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A Tale of Light and Shadow: History of the World’s Finest

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman SupermanA Tale of Light and Shadow: History of the World’s Finest by Jerry Whitworth

 

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, the sequel to the blockbuster Man of Steel film will feature the Dark Knight of Gotham City. Dubbed “Batman/Superman” by various outlets, few details have been released about the project save that much of the talent involved in the first film will return. Director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer, producer Christopher Nolan, and cast members Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) have all been confirmed for the sequel. This is not the first time a film was planned featuring the two biggest properties at DC Comics. In 2002, Batman vs. Superman was announced as a pitch developed by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) and revised by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) set to be filmed in 2003 and premier in 2004. Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) was set to direct and Christian Bale and Josh Hartnett to star as Batman and Superman, respectively. The plot, reportedly, featured Bruce Wayne retired some years from being Batman and having lost virtually all of his adopted family and closest friends. Torn over the grief of their deaths, Wayne is saved by new character Elizabeth Miller who later agreed to be his wife. For their wedding, Wayne approached Clark Kent (suffering himself after his divorce from Lois Lane) as his best man only for the Joker to murder Miller on her honeymoon. Finally reaching his breaking point, Wayne again dons the garb of the Batman waging a bloody war of vengeance trying to hunt down the Clown Prince of Crime leading the Man of Steel to be forced to intervene. Lex Luthor was set to appear as part of the action as Lana Lang would be introduced as a new love interest for Superman. The film would be canceled when Warner Bros decided instead to produce two separate films for the characters in J.J. Abrams’ Superman: Flyby and Darren Aronofsky’s Batman: Year One.

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A Bigot Writes Superman: Should We Care?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Comic Art News | 15 comments

Adventures of SupermanA Bigot Writes Superman: Should We Care? by Jerry Whitworth

 

Recently, science fiction novelist and anti-homosexuality rights advocate Orson Scott Card has been announced to be one of the first contributors to the digital-first comic series Adventures of Superman by DC Comics. Since the story broke, many comic book fans and blogs have raised the debate if readers should purchase a product based on its content or on the beliefs of the work’s creator. Card, a practitioner of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and board member of the National Organization for Marriage (who oppose gay marriage and child adoption for homosexuals), is most well known for his award-winning books Ender’s Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead (both of which have been adapted for comics) but has started branching out into comics like Ultimate Iron Man and the adaptation for the video game Dragon Age.

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Superman: The Franchise Player

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Superman cast

Superman cast

Superman: The Franchise Player by Jerry Whitworth

 

In comic books, its proven to be good business to not only create a character to base a series off of but to generate a franchise that can morph into its own entity, something with the ability to generate more desired content and sell more product. Within the last few decades, such an ever-growing entity would be X-Men, which started as a small band of mutants that grew to include an international cast, with members moving on to others areas such as Beast in the Avengers (later, in to the Defenders) and Angel and Iceman in the Champions. As popularity grew, Wolverine became a breakout star able to support his own title (and subsequently multiple books), the founding members of the group formed their own team in X-Factor, and the franchise blew up into almost its own universe with books like New Mutants, X-Force, X-Statix, Excalibur, Generation X, District X, X-Man, Exiles, NYX, XSE, and so on. However, this level of franchise development pales compared to that of DC Comics where as part of the Silver Age, the publisher largely developed into a series of ever expanding franchises. The king of this, unsurprisingly, is their star character in Superman.

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What’s Old is New Again: Masters of the Universe

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Masters of the Universe #1 by Philip Tan

Masters of the Universe #1 by Philip Tan

What’s Old is New Again: Masters of the Universe by Jerry Whitworth

In July 2012, Masters of the Universe returns to comics again thanks to publisher DC Comics and creators James Robinson, Philip Tan, and Ruy Jose. In the story, He-Man’s nemesis Skeletor has discovered a way to alter reality where he has become the ruler of Castle Grayskull and the Masters of the Universe have no memory of their past lives. Prince Adam, now a simple woodsman, has vivid dreams of being a sword-wielding hero, dreams a mysterious Sorceress tell him to be what should have been. It now falls on Adam to regain his power and stop Skeletor. The history of He-Man began when toy manufacturer Mattel wanted to develop a toyline based on the Star Wars films, which later resulted in trying to create a line to compete against these figures when the license went to rival Kenner. Developed by designer Roger Sweet, he crafted three He-Man prototypes with executives picking up the barbarian figure to base this new line upon.

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