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Finally Warner Brothers and DC Comics are getting their act together! The behemoth that was The Avengers this summer seems to have lit a fire underneath the suits in Burbank. First Gangster Squad writer Will Beall was given the task of scripting the film that will finally (hopefully) bring all of the big DC comics Titans together on the big screen for the first time. Last week the studio was reportedly eying Ben Affleck to direct with Harry Potter alum David Yates next on their list. Could we be finally seeing this happen? If it does here are some suggestions that I think WB/DC should take into consideration.

Story and Villains
Give the Justice League a full on challenge, not just something like the Injustice Gang plotting to take over the world. Put the whole world in danger and have this be the reason for why they have to team up. Don’t team them up simply because Joker, Luthor, Trickster, and Star Sapphire have joined forces so that means Batman, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern should team up. Throw the team together because Earth is being invaded by Darkseid and his forces from Apokolips. The story from the recent reboot, DC’s “New 52” is perfect for that. Have the Earth be in serious trouble from a real threat. Give us the full fight of the league vs Darkseid. That was my biggest complaint about The Avengers. When you took away all the geek factors and other story parts you essentially had an Alien Invasion movie with no real pay-off at the end. Instead it was a mid credits teaser where the big villain was revealed and now you have to wait presumably until The Avengers 2 to see it. Don’t do that here! Make the league face Darkseid individually and fail then lead up to them fighting together to stop him.

Creative and Personnel
Get the right people involved on the production, Hire Paul Dini and Bruce Timm from every recent memory DC Comics animated series and features to look over scripting and story details. Get Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, and Dan Jurgens to make sure DC’s interests are kept true to the comic universe. These are key to the process. Warner Brothers need to do what they been doing wrong all these years. Make this a collaborative film, pick the right storylines from the comics to help inspire the story. Now we’ve seen Ben Afflec’sk name come up already in line for the gig though his rep’s reportedly say he has passed (which I don’t believe). My gut tells me he is probably still talking to them. Yes he turned down the Man Of Steel allegedly, but he is obviously impressing people at Warner Brothers with his work. I’m a fan of his directorial work, Gone Baby, Gone and The Town were two of the best crime films I’ve seen in a long time. The guy knows his stuff, but the question remains can he do a big action film. My answer to that would be yes he probably can. He’s worked on those type films as an actor, so he would have had to picked up something along the way (good or bad). He is also a comic book geek so he will know what kind of audience he has to aim the film for as well. I think Affleck’s previous work has earned him a shot. I would also be happy with Warner’s rumored second choice, David Yates. He can make a solid film and has huge spectacle film experience. Some of the action sequences from the Harry Potter films he has directed have been nothing short of excellent. I would hope Warners interviews or talks to a few more directors before anything is made official and I hope we get to hear who they are.

Check out Part 2 of my Justice League Movie Suggestions: Casting the Big Three.

I can’t believe it has almost been a year since DC Comics relaunched their whole line of comics with new number one issues, rewriting the history of characters and changing some to the very core. Personally, I don’t like what they did to Superman and his “family” of books. The character just doesn’t feel like the character I grew up reading. To celebrate “one year later” in the new DC Comics Universe, in September they are releasing all new number zero issues for their whole line of titles.

Today I’m just focusing on the Superman family of titles…

Action Comics #0 (above left)
Writers: Grant Morrison and Sholly Fisch
Artist: Ben Oliver
Official Description: The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape- Grant Morrison weaves the history of Clark Kent’s early days in Metropolis!

Superman #0 (above right)
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Official Description: The new creative team of Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort as they take us back to the days when Jor-El learned the truth about Krypton’s imminent destruction! Plus: More on the introduction of the Eradicators!

Supergirl #0 (above left)
Writer: Michael Green and Mike Johnson
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Official Description: On the eve of Krypton’s destruction, who sent Supergirl from Krypton to Earth — and why? The answer is not what you think! Plus: Learn the answer to a mystery that’s been driving Supergirl mad for months: Who shot her father, Zor-El?!

Superboy #0 (above right)
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: RB Silva and Rob Lean
Official Description: Mysteries are revealed as we learn Harvest’s reasons for creating Kryptonian clones! This bloody chapter of Superboy’s history ties directly into issue #1 of the series — and the future of the entire DC Universe!

Action Comics #0 hits stands on September 5th, followed by Superboy #0 on September 12th, Supergirl #0 on September 19th, and lastly, Superman #0 on September 26th. Will you be checking them out?

Check out these Superman graphic novels…

I don’t fully know how I feel about DC Comics upcoming renumbering/reboot of their line. The fanboy in me that followed the DCU for years and years is disappointed, but with how bad things have gotten recently (which caused me to not bother picking up a DC title in months), I can see why they’d want to move forward and forget some of the recent past. A way to re-energize the line and fans with fresh material.

I’m just seriously disappointed by the cover to Superman #1 (below and to the right). The costume redesign looks goofy and the art is subpar. George Perez has done classic work in the past, but someone should have sent this horrible cover back and asked him to do something else. To give it another go and see how it would look. It seems lazy and lackluster for one of the books that should be at the top of DC’s line.

Action Comics #1 (above left)
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artists: Rags Morales & Rick Bryant
Official Description: The one and only Grant Morrison returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read! This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!

Superman #1 (above right)
Writer: George Perez
Artist: Jesus Merino
Official Description: The new adventures of Superman begin here! What is The Man of Steel’s startling new status quo? How does it affect Lois Lane and The Daily Planet? There’s no time for answers now, because Superman must stop a monstrous threat to Metropolis – one that he somehow is the cause of!

Superboy #1 (above left)
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: RB Silva & Rob Lean
Official Description: They thought he was just an experiment – and a failed one at that! Grown from a combination of Kryptonian and human DNA, the clone was no more than a set of data to the scientists of Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E. But when the scope of his stunning powers was revealed, he became a deadly weapon! Now the question is: Can a clone develop a conscience?

Supergirl #1 (above right)
Writers: Michael Green & Mike Johnson
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Official Description: Meet Supergirl. She’s got the unpredictable behavior of a teenager, the same powers as Superman – and none of his affection for the people of Earth. So don’t piss her off!

Check out these Superman graphic novels…

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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?