Black Adam Finds its Director

After years of rumors and development hell, Black Adam, starring Dwayne Johnson finally has a director, with The Rock’s recent Jungle Cruise collaborator, Jaume Collet-Sera to take the helm of the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the success of Shazam! earlier this year has put Black Adam high on the studio’s list, putting the long-awaited adaptation the fast track.

The Rock has been cast in the role of Black Adam for years, since 2014, so it’s no surprise to see fans excited for this project. Expect more news to come later this year.

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Pull Box: June 5

The issue that all of us really needed, to be honest. A nice, long, exposition-filled issue that broke down everything we had learned up to this point and revealed just how far Bane had gone in his machinations against Batman. That Thomas Wayne was giving the exposition was a bit expected, but we still don’t know why he truly sided with Bane in all of this. Or even how he got here for that matter. With King out in 13 issues, we should certainly learn more, soon.

That was a million times better than the first issue of DCeased. A technological-biological hybrid virus corrupting the planet. Batman outwitting just long enough to learn the truth, and Dinah Lance is the new Green Lantern after killing an infected Hal Jordan. That’s insane! This is quickly becoming yet another awesome alternate-future story for the heroes, and I love it.

The Year of the Villain has officially begun! DC has so many incredible stories going at once right now, it’s mind-boggling. The World Forger is a member of the League now, shockingly, with the goal of finding his brothers, the Monitor and the Anti-Monitor, which is an amazing twist if they’ll join up. But, Luthor is making his own moves and has the world in quite a predicament with the villains about to be armed to the teeth. Ahhh it’s so good!

This upended the status quo quite a bit for the Shazam Family. Sivana defeated Black Adam and waits at the Rock of Eternity. Billy’s adopted family now knows the truth, while his Dad waits outside. Now, the Wizard, Shazam, has returned to rescue the children from the Magiclands, while Funland prepares to go to war with the Earthlands. That’s a doozy of an issue, for sure.

Another fun, throwback romp to the glory days of Green Lantern and Green Arrow’s classic team-up. Though the addition of Grant Morrison certainly made this one a little strange and memorable. Using Dimension Zero was certainly a fun way to put these two back together. Now, Sinestro is back in the mix, as well, which should give Hal his much-needed adversary in this crazy story.

I knew the Gemworld couldn’t be trusted, and when Young Justice inevitably finds their way back there, hell will most certainly be paid. It was great seeing the team back together, recounting what’s happened up to this point for them and getting us all up to speed, the taking down Opal with very little trouble. I’m genuinely curious as to what Jinny Hex is hauling around in her truck, though.

The latest issue in Marvel’s best event in years was yet another win for the once-named “House of Ideas.” It’s been such a long time since such a great event came from Marvel, it’s refreshing to see this continuing to fire on all cylinders. Thor has nailed himself to Yggdrasil, just as Odin did before him, hoping to stop Malekith once and for all, while the Avengers fight back against the forces of evil. All of these cool changes to characters, as well as interesting “Ten Realm” related roles has even been a lot of fun.

Pull Box: May 8

While the Magic Lands story hasn’t exactly been captivating by any means, everything happening in the background has been amazing. Black Adam races to the Funlands to destroy Billy Batson, fearing for the future of the World if the Magic Lands get word of each other. Now, the sudden appearance of Doctor Sivana forcing Black Adam to join Mr. Mind or fight him? That’s a pretty fantastic matchup.

With Carter’s will restored, the Deathbringers were no match for him and his many past lives, given all that they’ve been through. Now that they’ve been defeated, and all of his memories restored for countless generations, it will be interesting to see the repercussions of storing that much information in your head. There has to be a limit, right?

This has been one of the best starts for a new book that I’ve seen in quite a long time. The Outsiders have spent well over a year establishing their chemistry in other books, and they’ve earned the right to have their own. They all have their own individual styles and issues to deal with, but they work well together. Throw in a potential time travel plot, and you have the makings of an interesting new title.

This is an interesting twist to the Arkham Knight that I did not see coming. Astrid Arkham, the daughter of the Arkham family itself is the Knight, twisting and contorting Batman’s rogues gallery to her own end. After releasing Damian without a fight, he seemed a bit more jovial than usual, and something seemed entirely off. Almost as if he was possibly considering betraying Batman, but more to his owns ends.

The War of the Realms has been a heavy-hitting, emotionally charged battleground, and this light-hearted baby chase that is Journey Into Mystery has been a breath of fresh air, giving some much needed levity to the story. I love the rag-tag team that’s been assembled to escort the baby, as well, and then throwing in random things like off-grid Skrulls that live in an RV camp is just icing on the cake.

This issue seemed to move as fast as The Flash himself, with attempts at establishing a new origin for Barry Allen and his powers. The obvious here is the end scene, and the effort it puts into establishing Turtle as a threat to the future for Central City. A little too heavy-handed in that narrative (Green Lantern: Secret Origin did it considerably better with Atrocitus), but I’ll wait to reserve too much judgment for the next issue.

Truthfully, I know very little about the Agents of Atlas, and I haven’t read any of the Champions books, so I go into this only looking for more War of the Realms goodness, and I can’t say I was disappointed. A whole bunch of international superheroes with elemental powers with Amadeus Cho, Shang-Chi, and Silk – all fighting the Queen of Cinders. I can get behind that.

Shazam! 2 Officially in the Works

It’s been less than a day since Shazam! won the weekend box office, exceeding expectations with a $50+ million domestic opening. Now, The Wrap has confirmed that Warner Bros. has already greenlit a sequel to the film, with director David F. Sandberg already offering to return, though his new contract has yet to be finalized.

This news comes after Dwayne Johnson congratulated the cast and crew, building hype for his eventual turn as Black Adam, the longtime nemesis and anti-hero to Shazam. With Shazam! currently in theaters, Joker is next for DC Entertainment in October, with a much-lauded trailer just released.

Pull Box: March 27

This was exactly what it needed to be. 1,000 issues of the hero that has become iconic to people across the planet. The caped crusader. The dark knight. The world’s greatest detective. The Batman. Each of these stories were fantastic, though a few were particularly great. Ending the issue on the comic book introduction of the Arkham Knight was fitting. It left off once again leaving us all wanting more. And it will continue that way for another 80 years. Happy Birthday, Batman.

That was a twist I did not see coming. Of course, Harley couldn’t kill Booster, even though she saw Booster kill Poison Ivy, who also wasn’t dead, thanks to Wally. But, Wally killed himself? Took his own life? Maybe? This is intensely confusing with twists and turns all over the place, creating a fantastic story that I cannot stop reading. Can it be the next issue already?

This Leviathan story is yet another example of just how fantastic DC is at telling stories. There are so many layers and mysteries in play here. Amanda Waller is the most untrustworthy person in all of comics, and she’s inside the Fortress of Solitude while every single secret organization on the planet is targeted one at a time by a single mystery culprint with super advanced technology. This is getting good.

What a way to start this reboot. Inspired by an act of kindness from Superman, a young boy lives his life looking to push himself to his limits and feel the rush of being saved by Superman once again. Now he has the power of the H-Dial, which is mysteriously calling out to several seemingly random heroes. I’m not entirely sure, but something certainly seems up here, and I’m excited to see where it goes.

Maybe The Trickster has a bigger plan than I was expecting. Brainwashing and infecting the entire city with some sort of Happy drug that forces them to be better people, even against their will is quite a trick. But is it only a distraction from the true threats? Zoom? The forces scattered across the world? Unless this is all linked, somehow? I suppose we’ll know more soon.

Honor is dead-set on making this ruse work, no matter the cost to her humanity. Whatever it takes to keep her family safe. Now that may have cost her, as she’s unleashed her “sister.” A telephatic, smoke-phasing mutant that immediately dispatched their “brother,” moments after he was set up to be a stone-cold killer. Pretty fantastic way to really set the tone for a new villain.

After numerous attacks, the Freedom Fighters have successfully revived Uncle Sam, and the Nazis seem to be on the run, with the exception of the crazy son of the Fuhrer. Who seems to be on a whole other level of crazy from everyone else. I’m still not sure of the dynamic between these new Freedom Fighters, and the old, but I’m sure it will be explained more as time passes.

This was already a fairly interesting story with loads of additions to the lore and continuity of Shazam! and his magicla abilities and past. But that ending just threw an entire wrench into the mix that makes things a million times more exciting. Black Adam is there, and he knows about the Seven Lands of Magic! He knows their danger, and their true reason for being closed. But what could that reason be?

It would make sense that amongst the many gods and villains the fall of Olympus hurtled towards Earth, some legendary weapons would be among them. The kinds of weapons bestowed upon heroes of Greek mythology. The sort that Wonder Woman could totally use at the moment while she’s fighting false-Titans alongside Giganta, one of her oldest enemies. This is a crazy arc, but I’m enjoying it.

That was a long arc to finally get this team rolling but it was totally worth it. Not to mention the ending was way more than any of us deserved. Not only did Mr. Terrific, one of the most deserving heroes in the DC Universe, find his wife across the Multiverse, but now they’re on a team together. Both happy to see the other. That’s quite the happy ending that you don’t normally get in stories, and it’s nice to see it.

Final Shazam! Trailer Now Online

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have shared the final trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Shazam! and it’s heavy on the action and the laughs with plenty of new footage. The film still remains quite the mystery with the Marvel Family, and the Seven Deadly Sins still not getting revealed, as the titular hero takes center-stage.

Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Grace Fulton. It hits theaters on April 5th.

Pull Box: February 27

This entire time, this arc that has been an insane roller coaster of recollection and remembrance for Bruce’s upbringing and road to Batman… was a simulation. Created by Bruce to kill himself, every year on his birthday, he uses it to hone his skills and evolve. Getting better each and every year. That’s a level of dedication that I didn’t think Batman was capable of, but yet again he has shown why he’s the baddest dude in the DC Universe. The ending, with Batman’s goal of Absolute Zero becoming known gave me goosebumps, and the Epilogue was charming. Fantastic end to a fantastic arc.

This was such an incredibly masterful setup for the future of the DC Universe. So many of DC’s biggest stories have centered around the relationship between the Batman and The Flash, because the chemistry there is so real that they just make a great team. With the events of Heroes in Crisis becoming a focal point, as that mystery deepens and the big event for the year starts to unfold, The Year of the Villain, expect things to start to ramp up with mysteries and twists all over the place.

So, first off, all this time Amanda Waller has known the identity of Superman. That’s quite a crazy thing to think of, but she does understand his importance, as well as just how powerful he is. Not to mention calling down the wrath of the Justice League isn’t sometime she would like to do. But the threat of Leviathan, which seems to grow each and every week has forced her hand. Now, Sam Lam is possibly dead, just days after learning the truth about Superman and possibly re-thinking his stance. Attack after attack is happening, and things are getting pretty crazy, now.

Sneaky sneaky Honor Guest, manipulating Talia and playing along with her charade. It’s a clever plan, but she needs to make sure she plays it just right. Talia is wildly intelligent, and twice as dangerous. Add on the tech that her family discovered in the backyard, what looks like a laser shield of sorts and you have quite a predicament on her hands. The closer they get to the truth, the more danger they’ll be in with Leviathan as they become more and more of a threat across the DC Universe proper.

The pace of this issue seemed incredibly slow, but it was still yet another fun throwback to the days of comic books old. Mr. Terrific discovering his wife alive on another Earth, with the exact same circumstances as himself was quite the lucky break. I just hope that this ends up being a bit of a happy ending for the team. With that being said, I’m ready for the team to move on from Doc Dread and his Dreadfuls. That villain seems to have made his mark, and I would love for the team to take on some new threats.

This book really pulls no punches. Bringing out the darkest and dirtiest the world has to offer to show how truly terrible that future could have been. Thankfully, the Freedom Fighters seem like a competent team, prepared for many contingencies when it comes to their enemy. The evil German Plastic Man is still the most horrifying thing ever, and he just seems to get more and more creepy. I can only imagine how creepy he’ll be when he starts fighting again.

It was pretty obvious that King Kid had some tricks up his sleeve, but I wasn’t exactly exepcting it all to rush to the surface as soon as he saw them as Champions, turning into adults. The Seven Lands are of course still mysterious, but it seems we’re going to learn more about them pretty quickly given the next issue. I honestly wish we would have seen more on Mr. Mind and Doctor Sivana in this issue, though, as that cliffhanger last month was fantastic.

Doom’s trick was finally revealed… at least part of it. He plans to harness the power of Galactus as an endless energy source. That’s a bit old school of an idea for a villain like Doom to concoct, leading me to believe there’s a little more at play here. The confusion that Reed had on his face when Victor revealed the “Good Galactus” and Johnny and Ben backed him up was pretty priceless. I would certainly like more moments like that in upcoming issues of this Fantastic Four revival.

A slow-paced, emotional issue based around the caveman Gnarkk and Harley Quinn, finally give us a better idea of what happened here. Harley broke into Sanctuary to help Poison Ivy, and get help from Ivy. They’re friends, and lovers, that’s what they do. Meanwhile, Booster Gold, who has been on a considerable decline in the last two years, has finally snapped, and laid waste to everyone there. But, there’s still the mystery as to why this Wally was older than he should have been. Still, there are questions unanswered.

I’m starting to get fairly bored with this story, as it’s pretty convoluted and a bit ridiculous. Even for comic books. But, seeing them address the events of Justice League, with the Source Wall being torn down, and all of the New Gods being killed was certainly worth it. Darkseid was protected in the Ghost Sector, but how much longer can he keep the danger away?

That lawsuit business sure seemed to last a long time, didn’t it? That strangeness aside, it makes perfect sense and reassures the character of Veronica Cale that through all of this, all she wants is her daughter back. She spent years attempting to save her daughter, and when she finally does, she has to leave her behind in Themyscira. Now, with Themyscira destroyed through the paradox of Ares’ death, she’s lost, alongside the other inhabitants of the Amazon homeland. With the help of Aphrodite, Diana starts a new quest, and a fascinating new arc that could have some big repercussions in the future.

Pull Box: January 23

The secret is out! The last several issues of Batman have all been a dream. An induced nightmare as Batman is strapped to a machine that’s pumping Scarecrow gas into his system non-stop in an attempt to drive him insane. In a play to keep his mind in one piece, Batman’s psych created a version of Constantine to help guide him along, but it hasn’t exactly worked the way he hoped. Now the question is where did this start? Was it Thomas Wayne? Before that? After? Interesting questions to ponder until the next issue.

This issue was even better than the first, with great action sequences and a fantastic way of establishing the new versions of these classic characters. On top of that, the idea of Uncle Sam being some extradimensional entity that’s fueled by the American Dream is so ridiculous that it just works. It’s such a “comic” idea that it fits so perfectly in this setting, and I’m intensely interested to see where it goes. Lastly, that evil German Plastic Man is the most horrifying villain I have seen in ages.

It’s all coming together. Shayera was using the Absorbascon to create a false Thanagar-Prime to keep the reputation of strength that Thanagar has kept for generations intact. But she knows it was wrong, and now looks to rebuild. Meanwhile, J’onn J’onnz is the key the Perpetua and her army, as he was abducted as a child by Humans from the far-flung future in an attempt to make their DNA whole. Perhaps Starman isn’t who he says he is, and he’s the result of that experiment? Lastly, Kendra knows what the secret on her wings is, now. A map to an alternate dimension of God-like beings. Man, this is intense!

This is going to be quite an interesting book. I can already tell. This first issue sucked me in with its incredible artwork, and relatable characters. Then it hooked me with that cliffhanger ending. What’s special about Naomi? She has an obsession with Superman, and feels close to him as they’re both adopted. Now, she finds out that… maybe she is? But how? What’s different? I wish this was a graphic novel so I could read it all, right now!

I’m glad that they’re making the personal stories, like the arrival of Billy Batson’s mysterious biological Father, on the backburner here. Because the Marvel Family exploring the various magical lands created by the Council is way more interesting. Theme parks are always ominous when they’re magical, and now there’s a creepy clown, and even the ruler of the “Funlands” claiming that he’s a member of the Family. The last Champion. Maybe he abandoned his post to stay in Funlands? We’ll get answers soon, as lead-up to the movie later this year continues.

New Shazam! Teaser Trailer Now Online

Warner Bros. is keeping the marketing short and sweet for Shazam! with a new minute-long teaser trailer that features loads of new footage of the light-hearted superhero film. After the massive success of Aquaman, WB is hoping to keep momentum going with another hit, as they shift focus away from a shared universe, to just making good movies (finally).

Shazam! stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Grace Fulton. It hits theaters on April 5th.

New Shazam! Poster Debuts

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Zachary Levi, star of the upcoming DC Entertainment adaptation, has shared the latest Shazam! poster on his Instagram page and also teased that fans can expect a new trailer for film after the new year. Though we have yet to see much of Shazam! it still remains a highly anticipated film among the growing ranks of DC Universe films set for release in the coming years.

You can hit the jump to check out the latest theatrical poster in full.

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Pull Box: December 5

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Holy crap that was so unexpected and amazing! Oh my God, I cannot believe how that ramped up so quickly. Batman on the hunt for information on Bane and his current role in Arkham, knowing from the Penguin that there’s something amiss with it all. But then the reveal at the end! The biggest mystery of all! Flashpoint Batman! Thomas Wayne! Is it really him?! So many questions. I’m freaking out. This is the best.
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This was an intensely emotional issue that finally put an intense focus on the DC Universe proper, and the importance of Superman, and the Supermen Theory that’s dominated the news in this world. The obvious interference by Dr. Manhattan, as well as the manipulation to put Superman on the side of the metahumans was well-played, and I’m genuinely interested to see where this goes next.
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This is a war of ups and downs for the Legion of Doom, they lost Black Manta in Drowned Earth, and now they’ve lost the Joker. The one clearly ahead of all of them in more ways than one, he could have killed the entire Legion if he felt like it, knowing that the Batman Who Laughs is an unlike anything the Multiverse has ever seen. Now, with the inclusion of Brainiac to the Legion of Doom, things should continue to be quite interesting.
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With the movie coming out in a few short months, one has to wonder if this new series is going to be any indication on what to expect from the film. If so, I’m definitely in for it, because the Shazam Family are some fantastic characters with rich history that is ripe for exploration, much in the same way Hawkman is being handled right now. Fortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening with the introduction of the Station, and more magical aspects of Shazam being explored.
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The insane aliens that Grant Morrison comes up with are so fantastic for Green Lantern that I’m not entirely sure why it took him so long to get on this character. But, here we are, and it’s ridiculous. With an old school design, the Blackstars are back, and it’s fun. Surprisingly, the story here is even moving along at a good pace, with questions being answered regularly, as we even quickly found out who is abducting planets. Given a lot of the stranger books recently, that’s quite a relief.
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The revival of Martian Manhunter across the DC Universe has been great. He’s such a fantastic character, and I truly missed him. His first solo book in years started off pretty strong, with dynamic art, and a story that’s going to be pretty interesting given J’onn’s police history on both planets. I love the focus and unique stories that are being told with these interesting characters lately, specifically with DC.

Analog EP59: Revenge of the Jorker!

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The guys are back from their hiatus for a MASSIVE Post-Comic-Con episode! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

A load of trailers for Aquaman, Shazam!, Venom, Godzilla, and more! Plus, plenty of news, and lots of views (if you know what I mean) on this weeks episode of Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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First Trailer for Shazam! Drops

Warner Bros. panel at SDCC was filled to the brim with trailer reveals, and one of the more unexpected of them was the first trailer release for Shazam! from director David  F. Sandberg. The trailer is a complete departure for DC with jokes, a light-hearted tone, and a likable hero in Billy Batson.

The cast includes Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, Zachary Levi (Thor: The Dark World) as Shazam, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as The Wizard, and Mark Strong (Kingsman) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

Analog EP58: Roller-Coaster… Of News!

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for a Pre-SDCC roller-coaster… of news! It’s not a train! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Casting for Spider-Man: Far From Home, a ton of pre-SDCC photos, and some excellent re-sequel (requel?) announcements on this week’s Analog! Listen to this week’s episode, and follow us on Instagram – Instagram.com/AnalogCast! We’ll be live-streaming throughout SDCC! Check out the links below to listen, and please Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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.