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Last Update: September 24, 2020


Black Widow release date moves again

Johansson Black Widow

Just like the shuffle on the other female-led flashback movie, Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow joins the wave of major motion pictures trying to get to a theater but at the same time to avoid the crash and burn of empty seats that is haunting everything that has so far tried to get movie theater patrons back in lines for tickets. Assuming 2021 is a friendlier year for movies, and that everyone doesn't completely forget that theaters exist, Black Widow is now moved to May 7, 2021. Story at Gizmodo


No more Star Trek? Maybe, maybe not

Story has gone across the internet that Star Trek movies are officially shut down at Paramount from consideration due to several factors, the main one being the decline of the franchise in popularity. But there's a caveat: supposedly there's a Star Trek project still in motion led by Quentin Tarantino.

Story at Wegotthiscovered


Justice League reshoots starting

Zack Snyder's version moving toward completion - story at Slash Film


Artist Brian Stelfreeze solo effort on kickstarter

More and more creative people are moving into the various money-raising platforms to finince their work - story at Bleeding Cool


Supergirl TV Show cancelled

Season six the last - story at CBR


Falcon and the Winter Soldier rescheduled to happen in 2021

Marvel news production shuffle at Yahoo News


Official from Paramount: No more Star Trek movies

The Spock Hand

This wasn't hard to see coming, so many outlets have been saying the current regime over Star Trek has hit a very hard, dead wall in the creative department. Story at Giant Freakin Robot


DC launches new streaming service January 2021

Beginning next year, DC Universe will be renamed DC Universe Infinite, and will offer subscription access to more than 24,000 digital comics from across the DC comics backlist at DCUniverseInfinite.com and on iOS and Android devices for $7.99 a month or $74.99 per year.

Yes, but will it include Cancelled Comics Cavalcade?

Story at Publishers Weekly


Dan Didio goes to the Kubert school

Story at Games Radar


No hurry for crowds to return to movie theaters

Still a continuing mess of low ticket sales - story at NBC Los Angeles


The "scramble" for online customers by retail shops

Story at Leader Telegram


The Batman director Reeves brings out new Bat-art for Batman-Day 2020

Story and images at Comic Book


Adam West birthday

Adam West

Story at Movieweb


Jaden Smith and the white Batman suit

Worn to various events by a committed Bat-fan - story at Cheat Sheet


Flash and Sonic the Hedgehog team up?

Story at CBR


For Batman-day, Lego company releases huge Batwing model set based on the 1989 Batman movie

Story at Hollywood Reporter


Tatiana Maslany shall be She-Hulk

She Hulk

She's five-foot-four? So says Deadline Hollywood


Henry Cavill is in for three more Superman roles

Thus says UK Express


The Batman movie resumes production

At this rate, we'll get to see Pattinson (as Bruce Wayne/Batman) literally age as we watch the finished movie as it will be made up of scenes shot over a longer and longer period of time.

Story at SF Gate


Marvel's Star Wars comic reveals Darth's real name and how Luke discovered it

Stuff Wars - Barph Vapor front man for Rebel Skum punk band

This is not art from the Marvel Comic book

Story about Barph's Darth's name at We Got This Covered


DC Universe streaming service changing

Story at Hollywood Reporter


Time to kill Batman again, or that is, Bruce Wayne

Another trip to the morgue for this too-often utilized story - article at CBR - "One story from Detective Comics #1027 reveals which minor villain is truly responsible for the death of Batman."

I guess there is a new tradition that every Batman story writer who gets a long enough run gets their turn to kill the hero.

Reminds me of Grant Morrison's bat-homicide story of 2008:

Batzman and Robyn


Marvel Comics slate for December

Solicitations with images at Gamesradar


Marvel to feature Chris Claremont in December with a special one-shot

The writer who co-created the modern X-Men (with John Byrne, among other artists) is having a 50 year anniversary in December 2020. Claremont's impact on modern comic books can't be measured, his run on the moribund late 1970's X-Men took a second string book and turned it into a model for change and updating storytelling styles that influenced what came next in the 1980s for all the superhero books.

Story at Gamesradar


Changes galore at DC

Bleeding Cool article listing looming changes at the old National Periodical Publications company.


$50 million to Joaquin Phoenix for more Joker movies?

Article at Movieweb says Joaquin Phoenix is being offered $50 million for two more Joker movies. That reminds me, Christian Bale said he'd do one more Batman movie (after Chris Nolan departed) for $50 million, so $50 million for two Joaquin Phoenix movies is a bargain.


Der Batzman

This is not the official poster

New The Batman poster art at Movieweb

Related: Pattinson is "over the Covid" says We Got This Covered



Next Ant-Man movie will have Jonathan Majors

Story at Deadline Hollywood


More Justice League dirty laundry getting aired

Jason Momoa Slams Warner Bros. Amid ‘Justice League’ Investigation: ‘This S— Has to Stop’ - Variety

Jason Momoa Confirms ‘Justice League’ Costar Ray Fisher’s Claims of Mistreatment on ‘Justice League’ Set: ‘Serious Stuff Went Down’ - US Magazine

Ray Fisher Puts Warner Bros. Investigators on Blast Over Justice League Misconduct Case - The Justice League star claims that the independent Warner Bros. investigators have avoided key witnesses. - Movieweb


Halle Berry talks about her old Catwoman movie

Stry at Digital Spy


Jim Lee: officially, 5G not going forward

5G sounded like a suicide pact to many outside of the halls of DC Comics, and it is now probably a huge relief for many that it is cancelled.

As part of the new DC timeline, 5G – or Generation Five – was to have seen the DC Universe relaunch with a new DC Timeline, and all major characters aged up, being replaced in the roles by other, younger, characters. Luke Fox would be the new Batman, Jonathan Kent the new Superman, Captain Cold Jr the new Flash...

Story at Bleeding Cool

More about this at Den of Geek

Lee was responding to speculation about DC’s rumored crossover that might have done everything from replacing all of the current big heroes with newer characters to a hard “back to 1939” reboot for the line, depending on which corners of the internet you mined. Instead, Lee told fans, DC’s publishing plan was to focus on a core line and let the meta-narrative of the DC universe evolve organically, letting individual books breathe and grow rather than “dumping [all the big changes] in one month and renumbering the line and going for that really short-term spike in sales.”

To pull off (another) major revamp of the DC line (its been done before, e.g., "New 52") looked pretty crazy to many people fearful that the already disintegrating comic book industry would tragically and (presumably) unintentionally be showing longtime fans to the exit doors since the characters they had long followed would become absent or at best second-tier concerns. Betting the bank on a load of new fans captured by the new direction looked like a frantic maneuver with less that likely positive results, and the harshest critics of the move were saying it looked like DC Comics was in the grip of some bizarre conspiracy trying to destroy the company from within.


New DC VP wants "a diverse readership"

Daniel Cherry III is the man in the Vice President spot now, and he will play a large role in getting things a little bit more stable at the publisher.

Story at Comic Book


Wonder Woman 84 moves premiere date again

Now it is set for the classic big-budget-desperation release date of Christmas Day, allowing for maximum freetime on the part of families to hit theaters (provided they're reopened, a number of major theater areas are still closed, particularly on the West Coast).

Warner Bros. has found massive success over ... holidays with its DC properties. “Aquaman,” which released in 2018, generated over $1 billion after hitting theaters around Christmastime. The hope, barring a second wave of coronavirus, is that theaters in New York and Los Angeles will be able to open by then.

The obvious question after this move by WW84 is whether the other flashback-female superhero film of 2020, Black Widow, will stick with its release date of Nov. 6, or will it move, too?

Article at Variety



Science: what car did Calvin's Dad drive in the comic strip?

Revealed analysis at Jalopnik


Archie title stops publication

Archie stops publication

First time in 78 years - apparently as a result of the pandemic - story at Comic Book

The last issue at the Archie Comics site though it is assumed future issues will be coming, eventually.


Some of these outfits that pop band ABBA wore are 70's grade superhero suits (in a way)

Abba Agnetha

This drawing is not entirely accurate to the Abba glamour milieu.

Story and pix at Messy Nessy Chic


Comic books cashing in on crowd-funding platforms

Story at Chicago Tribune related: Keannu Reeves Brzrkr


Comic book sales driven up by pandemic

Or so says Yahoo News


Escapism driving comic book sales

So says comic book store Atlanta Galactic Quest manager at 11alive


Supposition for The Batman film: Court of Owls storyline

Story at We Got It Covered


Marvel doesn't need no "fandome"

Story at Cheatsheet


Fans demands: Cavill back into the supersuit

Story at We Got This Covered about fans demanding Henry Cavill return as Superman.


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