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THE SHADOW GETS 9 OUT OF 10 NEWBIE RE-READS
05/08/12 @ 10:41 am EST
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Comic Book Newbie reviewed The Shadow #1 by Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell and gave the book “9 out of 10 Newbie Re-Reads.” Here’s what they had to say:

“I finally got around to reading this one and am I glad I did!

“Garth Ennis is one of the hottest names in the industry right now and this book proclaims why.  Meet his main character, Lamont Cranston.   Smart business man who the CIA consults by day and The Shadow by night.  He has the ability to see the future and knows well the past. He also has the ability to make the dead speak the truth to him.  Ennis takes us on a journey into the past where Japan created atrocities upon China.  The history lesson sets up what is to come in this pre-WWII storyline when a ship full with Japanese goons is taken out by the Shadow.  Seems there is something these guys are looking for, along with other criminal groups and the CIA…  The Shadow also seems very interested in it.

“I really like this introduction issue.  I like the history lesson and the banter from the meeting between Cranston and the government agents. The action was pretty cool and a I am impressed with the abilities The Shadow possesses.  I think we have just got a taste of what he can do in this issue and I’m excited to see what other abilities he has.”

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‘TRANSFORMERS’ WRITERS’ ROOM ADDS ‘ANT-MAN’ SCRIBES, CYBERTON MOVIE POSSIBLE
05/27/15 @ 5:42 pm EST
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“Ant-Man’s” Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari have joined the “writers’ room” for Paramount Pictures’ expanded “Transformers” universe, which reportedly includes plans for an origin film set on Cybertron.

Deadline contends the idea for that movie, which bears the working title “Transformers One,” originated with Hasbro. Although there apparently had been talk of that being an animated feature, live-action seems more likely.

Overseen by producer Akiva Goldsman, the writers’ room was revealed in March as a creative brain trust to develop a cohesive cinematic universe of sequels and spinoffs. “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, “X-Men: The Last Stand” writer Zak Penn, “Iron Man” scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, and “Fringe” veteran Jeff Pinker were announced last week as the first members of the team.

Barrer and Ferrari were hired by Marvel as production writers for “Ant-Man,” working on the set to polish the script following the departure of original director and co-writer Edgar Wright.

Directed by Michael Bay, the four “Transformers” movies have grossed more than $3.7 billion worldwide.
BREAKING: CHRIS PINE IN TALKS TO CO-STAR IN ‘WONDER WOMAN’
05/27/15 @ 5:29 pm EST
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Wonder Woman is about to get hot and heavy with Chris Pine. Sources tell Variety the “Star Trek” actor is in negotiations to join Gal Gadot in the upcoming superhero pic for Warner Bros.

Pine would play Gadot’s love interest Steve Trevor in the origin story. Warner Bros. had no comment.

Patty Jenkins, who recently replaced Michelle MacLaren, is directing from a script by Jason Fuchs. “Wonder Woman” will be released in 2017.

Charles Roven is exec producing the DC Comics tentpole for Atlas Entertainment. Zack Snyder, director of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” is also producing

.In the comics, Steve Trevor was an intelligence officer in the United States Army during World War II whose plane crashed on Paradise Island, the isolated homeland of the Amazons. He was nursed back to health by the Amazon princess Diana, who fell in love with him and followed him when he returned to the outside world. There she became Wonder Woman (and also his coworker, Diana Prince).

Rumors had suggested that Scott Eastwood had landed the part but insiders tell Variety that Eastwood was simply given a choice to either test for the Trevor role or sign on for a guaranteed, supporting part in “Suicide Squad,” which he opted to take.

Warners tested a handful of other actors but later decided to look at more high-profile names and go with a straight offer. Pine won over production execs and Gadot at his meeting, leading the studio to pursue him for the role.

Pine, having starred as Captain Kirk in the last two “Star Trek” movies, is no stranger to the fanboy world, but “Wonder Woman” will mark his first venture into cinema’s most popular genre and should lead to more opportunities in DC’s Justice League universe. Gadot’s Wonder Woman, of course, plays a key role in Snyder’s forthcoming “Batman v Superman,” which arrives next March.
'DOCTOR WHO' COMICS DAY RETURNS WITH FIVE-PART WEEKLY SERIES, PROMOTIONAL MERCH
05/27/15 @ 2:31 pm EST
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Titan Comics has announced the return of Doctor Who Comics Day, this year falling on Saturday August 15 to support the five-part Doctor Who: Four Doctors weekly miniseries event.

Titan Comics launched Doctor Who Comics Day last summer on July 26, to promote the launch of TheTenth Doctor and The Eleventh Doctor series. Titan offered interactive cosplay posters and variant covers for retailers, and multiple panels and signings at San Diego Comic-Con. Titan received positive feedback from retailers and fans about the event, so the company decided to make the event annual.



The five-week Doctor Who: Four Doctors series is written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Neil Edwards (Fantastic Four, Dark Avengers). Cornell wrote the "Father’s Day" and "Human Nature/Family of Blood" episodes for Doctor Who, has penned serveal Doctor Who novels and has worked on Wolverine, Action Comics, Demon Knights, and Captain Britain and MI: 13. The adventure will star the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors and their companions. The first issue releases on Wednesday August 12.

Merchandise for the event will include men’s and women’s t-shirts and an event mug.
BREAKING: TRUE GOAL OF DC COMICS' "CONVERGENCE" HAS BEEN REVEALED
05/27/15 @ 2:18 pm EST
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SPOILER WARNING: The following article discusses events from "Convergence" #8, written by Jeff King and Scott Lobdell and featuring numerous artists, on sale now.

While many fans expected the end result of DC Comics' just-concluded "Convergence" event to be a streamlined, non-multiversal DC Universe, the events of Issue #8, which arrived in stores today, have resulted in the exact opposite.

When the series' final issue concludes, not only does the Multiverse remain in existence, major changes have been made to the grandaddy of all company-wide continuity-shifting events, "Crisis on Infinite Earths." As Brainiac prepares to save all of reality by transporting the heroes he had previously trapped on his patchwork world to their own realities, the über-powerful villain includes Parallax among those he sends back to face the original Crisis.

Accompanying a brief play-by-play from Telos -- the humanoid incarnation of the planet the heroes are trapped on -- which states, "Reality is resetting, stabilizing. Each world has evolved, but they all exist," we're treated to pair of two-page splashes, displaying over a dozen of the different Earths that have been saved -- including several erased by "Crisis" in 1986.



Throughout the marketing of the series, DC fans have been teased with the idea that the goal of "Convergence" was to jettison the publisher's previous DCU incarnations. Co-publisher Dan DiDio described the various two-issue miniseries that made up the bulk of the event as a way for readers to "get to revisit [previous realities] again with some level of resolution," hinting that this might be the last time DC visited the continuity of Zero Hour, Flashpoint, post-Crisis and more. "there's a sense of a lot of stuff coming to an end," DiDio teased further, "but so much great stuff is about to begin."

The event's title itself indicated as much, hinting that every DC reality was set to "converge" into one. Of course, DC's Free Comic Book Day "Divergence" title was likely intended to hint at the story's actual outcome. (Source: CBR)
'ARCHER' PRODUCERS SET FX ANIMATED COMEDY 'CASSIUS & CLAY' WITH ALL-STAR VOICE CAST
05/27/15 @ 2:08 pm EST
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'Modern Family's' Megan Ganz will co-write the pilot with Adam Reed.

FX is looking to expand its animation offerings.

The cable network has handed out a pilot order to animated comedy Cassius & Clay, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Written by Modern Family's Megan Ganz and Archer's Adam Reed, the duo will executive produce the FX Productions comedy pilot alongside the latter's animation studio Floyd County Productions partner Matt Thompson.

The action-buddy comedy is described as being in the vein ofButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and centers on two women living as bandits in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Kaitlin Olson will lead the voice cast as Ordwood Cassius, a hard-drinking, quick-thinking, fast-talking bullshitter who has more debts than sense. Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital, Unsupervised)will voice Shopcarter Clay, the fastest gun in the post-apocalyptic South who doesn't go looking for trouble but shares a station wagon with it. Susan Sarandon (Lifetime's upcoming Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe) is set as Connie Mack, the ruthless and cutthroat owner of Wilke's only saloon and brothel. Mack runs the booze, the girls and effectively the whole town. Olson, Bell and Sarandon are set as series regulars should the pilot move forward.
CAN 'SUPERGIRL' GET RIGHT WHAT 'WONDER WOMAN' GOT WRONG?
05/27/15 @ 2:02 pm EST
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THR screens both pilots to compare how they handle everything from sexism to villains.

Can CBS' Supergirl live up to its sky-high expectations?

The buzzed-about DC Comics adaptation starring Melissa Benoist as Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El has has been ordered to series for a fall premiere, and it's first trailer has been viewed nearly 12 million times on YouTube since its May 13 release.

But Supergirl isn't the first splashy attempt to bring a red-and-blue clad hero to network TV. In 2011, NBC attempted to get DC Comics legend Wonder Woman off the ground, with a pilot hailing from Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley reimagining the heroine (played byFriday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki) as a vigilante and high-powered CEO living in Los Angeles. Despite its built-in brand recognition, NBC ultimately passed on its Wonder Woman, which like Supergirl, hailed from Warner Bros. Television.

To be sure, the TV landscape has changed a lot since Wonder Woman. In the years since, WBTV has found its superhero groove with The CW's Arrow, The Flash and its upcoming crossover, Legends of Tomorrow. All three series — like Supergirl — hail from studio-based executive producer Greg Berlanti, with The Flash this past season topping Arrow to become The CW's most-watched series ever. Elsewhere, DC Comics successfully launched a Batman prequel with Fox's Gotham already renewed for a second season withThe Mentalist's Bruno Heller at its helm.

Beyond WBTV's DC Comics hits, ABC also found critical success with Agent Carter, Marvel's first female-driven TV series helping to set the stage for Supergirl.

After screening both Supergirl and Wonder Woman pilots, The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what both shows have in common, and, perhaps more importantly, how Supergirl might soar above the Amazonian princess.

Tone

Wonder Woman was more slower-paced than Supergirl, which covers a lot of ground in the pilot. Supergirlis also a lot brighter and more akin to The Flash in both tone and in its loveably dorky protagonist.

Sexism

There are moments in both pilots in which the shows come to terms with the elephant in the room: isn't it a bit sexist to have Wonder Woman traipse around in a revealing costume or call Kara Supergirl instead of Superwoman?

Wonder Woman lingered on the topic for an uncomfortably long time — getting meta to the point that it referenced an uproar that took place when an early photo of Palicki in the costume had critics decrying the costume more fitting for a porn star than a beloved superhero. During a meeting with her business associates in the pilot, Diana complains about a scantily clad Wonder Woman doll (which her corporation sells to fund her crime fighting). "I never said to merchandise my tits!" she screams in the pilot. At other times, she waxes poetic about the public image of Wonder Woman, remarking that she is supposed to have perfect everything — and then proceeding to name all of the assets one might expect.

The Supergirl pilot, on the other hand, handles the issue of sexism deftly, with Kara voicing her disappointment when the media dubs her superhero alter ego Supergirl rather than Superwoman. The member of the media responsible for coining the phrase has a snappy response, dismissing the idea that a girl is somehow "less" in a world in which a "girl" can run a corporation. In a brief montage, Kara goes through a series of increasingly less skimpy costumes, rejecting each until she lands on her final costume, which is relatively sensible.

Love interests

Like most superheroes, Wonder Woman sets up Diana to have an unrequited love. The pilot reveals she previously dumped her boyfriend of two years Steve (Justin Bruening) to move to Los Angeles and embrace her Wonder Woman persona. He turns up in L.A. — newly married — and working for the Justice Department.

Supergirl, meanwhile, is setting up a potential love triangle. Her work pal Winn (Jeremy Jordan) has a thing for her, while it's implied that Kara has eyes for Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), a Daily Planetphotographer and Superman confidant who moves to National City to help guide her into the ways of the hero. Jimmy, while traditionally portrayed as having a younger brother type of vibe, is decidedly more masculine and hunky in this version.

Stakes

By the end of Wonder Woman, it's not particularly clear where the season's central conflict would be or even where the dramatic tension would be coming from. It emphasized that Diana was conflicted about her ex-boyfriend being back in her life, but there was no sense of what would come next, other than a shot of her signing up for online dating, in which she lists her cat in the box marked "friends."

The end of Supergirl makes both the drama and the conflict clear. Viewers learn who some of the season's big villains will be — and most importantly, what drives them. There is a real sense of Kara moving forward along a journey, while with Wonder Woman it isn't even clear what goals Diana has, other than to fight crime and keep her toyline afloat.

Origins

Supergirl succinctly tells her origin story during the opening minutes, while Wonder Woman only vaguely addresses the fact that Diana isn't quite human — though it never delves into what that means. (In the comics, she is a princess of the mythological Amazons.)

In the pilot, Diana is already a public figure, one who is debated on cable news because of her vigilante activities. She has no secret identity, and she fights both as a superhero and as a business mogul, going toe-to-toe with another CEO Veronica Cale (Elizabeth Hurley).

Kara, on the other hand, is an underdog. She's the browbeaten assistant to a media mogul (Calista Flockhart). She keeps her identity secret.

While Supergirl strikes a balance between Kara's personal journey of discovering her powers and her professional journey of attempting to keep her job, Wonder Woman emphasized Diana's corporate side too heavily. While a CEO superhero is quite common, shows like Arrow and movies like Batman Begins and Iron Man minimize the amount of boardroom bickering that makes its way onscreen. An exception was 2010'sIron Man 2, which emphasized boardroom dealings and gave Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) a corporate rival in Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell). It was among the least-well received Marvel Studios movies, with that aspect being heavily criticized. (Source: Holywood Reporter)
GRUMPY CAT INKS DYNAMITE COMIC BOOK DEAL
05/27/15 @ 1:49 pm EST
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Dynamite is proud to announce a collaborative licensing partnership with Grumpy Cat Limited to develop print and digital comic books and graphic novels featuring "The World's Grumpiest Cat" and her brother, Pokey. Grumpy Cat will debut the first of her all-new misadventures in a three-issue miniseries, released in Fall 2015, and collected into a hardcover graphic novel in time for the holiday season. Dynamite also plans to launch a website this summer where new Grumpy Cat comic strips will go up online every week.

"With her ever-present pout and sassy disposition, Grumpy Cat has won the hearts of people everywhere. I can tell you, we're thrilled, just absolutely thrilled, to bring this adorable curmudgeon's misadventures to the comic world!" says Keith Davidsen, Marketing Manager of Dynamite Entertainment. "One of the most important responsibilities for today's comic publishers is creating content that will attract fresh new audiences to experience the wonders of the medium, and Grumpy Cat is the perfect combination of unbearable cuteness, instant fan appeal, and established multimedia presence to make just such a thing happen. If you love the memes, the videos, and that irresistable scowl, then get ready for the wildly fun antics of Grumpy Cat and Pokey in Dynamite's all-new, all-sensational Grumpy Cat comics!"

Grumpy Cat's global following includes 7.6 million Facebook fans and over 31 million YouTube views. Since her photos first went viral in 2012, Grumpy Cat has gone from Internet star to real-life celebrity. She has two New York Time Best Selling Books, her own Lifetime movie Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (voiced by actress Aubrey Plaza), has made numerous appearances including the MTV Movie Awards, American Idol, The Bachelorette, The Today Show, SXSW, Good Morning America, and even hosted WWE Monday Night Raw. Grumpy Cat is Friskies official "Spokescat", has filmed videos with Disney and Sesame Street, and appears in commercials for McDonald's and Honey Nut Cheerios. Licensed Grumpy Cat merchandise is currently available at retailers worldwide.

Dynamite Entertainment's Grumpy Cat comic books and graphic novels will be available to consumers through the comic book specialty market, and its graphic novels will be available at major bookstore chains, online booksellers, and independent bookstores courtesy of Diamond Book Distributors. Grumpy Cat comics will also be available for purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital. Fans and retailers are encouraged to follow Dynamite Entertainment and Grumpy Cat's official social media channel for the latest updates regarding creative teams and release dates.

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TOP COW TALENT HUNT 2015 WINNERS REVEALED
05/27/15 @ 12:44 pm EST
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Top Cow Productions' third-annual Talent Hunt has wrapped, and CBR had the exclusive first public word on this year'swinners.

"Top Cow is very proud to bring another round of new blood into the industry," Top Cow President and COO Matt Hawkins. "Several of our previous winners have already found ongoing work in the industry, and we're excited to have been a part of that."

From a field of 587 entries, the Image Comics imprint has selected 2 winners and 3 runner-ups in the writing category, plus 2 winners and 2 runner-ups among artists.

Writing winners: Amit Chauhan, Charles Harmon

Writing runner-ups: Camilla Zhang, Paul Penna, Kelly Bender

Artist winners: Eli Powell, D.P DwyerArtist runner-ups: Jim Towe, Francesca Aureli

"On the other side of the more established publishers, most are closed shops without a means for new writers to submit material for review," Hawkins told CBR at the launch of last year's competition. "TV studios have writer programs to bring new blood in. Film execs have people to read spec scripts. The comic industry has nothing like this. I love our Talent Hunt and see it as one of the few options a new writer has in getting their work read. We look forward for doing it for years to come."



DAVID DUCHOVNY ON NEW ‘X-FILES’ SCRIPT: ‘I STARTED CRYING READING THE FIRST PAGE’
05/27/15 @ 12:34 pm EST
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Unsurprisingly, the details of Fox’s forthcoming revival of “The X-Files” are classified— but in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, series co-lead David Duchovny was at least able to discuss how the first script of the new material made him feel.

“I got the first script this morning,” Duchovny, who plays Fox Mulder on “The X-Files,” told EW. “I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page. It was just so strange to see the names on the page. It had nothing to do with the script itself… That was nice and strangely emotional for me, and I’ll have to figure out how to use that [in the performance].”

Duchovny declined to provide more detail, other than saying the script is “fantastic,” and that the new series, despite running for only six episodes, will blend standalone and “mythology” installments, much like the original “X-Files.”

Additionally, it looks like both Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are game for more after this run: “I would be open to doing another cycle,” Duchovny said to EW. “I don’t know that I could do a 20-episode version of this show at this point in my life, and I don’t know that Gillian could. But I think everybody is open ended on what happens after this.”

The six-episode revived “X-Files” series is scheduled to debut Jan. 24, 2016 on Fox — the same network aired the original “The X-Files,” a TV sci-fi classic that ran for nine seasons from 1993 to 2002.
JADEN SMITH 'CAST AS DC COMICS TEEN HERO STATIC SHOCK
05/27/15 @ 12:28 pm EST
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It seems Jaden Smith is following in dad's footsteps as he steps into the role of a costumed crusader.

The 16-year-old son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith has been cast as the teen superhero, Static Shock, for an upcoming Warner Bros. web series, according to actor Tyler James Williams.

The Walking Dead star made the admission during a Comic Con interview, saying: 'There aren't that many young black comic book super heroes. It's great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.'

What a role! Jaden Smith, pictured at the AFROPUNK music festival in Paris on Sunday, has been cast as the teen hero Static Shock for an upcoming web series, according to actor Tyler James Williams

Static Shock – aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins – is an African-American teen hero with the power to wield and manipulate electricity.

The character will appear in Warner Bros.' digital live-action adaptation of the comic, Static, which debuted under the Milestone Comics imprint of DC Comics in 1993.
 
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