It has been awhile since I wrote “Week in Review,” but there have been small headlines surfacing this week that it seems appropriate.
Last week DC repeated history when Damien Wayne, aka the current Robin, was killed off in Batman Inc. #8. The second Robin, Jason Todd, died back in the late 80s in the “Death in the Family” story arc. Despite the latest Robin’s death, Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s ongoing Batman And Robin will continue a team-up book in which Batman would team-up with one of his allies. Comic Book Resources have the first five team-ups beginning with issue #19. To commemorate Damien Wayne’s passing his final co-heading issue will be in #18. The following is the list of team-ups for Batman And… for the upcoming months.
#19 — Batman and Red Robin
#20 — Batman and Red Hood
#21 — Batman and Batgirl
#22 — Batman and Catwoman
#23 — Batman and Nightwing
On Friday, March 8, Marvel confirmed the premiere dates for their two upcoming animated series for Disney XD. Marvel’s Avengers Assemble will premiere on July 7 following a one-hour preview on Sunday, May 26, and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H on August 11. All premieres will broadcast at 11 a.m.
Avengers Assemble reunites the superhero team (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow), along with newcomer Falcon. Led by Iron Man, the heroes train and live together in their new headquarters in Avengers Tower.
Hulk and Agents of S.M.A.S.H. will see Hulk, his cousin She-Hulk, A-Bomb, Red Hulk and Skaar living under one roof, working together to tackle threats that are too enormous for other heroes to handle.
They join Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man series as part of Disney XD's programming block.
The big news to come out this week was the debut of the second trailer for Iron Man 3. The new trailer which is now available on Youtube and Yahoo! features Iron Man’s army of Iron Man suits, one of them being the Hulk-Buster. A day after unveiling the new trailer, Facebook’s Marvel Avengers Alliance social game previewed an upcoming alternate outfit for War Machine in the Iron Patriot suit. Iron Patriot costume will be available in the near future.
Alternatively, people who have previewed the Man of Steel have claimed Lex Luthor is referenced in the film similar to Norman Osborn being referenced in Amazing Spider-Man, possibly hinting a sequel to the new Superman movie. Fans claim Lex is working on a new Artificial Intelligence that will “revolutionize technology unlike anything Metropolis has ever seen.” All signs hint to Brainiac.
Last movie news to talk about is George Lucas slipped about whether Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford will appear in the next Star Wars films. Currently, all news reports are speculation, however Lucas’ interview with Bloomberg Business confirmed the three actors were in negotiations to reprise their legendary roles.
"We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation," Lucas said. "So I called them to say, 'Look, this is what's going on.'" He pauses. "Maybe I'm not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them." Then he adds: "I won't say whether the negotiations were successful or not."
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