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– DC and Warner Bros. has announced a release date for Batman Ninja. Expect the anime style film to be released digitally on April 24, 2018. The film will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on May 8, 2018 and is rated PG-13. You can check out the English trailer here.
– With Valiant Comics undergoing major changes in ownership, it’s important to remember that the company has the third largest “superhero” comic book line up in the industry. It can be pretty overwhelming to try and immerse yourself into this expansive universe. Luckily, the company had published a previously online only comic called “Valiant High,” which reimagined its characters as teenagers navigating through high school life. Now io9 reports that “Valiant High” will be released in print form this coming spring. Do yourself a favor and check it out May 30, 2018!
– Titan announced that it will be publishing a prequel comic based on V. E. Schwab’s New York Times bestselling “Shades of Magic” novel series. The comic will be written by Schwab with art by Andrea Olimpieri. The series will be called “Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince” and will be available sometime in October 2018.
– Screenwriters Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (the upcoming Tomb Raider, Captain Marvel) have been assigned to rewrite Silver & Black, Sony’s planned Marvel film starring Silver Sable and Black Cat. The film, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, is set for release on February 8, 2019.
– 20th Century Fox has pushed back a couple of its upcoming movie releases this year. Most concerning, though is the delay of Alita: Battle Angel. The film was moved from July 20, 2018 to December 21, 2018. The movie is based off Yukito Kishiro’s manga “Battle Angel Alita.” Alita: Battle Angel is directed by Robert Rodriguez.
– Melissa McCarthy is set to co-star in New Line’s The Kitchen based on the comic series of the same name by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. The studio will have a female director as well as three strong female leads, “an uncommon move” for the studio according to Deadline. Be on the lookout for more news regarding the projects as McCarthy is still “finalizing a deal.”
– The creative team behind “The Private Eye” will yet again move one of their digital comics from Panel Syndicate to print through Image Comics. Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s “Barrier” will be released as a five issue mini-series, set to be released in May. Readers can get a copy of the 50+ page first issue for free on Free Comic Book Day. A special collector’s edition will be released a week later along side “Barrier” #2. Both “Barrier” #1 and “Barrier” #2 will be released on May 9, 2018.
– According to Bleeding Cool, DC execs sent out a mass email explaining new social media guidelines which will make for a better experience online. DC says “Stay positive when you post and we also recommend that you avoid negative comments in this very public forum.” To read the full email click here.
– It was announced that Christina “Steenz” Stewart will now serve as an associate editor at Lion Forge Comics. Previously, Stewart served as Social Media and Community Manager for the St. Louis based publisher. Stewart says “My goals in this industry are to carve a space for marginalized voices, to put books into the hands of new readers, and to make the comics community more accessible to librarians and educators.” Stewart will also remain in her social media role.
– Image Comics announced that Joseph Keatinge and Wook Jin Clark’s “Flavor” #1 will be released on May 16, 2018. In their press release, Image said, “Prepare your palate for the high-stakes competition of The Hunger Games, steeped in the enticingly lush world-building of Hayao Miyazaki.” The final order deadline for “Flavor” #1 is Monday April 23, 2018.