The weekly slate of DC Comics related news items from August 18th - 20th, 2013!
"Man of Steel" home video options more bombastic than the film!
For Superman fans who couldn't get enough of DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers' "Man of Steel" which hit theaters back in June. As of August 19th according to Box Office Mojo, the film earned over $289.6 million domestically and over $359.5 million overseas for a worldwide haul of just over $649.1 million. With a cost of production and advertising somewhere around $225-$250 million, this implies a modest profit (in blockbuster terms) although nowhere near the tallies that the last two Batman films earned (or the last two Marvel Studios films). Warner Brothers home video has announced the film's debut on store shelves on November 12th. Indeed, it barely takes five months for films to leap from theaters to home video anymore.
Offering mere blu-ray or special edition DVD versions isn't enough. The film will be offered as a 3D blu-ray pack, a two-disc special edition DVD and digital download, and the mammoth 3D Limited Collector's edition. Said "limited collector's edition" features four hours of special features, 3D viewing, and a free digital copy within a giant "S-shaped" case for the super low price of $59.99. The special edition DVD retails for $28.98 and the other editions range in between. Home video sales will add to "Man of Steel"'s final tally, although it isn't enough for Warner Brothers to produce a straight sequel; instead a team-up with Batman is slated for 2015.
"Smallville" actor's tragic death!
According to TMZ and other news sources, actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead in his home on Monday; he was only 29 years old. The initial investigation was that his injuries were self inflicted and his death has been ruled a suicide. While the actor may be best known as the star of "The Famous Jett Jackson" from the "Disney Channel" from 1998-2001, he played Victor Stone/Cyborg in three episodes of "Smallville" on "The CW/The WB" from 2006-2010. Considering the larger role that the character of Cyborg has had in DC Comics as well as subsequent animated projects, one could credit his performance as aiding in making the character more mainstream (especially considering that unlike "Teen Titans", "Smallville" aired on network TV and thus had a larger audience).
Batwoman gears up for a battle against Batman!
As leaked/promoted by USA Today, "Batwoman" is being pitted against "Batman" as the 23rd issue of her series is set to hit shelves. Written by J.H. Williams III and drawn by Trevor McCarthy, the series currently sees Kate "Batwoman" Kane being blackmailed into going against Batman by the Department of Extranormal Operations in order to keep her father out of prison as well as her cousin Bette/Flamebird and fiance Maggie Sawyer safe. The unique angle is that unlike many other Bat-related characters, Batwoman has long operated independently of Batman, without becoming one of "the family" like Nightwing, Huntress, Red Hood, Batgirl, Robin, and even Catwoman do. With most of the Bat-books going through a "Year Zero" crossover, this story will hopefully raise the profile of the series.
"Preacher" film adaptation is still alive (maybe)!
After over two years since D.J. Caruso was slated to direct a live action treatment of Vertigo's "The Preacher". There has been little word until now, when Caruso has stated that he's been "wrestling" with Sony and that "hopefully we'll have good news on that soon". One of the mainstays of the imprint, "The Preacher" was written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon from 1995-2000 and followed the exploits of ex-preacher Jesse Custer alongside his hit-woman ex Tulip O'Hare and alcoholic vampire pal Cassidy on their quest to find God. The attempt to make a film adaptation of the property has lingered since 1998, so fans shouldn't be marking their calendars quite yet.