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– Harley Quinn is starring in a 26-episode animated series from Powerless executive producers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker and writer Dean Lorey. Warner Bros. Animation is currently hoping Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie can return to voice the character. The adult-aimed series will be the third show coming to the DC streaming service set to launch next year, after Young Justice season 3 and the live-action Titans.
– Post-credit scenes has been a big part of Marvel movies since 2003’s Daredevil (long before Nick Fury’s debut in Iron Man), and now they’re coming to Marvel Comics. Marvel have revealed that the recently resurrected Wolverine will appear in additional scenes of January’s issues of “Captain America,” “The Mighty Thor” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” with more appearances to be announced. It all seems to be building up to the Infinity Stone story teased last week.
– Marvel also announced February’s “Black Panther Annual” will see the return of former “Black Panther” writers Don McGregor, Christopher Priest, and Reginald Hudlin. Artists will include Daniel Acuna (who also created the cover), Ken Lashley (“X-Men: Gold”), and more to be announced soon.
– Lizzy Caplan is in talks to play the female lead in Gambit. There’s no word on who she’d play, though it was previously reported Léa Seydoux was approached to play Belladonna Boudreaux – Gambit’s childhood sweetheart – when Doug Liman was overseeing the film. Gore Verbinski has been confirmed as the film’s new director, which is planned for a February 14, 2019, release date.
– Black Mask Studios released the first artwork by Emily Pearson for “The Wilds,” a new series starting in February. The comic, written by Vita Ayala (“Bitch Planet: Triple Feature” #4, last year’s “DC New Talent Showcase“), is a post-apocalyptic tale where a virus has transformed most of humanity into deadly plant-like organisms that only resemble their former selves. The story follows Heather, a supply runner who goes looking for her missing partner Daisy.
– Image announced a weekly four-issue anthology for February called “Twisted Romance,” overseen by Alex de Campi (“No Mercy,” “Mayday”) with a variety of artists and other writers on back-up comics and prose stories.
– IDW will print the successful Kickstarter series “The Spider King” as a four-issue series from February. The award-winning comic by Josh Vann and Simone D’Armin follows Hrolf, a reluctant Viking king who is pitted against alien parasites who’ve crashed on Earth. The company also revealed the story of its “Ghostbusters” annual coming that month.
– In a very last-minute announcement, Archie Comics unveiled their first digital-only series, “Franken 9,” which starts tomorrow. Written by newcomers Jared Goldwater & Ryan Straughn with art by Ryan Jampole (“Mega Man”), the series follows the evil Dr. Lambda, who seeks to bring about a new world order by plotting to steal the brain of a dying genius and implanting within nine homeless teenagers.
Finally, Legendary Entertainment and LINE Webtoon revealed two new titles for next year, namely:
– “Cursed,” the first creator-owned title by John Barrowman (Arrow, Doctor Who & Torchwood). Co-written with Carole Barrowman – his sister and regular writing partner – and Erika Lewis, with art by Beni Lobel (“Arrow: Season 2.5”), the comic is a time travel story that sees lawyer Charlie Stewart trying to lift the curse that his ancestor caused the war god Bregon to put upon them.
– “Rob,” a series from “Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor” writer Richard Dinnick, which follows the titular knight after he is banished for failing to prevent the assassination of the ‘young king’ of England, and goes on a quest to recover the Spear of Destiny. No artist is attached yet.