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March 11, 2022
Marvels offerings for "Women's History Month" – Oklahoman
Warners is shuffling the schedules on its coming films
Dwayne Johnson says DC Superpets is now opening July 29 and Black Adam is premiering on Oct 21
Shazam 2 is moving to Christmas 2022 according to Variety – meanwhile Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is moving from December 16, 2022, to open now on March 17, 2023. Also, The Flash exits 2022 and is slated for June 23, 2023.
HBO Max orders a Penguin series with Colin Farrell – Hollywood Reporter
More DC is doomed: "Days are numbered" says Shane Davis – Bounding into Comics
King Conan title revamping a character after complaints – Myjoyonline
The third issue of “King Conan,” published on February 16, finds its protagonist stranded on an island with a scantily clad princess named Matoaka. The princess, as it turns out, has a dark past: She hails from “a land far to the west,” and once fell in love with a man who tried to colonize her people. When the man ransacked her home, she killed him, but her father nonetheless exiled her to the island, where she’s now cursed to lure other would-be colonizers away from her native land. To people in Indian Country, Matoaka’s name and backstory were a clear reference to the real-life Pocahontas, who privately went by the same name.
She-Hulk stuff starting to come out with Tatiana Maslany's image – comicbook
Manga sales top Graphic Novel sales – Comicbook
According to the outlet, NPD BookScan, manga made up a whopping 76.1% of overall graphic novel sales in the Adult Fiction category within the United States. This doesn't mean that things are boding poorly for North American comic book sales necessarily, as overall sales for the periodicals had gone up 65% from 2020 to 2021. However, as the site notes, sales had actually gone up 100% from 2019 to 2020, thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns.
The Batman prequel for HBO Max is not happening – Yahoo News
The Batman worldwide haul at $258,208,624
Numbers at Box Office Mojo
DC Comics moving out of one Warner Bros office location, slated for another – Bleeding Cool
The new DC Comics offices will be in the newly built Frank Gehry-designed "iceblock" office towers, plans for which were unveiled two years ago. At the time then-Warner Bros Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff said that "These incredible new buildings will combine state-of-the-art technology with a dynamic work environment and allow us to re-imagine not only our workspace but our future. This is an investment in our employees, our creative and business partners, and the Burbank community." Warner Bros plans to move into the new buildings in 2023, coinciding with the AT&T-owned studio's 100th anniversary, but ownership and post-pandemic needs have switched that timetable up. The current schedule is for DC Comics to move into one of the towers of the new building in June – the other tower is still being completed.
Feelings of hope for movie theaters after The Batman's big debut – SF Gate
Steranko exhibit – Vindicator
The artist turns his attention to American heroes in an exhibition opening March 13 at the Butler Institute of American Art. “Steranko and the American Hero” will include paintings of comic-book characters, literary figures and cinematic icons by the 83-year-old artist who helped create the look of Indiana Jones for Steven Spielberg and George Lucas on “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and worked with Francis Ford Coppola on his version of “Dracula.” The Butler, which originally planned to open the show in May 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic forced its postponement, is expecting big crowds.
“His appearances for two years have been canceled,” Wendy Swick, public relations director, said. “He’s got a very strong connection with his fan base. … We’ve had a lot of inquiries. They’re really champing at the bit for a book, and there will be a book and a poster.” Those inquiries have come from as far away as Australia, and the Butler will have both a catalog for the exhibition and a poster, including a limited number of signed copies available for purchase.
The Batman so far is second only to Spider-Man No Way I Flop for weekend opening in 2022, heading toward a $130 million weekend start – Hollywood Reporter
Whoa: The Batman could go to $130 million opening – Variety
The DC adaptation is tracking to open somewhere between $120 million and $130 million for the weekend. With more than $50 million already in the bank, “The Batman” is already the biggest opening weekend of 2022, with Sony’s “Uncharted” standing at a distant second with a $44 million three-day debut. It’s yet another demonstration that superhero appointment viewing is in a league of its own for moviegoers.
Counting the Thursday ticket sales, The Batman is tracking toward the $100 million goal for opening weekend – MSN News
Will Eisner special event on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con Museum – KPBS
"The DC Comics disaster continues as offices shut down" – Cosmicbook
Specifics aren't really known, but it sounds like the DC Comics offices are closing down for good as instead of downsizing to smaller offices or a building, it sounds as if the DC Comics offices are no longer in a WB building as they are now said to be going to "hot desk" model in a new building...
"How a comics legend regained control of an antihero he created at DC, and got 50 Cent on board for a movie adaptation" – Yahoo News
The Batman Post-Credit Scene – it's just a tiny little sliver of something – Bleeding Cool
The bountiful big bucks of Batman – CNBC
If anyone thought the success of ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ was an anomaly, then ‘The Batman’ looks to show that success for movie theaters is indeed a trend built on the appeal of blockbuster-style films," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.
A thought unrelated to the article: when comic books were basically a concern of kids (and sold in manga-like numbers, i.e., millions of copies) the mainstream media could care less, whether as an art form or as an industry. What changed? The money of box office movies and the corporate parentage of once independent comic book companies. Now comic books aren't just an art form but an investment class money-magnet, and as you probably know, kids now read manga, not American comics.
Spoiler: they really snuck something in at the end of The Batman – Yahoo
The "Se7en" of superhero movies – SF Gate
Buying comics as a prelude to the release of The Batman – WFMZ
Golden Apple and Frank Miller boosting efforts to curate and preserve collections – Games Radar MSN
Reviews for The Batman are a "mixed bag" – Illinois Times
Manga sales doubled in 2021 – comicbook
Comic books might rule the box office, but when it comes to book sales, you cannot beat manga. The medium is selling like crazy these days whether you shop in Japan or the United States. In fact, a new report confirmed suspicions today as fans were informed just how big manga has gotten. Its sales have more than doubled stateside, and things can only go up from here.
The movie Batmen, ranked – MSN USA Today
They sure do leave out a lot of names.
Batman's fear: white fish and lemon – Yahoo News Insider
No Batman movie for Russia – AV Club
Abu Dhabi site of new comic book studio – MSN News
Called Sandstorm, the new studio calls for submissions from aspiring comic book creators in the Emirate and wider UAE, with the entity ready to provide expertise, support and professional guidance.
The ultimate aim is to share these locally-sourced stories created by Emiratis or UAE residents with the rest of the world through international partnerships.
Japanese comics business grows even more – Anime News Network
The National Publishing Association and Publishing Science Institute revealed in the monthly publication journal Shuppan Geppо̄ that Japan's domestic comic market, which combines print and digital publishing, has reached 675.9 billion yen (about US$5.9 billion) in 2021. This is an increase of 10.3% from the previous year.
Original page March 11, 2022 | Updated April 30, 2022