Newest Superman actor poses while older Superman actor plays someone new!
This week, bits of news centered around both men who have played the role of Superman in live action feature film since 2006, Henry Cavill and Brandon Routh. Why not tackle them both in one super sized segment? To this end, one man who represents the current Warner Brother angle of Superman is continuing along while the other, who represents the recent past, moves on to portray another DC Comics superhero.
In May, fans got their first glimpse of Ben Affleck in the Batman costume for the film which would eventually be called "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" in 2016. Now, DC Entertainment have released the first official look at Henry Cavill, star of 2013's "Man of Steel", reprising his role as Superman for the shameless unofficial prequel to a "Justice League" film in 2017-2018. Director Zack Synder has considered building the road to the first official DC Comics superhero team up film "not an un-fun job". It is assumed that Superman is standing in Gotham City in this shot, although considering how dreary "Man of Steel" looked, it could be anywhere. The dilemma will be attempting to build some contrast in tone between a superhero who snapped the neck of the first villain he ever faced, and Batman.
Meanwhile, the star of 2006's misfire "Superman Returns", Brandon Routh, once again finds himself playing a DC Comics figure for the live action medium. Ever since starring as Clark Kent, Routh went on to appear in some other comic book film adaptations such as "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Dylan Dog: Dead of Night" as well as returning to TV for roles in "The Batman", "Chuck", and "Partners". According to TV Line, Routh will appear in the third season of "Arrow" on "The CW Network" as scientist Ray Palmer - who DC fans will know as the shrinking superhero, the Atom. The popular "Arrow" has not only done wonders to make Green Arrow more mainstream, but it has led to a spin off for "The Flash" as well as increased the profile of Deathstroke the Terminator (whose canceled comic book series is suddenly being relaunched). An all around likeable actor despite starring in an underwhelming Superman film, it is good to see that DC Entertainment has not forgotten him.
"Arrow" TV writing team takes show to the comics in October!
Oliver Queen, better known as Green Arrow, is a character who currently represents the vast disconnect between success with mainstream audiences in one medium and mediocrity in terms of comic book sales with another audience. "Arrow", an adaptation of Queen's adventures made for network TV earns millions of viewers a week and is well on its' way to a third season. The actual "Green Arrow" comic book, as per the "New 52" relaunch, sells below the top 100 sellers list at less than 23,500 copies (and falling). A digital-first comic based on the "Arrow" universe also came and went.
Seeking to drum up sales, DC Comics have decided to cut out the middle man and have hired "Arrow"'s main writers to pen the "Green Arrow" comic itself. Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski, the executive producer and main writer for "Arrow", take over for Jeff Lemire with October's "Green Arrow #35" alongside artist Daniel Sampere. Their plans for the character include bringing him to Seattle, introducing a new "mystery woman" into his life as well as exploring the more "Robin Hood" aspect to his character. It will remain to be seen if this will jazz up the actual sales, although it is easily the best idea for doing so that the editors for "Green Arrow" could think of.
"Trinity War" castoffs get a relaunched series!
The first major crossover event of the "New 52" era was "Trinity War" in summer 2013, which saw the Phantom Stranger, Question, and Pandora sparking a war amongst various Justice League teams, which led directly to the next event, "Forever Evil" (which ran months longer than intended). To this end the so-called "Trinity" - named for being sinners of myth instead of being DC's most iconic heroes - got their own ongoing series, which all sold poorly.
Now, J.M. DeMatteis and artist Yvel Guichet will unite the trio into a relaunched "Trinity of Sin" series in October. The angle sees the three supernaturally connected beings seeking to stop a threat which seeks to bring about a new dark age. Considering how grim, joyless, and bleak the "New 52" has been, one could say they've already failed.
Sleeker, sexier "Lobo" gets a relaunch in October!
Once the epitome of "grim and gritty" comics of the 1980's and 1990's, the character of Lobo has since become more of a cult figure than mainstream A-lister. Originally debuting in "Omega Men #3" from 1983, the character found himself being recreated not once, but twice during the initial push of the "New 52" from 2011-2012. A more traditional version appeared in Rob Liefield's "Deathstroke" series, while a sleeker and sexier looking version popped up during the "Villains Month" event. This later version proved controversial, especially because by sheer accident DC Comics had attempted to relaunch a gruff character to appeal more to women when their target audience (appears) to be middle aged white men with extremely outdated views on race and sex.
Now, DC Comics is laughing this controversy to the bank with a new "Lobo" series on October 1st by Cullen Bunn ("Venom", "The 6th Gun") and artist Reilly Brown ("Deadpool", "Incredible Hercules"). The pair chatted up the fact that the first arc would be quite violent and pit both versions of Lobo against each other in tales of intergalactic bounty hunting. Perhaps the success of "Guardians of the Galaxy" is sparking a revival of the main man's adventures throughout space.