I've been remiss in writing about comics for Geektress. I'm a slacker, but isn't that what comic readers do? DC's relaunch has given me the chance to start fresh, and read comics I've never looked at before. Here's what I think as a new reader to the DC-verse (selected titles only since I can't afford to read them all):
When DC's animation department announced that they were going to start a Green Lantern tv show, I probably yawned. It's no secret that most of us here find the Lantern Corps. boring. Nothing against the thousands of fans of the comic book, but Hal Jordan just doesn't appeal to us.
During New York Comic Con this year, Bruce Timm (who executive produces the show) debuted the series first episode. We didn't get to see the episode, but after the jump we have some info on the two part premiere, including a look at some clips from it, and our thoughts.
My obsession with the Red Lanterns is no secret. (See here and here.) I love angry cats and I also love being angry. Really, I do. It’s liberating. This is why I’m pleased with the direction the Red Lantern book is going. In the second issue Atrocitus asks the all important question for the Red Lanterns: is some rage more justifiable than others?
As you all know, I'm pretty new to the DCU and I've used this relaunch to get involved in comics again for the first time in a while. I read trades that are already well under way, but this is the first time I've read floppies in years. So far, I'm really enjoying myself and feel like I have current stuff to talk about with Geektress and the CBQs for a change. You know, instead of what happened in X-Men back in 2003.
The final script from Dwayne McDuffie is the adaptation of Mark Waid’s "JLA: Tower of Babel," being released as "Justice League: Doom" in 2012. Instead of stunt casting and making us put up with a Baldwin as Batman, Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Michael Rosenbaum, Carl Lumbly and Susan Eisenberg will all reprise their original roles from the Justice League cartoon. Bumper Robinson joins the cast as Cyborg, and Nathan Fillion is apparently going to be Green Lantern even though we all prefer him as Steve Trevor.
I've never been a DC kind of girl and never really even given two craps about anything Green Lantern before I met my husband, who is a huge fan. I used to get a kick out of making the "Jon/John Stewart isn't black" joke every time Dave went on about some Green Lantern plot line. But then, Green Lantern exploded into a whole bunch of other colored lanterns and Dex Starr was born.
I fell in love. I don't know all the details and I don't need to. What isn't there to love about an angry blue acid/blood/vomit spewing kitty? With the relaunch of the DCU comes a new comic dedicated to the Red Lanterns and you bet your rage filled ass I'll be reading it.
We often get emails informing us of new things on the horizon, and while these press releases are vaguely informative, we usually don't have much to say about them, and thus don't post them on the site. However, if you wait long enough, you have a collection of tidbits about a lot of stuff. That's what this is -- the donut holes of blog posts.
(Interesting instructional to turn Timbits in to Cake Pops is right here.)
Starting tomorrow, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights will be out on Blu-Ray and DVD. Like Batman: Gotham Knights, the WB Animated release is a series of vignettes. This time they're about Hal Jordan and the Lantern Corps, and are designed to lead up to Warner Bros.'s release of Green Lantern next Friday.
However, you can download the movie right now at on-demand sites, or via your cable provider. You can also check out a buttload of special online features via the "I Am Green Lantern" site. You can create custom profile banners and pictures for Facebook, and unlock an exclusive video clip and downloads.
The animated feature stars Nathan Fillion as Hal, and through flashback shorts, tells the story of the Lantern Corps. After the jump we have a clip with Kilowog (played by Henry Rollins,) and an interview with Rollins and Nathan Fillion. (Plus, more photos!)
At age 15, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper was the youngest professional wrestler to ever enter the squared circle – and he would proceed to hold more than 38 titles while eclipsing 7,000 victories in professional matches. Wherever he goes, somebody asks Piper if he has any bubblegum. He wrote an autobiography called "In the Pit with Piper," and has a one-man show called "An Evening With Roddy Piper" where he relates "stories of Bear wrestling, Andre The Giant's drinking and Ric Flair's enormous schlong."
On June 7, Roddy Piper has his very first voiceover role for animation as the barbaric Bolphunga in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.
This month on Brave And The Bold, Batman teams up with Green Lantern to help him kick the snot out of some robo-babes.
Haha, not really. Well, sort of. The Zamarons sort of look like pink cyborg Amazons to me, though. So this episode will apparently tell the story of Star Sapphire, who I'm not actually that familiar with because I'm not much of a Green Lantern fan. But after the jump, Hal Jordan is going to tell you all about it, and then Batman is going to beat the crap out of a bunch of Zamarons while Star Sapphire yells at Green Lantern to be less of a wussy. Also, Wonder Woman for some reason (the press release did not explain.)
Shortly before The Dark Knight premiered in theaters, DC Animation released Gotham Knight, a collection of young Batman stories designed to carry on the story from Batman Begins up to the story being told in Dark Knight. There was also the experiment to draw Batman using several prominent anime illustrators, something that had never been done before (officially.)
This year on June 7, ten days before the live-action Green Lantern movie is released in theaters, DC will be doing it again.
Lots of big announcements coming out lately regarding superhero adaptations, probably the biggest being the announcement that Samuel L. Jackson has signed a nine picture deal with Marvel, ensuring that he will be playing Nick Fury to our geek hearts' content, or at least three years, given Marvel's current production schedule of two movies a year. I guess all that complaining about Marvel being cheap worked for him. I mean, it's not like Mickey Rourke has a deal to play the villain in "Iron Man 2" yet, despite principle photography beginning in April.
In the world of "well, that's just freaking cool," it has also been reported that Michel Gondry will be the new director for "The Green Hornet," after Stephen Chow dropped out a while back. Sure this clearly represents that Gondry is selling out, but at least we're going to get a movie that is going to be directed by Michel Gondry and feature Stephen Chow as Kato. That alone is more interesting than the old television series ever was.
Then there's the news that Warner Bros. may actually be ready to make and release a superhero movie that isn't Batman or "The Watchmen." At least, that's what the announced December 17, 2010 release date for the Green Lantern movie would seem to indicate. Personally, I'll believe it when I see it. Fortunately, Warner Bros. has a lot of movies planned for 2010 and 2011, with at least a few of them being a sure bet for release. Particularly interesting is the planned 2011 grudge match between Harry Potter and The Avengers, and I'm looking forward to Christopher Nolan's "Inception," since I don't think he's made a movie I haven't liked. (via Comingsoon.net, with plenty more release dates at the link.)