Zack Snyder passes along camera tips…and first look at Ben Affleck as Batman

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TweetI shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham http://t.co/WPHKLxgBLM pic.twitter.com/p5DEf6fLzJ — ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014 Over on twitter Batman vs Superman director Zack Snyder has helpfully passed along a photo with some lens information to help you get that moody gritty look. Another aid in getting just the right note of […]

Constantine, iZombie and The Flash have all been picked up for series

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Tweet Wow what a week for DC’s tv properties! iZombie, The Flash and Constantine have ALL been picked up for series commitments! The Flash, which is a spinoff of Arrow, will air on The CW, as will iZombie, based on the Chris Roberson/Mike Allred Vertigo book of the same name. And NBC has ordered Constantine, […]

FInger family is “not okay” with DC despite other statements

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Tweet I think this statement from the family of Bill FInger, the long uncredited co-creator of most of the Batman mythos speaks for itself. The long memories of comics aren’t just for issue numbers, people. During a recent WonderCon Anaheim panel for Batman’s 75th anniversary, an audience member asked panelists for opinions about the fact that […]

Fox releases first trailer for GOTHAM

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Tweet Fox and WB just released the very first trailer for this falls GOTHAM tv show! With great hesitation and uncertainty, I would tag this as “Nolan-esque.” And why not? The Christopher Nolan Batman movies are the benchmark now. Gotham has been ordered for a full season this fall on Fox, and it’s billed as […]

What’s best for Mother’s Day? Wonder Woman merchandise!

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WB Consumer Products has just unveiled a bunch of Wonder Woman merchandise themed to Mothers Day, reminding us that even if an actual storyline for Wonder Woman is problematic, difficult and whatever other synonym for “iffy” word you want to use, licensing wise, she’s a powerhouse for Warner Bros

C2E2: The Man of Tomorrow panel with Pak, Snyder, Kuder and Soule

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DC’s final C2E2 panel focused on Superman featuring the talent line up of Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder, with Scott Snyder and Charles Soule coming in a little late. Much of Superman’s 2014 was discussed along with Scott’s heart felt goodbye to Superman Unchained.

First up was Action Comics with Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder. The scene in issue 30 was shown where Doomsday kills polar bears. Pak went on to talk about how much fun he’s having writing Action and that issue 30 was a prelude to the “Doomed” storyline. He promised in the upcoming storyline we’d see “enormous comic book fights like you’ve never seen before.” 

C2E2: Vertigo Titles Merge Horror, Science Fiction, and History

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Tweetby David Fairbanks   John Cunningham hosted C2E2′s Vertigo: Defy panel featuring Scott Snyder, Lee Bermejo, Greg Lockard, and Amy Chu. Snyder is eager to return to American Vampire with Second Cycle, saying “Taking a break sucked. We had always planned to take a break because Rafael [Albuquerque] had stuff he wanted to finish, and I […]

C2E2: DiDio – Only half the teams for September are set

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Tweetby David Nieves One of the key events in Chicago this weekend is all about the people who sell comics. The DC midwest retailer summit was once again held right before C2E2. Dan DiDio gave his usual passionate speech about the industry and DC Entertainment’s product. But he did address the concerns from retailers about […]

DC’s July comics announcements; The coming of Grayson and what’s coming in September

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Here’s the DCU and New 52 solicits for July — and as a BONUS becuase of the lead time needed for the lenticular covers, the September Future’s End solicits, with NO CREATIVE TEAMS ATTACHED, probably because ANYTHING could happen between now and then. We’ll have Vertigo and trades in the next post. Of note — the new Grayson, Teen Titans and Suicide SQuad books and HArley Quinn at Comic-Con by Amanda conner — a good time is guaranteed in that one.

July’s cover theme will be THE BATMAN!

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Tweet DC has announced its latest month of cover variants and the topic is Batman, in honor of his 75th Anniversary. Artists include Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Mike Kaluta and more! Previous variant theme months included Scribblenauts in January, steampunk in […]

All DC’s weekly comics will end in March 2015 and then…

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Tweet …well, we’ll know by then I suppose. On Facebook, DC co-publisher revealed that all three weekly series will have a similar stopping point. Dan DiDio Batman Eternal started this April and runs to next March after which it takes a brief hiatus, Futures End starts this May and ends the last week of March […]

Son of Batman: Freak’n Awesome Movie

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Tweet(Spoilers ahead: So if you wanted to watch the movie first, then I suggest you turn off the computer or mobile device, sit in the corner, and wait like a good boy or girl.) This year DC Entertainment is celebrating Batman’s 75th birthday. “Nice pecs for an old dude,” you might be saying to yourself. […]

Reminder: There was *almost* a JLA movie starring Armie Hammer, D.J. Cotrona and Megan Gale

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Tweet Post by Greg Van Borssum. This photo of the cast of GEorge Miller’s aborted JLA movie shows how close we came to having a very very young JLA movie. Australian tax credit woes and the Writer Strike of ’07-08 scuttled this. Was it for the best? Andrew Wheeler has more.

DC Confirms Earth 2 Weekly comic to launch in October

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At the ComicsPRO meeting DC announced they would be launching three weekly comics this year. Batman Eternal just debuted last week, and The New 52 Future’s End is coming on Free Comic Book Day. And now Nerdist has revealed that as expected, the third weekly will be set on Earth 2. Creators include writers Daniel H. Wilson, Tom Taylor, Paul Levitz, Marguerite Bennet, and Mike Johnson; among the artists: Eddy Barrows, Jorge Jimenez, Stephen Segovia, Paulo Siqeira, and Tyler Kirkham. DC released a promo (above) by Ben Oliver which indicated this will be another feel good, upbeat story.

FIVE YEARS LATER, Grant Morrison’s MULTIVERISTY is finally coming out

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Tweet Sometimes the wheels of comics grind exceedingly slow, and Multiversity, a now somewhat outdated multiversical look at the DCU that folds in various timelines, masterminded by Multiverse expert Grant Morrison, is one of those things. It was announced in 2009, and has been biding it’s time since then, even as the DCU it was […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: March 2014 — Forever Unchained Overture

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Greetings, sales charts fans! It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

DC take the top four spots on the Diamond sales charts, as all four of their bestselling titles (Batman, Forever Evil, Sandman Overture and Superman Unchained) actually shipped in the same month! Despite that, DC still fell short of their top competitor Marvel by about 9% in both dollar and unit share, as Marvel have many more comics that perform in the 50-70K unit space than DC does. And average sales hit the lowest level since the New 52 began.

Warning: The commentary below may contain reasoned analysis, speculation (unfounded and otherwise), opinion, and/or snark. Those looking for a more straightforward analysis are directed to John Jackson Miller’s excellent Comichron analysis, posted earlier this month right here at The Beat! All of the opinions expressed in this column are my own and do not reflect those of my employers, Heidi McDonald or anyone at The Beat, the Centers for Disease Control, or my neighbors’ dog Miles.