Comic Book Brain

Last Update: March 27, 2023

Looking like Gotham Knights is going to get canned after precipitous audience drop

Story at Bounding into Comics

Article say "was doomed from the start" because... "the CW is moribund and the Arrowverse is over, victims of wokeness and increasingly cheaper-looking programming."

Another Disney firing - Ike Perlmutter, the chairman of its Marvel Entertainment unit, is cut

Story at Bloomberg

7,000 job cut at DIsney coming – Hindustan Times

"Go small again" with superhero moviesMSN Collider

Unfortunately, these new follow-ups blow up the scale of their predecessors and engage in lots of CGI-heavy “epic” mayhem. All the humanity and charm of earlier Ant-Man and Shazam! adventures get lost in the middle of all the noise."

John Wicks has huge opening; Shazam II continues fadeVariety MSN

Boosted by positive reviews and enthusiastic word-of-mouth, the fourth installment in Lionsgate’s action series, led by Keanu Reeves as a legendary assassin, landed the best start of the franchise. It’s one of the rare original properties to keep growing and improving upon the last, in terms of ticket sales. The original “John Wick” opened to a modest $14 million in 2014, its sequel “John Wick: Chapter 2” took in $30.4 million to start in 2017 and the third film “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” previously marked a series-high with $56.8 million in 2019.

DC and Marvel both hit with bombs: Meanwhile, Shazam Fury O' the Gods continues a rough slide with a $9.7 million take which means a ticket sale slide of 69% on the second weekend. Reported to cost $110 million to make with $100 million to promote it, its not going to make its money back in theaters, and this is following the same thing that happened to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania that has also not earned what's needed to cover its cost.

Scooby Doo show Season 2 gets pulledBounding into Comics

Kang arrestedSuperherohype

Wondercon shows off "The Dawn of DC"Comicsbeat

Avatar passes up Infinity War for highest grossing domestic market movieComicbookmovie

Indiana Jones project effort getting shifted to Star Wars projects at DisneyBounding into Comics

The Last Ronin TMNT storyline becoming a video gamePolygon

Joe Giella has died

DC will put out a series of George Perez variant covers in JuneComic-watch

Resurrecting Gold Key Comics

The coming The Flash movie gets a PG-13 ratingComicbookmovie

The comics shops that closed down in 2022Comicsbeat

Snyder has announced that his three DC movies are coming back to theaters for a three-night "SnyderCon"

Story at SuperHeroHype MSN

Copy of Detective Comics #27 on auctionNY Post article about the event

CGC has graded 75 known copies of Detective Comics #27

Link to the Heritage Auction page – Page blurb: "Not only is it in contention with Action Comics #1 as the most important Golden Age comic of all, it's just about as hard to find in any grade! We've offered just four copies in higher grades in the last 22 years, and just two nicer copies in the past 10 years!"

Shazam II and Black Adam controversySuperherohype

Johnson blocked Levi’s cameo in Black Adam, which would have seen Shazam join the Justice Society, opting to include Henry Cavill’s Superman in the mid-credits scene instead.

Shazam Fury O' the Gods at $64,711,158 worldwide – started off with $30 million weekend when $35 to $40 million was expected

No more superhero movies for me says Director David SandbergYahoo

Director David Sandberg and star Rachel Zegler address people hating on 'Shazam! Fury of the Gods' LA Times - MSN News

"Superhero movies have a quality problem"Los Angeles Times

The Joker Tha Man Who Stopped Laughing #9 Variant Cover


"He looks like he's surrounded by Funko Toys, I wouldn't be laughing either, a lot of comic shops are going broke on those..."Perch on Comics You Tube

Funko plans to send $30 million worth of its vinyl figurines to the trash – The Washington-based company, known for its toys depicting pop-culture icons, cited ballooning inventory and limited warehouse capacityUSA Today

Blade reboot: no Black KnightMSN Game Rant

Blade reboot will instead be about the daughterBoundingintocomics

Following up on his previous report that the film’s star, Mahershala Ali, was still unhappy with its script over eight months after allegedly having first raised issues with its quality and as such had taken the matter of fixing it into his own hands...”

About the Black Knight and Blade

Scott Nybakken goes from DC Comics to Dynamite as Marketing director

Story at

Victoria Alonso and the exit from the MCU

Behind the scenes of the multiple directors for The FlashBounding into comics

DC publishes Justice Society Of America Vol 5 on occasion of SHAZAM II at the theatres, but the book stories are out of order. Bleedingcool

DC Comics layoffs amid restructuringComicsbeat

DC has already had recent layoffs which were thought to insulate them from the general rounds of layoffs that is passing through all the Warners companies. But, according to the Comcsbeat article, it looks like DC jobs are being eliminated, apparently "people involved with the business end of things" are the ones being let go.

Was Gal Gadot "deepfaked" into the new Shazam movie?CBR

Snyder Cut Justice League going to get an Imax release?Comicbookmovie

End of the line for Batgirl with issue #19 and Tim Drake: Robin ending with issue #10Comicbook

DC Comics' releases for March 21

  1. Batman: One Bad Day - Ra's Al Ghul #1.
  2. Batman/superman: World's Finest #13.
  3. Black Adam #9.
  4. Catwoman #53.
  5. Dceased: War Of The Undead Gods Society Of #7.
  6. Dc's Legion Of Bloom #1.
  7. The Flash #795.
  8. G.C.P.D.: The Blue Wall #6
  9. Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: Legion Of Bats! #6
  10. Milestone 30th Anniversary Special #1
  11. Nightwing #102
  12. Superman #2
  13. Swamp Thing: Green Hell #3
  14. Wonder Woman #797

$30 Million dollar start for Shazam Fury O' the Gods

Story at MSN Variety

People are "senselessly mean" says Rachel Zegler about criticisms of the low-performing Shazam Sequel debutYahoo News

And I know, I know, ‘if you can’t handle the heat…’ and all that nonsense, and you’re right. but our film is actually very good. it’s just cool to hate on fun nowadays. That’s okay. We’re good."

A copy of Detective Comics #27 with significant damages but still rated a "6", going up on auction

Story at Washington Times

Is Zack Snyder up to something new? Is Man'O Steel and Snyder's Cut of the Snyderverse Justice League coming to theaters? Comicbookmovie

We asked GPT Model 4 AI intelligence: With Quantumania losing money, the question arises, what comic book superhero movie has had the highest profit versus production cost that has yet been made?

Answer: As of my knowledge cutoff date in September 2021, the superhero movie with the highest profit compared to its production cost is Deadpool from 2016, which was directed by Tim Miller and starred Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. The movie had an estimated production budget of around $58 million, and it grossed over $782 million worldwide, making it a massive financial success with a high return on investment.

Marvel keeps taking body blows

Boy, looking at the news and the usual places on Youtube, Marvel/Disney is taking a beating. Disney/Marvel does everything wrong, disappoints everybody, and is getting near the end of their rope, etc. Maybe after this gloomy trend works itself out (and Marvel doesn't do anything to feed it) there will be the predictable "comeback" movie that'll show Disney/Marvel is "back on track" and like a celebrity who has graduated from the tabloid news headlines about disastrous decisions and drunken ruts, is now on the glossy celebrity magazines telling one and all how they've grown up and have experienced real love at last. When that moment comes hopefully the fanbase is rooting for Disney/Marvel to make a good film that shows the world all that success wasn't a weird fluke, instead of a crowd of burned-out gawkers hoping for a spectacular failure that nails the coffin shut.

"May the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) rest in peace"The Burlingame B

Marvel is simply not producing good movies, especially when compared to 10 years ago. Clearly, seeing a good movie matters far less to viewers than the hype that surrounds it. Personally, I dislike the fact that Marvel movies are taking up all of the time slots in movie theaters — slots that could be occupied by other, better movies."

Dawn of DC

Story at Yahoo News and more about it also at Yahoo News here

Dawn of DC initiative means new creative teams and runs on various well-known books, like Josh Williamson and Jamal Campbell on Superman (already underway) and then soon Tom King and Daniel Sampere on Wonder Woman. Also, Flash gets a reboot, and Steelworks and Hawkgirl are new titles.

Dawn of DC is an effort to create easy story start points for new readers to begin reading.

Does this mean no more sequels for other popular Marvel characters? Digital Trends

"Black Adam bombed and Henry Cavill got fired from DC and its all Dwayne Johnson's fault"MSN Fortune