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Warner Bros Announces Justice League, Wonder Woman, Aquaman Movies & More

  At a presentation to investors on Wednesday morning, Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara unveiled his studio’s blockbuster movie slate for the next few years through to 2020, finally confirming the titles for an ambitious number of movies based on DC Comics superhero properties. The announcement confirms that we will finally see a long-awaited Wonder Woman movie in 2017. Gal Gadot will reprise the role after 2016′s Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The announcement also includes the expected Justice League movie — and a sequel — the previously announced Suicide Squad movie, and pictures starring Justice League members AquamanFlashGreen Lantern, and Cyborg. This means DC now has one superhero movie in the works with a female lead, and three with non-white leads. In addition to the DC movies, Tsujihira confirmed Fantastic Beasts movies for 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on a spin-off of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books; and three Lego movies for 2016 through 2018, starting with a Ninjago movie, then the previously announced Lego Batman movie, and finally The Lego Movie 2. According to a tweet from Time Warner, this slate of DC movies does not preclude the possibility of additional Superman and Batman movies going into production in the same period. The slate also does not include the Sandman movie, based on Neil Gaiman‘s DC Vertigo comic, which actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is producing and hopes to star in, or Guillermo Del Toro’s long discussed Justice League Dark projeect. Presumably those pictures are not intended to be tentpole blockbuster releases.  
Slide from Kevin Tsujihara’s presentation

  We know that Jason Momoa will star in 2018′s Aquaman, Dwayne Johnson will co-star as Black Adam in Shazam, and Ray Fisher will star in 2020′s Cyborg. A separate announcement on Wednesday revealed that indie hearthrob Ezra Miller will play the movie version of The Flash, both across the Justice League movies and in his own movie in 2018. That means that the glum movie Flash and the cheerful TV Flash will co-exist in separate on-screen worlds — and on-screen Quicksilvers no longer have a numerical advantage. The biggest surprise in this list is perhaps that DC will take a second swing at Green Lantern, despite the failure of the dreadful 2011 movie. No casting announcement has been made. Ryan Reynolds is surely out of the picture, especially with his Deadpool movie in the works. Dare we hope that Warner Bros plans to bring John Stewart to the big screen? Here’s the full rundown of announced DC movies: 2016: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, directed by Zack Snyder Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer 2017: Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) Justice League, directed by Zack Snyder 2018: The Flash (Ezra Miller) Aquaman (Jason Momoa) 2019: Shazam (Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam) Justice League 2, directed by Zack Snyder 2020: Cyborg (Ray Fisher) Green Lantern

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Who Run The World? Girls: Nine Unbeatable All-Lady Justice League Line-Ups

If you spend as much time thinking about comics as I do, you probably find yourself creating hypothetical-based thought experiments about super-team line-ups and such. Usually I only share them with Chris Sims, who then goes on to turn them into an Ask Chris and get paid for my idea. [cough]

But a few weeks ago, I took to Twitter to ask people who they would recruit for an all-female, seven-member Justice League. The response at the time was great, with lots of interesting variation in potential team rosters, but then the idea got a bump again when artists started posting drawings of their ideal Justice Ladies teams on Twitter and Tumblr.

I’ve collected nine such line-ups, including my own, which kicked everything off, but you can check my Twitter feed to see all the responses I received.

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Line-up: Wonder Woman, Big Barda, Mera, Black Canary, Vixen, Bumblebee, Urania “Element Girl” Blackwell

One thing I learned from people’s responses to this thought experiment was that lots of people really want a book where Wonder Woman and Big Barda are best friends, so I hope DC is reading this.

Some people thought there would be too much overlap between the two, but I don’t think there’s any more power overlap than there is between Superman and Wonder Woman, or Superman and Martian Manhunter. And while the two women might both be warriors, Wonder Woman is diplomacy-first, and Barda is fist-first, so I think the contrast would be interesting.

While there might be a noticeable absence of Bat-family members in my squad, I feel like Black Canary’s street smarts and fighting skills and Rainie Blackwell’s experience as a secret agent from before Neil Gaiman made her do a suicide would fill in those gaps. Plus, I love having Mera on the team because she is an Aquaman and a Green Lantern at the same time.

Perhaps my one regret is that I wish I had included Marene Herald, the Atomic Knight, somewhere on the team. I don’t know who I would drop to fit her in the classic seven-member line-up, but what team couldn’t use a giant, irradiated dalmatian in its ranks?

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Line-up: Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Mera, Mary Marvel, Platinum, Katma Tui

The first artist that I’m aware of who illustrated his roster was Evan “Doc” Shaner, currently artist of Dynamite’s Flash Gordon series. Those familiar with his work will know that this is a very “Doc” lineup, showing his influences from classic comics, including most notably the Marvel Family and Black Canary, a favorite of Alex Toth, one of Shaner’s primary influences.

While I’m jealous of his choice to include Platinum, who would add a refreshing touch of naivete to a team of warriors and queens, I don’t regret not having included Mary Marvel on my roster: she’s on my fantasy Teen Titans team, you see.

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Line-up: Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Big Barda, Zatanna, Vixen, Hawkgirl, Supergirl

Another notable artist to have illustrated his roster is Kris Ankacurrently drawing Uncanny X-Men at Marvel. He refers to his lineup as a “blitz” team, but when I look at this, all I see is the punchingest team that ever lived. Just hell of punches everywhere as the solution to every problem. Which works out well when your main problems are parademons and injustice gangs.

Presumably in this incarnation of the team, Vixen only channels the powers of the mantis shrimp, and Zatanna’s most common spell is “hcnup laer drah.”

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Line-up: Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman, Oracle, Starfire, Black Canary, Zatanna, Supergirl

Next up is a contribution by Wilfredo Torres, artist of Dynamite’s The Shadow: Year One and more recently DC’s Batman ’66. Torres hits a lot of the same notes as others before him but adds the new contribution of Starfire to the line-up. Teen Titans, moving on up.

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Line-up: Power Girl, Wonder Woman, Big Barda, Zatanna, Bulleteer, Fire, Beautia Sivana, Anima, Sparx, Razorsharp, Steel (Natasha Irons), Spoiler

Cartooning superstar and gentleman hobo Calamity Jon Morris was so on the ball with this assignment, he actually completed it ten months before I came up with the idea! Wow, hahahah, amazing, good job. [cough] Okay, so obviously this was not in response to my prompt, but a reaction to the all-woman line-up starring in the current volume of X-Men. It is for this reason that this roster doesn’t follow the classic seven-member format, but rather Morris’s general template for fantasy team casting, which includes vets, a core team, and new recruits for a total of twelve members.

I am totally jealous of Morris’s inclusion of Beautia, which is not surprising considering his noted love of classic Marvel Family comics, and the Bulleteer, a character who’s been mostly overlooked since her debut in Seven Soldiers. I am also completely amazed at the bozack necessary to pitch a team featuring three members that debuted during the Bloodlines event. But if Calamity Jon Morris is known for two things, those things are his clean lines and the size of his bozack.

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Line-up: Big Barda, Isis, The Bride, Professor Light, Liberty Belle, Lady Luck, Lori Lemaris

Joel Priddy, a cartoonist either nominated for or winning basically every industry award for books such as Pulpatoon Pilgrimage and Gift of the Magi, decided to buck the trends with his basically kind of amazing line-up. Other than Barda (who, let’s face it, is objectively the best character), he has no repeats from any of the previous teams.

Priddy has an established love of Liberty Belle, and given his kind of wistfully nostalgic aesthetic, it’s not surprising to see a number of characters whose acmes were in the ’40s and ’50s, plus a character who is a tribute to 1930s Universal horror flicks. Also, his inclusion of Isis basically nails down his age range the same way Starfire does Torres’s. You should definitely read Priddy’s write-up on why he included the characters that he did.

I am completely jealous of his inclusion of the Bride and Lori Lemaris (let the record show that I am totally in the bag for Lori Lemaris; I am a committed Clori shipper. I keep pitching my fan fiction to Andy, but he won’t let me run it). My only regret is that he didn’t find a place for his truly killer version of Ma Hunkel, another contender for Greatest Character of All Time.

Line-up: Wonder Woman, Big Barda, Oracle, Black Canary, Vixen, Manhunter, Black Bat

ComicsAlliance senior writer Chris Sims, like me, used a lot of characters who have already been members of the Justice League, with his two newbies being Manhunter and Black Bat. He admits to including Wonder Woman and Vixen somewhat reluctantly, but I suppose he thought their notable tenures on the team made them shoo-ins.

But I have to wonder what level of restraint he used to not make his team Oracle, Black Bat, Batwoman, Knight (Beryl Hutchinson), Flamebird (Bette Kane), Kathy Kane of Spyral as team organizer, and… hmm, dang, too bad there wasn’t some other Batgirl who could round out the team.

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Line-up: Jesse Quick, Black Bat, Infectious Lass, Steel (Natasha Irons), Elasti-Girl, Traci 13, Thunder, Grace Choi

Travis Ellisor is not, as far as I’m aware, a pro comics artist. He is, however, basically the Maecenas of comics art, a super-patron and collector, and basically the one man keeping the memory of Batsman alive. He also, apparently, didn’t want to see another line-up that looked like his, so he swung for the fences.

Despite including Black Bat like Sims and Steel like Calamity Jon, Ellisor hits some deep cuts I don’t think I saw among even the various replies on Twitter. Given his great affection for the Legion of Super-Heroes, it’s not a huge surprise to see Infectious Lass, grossest of the Subs, as well as her co-star from the under-rated Dr. 13 mini-series by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, Traci 13. But are there a lot of Grace super-fans out there that I don’t know about? I’m sure the comments will let me know.

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Line-up: Mockingbird, Moondragon, Photon, M, Snowbird, Black Panther (Shuri), Miss America

Andrew Wheeler, I… I don’t know what to say, man. I’ve read skimmed like, I dunno, two or three of your articles and apparently you are a pretty smart dude, but this is the worst Justice League line-up I’ve ever seen. I don’t think DC even has the rights to most of these characters. It’s back to the drawing board, I’d say.

If you, the reader, have a cool idea of seven ladies who should team up and punch evil in the throat or have seen one elsewhere on the web, that would be a fun or acceptable thing to put in the comments. Ideas about why there shouldn’t be a team of all ladies and how this article is somehow oppressive to men is a cool or acceptable thing to shout in vain as you sink slowly to the bottom of a river.

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Report: DC To Unveil Hugely Ambitious Movie Plans Through 2018 At San Diego Comic-Con, Including ‘Wonder Woman’


We all know that Marvel Studios has its movies planned out through 2028 (not an exaggeration, a real date 14 years in the future), but what about DC Entertainment? All we’ve heard so far is a set date for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (May 2016, pushed back from summer 2015) and some nebulous stuff about a Justice League movie, a Justice League Dark movie and some other projects.

Well, according to entertainment reporter Nikki Finke’s website, things may get a whole lot clearer at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Finke has what she says is DC and Warner Bros.’ movie schedule (though “a lot is in flux”) through May 2018.

And it includes a solo Wonder Woman movie.

May 2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
July 2016 – Shazam
Christmas 2016 – Sandman
May 2017 – Justice League
July 2017 – Wonder Woman
Christmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
There are some particularly odd aspects to this list that make me a tad wary of it. First off, wasn’t Batman V Superman supposed to be Man of Steel 2? That’s how even director Zack Snyder has been talking about it. Second, this is a very ambitious list. Three movies a year is more than even Marvel is planning (it’s sticking to two a year for the most part), though Marvel has the benefit of its characters appearing in movies made by other studios (maybe “benefit” is debatable considering the quality of some of those films).

Also: No Justice League Dark movie? That may come as a shock to Guillermo del Toro, who’s claimed to have been developing the project for some time.

One definite, shining light: There’s a solo Wonder Woman movie on the list.

If DC/WB really is planning to churn out three movies a year, it’ll be interesting to see how good they end up being, what kinds of directors they’re going to snag, and what casting is going to be like. Marvel’s had some difficulties with director turnover (there’s one very recent high-profile case), and adhering to strict release dates could steer some directors away.

Casting is also going to be strange because DC is in the midst of building a pretty major TV universe. None of the movies on this list would necessarily have to star Green Arrow, but one is a Flash team-up movie, and there’s already a TV Flash. Would it be the same Flash from the television show, or would they replicate the disconnect of Smallville and Superman Returns featuring two totally separate versions of Clark Kent?

According to Finke, casting is what set back the release of Batman V Superman, because:

Like Marvel’s The Avengers, there will be cameos of superheroes for future installments. The cameos will include the already known Cyborg and Flash. Green Lantern [not played by Ryan Reynolds, thank god] may be introduced. And Aquaman will be seen in the Justice League movie. Problem is, Warner Bros Pictures was still negotiating with the actors for those cameos and future roles.

That seems to indicate that the movie Flash won’t be Grant Gustin, who will play the character on the upcoming CW series. That means we’ll have multiple DC universes floating out there in the ether. Two Barry Allens. Two Bruce Waynes.

We’re talking about a Crisis on Infinite Media here.

[Via Nikki Finke]

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Justice League Custom Comic Somehow Features Shaquille O’Neal And Steel In The Same Room At The Same Time

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The NBA All-Star Game is today, meaning the best players in the world have gathered together to do dozens of interviews, hang out for a bit, and then play a game with absolutely no defense unless it turns out to be close in the final 3 minutes. It’s a good time.

It also means there is ample opportunity for every manner of product placement and cross promotion, and comics were almost certainly going to get in on the action. This time it’s in the form of a custom comic, as the Justice League visit the set of Inside The NBA to hang out with Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal. But the team who put this comic together made one embarrassing gaffe: Shaquille O’Neal and Steel are seen in the same room at the same time, and we all know that’s impossible, as they are the same man.

O’Neal, the former number one pick, four time NBA champion, and metal clad, hammer wielding super hero, seems unfazed by the situation. So how is he pulling this off? Perhaps, knowing that this could someday happen, he made a contingency plan for an ally, aware of his secret identity, to cover for him in the Steel armor — à la Spider-Man and the Prowler, or Daredevil and about a dozen other heroes at some point or another —  thus keeping his secret safe. For the answer to this and other burning questions, you’ll just have to try to get your hands on a copy of The Justice League Goes Inside The NBA: All-Star Edition, which is being handed out for free all weekend at the All-Star Game in New Orleans.

 

NBA Justice League

 

[Via Entertainment Weekly]

 

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Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Contract Includes ‘Justice League’ and Solo Film

New Wonder Woman Gal Gadot Image

Last month news was finally made public that Israeli actress Gal Gadot had been signed on to play Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming sequel to Man of Steel. It has now been revealed that Gadot received a three-picture deal to play the superhero as part of that signing contract.

On the Israeli news show Good Evening With Gai Pines, Gadot revealed the three-picture deal would have her play Wonder Woman not only in the still untitled Batman vs Superman movie, but also in a Justice League movie and a standalone Wonder Woman movie. […]

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DC Comics Goes Steampunk In February With ‘New 52′ Variant Covers

DC Comics Steampunk Variant Covers

In February 2014, DC Comics will be bringing the increasingly popular sci-fi subgenre, steampunk, to their New 52 lineup in the form of variant covers. The covers will span their most popular titles from Action Comics and Batman to Justice League and Wonder Woman. A collection of artists including Dave Johnson and Klaus Janson will be providing the covers.

The covers will feature all the trademarks of steampunk, which is a sci-fi subgenre that is generally set in an alternate Victorian era where steam and clockwork have become the predominant technology. These covers feature it all – from dirigibles and steam-powered machines to cog-driven robots and brass button covered apparel. So, so many brass buttons!

You can check out the full list of comics getting these variant covers and their artists below, along with previews of the covers. […]

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10 Members of the Justice League of Christmas

 

In a recent essay, I posited that rather than being the villain of Christmas as he is popularly understood, the furry demon known as the Krampus is actually the Batman of Christmas. This got me thinking: who would play which role if we were to build an entire Justice League of Christmas? If you are wondering, yes, this is what it’s like inside my brain all the time. And so, I propose to you this roster for the JLXmas.

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Superman/Santa Claus

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I admit, I almost made Santa the Martian Manhunter just to see if I could get away with it. Santa in his time as Saint Nicholas is attested to have had a host of powers—including prophetic dreams, the sheer physical power necessary to raise a temple from its foundations and then beat an army of demons senseless, astral projectionentering the dreams of others, not to mention his miraculous abilities to produce wheat ex nihilo PLUS his traditional Santa powers such as psychically determining guilt. And even though he is clearly a shapeshifter, able to appear in various aspects as the nations he visits expect to see him—Santa, St Nick, Father Christmas, plus international variants such as Joulupukki, Pere Noel, Babbo Natale and so on—I think role, attitude, and personality have to trump powers. And when it comes to someone who puts the needs of others over his own and never gives up in his mission to bring joy to everyone, Santa’s got the Superman role on lock. Also: they both have castles at the North Pole.

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Batman/Krampus

Batman Krampus

As I expound at some length in the essay linked above, the satyr-like demon known as the Krampus forms the darker half of Christmas’s Finest to Santa’s Superman (yes, technically the Krampus comes on Saint Nicholas Day, December 6, not Christmas. Just go with it). Just like Batman, the Krampus’s mode of operation is to inspire fear rather than hope, and his techniques are meant to deter the superstitious and cowardly. The main thing that separates the two is that the crime that motivates the Krampus is his own, and his story is one of redemption rather than vengeance. Additionally, just as Batman had Batman Inc, the Krampus has his own series of international counterparts in figures such as Klaubauf, Bartel, Pelzebock, Ru Clas, Gumphinckel, and so on, except instead of the Batmen of All Nations, it’s more like the Krampusse of Various Alpine and Alpine-Adjacent Regions Throughout Central Europe and Northern Italy.

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Wonder Woman/Anjana

Wonder Woman La Anjana

All right, time for a deeper cut. The anjanas are fairies who live in the forests of Cantabria in Spain, where they protect those who live in and around the forest. They fly on graceful wings, speak the language of the babbling brook, and wield magical wicker wands. They are generous and compassionate to the poor, bringing gifts to those who need them most on the night of Epiphany Eve (January 5). But even though they are so gentle and kind, the anjanas are also mighty warriors who protect others by slaying the bloodthirsty Cantabrian cyclopes known as the Ojancanu, who have the strength to out-wrestle bears and bulls. Compassionate warriors for peace who fight mythological creatures while caring for the less fortunate? Sounds like Diana to me.

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Green Lantern/Saint Lucy

Green Lantern Saint Lucy

Although she can’t, as far as I know, make plasmic constructs of anything she can imagine, nevertheless, Lucy is the saint of light, and that makes her a good match for the Green Lantern. Martyred in the early fourth century for refusing to renounce Christ and for rebuking the governor of Sicily, Lucy’s primary weapons are not a magic wishing ring, but candles on her head and eyeballs on a plate (her own, don’t worry; it’s nothing weird). She is most popular for bringing light to the Scandinavian countries on the darkest night of the year, but she can also be found distributing gifts in various parts of Italy on the night of December 13, soaring through the sky in a cart pulled by a flying donkey and accompanied by a drunken Italian man named Castaldo. Let those who worship evil’s might beware her power, Saint Lucy’s light!

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Flash/Rudolph

Flash Rudolph

Let’s face it: basically every figure important at Christmas and Christmas-adjacent holidays have to be pretty darn quick to deliver presents to every child, even in a relatively restricted geographic area, in the span of one night. What I’m saying is, there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to potential super-speedsters. That said, Santa Claus definitely covers the greatest amount of ground, and his speed is given to him by his team of flying reindeer, who have this most famous reindeer of all out in front. He has the added benefit of leaving behind a streak of red light as he zips past, just like the Flash. And he even has one up on the Scarlet Speedster: he can travel back in time without a cosmic treadmill, just by popping out to the Archipelago of Last Years.

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Aquaman/Anguleru

Aquaman Anguleru

Look, I think we can all agree that someone has to take care of the waters, right? And the obvious choice for that role is the Anguleru, a jolly eel fisherman who brightens Christmas for children in Asturias in northwestern Spain. He lives the majority of the year in the Sargasso Sea, but makes his way to Asturias for Christmas Eve, at which point he spends the entire night fishing for eels. Then he sells the eels and uses the money to buy presents for children, which he distributes by sailing down the river in his boat, the Angulina. So he’s kind of like Aquaman, except he cannot, as far as I know, breathe underwater, and he can only talk to eels. My point is this: I love the Anguleru.

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Martian Manhunter/Belsnickel

Martian Manhunter Belsnickle

[Belsnickel art by Joel Carroll]

So the trick to Martian Manhunter is that he’s basically Superman but weirder and with more powers, right? Well, in that regard, the nod for this spot has to go to Belsnickel aka Belschnickel aka Pelznichol aka Belsniggle aka a host of other spellings. Belsnickel is like Saint Nicholas if Saint Nicholas draped himself in ragged furs, lived in isolation in the woods, and had the ability to transform himself into a Krampus when necessary. This grim figure from the Palatinate region of Germany who migrated to America as well, where he is still celebrated by Pennsylvania Dutch communities, combines the benevolent aspects of the Christmas gift-giver and the frightening, exotic countenance of the dark companion. No word on whether he has a weakness to fire, but I assume he has a fondness for Oreos, because everyone likes Oreos (except for those Hydrox separatists).

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Plastic Man/Tio de Nadal

Plastic Man Tio de Nadal

Those of you with sharp memories—or who are just culturally aware—may recall that the Tio de Nadal, or Christmas log, also known as the Caga Tio, or Poop Log, is a Catalonian tradition of a magical Christmas log who poops cake, candy, and fruit when you hit it with a stick. And so, even though he is made of wood and is not a man of India rubber, this handsome fellow with his jaunty little cap takes the Plastic Man role of comic relief as well as gastro-intestinal relief.

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Green Arrow/Mrs Claus

Green Arrow Mrs Claus

I admit that Chris Sims talked me into this analogy, as I was uncertain at first. But again, it comes down to personality and role the character plays rather than a strict one-to-one powers comparison. Here’s what Sims says: “Mrs. Claus is unnecessary for the core Christmas mythology, but she’s welcome as both a sounding board for Santa Claus and an additional character in her own right, just as Green Arrow isn’t necessary for the ‘core’ Justice League (and is usually overshadowed by Batman), but he has a strong fanbase and is a relatively interesting character.” As you may know, it is literally impossible to argue with Chris Sims, and so here it is. (There was also a comparison to the McRib as part of the discussion, but that has been omitted.) And thus, our hypothetical Christmas Justice League officially has three times as many female members as the actual Justice League.

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Captain Marvel/Saint Basil

Captain Marvel Basil of Caesarea

Saint Basil the Great is the Captain Marvel to Santa’s Superman: he debuted a little later, being born shortly before Saint Nicholas’s death, rose to fame that might have briefly superseded that of the older Greek saint as he was hugely prolific in his works of theology, eventually becoming known as the Ouranophantor, which means “revealer of the mysteries of heaven,” but ultimately loses out in the end due to Santa’s overwhelming American-style PR campaign. Now Saint Basil is mostly known in Greece, delivering gifts to good Greek children on January 1, and while his battle cry maybe isn’t as snappy as “SHAZAM!”, it might be just as stirring: “A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”

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Bonus: The Bad Guys

JL Christmas villains

Okay, so if the Krampus isn’t the villain of Christmas, who is? This JLXmas has to fight somebody, right? Here are just a few suggestions: Gryla, the fierce Icelandic ogress who eats children who misbehave, and her terrible pet, the Yule Cat, who devours children who don’t receive new clothes for Christmas. And while Gryla’s thirteen children, the Yule Lads are more mischievous than evil, they might still make a pretty decent Mxyzptlk-style foe. Then there are the kallikantzaroi, Greek goblins who rise from trying to chop down the World Tree on the winter solstice, only to terrorize people until the blessing of the waters on January 6.

Finally, there’s the figure that’s actually the Lex Luthor to Santa’s Superman: Christkindl, a young angel who, to most of humanity is a benevolent friend, but who was literally created by Martin Luther to destroy Santa (or at least discourage the veneration of the popular Saint Nicholas). She even comes with her own knock-off Krampus called Hans Trapp, a vicious cannibal who dresses as a scarecrow, and who gained eldritch powers after being struck by lightning.

My point is this: Christmas is way more interesting than Elf on a Shelf.

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RUMOUR: David Tennant Linked To Superhero Movie



A new wave of Internet rumours have linked David Tennant’s name to the proposed Justice League movie in the role of Plastic Man

The source of the rumour is user Jet Beetle on the RPF.com Forum who claims to have had the word direct from a couple of Warner Brothers producers currently working on the film. Jet Beetle says:

A couple of producers I know told me they were involved with the upcoming Justice League movie — I’ve known these guys for years and as nice as they are they have never been involved with something as big as JL, so who knows. They did say Warner is basically trying to follow Marvel’s lead (no surprise there) and amongst the heavy hitters already expected to be on hand (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman) they want to put in a comic relief character (they seem to believe this is what Ant Man will be – no matter how much I defended the character I had to admit I had no idea how Pym will be handled in this upcoming film). Then when they told me the character Warner was planning to include…. well, I smiled and could totally see it as a good thing. The idea of Plastic Man bouncing all over the place and the fact that the studio is looking at David Tennant to bring him to life — it was the first time I got excited to see a Justice League movie.

Warner have had a Justice League movie in development for several years now and the film is not likely to reach cinemas before 2017. To date it is not even confirmed which of the DC Comics characters will appear as part of the team. Earlier this year, internet rumours, also said to be from a solid source, linked David to the role of Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Studios new Guardians Of The Galaxy movie. The role eventually went to Bradley Cooper. Therefore, until Warner actually start to confirm castings, this rumour should, as ever, be approached with caution. 

Source: Superhero Movie News

Zack Snyder Confirms MAN OF STEEL Shared Universe Easter Egg

We’ve been hearing rumors for some time now that Man of Steel could tie in with a larger DC cinematic universe. This connected DC cinematic universe doesn’t quite exist yet, but it seems like the studio is going to play around with it in Man of Steel. During an interview with Collider, director Zack Snyder confirms one of these shared universe Easter Eggs.

If you don’t want it SPOILED for you then don’t read Snyder’s quote below. Though I think it’s not technically a spoiler, it’s just something to keep an eye out for in the film.

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Here’s what Snyder revealed:

The Wayne Enterprises logo is on a satellite that Zod destroys. I don’t know [if this means they’ll team up].

He’s then asked if he would like to pair Superman and Batman in a movie, and this was his response:

Everything is interesting at this point. And don’t forget that Lex is out there, doing who knows what…

It’s a little thing, but it’s one step that gets us closer to that Justice League movie we’ve all been waiting for. Better yet, maybe we’ll get a Batman and Superman team-up film! I’d be more interested in that than seeing a Justice League movie.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige Gives Advice on DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE Film

 
 

While Marvel has been blowing up the superhero film market, DC Entertainment, Legendary Pictures, and Warner Bros. have been trying to figure out what they are going to do with their superhero properties. Yeah, Christopher Nolan did some amazing things with Batman, and the new Superman movie looks like it’s going to be awesome, but they have so many other characters to work with. As you know, they are looking to get a live-action Justice League movie into production, and I hope they can actually pull it off. 

In a recent interview with Collider, Marvel President Kevin Feige was asked what advice he would give to Warner Bros. regarding their Justice League plans. This is what he said…

I don’t know. I’m sure they have smart people over there who have a plan and know what they’re doing. Man of Steel looks like it’s going to be awesome and obviously Dark Knight is awesome. I don’t know. It’s what I say all the time and have said over the years, which is, have confidence in the characters, believe in the source material, don’t be afraid to stay true to all of the elements of the characters no matter how seemingly silly or crazy they are. I don’t know, I think the Marvel characters have a bit of a leg up for all the reasons that Marvel fans are aware of in terms of the emotional complexity of the characters and the flawed nature of the characters. Those are obviously the elements we want to accentuate amongst all the action.

I think there have been a lot of great DC stories and there are a lot of great DC characters, and if they focus on those things the audience will be interested. It was a very unique model that we were lucky enough to be able to do – introducing each individual hero before introducing The Avengers. That, to me, is what was always interesting about The Avengers. The Avengers are not The Guardians of the Galaxy, are not The Dirty Dozen, where you spend a movie introducing each character and putting them together for the first time. The Avengers was cool because they were preexisting characters that teamed up for a big event. I think that’s why Justice League was cool, Justice League was first. That’s what they did first in comic form.

He makes some good points here, and I hope that everyone at the studio knows what they’re doing when they decide to pull the trigger on this thing. If Man of Steel does well, and I’m sure it will, they are going to officially give it the greenlight and get Zack Snyder to direct it. I personally think they should figure out more of their individual characters before they try to take on a big team up of superheroes like the Justice League.

What do you think about what Feige had to say? 

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