The usual crossover sized smattering of DC Comics related news items for Sept. 2nd - 4th, 2013!
DC Comics is set to begin their latest crossover event, "Forever Evil", at comic shops only hours from now which will involve a core mini series and dozens of one-shot titles with motion covers focusing on villains. The gist is that the Crime Syndicate, evil alternate universe counterparts of the Justice League from Earth-3 have arrived in the mainstream universe and seek to organize the baddies and take over. USA Today had a scoop about these events, with one tidbit being "a couple of the Syndicate members target Batman's fellow Gotham City hero Nightwing". One of the many teaser images (seen at left) involves a blood splattered over Nightwing's bird symbol.
Comic news website Bleeding Cool has been offering theories and scoops about this development for months now, and continues to stick to its story; that Nightwing will not be killed off, but his alter ego as Dick Grayson (former ward of Bruce Wayne) will be made public. This would be similar to Marvel's "Civil War" event from 2006 when Spider-Man publicly unmasked; "One More Day" at the end of 2007 undid this act. While this theoretically lead to Batman's identity being leaked, Grant Morrison gave the tycoon cover during his "Batman, Incorporated" series where he had Wayne publicly admit to funding Batman's efforts to fight crime worldwide (which technically was not a lie). DC Comics seeking to focus misery on Nightwing to add drama to a crossover event is nothing new. During "Infinite Crisis" from 2005-2006, then editor-in-chief Dan DiDio wanted to kill off Nightwing, but was talked down by Geoff Johns and others; Superboy became their designated corpse instead.
It will remain to be seen if these rumors are true. If so, then the hero formerly known as the "boy wonder" may wish for the quaint times of the past.
New Wonder Woman costume designed for "Justice League: War"!
As the most recent direct-to-DVD DC Universe animated film, "Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox" has come and gone from its debut, promotional focus now shifts to the next animated home video effort from Warner Brothers. Slated for release in "early 2014", that next film is "Justice League: War", which is an animated adaptation of the first six issues of the New 52 relaunch of "Justice League" by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. Directed by Jay Olivia with a script by Heath Corson, it features a wary League fighting among themselves in a new universe before ultimately uniting against an invasion by Darkseid. It will star the voices of Jason O'Mara as Batman, Alan Tudyk as Superman, Christopher Gorham as Flash, Justin Kirk as Green Lantern, Shemar Moore as Cyborg, Sean Astin as Shazam, Steven Blum as Darkseid and Michelle Monaghan as Wonder Woman.
These character designs will feature adaptations of their "New 52" costumes designed by Jim Lee, only further enhanced for the film. Wonder Woman in particular has seen more covering over her iconic costume than before. Considering the growing synergy with the home video division - swift adaptations of stories under two years old - it may remain to be seen if this may reflect some edits to the character designs within the comic world.
Bryan Cranston isn't going to be Lex Luthor!?
Last week amid the chaos which ensured when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the next "Superman/Batman" film for 2015, a quieter rumor arose that Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad", "Malcolm in the Middle") had been cast as Lex Luthor. With the start of September, Cranston shook off the rumor in a subsequent interview, as he prepares for a stage performance in "All the Way". This could hint that a deal isn't done, or it could simply be an unconfirmed rumor. Former "Green Lantern" star Mark Strong has also been mentioned in talks to portray Luthor in the upcoming film. Suffice it to say, the announcements for "Superman/Batman" have proven to be almost as thrilling as the film itself may be.