batman is created in a Victorian-era Gotham City to combat the rising threat of Jack The Ripper as he stalks the city at night.

The film features Bruce Greenwood reprising his role as Batman from Batman: Under the Red Hood and Young JusticeBatman: Gotham by Gaslight is set to release next year.

Gotham by Gaslight First Look

With confirmation coming months ago, that Gotham by Gaslight, an adaptation of Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola’s classic Elseworlds tale, was the next animated film on the table, we now have a first look at the upcoming title. It’s quite a first look also, with the video above clocking in at a whopping 8 minutes, with a ton of first look footage, and commentary from the crew.

Gotham by Gaslight takes place in alternate universe with Bruce Wayne living in Gotham in the 1800’s, and becoming the Batman to take on Jack the Ripper as he ravages the city.

New Comic Books: August 16

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This week was an unbelievable week for comics, made so by the first issue of DC’s massive and ridiculous event, Metal, which is shaping up to be something immensely special and fun for fans of DC Comics. On top of that, so many mainline heroes had releases, with the entire Trinity dropping books this week. Plus, the first issue of Gotham City Garage!

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This was a pretty decent issue, but didn’t quite have the stakes that previous issues in this arc did. It’ll be nice to see Diana team with her friends to take down some ridiculous-looking assassins, but it’s not exactly something we haven’t seen up to this point. Overall, a good continuation, and lead-in to where this arc is going, as it seems to be more filler than anything.

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Super-Parallax! This was a great change of pace for the Man of Steel after he’s spent the last several months fighting classic foes from his youth. Now he’s up against the entity of fear, Parallax, in a fresh story, that you don’t see very often. Superman just won’t let up with the great stories since Rebirth, and this is absolutely no different.

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There’s a lot of fun story-telling happening this week, with the origins of the Justice League’s future children coming to light. The revelation that Jessica Cruz and Barry Allen have three children together made me practically fall out of my chair, and the thought that Diana could abandon her child? There’s something strange happening there. Something that we don’t know just yet. This has been a fun story already, and a lot of mystery still remains.

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This was a somber, slow-moving issue that built up to a fantastic reveal, that Batman would be joining a side in the War of Jokes and Riddles. The nine-course dinner was a tense back-drop to the chemistry between Joker and Riddler, with Bruce Wayne in the middle, attempting to play the part of a supposed peacemaker, but in the end, offering up his alter-ego as a prize for the victor. Batman’s plans are always best-laid, and it’ll be interesting to see how this one ends.

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I have been waiting for this event for months, and now, with Metal upon us, I am not disappointed. This is so ridiculous, and so fantastic. This is everything that a comic book event should be. The story is slowly already starting to make a small bit of sense, and the inclusion of so many heroes that we haven’t seen in so long really make it feel like something special. This is absolutely my recommendation for the week, because if you’re a fan of DC Comics, this is going to make you giddy.

 

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I was a little worried at first when the War Thor seemed to be making quick work of the Queen of Cinders after all the fan-fare and work they put into building her into a massive force to be reckoned with, but my fears were alleviated when she basically cut him in half. I’m somewhat hoping for a Thor reunion where Volstagg reveals himself as the War Thor, and Jane reveals herself as Thor, given their history and close friendship.

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Being a digital-first story, the format for this was short, but sweet. It’s obvious this is going to be an incredibly fun Elseworlds title, and with an interesting mix of heroes and villains forming an all-female biker gang… well, that’s the beginning of a kickass story. The art is great, and the story is getting across a ton of info in such a short format. Very impressive.

DC Comics Announces Gotham City Garage

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DC Comics has announced a new digital-first series, titled Gotham City Garage, Penned by writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, with a rotating roster of artists lined up and Brian Ching illustrating the first issue. Gotham City Garage will tell the story of an alternate universe where Lex Luthor reigns supreme over an idyllic Gotham city that’s been renamed “the Garden.” Subversion is squashed by an elite team led by Batman, as secret-Kryptonian, Kara Gordon, leaves the walls and forms a biker gang to combat the fascism of Luthor.

Along the way, she meets Harley Quinn, Big Barda, Wonder Woman, and more. Gotham City Garage launches digitally August 16th, with the first issue hitting print in late-October. Hit the jump for a full look at the cover.

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Gotham By Gaslight Getting the Animated Treatment

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An image making the rounds on Reddit has confirmed that Gotham by Gaslight, the first book in the legendary Elseworlds line of graphic novels from DC Comics, is getting the animated treatment (finally).

Gotham by Gaslight is written by Brian Augustyn with art by Mike Mignola, and sees a late-19th century Bruce Wayne take up the cowl to fight crime after meeting Sigmund Freud. The story follows his hunt for Jack the Ripper from Gotham City to London.

Joker: White Knight Coming This Fall

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DC Comics has unveiled a first look at the upcoming graphic novel, The Joker: White Knight. The new book sees Joker’s insanity cured, and hi begin a heroic crusade against Batman, himself. However, this crusade is a newly reformed “Jack” partnering with an equally reformed Harley Quinn, attempting to bring The Dark Knight to justice through legal means.

The line Batman rides between ‘noble vigilante’ and ‘overzealous oppressor’ will always be shifting as our own society changes.  We know the Joker is a genius, we know he’s relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician?  Frank Miller modeled him after David Bowie. Chris Nolan showed him as a controlled sociopath. I see the Joker as Don Draper.

The Joker: White Knight hits comic shop shelves on October 4. Hit the jump for a look at the full cover page, and a peek inside.

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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.