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Wonder Woman Short by Rainfall Films

Two and a Half Minutes of Awesome Amazon Action
I think we all agree that Warner Bros.' reason why there isn't or hasn't been a Wonder Woman movie is because it's somehow "tricky" is complete and utter nonsense. Especially when there are far more courageous independent filmmakers out in the world willing to devote their time and energy in making shorts and trailers with their interpretation of the Amazon princess. Director Sam Balcomb and actress/web series producer Rileah Vanderbilt have put together an action packed and stylized short featuring Vanderbilt as Wonder Woman.
She takes on a tactical group of combatants in the city and battles a giant on what looks to be Themyscira along her Amazon sisters. So it doesn't appear to be that tricky at all. It just takes a vision and the intestinal fortitude to follow through. Warner Bros. made that atrocity that was 'Catwoman' and had the courage to attach their name to it so they're not averse at ta…

Rat Queens #1 - Image Comics - Comic Book Hot Pick

Kick-ass Maidens Get Medieval as Image Dominates the Week in Comics
If you are a comic book fan, especially of Image Comics, you should rejoice in the plentiful bounty of quality stories released this week. Up and down the Image line could be found can't miss books like Jupiter's Legacy #3, East of West #6, Fatale #17, Revival #14, and of course the award-winning Saga #14. It's no wonder that they've become one of the most successful and respected independent comic book publishers in the industry. This week they also introduced two new titles. Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky is a sexy, funny, and thoroughly original mature book that easily could have been this week's pick.  A SEX COMEDY FOR COMICSSuzie's a normal girl with an extraordinary ability: when she has sex, she stops time. One night she meets John...  who has the same gift. And so they do what any other sex-having, time-stopping, couple would do: they rob banks. In the vein of THE 40-YEAR…

Great Silent Film Trailer for 'Batman: Black and White' Issue 2

Batman Movie Producer Turned Comic Book Scribe Gets a Book Trailer

Longtime Batman movie producer, Michael Uslan, will pen a story in the second issue of DC Comics Batman: Black and White with Dave Bullock doing the art. The comic book trailer, which is a first as far as I can remember, pays homage to the silent film era with music and panning shots of black and white stills featuring Batman of course. It's really well produced and it'll have to do until we see a 'Batman vs Superman' trailer. 
Written by Michael Uslan and drawn by Dave Bullock, look for "Silent Knight... Unholy Knight!" in issue #2 of Batman: Black and White, available digitally and in print on October 2nd, 2013.

A Primer on 'Constantine' - The Latest DC Comics Character Headed to Television

Is TV Ready for an Anti-hero Con Man Supernatural Detective?
Deadline has another exclusive with the announcement of another DC Comics character headed to television. 'Constantine' is slated for development by another The Mentalist helmer, Daniel Cerone, and prolific Warner Bros. screenwriter David S. Goyer (Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel) for the NBC network. Bruno Heller, the other The Mentalist producer, just got a series order for a drama at Fox, 'Gotham', based on Batman's Gotham City ally Commissioner Gordon following his early days as a young detective. This follows earlier news that a Flash series will be spun-off current CW Green Arrow hit show, Arrow. So it seems that Warner Bros. is making a deliberate effort to inundate the television landscape with more of their DC Comics properties. Which is fantastic news but how will the con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective John Constantine translate to television?
First let's get a little background…

Not Adapting 'Gotham Central' for TV is Another Lost Opportunity for DC and Warner Bros.

Cult and Critic Favorite Comic Book Series Overlooked in Favor of Young Detective Gordon Prequel
When Deadline broke the news on Tuesday night, as Marvel's Agents of SHIELD was premiering, that Fox had won the rights to Bruno Heller's (The Mentalist) 'Gotham' drama, about the early years of  Commissioner James Gordon as a young detective pre-Batman, it was obvious that Warner Bros. was trying to steal a little thunder for themselves. As expected the social media world was buzzing at the report of another DC Comics-related property was coming to television screens to join the hit Arrow and upcoming Flash series. However, confusion also set in because the show's premise seemed to indicate that it was going to be a police procedural similar in theme to the cult and critical favorite DC comic book series of the mid-2000s, Gotham Central. And if Gotham Central wasn't being adapted for television the question remains why not?
Even the creators of the book, Greg Rucka a…

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." - Recap and Review

Marvel's Television Venture Picks Up Where the 'Avengers' Left Off in a Powered Down Version (Spoilers Ahead)
Agent Phil Coulson is indeed alive and kicking but how isn't exactly clear. It's explained that he faked his death to bring the Avengers together but there's more to it than even Coulson isn't aware of. There is work to be done however beginning with a hacker group known as 'The Rising Tide' and the emergence of powered humans namely the 'Hooded Hero', Michael Peterson. Footage of him saving a doctor from a lab emerges from the head of the hacker group, Skye, and she tracks down Peterson who wants nothing to do with her and her plans to help his image. SHIELD is also looking to help so Coulson begins to assemble a team (no that one) to track him and Tide. 
Thanks to the Disney/Marvel/ABC budget the action and CGI is exceptional for television. Agent Grant Ward is the dark, brooding spy kicking butt on-location in Paris during an operat…

Ann Titone in 'Psylocke' Body Paint by J.M. Manion

Fitness and Fandom Collide in the Ultimate Cosplay J.M. Manion has done it again. The famed fitness industry photographer and comic book fanatic has returned with the beautiful IFBB professional Figure competitor, Ann Titone, dressed and painted as Marvel comics' 'Psylocke'. Previously featured as Elektra, Titone once again sports a pair of sais and this time a sword to bring the popular X-Men to life. The strategically placed body paint mimics Psylocke's costume but she's never looked this strong or lovely before. Her muscles and curves provide the perfect canvas to create a real life superwoman. 

Manion has the privilege of photographing some of the fittest men and women on the planet and has at his disposal the living embodiments of those perfectly sculptured bodies from the pages of superhero comics. It's no wonder that features on his work continue to be the most popular posts on the site. His passion for fitness, photography and superheroes is evident in ev…

If Batman Created Vine Videos with His Children You'd Have This Hilarious Compilation

BatDad, Gravelly Voice and All, Turns Mundane Family Situations into Awesome
Whether telling his children to get off the table or no snacking until dinner, BatDad is there to lay down some down home justice. This Vine compilation adorably captures everyday life for this super family with BatDad using his growling voice to ask questions or correct his kids behavior. What's funny is the kids seem totally unphased by the Dark Knight. It's apparently perfectly normal...and hilarious.  



'Zero' #1 by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh - Comic Book Hot Pick

Covert Action Thriller  SAVING THE WORLD. ONE MURDER AT A TIME.Edward Zero is the perfect execution machine – a spy who breaks the rules to get things done. When a stolen device appears in the center of a long-running conflict, Zero comes to retrieve it.  The problem is, the device is inside a living, breathing, bio-modified terrorist and there's an entire army after it. The action starts on page two and just builds momentum from there. Edward Zero, amid the Israeli conflict in Gaza, has a mission and nothing, I mean nothing or noone, is going to stand in his way. While the bio-modified agents square off, super soldiers essentially, Zero races against time to retrieve a device at all costs. Ales Kot's script is lean and tight and properly brought to life with Michael Walsh's pencils especially with expressing gritty violent fighting. Image has another winner in 'Zero' and worth adding to your pull list if you like no-holds-barred spy action drama. 



Attention Cosplayers: Marvel Wants You!

Submit Your Photos to be Featured in October
Cosplayers & Costumers, we here at Marvel.com are always super appreciative and constantly in awe of your costumes, time and time again! As is now tradition, we would like to honor the costuming and cosplay community for the time and effort you’ve put toward the Marvel fandom throughout the month of October. For 31 days, we will highlight cosplayers & costumers through profiles, news articles, events and more! Plus you all get your chance to participate! Here’s how:
Every day, starting October 1, we will pick a cosplayer or costumer to profile on Marvel’s Facebook,Tumblr andTwitter. If you’re interested in possibly being spotlighted, send in the photographs* of yourself in costume to: cosplay@marvel.com

Feel free to submit as an individual or group, but remember only Marvel cosplay & costumes will be accepted. Marvel’s use of all photos are governed by the Marvel.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Plus, all throughout the week of …

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'The Dark Knight' Told in Glorious 8-Bit Graphics

The Sights and Sounds of Old School Gaming
CineFix released their latest movie-based "8-Bit Cinema"creation, Batman The Dark Knight, and it wonderfully captures the most memorable scenes of Warner Bros. 'The Dark Knight' using the pixelated sights and computer generated sounds reminiscent of the Nintendo and Sega systems of the 1980's. 
They are also holding a contest with the grand prize being The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray Set. Enter the contest here:http://goo.gl/iO2LkF

The Men of 'Arrow' Go Shirtless Because Abs

Amell and Co. are Too Sexy for Their Posters
If you actually notice this text you'll realize that the summer sun is not the only thing heating up fans of CW's Arrow. The network released posters promoting the upcoming second season of the hit show with male cast members posing shirtless with smoldering brooding expressions. Last season most of the beefcake was supplied by Stephen Amell who was shirtless frequently. It's a refreshing reversal of sexy marketing because it usually involves women but with a cast like this how could they not highlight their abtastic features. The series returns October 9th on the CW. 



Warner Bros. CEO With Significant Comments Regarding the Future of DC Comics Movies

DC Properties to Make Greater Impact in Studio's Offerings
When Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed that Ben Affleck's Batman would be "tired, weary" in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel a lot was made of those comments but more, real significant news emerged from the same conference he attended that speak to the future of  movies from DC Entertainment properties. “ I think the basis, foundation of those 12 to 14 pictures are going to be coming from DC Entertainment.” - Tsujihara regarding movies the studio releases every year.This is important because his comments confirm that the studio is making a serious commitment to producing more comic book-based movies from it's vast catalogue of material from DC Entertainment. Since it's been difficult to determine what plan if any Warner Bros. had regarding bringing more superheroes to screen than just Superman and Batman, Tsujihara's comments at least imply that there are future projects on the horizon. “We h…

'The Dark Knight Legacy' Fan Film Examines Gotham City A Year After 'Rises'

Crowdsourcing In Place To Tell The Entire Story
Machinima just published to YouTube this fan film, The Dark Knight Legacy, that examines Gotham City one year after the events of  Warner Bros. The Dark Knight Rises. The 7 minute video shows a gathering of Gotham's notable underground crime heavies interrupted by Red Hood and features some other well known characters. It's well produced and action packed. In order to produce further installments and keep the story going they've established an indiegogo page to help with funding.This is one fan film worth watching. Hope we get to see more. 

"Dark Knight Legacy is a fan film set one year after the Dark Knight Rises, following "Robin" John Blake's heroic journey to protect the symbol of Batman from the lethal, relentless attacks of a masked vigilante known only as the Red Hood."
(h/t Superherohype)

'Good Will Hunting' Recut Starring Batfleck (NSFW)

Video Parody by Comedian Pete Holmes

Pete Holmes is Ben Affleck as Batman in Affleck's original role in 1997's 'Good Will Hunting'. Complete with Christian Bale's signature growling, throaty delivery, Holmes "remastered" the film with Batfleck in multiple scenes. Hilarious and profane. 

Latest Wonder Woman Movie Rumor Involving 'Chronicle's Max Landis

The Writer Has a Pitch for Warner Bros.

As much as I'd like to believe that 'Chronicle' writer, Max Landis, is preparing to make and win his pitch for a Wonder Woman movie to Warner Bros. I'll continue to wallow in Eeyore-style cynicism until I see a raging fire and not just smoke. During a recent Reddit AMA, Landis was asked a lot questions regarding comic book movies leading to some interesting answers and some mysterious ones.  Considering you're a comic book fan, if you could do any film for Marvel or DC what would you do?  Max Landis: 1970s gritty blaxploitation Heroes For Hire movie.Alright. Here we go. What is one comic book story you want to bring to the cinema?ML: Batman: The Long Halloween.What do you think of Ben affleck as Batman? Who do you think would play the perfect Batman?ML: Everyone's version of Batman would be different, but I think Affleck is probably fine.All pretty standard stuff for a guy who wrote a script about kids getting super powers …

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Katee Sackhoff + Marvel = Captain Marvel Movie?

Rumors Confound Websites While Fans Cheer the Possibility
On the heels of casting news of a strong female role for the Man of Steel sequel, Marvel movie rumors are running wild today because Battlestar Galactica alum, Katee Sackhoff, has been in talks with the studio for some unknown venture. "There's been some stuff going," she told Schmoes Knows Podcast when asked if there's been any contact by the studio to work on a project,"a lot of checking availability for the first quarter of next year."She specified the studio was Disney but gave no further details about the role, movie, character or anything concrete. It's very intriguing but nothing solid so far. She's openly stated before that she'd like to play a comic book character like Harley Quinn or Captain Marvel if the chance ever arose. 
Stoking the fire further was the comments made by producer/director Louis D'Esposito to ComingSoon.net that at least admitted there was a desire to do a f…

'Hit' #1 by Bryce Carlson and Vanesa R. Del Rey - Comic Book Hot Pick

Crime Noir in 1950s LA Doesn't Get Any Better Than This Despite some really exceptional new releases this week - 'Star Wars' #1 (Dark Horse) based on George Lucas' rough draft, Marvel's epic crossover event 'Battle of the Atom', and DC Comics' 'Forever Evil' and "Villains month" gimmick - there was one new title that caught our attention and delivered like few others have in recent memory. Boom Studios, who should have done more publicity, has a winner in 'Hit' by writer Bryce Carlson and artist Vanesa R. Del Rey. 

Based on real hit squads of the Los Angeles Police Department of the 1940s and '50s, Carlson's 'Hit' brings the familiar tales of corrupt cops and gangsters to life with precision and style. The dialogue crackles with tough guy repartee but never sounds ham-fisted. There are plenty of so-called "pulp" comics in the market with varying degrees of quality but 'Hit' is the real deal. Whil…

Wanted: Tall, Physical, Twenty-something Woman for 'Man of Steel 2'

Is Love in the Air for Batman?
I love the smell of new Batman/Superman movie rumors in the morning. The latest comes from El Mayimbe at Latino Review that presumes that Batman is getting a love interest based on the casting breakdown being circulated to talent agencies for the Man of Steel sequel. 
They’re looking for someone in their late 20s and are open to all ethnicities... But wait there is more. They’re not only looking for a good actress (like duh), but they’re being very specific and looking for an actress who is both tall and possesses physicality. Interesting. Tall. Physicality. Ben Affleck is after all 6’4″ and it would look awkward if they pair him up with someone who is 5’2″. When I think of tall actresses, I think of amazons like Charlize Theron who is 5’10″ and current it girl of the moment Adrianne Palicki who is 5’11″. It's difficult to say for what role this is for but certainly sounds like it'll involve action so it could be a girlfriend who also happens to b…