The Rundown: April 30, 2018

By | April 30th, 2018
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Welcome back to The Rundown, our daily breakdown on comic news stories we missed from the previous day. Have a link to share? Email our team at

in case you missed it, IDW has announced a new all-ages “Big Hero 6” ongoing comic to be released in conjunction with the upcoming television series. We also interviewed Tim Probert about his debut graphic novel, “Bea & Cad.”

– Fans have been waiting on pins and needles since last year for the return of Attack on Titan, well the wait is over folks. We now have a trailer, an episode count and a release date for the anime’s third season. The trailer indicates that this season will feature quite a bit more human-on-human fight scenes, along with (of course) copious amounts of human-on-titan stabbing and slashing tied with some steampunk ziplining. You can catch the first episode of Attack on Titan‘s third season, which will have 24 episodes in all, will start airing in Japan on NHK from July 22.

– Paramount announced last week that they will be adapting Rob Harrell’s graphic novel “Monster on a Hill” as an animated film. Harrell’s book centers around a world in which each town is terrorized by their own local monster much to their amusement and local pride, except for the town of Stoker-on-Avon where Rayburn, their monster, is in somewhat of a slump. That is until a mad doctor and a local street urchin take it upon themselves to help Rayburn get his groove on. It appears that the film will be adapting the story into a more Americanized context, with Monsters being more like WWE wrestlers and the plucky urchin managing Rayburn’s career with the hopes of turning him into a colossal star. the film is currently slated for a 2020 release date.

– DC announced via a press release that they will be producing three new novelizations of popular Batman stories. The three stories planned for adaption are “Batman: Court of Owls,” the immensely popular New 52 story which introduced audiences to a clandestine organization of Gotham socialites who have been running the city since its founding; “Harley Quinn: Mad Love,” which was the first comic book appearance of Harley Quinn and recounted her origins as an unassuming psychologist turned fanatical criminal/lover of the Joker; and an adaptation of “Batman: The Killing Joke,” which will no doubt thrill original writer Alan Moore to no avail. Batman: The Killing Joke will be released on September 25, followed by Court of Owls on November 13, and Mad Love on February 12, 2019 (just in time for Valentine’s Day).

– Actress Alicia Coppola (Shameless, Another World) has been cast in Warner Bros.’s upcoming Vertigo adaption The Kitchen. The comic by artist Ming Doyle (“America,” “Quantum and Woody”) and writer Ollie Masters (“Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original,” “Snow Blind”) was about a group of women who, after their husbands are arrested and sent to prison, must step in to run the Irish Mob while their husbands serve their time. The Kitchen will be arriving in theaters September 20, 2019.

– Actress Conor Leslie (The Man in the High Castle, Shots Fired) has joined the cast of DC’s Titans, with Heroic Hollywood claiming she is playing Donna Troy, the original Wonder Girl. Video surfaced on Instagram of actor Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of The Caribean: Dead Man Tell No Tales, The Giver) as Dick Grayson/Robin interacting with Leslie, who identifies him as the “Boy Wonder,” remarking that it has been a while since the two have seen each other. While no date has been set for Titans‘s release, it is expected to debut later this year on DC’s new direct streaming service.

– Frank Miller (“The Dark Knight Returns,” “Ronin”) has issued a pseudo-apology in an interview with The Guardian concerning statements he made back in 2011 about the Occupy Wall Street movement. In the interview, Miller stated that he “wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things” about the Occupy movement, he also addressed the abysmal piece of propaganda that is “Holy Terror” by saying that while he doesn’t “want to wipe out chapters of my own biography,” he is no longer “capable” of producing such material again. Miller also plugged his new “300” prequel series “Xerxes,” which chronicles the rise and fall of the Persian Empire.

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– Disney has apparently been asking for some time for Marvel Studios to bring back its One-Shot short films, which accompanied their Blu-ray releases from 2011 to 2014. Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito explained in an interview that while he and the folks at Marvel Studios would love to bring the shorts back, they just don’t have the time. While that is a completely understandable answer considering the considerable workload the studio handles, it is sad to hear that we may not get another Agent Carter– which helped spawn the TV series – or even a reprisal like that of Ben Kingsley’s fake Mandarin in All Hail the King.

– Speaking of Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War opened with approximately $250 million in North America, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘s opening weekend record of $248 million in 2015. The film also broke the record for a worldwide opening, grossing $630 million globally this weekend.

– Before the weekend, we asked which of the new Justice League teams are you most excited about. 30% of you responded with Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez’s main “Justice League” roster, while 25% chose James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez’s new “Justice League Dark” team.

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