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In case you missed it, Dark Horse announced a new graphic novel from Berger Books titled “Rewild,” by Devin Grayson and Yana Adamovic. Additionally, writer Joye Hummel, who ghost-wrote many Wonder Woman stories from the 1940s, passed away at the age of 97.
– DC has announced the winners of the first bracket of their Round Robin tournament, and the creative teams for the remaining projects. The Round Robin tournament pits various different story pitches against one another, and allows the fans to vote on which idea will be made into a six-issue mini-series. The remaining eight pitches are “Green Lanterns: Underworld on Fire” by Sina Grace and V. Ken Marion; “Zatanna and the King of Nightmares” by the Soska Sisters and Vanesa Del Rey; “Lobo/Animal Man: Scorched Earth” by Heath Corson and Scott Hepburn; “Robins” by Tim Seeley and Baldemar Rivas; “Blue Beetle: Graduation Day” by Josh Trujillo and Adrian Gutierrez; “Jesse Quick: Control” by Stephanie Phillips and David Lafuente; “Suicide Squad Seven” by Rex Ogle and Diogenes Neves; and “Superman & Lois: Ignition” by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and Vasco Georgiev. Round two of the voting is being held via Twitter and the DC Universe Infinite community pages, and will run through April 15.
– Warner Bros. Animation has released the box art for the upcoming animated feature film Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One. The art showcased Batman, the Joker, and Catwoman, as well as many holiday-related items, like a jack o’ lantern and calendar dates. Additionally, this reveal confirmed the release date for the film as June 22. Packed in with the movie will be the all-new DC Showcase Short for the Losers, plus two episodes of Batman: The Animated Series.
– Actor Bodhi Sabongui has joined the cast of the upcoming Black Adam film. No details have been given as to who he will be playing, but the young 13-year old is set to be a “key role in the Black Adam-DC canon.” Sabongui will be joining Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam, Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone. The film is currently set for a July 29, 2022 release date.
– Marvel has begun teasing the next stage of the ‘Reign of X’ with a new chart. Charts have become one of the signature features of the modern X-Men books ever since Jonathan Hickman relaunched the franchise in 2019, and this latest chart teases new X-Men titles by Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz, Leah Williams and Valerio Schiti, and Jonathan Hickman himself. These books will join other recent additions to the X-Men franchise such as “Children of the Atom” and “Way of X.”
– Disneyland California will be welcoming a new attraction starting June 4, with the opening of Avengers Campus. This new section of the Disney California Adventure Park will be a dedicated land focused around showcasing the heroes of the Marvel Universe. Highlights of the Avengers Campus include Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure starring Tom Holland, Pym Test Kitchen, and Avengers Headquarters. In addition to the feature attractions, there will be characters from the Marvel Universe walking around, such as Ant-Man, the Wasp, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, and Thor.
– Renée Elise Goldsberry is set to join the cast of the upcoming Disney+ She-Hulk series. The actress, who is perhaps best known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, is said to be playing a character referred to as Amelia. No further information on her role has been revealed at this time. Goldsberry will join Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk, along with Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Tim Roth as the Abomination.
– After ravenous fan demand, Marvel Studios has released the highly sought Zemo Cut of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. This comes after pressure from an online campaign to #ReleasetheZemoCut in the wake of actor Daniel Bruhl revealing that there was additional footage of his dance moves cut from episode 3 of the Disney+ series. Of course, this is all in good fun, but the end product is very real. Marvel has also released an hour-long dance compilation of Baron Zemo dancing in Madripoor on their YouTube page, and the video has over 1 million views as of the time of this writing.Continued below
– Skybound Entertainment has announced that their May comic book releases will feature new variant covers honoring Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The proceeds from these covers will be donated to CCED, the Chinatown Community for Equitable Development. Additionally, these covers will all be drawn by creators of Asian and AAPI heritage, including Erica Henderson, Ethan Young, Soo Lee, and E.J. Su. In total there will be eight different variant covers released for this celebration.
– Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joined the cast of the upcoming film Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom. This will mark Ibrahimovic’s film debut. He joins Guillaume Canet as Asterix, Gilles Lellouche as Obelix, Vincent Cassel as Caesar, and Marion Cotillard as Cleopatra. Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom is the fifth live-action film based on the popular French comic book series, and the first in a decade. Netflix also has plans to develop an animated series based on “Asterix,” but it will not be tied in with the French-language films.
– Actress Jodie Turner-Smith has left the upcoming limited series The Witcher: Blood Origin. She was set to play Eile, a lead role, but a change in the series’ production schedule conflicted with other obligations and she had to withdraw from the show. The Witcher: Blood Origin is a prequel to the popular Netfix series The Witcher that takes place 1200 years prior to the events of the main show. The second season of The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, is set to premiere later in 2021.