If Marvel won’t listen to the rest of us, then maybe they’ll listen to a valuable person on their payroll. Recently, we learned that Marvel and Disney’s officially-licensed Avengers: Age of Ultron merchandise featured very, very little in the way of Black Widow (options include a shopping bag), and absolutely no Scarlet Witch merchandise at all. Apparently fans weren’t the only ones bothered by this, as Avengers star Mark Ruffalo also has something to say about it. Hey Marvel, you don’t want to make him angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry.
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Jared Leto’s Joker will be an important component in Suicide Squad, but we may get to see him on screen before then, as it’s being reported that Leto will make a cameo appearance in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman before he makes his formal debut in Suicide Squad. If the rumor is true, it looks like DC is definitely taking another page out of the Marvel handbook, which isn’t exactly a bad thing. In other Joker-related news, those laughable tattoos from our first official look at Leto in character might not actually be a part of his look.
Just last week, it was rumored that Sony and Marvel had their eye on a handful of young male actors to take on the role (and great power and responsibility, etc.) of Peter Parker in their upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Among the names on that list was Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield, whom many fans feel has the perfect look to portray the nerdy appearance of Parker. Those fans may get their wish, as it’s now being reported that Butterfield is the top contender for the part.
The ubiquity of Dragon Ball series and films make it feel as if Goku and co. never really left, but the Z Fighters (Or is it GT? Are there names?) are finally back in an official capacity after nearly two decades. Production has officially begun on a new Japanese series Dragon Ball Super, picking up where the prior series of films left off.
So here's the bad news: On April 16, artist Ty Templeton suffered a massive heart attack followed by a stay in the hospital in critical condition that, as Templeton himself puts it, saw him die three times, and even necessitated his being put into a medically-induced coma.
The good news is that Templeton not only made it through the horrifying ordeal, but he's back at home recovering and is already back to work on comics, as evidenced by a new installment of his Bun Toons strip that's nominally based around a brief explanation of Daredevil, but is really more of an update on Templeton's own condition.
Chris Evans is preparing to head into production Captain America: Civil War this year, but since Marvel has all their films mapped out through Phase 3, he’s also got to start thinking ahead to what’s next — namely, Avengers: Infinity War. That film is going to tie the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe together in truly epic fashion, so epic that they needed to divide the film into two parts, which will apparently shoot back to back.
This weekend, Suicide Squad director David Ayer revealed our first look at Jared Leto in full Joker costume. It was a smart move, in a sense — this way, Ayer and Leto put the image out there ahead of any pesky on-set paparazzi pics, fully taking ownership of the new look before someone else could take the wind out of their sails. If they were to hide him during production with the intention of revealing the Joker as a surprise later on, fans would probably react more poorly than they did last night. The truth is, Leto’s Joker is both problematic…and not.
After an awesome set of countdown trailers that teased the returns of Azrael, Catwoman and Nightwing, Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Interactive have released a badass, new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, and it finally answers a lot of questions we have about the game while inspiring many more.
Beyond the recent Batman vs. Superman trailer, we still don't know a lot about the upcoming superhero rumble. Particularly, why are Superman and Batman even fighting each other? It might seem weird to seek superhero movie guidance from an astrophysicist, but when that astrophysicist is Neil deGrasse Tyson, whose voice you heard in the aforementioned trailer, you take notice. Especially when he starts describing the Batman vs. Superman plot and the main crux of the beef between these two superheroes.
The other day, DC and Warner Bros. announced plans for the female-only DC Super Hero Girls multimedia project, targeted specifically at young girls with the aim to promote the idea that superheroes and action figures aren’t just for boys… because they aren’t. Now Hasbro is jumping on the bandwagon, with a plan to unveil a new, female-only line of Transformers.