We mentioned the anti-DC Relaunch protest march planned for San Diego Comic Con earlier this morning, but it’s been niggling at me and I think I realise why.
DC Comics would love a large protest. Lots of people calling for the head of Dan DiDio. Dressed up in classic non-segmented costumes without a hint of collar, ad showing lots of leg. Something to show some passion, show some involvement, create a controversy and maybe get some TV coverage as a result. With people screaming that Harley Quinn keep her classic look, and a cut to Jim Lee shrugging his shoulders saying that you’ve just got to move with the times. Safe in the knowledge that most of the protestors will buy the comics anyway, and lots more people will be intrigued.
But there’s a problem.
There are currently 221 people maybe attending this protest. Which, considering most won’t actually be going to the San Diego Comic Con, may get down to around sixty people who actually might join the protest. So far.
And it’s just not enough. There will be more people in the zombie march, more people queuing outside Dick’s Last Resort, more people fighting with light sabres, more people crossing the tracks at any given time. Sixty people means squat at Comic Con. DC would really like more people to make a fuss.
Unless… there’s a counter protest.
Think about it, there were about four or five members of the Westboro Baptist Church protesting Comic Con. But hundreds protesting the protest, including yours truly. And that got coverage and I found myself on Fox News in the process.
Think about it. One bunch of fans protesting, another bunch of fans protesting in the other direction. That’s conflict, that is. That gets coverage. And that will get Dan Didio rubbing his hands.
Maybe they could have banners like READ THE COMIC BEFORE YOU CONDEMN IT, HARLEY QUINN DESERVES TO GET A TAN or GIVE SCOTT LOBDELL ANOTHER BOOK!
Summer 2013 will be the season of The Avengers aftermath with a third Iron Man and now second Thor picture on the calendar.
Marvel Studios and Disney have tonight announced that Thor will return for a other solo adventure on July 26th, 2013. At the same time, they’ve said that Kenneth Branagh will not be returning to direct.
Branagh will instead be directing Italian Shoes, based upon the novel by Henning Mankel. Just this last week or so , that project was awarded funding by the BFI. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the timing of Marvel’s announcement wasn’t purely coincidental.
Anybody going to offer me odds on a 2013 return for Captain America too? Though, actually, my hunch is we’ll not see him again until 2014, probably sharing the summer months with a new Hulk picture, or maybe Nick Fury of SHIELD. Blind guesswork.[Note: We have had to remove images from the feed due to other high-traffic sites hotlinking our hosted images. We hope to be able to restore them here eventually. In the meantime, see bleedingcool.com for complete post]
Nothing puts a bit of excitement into making a movie like having two actors drop out when you’ve already started filming, but as the cameras start rolling in Malta our friends at Vulture bring us some sad decasting news. World War Z, the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Max Brooks’ novel, has just lost Lost star Matthew Fox, who last time we reported was said to be have a small role as a paratrooper, along with acting heavyweight Ed Harris. Apparently Fox dropped out due to a scheduling conflict due to a prior commitment to star in Summit Entertainment’s I, Alex Cross, while Harris needed to take time off to continue lamenting his appearance in National Treasure: Book of Secrets. OK, that last statement might not be true, but it should be.
Don’t worry, though, Brad Pitt is still onboard in a lead role alongside James Badge Dale and Mereille Enos. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the film is a thriller based on a series of fictional interviews with witnesses of a worldwide zombie plague, set in the aftermath of a lengthy war between human and … smelly decomposing human. Despite these casting casualties it remains a project to keep a close watch on. Just make sure you wear protective gear and always aim for the head.[Note: We have had to remove images from the feed due to other high-traffic sites hotlinking our hosted images. We hope to be able to restore them here eventually. In the meantime, see bleedingcool.com for complete post]
Batman Odyssey will be returning in October with a new volume and a new number one. And creator Neal Adams wants everyone to know it.
[Note: We have had to remove images from the feed due to other high-traffic sites hotlinking our hosted images. We hope to be able to restore them here eventually. In the meantime, see bleedingcool.com for complete post]
What the heck is happening with Batman Odyssey?
DC tells us the solicitations have begun for the last 7 monthly issues.
Your stores have not been reacting to your enthusiasm, but rather, they have been reacting to the internet chatter. Chatter that I…. perhaps should have responded to.
Now it’s all verblunget and you guys are the ones who are losing out, and I am sorry.
The continuing series is just great! It’s exciting and dramatic with neanderthals, evolved dinosaurs, magicians, war, death, gnomes, trolls and tests, the like of which Batman, the modern Ulysses has never faced in his life… all happening in a real underworld.
The multiple climaxes are killer. But if you care…. Man, I hate to say this… you’ve got to hoc your stores like bloody hell to get these issues.
My promise to you is to give you the best, most exciting comic books ever. I’ve never failed you, and I never will. But this time, you’ve got to dig in and demand your stores get this. The best Batman series ever.
A note: You notice Marvel is actually promoting my work for them? Avengers and the “Secret Project?” You’ll notice Dark Horse is promoting Blood? Well, for some reason, DC isn’t promoting “Batman Odyssey.”
So…. it’s up to you and me, guys and gals.