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.

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New Details on DC Universe Revealed

DC Entertainment has revealed a new trailer and website, giving us plenty more details on their upcoming streaming service, The DC Universe. The service will feature original programming, such as Titans, Swamp Thing, and Harley Quinn, as well as all past animated and live-action DC films and television series, and even include a comic reader giving fans first access to the latest DC Comics releases.

The beta sign-up is officially open on the website, so head over and get signed up for your chance to be the first to give it a try.

Pull Box: June 27

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That ending was spectacular, and I didn’t expect it at all. The return of Hela, in the middle of the War of Realms, does not bode well for anyone in particular. Be it Malekith or Thor, she poses a threat to all existence, so it will be fun to see how unpredictable she becomes in this scenario. Interestingly, her new look is directly inspired by Thor: Ragnarok, and it’s quite a good choice. She looks just as fantastic in art as she did on film.
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Rachna’s true purpose has been revealed, and it’s about in mind with what I was expecting. Searching for a suitable brain-dead version of her sister to replace her body with. But, stranding Ben and Johnny doesn’t seem like the greatest idea, particularly now that Doom is still with her. That doesn’t exactly bode well for her, because his entire purpose is to protect the “Fantastic Two” right now.
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The final prelude to the wedding book, and it was probably the least impactful in a sense. The revelations weren’t great, and it’s main setup was to bring the Joker to the church to setup a death trap for Batman and Catwoman. That honestly seems like the worst idea given this wedding will have damn near every hero this side of the cosmos in attendance. Or it will be small and personal with only the Bat Family present. Only time will tell.
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This story is starting to seem all too familiar, with yet another villain claiming that the Bat Family makes Batman weak. The key difference here is that this person knows who Batman is. They know the identity of Bruce Wayne, but we don’t know their identity. I have a feeling that the identity of Karma is going to be quite the shocker when it’s unveiled, but until then, all we have is speculation and the realization that they know the entire Bat Family and their identities. That puts them miles above any other villain on the ladder.
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Hector Hammond has quite the messed up way of helping Hal Jordan fight his inner demons, but his unorthodox method actually worked. Now, Hal and Hector, Kyle and Orion, and Guy and Arkillo are all on their way to assist the Green Lantern Corps, who are surrounded by Darkstars. This is quite the fantastic build-up, and I can’t wait for this conclusion, because it’s going to be a hell of a fight.
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I knew Flash War would end in betrayal. The fact that Wally West would listen to his biggest rival, Hunter Zolomon, over Barry Allen just baffles me. Of course he would betray you, giving himself powers that rival the Speed Force, now called the Sage Force in a very Naruto-titled twist. I loved that Zoom is wearing the Flash’s old costume, and I hope that he takes it back. That would be fantastic. I’m also expecting Jay Garrick to make quite the triumphant return as little by little, the status quo of the DC Universe is returned to normal.
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This was probably the best issue of Man of Steel yet, with answers finally somewhat coming, at least in the form of story progression. Next week is the last issue, so hopefully we discover Rogol Zaar’s true reason for hating Kryptonians so much, as well as who is causing all of the fires across Metropolis. The big reveal here, though is the Jon elected to go with Jor-El – who just recently tried to kill his own son and family. That makes little to no sense to me, but maybe it’ll get explained why?
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Of course Talia Al Ghul isn’t dead. That makes little sense in the context of the entire DC Universe, but it’s a mistake that Silencer will have to live with. Now, she’s got bigger problems, and a purpose she doesn’t yet realize. I’m so into this book. It’s such a throwback, and I know I say that every time, but it’s true. It brings me back to my younger years when Spawn and Youngblood were the kings of the comic book castle.
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Plastic Man has a kid?! Rex Mason is being charged with becoming the guardian of the Orb of Ra, the source of his powers, and Elemental Girl and Mr. Terrific are having some personal issues. This was an incredibly personal issue of The Terrifics, and yet another great installment as they work to become a legitimate team, and form a bond the way a proper team should. This is easily the best way to use all of these characters, and I hope it just keeps getting better like this.
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It was only a matter of time until Jason was corrupted by the Dark Gods. His Old God heritage was only delaying the inevitable. Now, it all leads to Wonder Woman being forced to fighter her own brother, who continues to be a thorn in her side with his weakness and immaturity. The Dark Gods are clearly one hell of a forced to be reckoned with, and it will be interesting to see how they’re bested, as the rest of the heroes in the world are all just absorbed into their thrall.

Pull Box: May 30

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That was quite the incredible plan. Not only did it make sense, but it was ridiculous and created a moment I feel like I’ve never seen before. A Galactus-sized Emma Frost, releasing all the Power Cosmic and bringing life to a dead universe. That’s insane. The revelation that their artificial Sun was Johnny Storm, with his abilties enlarged by the Power Cosmic was almost tragic in a way, but it was totally made up for by his survival, and his passing of the Power back to Norrin Radd, aka Silver Surfer, so that he could catch up to the love of his life, Emma Frost. That was just great story-telling full of unexpected twists.
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I am honestly not sure what to make of this. Brian Michael Bendis has first crack at a DC title and he leaves it on a cliffhanger, doing nothing than introducing a couple of new characters to the Superman mythos. That seems a bit counter-intuitive for a writer with so much pomp and circumstance arriving on the scene of a new company. I suppose I’ll just have to wait until the next issue to find out a little more of what’s going on. With that said, it’s nice to see Superman on a bit of a change of pace since Rebirth started.
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That was so awesome. Admittedly, I didn’t feel the sense of crazy unexpectedness that I was supposed to with their plan of charging the seed, and forcing the other Titans to eat their brethren, but the pay-off was still worth it. And by pay-off I mean the New Justice League, as well as the prospect of Justice League Dark featuring Wonder Woman and Swamp Thing, and Justice Leagye Odyssey with Cyborg finally taking his rightful place as leader of a team. The changes happening in the main DC books have been great, and Snyder is single-handedly making comics fun again.
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While not giving us much in the way of answers, or plot points, this issue of Doomsday Clock did wonders to set the political tone for this version of the DC Universe. The Superman theory has created an artificial arms race across the planet and set the wheels of war in motion, and truthfully, the metahumans of the world, at least the truly powerful ones, like the Justice League, seem almost less than concerned. It’s strange, but once again, the pace of this book is crawling like a snail with almost no answers in sight. Things have to pull themselves together quick if we’re all going to make sense of this.
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The little moments between Damian and Selina were great in this book. They worked well to bring together two characters that should honestly seem a little closer as their methodologies are more in line with one another, but they just hadn’t been given the chance. Now, things have pushed the two together, and I think it will work well for both of their characters. The star of this, though – was an unseen Joker, who single-handedly wiped out an entire sect of the League of Assassins searching for an invite to the wedding of the decade. The build-up for his invasion of Bruce and Selina’s marriage has been slow and incredible.

LEGO DC Super-Villains Announced

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and DC Entertainment have officially announced LEGO DC Super-Villains, the first LEGO game to put players in a villain-centric adventure packed with favorite locations and characters from across the DC universe. The game will allow players to create their own villain, and go on their villainous escapades.

In the game, the Justice League has disappeared, replaced by mysterious impostors calling themselves the Justice Syndicate. All may not be as it seems, and it’s up the villains to foil the schemes of the so-called heroes from an alternate universe. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer.

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Pull Box: May 9

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I’m honestly sad to see this story end. White Knight has been one of the best original stories I’ve read out of any comic book publisher in years. Such original ideas, with such iconic characters. It’s been one hell of a rollercoaster ride, and there’s no other way I could have seen it end. The reveal that Joker was never the real White Knight of the story was expected given the focus that Harley Quinn as a character has had this entire time, and how instrumental she was at moving the story forward. Absolutely amazing story, that will always be one of my most recommended books.
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It’s nice to see that both of those amazing Batgirl’s haven’t been completely forgotten. With any luck, the reveal by Brother Eye of their alternate selves could spur Bruce on to fully bringing them into the family and making them their own versions of Batgirl, though they’ve both proven they don’t need it. It would still be nice to see those awesome costumes back in action, particularly Cassandra’s spooky black Catwoman-esque costume.
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The Green Lanterns partnering with everyone they’ve been involved with since Rebirth began is a great way to call-back to all of the crazy things that have happened. Additionally, John Stewart had one hell of a moment to be so badass against Zod that he cemented himself as truly the best Green Lantern. At least in the case of planning. Lastly, Hector Hammond, who I assume is now being referred to as the God Brain, being used as a weapon against the Darkstars is somehow tragic, and redeeming, though he’s almost guaranteed to return to his villainous ways.
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The entire premise of this crossover is so ridiculously absurd that only Scott Snyder could possibly dream it up. Seeing all of these heroes and villains team up to fight an insane cosmic threat is absolutely the coolest way to start his run on Justice League, and out of all of this, I hope that we get a solo Starro book after all is said and done. Starro is easily the most ridiculous choice, and almost immediately made an impact on being both an incredible threat, and comic relief. That’s range.
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Sideways has been such an interesting book, with gorgeous artwork, and incredibly detailed characters. Sadly, it’s also one of the only New Age of Heroes books that hasn’t totally immersed itself in the wider DC Universe. Hopefully the next issue, with Derek beginning his dimensional training will kick-start the story in a few new ways, as the story has been starting to drag a bit, and could use something to get moving.
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This was both a great re-introduction to Hunter Zolomon, and a fantastic prelude to the Flash War, which I’m absolutely looking forward to, as Flash rarely gets his own events on this level. The mystery behind Wally’s memories, and how they’re going to factor into the changing landscape of the DC Universe remains to be seen, but month by month, DC continues to shift the focus back to the original universe and characters, and it’s been fascinating to read.
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I’ve been waiting for this arc to start, and Wonder Woman isn’t messing around. The Dark Gods are finally coming, which will hopefully give us some answers surrounding Jason and his mysterious armor. But, to immediately jump into Supergirl being affected by these coming Gods is a crazy choice. On top of that, we get an inevitably brutal fight between two of the most powerful women in the DC Universe. That sounds like a win-win.

DC Universe Streaming Service Announced

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Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have finally officially announced their newest streaming service. Titled DC Universe, the service will play host to a number of exclusive series including the live-action Titans, the animated Harley Quinn, and the highly anticipated third season of Young Justice: Outsiders.

Not much is currently known about the service aside from its exclusives, but you can sign up to learn more when it’s available over on the official announcement page, or you can hit the jump to take a look at the official title-cards for those 3 exclusive series.

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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.

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.