Cathy Yan to Direct Birds of Prey Film

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Warner Bros. has announced that it’s tapped up and coming director Cathy Yan to direct their live-action Birds of Prey film, according to Deadline, making her the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film. The project features the return of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, but the rest of the group is still up in the air, though it’s likely that Batgirl was be introduced here, before her solo film.

The script was written by Christina Hodson, who we recently found out was also hired to pen the Batgirl movie after Joss Whedon’s departure. Birds of Prey is expected to begin production later this year.

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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.

New Comic Books: November 1

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The art in this issue was insanely beautiful, and delaying the ienvitable fight between Selina and Talia was a smart move to bring up the tension, and take Batman out of the equation. That Batman is fighting to restore Selina’s honor, by getting the charges against her dropped makes sense, specifically if he plans to legally marry her. You know, with the criminal thing…
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The idea of Lois Lane being a one of Granny Goodness’ Female Furies is both ridiculous and fantastic at the same time, and just another reason that I love how unpredictable comics can be. This issue answered a good question, as well, proving that Luthor was using Superman, knowing full well that he was the real prophet of Apokolips, and bringing him to his side at just the right moment. I’m truthfully still mostly interested in seeing how Jonathan takes to the new world, as this should be his first time off-planet and on Apokolips.

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This is already one of the best books in comics, right now. So many mind-bending and perfect story-twists that make so much sense. Two Harley Quinn’s, with one of them being good, and other an actual lunatic? The rich profiting from Batman’s War on Crime with him being unaware? They’re all perfect, and make an unbelievable amount of sense, but it’s only now that they’re being explored. With the Joker at his most intelligent, no less.

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It figures that The Devastator, the most frightening and intimidating of all the Dark Knights would be the one with the most good intentions in his back-story. Simply trying to stop a deranged and let loose Superman from furthering destroying his world, he infected himself, just as his world was about to crumble. Something about this Bruce still felt almost good in a way, albeit tragically corrupted. The Dark Knights have all been so different from one another, it’s fascinating. Now, only one remains… the Batman Who Laughs.
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DC has done an incredible job at pitting the Justice League against their Dark Multiverse counterparts, and it seems as if every time the League starts to gain any traction, they’re immediately shot down. I suppose that’s what happens when they’re fighting a bunch of Bruce Wayne’s, but it’s been entertainment nonetheless. METAL has done a great job at building itself up as hopeless, and it’s getting hard to see how the heroes are going to come out of this one.
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I’m an absolute sucker for Deadman. He’s one of my favorite heroes, with so many ups and downs in his personality. He’s often-times more of a lunatic than a hero, and it’s always fun to read. Neal Adams is a legend, and seeing him take on one of my favorite characters in that classic Neal Adams “everyone is bat-shit crazy” style is certainly satisfying. Throwing Batman into the mix? Well, that’s just icing on the cake at that point.

New Comic Books: October 4

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It was another great week for comics, with a few new book debuts, another Dark Knights: Metal tie-in, and more main-line DC books with Superman and Batman both seeing some great stories.

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Gotham City Garage has been a short but sweet foray into a really well-thought out alternate universe. The back-story is great, and the twist on these characters is so good. Making Harley Quinn the one who perfected the mind-control technology in Gotham is a stroke of genius for her character in this world, and having Oracle be a limo-driving sidekick to Batman is absolutely inspired.

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As expected, the cat and mouse game between Deathstroke and Superman was full of tension and high-stakes, as well as espionage perpetrated by the mercenary mastermind. Comics are an unexpected beast, and with that comes a certain uneasiness when someone’s life is threatened. With that in mind, I honestly expected at one point that maybe Lois would die, and that’s a successful writer of the highest order.

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The War of Jokes and Riddles was full of wonderful twists on Batman, that took ideas that have been there for years, and turned them on their head. The thought that the Joker is the one who has kept Batman in line during his darkest period is one that makes complete and total sense, but was never fully explored until now. And that Riddler would concoct this entire war to make the Joker laugh… it’s insane.

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so many great twists this week! The revelation that Sovereign was Hippolyta makes perfect sense in the context of why Diana would betray the world in the future in a sense, and why Sovereign would basically upend the world, and force it to feel her pain and loss after Diana is lost to the darkness. But wouldn’t Sovereign be attempting to stop the darkness? More questions. Hopefully we get answers.

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The Dark Knight, Dawnbreaker, seems to be the most screwed up of the bunch thus far, with each one becoming more sadistic than the last. I suppose that’s what happens when a wounded child, living in a darkened world, is given the most powerful weapon in the universe. I can’t wait to see how the Dark Knights are defeated, because they seem to be some of the most incredible foes that DC has concocted in many years.

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Oh, man. This is gonna be a fun book. Batman is going off the rails, and the Joker is a cured super-genius that wants to re-pay the debt the Joker owes to Gotham City. The narrative that Jack Napier, aka The Joker, presented while he was getting beat down made perfect sense, and it’s interesting to note that he was saying all this while still technically criminally insane as the Joker. This is absolutely going to be an interesting read.

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Marvel’s version of the Justice League Dark isn’t quite as epic, but it’s a great read for the month of Halloween, with some unlikely allies all being given a shot. The artwork was fun, and the story, while ridiculous and cliche already, seems right up the alley of a book like this.

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Phasma is such a charmingly devious person. It’s genuinely hard to tell whether she’s being selfish and uncaring, or genuinely wanting to help these villagers before they’re extinguished. I love her so much as a character, and actually care about her fate and her past. I’ll soak up any chance to learn more about her mysterious past.

New Comic Books: September 13

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What a hell of a week for comic books! Metal, Secret Empire, the identity of Mr. Oz, Flash, Wonder Woman… and with all that, Hal Jordan still takes the cake with his delightfully fun race through space. Mister Miracle continued its wildly confusing run, and Darkseid was a baby, used as a gun! I love comic books.

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This was a fun filler-arc, but at the end of the day it was clearly just a filler arc. There were no real lessons learned, or any serious revelations. The only major thing to come out of this, is the possibility of a new enemy organization being built up by Dr. Revere and the now-power-addicted soldiers. The next arc, Children of the Gods, is what we’ve been waiting for the last several weeks, and this should be pretty great.

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Greg Capullo’s art is so next-level that he can elevate any story. Even one as confusing as this. I’m hoping things come together in a way that makes sense. It’s impressive how well Snyder laid the groundwork of the mantling, and how important Bruce’s time-traveling adventure after Final Crisis was. The Dark Knights look horrifying, and seeing them in the DC Universe is going to be a hell of a ride.

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The first Metal tie-in was a great amount of fun. Having Damian get his ass handed to him so decisively, but still being able to use his intelligence was a nice consolation for the kid, and the interesting team-up was a good mix. This should be a fun read for the next couple of months, as Metal gets in full swing.

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I’m genuinely glad that they gave us a final resolution, at least in some ways, as to the fate of Hydra Cap. I genuinely hope he doesn’t become a main-stay in Marvel, though. While he was interesting in Secret Empire, I can easily see him quickly becoming more of a nuisance, and red herring in Marvel’s writing. Some of the other fall-out is interesting, as well. Nick Fury selecting Frank Castle, while making up for his sins. Black Widow faking her own death. It should be fun to see how the heroes move forward from this.

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Bloodwork is a pretty broken villain, with such a ridiculous power that he seems like he could take on the entire Justice League. However, this was a pretty solid case for Barry to solve, and hopefully it starts to lead him back on the path to removing the Negative Speed Force from his system. I feel like the Negative Speed Force has somewhat run its course, but at the same time, we haven’t fully explored the exact powers that it’s given to Barry.

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Somehow, whenever an issue of Green Lantern involves Hal Jordan interacting with his Dad in some strange, cosmic way, it always makes for a fantastic issue. This was no different. The Fall of the New Gods arc has been some of the best in comic books, right now, and it’s showing no sign of letting up. I’m excited to see where it goes next, with Hal out-running Omega Beams in the vacuum of space, the Highfather in the back seat.

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Another delightfully retro addition to the short but sweet Generations line. These great, standalone stories have been some of the best Marvel has put out in years. It’s possible that this Legacy thing might work out for them, if it ends up being anything like how wonderful this has been to read. It also made me miss Mar-Vell, strangely enough. However, Carol Danvers is a fantastic Captain Marvel. Maybe bring back Captain Kree?

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We’ve been waiting for the true name of Mr. Oz for so long, but it somehow fell almost flat for me. It wasn’t a surprise, as I had figured out several months ago that the logical conclusion was Jor-El, and the back-drop of his revealing himself felt too forced. I feel as if Superman had dealt with far worse, and seen far worse than was presented to him here. Perhaps when we learn more about what Jor-El has been up to, it will piece together in better ways. Regardless, it’s at least nice to have a mystery solved.

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Such a mystery taking place in this book! Who do you trust? Who’s lying? Who’s telling the truth? It’s such an interesting spin on such tragic and troubled characters, that come from such a fantastical life. The war between New Genesis and Apokolips is being manipulated, but by who? Tom King and Mitch Gerad are so far above the rest of the indsutry right now, that it’s absurd.

 

Suicide Squad 2 Gets a Director

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Warner Bros. has announced that, after a long and grueling search for David Ayer’s replacement, a director for Suicide Squad 2 has been found. Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Warrior) has been tapped to write and direct the film, with its entire cast returning.

This is actually a pretty great choice. O’Connor is a safe director, with a good eye for action and emotion. His Suicide Squad will be much more well-rounded than its predecessor was, and should genuinely be an overall much better film. We’ll just have to see it all ends up.

Joker and Harley Movie Still in the Works

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After the announcement of the Multiverse Joker Origin film, the future of DC’s Joker seemed to be in limbo with Jared at the helm. However, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the Joker and Harley Quinn film that was previously rumored is still in development, with Leto and Margot Robbie set to reprise their roles as the Joker and Harley Quinn, respectively.

Additionally, it’s been confirmed that the film will take place in the Justice League timeline, placing it in the main DC Extended Universe. It’s set to be a “criminal love story,” with Crazy, Stupid, Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa to write and helm.

Joker Origin Movie in the Works

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Deadline is reporting that Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is set to direct a Joker origin film, with himself writing alongside Scott Silver (8 Mile). The film is to be produced by Martin Scorsese, and Philips. While Jared Leto, who previously played the Joker in Suicide Squad, is reprising the role for Suicide Squad 2, and Gotham City Sirens, the origin film is rumored to be featuring a younger actor in the role.

The Joker origin film is to be the first film under a new DC-focused banner of films at Warner Bros. that will see the popular characters in different stories, with different actors. This most likely is being setup after the announced Flashpoint film that will certainly setup the Multiverse in the DC Extended Universe.

DC Reveals Masks for Upcoming Batman Day

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DC Comics’ 3rd annual Batman Day is on September 23rd, and in celebration of the day, they’ve revealed 3 separate Batman masks to be given out at retailers across the country, as well as Harley Quinn mask, because Harley has been added to the day, as well.

The masks include three different artistic renditions of Batman’s cowl, based on the style of John Romita, Jr., Andy Kubert, and Jim Lee, with each being drawn by Ryan Sook. As well as the Harley Quinn mask to honor her now shared celebration with the Dark Knight, with art by Yancey Labat. Hit the jump to check out all the masks in full.

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Upcoming DC Animated Film Slate Announced

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DC Entertainment has announced that in addition to the upcoming Batman and Harley Quinn, as well as the already leaked Gotham by Gaslight, which is officially confirmed, we’re also receiving two pretty large surprises. The first of which is Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, an original animated film with an ensemble voice cast, set in the world of Batman: Assault on Arkham, marking the first shared universe animated film for DC.

The other is shockingly a 2-part animated film adapting the Death of Superman. While Superman: Doomsday adapted the film into a condensed, albeit wonderful format, the new version will include the full story, as well as the Reign of the Supermen story that took place directly after.

DC Collectibles Reveals Their Upcoming Lineup

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DC Collectibles is wasting no time at this year’s SDCC, revealing their entire upcoming lineup for the year, and it’s a pretty fantastic set of collectibles. We get more looks at the upcoming Gotham City Garage, as well as Artist Alley statues, Batman: The Animated Series figures, including an epic Batcomputer playset.

DC Collectibles will also launch a new 6.75” DC Essentials line that features Rebirth character designs and the greatest range of motion ever produced by the company. The first wave of DC Essentials figures, releasing in 2018, will include Batman, the Flash, Superman and Aquaman. Wonder Woman, Deathstroke, Green Lantern and Nightwing will debut in 2019.

Hit the jump for the full gallery of new collectibles.

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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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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.

Batman & Harley Quinn 4K/Blu-Ray Details

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After getting our first trailer a few days ago, we now have full details of the Ultra HD/Blu-Ray release of Batman and Harley Quinn. The film will be available for Digital Download on August 15th, and home video on August 29th.

Batman and Harley Quinn will be the first DC Animated Universe film to be released in an Ultra HD combo pack, as well as Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack. You can hit the jump to see the full box-art, as well as Special Features.

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