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– Marvel Comics released a teaser video for the “Marvel Legacy” one shot expected to hit shelves September 27th. In the video Tom Bevroot and Axel Alonso hyped the introduction of the Avengers of 1,000,000 B.C. that feature in the special. They hinted there are long reaching story seeds being dropped and teased the impending return of a character “long absent” from view. The ominous tag line ‘Every Story is an Event’ dropped near the end of the teaser.
– Warner Bros. Studios is reportedly courting Martin Scorsese to produce their Joker film project. What’s appropriately twisted about this is their hopes of luring talent Scorcese regularly works with like, say, Leonardo DiCaprio to play the lead role. Todd Phillips of The Hangover is already on board to direct this film set to re-tell the Joker’s origin.
– Han Solo director Ron Howard revealed that Paul Bettany, Marvel’s The Vision and J.A.R.V.I.S. from Avengers, will be in the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo spin-off. Howard who worked with Bettany on the movie A Beautiful Mind shared an image them together on the set with Bettany apparently in costume.
– Rumor has it that Sony Pictures is hoping to get Do The Right Thing director Spike Lee to direct the next Spider-Man spin-off to follow the Venom and Silver&Black movies already in production. Nightwatch,the spider-verse character introduced in “Web of Spider-Man” #99 back in 1993, would be that property. Sony did extensive research into the character for a possible appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming that never came to pass. Reportedly Edward Ricourt, a writer on Now You See Me and Jessica Jones, is writing a screenplay for the project.
– In other Sony news James O’Barr’s “The Crow” long in the works movie remake The Crow:Reborn once caught up in bankruptcy limbo has landed now at Sony. The producer of the remake, Edward R. Pressman, has secured Corin Hardy of The Hallow to direct the new film that is expected to stay closer to O’Barr’s graphic novel than the 1994 film starring Brandon Lee.
– The Vancouver Public Library named Miriam Libicki as theirWriter in Residence for 2017. This marks the first time in the 12 year history of the program a cartoonist/graphic novelist has been chosen giving a spotlight to sequential art in storytelling.
– Michael Cerveris, the actor who played recurring character September in Fringe, is joining the cast of Gotham in the coming season for several episodes as Professor Pyg. The “Batman” the character was a scientist who turned people into living dolls and was a part of the bizarre group of villains, the Circus of Strange.
– Thriller novelist and occasional comic writer Brad Meltzer revealed he’s working with artist John Cassaday on a new project. The image he used on Twitter looks to imply something “Batman and Robin” related but as the image is months old the actual book may be something else entirely.
– Disney released a 3 minute trailer for Star Wars:Rebels Season 4. The series is set to debut October 16 on Disney.
– On September 3, the owners of South Philly Comics, a five-year old business, held a wake for the store, having chosen to close up shop. Coverage of the impending closure looked also at other local comic shops which are still fighting the good fight to keep delivering comics to their customers.