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AMAZON BYTE: Rumors continue to swirls around the as yet unnamed Man of Steel sequel. This time it has to do with Wonder Woman, who will be played by Gal Gadot (calm down), in what is being described as a “cameo plus” appearance. Batman-on-Film.com, is reporting that Wonder Woman will get a new origin for DC Comics’ cinematic universe.
“With all that said, I’d bet a year’s pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the “Amazons” of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those ‘ancient Kryptonians’ who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago.”
Umm, what? Kryptonian? At first blush I was going to have a tantrum reminiscent of Jenny Lorenzo’s F$#K You, Michael Bay episode of Geekgasm, as she raged against the changing of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into aliens for the upcoming movie. Then I calmed a bit and gave it some rational thought. I might be okay with this change if it still allows for the Greek Mythology parts of her history. For example, the Kryptonians land on Earth build an outpost on Mount Olympus and are worshipped as gods due to their astounding powers. That makes sense…problem solved…make it so. What? There’s more?
“Furthermore, I say that Wonder Woman will be powered-down, if you will, relative to Superman because these Amazons have evolved and adapted to living on Earth for hundreds of centuries. And since Kryptonians are produced without any “He’n and She’n” – Jor El and Lara excluded – couldn’t this original Kryptonian on Earth have used this reproductive science to create an all-female race? I say yes!”
Why? Why? Why? Why? Why? Does Wonder Woman need to be weakened to make Superman seem stronger? Stop it already, pay the woman some respect. She can be Wonder Woman and not make Superman less of a man! If the writers can’t make us believe that then they need a new creative staff, because decades of comics have managed it. If you can’t make the characters better, then leave them alone and move on to original projects where you can make all of the decisions. If you really want to do Wonder Woman, Justice League, Superman, etc. park your ego at the door and make them great.
SINFUL BYTE: If you were wondering how Marvel Comics was going to follow-up this year’s blockbuster summer epic Infinity your life may have just gotten a bit more clear. This May will bring you Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato’s Original Sin. Being touted as a murder mystery revolving around the death of a long-time mainstay character Uatu, The Watcher. Why kill the creature who has seen, well, everything? Information of course. As for who dunnit? That will be the job of Nick Fury (the original, not the ridiculous Sam Jackson version) and a team including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Punisher, Doctor Strange, Emma Frost, Ant-Man and Black Panther. Their mandate will be two-fold. Find the killer, and prevent the Watcher’s secrets from being revealed. Original Sin will start with a zero issue in April from writer Mark Waid and artist Jim Cheung. Start the countdown!
ULTIMATE BYTE: Speculation has been running rampant for months over the perceived ending of the Ultimate Marvel Universe in the pages of the Cataclysm crossover. Now it’s looking like it’s not so much of an ending as a new beginning. Does this mean that the Ultimate Universe is being rebooted, retconned, or moved to the regular continuity? Remember the scene at the end of Age of Ultron when Wolverine’s time tampering caused all of reality to flicker? Angela ended up here, why not a bunch of Ultimate heroes. The location of the revamped series remains to be seen, and Brian Bendis isn’t telling…yet, but we do know a few things. We do know that there will be three All-New series coming out of Cataclysm. All-New Ultimates will feature a younger cast of heroes including Miles Morales (Spider-Man) from Michael Fiffe and Amilcar Pinna. Bendis and David Marquez will be the creative team on Ultimate Spider-Man reboot. The Ultimate FF title will be about the Future Foundation, which will include the world’s greatest minds including Sue Storm, and Tony Stark, among others and will be brought to you by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Mario Guevara. Stay tuned to the Cataclysm story line for more details!
WYTCHES BYTE: If you’re a fan of the writing of Scott Snyder (Batman, Superman Unchained) and the artistry of Jock (Batman, Wolverine) then you are in store for a huge treat from Image Comics in 2014. The duo who brought you The Black Mirror storyline in Detective Comics will be working together again. This time on a title called Wytches, described in the press release as;
Scott Snyder (Batman, Superman Unchained, SEVERED) and Jock (Batman, Wolverine, SNAPSHOT) will team up for a new, ongoing horror series called WYTCHES. Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying.
Snyder had this to say about the new series, “WYTCHES takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before. I like taking classic monsters and re-imagining them in a fresh, contemporary, and much scarier way.” We have seen plenty of Witch-based comics over the years but even Eric Stephenson, Image Comics Publisher, referred to it as, “without a doubt one of the creepiest books we have ever published.”
DARK HORSE BYTE: Dark Horse isn’t curling up into the fetal position after the news of their loss of the rights to Star Wars comics to Marvel Comics in 2015. This really couldn’t have been that much of a surprise considering that Disney now owns both LucasArts and Marvel Comics. Dark Horse stated that they were more determined than ever to bring great comics to the market with or without Star Wars. As evidence they have announced the launches of some new titles this May and they have priced them to make them impossible to resist at $1.00! Emily and the Strangers is a one-shot from Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner, Emily Ivie, and Buzz Parker. Solicited as, “With the help of her trio of trouble-making cats, Emily is determined to make the most rockin’ song the world has ever known and win a legendary haunted guitar . . . but can she do it solo? Only one thing is for sure—what Emily wants, Emily gets . . . sometimes.” Next up? Itty Bitty Hellboy from Art Baltazar and Franco will focus on, “Who is Hellboy anyway? Why does he have such a big hand and what is it used for? Who’s weirder, him or his friends? What is the B.P.R.D.? And what does chicken soup have to do with all of it? All this and more is answered in this premium-priced debut issue where BIG things happen to Itty Bitty Hellboy!” Again, all for $1.00. The other of their solicitations that really caught my eye is Conan the Avenger #1. Oh, geez now Conan is an Avenger? Well, yes, but not the spandex kind, that’s the wrong company altogether. Written by veteran Fred Van Lente, and drawn by Brian Ching, with covers from Michael Atiyeh, and Iain McCaig this version will tell the tale of a Conan who is, “Nursing his broken heart. Conan drinks himself into a stupor in the troubled city of Shumballa—until a brazen act of thievery launches the Cimmerian into a wild hunt and a supernatural adventure!” This one is still a bargain even at $3.50. I hope none of you have written off Dark Horse Comics just yet! I think their future is bright!
MOVIE ROUND-UP: Did Mark Millar spill the beans about an upcoming movie project? It seems so considering the ‘tweet and delete’ nature of the slip-up. In the tweet (pictured here) he named Pitt (presumably Brad) as a top choice for an unnamed upcoming project. Since The Secret Service filming is all but complete it may mean a potential role for Pitt in Nemesis. It could also be nothing, stay tuned! Rumors are swirling at Fox again about crossing over their Marvel Comics franchises the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Hollywood Reporter recently published a quote from writer Simon Kinberg (X-men, Sherlock Holmes) stating;
“There even are plans for X-Men to star in crossover movies with the Fantastic Four, Fox’s other property licensed from Marvel. Simon Kinberg, who has worked on X-Men movies with Bryan Singer, will expand X-Men and Fantastic Four into a super-shared universe. “I have a lot of ideas on how to build those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel,” Kinberg tells THR.”
Had enough X-Men news yet? Well too bad. Bryan Singer has been talking X-Men: Apocalypse which is the title to the 2016 sequel of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Confused? Wait until you see the movies! Singer had this to say;
“Something that happens in this movie causes what’s going to happen in that movie. X-Men: Apocalypse will also address historical mutant-cy, meaning the deep past, mutant origins and things like that. It’s something that’s always intrigued me when we think about our Gods and our history and miracles and powers.”
NERDITORIAL: It has been a year since a dying Doctor Octopus swapped minds with Peter Parker and became the Superior Spider-Man. Since then there has been a division in the ranks of Spider-Fans. Some are loving the storyline. It’s a great diversion, it’s different, it’s well written and drawn, and no one can deny that in many ways Otto has improved the abilities, efficiency and life of the usurped Peter Parker. He is getting him a doctorate. He has improved his uniform. He has made him an efficient hero with the addition of Spider-bot spies and an army of henchmen. He even has the begrudging backing of the police, and even Mayor Jameson. On the flip side Otto’s ego and lack of patience with social situations has strained or broken many of Parker’s relationships, and partnerships. Even the Avengers have all but written him off as seen in Avengers Vol. 5 #24. So the mind swap hasn’t been all roses, especially for Peter Parker. That being said Dan Slott has created a masterful series. I have thoroughly enjoyed every issue, every interaction, every obstacle overcome and for many reasons I will be sorry to see the series and the character go away. But, we all know the series and the plot line had to end eventually, right? Well, in April following the Goblin Nation arc in Superior Spider-Man the series will end. The word is that the Amazing Spider-Man title will return starring the reincorporated Peter Parker in April. How that happens and what happens to the Doc Ock persona is still in question, but I am anxious to see it. I know many of you feel that this whole experiment was a waste of a year, but I think it may have revitalized the future of Peter Parker as Spider-Man. How? Think of the great storylines to come as Peter has to navigate the minefield Otto has made of his relationships as both Peter and as Spider-Man. He has a new girlfriend, new company, a Doctorate, and a whole slew of people who are going to want some answers including Jameson, Aunt May, Mary Jane, and the Avengers to name a few. The fact that Dan Slott will continue as writer on the Amazing Spider-Man title fills me with even more confidence, and Humberto Ramos handling the art chores doesn’t hurt the cause either. I am going to revel in the final issues of Superior Spider-Man and I’m going to wait with bated breath for its Amazing replacement this April! See you on the other side!