It's been a while, and there's been a lot of interesting news, so it's time to play "Good News/Bad News," and by "play" I mean I'm just going to list some news items and provide some light commentary. Let's get started. Shall we?
GOOD NEWS: The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Joe Johnston will be directing "First Avenger: Captain America." This is clearly awesome, because he directed "The Rocketeer," which is one of the best superhero movies ever. Hopefully, his first act as director will be to get the movie a new title.
BAD NEWS: McG is rumored to be a possible director for Wonder Woman. Normally I wouldn't comment on this sort of story (like that other Wonder Woman story that's been going on), but this rumor is so troubling I cannot stay quiet. McG directing Wonder Woman is the WORST. THING. EVER.
GOOD NEWS: There will be no "Graysons" TV series. This was a horrible idea and it's reassuring to learn that Warner Brothers has come to their senses.
BAD NEWS: DC announced the cancellation of Robin, Nightwing, and Birds of Prey. The final issues of each series will be released in February. I hesitated about whether to include this as "Bad News," as it's really more neutral. I'm certain it's all part of the restructuring of the Bat-titles in the wake of "Batman: R.I.P.," but ultimately I am pretty disappointed about it. I've been enjoying Nightwing since Tomasi took over as writer (even though I only started reading because of Rags Morales' art and he lasted for about an issue and a half), and I don't really relish the idea of Dick Grayson becoming Batman, or whatever they have planned for the character. (That's not a spoiler, just a supposition.)
Mostly, though, I'm upset about Birds of Prey. I was looking forward to seeing what Bedard would do with the title once he was settled and not simply tasked with wrapping up Sean McKeever's aborted run on the title. Also, while I'm sure Barbara Gordon will be used quite a bit in other books, Oracle is an immensely useful character and she has strong ties to the Bat-family, this cancellation is likely to leave Huntress, Lady Blackhawk, and, almost certainly, Misfit and Black Alice in character limbo. Manhunter is without a home now too, since her title will also be ending with issue #30. As someone who reads DC mostly for the female characters, I take this hard.
GOOD NEWS: During the Director's Commentary: Astonishing X-Men panel at Wizard World Texas, John Cassaday revealed that he and Joss Whedon are considering working on a "not-comics" project together. Also, Cassaday is still quite cute.
BAD NEWS: Cassaday also mentioned that he has a standing invitation to work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, but has no time to do it. I would love to see his take on the characters. Also, after reading Giant Sized Astonishing X-Men #1, any mention of Joss Whedon and Joss Whedon working together that doesn't include the words "Spider-Man," is a bit of a disappointment. If you've read that issue, you know what I am talking about. Pitch perfect characterization there.
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GOOD NEWS: The iVerse comics application for the iPhone is, apparently, awesome, and you can get the new Flash Gordon comics on there.
BAD NEWS: I don't have an iPhone.
GOOD NEWS: "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" premiers on Cartoon Network this Friday at 8:00.
BAD NEWS: I still have to wait until March for the season 2 premier of "Spectacular Spider-Man," aka the best cartoon since "Batman: the Animated Series."