Higher, further, faster, together. Marvel Studios' upcoming film, The Marvels, has received a new release date and will fly into theaters on November 10, 2023.
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Marvel Comics is going ape for 20th Century Studios, with the publisher launching a new imprint dedicated to the storied movie studio’s properties.
The imprint will launch with a new Planet of the Apes comic, which hails from writer David F. Walker, artist David Wachter and cover artist Joshua Cassara. It will also include comics based on the Alien and Predator franchises.
“Ever since we announced our Alien and Predator comics, we hoped to create a special space within our comics line to go even bigger and bolder and keep building on the iconic moments from these properties that we all know and love,” said Marvel Comics editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski in a statement. “This 20th Century Studios comics imprint, in collaboration with our friends at 20th Century Studios, is the perfect way to do that. And now that we’re bringing back Planet of the Apes again through classic comic book storytelling, we are absolutely thrilled to officially launch this imprint for the fans, and we’re all honored to expand upon it in the coming months.”
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Dead Boy Detectives is moving platforms.
The DC drama based on the Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner comics has been sold from HBO Max, the Warner Bros. Discovery-backed streamer that developed the show, to Netflix. Producers Warner Bros. Television shopped the drama after sources say the series didn’t fit with the new chapter of content that DC executives James Gunn and Peter Safran are building for the comic book powerhouse.
Something Is Killing the Children, the popular comic by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera published by Boom! Studios, is getting another shot at an adaptation from Netflix.
Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, the German creators of buzzy cult series Dark and 1899, have been tapped to develop a series adaptation of the comic, one of the biggest titles not published by DC or Marvel.
The project is the first to come out of the duo’s freshly renewed first-look overall deal with the streaming giant that is said to be in the eight figures.
Bo Odar and Friese will write, showrun and executive produce should the project get the green light. They will also direct the pilot. Boom!’s Stephen Christy and Ross Richie will executive produce the adaptation. Tynion and Dell’Edera will co-executive produce.
Bo Odar and Friese gained a following for their series, sci-fi- and horror-tinged mystery shows praised for their craftsmanship and storytelling. Dark, in particular, may find some thematic overlap with Children as it was an ensemble that focused on missing children and multiple timelines.
Children’s first story arc told of a town plagued by monsters that feast on children, with one teen survivor telling tales that no adult believes. Into this setting enters a mysterious young woman named Erica Slaughter. The woman, who occasionally converses with her stuffed animal, isn’t there to mince words but rather to mince monsters. The comic then opened up its world, focusing on the monster-killing cabal and its sinister politics.
"The transformation of the Marvel Universe begins." That's the tagline for Ultimate Invasion, a new comic series from writer Jonathan Hickman (Secret Wars) and artist Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates). After the 2015 limited series Ultimate End concluded Marvel's Ultimate imprint that launched with Ultimate Spider-Man in 2000, Marvel briefly resurrected the seemingly-destroyed Earth-1610 in 2017's Spider-Men II and again in 2020's Venom #26. Now the Miles Morales Spider-Man and Ultimate Reed Richards, a.k.a. The Maker, will feature in Ultimate Invasion when it revisits the Ultimate Comics line — first in a Free Comic Book Day preview in May before Invasion hits stands in June.
"I think it's fair to say that both Bryan and I have already put in our time doing Ultimate books, so when Marvel laid this project in front of us, we both knew there needed to be a good reason to revisit the idea of 'Ultimate Comics' beyond telling a cool story or just getting to work together, which is something we've been trying to do for years," Hickman told Entertainment Weekly, which revealed the first preview pages (below). "So with that in mind, it couldn't be replicating or revisiting what Bryan did in the original Ultimates — creating a streamlined, modernized version that would eventually become the spine of the MCU — and it certainly couldn't be what I did, which was a final chapter of a pre-existing universe."
At the ComicsPRO convention, DC illuminated the “Dawn of DC” timeline to reveal its Summer event, Knight Terrors, written by Joshua Williamson (Superman) with art by Howard Porter (The Flash), Guillem March (The Joker), and more. DC also announced an exciting new update to its partnership with Japanese publisher Kodansha in which three of its manga comics featuring DC characters - Superman vs. Meshi, Batman: Justice Buster, and Joker: One Operation Joker - will be released in English for the first time. The Manga titles will be available in a serialized format digitally-first as an exclusive for DC UNIVERSE INFINITE subscribers and then will be in physical collections later this year.
Kicking off this July, Knight Terrors is a miniseries in which Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman find the body of one of their earliest enemies at the Hall of Justice. Their investigation takes them past the land of the living, beyond the land of the dead, into a realm of nightmares . The only way to save the world is to call for the help of an unlikely hero, Deadman.
"I love horror comics, and it’s been a blast bringing the energy to Dawn of DC. Knight Terrors showcases the horror side of our heroes as a brand-new villain confronts them with their worst nightmares,” said Joshua Williamson. “It’s a fun and horrific event that brings together all of the heroes and villains of DC, along with some surprises!”
The horror-focused event will take over the DC publishing line in July and August and will feature multiple two-issue miniseries from superstar creative teams yet to be announced. Each of the miniseries will feature a DC Super Hero or Super-Villain confronting their worst nightmares in a “Nightmare Realm.” The Superheroes better be careful, as whatever happens to them in the Nightmare Realm will also be reflected in the Waking World.
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Newly free from the Suicide Squad and looking to make a difference in the world, Christopher Smith has big dreams but, let’s be honest, little ability to make those dreams come true. How can the fan-favorite morally dubious anti-hero make it happen? One thing’s for sure: in the upcoming DC Black Label series, Peacemaker Tries Hard!
Yes, that’s the name of the comic: 'Peacemaker Tries Hard!' With the exclamation point. That’s how you know it’s the good stuff.
Actually, there’s another reason to know this is the good stuff: the creative team, which is note perfect for this kind of material. This six-issue series comes from Kyle Starks (Skybound’s I Hate This Place, Assassin Nation), Steve Pugh (Flintstones, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), and Jordie Bellaire.
DC’s official advance description of the first issue runs a little something like this:
“Having earned his release from the Suicide Squad, Peacemaker wants to try and do normal superhero stuff for a change. Unfortunately everyone, including the bad guys, thinks he sucks at superhero stuff. But when busting up a terrorist ring introduces Christopher Smith to the cutest thing to ever walk (awkwardly) on four legs, he finds the unconditional love he's been denied his whole life. That is, until the dog is kidnapped right out from under him by a super-villain who has some very un-super-heroic plans for Peacemaker's brand of ultraviolence. Will he help an infamously unstable super-powered criminal steal the world's most valuable and dangerous DNA? Honestly, Christopher's pretty lonely, so it probably just depends on how nicely they ask..”
Peacemaker Tries Hard! #1 (of 6) — a DC Black Label title, which means it’s out of regular continuity, and also intended just for mature readers — will be released May 2.
HBO Max’s “The Batman” spinoff series “The Penguin” has cast Clancy Brown in a recurring role, Variety has learned.
Brown joins a cast that includes series lead Colin Farrell, who will reprise the role of Oswald “The Penguin” Cobblepot from “The Batman, as well as Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz, Michael Kelly, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Deirdre O’Connell.
Brown will appear as Salvatore Maroni, a notorious Gotham City crime boss. The character was referenced repeatedly in “The Batman,” as his arrest by corrupt Gotham officials and the collapse of his criminal empire allowed for Carmine Falcone’s organization to rise. Maroni has previously been portrayed onscreen by actors like David Zayas in “Gotham” at Fox and by Eric Roberts in “The Dark Knight.”
Brown is not completely unknown to the DC universe, as he has repeatedly voiced supervillain Lex Luthor in numerous animated projects and video games over the years. Brown is also well known for voicing Mr. Krabs in the hit Nickelodeon cartoon “Spongebob Squarepants.” In the live-action world, Brown has recently appeared in shows like “Dexter: New Blood” and the film “Promising Young Woman.” He is also known for his roles in films like “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Highlander,” while he will appear in the upcoming film “John Wick: Chapter 4.”
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‘Hellboy: The Crooked Man’ Plot & Production Details Revealed By Millennium; Reboot To Be A “Departure” & First In New Series
Brian Taylor (Crank) will be directing the new film, whose title is confirmed as Hellboy: The Crooked Man, with production starting next month in Bulgaria. Conversations with cast are in late stages.
Crucially for fans, and for the first time in the franchise, Mike Mignola, creator of the comics, has penned the script alongside his Dark Horse comics collaborator Chris Golden. The story will “expand Hellboy’s world through one of the most beloved issues of the comic series.”
The new film will see Hellboy and a rookie BPRD agent stranded in 1950s rural Appalachia. There, they discover a small community haunted by witches, led by a local devil with a troubling connection to Hellboy’s past: the Crooked Man.
In the comic, The Crooked Man was an eighteenth-century miser and war profiteer named Jeremiah Witkins who was hanged for his crimes yet returned from Hell as the region’s resident Devil.
Action specialists Millennium bought the rights to Hellboy in 2018 and the company is hoping this reboot can spawn a successful new series of movies after experiencing box office disappointment on the 2019 update starring David Harbour.
“The Crooked Man is a departure from all previous Hellboy films where Mike Mignola and the creator of the comics will finally shepherd an authentic version of his stories and characters in film form,” said Millennium Media’s President Jeffrey Greenstein who is at the EFM in Berlin talking to potential distributors about the project. “This is the first in the series of films that will captivate audiences in familiar (and new) ways. Brian Taylor is an expert across the board, and I couldn’t think of a better person to bring this story to life to show our audience this different and original Hellboy slate of films.”
Millennium Media’s Hellboy reboot The Crooked Man has its lead in the shape of Jack Kesy (Deadpool 2).
Kesy is best known for playing Black Tom in Deadpool 2, and for movies WB’s 12 Strong and Baywatch, as well as series Claws and The Strain.
“Jack Kesy is a dynamic actor who has the ability to morph into his roles. His talent and stature are perfect for this younger Hellboy. I was very impressed with him while working together on The Outpost,” said co-President of Millennium Media, Jonathan Yunger.
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‘Hellboy’ Reboot ‘The Crooked Man’ Adds ‘Yellowstone’ Star Jefferson White & ‘Resident Evil’s Adeline Rudolph
Jefferson White (Yellowstone) will star as Tom Ferrell and Adeline Rudolph (Resident Evil) will play Bobbie Jo Song alongside Jack Kesy (Deadpool 2) as Hellboy in Millennium’s reboot The Crooked Man, we can reveal.
White is best known for his roles in Paramount hit Yellowstone, Endeavor’s Eileen and IFC Films’ God’s Country. Upcoming projects include A24’s Civil War.
Rudolph is best known for her roles in Netflix’s Resident Evil with Ella Balinska, Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The CW’s Riverdale. She soon will be seen in Lionsgate’s Creepers.