The weekly fast paced news from DC Comics for Sept. 14th - 16th, 2013!
It was announced at the end of July that The CW and DC Entertainment were planning to capitalize on the success of "Arrow" to springboard the character of Barry Allen/the Flash back onto the small screen (in live action) for the first time since the early 90's. At the time it raised a stir online not only due to the presence of a "metahuman" would alter the tone of the more grounded (and dark) universe of "Arrow", but that The CW also announced a planned Wonder Woman show named "Amazon" was not being produced. With the second season of "Arrow" set to debut October 9th, Warner Brothers have announced that Grant Gustin will play Barry Allen in this season of "Arrow"
According to the press release, he'll appear in the 8th, 9th, and 20th episode of the upcoming season. Gustin had appeared in the latest season of another CW show, "90210", as well as a season of "Glee" on Fox. The 23 year old actor has been working for roughly the past decade, but his career hasn't picked up until very recently. The plan is for Barry to gain steam in "Arrow" and then spin him off into his own TV show, and/or a film appearance. "Arrow" stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen and capitalizes on the previous promotions of the character through the later seasons of "Smallville" (where Justin Hartley played Oliver).
Meanwhile, back in DC Comics, Brian Buccellato has stated that both he and artist Francis Manapul will be leaving writing and art duties on "The Flash" after the 25th issue. Unlike many other creative team departures since the start of the "New 52" era in fall 2011, this departure seems to be amicable and a part of a longer term plan for the creative team. Buccellato states that he will be working on another ongoing series for DC which will debut in March 2014. In all fairness, a run of just over two years on a major franchise comic is a perfectly acceptable run; both Marvel and DC have seen many creators come and go from many large books after that length of time. DC Comics has not yet announced their replacement, although Christos Gage will write December's issue 26 with Neil Googe on art. Gage denies being the new writer for the series long term, as he's already quite busy with other projects (including the "Justice League Beyond" digital comic).
DC Comics issues "apology" for Harley Quinn suicide scene in art contest!
It was reported last week that DC Comics had caught some flack for offering an artist contest for the upcoming "Harley Quinn" comic book series which depicted a panel where she contemplates suicide while naked - during National Suicide Prevention week no less. Despite an entire lecture by co-publisher Jim Lee on Twitter and a statement on Facebook by the series' writer Jimmy Palmiotti claiming the entire page was intended as dark humor which was at worst poorly timed and misunderstood, pressure on the company continued. Thus, DC Comics was forced to issue a statement which issued a "sincere apology" for those who were offended as well as for not explaining the context of the contest clearly. It is one of those corporate apologies which admits no fault which have become standard for corporate entities and rampaging athletes or actors due to lawyers fearing lawsuits. Regardless, it still remains a situation which could have been prevented had some editors and Palmiotti gave their contest a second look and wondered if anything could be misunderstood.
Justin Bieber pretends to be Robin! Ben Affleck still Batman!
Perhaps as a commentary to the internet insanity over the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, or an attention grabbing stunt, "singer" Justin Bieber posted a picture of himself on Instagram with a supposed script for "Superman/Batman", implying he was in talks to play Robin. Before anyone frets about getting the Robin they deserve, instead of the Robin they need, it has since been confirmed as a stunt for the website "Funny or Die". In reality, it was doubtful a real script for "Superman/Batman" even exists, considering filming won't be set to begin for almost a year.
Warner Brothers CEO Kevin Tsujihara, to the surprise of no one with any sense, is in favor of Affleck being cast as Batman to support director/producer Zack Synder's vision of a "tired and weary and seasoned" version of Batman who is set to meet (and likely fight against) Henry Cavill's Superman. Considering the role has been played by everyone from Adam West to Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney, Affleck fits in just fine and coming off his directorial success, is a safe choice after three films with Christian Bale. "Superman/Batman" debuts in summer 2015.