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

NBA Justice League

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

 

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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

Superman punches Santa

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? 

Is Zack Snyder Set to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE?

I’ve been thinking for the longest time that Zack Snyder would end up directing Justice League. Especially after studio executives were happy with what he did for Man of Steel. If they feel that Snyder can bring them epic superhero movies then of course they’re going to want him back to work on a property that has the potential to be just as amazing as The Avengers.

There were rumors Snyder was up for the directing gig, but it looks like Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer might have confirmed that Snyder is actually attached to the project. It was also rumored at one point that Fleischer was up to direct the movie, so when he was asked about it in an interview with Screen Crush if he was still interested in directing Justice League, he said…

Well that’s something that Zack Snyder is going to wind up doing.

He also said that he’d like to direct a superhero film, but that Justice League won’t be it. Fleischer has a tight relationship with Warner Bros. He’s on the inside, so I’m pretty sure he has a good idea of what’s going on with Justice League.

I’ve enjoyed most of the films that Snyder has made, Man of Steel looks incredible, so if he is the guy who’s directing Justice League, I’ll be looking forward to it! There’s no doubt that the movie will at least look good.

MAN OF STEEL Cast and Crew on Characters, Justice League, and Story

Earlier today, we posted some awesome new images from Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. The images come from the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, which includes an in depth look at the film that also features interviews with the cast and crew talking about the movie. There’s some interesting stuff they reveal about the characters, but don’t worry, it’s nothing that will spoil the movie! Here’s what Henry Cavill had to say about his character,

Imagine what it would be like to be someone like Clark Kent/Kal-El, and feel like a stranger amongst even those that you love, never developing full relationships with people for fear of them discovering how much of a freak you are. Even you don’t understand exactly what you are. It’s just a lonely existence. With someone who has that much power and responsibility. Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties.

It was previously revealed that there would be no Kryptonite in the movie and that basically those emotional frailties Cavill is talking about are Superman’s Kryptonite, Zack Snyder explained,

I’ll be honest with you. There’s no Kryptonite in the movie. It’s all emotional Kryptonite.

Michael Shannon‘s General Zod and Antje Traue‘s Faora are sure also to give Superman a hard time as well. Here’s what Shannon had to say about the two characters,

He actually has some affection for anybody who’s a Kryptonian. Including Superman. He doesn’t really have any malignant feelings toward him; he just wants him to be patriotic. Faora is a psychopath. She is an engineered being, and driven by the need and pleasure of killing.

An engineered being? That’s interesting. Good thing screenwriter David Goyer explained a little bit about what that means revealing that most babies on Krypton aren’t born, they’re engineered.

People were bred to be warriors or scientists or what-have-you, and there’s a whole element in the movie about nature versus nurture. Kal-El is unique among Kryptonian babies because he’s a natural conception, free from genetic manipulation to choose his own course in life — which also makes his existence highly illegal.

Now one thing that a lot of people are wondering is if Man of Steel lead into the Justice League movie that the studio has been developing. While he doesn’t come right out and say it, producer Chris Roven does say that Man of Steel will pave the way for future DC movies saying,

It’s setting the tone for what the movies are going to be like going forward. In that, Man of Steel is definitely a first step. Nolan’s Dark Knight series was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world the films lived in was very isolated, without any knowledge of other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world.

So it sounds like it’s definitely a possibility! When asked if we would see any references to other DC characters in Man of Steel, Goyer said,

I would love to tell you yes or no, but I think it’s going to be more exciting for people to keep a beady eye out and find what they can find.

They are obviously there; the fans are just going to have to keep an eye out for them. That gives us something more to look forward to when we see the film on June 14th!

One of my favorite chracters … Zatanna To Join The Justice League In Issue #22 With A New Look !

Zatanna is getting a promotion. Last night on Twitter, Justice League writer Geoff Johns revealed that the DCU’s foremost magician will be joining its flagship team, starting with July’s Justice League #22. The issue will also feature the debut of a new look for Zatanna, which takes inspiration from two previous designs for the character.

Zatanna’s new design, complete with cape and fishnets (on her legs rather than her arms), is a nod to her costume from the Justice League Detroit era, while also incorporating the performance magician-themed look she had before the launch of the New 52.

While many of the New 52 costume redesigns were met with a mix of of happiness and consternation, few new costumes seemed to bother fans more than the one given to Zatanna during her time as a member of Justice League Dark. Initial fan reaction aside, the updated look was necessary, as her leather pants and forearm fishnets would likely have not meshed well with the aesthetic of the rest of the Justice League team.

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