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– Batman and Scooby-Doo are teaming up for the first time since 1972 in a new DC animated original movie, Scooby-Doo and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. As the title suggests, the film features a return to the animation style of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, along with the voice cast. The cast includes Diedrich Bader as Batman, original Scooby-Doo actor Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo and Fred, Grey Griffin as Daphne and Black Canary, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, and Kate Micucci as Velma.
– In honor of the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, SelfMadeHero is going to publish a graphic novel adaptation of the iconic The Communist Manifesto. The adaptation will be done by Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson, and promises to be an “incisive introduction to Communism and a lucid explanation of Marx’s aims.” The title will be published in May 2018.
– Chapterhouse Publishing has announced that they are redoing the pricing structure of their products. All superhero titles in their “Chapterverse” will be priced at $1.99 for single issues and $9.99 for collections. The reduction will start with January’s “Freelance” and “Fantomah,” with “Captain Canuck,” “Northguard,” “Pitiful Human Lizard,” and “Fallen Suns” to follow later in the year.
– According to Bleeding Cool, it looks like Liam Sharp won’t be away from drawing Wonder Woman for too long. It was revealed at the Stan Lee Comic Con this past weekend that DC will be releasing an ongoing “Batman/Wonder Woman” series, and Sharp is going to be the artist. Bleeding Cool says to expect the series in February of next year, and a formal announcement in the next few weeks.
– “The Crow” creator James O’Barr reiterated that the planned film reboot is, in fact, still happening, and that pre-production is scheduled to start in February of next year. O’Barr also confirmed that previously attached director Corin Hardy is still involved. There was no mention of potential star Jason Momoa, who was also previously attached to the project.
– Fox has given a script commitment to Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins’ “Snow Blind.” Prison Break executive producer and Dominion creator/showrunner Vaun Wilmott will head up the project. The story follows a small town sheriff in witness protection, who struggles to keep his past life a secret when a news story on him goes viral.
– CW’s Black Lightning is adding an Outsider to its cast. Chantal Thuy will join the show as Grace Choi in a recurring role. The character is described as “a comic book fan who befriends Anissa (Nafessa Williams) while she is coming to terms with her abilities and becomes Anissa’s first confidant about the struggles and challenges of having abilities.”
– In other DC casting news, Gotham has found it’s Poison Ivy . . . for the third time. Peyton List is the latest actress to take on the role, after Maggie Geha and Clare Foley each had their turn. List previously starred in The Tomorrow People and Flashforward, and also played Lisa Snart (aka The Golden Glider) on The Flash.
– NYCC is eyeing a 5-day expansion for 2018’s convention after selling 200,000 tickets to this year’s show, which is 20,000 more than 2016. The detail was revealed in a post-show interview with ReedPOP’s Event Director, Mike Armstrong.
– Because everything needs an oral history now, the early-90s X-Men animated series is the latest nostalgic pop-culture subject to get the treatment. The article includes comments from showrunner Eric Lewald, writer Julia Lewald, and even Saban Entertainment founder Haim Saban.