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February 7, 2023
Here’s Gunn responding to a fan who said WB still has final say over all things DCU.— Superman On Film (@SupermanOnFilm) February 7, 2023
It’s a whole new era over there, thanks to the formation of DC Studios. pic.twitter.com/svtoZ9RFLA
Update Feb 17, 2023: Observer "Tintin Illustration Sells for $2.3 Million as Comic Art Prices Soar. A 1942 cover of "Tintin in America" sold for millions amid increased demand for comic collectibles."
Other artwork being offered in the Comic Strip section:
- Enki Bilal
- Philippe Druillet
- Jean Graton
- André Franquin
- Hermann Huppen
- Eddy Pappe
- Hugo Pratt
- Albert Uderzo
Mike Doran exits GamesRadar – Comics Beat
One of the founders of online comics journalism has stepped down from their long time post. Mike Doran, fo-counder of Newsarama, one of the very first comics news sites on the web, has left his position at GamesRadar+, which absorbed Newsarama as a standalone site
James Gunn's plans are improving DC Comics sales – Yahoo News [English]
It looks like Gunn's grocery list of future plans for the DCU has meant the comic series in his announcements have skyrocketed in sales, some selling out on Amazon.
Unfaithful comic book adaptations to film "annoy comics fans" – MSN CBR
Are digital comics dead?
The video message seems to be that Digital is Inevitable but the current clime is untenable because of the lack of trust for the platforms plus some other factors.
Related: From Yahoo Finance about digital borrowing:
During the year, readers borrowed 555 million ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, comics and other digital content, a 10 percent increase over 2021. This record circulation led to another milestone: Readers have checked out a total of 3 billion digital books from public libraries, schools and academic libraries in the OverDrive network ....
"God of War Ragnarok Reveals Staggering New Sales Total" – Comicbook
The UK Royal Mail to release X-Men Stamps on February 16 – Kent Online UK
They are presenting a gaggle of products for this - buy them online at the Royal mail website
James Gunn maps out the DC Films future
James Gunn takes a shot at how films are made today, and the internet thinks he means not just DC Films, but Marvel too – Deadline Hollywood
...productions were known for their reshoots, Gunn promised, "People have become beholden to dates, to holding dates, to getting movies made no matter what. At the end of the day, I’m a writer at my heart, and we’re not going to be making movies before the screenplay is finished. And if that means our plan has to shift a little bit–it’s going to happen, we know it’s going to happen…we’re not going to be making movies and putting hundreds of millions of dollars in a film where a screenplay is only two-thirds of the way done and we have to finish it while we’re making the movie. I’ve seen it happen again and again, and it’s a mess. I think it’s the primary reason for the deterioration in the quality of films today versus 30 years ago." Gunn mentioned how on Suicide Squad he did no reshoots, and on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 he did a day of picking up "and it’s because of having screenplays prepared before we shoot. I don’t want to get into this massive spending of hundreds of millions of dollars on reshoots."
Batmobile on clearance - Feb 2023
Unboxing Wonder Woman
The Artgerm Wonder Woman statue - big and heavy
Official News on The Batman Sequel
Its all around the internet that The Batman II from Matt Reeves now has a release date of Oct. 3, 2025. Apparently this is not to go in the obvious direction (a Joker movie) but to utilize "other villains in Batman's Rogues Gallery."
Internet rumour: A Plastic Man movie is possible from the new batch of projects from the James Gunn-run DC Films.
"Gods and Monsters" plan of ten projects from James Gunn for DC Films
Some of what's planned:
Superman movie in 2025 Superman: Legacy
Brave and the Bold movie
Batman and Son movie based on the Grant Morrison Damian stories, apparently
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow movie (apparently based on the Tom King series)
Swamp Thing film
Waller TV Series
Creature Commandos TV Series
What's already coming:
Shazam Fury of the Gods and The Flash films
And then there's also DC Elseworlds:
The Batman sequel with Robert Pattinson
A sequel to the Joker with Joaquin Phoenix and Lady Gaga
Coverage all over the internet:
Profile of Bulletproof Comics in Brooklyn – Epic Center NYC
Graphic novel awards at 2023 ALA Youth Media event – Comics Beat
Complaints about chaos and trouble behind-the-scenes at MCU/Disney film-making – CBR
The article speaks from the perspective of "inside" people who have complaints about how things are being done. The pressure at Disney/Marvel to just coast on past successes and to let the mammoth earnings cover over flagging energy must be enormous. I say this without any actual insight into Marvel-Disney, but instead just how movie studios of the past seem to inevitably go off the rails after a long-winning streak (RKO, M-G-M, etc). It seems what happens is that someone dies (like a head of production who kept things lined up in good order and boxed the ears of anyone powerful enough to screw it up for everyone else) or that back-room owners and financiers decide they've made enough money and now they want to be a "Creative," too, and step forward with their great ideas. Perhaps the issue is simpler that what heralds trouble coming is the Joan Didion rule: when the creative energy is absorbed into making the contracts and distribution deals such that it doesn't matter if the film bombs because the interested parties have all been paid up front, that's a bad sign.
...one frequent issue that aggravates contractors is Marvel's request to alter endings rather than stick to what was initially agreed upon in pre-production. The animator explained, "It’s kind of like putting the last coat of paint on a car, and while you’re putting on this last coat, you’re trying to decide what color you want. They don’t figure stuff out early enough."
Hollywood cleaning house of "weak material, dumping it into theatres" – Forbes
This isn't new, it's a practice of Movie studios since the emergence of theatre chains and that's a hundred years ago. Vanity projects and stuff that looked good on paper but looks lousy on the screen gets hurled into theaters kind of the way the classic pasta chef hurls spaghetti on the wall to see if anything will stick.
Before we reach sequel oasis in March that offers Creed III, Scream VI, John Wick: Chapter 4 and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, you have to weather the drought of Plane, 80 for Brady, and Fear, among other discards from production companies hedging their bets in this bizarre post-pandemic marketplace.
Comparing the team ups of Marvel and DC Comics – Gobookmart
They lead off looking at Justice League vs Avangers
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