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Joker Solo Movie Script Expected in Soon

The script for Warner Bros. and DC's upcoming Joker movie is reportedly nearing completion, and the film could begin shooting as early as next year.

Variety film reporter Justin Kroll took to Twitter to say he's heard the script for the film "will be turned in by next week." Kroll notes this is "super fast" when considering reports of a Joker origin movie surfaced less than a month ago, and "bodes well for 2018 shoot."

The Hangover's Todd Phillips is said to be attached as both writer and director on the film, which will detail the origins of The Joker. Phillips is reportedly co-writing the script with Scott Silver (8 Mile), with Martin Scorsese attached to produce alongside Phillips.

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Venomverse #3 Review

Venomverse may be a very underwhelming Marvel event, but at least it bucks the usual trend by getting slightly better, not worse, over time. For whatever it's worth, issue #3 is the strongest chapter to date. It doesn't necessarily address any of the fundamental flaws of the book, but this issue does at least have more fun with the premise and the large cast of characters.

Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello introduce a major wrinkle into the conflict in this issue by dragging another iconic Spider-Man villain into the fray. Where the first two issues found some success in exploring the lingering Peter Parker/Eddie Brock rivalry, this issue finds even more success in mining this particular relationship. The series has done very little to flesh out the Poisons and make these villains into compelling antagonists (even with the recent reveal of the mastermind pulling their strings), but this new free agent is at least an acceptable substitute.

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Bloodshot Salvation #1 Review

You have to hand it to Valiant for the effort they've made in 2017 to make it easy to jump into their superhero universe. From the relaunch of X-O Manowar early this year to the recent Ninjak #0, Valiant has ensured that many of its big franchises have easy, straightforward jumping-on points. And now that treatment is being applied to Bloodshot. Even though Bloodshot Salvation is the latest chapter in Jeff Lemire's ongoing run, it's as good a starting point as any for the character.

Salvation features a pretty clear hook, as former super-soldier/assassin Ray Garrison now finds himself the father to an infant daughter. How does a guy whose sole purpose in life used to be killing adjust to that newfound responsibility? Early in Lemire's run, the question was whether Ray could ever truly bury his Bloodshot side and live an ordinary life. Now that he's found a family and achieved some semblance of ordinary, the question is more if he even wants to keep Bloodshot buried.

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Defenders Is Netflix’s Least-Watched Marvel Series Launch

In the United States, The Defenders garnered fewer viewers in its first 30 days than any of Netflix's other original Marvel series.

Based on benchmark analysis from marketing-analytics firm Jumpshot, The Defenders had 17 percent of the viewership that Season 2 of Daredevil (Netflix's most-viewed Marvel show) had in its first 30 days, Variety reports. It's worth noting the research was limited to Netflix subscribers in the US who watched at least one episode of each show.

Netflix's other Marvel series performed similarly in their first 30 days on the service. Iron Fist garnered 28 percent of Daredevil: Season 2's viewership, while Luke Cage and Jessica Jones had 27 percent and 26 percent, respectively.

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Captain Phasma Gets a Bounty Hunter-style Costume

Captain Phasma’s eye-catching silver armor gets swapped out for something a bit more mercenary in her mini-series from Marvel Comics.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Captain Phasma!

Art by Paul Renaud. (Marvel Comics) Art by Paul Renaud. (Marvel Comics)

The story from writer Kelly Thompson and artist Marco Checchetto takes place just after the events of The Force Awakens, following Captain Phasma as she desperately tries to cover up that is was she who lowered the Starkiller Base shields and allowed the Resistance to blow it up. She easily erased the computer history of her actions, but when she tried to blame it on a fellow First Order member, things got complicated. The scapegoat took off in a TIE Fighter, so Phasma recruited a TIE pilot of her own to track him down and put a laser bolt in his head.

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Wonder Woman/Conan #1 Review

We're currently living in a golden age of comic book crossovers. Wonder Woman/Conan is another pairing that's so obvious you have to wonder why it didn't happen years ago. But like so many recent crossover projects, this book doesn't rely merely on the novelty of its premise. It also spins a great yarn that takes full advantage of both universes.

It's hard to imagine a more fitting writer for this crossover than Gail Simone. For many, Wonder Woman is still  the character Simone is most closely associated with after all these years. And while Simone's Conan-specific resume is small, she's had ample experience writing fellow wandering barbarian Red Sonja. In short, she understands the regal, powerful heroine that is Diana Prince and the dirty, mean world in which characters like Conan and Red Sonja dwell, and she knows how to combine those two disparate elements into one cohesive whole.

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19 Movies and Shows You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Based on Comics

Many of the biggest franchises in Hollywood right now are based on comic books, so it's no surprise that studios and TV networks are increasingly looking to the comics industry to provide them with the next big thing. But not every comic book adaptation deals with capes and tights, and sometimes it's not always obvious that a film is pulling from the comic book world in the first place.

To celebrate the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle -- which originated as a comic series! -- here are 19 other movies and TV shows that you might not realize were based on comics.

Kingsmnan: The Golden Circle is directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore, Channing Tatum, Pedro Pascal and Halle Berry. Check out our review of the film to find out why we said it's "cheeky, cartoonish, and crazy as its predecessor, but it’s also commendably unafraid to demolish what had come before it if it’s in service of the story."

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HBO Officially Producing Watchmen Pilot

After reports and rumors earlier this year, HBO has officially committed to producing a pilot based on Alan Moore and David GIbbons' acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen.

HBO will produce a pilot of the show with Lost and The Leftovers executive producer Damon Lindelof, and has committed to several more scripts being written. The network has not committed to a full series order yet.

Lindelof recently teased the beginning of production on the Watchmen series via his Instagram.

Damon Lindelof teased a Nite Owl statue in a writers room on his Instagram.

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Samurai Jack: Quantum Leap #1 Review

One of my pet peeves involves comics where you get a better idea of the plot from following promotional interviews than you do actually reading the first issue. Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack is one such case. The premise behind this new spinoff series is actually fairly straightforward. It basically fuses the franchise with Quantum Leap, with Jack being dragged between alternate realities with little memory of the man he used to be. But that premise isn't communicated particularly well on the page. In a way, the silent, minimalist nature of the franchise almost seems to be working against it in this case. Quantum Jack simply doesn't make a strong enough case for itself in its opening chapter.

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DC To Receive LGBT Visionary Award For ‘A Commitment to Showcasing Diverse Storylines’

Naming Batwoman, Alysia Yeoh, Midnighter, Catwoman, and Renee Montoya.