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03.05.22 SOURCES

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Exclusive from DEADLINE.COM


Fred Hechinger has joined Sony Pictures’ Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor Johnson in the titular role. Although it’s unconfirmed, sources say Hechinger would play Chameleon, the brother of Kraven, in the movie.


J.C. Chandor is directing the pic with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing. Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Richard Wenk penned the screenplay.


One of Sony Pictures’ universe of Marvel characters, Kraven is among Marvel’s most iconic and notorious antiheroes, who has encountered Venom and Black Panther among many others as well as being one of Spider-Man’s best-known and most-formidable enemies. The film will be released theatrically on January 13, 2023.



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From DCCOMICS.COM


Best-selling writer Tom King continues to plumb the depths of the DC universe, with an all-new DC Black Label comic, Danger Street. This 12-issue maxiseries reunites King with his fellow Rorschach collaborators, artist Jorge Fornés and colorist Dave Stewart in a deeply layered crime drama featuring reimagined and updated versions of some of DC’s most obscure and offbeat superheroes, from the DC 1st Issue Special series from the mid-1970’s.


Joining the Justice League is a goal for any superhero, but what happens when a quest for membership takes a sinister turn? Join Starman, Metamorpho, and Warlord as they look to prove themselves worthy by summoning and defeating Darkseid in battle. Soon they’ll learn that calling upon a New God never ends well, and their world is headed for disaster as a result! The journey to save the day will be a treacherous one filled with princesses, knights, and all kinds of monsters. Each person the heroes encounter plays a crucial role in this sprawling yet gripping narrative that is a little bit silly, a whole lot dark, and completely cool.


The 12-Issue DC Black Label Series Arrives in Comic Book Shops and Participating Digital Retailers Tuesday, May 3, 2022



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Exclusive from VARIETY.COM

More than two years after completing his ninth “Star Wars” movie, composer John Williams is returning to the Jedi fold with a theme for “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” Variety has learned.


Williams scored the original Obi-Wan Kenobi, as played by Alec Guinness, with a theme that became better known as that of the Force (“the spiritual-philosophical belief of the Jedi Knights and the Old Republic,” as the composer explained in 1977), perhaps best remembered for its use in the Throne Room scene that concluded that first “Star Wars” film and which Williams has often performed in concert.


It is not known if he has reprised that, or possibly a theme from the George Lucas-directed, Williams-scored prequels that featured McGregor (“The Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith” from 1999-2005), or written an entirely new piece. The TV stories are said to take place after the events of “Sith.”


No word yet as to who will be scoring the six individual episodes.



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Matt Reeves has said at the film’s UK premiere that a sequel to ‘The Batman’ is currently in early development.


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Exclusive from COMICBOOK.COM


Award-winning writer Chip Zdarsky is about to bring DC Comics' Batman into a new era. ComicBook.com can exclusively reveal that Zdarsky (Daredevil, Spider-Man: Life Story) will be taking over as the writer of the main Batman title beginning in July, with art from one of the title's most recent artists, Jorge Jiménez (Justice League, Super Sons). The duo's collaboration on the title will begin with "Failsafe", a six-issue story arc that kicks off with July 5th's oversized Batman #125. This will mark Zdarsky's latest contribution to the Batman mythos, following the Black Label maxiseries Batman: The Knight, and stories in Batman: Urban Legends, Batman: Black and White, and Detective Comics #1027.


According to Zdarsky, the "Failsafe" arc will follow Bruce Wayne as he is having nightmares of a future he can't stop. There's a chance he might not make it to that future, as a startling enemy from Batman's past has one relentless goal: to end Batman, no matter what it takes. While Zdarsky won't reveal whether that "startling enemy" is a new or established character, the threat the arc poses will put Bruce to the test.


"When DC approached me to write Batman, I immediately thought about things that could really challenge the character mentally, physically, and in terms of his relationships," Zdarsky told ComicBook.com via email. "Failsafe is his Doomsday. When I started mapping out the story I got really excited about where it could take the title."


"He's a superstar!" Zdarsky said of working with Jiménez. "Not just as an artist, but as a person! He's really delightful and excited about the character and the direction we're going in, which is great. We talked about going darker with the book and he's been all aboard, with some really stunning pages that showcase the tone. I honestly can't say enough good things about Jorge. He creates beauty at an amazing speed. I'm angry that he's also so handsome as it's just not fair. The only good thing about the pandemic is that I probably won't have to be on a panel next to him which would only serve to highlight how old and gross I look."


"The past few years have had a lot of Batman on his own, with so many (SO MANY) Robins, etc. in his orbit," Zdarsky explained. "But I wanted to really highlight the "Batman & Robin" aspect of the characters while still maintaining the darker feel we're going for. Tim Drake is a favourite of mine and being able to highlight him here has been a lot of fun."


Zdarsky will be the latest writer for Batman since the start of the DC Rebirth reboot, following lengthy runs from Tom King and James Tynion IV, as well as the current arc penned by Joshua Williamson. While we'll have to wait and see Zdarsky's long-term plans for the title, he did tease that "we're just getting started."



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MARVEL.COM


He’s back! Recently resurrected in ‘The Last of the Marvels,’ the latest story arc in Kelly Thompson’s hit run on CAPTAIN MARVEL, Genis-Vell will go on to star in an all-new limited series this June written by the creator who helped define him: the legendary Peter David! Announced earlier today at ComicsPRO, GENIS-VELL: CAPTAIN MARVEL will be a five-issue epic featuring artwork by electrifying artist Juanan Ramírez (DARKHAWK). The series will see the fan-favorite Captain Marvel reunite with his former partner, Rick Jones, for the first time in decades for an adventure that spans the Marvel cosmos and a mystery involving Death itself.


Both now back in the land of the living, Genis-Vell and Rick Jones are about to come crashing back into each other! Can Rick Jones save Genis -- and himself -- before they both fade out of existence? Is Rick’s ex-wife, Marlo, the key? Find out in this surprising saga that will chart a new course through the Marvel Universe for Genis, Rick, and more!


“I never thought I'd have the opportunity to return to Genis, what with him being dead and all. But apparently death never lasts... which is actually one of the themes of the limited series I came up with,” David said. “It's great to be back with Genis, Rick, Marlo and the whole Genis-Vell gang.”



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Sony Pictures released the final trailer for Morbius, coming exclusively to cinemas April 1.



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Marvel Studios released a new poster for Moon Knight, coming exclusively to Disney+ March 30th.



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From COMICBOOK.COM


Despite being known for writing the most popular runs on the character, acclaimed comic writer Garth Ennis hasn't actually written a major Frank Castle title in years. Though his Punisher MAX work from the mid-2000s remains the pinnacle of the character to many Marvel readers, Ennis' most recent work with the character came in Punisher MAX: The Platoon and Punisher: Soviet, two mini-series published in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Speaking in a new interview with the Comic Book Couples Counseling podcast (H/T Bleeding Cool), Ennis confirmed that not only is he coming back for Frank but will continue one of his most popular storylines.


"I should say, there's going to be another Punisher presumably later this year," Ennis revealed. "A Vietnam story that will join with the events of the Nick Fury series and Born. You'll find out what happened in between and how he ended up at Fire Base Valley Forge. Frank's competency... almost the enjoyment of combat, is not a straight line. Not as inevitable as some may think. You'll see that in the story."


The storylines Ennis refers to of course are The Punisher: Born, his "origin" take on the character from the early 2000s with artist Darick Robertson, and the FURY MAX comics, the most recent of which was Fury: My War Gone By from 2012. All that in mind it sounds like this new Punisher from Ennis will connect some dots that readers didn't know they didn't have. No title or publication date was revealed by Ennis but the year is young.



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