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Los Angeles Times holds competition for best summer film from 1975–2019, and The Avengers wins

Story at LA Times

Avengers Avenjerks

Apologies to the cast of Avengers


Tom Holland, Tobey Maguire, and Andrew Garfield could have all been in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Idea didn't make it into film. Story at Collider


DC Comics movies list

The entertainment industry is plotting to get back into full-money-making mode, and so the online websites are starting to fill will plans for releases and now concoctions of stars + characters. Here's the DC movie list, which was blown up by the pandemic, but is now starting to stabilize with films that were put on hiatus. It looks like now these titles are being nailed down to new, firm release dates.

Wonder Woman 1984 (August 14, 2020)
The Batman (October 1, 2021)
The Suicide Squad (Aug. 6, 2021)
Black Adam (Dec. 22, 2021)
The Flash (June 3, 2022)
Shazam! 2 (November 4, 2022)
Aquaman 2 (Dec. 16, 2022)

More DC Movies: no dates on these projects, but said to still be possible (caution, there's a lot of abandoned DC Comics movie projects to be found in old news releases):
Aquaman The Trench
New Gods
Batgirl


Spider-Man 2099

Apparently Sony and Disney are thinking of a not-Peter Parker version of Spider-Man for TV programming on Disney Plus streaming service. Story about this at MovieWeb


Suicide Squad movie for 2021 will also be titled Suicide Squad

Huh? Why not at least call it The New Suicide Squad, that sufficed when rebooting the comic series a decade ago.

The new film has a lot of familiar cast, but no Will Smith:

Viola Davis
Idris Elba
Margot Robbie
Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman
Steve Agee
Flula Borg
Juan Diego Botto
Alice Braga
Peter Capaldi
John Cena
Joaquín Cosío
David Dastmalchian
Pete Davidson
Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn
Jennifer Holland
Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior
Mayling Ng
Storm Reid
Michael Rooker
Julio Ruis
Taika Waititi

The director is James Gunn

(Concerning things of Suicide Squad nature, no disrespect to Mr. Gunn, but sure would like for the Dave Ayer's original version of Suicide Squad 2016 to be released, maybe in a deluxe box set with the unreleased Snyder Justice League. And if the buyer still has their ticket stub from the (sub) standard Justice League 2017 theatre release, you get a discount on this box set.)


DC Comics top ordering items at Diamond

Heaviest orders are for Detective Comics #1022, Catwoman 80th Anniversary issues, and Action Comics.

Story at Bleeding Cool


Whats next for the Star Wars franchise

Barbie Star Wars

Barbie Entertainment Star Wars Stormtrooper Doll - AMAZON


Avengers Endgame puzzler solved

Despite originally emerging from the rubble wearing just a black t-shirt, War Machine is later released from Scott's giant hand wearing a patriot coloured super-suit. So, what gives?

Story at Digital Spy


X-Men: The New Mutants going straight to streaming

Story at UK Film Stories


Batman wants you to wash your hands


Geppi at Diamond Distributors says comic sales are increased as new orders are being taken

...what we learnt from Steve Geppi is that the order numbers that have been coming in for the new Final Order Cut-Off dates that were far stronger than Diamond was expecting, Nevertheless he predicted that they are still going to sell out and retailers would be ordering more.

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Story at Bleed Cool and at Newsarama


Making a database of your collection

App to get your comic books, movies, etc., into order. Cost varies. A downloadable version is $29.95 for a year. Includes syncing to artwork and information to make gathering info apparently relatively easy if you use a scanner on a phone.

App at Collectorz

Story about the app at Cnet


Wrightson and Frazetta top auction

Story at Broadway World

The Frank Frazetta The Serpent (aka "Aros") Paperback Novel Cover Painting Original Art (Paperback Library, 1967) and Bernie Wrightson Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein Front Endpapers Illustration Original Art (late 1970s) sparked furious bidding to lead Heritage Auctions' Comics & Comics Art Auction to $9,099,710 in total sales April 30-May 3.

New: Frank Frazetta's Destroyer analyzed


Masque Season

Season of the Mask

More Superhero Mockery


Coming comic books on schedule from publishers

Industry starting to wake up - CBR


Marvel shipping to stores end of May

Starting with a few titles and building up between May 27 and July 8.

Story at NY Times


Praise and hate for "emo Spider-Man"

About the third Sam Raimi Spiderman film - at Collider

The scene, from Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man 3, is one of the most divisive, criticized moments from a film already regarded as one of the genre’s most disappointing duds. It is, in fact, aggressively cheesy. It is, for sure, a gigantic swing. And it’s also a genuinely clever bit of character work that’s unlike anything in the comic book movie realm both before and afterward, offering the kind of layering that the MCU could absolutely benefit from borrowing once in a while."


Has Pandemic changed movie theater going forever?

Story at Times Union


For DC "New Comics Day" is now Tuesday

The new comic distributing companies Lunar and UCS will have Tuesday as their new comics release date, instead of the traditional Wednesday release Diamond Distributors use (and requires from retailers).

Story at Bleeding Cool


Hathaway as Harley Quinn

Originally, Anne Hathaway thought Nolan's 2012 Dark Knight sequel film was looking for a Harley Quinn, so she came to her meeting with the director dressed somewhat like Joker's favorite heart throb, expecting that was the role he was seeking to fill.

“I came in and I had this lovely Vivian Westwood kind of beautiful-but-mad tailoring top with stripes going everywhere,” Hathaway recalled. “And I wore these flat Joker-ey looking shoes. And I was trying to give Chris these crazy little smiles.”

Story at IGN


New Diamond Previews catalog #380 coming May 27

Will contain items for August. Details at Newsarama


Spider-Man's official cinematic home has an exciting, familiar new name

... IGN has confirmed that Sony has given an official name to the series of films they plan to make using characters from Marvel Comics: Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters. It's not as catchy as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the acronym SPUMC doesn't have quite the same ring to it as the MCU. But it does the job of indicating that these films are based on the immensely popular Marvel characters, and don't rely solely on Spider-Man to attract viewers..."

Well, it's better than SPASM (Sony presents a Spiderman Marvelverse).

Story at IGN


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