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– Hasbro have filed a lawsuit accusing DC and Warner Bros. of trademark infringement, claiming the Teen Titan/Doom Patrol member Bumblebee’s presence in the DC Super Hero Girls toy line could be confused with the Autobot Bumblebee. For the record, DC’s Bumblebee made her debut in December 1977’s “Teen Titans” #48, while Hasbro’s Bumblebee made his first appearance in Marvel’s “The Transformers” #1 (May 1984). “Bumblebee” as a toy trademark has already had a long legal history, and Variety speculated the lawsuit is prompted by anxiety over next year’s solo film Transformers Universe: Bumblebee.
– Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie continues to fight against the misappropriation of his character: Motherboard reports he has settled a copyright infringement case over a self-published children’s book called The Adventures of Pepe and Pede, with the agreement that all proceeds from the book will go to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The book was written by Eric Hauser, an assistant principal at a North Texas middle school, who is on leave after teachers and parents became concerned over the book’s coded racist subtext.
– Newsarama have a press release from Helping Comics Retailers With Issues (HCR Issues Inc.), a new charity made up of several retailers to help those affected by disasters like Hurricane Harvey. “The founding members have witnessed multiple stores, large and small, go out of business over the last year,” the statement reads. “Comic Shops are vital to growth of this industry and are important in the communities where they exist.” Retailers who need aid can request a special form from Diamond. On a sidenote, the charity’s logo is a tribute to Jim Steranko’s cover for “Incredible Hulk” Annual #1.
– “Redneck” writer Donny Cates is selling a special edition tie-in shirt to raise money for his home state of Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Proceeds from the shirt – which is captioned “Texas Forever” – will go the Houston Coalition for the Homeless. You can buy it on the Skybound Shop.
– Yahoo! have an exclusive clip from Etta’s Mission, a bonus short film on the Digital HD and DVD/Blu-ray release of Wonder Woman. They also interviewed director Patty Jenkins about the genesis of the short, and the cultural impact the film has had including, among other things, on sign language.
– Variety has shed more light on Warner Bros.’s plans for standalone DC films, like Todd Phillips’s Joker movie. Allegedly, the as-yet-unnamed banner of films would allow filmmakers to pitch movies about characters without feeling they must be part of the DC Extended Universe, which may prevent more directors from walking out on projects.
– In further DC movie news, New Zealand director Gerard Johnstone (Housebound) will be taking the latest stab at the Justice League Dark script. Deadline also revealed Warner Bros. was heavily considering It director Andy Muschietti for the film, until the reception to the trailer led to a sequel being fast-tracked. In the meantime, Muschietti has chosen one of his It cast members, Jackson Robert Scott, to play Bode Locke in the pilot for Locke & Key. The role was previously played by Skylar Gertner in Mark Romanek’s aborted 2011 pilot for the show.
– Entertainment Weekly have the first look at Misty Knight (Simone Missick) sporting her bionic arm in Luke Cage season two. The show returns to Netflix next year.
– AMC and Next Games have announced The Walking Dead: Our World, an augmented reality game for iOs and Android devices. The trailer, which simply says the game is “coming soon,” shows players can pick up weapons and fight zombies with avatars of Walking Dead characters around them on their phones, similar to Pokemon Go.
– The London Metropolitan police are reopening the unsolved case of Naji Salim Hussain al-Ali, a Palestinian cartoonist who was assassinated in 1987. Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met’s counterterrorist division, said the decision was prompted by how “a lot can change in 30 years – allegiances shift and people who were not willing to speak at the time of the murder may now be prepared to come forward with crucial information.” Ali, a controversial cartoonist who regularly mocked Arab politicians for the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas, was shot in the throat outside his office in Knightsbridge on July 22, 1987.