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Could A Wonder Woman Game Be On The Way?

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Wonder Woman is all the rage in the comic world of superhero developments. The character is set to be played by Gal Gadot when making her silver screen debut in next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice but will then get a solo film in 2017. Additionally, an article at Tech Times recently confirmed that DC Comics will revamp the character in print, too, with an upcoming new series called “The Legend Of Wonder Woman.” The comics will apparently tell the story of a young Diana Prince (aka the eventual Wonder Woman) growing up as an Amazonian princess before taking on the rest of the world.

This is all a pretty big victory for those who have been calling for more of a female presence in the superhero entertainment industry. Wonder Woman truly is everywhere: in upcoming films, in a new comic strip, in entertainment news headlines, and expected to be flying off the shelves as a popular Halloween costume once again. But one question that has yet to be answered could end up being one of the biggest ones for the ongoing exposure of the character to modern fans: is there going to be a video game as well?

As of now there’s not much talk of such a project, though it’s worth noting that Wonder Woman does already exist in a few modern games. Most notable among these are the popular Injustice games that exist on both console and mobile devices, incorporating a huge selection of DC characters in a brawler/combat style. And Wonder Woman is right there among them. However, the character is also featured at Gala Casino’s games section in a slot machine experience. The game is largely about the slots and involves real money play, but it has a brilliant comic-esque Wonder Woman cover and includes the “Ares bonus game” in which Wonder Woman fends off a plague of zombies. Not bad, at least for invoking some Wonder Woman lore.

But gamers and Wonder Woman enthusiasts alike will be holding their breath for more given the emergence of the character and the lack, currently, of signature DC game series. In fact, with the exceptional “Arkham” series now wrapped up, a Moviepilot editorial went in-depth discussing why Rocksteady (the developers who made the “Arkham” games) should consider partnering with Warner Bros. for a major Wonder Woman franchise. (*Editor’s note: Not to mention this franchise would be pretty lucrative just by attracting the female gaming audience who loved Arkham but yearn for more diversity in main characters, story lines, and who have been begging for  female comic book characters to be the center attraction in well anything.) Some of the specific suggestions are pretty exciting, but the basic idea is that Rocksteady could infuse Wonder Woman games with the same scope, detail, and basic fighting and movement mechanics that so many loved in the “Arkham” series, while creating whole new worlds to do it in. Because Wonder Woman sort of bounces back-and-forth between mythical realms and the DC Universe, such games could make use of everything from Gotham City to Olympus, with fascinating new supporting characters and villains to go with the settings.

At this point it’s still only an idea, but it’s certainly a fascinating one to think about. DC appears to be determined to get the cinematic version of Wonder Woman right, and if she’s as popular with fans as many hope she will be, a major gaming adaptation may be a natural next step.

Watch DC’s Official Suicide Squad Trailer

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Suicide Squad is almost here and a first look trailer has been released. Just 13 more months to go everyone! Suicide Squad focuses on a group of incarcerated supervillains who are used as deniable assets for the government to take on dangerous missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

The film is written and directed by David Ayer, and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, and Viola Davis.

This is DC’s attempt to get into the MCU game in their own right but I will admit that Suicide Squad looks surprisingly amazing.  The film is scheduled to be released on August 5, 2016.

Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie Announced

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At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that an animated movie is being developed based on the graphic novel, “Batman: The Killing Joke.” The news was announced by DC Comics’ Bruce Timm during the “Justice League: Gods and Monsters” panel.

“Batman: The Killing Joke” is one of the most popular Batman graphic novels. It was created by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, It is gritty with incredibly dark themes and tones.

It was first published in 1988 and has remained in print since. It provides a new origin story for the Joker, depicting him as a failed stand-up comedian who agrees to aid a gang of criminals and is thwarted by the superhero Batman before being disfigured; in doing so he is driven insane and attains his supervillain persona. It also features Barbara Gordon, also known as Batgirl and some psychological ramifications that she experiences as well.

The comic won the Eisner Award for ‘Best Graphic Album’ in 1989 and appeared on The New York Times Best Seller List in May 2009. In 2006, The Killing Joke was reprinted as part of the trade paperback DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore. In 2008, DC Comics reprinted the story in a deluxe hardcover edition, which features new coloring by Bolland, with a more somber, realistic, and subdued palette than the original.

Not much is known about the animated film at the moment or how much of the source material it will remain faithful. It is expected to be released next year some time.

 

Jared Leto Eyeing Joker Role in “Suicide Squad”

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It is being reported that Jared Leto is looking to join the cast of the upcoming Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment project Suicide Squad. Further, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he is eyeing the iconic role of the Joker.

The Suicide Squad is also known as Task Force X was originally created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru. They first appeared in “Brave and the Bold” issue number 25. Its most recent iteration includes characters Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn.

Neither Leto or Warner Bros has confirmed the role. News on the casting is expected to be released within the next few days to weeks.

David Ayer is currently attached to direct the adaptation. The film is slated for release on Aug. 5, 2016.

Warner Bros. Reveals Huge DC Movie Plans Including Justice League

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Last week Warner Bros. revealed some very exciting news in the comic book movie adaptation realm. The studio announced their major plans for future films based on DC Comics’ series and heroes.

According to several tweets from Ben Fritz, which you can see below, there is a full schedule prepared for various comic book adaptations for Warner Bros. The schedule begins with the release of Suicide Squad in 2016 after the current upcoming film Batman Vs. Superman. 

In 2017 we will supposedly get our first superhero movie focusing on a female lead with a Wonder Woman film. I’ll believe it when I see it though. In 2018 we get an Aquaman film which is exciting followed by a Shazam project.

You can see the tentative schedule below which is planned as far ahead as 2020.

  • Aug. 2016: Suicide Squad
  • June 2017: Wonder Woman
  • Nov 2017: Justice League
  • March 2018: The Flash
  • July 2018: Aquaman
  • April 2019: Shazam
  • June 2019: Justice League 2
  • April 2020: Untitled DC Film
  • June 2020: Untitled DC Film

DC Comics’ “Lucifer” Pilot Coming To Fox

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Fox is getting another comic book television adaptation by way of DC Comic series “Lucifer.” Fox and Warner Bros. have officially ordered a pilot to be based off the comic series according to a report from Entertainment Weekly.

“Lucifer” follows the Lord of Hell who has grown bored with his underworld throne and devilish kingdom. He decided to relate to the buzzing metropolis of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux. (I won’t lie, I’d probably check that bar out.) The titular character is actually a supporting character in the comic series “The Sandman” from Neil Gaiman.

Tom Kapinos is signed on to write and executive produce the pilot episode.

There is currently no word on who will star in the project or when production will begin on the series. The pilot will likely air sometime in late 2015 if picked up for a full series.

CBS Orders Supergirl Television Series

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CBS has officially given the greenlight to a series based on the “Supergirl” comic series. And they must feel pretty confident in it because the network completely ignored the “in development” stage and just ran with a series order for the project.

Supergirl is a character from DC Comics. The series will follow Kara Zor-El. She was born on Krypton however she escaped amid its destruction years ago. And since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

“Supergirl” will be a one hour drama from the production company that created “Arrow” and “The Flash” for The CW. Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler will be serving as writers as well as executive producers with Sarah Schechter.

Currently, there are no plans to have a crossover with the DC series on The CW but that doesn’t mean it will never happen.

There is no word yet on when “Supergirl” will enter production or who the studio is looking to star in the series.

The Unofficial Timeline for DC’s Justice League Teases Seven Films

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The decade(s) of comic book films is not even close to over as Marvel has been monopolizing the box office lately with their cinematic universe. But it looks like DC is getting back in the mix with a new “Justice League” movie.

According to Deadline, DC has plans for seven films including the “Justice League” film and the long-awaited “Wonder Woman” project. Although the official lineup is supposed to be announced at the San Diego Comic-Con, this is what is rumored at the moment.

  • May 2016 – Batman v Superman
  • July 2016 – Shazam
  • Xmas 2016 – Sandman
  • May 2017 – Justice League
  • July 2017 – Wonder Woman
  • Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
  • May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2

“Like Marvel’s The Avengers, there will be cameos of superheroes for future installments,” Deadline’s Nikki Finke said. “The cameos will include the already known Cyborg and Flash. Green Lantern [NOT Ryan Reynolds, thank heavens] may be introduced. And Aquaman will be seen in the Justice League movie. Problem is, Warner Bros Pictures was still negotiating with the actors for those cameos and future roles, meaning major contracts for multiple JL/character films to follow. The studio didn’t want to move forward until they had more of this secure so they held off starting production for a few months. Seemingly simple reason, but the implications are pretty darn huge.”

Warner Bros. Developing 9 Additional DC Comics Movies

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Last week The Wall Street Journal announced that Zach Snyder would be the director for the long-awaited film adaptation of the “Justice League” comic series. Now, it also appears that Warner Bros. is planning to develop nine additional films based on DC comics.

Some of the titles that are being adapted include “Sandman” which will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and “Fables” which has Nikolaj Arcel attached to direct.

There is no word what the new film will be but some rumors say “Wonder Woman” or maybe a “Green Lantern” reboot. We may have news from the studio at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, but that has not been confirmed

The next official Warner Bros. DC comics based film is Batman vs. Superman which will hot theaters on May 6, 2016.

“Scalped” Comic Series Is Heading to Television

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The comic book series to television genre is getting another installment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera’s “Scalped” is being developed by the cable network WGN America.

The series was first published in 2007 under DC Comics. The beginning of the 60-issue series is officially described as follows:

Fifteen years ago, Dashiell “Dash” Bad Horse ran away from a life of abject poverty and utter hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation searching for something better. Now he’s come back home armed with nothing but a set of nunchucs, a hell-bent-for-leather attitude and one dark secret, to find nothing much has changed on “The Rez” — short of a glimmering new casino, and a once-proud people overcome by drugs and organized crime. Is he here to set things right or just get a piece of the action?

Doug Joun (“Banshee”) is attached to script a pilot and to executive produce for Warner Horizon Television. Currently there is no word on when the series will begin production or who the studio is eyeing to star.