Good news: Marvel has a new comic book starring a female character! Better news: That female character is Spider-Woman, a.k.a. Jessica Drew, a severely underrated B-lister who hasn’t had a solo non-limited series since the late ’70s. Best news: Spider-Woman will team up Jessica with Silk, another female superhero, therefore all-but-assuring that Spider-Woman will be passing the Bechdel Test all over the place. READ FULL STORY
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Lego Batman: Beyond Gotham hits videogame consoles later this year, and to celebrate the arrival of the most important Bat-threequel since The Dark Knight Rises, DC Comics is going Full Block in November. Several of DC’s biggest comics will offer Lego-ized variant covers to spotlight the Lego versions of the biggest DC icons. (The Lego editions continue DC’s current trend for variant covers, which saw steampunk-ified covers back in February and Mike Allred’s groovy retro-cool covers in May.)
Check out the Lego versions of Batman/Superman #16 and Superman/Wonder Woman #13 below. READ FULL STORY
Batman Day is finally here, and as part of DC Comics’ year-long celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, comic-book stores everywhere are giving away a free special edition of Detective Comics #27, which features a retelling of the Dark Knight’s first appearance by Brad Meltzer.
In honor of the big day, EW spoke to DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee to discuss all things Batman: the character’s 75th anniversary, the most memorable Batman stories from the past 75 years , the new Batman titles coming in the fall and where he sees the Caped Crusader going in the next 75 years.
EW: We’re halfway through the year-long celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary and there’s still a ton of Batman-related things to come: Fox’s Gotham, which looks great from the trailer, is premiering in the fall, and DC is also launching some new titles. What are you looking forward to in the back half of the celebration?
Jim Lee: You’ve got Gotham, which like you said looks tremendous. There’s a lot of anticipation and excitement for that. You’ve got these great series launching, like Batgirl, which I think is in October. We have the release of the Batman ’66 Blu-ray set, which I have been waiting literally all my life for. I’ve got these crappy bootleg video tapes that I’ve kind of acquired over the years—mysteriously. To finally have those episodes, with the pristine quality and all of these episodes of my youth that I’ve never been able to catch up on and share with my family is going to be a great opportunity. I expect there to be a lot of viewing parties come this fall. READ FULL STORY
On July 23, comic book stores everywhere will celebrate Batman Day as part of DC Comics’ yearlong celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. In anticipation of the big day, EW conducted separate interviews with DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee and Batman the Animated Series creator and producer Bruce Timm, asking each to pick the most memorable and significant Batman stories of the past 75 years.
Both Lee and Timm have be heavily involved with Batman throughout their careers. Apart from being co-publisher of DC (alongside Dan Didio), Lee has illustrated several Batman comics including Batman: Hush with writer Jeph Loeb and All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder with legendary writer Frank Miller. In addition to his work on Batman the Animated Series and the rest of the DC Animated Universe, Timm has produced several animated feature film adaptations of Batman classic Batman stories including Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, and Batman: Under the Red Hood.
When asked to pinpoint Batman’s greatest arcs, both men cited a few usual suspects— Batman: Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. But each list also contained a few surprises, revealing each one’s knowledge and love of the character’s history. Here’s what they had to say: READ FULL STORY
Marvel has some big changes in store for Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man. While their corporate siblings over at Marvel Studios prepare to reunite the Big Three onscreen in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Comics will debut radical new looks for the three most iconic Avengers. It’s all part of a much larger initiative known as Avengers NOW!, which will see the debut of new Big Three books and several other new ongoing series. READ FULL STORY
Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang’s Wonder Woman has been one of the creative bright spots in DC Comics’ New 52 relaunch. By focusing on the character’s Greek-myth background–the key revelation being the whole “Zeus is Wonder Woman’s father” thing–Azzarello recontextualized the character with a mythic foundation, which played perfectly off Chiang’s snazzy-kinetic depiction of the character.
The Azzarello/Chiang run comes to an end in October, and DC has some intriguing succession plans. The publisher tells USA Today that Wonder Woman #36 will mark the beginning of a collaboration between writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch. Who are, well, married. He-Finch is a longtime comics pro who emerged from nineties-detritus that was Cyberforce to work on a rolodex of famous characters on both sides of the DC/Marvel divide. She-Finch is a relative newcomer whose comics experience includes/is entirely three Tales from Oz one-shots. READ FULL STORY
DC Comics is expanding the Batverse in October, with two new ongoing series that promise to explore new corners of the Dark Knight’s twisted universe. In Arkham Manor, stately Wayne Manor gets made over into the local psycho dungeon, and, perhaps predictably, some inmates wind up dead. Things are a bit less bleak in Gotham Academy, a new monthly teen drama set at Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school. (Bruce Wayne is a benefactor; other familiar characters may pop up in Academy‘s twisted, teenybopping universe.) READ FULL STORY
Dynamite and DC Entertainment, two comic book publishers, announced that they’re collaborating on a Django/Zorro crossover series, co-plotted by Quentin Tarantino and following the events of Django Unchained.
Matt Wagner, who wrote the comic book series Zorro (2008-2010) and Zorro Rides Again (2011-2012), will be co-plotting the story and coming up with the final script. “I’m very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt,” Tarantino said in the press release. “It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together.”
Soon after Django Unchained was released in theaters in 2012, Vertigo, an imprint of DC, produced a comic book series adapting the movie’s screenplay (including scenes that didn’t make the final cut), but Tarantino wasn’t directly involved with the project. Tarantino’s movies are famously stylized, often using visual and storytelling cues taken from comic books — but this will mark Tarantino’s first foray into comics themselves. READ FULL STORY
Clark Gregg is best known these days for his role as Agent Phil Coulson, go-to everyman of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and current headliner of Agents of SHIELD on ABC. But Gregg also has a longtime side career as a filmmaker. He wrote, directed, and starred in Trust Me, a noirish Hollywood tale about a morally compromised agent (for actors, not of SHIELD).
The film’s available now on VOD and iTunes, and Gregg swung by the offices of EW Radio to chat about it on Entertainment Weirdly. During the chat, Gregg also talked about his early work (he wrote Robert Zemeckis’s What Lies Beneath, aka “the movie with Michelle Pfeiffer in the bathtub”).
The conversation inevitably turned to comics, when Gregg revealed that he was a big fan of Jim Starlin’s character Adam Warlock, the spacefaring fantasy-messiah whose worst enemy…was himself. Or anyhow, a future version of himself. Take a listen: READ FULL STORY
John Carpenter’s 1986 kung fu fantasy masterpiece Big Trouble in Little China was a flop when it was first released, but a long life on home video helped foster a retroactive appreciation for star Kurt Russell’s fast-talking Jack Burton and the style with which Carpenter delivers his crazy tale. It is now a bona fide cult classic, and it is getting resurrected in comic book form. READ FULL STORY
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