– In advance of their solicitations for May, DC has announced that they are giving former Milestone and Kid’s WB headliner Static his own comic book series once again. The curious thing about it is that it will not be written by the character’s co-creator as well as TV writer for Warner Brothers animation and former JLA writer, Dwayne McDuffie. Instead, writer Felicia Henderson and artists Scott McDaniel and Jonathon Glapion will bring STATIC SHOCK to life once more, according to DC’s official blog (http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/02/11/static-shock-to-star-in-his-own-book-this-spring/). The series will hit stores in May and naturally feature his adventures in Dakota. Originally planned as a Marvel character, McDuffie and artist John Paul Leon made the character for DC’s 90’s imprint line, Milestone, circa 1993. His comic (STATIC) was canceled in 1997, but Kid’s WB chose to make a cartoon series around the character, which McDuffie was involved in; the series ran for four seasons and even featured guest appearances by Batman (both the present and Beyond versions), Superman, Green Lantern, and the Justice League. His last official DC series was a mini series in 2001. The character has since joined the pages of the TEEN TITANS in 2008 and is finally returning to his own solo title. DC sought to “integrate” the Milestone characters into their DC Universe proper; perhaps to answer a long held criticism that DC is lacking of minority superheroes. As Static has long been the most popular of the Milestone characters (helped greatly by a TV series), this does make commercial sense, although one might ask what took DC so long. Dwayne McDuffie still writes for DC animation, although he ruffled many feathers in the comic book offices by giving many interviews to online news publications that were critical of how his editors handled his JLA run (even implying they were hesitant to put “too many black characters” onto the JLA). This caused him to be abruptly fired from the book, albeit after it took DC brass nearly a year to notice McDuffie’s interviews. It took DC an awfully long time to try to translate the TV success of BATMAN BEYOND into a modestly selling comic launch, so it seems due that Static now has his chance.
– DC will be releasing an original Batman graphic novel from the artist behind their successful JOKER, titled BATMAN: NOEL. It will be written and drawn by Lee Bermejo, who drew JOKER alongside writer Brian Azzarello (http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/02/10/announcing-batman-noel-an-original-graphic-novel-by-lee-bermejo/). The plot of the series is unknown, but it perhaps focuses on the Dark Knight’s fued against Santa Claus; all he wanted was a train set, and instead he got dead parents. In additional Batman news, Marion Cotillard has been confirmed as being “in talks” to appear in Chris Nolan’s “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”, although her role has not been confirmed (http://batman-news.com/2011/02/13/marion-cotillard-in-the-dark-knight-rises-after-all/). It took over half a year to confirm who Tom Hardy was playing, after all (he’s Bane). Rumors speculate that she may be cast as Talia Al Ghul, the daughter of Ra’s who has been noted as being up to appear in the film for some time. Anne Hathaway has already been confirmed as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, but some extra girl power never hurt a film.
– DC has released their official solicitation for FLASHPOINT #1, which kicks off their crossover event for 2011 (http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/02/10/flashpoint-thursday-noon-eastern-edition-live-from-comicspro/). It is centered around Barry Allen (the past and current Flash) as he awakens and finds that his entire world, as well as his heroic allies, have been altered. It is up to him to set things back on track. One imagines this is yet another means of “universe shuffling” that DC has done at least twice within less than a decade. As predicted, Cyborg (the Teen Titan, not the villain) will also be central to the story.
– Vertigo has announced a new anthology series to ship in May called STRANGE ADVENTURES, which has a focus on science fiction tales. Each issue will feature eight 10-page stories. Anthologies are common in the U.K. and Japan, but remain relatively unpopular in the U.S. for at least the past 35 years or so. This series will feature SPACEMAN, the new collaboration of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso; it will also feature work by Peter Milligan, Scott Synder and Jeff Lemire. It is unknown what an 80 page anthology series will be priced at, although $7.99 would be fair for that much material.
– In tragic Super-news, Joanne Siegal, the widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegal, passed away earlier today at the age of 93 (http://www.comicsbeat.com/2011/02/14/rip-joanne-siegel/). She had been involved in Jerry’s heir’s lawsuit for royalties from DC and Warner Brothers and was long hailed as the inspiration behind Lois Lane. During the Great Depression, Joanne Kovacs advertised in the newspaper seeking employment as an artist’s model, and was eventually hired by Superman’s creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegal; the latter of whom would marry her. They modeled the character of Lois Lane after her, who would become just as famous as the titular Superman. In additional Superman news, director Zack Synder spoke with SFX (http://www.sfx.co.uk/2011/02/09/zack-snyder-talks-superman-movie/) and has brought hope to many fans by stating his opinion that “Superman needs to be physical.” Will this mean Superman will actually hit someone or something on the big screen for the first time in nearly 25 years? And if so, will it be a better threat than Nuclear Man? Things reach an absurd note when TMZ reported that Lindsay Lohan, a.k.a. “the Whirling Train-Wreck”, is reportedly pitching for a major role in the next Superman film (http://www.tmz.com/2011/02/08/lindsay-lohan-felony-grand-theft-jewelry-store-necklace-surveillance-investigation-felony-video-probation-violation-venice-prosecution-district-attorney-lapd/). While the role is not of Lois Lane, it appears that it is for a role that is more than a cameo. Her film credits have hit a skid, to say the least, since 2005’s “HERBIE: FULLY LOADED”, although she did recently appear in last year’s “MACHETE”. Such a role would also rely on whether or not she winds up in jail for an impending larceny charge or some other parole violation. Rosamund Pike, reported last week as in the running for a female lead role, is out as she will instead star in “CLASH OF THE TITANS 2” (http://www.deadline.com/2011/02/rosamunde-pike-to-play-andromeda-in-clash-of-the-titans-2/). One can almost hear Liam Neeson screaming, “RELEASE THE SEQUEL!”
– A casting sheet for David E. Kelley’s “WONDER WOMAN” pilot has popped up online; the description of all the “characters” Wonder Woman herself demands of an actress may recall the classic song, “Ruby Tuesday”. The sheet also confirms characters such as Etta Candy, Steve Trevor, and Myndi Mayer (http://dcwomenkickingass.tumblr.com/post/3261386634/wwcasting). Meanwhile, Jeffrey Reiner is close to landing the directing gig for the pilot (http://www.deadline.com/2011/02/jeffrey-reiner-closes-in-on-wonder-woman-pilot-directing-gig/); other pilots he has directed include “TRAUMA” and “THE EVENT”, as well as “CAPRICA”. He was also the director and co-executive producer for “FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS”, so he has many ties to NBC (the network that will air the show).
– Producer Joel Silver stated to MTV that any film development for SWAMP THING and SGT. ROCK have been held up over “rights disputes” – i.e. legal red tape as to who owns what and who can air alternate media productions (http://splashpage.mtv.com/2011/02/09/swamp-thing-and-sgt-rock-movies-remain-in-limbo-says-producer/). That is good to know, because people are rallying in the streets to see more Swamp Thing and Sgt. Rock, right? How about WB actually get that Flash movie made?
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