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No Reprints Of Batman: Damned #1

According to an article from Bleeding Cool, DC will not be reprinting Batman: Damned #1. If you have not heard where hell have you been? Batman: Damned #1 is now famous for a shadowy but of so clear pictures of Batman’s dick. The comic will not be reprinted at all.

The Joker is dead.

There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.

Problem is, Batman can’t remember…and the more he digs into this labyrinthian case, the more his mind starts to doubt everything he’s uncovering.

So who better to set him straight than…John Constantine? Problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people’s heads even more. So with John’s “help,” the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered The Joker.

So if you were not one of the lucky few ( I got one bitches) it is going to cost you now. If you do have one it be highly recommend that you take that sucker and board and bag it, DO NOT READ.  Go to ComixoIogy and get the digital one.  Keep that sucker in the best condition as possible.

You can find the book selling on Ebay between 400 to 1000 US at the moment. The news that DC will not be reprinting at all will cause the books value to go up. Print runs on books nowadays are nothing like they were like at the time of the 90’s. Finding this book at a good value will be hard.

Also Batman: Damned #2 will be shipping late. It has moved form November 21st to December 5th. Batman: Damned #3 will be a whole two months behind, coming out March 13th 2109.

Source: Bleeding Cool,

Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker

So there you go folks this is the first image from director Todd Phillips upcoming, as-yet-untitled Joker origin film. The photo is of Joaquin Phoenix before he becomes the Joker.

The caption on the picture simple says “Arthur”. The film is an “exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.” Scott Silver co-wrote the script with Phillips.

According to Variety, Robert De Niro is reported to be in talks to be joining the film. De Niro is reported to be playing a talk show host that help in driving “Arthur” mad and become the Joker. The movie also stars Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron.

Warner Bros. is stressing that the film is a stand alone movie and will not effect its DCU. Jared Leto is working on an stand alone film that will be connected to the DCU.

In August Joaquin was qoutoed saying to IndieWire, “”I don’t really think that much about what people think, “Who cares, who cares?”

That is fine Joaquin. I am one of a few that don’t care about your version of The Joker. It is not that I think your performance will be any good. The reason is simply that I like my Joker mysterious. Not knowing who The Joker is one of the many things that make The Joker the most interesting and scary characters created.

DC Collectibles Shows Off The First Of Dark Nights: Metal Batman Line

DC collectibles show off the first of the new Dark Night: Metal Batman series. The first in the line is comes the twisted but awesome “The Dawnbreaker”. The statue brings a dark and twisted hybrid of Batman and Green Lantern. Sculpted by Adrienne Smith.

I have to say that this is a beautiful looking piece. I have started to collect more statues especially since PVC is being used. The detail on some of this figures look amazing. Plus sell at a reasonable price of 65 Canadian and 50 U.S.

Source: DC YouTube

Raven:Daughter of Darkness #1 of 12- DC

Full disclosure. Not familiar with this character at all, other than really enjoying the look of Cover Artist Yanick Paquettes rendering for this title. Really Mythical looking cover that I suspect brought a few people to give this book a try. Another reason for me giving this book a read is , of course, a chance to read the writing of Comic legend Marv Wolfman (Amazing Spider-man, Daredevil, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Nightwing and much , much more).

I enjoyed the book overall, although I was bit lost to some of the references. If you have no background on this character, I would recommend doing a bit of research on her origin before diving right in. Some issue and serie’s references within the comic might have been helpful also. Mr. Wolfmans story was paced pretty well and parts of Raven’s past were illuminated via the storyline itself so some of the questions of the first few pages were answered by the end of the issue. I think it was Stan Lee who once said(correct me if not internet) to create a comic like it was the readers first experience. This book was a good example of that.

There were a few independently running storylines through out this issue that left the reader with questions for the second issue which is a good thing to me. Marv Wolfman did a pretty good job of introducing us to a supporting cast which is always important.I actually think it’s great that they have called this a limited series of 12 issues. We need more of these instead of running “series” that get to 7 issues and then the plug gets pulled(Hi Mickey!!) .”Limited series” are not bad words.

Artist Pop Khan has a nice style of art suited to this book.I can definitely see some Jim Lee influence in his renderings Facial expressions/reactions were done well and the paneling was well laid out for it. It felt a bit like a “70’s book ” in some parts in the vein of Marv’s Tomb of Dracula series. I’m not sure that was anything more than a happy accident but time will tell.

I’m not sure if I’d buy the second book but the art on this one brought me here so you never know. If you’re looking for a book with a supernatural vibe and a strong, though vulnerable, female lead this book may be for you. If you have a history with this character I suspect this would probably also be a series for you as DC seems to be gearing up a nice 12 issue run with Wolfman at the helm.

P.S Pop back by on Monday Jan.29th when I’m going to take a look at “Dissonance ” from the Image line.Until then.Cheers

 

 

Legendary Comic Writer and Editor Len Wein Dies at 69

Len Wein, the influential comics writer who co-created characters including Wolverine and Swamp Thing, has died. He was 69. DC Comics confirmed the news following an outpouring of tributes from the comics community overflowed online. “Len Wein was one of the most welcoming people and legends in comics from the moment I joined DC eight……

via Len Wein, Legendary Comics Writer Who Co-Created Wolverine, Dies at 69 — Variety

Black Lighting Coming To CW

The Black Lighting is coming the the CW this fall and there are no plans for Black Lighting to be part of the Arrowverse.  According to network president Mark Pedowitz that there will be another Arrow/Flash/Supergirl/Legends of Tomorrow but Black Lighting will be in another universe.

One of the reasons that Black Lighting will be set in a different universe is the location. Black Lighting will be filmed in Atlanta while the other shows are all in filmed in Vancouver. So doing a cross over can be a little difficult with all the travel.

My feeling is the show will take on the same theme as the other show have of protecting a city. After watching the trailer I did get a Luke Cage feel for it. Unlike the Luke Cage where Luke is interested in protect Harlem, Black Lighting will be protecting his city. Black Lighting maybe the CW’s attempt of getting some of the same audience as Luke Cage. My feeling is that the ability of Marvel to go a little darker on Netflix will give Luke Cage the edge.

The show does have something different from the other shows on the CW. This show leads are black and hopefully it tackles some more adult stories and not worry about the pretty young people. Tackling what it is to be a black vigilante that is a hero and the struggles it is to be one. Time will tell if the audience will jump on board and follow another superhero show on the CW.

DC Database:

Black Lightning is a super-hero with the ability to generate and control lightning. Originally he was a high school principal and Olympic-level athlete who became a vigilante to take down organized crime in MetropolisSuicide Slum. Eventually he would become a member of Batman‘s team of Outsiders for many years, although he retired briefly to become secretary of education under president Lex Luthor. He returned to crime-fighting, though, as a member of the Justice League. His two daughters operate as the super-heroes Thunder and Lightning. Black Lightning was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor von Eeden, first appearing in Black Lightning #1. (1977)

Source: io9, DC, Youtube

Zack Snyder Stepping Down From Justice League

 

Zack Snyder and wife Deborah

 

ZackSnyder is stepping down from the upcoming Justice League movies after a family tragedy. Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter he decided to step away after the sudden death of his daughter.  Justice League is in post production and Joss Whedon will be stepping in to finish help with post-production and do some additional scenes. The plan is still have the movie on track for its Nov 17 release with the help of Whedon.

Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter:

“In my mind, I thought it was a cathartic thing to go back to work, to just bury myself and see if that was the way through it,” said an emotional Snyder in an interview Monday in his office on the Warner Bros. lot, with Deborah sitting by his side. “The demands of this job are pretty intense. It is all-consuming. And in the last two months, I’ve come to the realization … I’ve decided to take a step back from the movie to be with my family, be with my kids, who really need me. They are all having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

Synder also told The Hollywood Reporter that he is already anticipating what some DC fan may think.

“Here’s the thing, I never planned to make this public,” he says. “I thought it would just be in the family, a private matter, our private sorrow that we would deal with. When it became obvious that I need to take a break, I knew there would be narratives created on the internet. They’ll do what they do. The truth is … I’m past caring about that kind of thing now.”

I have been on the side of those wanting Warner Bros/DC to find someone new to helm the DC movie universe. I do like Zack Snyder and some of his work but I felt that he missed with his vision of the DC universe.

But not this way.

Now I am not saying he won’t be back. Yes I would love to see Joss Whedon take the reins of the whole DC universe along with Geoff Johns. I think some wonderful things can happen. But I do not wish what happen to Zach Snyder and his family on anyone.

So I wish the Snyder family my condolences and hopefully Zach will be back soon making movies again.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.