DC had a hell of a San Diego Comic Con this year, making large announcements that touch just about every corner of its publishing, film, and television line. Let’s dig right in:
– Vertigo announced their first OGN of their newly re-vamped lineup: “Six Days” is a non-fiction retelling of the Battle of Graignes, written by Robert Venditti and Kevin Maurer, illustrated by Andrea Mutti, and with a cover by R.M. Guerra.
– As of November, the new “Wonder Woman” creative team will be G. Willow Wilson and Cary Nord. Wilson, co-creator of Kamala Khan, marks only the second woman to write Wonder Woman in the ‘Rebirth’ era, behind Shea Fontana.
– The cast of the FX adaptation of “Y: The Last Man” was revealed, including Diane Lane playing Senator Jennifer Brown.
– Rob Williams will be ending his “Suicide Squad” run with #50. Due to some upcoming changes in publication schedule, it is unclear exactly when #50 will hit shops; the last solicited issue was September’s #46.
– The final three issues of “Mister Miracle” have been delayed. Issues 10 and 11 will both drop in August, with #12 hitting in October.
– Old Lady Harley, introduced in a recent issue of “Harley Quinn,” will be getting her own miniseries this autumn.
– DC and Hanna-Barbera characters are crossing over yet again, including Nightwing and Magilla Gorilla and, of course, Deathstroke and Yogi Bear.
– The Birds of Prey film will feature, alongside Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Cassandra Cain, and Renee Montoya.
– “Electric Warriors” is a new Steve Orlando/Travel Foreman miniseries set in the future of Jack Kirby’s “Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth” series. The six issue series debuts in November.
– “Justice League Dark” and “Wonder Woman” will crossover this October in an event called ‘The Witching Hour.’ James Tynion IV and a team of artists including Jesus Merino, Emanuela Lupacchino, and Alvaro Martinez will be putting together the series, which spans two one-shots, two issues of “Wonder Woman,” and one issue of “Justice League Dark.”
– The Joker stand alone film, directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, will be released on October 4, 2019.
– The CW is developing a Batwoman series under Greg Berlanti’s near-ubiquitous production team. The character will be introduced in next season’s big CW-crossover which will not feature Legends of Tomorrow nor Black Lightning.
– Sam Witwer, who played Doomsday on Smallville, will be joining Supergirl this season as Agent Liberty.
– DC Universe, the new DC Comics streaming/digital comics platform, announced its cost: $74.99 a year, or $7.99 a month. The first trailer for Titans was also revealed, and caused a major stir when Nightwing delivered the “Fuck Batman” line.
– The rumors are true: Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp are launching “The Green Lantern” in November. Go crazy, folks.
– DC Zoom and Ink, their middle-grades and young adult lines, announced a slew of new books, as well as naming artists on some previously announced titles.
– Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha will follow Dan Abnett’s run on “Aquaman” later this year.
– Marc Silvestri has a Batman/Joker miniseries called “Batman/Joker: Deadly Duo” coming to DC’s Black Label imprint. No release date has been set.
– Geoff Johns revealed a whole slew of new information about upcoming projects:
– His “Shazam” series will be illustrated by Dale Eaglesham and begin in November
– He will be showrunning a Stargirl series for DC Universe.
– His “Three Jokers” comic with Jason Fabok will be out ‘this winter’ and will be under the Black Label heading, though it will be in regular DC continuity.
– His ‘The Killing Zone’ imprint will launch in mid-2019 and will ““consist of multiple books that tell a story spanning 1940-2040. The titles will include some new characters and some recognizable but lesser seen ones.”
– Zazie Beetz may join Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker film.Continued below
– Scott Snyder and Jock are working on a “The Batman Who Laughs” miniseries, set to debut this November.
– Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke will be taking over “Detective Comics” as of December and will shepherd the book to its 1,000th issue in March.
– DC’s animated features slate was updated with a number of new titles: Batman: Hush, Reign of the Supermen, Justice League vs the Fatal Five, and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines.
– Warner Bros released trailers for both Aquaman and Shazam!, with one of them being particularly dope.
– Lots of CW casting news dropped on Saturday:
– American Pie‘s Chris Klein will play Cicada on The Flash (and be the season’s big bad), a character co-created by Geoff Johns and Scott Kollins.
– Nicole Maines will be joining Supergirl as Nia Nal, who bears a very similar name to Nura Nal, aka Dream Girl of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Maines is transgender, and her Supergirl character is both transgender and set to take her role as ‘Dreamer.’ Dreamer will be the first transgender superhero on television, and likely a member of Supergirl‘s growing Legion.
– Silencer, one of DC’s ‘New Age of Heroes’ characters, will be joining Arrow in the fall, played by Miranda Edwards.
– Legends of Tomorrow is adding Tom Wilson (Biff from Back to the Future) as Nate’s father and Romona Young as Alaska Yu. Maisie Richardon-Sellers, who played Amaya for the past two seasons, will now be playing a British character named “Charlie.” Whether the show will acknowledge the fact that Charlie looks exactly like Amaya remains to be seen. As previously noted, Matt Ryan will return as John Constantine, Jes Macallan as Ava, and Courtney Ford as Nora Darhk, all in full-time roles in the upcoming season.
– The DCEU is dead; long live the Worlds of DC.