– While “WONDER WOMAN” failed to be picked up as a TV show on NBC, DC is rolling on with it’s next big franchise star to get a show on THE CW, the home of “SMALLVILLE” for ten seasons. And that iconic superhero is…Deadman. The character was created in STRANGE ADVENTURES #205 by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino in 1967, although it was the run by Jack Miller and Neal Adams later on that people remember. He is the ghost of a murdered trapeze artist Boston Brand who can mystically possess the bodies of others in his pursuit of justice, either for himself and others. THE CW is tapping Eric Kripke – the creator of their hit “SUPERNATURAL” – to be the executive producer on it (http://www.deadline.com/2011/08/cw-developing-series-adaptation-of-comic-deadman-with-supernatural-creator/). Kripke was also involved in an attempt to wrest a TV show out of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN. The CW is a network that is jointly run by CBS and Warner Brothers – which sounds like it would have been a perfect home for Wonder Woman, but the network balked at the price of producing it. Mark Pedowitz, the president of The CW, has expressed interest for another DC superhero show to replace “SMALLVILLE”; the attempted “BIRDS OF PREY” tanked after one season years ago. While DEADMAN seems to be an odd franchise to invest in, it fits Kripke’s themes of mysticism, and it is a character who is little known and carries far less baggage than Wonder Woman. Still, don’t be in a rush to set the TiVo yet – last year a TV series based on Raven of the TEEN TITANS was also announced from The CW, and no word on its development has been heard since.
– As revealed by the NEW YORK POST (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/she_bat_in_action_khKyEe07oducT2eV8Fk0EJ), Barbara Gordon will return as Batgirl for the first time in 26 years in the pages of BATGIRL, as part of the New 52 in September. The series, as mentioned before, will be written by Gail Simone, and a six page preview was released exclusively by the Post (http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/bat_girl_i0qPnn7HOxbjlBVagVOQ2N). They did not shy away from mentioning the controversy behind the move – as Barbara had gained a larger following as the wheelchair bound Oracle, who dispensed technical knowledge to heroes and ran her own team, Birds Of Prey. The comments section below captures that controversey, but DC feels that because she is the best known Batgirl due to TV, film, and merchandise – areas where DC and WB could have chosen to spotlight another Batgirl or Barbara as Oracle, but didn’t (save for one episode of Kid’s WB’s “THE BATMAN” from 2007). While this is old news for comics fans, getting “mainstream” attention from a major newspaper can’t hurt, especially since such things are usually reserved for bigger DC characters such as Batman or Superman.
– DC Comics has announced that JSA will be relaunched eventually as part of their New 52, but would not reveal any details (http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2011/08/27/the-justice-society/). There had been much speculation about the lack of DC’s first superhero team as a part of their upcoming launch – especially as DC seems set to alter their timeline again to proclaim Superman as their world’s first hero (again). At this week’s Canadian FanExpo, the creative team for this series was announced as James Robinson and artist Nicola Scott (http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/08/27/the-jsa-will-return/). The team’s adventures will take place on Earth-2, which was their status quo before 1985’s CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. The time period is unknown, but given that Marvel has launched CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY set in WWII, such a setting for the JSA may not be impossible. While the JUSTICE SOCIETY of AMERICA pre-dated the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, the franchise got added oomph during the years that Geoff Johns wrote it, and was used to introduce quite a few new legacy heroes (such as the new MR. TERRIFIC who will star in his own series next month).
– Among other Fan Expo tidbits (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34133) are that Parasite will return in SUPERMAN as a “less bumbling” villain, and that both Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown will exist in the New 52, although the latter in her original identity as Spoiler (and not as Robin or Batgirl). ANIMAL MAN will be “a horror book” and SAVAGE HAWKMAN will live up to that with over-the-top violence. The DC brass note that ACTION COMICS will originally take place in “Year Zero” as Superman just starts out his career, and while Batman would have also been operating around that time, he’d be “less public” – the new DCU will now be five years old. JUSTICE LEAGUE will apparently cover “Year One” as all the heroes meet. There was no mention of why Wonder Woman – who debuted not long after either Superman or Batman – can’t also pre-date their new DCU. It says a lot to how “inviting” this strategy is when the DC brass have to hand retailers two drafts of a Q&A form and most of their convention promotions have been explaining the timeline. I guess that comes when you seek to relaunch your universe as brand new where nothing from the past counts, except in the places and characters where they do. At any rate, the start of this new era starts on Wednesday, as FLASHPOINT #5 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 debut in shops and online at the same time.
– Also at FanExpo, DC insisted that FLASHPOINT, an alternate reality event, will “count” in the New 52, and confirmed that Booster Gold is Canadian, and he’ll appear more places (http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=34143). Play to the crowd, right?
– DC has released 52 one line teasers for all of their titles, and the one for JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL confirms that Plastic Man will be part of the roster, as written by Dan Jurgens (http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dcnu-teaser-one-liners-110825.html). That book will also feature Booster Gold (who Jurgens created and wrote for most of the character’s last volume), Guy Gardner, Batman, Fire, Ice, and Vixen.
– At 12:00 a.m. August 31st, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee will be at Midtown Comics at Time’s Square to launch JUSTICE LEAGUE #1, as an FYI.
Last Week’s DC Comics News – http://joltleft.com/comic-books-in-new-york/dc-comics-news-8-23-11-midnight-madess-midtown-comics-new-52-promotion
This Week’s Indie Comics News – http://joltleft.com/comic-books-in-new-york/indie-comics-news-8-30-11-comixology-3-0-the-damned-tv-sin-city-2
Last Week’s Marvel Comics News – http://joltleft.com/comic-books-in-new-york/marvel-comics-news-8-23-11-avengers-footage-ghost-rider-2-trailer-thor-dies