Derek Mears Cast in Swamp Thing Series

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Splash Report and Bloody Disgusting are reporting that Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has been cast as Swamp Thing for the upcoming DC Universe streaming service. DC Entertainment has yet to confirm the report, but Mears has extensive experience performing in heavy makeup and practical effects, and the sources are quite solid.

While Mears would play Swamp Thing, he would not be playing the role of Alec Holland, who has yet to be cast for the series.

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Crystal Reed Cast in Swamp Thing Streaming Series

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Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf, Gotham) has been cast in the lead role of Abby Arcane for the upcoming DC Universe streaming series, Swamp Thing. In this rendition, Arcane is a CDC researcher returning to her hometown to investigate a mysterious illness, but a chance meeting with Alec Holland will set her on a collision course with the supernatural and the elemental, Swamp Thing.

The DC Universe adaptation of the classic hero originally created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson is executive produced by Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow) who will also direct the pilot. Mark Verheiden (Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners.

Analog EP62: Skyfall Is a Great Movie, Dammit!

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Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back for another slow news day! Covering the latest cool shit that pop culture has to offer!

Casting for Joker and Star Wars, a bevy of directors lining up for upcoming movies and series, and an adorable message in Black Panther on this week’s 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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Pull Box: July 25

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It made sense to focus more on a de-powered Ben and Johnny, rather than the escaped Doom and the doctor that’s lead them all the way here. Now that the cat’s out of the bag about the rest of Marvel’s First Family, they can focus on the eventual surprise reveal, that the family has returned and tracked their friends, restoring their powers after they’re in the same universe.
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It’s nice to have Action Comics back, and the focus put on what’s happening with these fires. It’s also nice to see Superman fighting a new villain, The Red Cloud, after all of the throwback villains we’ve been seeing the last couple of years in Superman stories. It should be fun to see how this all plays out with so many new characters to focus on, so many side-stories to worry about in the life of Clark Kent.
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That reveal for the true identity of Karma seemed incredibly anti-climactic. It would make sense that Batman, of all people, could piece together a fragment of his own memory from a single detail. He’s Batman. Of course he can. But it still seemed a bit boring. That Karma is focusing on the Bat Family is a bit more interesting, as the team that Batman has formed has become such an important factor in his motions the last couple of years. How will they factor moving forward?
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We finally got a backstory about Marionette and Mime. Two of the mysterious characters in this one-off story. Though, we still don’t quite know how Mime’s abilities work exactly. We at least now know their relationship. Now, they’ve also captured the Comedian, after he laid waste to villains below the streets of Gotham, and the Joker has decided to tag along with our two mystery characters. That is a partnership sure to cause some serious violence and trouble.
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John Stewart’s plans are always the best to witness unfold. They’re so elaborate and subtle, they nearly always catch his opponent off-guard, and it’s great. This was no different, with the Darkstars falling right into his trap, and removing a key piece from their arsenal: their teleportation. Without it, the untrained Darkstars are ripe for the ass-kicking, as there’s no way Tomar-Tu could hope to best the Greatest Green Lantern in a one-on-one fight.
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I’ve been so excited for these Justice League spin-offs and this absolutely did not disappoint. Wonder Woman leading a magic-based Justice League with Swamp Thing, Bobo the Detective Chimp, Zatanna, and Man-Bat? That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read and it absolutely works. I’ll read anything with Swamp Thing, especially when he’s working with the Justice League, so this is going to be quite a ride.
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Wally West is the Flash that many of us grew up with. He was the Flash of the 90’s, and is regarded by many as the best Flash. He’s the real Fastest Man Alive, and the most punished character is all of comics. Erased from existence, then brought back with no memories, only to discover an entire family, and entire past has been erased from existence. It’s the most tragic story in all of comics, right now.
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I really have no idea why I love this book so much. It reminds me of the books that got me into comics so long ago, like Spawn, Youngblood, WildCATS, etc. It’s great. The villains and seamless backstory are great, and Honor, aka The Silencer is a fantastic new character addition to the DC Universe. I would love to see her mixing it up more with the wider universe after her story follows through with its arc.
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That was a wildly confusing story. A new villain was introduced, and then immediately revealed himself, while the heroes dealt with even more confusing things happening to each of them. I’m not entirely sure where this is going with the Tom Strong thing, but it’s implied that the Terrifics were transported to another dimension? Right? Maybe? I haven’t been this confused since the beginning of Mister Miracle, and that managed to find its footing, so hopefully this will, too.
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I do enjoy these personal stories of Wonder Woman, her enemies, and her unending love for all life. It’s one of the things that makes Diana so great. She takes a different approach from the other heroes, and despite being a member of the Trinity still finds time to visit those she believes are worthy of redemption. To better them, and their lives, despite anything they could have done. It’s truly inspiring.

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.

James Wan to Co-Direct Swamp Thing Pilot Episode

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James Wan (Aquaman, Insidious) is set to co-direct the upcoming Pilot episode of the DC Universe streaming adaptation for Swamp Thing, alongside TV genre veteran, Deran Sarafian. Sarafian’s directing credits include shows like Buffy the Vampire SlayerHouse, and Fringe.

With directors for the pilot set, we should hear casting for the adaptation very soon, with details already released from casting sheets.

Swamp Thing Character Breakdowns Revealed

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That Hashtag Show has revealed character breakdowns for Alec Holland, a.k.a. Swamp Thing, and Abby Arcane from the upcoming live-action adaptation streaming on the DC Universe. The character breakdowns reveal a pretty accurate portrayal of the two main characters of the series, which is absolutely re-assuring.

It seems we should expect a very Shape of Water-inspired adaptation, as the film is even name-dropped in the breakdowns. Hit the jump to read them, and let us know what you think about the surprise series’ chances at being a hit.

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Live-Action Swamp Thing Announced for DC Universe

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Hot on the heels of the announcement of the DC Universe, it’s been revealed that James Wan will be producing a live-action Swamp Thing series for the streaming service, as well. Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Netflix’s Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners.

The story will follow CDC researcher Abby Arcane as she returns to her home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, she meets Alec Holland, who is quickly taken from her, but morphs into the elemental Swamp Thing after his resurrection.

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New Comic Books: February 21

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A heavy tale filled to the brim with fantasy tropes and beautiful, vivid imagery. This is going to be a very interesting read over the next few months. Wonder Woman acting as the emissary to a forgotten world of Faerie folk, and dark creatures, with Batman acting, as always the detective, in a tale of murder and what is sure to be betrayal. Definitely recommending this book.
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A strong lesson for Jon ended in tragedy, but with a hint of hope. It was sad to see Superman’s failure to coerce the species to save themselves, but at the very least, they will go on without the burden of their current religion forcing them to choose their planet over life. Another beautiful contained story for Superman, which seem to be the norm for the Big Blue Boy Scout, right now.
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Damage is such a short but sweet read. This issue was action-packed from start to finish, and felt like an action film inside of a cinematic universe. The addition of the Suicide Squad felt perfectly at home with Damage, and the ending with Wonder Woman appearing to take him on left it one hell of a cliffhanger that had me itching for the next issue. Nice job!
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The last Milk Wars crossover was just as weird as the others, but this time we get Swamp Thing compressing dead bodies into a fertilizer bomb with Wild Dog, so that’s definitely something, I suppose. We also got some vinyl toys for Wonder Wife and Father Bruce (but not a Milkman Man), which I hope eventually become a real thing. I would absolutely buy that Trinity.
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Everything about Batman and the Signal just screams Static Shock to me, and that’s honestly an absolutely amazing compliment. The metahumans in Gotham being created by the Nth Metal is interesting, and the implication of Duke’s role in the world Post-Metal is such a mystery. I know there are still a lot of questions that The Signal has to answer, but I hope we get them soon.
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That was easily one of the most incredible starts to an arc I have ever read. Poison Ivy went from a normal villain from Batman’s Rogues Gallery, to an absolute God in less than half an issue. So many mysteries already, with such an incredible build already taking place. Batman just topped my list of must-reads all over again. Man, Tom King is on a roll.
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This slow burning tale of tragedy has been one of the best in comics, and it’s coming to a glorious head with the death of Jane Foster. Mighty Thor has been the pinnacle of Marvel comics for a couple years, now, and it just keeps getting better. Such a beautiful tale that cycled back and forth between past and present so flawlessly, outlining why Jane Foster makes her eventual choice. Just beautiful.

Alex Garland Interested in a Swamp Thing Film?

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During a Reddit AMA recently, fan-favorite genre writer/director Alex Garland was asked which comic book property he would love to take on if given the chance. His answer was surprising, but would be incredible: Swamp Thing. Garland is the well-known writer of Dredd, and director of Ex Machina, and the upcoming Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman.

Warner Bros. attempts at developing a Justice League Dark film have fallen flat as several directors have left the project following disputes with the studio, and constant delays. Garland would be a fantastic choice to polish the script, and bring the film to life with its many incredible characters.

R.I.P. Len Wein – 1948-2017

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The comic book industry is in mourning today, as we’ve lost one of our most beloved, and talented creators. Comic book writer/editor Len Wein, co-creator of characters such as Swamp Thing and Wolverine, passed yesterday at the age of 69.

A master of many aspects of the comic industry, Wein worked as an artist and editor, but was primarily known for his writing, having written for a who’s who of classic comic characters, including Batman, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Flash, Daredevil, and more. Wein even served as Lead Editor for Watchmen, after working on Swamp Thing with fellow legendary creator, Alan Moore. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family in this difficult time.

Doctor Strange Writer Joins Justice League Dark

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The cinematic adaptation of Justice League Dark has been floundering after Doug Liman left the project earlier this year. The studio has been unable to find a replacement director, and treatments have been sub-par at best, leading to the studio sending the project back to the drawing board.

Now, The Hashtag Show is reporting that Doctor Strange and Prometheus writer, Jon Spaihts, has joined the project to pen a new draft of the screenplay. With his experience in the world of magic and mystics, over in the Marvel Universe, this spells good news for the project, as it still remains a fan-favorite, ripe with anticipation.

Analog: The Injustice Special

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Doug Liman Leaving Justice League Dark

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Director Doug Liman has, quite abruptly, announced his immediate departure from the upcoming Warner Bros. produced, DC Entertainment film, Justice League Dark. This is interesting considering his comments just weeks ago regarding the fresh take on John Constantine, in which he seemed genuine excited.

The change can be attributed to scheduling conflicts, as Liman is next tapped to helm Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking, which will star Tom Holland, and Daisy Ridley. Currently, the rumored frontrunner to replace him is current IT director, Andy Muschietti. If they’re looking to keep that horror vibe prevalent in the film, that honestly doesn’t seem like too bad a choice for me. Currently, there are no plot details, but the film is expected to star Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon.

New Comic Books: May 17

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As expected, this week was filled to the brim with fantastic books, and a few unexpected surprises that filled me with absolute glee. It was a fantastic week for comics, with some of the most incredible stories coming to a close, and one-offs filled with great moments by wonderful writers and artists.

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By far, the biggest surprise this week is Batman #23, The Brave and the Mold. A one-shot story written by Tom King, with art by Mitch Gerads (the same team we talked about earlier with Mister Miracle). I didn’t know this team-up was happening, but seeing Batman and Swamp Thing team up for an intensely personal story was fantastic.

The art was beautiful, and there were quite a few moments in this that legitimately made me smile, and chuckle to myself. It was small, and personal, and affecting at the end. It’s also my recommendation of the week, which is saying a lot this week. Lastly, a variant cover by Tim Sale also helps a lot.

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Superman has been one of the most slow-burn stories in the DC Rebirth era, as far as this main arc is concerned and it’s been intensely satisfying to see it all play out. With that said, there were a few moments in this issue that were genuinely shocking. Lois losing her leg to a rogue piece of shrapnel, and the big reveal of the townsfolk being The Elite, with the big-bad of the story being Manchester Black was great. It wasn’t completely unexpected, with the psychic story notes being so important, but it was nice to see Black used again.

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DC Comics had a huge week this week, with The Button conclusion being another massive book. With Batman and Flash hurtling through time, chasing after Thawne before he can reach his own death was incredible, and the moment in which Reverse-Flash finally reached the mysterious “God” was done so well. The instant change from malice to fear was palpable, and did a great job at completing the loop of the story.

The big mystery still at hand, though remains. After the cosmic treadmill falls apart, the two heroes start to drift apart, nearly losing themselves to time, before a voice that had been calling out to Barry tells them to say his name: Jay. Barry repeats the name, unsure of its origin, and out of the Speed Force, and time itself, runs the silver age Flash, Jay Garrick, to the rescue. Unfortunately, Barry isn’t the lightning rod he needs, and after saving them, he’s taken back to his prison. The final moments of the main story, gives us a close-up look at the button after Thawne drops it, with a familiar blue voice-over, and a familiar blue hand picking the button up.

EPILOGUE: The epilogue also gave us a few questions, showing the button floating in space, as we zoom closer and closer. Showing only the red of the bloody button. Afterwards, we zoom back out, revealing Superman’s shield. Or is it someone else’s shield?

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Marvel also did a great job of releasing some smaller, more light-hearted books this week, with Nick Fury #2, as well. If you know me, and my love of comics, you’ll know the famed Starman Vol. 2 run is my favorite of all time. James Robinson is an incredible writer, and he showed how much fun he’s having right now with the story, as well. An intensely colored spy romp, that was fun, and charming. It was purposely reminiscent of classic Bond films, and they nailed that tone, perfectly.

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Mighty Thor is undoubtedly the most beautiful book in Marvel’s library right now, with Dauterman being a superstar for them in so many ways. This was no different, with his interpretation of the Phoenix Force being the star of this book. I love Jane Foster’s Thor, and her passion and relationship with Mjolnir has reinvigorated the character. Not to mention, having the hammer be the “Tempest Storm” has opened it up to so many new possibilities.

This mostly felt like a stepping stone to many other stories, with the Phoenix heading off to Jean Grey, and Thor prepping for a team up of the ages with the Odinson, and Ultimate Thor. But, as usual, it was a fun read, and the random team up with Quentin Quire was still just so unusual to me, that I couldn’t help but love it.

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Marvel’s flagship event also took quite a few leaps forward this week, with Secret Empire #2. To be completely honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the artwork in this series, but up until the end, I was digging the story on this. Dr. Selvig, scattering the cosmic cube shards across the world, to keep out of the reach of Hydra, and our heroes discovering how to track them and save the world? It was pretty great. Even the Darkforce New York stuff was wonderful, with Kingpin securing himself a following for after this is over, knowing full well the heroes will save the world.

They lost me at the very end. When the old “It’s not really Captain America, because there’s two Steve Rogers” thing happened. It was one of the earliest theories, and also the most basic and lazy way to fix this weird story, but that’s exactly what they’ve done. Hopefully in two weeks, we’ll get some more answers, but for now, Secret Empire remains a pretty standard Marvel event: groundbreaking and convoluted.