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– The internet has been abuzz for the past five years or so with rumors of near-total dysfunction at the top of the DC food chain – above the creative types, deep into the bureaucracy of Warner Bros. Well, those fires are getting stoked again: the Hollywood Reporter is, ahem, reporting that there are some major problems with getting DC’s film slate off the ground. Specifically, the Wonder Woman and Aquaman films are rumored to be rife with problems on the scripting level. Part of the problem here is that the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemed to roll out so effortlessly (even with the relative misstep of The Incredible Hulk), and part of the problem is that, perhaps, DC is realizing that the bleak design of their films is already becoming a problem. Or, maybe that’s just this jaded outsider’s view.
– If reports are to be believed, May 14 will see the debut of a trailer for Supergirl, the new TV series in the Arrow/Flash-verse, at the TNT upfronts. A trailer would, more than likely, mean that the series has, in fact, been picked up.
– Gerry Conway, iconic DC creator, has taken to his Tumblr to talk about the current situation with DC creators getting royalties and credit for characters they created – specifically, that DC has been designating certain characters “derivative,” and therefore, their creators would no longer receive equity payments for their use. The example that Conway gives is Power Girl, a character he co-created, which was taken away from him, payment wise, for a one-time check of $1,000. The article is worth a read, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see DC walk this back when/if it picks up some speed.
– Could Ryan Phillippe be playing Iron Fist for Marvel? Frank Castle? Bullseye? The ex-husband/baby daddy of a much more talented and successful hero?
– New York Comic Con tickets will be on sale shortly – grab them now so you can see me having a minor panic attack come October!
– In case you want a hearty groan with your morning coffee, check out Kevin Smith mugging uncontrollably in this incredibly repetetive Audi commercial starring Stan Lee. The Lou Ferigno cameos are the only part of this commercial that didn’t make me want to burn my childhood memories/copy of Clerks.
– And, finally, Jeremy Renner is trying to make people forget about his horribly sexist joke from last week by being genuinely funny on The Tonight Show.