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

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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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Sometimes the wheels of comics grind exceedingly slow, and Multiversity, a now somewhat outdated multiversical look at the DCU that folds in various timelines, masterminded by Multiverse expert Grant Morrison, is one of those things.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 set […]

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.

QMx releases DC Bombshells posters by Ant Lucia

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DC has been doing themed variant cover months such as the recent Steampunk on, and in June it’s Bombshells based on artist Ant Lucia’s popular figurines which recast DC heroines as WWII pin-ups. I just report the news, folks. And you know, different strokes. ANYWAY, collectibles company Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx), is releasing posters based […]

A tale of two Kevins: Feige and Tsujihara

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The two most powerful people in comics— Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige—were both the subject of fairly hagiographic profiles recently. The Feige piece in Businessweek was probably the more revelatory, as it offered ACTUAL INFORMATION on the very secretive Marvel Studios process, and the legacy of Ike, such as the following account of the dorm-level offices.

Cully Hamner working on something pretty cool for DC

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Or so says this interview with The Square Peg Show from MegaCon. Hamner says he’ll be working on something “pretty big” for DC and writing and drawing it. Which is good news because Cully Hamner is quality. Among his past work: design work for DC for years, RED, with Warren Ellis, and its spin-offs, The Question, The Shade, Animal Man, Action Comics, etc etc etc.

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: February 2014—Forever Evil Slows The Pack

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It’s time once again to look at DC’s sales figures.

Once again DC takes the top two slots on the Diamond sales charts. But February is a down month overall for the Diamond NA comics market, and DC follows suit. Forever Evil returns with a new issue in February, but both Sandman Overture and Superman Unchained are still MIA. When retailers tie up their order volume with large orders for comics that don’t ship, that means fewer potential sales across the board.

Report: DC brain trust is moving west

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CBR has a pretty confident report that four of DC’s top brass will be moving to Cali when the big exodus happens in 2015: co-publisher Dan DiDio, editor-in-chief Bob Harras, Vertigo executive editor Shelly Bond and group editor Eddie Berganza.  Even among those “in the know” confirmations of comings and goings have been hard to come by, although Berganza and DiDio always seemed like naturals. I never had any question that Bond would go because she’s a trooper all the way. Harras has been a big question mark, but as far as I know, his kids are pretty grown up, which is usually a big factor in going westward ho or not.

DC’s Previews April ’14: The Forever People are back

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DC released the advance preveiws of its June titles today with the start of INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen, and the end of Larfleeze, and a lot of issue #32s.

Trenchcoat alert: First look at Matt Ryan as Constantine

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NBC has released the first official image of actor Matt Ryan as John Constantine in the upcoming pilot. Trenchcoat check, stubble, check, cigarette, no, but there is a memorial swirl of smoke behind him. The pilot is being produced by Daniel Cerone & David S. Goyer, who wrote the script, and directed by Neil Marshall. […]

And here’s a quick first look at The Flash costume

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A Flash pilot is on the way starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen—and here’s the first look at his costume. It was designed by Academy Ward winner Colleen Atwood, who also works on ARROW. (Her Oscars include Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.) This image says scarlet, it says foreshortening…does it say […]

DC Comics Month-to Month Sales: January 2014 — Meet the new guy!

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Hi everyone! New guy, Dave Carter, here with the first DC sales charts of 2014. I have an introductory write-up down at the end of this column, but since you’re all really here for the sales numbers, commentary and snark, let’s get to it:

On the surface DC seemingly does well to start off the year, with their two premier Batman-starring titles in the #1 & #2 slots, and five of the top ten. But once you start looking a little deeper there is much to cause concern…

Three of DC’s top selling titles, Forever Evil, Superman Unchained, and Sandman Overture, did not ship this month, contributing to the overall sales decline.

DC’s September stunt involves 3-D Motion Covers, and five years in the future

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DC has announced its September stunt for the year at the ComicsPRO meeting down in Atlanta and it’s the return of those new-fangled lenticular motion covers, plus a tie-in the the weekly series THE NEW 52: FUTURE’S END. According to an email from a publicity temp at WBE, “Following the overwhelming success of 2013s “Villains […]

Go girl: Lois Lane gets a very rare one shot today

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Today’s Lois Lane one-shot comic by Marguerite Bennett and Emanuela Lupacchino is not only the first Lois Lane solo book in a long time, but a possible “pilot” season for the character, who is actually the LONGEST running female character in the Superhero Universe, having debuted in Action Comics #1 right along side Clark Kent. […]

Constantine has been cast with Welsh actor Matt Ryan

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Finally, the long national nightmare is over, and a British actor has been cast as John Constantine! Although I thought it would be one of the dead guys from Game of Thrones, it’s Matt Ryan, seen in Criminal Minds, The Tudors, Layer Cake and other reputable productions. Constantine is being readied as a TV show […]