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– 20th Century Fox is reportedly not coming to Hall H at San Diego Comic Con with their usual footage in tow, for fear of their footage leaking online. While I certainly understand the desire to keep your footage secret, if you’re performing/debuting anything in public in 2016 and it isn’t on the internet within a day or two, something is wrong. Rumor has it that other studios may also follow suit, which is bad news for fans who love SDCC’s film panels, but might help refocus the con on, you know, comics.
– For those of you who thought that Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice was just too short and light on violence, fear not! The R-rated cut might be over three hours long.
– Congratulations are in order for Joshua Williamson, writer for the upcoming ‘Rebirth’ run of “The Flash” for signing an exclusive (although worded as ‘solely’) contract with DC, which will see him also debut a new Vertigo miniseries with Jason Shawn Alexander called “Frostbite” this fall. Williamson confirmed via his Twitter that both “Nailbiter” and “Birthright” will continue at Image Comics through the end of their runs. What ‘solely’ versus ‘exclusive’ means is anyone’s guess, but congratulations regardless!
– Mads Mikkelsen has revealed his Star Wars: Rogue One role, and it is Galen Erso, father of Felicity Jone’s Jyn Erso.
– Bart Sears is relaunching his Ominous Comics imprint, and is bringing in Ron Marz as Editor in Chief and lead writer. Three books are planned for the initial launch, all involving Sears, Marz, Tom Raney, or Andy Smith. HeroesCon is where the books will initially drop.
– “Jonesy,” a miniseries from Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle, has been upgraded to an ongoing from BOOM! Studios.
– And, finally, Dick Ayers gets a nice retrospective over at Comics Alliance that is well worth a read.