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Recently, DC Comics put together a test video for a proposed Blue Beetle live-action TV series. I gotta say, I dig it. Watch it below…

The proposed series would follow the latest incarnation of the Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes, a teenager from Texas who the scarab chooses as its next host. In his short timespan as the hero, Reyes has been a member of the Teen Titans and has appeared in the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold. At Comic-Con, it was revealed that he would be appearing in an episode of Smallville‘s final season along with fan favorite hero Booster Gold. Could DC be hoping to use Smallville to spin the character into his own series? It seems like a smart plan to me.

Batman and Robin issue 13 covers


Batman and Robin
#13 is the start of a new 3-part story from writer Grant Morrison and artist Frazer Irving. In the new issue, a man claiming to be Thomas Wayne appears and makes a stake for the Wayne empire. And without Bruce Wayne to prove him wrong, he just might get it. The issue also features the long-awaited return of a classic Batman villain (could it be the one on the cover getting beat with a crowbar by the new Robin?).

The concept for this new story is very intriguing and I’m really surprised that no one (to my knowledge at least) has gone with “impostor” Wayne parents in the past (if that is what he is). It is especially interesting that we get this story at a point when Bruce is removed from the title. How would he react? What if it really is Thomas Wayne? The issue hits stands Thursday July 8th from DC Comics.

I’ve been digging this change within the Batman books. Dick Greyson taking over the mantle of the bat seemed like it was a long time coming. I just wonder if it will last when Bruce Wayne returns or if he’ll just step right back into cowl. Over at Marvel Comics, Bucky took over being Captain America when Steve Rogers died. And now, even though the original Captain is back among the living, Marvel is keeping Bucky as the ongoing Captain America. Steve Rogers will have a new identity. Is this a good idea or a bad one? Did Marvel make the right move? What do you think DC Comics is going do to with Batman?

Check out these Batman and Robin related comics…

Posted on July 8th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Batman Beyond, Issue 1

DC Comics is going back to the future with the return of Batman Beyond in a new 6 issue mini series. Written by Adam Beechen, an Emmy nominated animation writer who has worked on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, with art by Ryan Benjamin.

When a new villain begins targeting the Dark Knight’s old foes, the future’s Batman, Terry McGinnis, must search into Bruce Wayne’s past and find out who the villain is. I was a big fan of Batman Beyond and I’m surprised that it has taken this long to revisit the characters.  The show was innovation and an interesting twist on the future of the Batman universe.

The animated series lasted for three seasons and spun off two movies, including the fan loved Return of the Joker, which had a darker tone then the series but really showed what they could do with the characters.

Posted on June 29th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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That’s right, one of my childhood favorites is coming back!

Thundercats Poster

Cartoon Network is bringing back the classic 80s action fantasy cartoon ThunderCats, which will now be in anime form.  The series is being produced by Warner Bros. Animation and Studio 4C, the company behind The Animatrix and Gotham Knights.

Also announced by Cartoon Network is an animated series based on the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern. Way to get my attention Cartoon Network, I’ll be watching both of these.

Smallville, Lois and Clark

We all expected it, but now the CW has confirmed it! Smallville‘s 10th season will be its last!  Here is an official press release by the network:

Entering its explosive tenth season, Smallville culminates in the epic rise of the world’s ultimate hero — Superman. Finally working alongside the intrepid Lois Lane at the Daily Planet, Clark Kent had accepted his destiny as the guardian of Metropolis when General Zod arrived, challenging Clark’s authority and power.

Just when the romance between Clark and Lois began to bloom, Clark was called into duty by the legendary Justice Society and his own burgeoning league of heroes to fight the gathering dark forces. As season nine drew to a close, Clark sacrificed himself to save the world from Zod. Season ten promises the classic reuniting of the timeless romance between Clark and Lois, and brings Clark face to face with his destiny as he overcomes his final trials and forges the iconic identity that will be known for all time.

The series stars Tom Welling as Clark Kent, Erica Durance as Lois Lane, Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen and Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer

Noticeably absent from the cast list is Allison Mack who has portrayed Chloe Sullivan since the beginning of the show (the last remaining original cast member besides Welling). Rumor has it that she will continue in a limited role through guest appearances.  Hopefully the series will be able to convince Michael Rosenbaum to reprise Lex Luthor before the end of its run. What better way to end the series than having all of the pieces in place for the Superman mythology?

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Grant Morrison “killed” the original Batman, Bruce Wayne, and now he is bringing him back in “The Return of Bruce Wayne”.  The first issue of the six-part series hits stores next Wednesday, May 12th. Since the events of “Final Crisis”, Bruce Wayne has been displaced through time. This is his journey. Each issue features the cape crusader in a different era of time with a different artist giving each issue a distinct style. Issue #1 features art by Chris Sprouse.  Meet… “Caveman Batman”.

Other comics on sale Wednesday include:

  • Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #1 from Marvel Comics. Warren Ellis continues his run with the X-Men, now pulled away from the main Marvel Universe.
  • The second issue of Dark Horse Comics’ sci-fi series Hellcyon comes out. The series reminds me of Avatar and is written and drawn by Lucas Marangon.
  • Image Comics has Savage Dragon #160 and Sam & Twitch: The Writer #1. Dragon sees the brutal end of the “Dragon Wars”, while Sam & Twitch is a new bi-weekly crime mini-series.

What will you be picking up this coming week?

thatsmyshirt

Since I started My Hollywood Dream I get contacted to talk about a lot of different products and websites.  Everything from travel, to Dish Network, and even Tofurkey Soda. But with out a doubt, Thatsmyshirt.com has some of the coolest products that I’ve had a pleasure to browse. On the image above, you can see hoodies that mimic DC Comics heroes Aquaman and Batman’s costumes and a wicked T-shirt that is styled after the Joker’s costume. These are so freaking badass. In addition to these, they have a Wonder Woman costume styled T-shirt, and for Marvel Comics fans they have ones for Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Hulk.

In addition to the superhero stuff, they have Thatsmyshirt.com Junk Food Tees, Movie, TV, Vintage, Halloween, Sports, and Video Game Tees (to name a few of their categories). Here are three more examples of shirts they sell…

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The Pinky and the Brain shirt takes me back to my childhood, I’ve never seen a cool shirt like this that features them before. The Chuck Norris shirt is pretty cool also, they have a bunch of different Norris ones. This is my favorite of the mix. I’ve also seen a lot of comics book character shirts in the past, but this Hulk vs Thing shirt is awesome on so many levels. The shirt focuses on one of my favorite comic book rivalries.

You can also check them out on the Thatsmyshirt Fan Page over on Facebook.

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Posted on March 7th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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