COMIC BOOK NEWS

A few stories I found interesting from the past few weeks…

LOCKE AND KEY.  Looks like the IDW comic created by Joe Hill will become a Netflix series, after spending the last 8 years circling other potential suitors.

NEW GODS AND THE DC FILM UNIVERSE.  So DC is working on a New Gods movei to be directed by Ava DuVernay.  So far, DC has made only one really good (maybe great) movie, and a slew of films that range from dull to awful.  It’s hard to imagine that New Gods is the one that’s going to save the DCU.  It joins a very, very long list of films “in development,” including Batman, Birds of Prey, a second Superman movie, Batgirl, Flash, Aquaman, Harley Quinn & Joker, in addition to a Joker origin movie.

SPAWN.  Jamie Foxx is cast as title character Al Simmons, but creator Todd McFarlane says it won’t be an origin movie.  In a world where a very bad Venom movie promises to be the source of memes for years to come, is it possible that a Spawn movie will take us to a place we want to go?  I hope so.  There’s also a new cartoon in the works.

SILVER AND BLACK.  The Spider-Man Universe tie-in being produced by Sony without Marvel Studios’ involvement has been pulled back for extensive rewrites.  I’m hoping it’s being rewritten so that instead of starring Silver Sable and Black Cat it stars just Spider-Man and it’s now being produced by Marvel Studios.  But sadly, we will not be so lucky.

DOCTOR DOOM THE MOVIE.  I wasn’t initially excited about a solo Dr. Doom movie, particularly because all prior Fantastic Four movies have been failures of an epic scale, but then I found out who’s writing it: Noah Hawley.  Hawley is the creator of the FOX television show Legion—one of the best comic book adaptations I’ve ever seen.  So, I now have hope.  Of course, the Disney/Fox merger might negate all this if the rights to the FF revert to Marvel, and Marvel Studios can finally produce the Fantastic Four movie we’ve all been yearning for.

DC SANCTUARY.  Tom King, one of the best writers working today, will be launching a new DC series about crisis centers for superheroes—the idea being that superheroes must get PTSD and similar types of psychological conditions from living a life of violence.  I’ll read anything he writes, but I’m really interested in this book, given King’s personal history as a CIA Agent who served in combat.

CLOAK AND DAGGER IS A SUCCESS.  The Freeform TV adaptation by Marvel Television got the highest ratings for a  new series in over two years, ’s latest entry, Cloak & Dagger, has proved to be a success for Freeform as the show scored the network’s best ratings since the series finale of Pretty Little Liars—over 7 million viewers.  And that’s a lot for a little cable netlet.

Lea Thompson wants to pitch a reboot of the 1986 movie that is pretty universally recognized as a bomb.  I didn’t hate it, but no, it wasn’t good.  Would love to see a reboot that’s more faithful to Steve Gerber’s vision.

LEGION RENEWED.  One of the best (if not the actual best) comic book TV shows ever will get a third season on FX.  If you’re not watching this, you’re missing a brilliant, HBO-quality program that’s not just good comic book TV, it’s great TV period.

M.O.D.O.K. AT THE MOVIES?  There’s talk of putting him in the next Infinity War movie.  He’s my absolute top favorite villain, and I really hope they put him in—and don’t make it kitschy.

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