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– Kicking off, Suicide Squad actually won an Oscar Sunday Night (yes really we aren’t joking). The David Ayer directed film took home the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Award beating out Star Trek Beyond. We’ll be waiting for the fourth wall breaking Deadpool rant about this.
– In other DC movie news, Gotham City Sirens director Ayer tweeted out a comic panel featuring the Batman villain Black Mask leading many to speculate about him being the villain in this upcoming movie. Gotham City Sirens will re-team Ayer with Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie, along with, presumably, live-action appearances of Catwoman and Poison Ivy as per the comic of the same name. No production or release date has been set.
– The unnamed X-Men related pilot at Fox added True Blood veteran Stephen Moyer. The series will follow two mutant parents forced to go on the run after they discover their child has parents. Moyer, set to play the father Reed, joins Blair Redford and Jamie Chung who were cast last week. No title or release date has been announced.
– Marvel also announced a new animated series coming to Japan this summer entitled Marvel Future Avengers. This new anime will have a tie-in manga of the same title from Teruaki Mizuno that will hit stands in early March. The series has an “Avengers Academy”-type plot following main character Makoto who is being trained by the Avengers.
– Congratulations are in order as DC, Dark Horse, and Unbound have all filled new positions. DC has promoted Aria Moffley, overseer of the DC Super Hero Girls brand, to the position of Vice President of Creative Affairs, Dark Horse has promoted 10-year company vet Chris Gaslin to president of Product Development, and Unbound has hired Titan Comics editor Lizzie Kaye as their new Commissioning Editor for a new line of graphic novels.
– Marvel is breaking out the lawyers and is blocking Hasbro’s attempt to register the trademark for “Dire Wraiths,” shapeshifting villains and staples of the ROM Universe. Marvel began publishing comics with ROM in the 80s and the Dire Wraiths have been villains in the Marvel Universe ever since. You can check out parts of the document filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office here.
– New Star Trek will be coming to CBS in late summer/early fall…maybe. Star Trek: Discovery has run into some hiccups lately with the departure of showrunner Bryan Fuller due to complications with Starz’s American Gods. Hopefully the CBS All Access series will get it together in time for this newest estimated release.
– Finally, ComicsAlliance put out new preview pages for the upcoming Rebirth crossover “Superman Reborn.” A full preview has already been released here. This new preview shows off unlettered pages just in time to fuel speculation for the kickoff of this four-part event this Wednesday with “Superman” #18.