Two years into DC’s New 52, it’s clear that execution has been lacking in this initiative, leading to numerous title cancellations and creative shake-ups. It makes DC an easy target to ridicule.
But all is not lost when looking at the brand as a whole. Fresh blood inserted on key titles is starting to pay off. Other mediums are going strong with a good future in store as well.
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Thor: The Dark World brought good, old-fashioned fun throughout multiple fantasy universes when it released last weekend. It also brings an example of what is missing a lot of in today’s comics that Marvel is trying to address. Hit the Play to get the lowdown on what that is and how other publishers can take a lesson from the fun things that got us into comics in the first place.
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There’s a lot to be said after another great New York Comic Con. Beyond the displays to see and books to buy, there’s a consensus that DC may be losing touch with their fanbase and what they want. How they can get out of that rut? Well, you’ll just have to click on that little Play button up above and find out
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This week, we explore the godfather-run world of Lazarus, those wacky and Uncanny Avengers, and Batmen and Supermen running amuck on Earth 2. Who needs episodic television?
While we give San Diego flak for not being a true comic book convention any more, one can’t help but be excited about Hollywood giving us the scoop on its latest comic book offerings in the movie business. It’s the bread and butter of their money-making and this year we saw that trend continue with these announcements from the big two:
Other than a Man of Steel 2 announcement that came just as the original movie was coming out, the DC movie front got scary after that. In one sense, you couldn’t blame them – Green Lantern didn’t give DC much hopes of a successful franchise outside of Batman and Superman.
That was when the above logo was displayed at a DC panel. 2015 will see the two icons unite for a big-screen offering. Henry Cavill is set to reprise his role. It’s well-documented though that Christian Bale is done with the cape and cowl – thus a search will commence. David Goyer will be back writing the script and looks like Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan will be back to direct and produce respectively. Too early to tell what the storyline path will be, though Snyder has discussed bringing aspects of The Dark Knight Returns into the mix.
Things got even more exciting when DC announced plans for a Flash movie in 2016 leading into the much-anticipated Justice League movie in 2017. Yes, it absolutely is copying the Marvel movie approach with Avengers, but how else could you have done it?
Marvel continues the Phase 2 path of its movies with its next onslaught of movies. We already “Thor : The Dark World” has a fall release, followed by “Captain America : The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” next summer. Concept art of the GOTG team was released to showcase what we might expect of the characters’ appearances.
Joss Whedon set the stage for the completion of Phase 2 – releasing what the full title of his Avengers sequel will be. “Avengers : Age of Ultron” is set to come out May 1st, 2015. The sub-title immediately brought concerns to the comic fanbase, knowing that the Marvel event recently ending in their eyes in a whimper and wondering how such a crossover can work in a 2-hour movie. Of course, I’d highly doubt it goes this route considering the larger populace not knowing who Ultron is yet nor his creator, Hank Pym.
It’s always a pleasure to bring back Jim Zub to the show. Whether it’s re-visiting the Skullkickers world, findings orcs to bash in Pathfinder, or playing doctor with Harley Quinn – you always get to see a new side of Jim expressed in his books. We talk about that along with other new projects as well as how the sales have been looking for a rising creator in the ranks.
NOTE: There were slight technical difficulties towards the end of the show that involved me cutting off the interview a bit early. I address what was left to talk about at the end, as well as a cool new surprise Jim just announced off his blog.