Legendary comic book artist Neal Adams, whose career spanned nearly 60 years and included revitalizing Batman and the Joker for DC as well as decades of work for artists’ rights and a commitment to social relevance in his work, died early in the morning Thursday the 28th, according to his daughter-in-law Saori Adams. He was 80.
In 1969, Adams and writer Dennis O’Neil pulled Batman back from the campy persona he had been saddled with on TV through a series of dark comics appropriate to the times. During the period, the duo also re-grounded The Joker in his homicidal roots, revived Two-Face and created Ra’s al Ghul.
Adams and O’Neil also revamped Green Lantern and Green Arrow for DC, adding modern-day relevance to their stories with commentary on racism, overpopulation, pollution and drug addiction. In fact, the duo created one of the first Black superheroes for DC, the John Stewart incarnation of Green Lantern.
In a remembrance on Facebook, his son Josh Adams wrote:
My father was a force. His career was defined by unparalleled artistic talent and an unwavering character that drove him to constantly fight for his peers and those in need. He would become known in the comics industry as one of the most influential creators of all time and champion social and creator’s rights. When he saw a problem, he wouldn’t hesitate. What would become tales told and retold of the fights he fought were born out of my father simply seeing something wrong as he walked through the halls of Marvel or DC and deciding to do something about it right then and there.
That “force” was responsible for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster finally receiving decades-overdue credit and financial compensation from DC. He fought to unionize the industry in the ’70s and helped form the Comics Creators Guild, work which led to a now-standard practice of returning original artwork to the artist.
The first teaser for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder has arrived, offering long-awaited clues to what’s in store for the God of Thunder. The film finds Thor (Chris Hemsworth) on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced — a quest for inner peace. But his retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi), and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), who — to Thor’s surprise — inexplicably wields his magical hammer, Mjolnir, as the Mighty Thor.
Together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late. Find the new teaser above, in addition to a poster for the upcoming cosmic adventure below!
There’s been a tiny change in the Multiverse (and well, the quantum realm, too). As announced today by Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios’ The Marvels and Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania are both receiving new release dates for 2023. While The Marvels was slated to open on February 17, 2023, and the third outing with Ant-Man on July 28, 2023, they are now simply switching places.
HBO Max announced today that they’ve greenlit an all-new Harley Quinn spin-off series centered around Kite Man and his post-Ivy life. With a working title of Noonan’s, the ten-episode series will see the return of Kite Man voice actor Matt Oberg to the role and will expand Harley Quinn’s animated DC Universe in unique new ways.
EXCLUSIVE FROM DEADLINE.COM
Jon Watts has withdrawn as the director of Fantastic Four, the reinvention of the venerable Marvel Comics series at Marvel Studios and Disney.
Nothing sinister here; Watts just needs a break from the superhero realm after completing the Spidey trilogy with Tom Holland and Zendaya. He had expected to make Fantastic Four his next film, the third feature iteration of that franchise and first since Disney acquired Fox, which controlled the franchise. Watts has spent the better part of the last decade directing and promoting the Spider-Man films, after being hired off Cop Car, a small-budget indie thriller that premiered at 2015 Sundance. He needs a breather.
Both Watts and Marvel confirmed his exit, and said that it is amicable.