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November 10, 2022

Black Adam opening hits $67+ millionMSN Hollywood Reporter

Whew. Thanks to a pair of movies featuring some of the world’s biggest movie stars, the domestic box office came alive after a tough fall.

How the Superman cameo was filmed in secretMSN Hollywood Reporter

Superhero movies the only place for "big paydays"MSN Hollywood Reporter

McFarlane shows off Jim Lee Cover for Batman-Spawn CrossoverComicbook

Reviews and promo stories for Black Adam

"Dwayne Johnson's long fight to get Black Adam made"CBS News

Johnson told "CBS Mornings" co-host Gayle King he loved DC Comics and Superman as a child, but couldn't relate to him. It was different with Black Adam. "When I first saw a 'Black Adam' comic book and I saw the cover, he looked intense. He had brown skin, and he was a superhero? I said, 'That's my guy. I wanna be him,'" Johnson said.

Black Adam production wants the Superman fight to spread over multiple moviesYahoo

"The Dwayne Johnson Passion Project"Reuters - MSN

"Did Dwayne Johnson ruin Black Adam by being too much Dwayne Johnson?"Daily Beast

"The Rock Cuts Loose in Loud, Fun Supervillain Spectacle"CNET

"Black Adam was going to be Rated R but four rounds of cuts got it to PG-13"MSN-Variety

"Bad news, critics are not pleased"Cinemablend

"Negative reviews coming in on Black Adam"Variety

R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the DamnedComicbook

One of the weirdest — and arguably, most critically-panned — comic book movie franchises is back for more. This week, Universal Pictures debuted the first trailer for R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned, a direct-to-video follow-up to the Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges-led R.I.P.D., which was first released in 2013. This new film will be a prequel, focusing on the origin story of Roy Pulsipher, an Old West sheriff who will be portrayed by Burn Notice alum Jeffrey Donovan. The cast also includes Penelope Mitchell, Richard Fleeshman, Jake Choi, and Kerry Knuppe.

Paul Dano personal backstory for The Riddler derived from a comic book he made for building up the character for The Batman movie MSN News

Dano speaks about this journey with GQ, noting that part of his process for any role is figuring out how his character “gets to page one.” From that notion was born The Riddler: Year One (“partially inspired” by the Frank Miller classic Batman: Year One). The Batman director Matt Reeves was apparently so impressed with Dano’s thoroughness that he connected the actor to DC Comics, and the rest is history.

Wakanda Forever starts off with foreign earnings at $10 million, Projections show the tentpole opening to at least $175 million in North AmericaHollywood Reporter

Wm Shatner involved with a Jonah Hex series spin-off from the dead-ended Arrowverse?CBR

Created by writer John Albano and artist Tony DeZuniga, Jonah Hex first appeared in DC Comics' All-Star Western #10 in 1972. The character is typically depicted as a surly and cynical bounty hunter whose face is scarred on the right side. Despite his poor reputation and personality, Hex is bound by a personal code of honor to protect and avenge the innocent.

DC doesn't have a Twitter Blue Check mark, but Marvel doesBleeding Cool

What the news seems to say: The DC slate coming up:

Black Adam 2
Black Canary
Joker 2
JSA movie
Superman (Man of Steel 2?)
The Batman 2
Wonder Woman 3
Justice League 2

Mighty Marvel Masterworks Namor the Sub-Mariner Trade editioncomicbook

Kevin O'Neill has diedComic Book

Artist on League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has diedIGN

Black Adam has third week as number 1 film at box office, but next weekend is the arrival of Black Panther Wakanda ForeverVariety

After three weeks of release, “Black Adam” has generated $137.3 million in North America and $319 million globally. It’s a solid result, one that improves greatly upon another recent DC entry, 2021’s “The Suicide Squad” (which tapped out with $168 million globally while playing simultaneously on HBO Max in North America) and it’ll soon pass 2019’s Shazam!” (which earned $366 million worldwide). However, the latest Warner Bros. standalone superhero story still has ways to go to justify its massive $195 million production budget.


James Gunn in charge at DC and he "emphasized a belief in the benefits of opening a dialogue with fans" – Stories about Gunn and Peter Safran taking over DC movies at Variety and at Hollywood Reporter

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The Riddler in Richmond Virginia

Getting closer to the auction date on Rob Liefeld's original concept art for DeadpoolGraphic Policy

The Heritage Auction page for the Deadpool original art

Why ain't they make Black Adam R-Rated? Because they ain't going to R-Rate Dwayne JohnsonMSN Movie Web

"There was a thing coming from the director and the producers that, "Hey, we want to make this movie for everybody. Dwayne's got a huge fan base, and he has a family fan base." For us, it wasn't about keeping with any tone of DC, past or present. It was about establishing our tone and our brand and the Black Adam brand.....

What this probably means: You can't obtain ticket purchases from a significant portion of the public by alienating them from the product.

Review Black Adam - 2022

Black Adam hurtles forward with a glowering Dwayne Johnson as the hero who isn't a hero (and the characters tells you so) but all the same has to fill in that role when the chips are down in the perpetually oppressed country of Kahndaq (which in the course of this tale gets beaten up pretty badly, like Tokyo at the mercy of Godzilla.)

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Original page November 9, 2022 | Updated December 14, 2022