More looking at comic counts back through September's solicits. Cutting as it could be sizable. )
I was talking about the comics I buy earlier and I noticed something. Not only are my comics purchases still DC slanted but they're distinctly slanted toward titles with female characters in the lead. I wondered, does Marvel have fewer books about female characters? So, I went to go look at the January Solicitations that just came out. I counted any title with a female character in the title. I didn't count any team books (JLA or Avengers) as the make up can shift dramatically from issue to issue, so I'd rather not count them because I really don't know from month to month. (If anyone wants to make a case for any of them, I'd be open to hearing it.) This is what I came up with:

Marvel
Ozma of Oz
Anita Blake
Ant-Man & Wasp - Both guys now. I am wrong.
Spider-Girl
Widowmaker
She-Hulks
X-23
X-men Legacy
Wolverine & Jubilee
Scarlet

DC
Wonder Girl
Knight & Squire
Gotham City Sirens
Birds of Prey
Batgirl
Supergirl
Wonder Woman
Power Girl
Zatanna

So, Marvel has the same number on that list than DC does, fair enough. A little closer look, though and two of those Marvel titles, however, are mini-series (Widowmaker and Jubilee). Another three are not in the main superhero line (Ozma, Anita and Scarlet). I'm fudging on X-men Legacy because it should be called X-men: The Adventures of Rogue, so you can count that one either way. Wonder Girl looks to be a one shot, so it gets pulled. Counting it, that leaves Marvel with four on going titles with female leads vs eight at DC. I didn't see Black Widow or Batwoman's ongoing in the solicitations for January, either.

Hrmmm. Thinky thoughts.

[Edited to fix Wonder Girl's one shot status and then again for Wasp not being a woman anymore.]

Hooray!

Aug. 30th, 2010 11:14 am
http://womenreadcomicsinpublic.tumblr.com/

It is very interesting to see what they are reading and what they are not. I'm sort of surprised and sort of not surprised at the same time to see that they're mostly reading what I read (and have read).

And a few pages in there is a pic of someone reading the first comic I ever bought for myself.
'Glee‘ has drawn the interest of Javier Bardem. Seems he and Ryan Murphy were both working together on 'Eat Pray Love' and came up with an idea.

Netflix and Relativity Media announced an agreement through which major theatrically released films owned by Relativity will be licensed directly and exclusively to Netflix for streaming to its subscribers during the "pay TV window." "Among the first wave of films covered under the Netflix-Relativity deal are The Fighter, starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams and distributed by Paramount Pictures, and Skyline, co-directed by the Brothers Strause and released by Rogue Pictures and Universal Studios. Both films are scheduled for theatrical release later this year and to be available at Netflix in early 2011. Also on tap for Netflix are Rogue Pictures' Nicolas Cage action/thriller Season of the Witch and Movie 43, written and directed by Peter Farley."

Like the costume or not, people haven't talked about Wonder Woman this much in quite awhile. I only wish that the average person on the street talking about her costume could even possibly equate to people picking up an issue to see what they think about it.

Clip-on aviator style 3-D glasses anyone? http://www.cineworld.co.uk/news/212/detail

Harlan Ellison is selling off some of his stuff: http://harlanellison.com/heboard/visitors/brochure.pdf If you're into old/rare books, this is worth looking at.

If you want to see Milla Jovovitch's costumes for the new Three Musketeer's they're working on, check it out over here: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=67538

Amazing Spider-Man editor Stephen Wacker: "For the couple of months coming out of "One Moment in Time," we're going to be bringing a lot of threads of Peter's life that we've been developing since we started working on the book into one big story, 'Origin of the Species.' It sort of gives Pete a moment to assess all the stuff that's happened to him for the last 100 or so issues. Beyond that, we've already started talking about the fact that it might be time for a new, or at least better, Spider-Man. I feel like we've done as much as we can do in terms of Peter Parker's time as Spider-Man." - I'll let you all speculate as to what he means by all that.

Soooo...

Jun. 29th, 2010 05:16 pm
http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2010/06/29/unveiling-wonder-woman%E2%80%99s-new-costume-direction/

It seems Wonder Woman is getting a new look and a new origin.

I can't really comment on the origin as I haven't read the comic yet but I can say this is not at all the plot I thought it was when they announced another destruction of Paradise Island plot. So, that wins them points.

As for the costume... Well, I'm sure that, because this is the internet, I'm going to get flack for this. I generally like it. This is a costume that seems to fit what my perception of the DCU has become better than the American flag wrapped around her. I miss the bracers and what they meant. The jacket needs work.

This is better, though, than a corset top I have no idea how she stayed in during a fight.

Generally, I'm coming down on the positive side though that could change after I actually read the comic tomorrow.
First reported by Showbiz 411, it looks like Michael Fassbender is officially official to play Magneto. I think this is BRILLIANT casting. I've liked him in everything I've seen him in and at some point, I will watch Jonah Hex just for his malicious glee.

Marvel announced this morning that Jeph Loeb is now Executive Vice President, Head of Television, and will be in charge of bringing more Marvel properties to TV. This is also pretty huge, all things considered but feels like a ove to counter Geoff Johns' new job.

In case you didn't notice Neil Gaiman and The Graveyard Book won The Carnegie Medal. Also, Cherie Priest won a Locus award for Boneshaker. Hooray!

A limited number of SDCC badges will go on sale this morning at 10PST (like very shortly.)

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the "Back to the Future" 25th Anniversary Trilogy is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on October 26.

Sony is really trying to narrow down who is going to be Peter Parker. I imagine they'd like to announce who it is, is possible, at Comic Con.

Also, regarding the Hobbit, there are no deals yet. There are a lot of people who WANT Peter Jackson to direct it - that makes sense. In the end, though, there is no deal yet and it isn't like they'd be able to make anything until the MGM stuff is resolved.

You can find the teaser for The Social Network here: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/45577 I have to admit, I'm now much more interested in this than I was before seeing it, so it certainly worked.

Daniel Radcliffe is said to be taking the lead in a new All Quiet on the Western Front. Not a bad move for him at all.

It looks like Marvel is moving to a Live Action Doctor Strange. Patrick Dempsey is rumored to want the role.

Here's a tidbit from the Glastonbury music festival this weekend for you Whovians out there:
Soooo. There are pictures of Cap out there. How about some Thor?

The artist has changed on The Return of Bruce Wayne starting with issue #4 (the cowboy one). We've moved to Georges Jeanty, which I can't argue with because I like his art. I always have to wonder what sort of communication weirdness has to happen that an artist on a comic that high profile would get over booked.

Titan Publishing is launching a Torchwood comic. Tommy Lee Edwards is the artist and John Barrowman is writing.

The new Three Men and a Baby movie rumors will just not quit. I hadn't heard one in awhile but Tom Selleck says that he's had people check his availability for it.

These Tron billboard images are so pretty: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=66783 I would like a Tron billboard here, please.

It's officially official that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is replacing Megan Fox. No, you haven't heard of her unless you're a big fan of lingerie ads.

Bad Robot put out a casting call for some 13-15 year olds. Everyone thought it was for Super-8 but they're saying it is for some remake of the worst movie I've heard anyone attempting a remake of "Little Darlings". (Seriously. If you don't believe me, look the thing up. *makes a face*) I think J.J. is being sneaky.

Joel Silver is talking up "Logan's Run" again. The script still isn't done and... well, if it happens, I'll believe it. The director attached has like four other movies in line at the moment.
Here is ABC's schedule for next season: http://www.fancast.com/blogs/2010/tv-news/abcs-fall-schedule-adds-one-super-family-other-crimefighters/

Speaking of TV hero shows, here is a trailer and a script review for The Cape: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/05/18/nbcs-the-cape-trailer-and-script-review/

Charlie Sheen has signed on for two more years on Two and a Half Men. Haven't watched it, not planning on watching it....

It seems we're getting a spin-off of Criminal Minds. Remember when Forrest Whitaker showed up? Yeah. That guy and his team: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/45132

Mark Hamill is set to direct an adaptation of his comic "The Black Pearl." I haven't read it but I'm interested.

Wizard has announced that rather than go head to head with other shows in New York, New England and New Jersey, they will be rescheduling their planned Northeastern conventions. Nice to see the local guys winning out there.

Eddie Murphy is writing a 3rd Nuty Professor script... And on a similar note, someone is doing a Lost Boys 3.

It looks like the price of DC comics are going up for 22 pages. And as that happens, I'm going to trim my list and get mroe stuff in trades. $3.99 for one issue or $20 for a six issue trade becomes no contest pretty quickly, even if I have to wait. And trades often have extra stuff in them, too.

Se7en will hit Blu-ray on September 14. I don't really need to see that in extra sharp detail but the commentary tracks might be interesting.

Someone decided that a new Gidget was a good idea. So... that's on the fast track to happening.

Looks like Terrence Howard isn't done with Marvel movies after all. He's talking to them about something - rumors are that it is Luke Cage. Which... I just don't see at all but hey...

From THR: Alvin Sargent, who has worked on every Spidey movie until now, has been brought in to polish up the script. Usually he comes in to add more emotional heft to the important scenes. So, we'll have heart strings a tugged.
It is the annual 'is my favorite show renewed time' again.

CSI fans: Marg Helgenberger says that she hasn't been asked back yet. ‘CSI: Miami‘ is going to get a bit of tweaking since it is now occasionally losing its time slot to ABC’s surging ‘Castle.' 'CSI: NY' is not going well against 'Criminal Minds' and likely isn't going to be cancelled but will probably be moved in the schedule.

Word going around is that 'Chuck' is going to get a 4th season. I love this show. The 3rd season has been something of a mess but it is a mess of the reorienting and reorganizing sort so they can stride forth again. One way or the other, Christopher Lloyd is on this week!

Oddly enough Heroes is ALSO still in contnention for renewal.

NBC is going to launch a comedy called 'Outsourced' based in India. Considering I'm heading to India in about two weeks, this is funny to me already. They've also picked up 'The Event' which is another global conspiracy show and 'Love Bites' which ... sounds a little more interesting for set up if not content. It is an hour-long romantic comedy anthology series featuring three loosely connected, modern stories of love, sex, marriage and dating. Sounds like we'll have something of a rotating cast.

To change topics: The upcoming Batman: Creature Of The Night is Kurt Busiek’s thematic sequel to Superman: Secret Identity for DC Comics.

There is a Planet of the Apes prequel remake coming. My brain is not fully on and I cannot remember what it was called. Rise of the Apes or something like that.

And now! More coffee.
So, it looks like Fox is no longer interested in an American version of Trochwood. No way, you think Fox might have been scared off by Torchwood? You have to wonder if anyone had watched an episode before proposing the idea. Some places say it is 'on hold' and some say is has been cancelled all together.

Archie Comics is introducing its first gay character later this year. His name is Kevin Keller and his first appearance will be in Veronica #202 if you're interested in picking it up.

Disney is tossing around the idea of a Wizard of Oz prequel focusing on how the Wizard got to Oz in the first place. That, I think, at least has the possibility of being an interesting story. Sam Mendes and Adam Shankman are vying for the director's chair and it is said that Robert Downey Jr. is interested in playing the wizard.

Marvel Studios is currently taking meetings with writers and directors to work on small scale movies based on some of their third tier characters. ($20-$40 million vs like $150 million) Chud.com (ths site that ran this, pretty solid guys usually) says "Filmmakers are being offered their pick of characters whose names are only familiar to comic fans. Properties like Dr. Strange, Ka-Zar, Luke Cage, Dazzler and Power Pack are among the many that are being tossed around right now. And the attitude seems to be that Marvel is open to bringing any of their characters to the screen at the right price point." A Dazzler movie? Man. I think Dr. Strange and Power Pack (eeee!) would be fantastic.

Word is that a new Friday the 13th: Part 2 is off the table. Interesting. They must not have a lot of faith in the movie doing well....

There are a few Robin Hood reviews leaking out and they are, for the most part, positive and happy with the result. Cate Blanchet is likely what is going to get me in the theater for this one.

Oh yeah!

Apr. 20th, 2010 09:08 am


Dude, so sweet. A Marvel vs Campcom game based on the new Street Fighter? Hooray!

What else...?

Oh, so not only is The Hobbit spinning its wheels over the MGM situation, so is the next Bond movie. (They're on the brink of bankruptcy and have been trying to find a buyer for awhile with no good prospects...) No one is really sure how this'll pan out.

Word is, in other video game news, that Stana Katic (otherwise known as Kate Beckett) will be voicing Talia alGhul in the next Arkham Asylum game. There is also word there will be Mr. Freeze.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Alan Cumming has pulled out of "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" due to his increased role on the CBS television series, "The Good Wife." This is my totally unsurprised face. This thing is so doomed.

The Wrap reports that Mark Hamill may be directing a feature version of his comic "The Black Pearl." That would be interesting.

This is also interesting:

Paladin: Trailer (Directors cut) from John Allardice on Vimeo.



Looks like it has something to do with Adobe...? Not entirely sure but it looks like fun.

Star Wars is coming to BlueRay sooner than later. It seems before the end of the year but there is no official date yet.

Also on the Star Wars note, it looks like that animated series is going to be post Return of the Jedi. Which is all kinds of interesting.
So, there is a ton about Joss Whedon right now. It seems he's directing (or in final negotiations to direct) The Avengers, is re-writing the script and is /also/ getting a pass at the Captain America script. News on Cap has been slow in coming - casting seemed to take a long time and they're still putting the pieces together. So, either Joss has a lead in to the Avengers he wants to put into the Cap movie, the Cap script sucks or some of both. (At least that is what seems likely to me.)

Now, don't get me wrong, I like Joss but ... The Avengers doesn't really seem to fit his typical style. That and I'm frustrated with how little he's seemingly able to change it up. There was a time when he could take different angles on things but recently, everything seems to have the same plot point trajectory. I'm re-watching Buffy season 5 and 6 and it shows pretty strongly there. I might have to go back further and check.

Speaking of Cap news - British actress Hayley Atwell has been cast as the leading lady Peggy Carter in "Captain America".

Variety reports that USA has ordered two further full seasons of Burn Notice on top of the fourth season which begins broadcast on June 3rd. (16 episodes in season 4, for those paying attention.)

Paramount is /still/ trying to get a Might Mouse movie up and running.

There was a big kerfuffle about a report that Hal's suit in the GL movie might be CG. Well, I think, really, if you do it right, that's a good thing. It is supposed to be ring created, right? At least the first time or two, so giving it that sort of look is a bonus, I'd think, to establishing the abilities and look of the ring's power.

IDW has announced both a D&D comic books series and a new set of Cthulu comics that they'll have coming out this summer. (August and July respectively.)

C2E2 is this weekeng, right now in fact, so I'm sure we'll see a lot of news come out about that this weekend. Already there is something about Marvel killing off Dracula... maybe with the X-men?
Those of you on my friend's list who are Queen & Country readers should be excited to see this loveliness. And if you aren't a Queen and Country reader, why not? Seriously, if you like spies and/or snarky kick ass women, this is really for you. October is FAR AWAY! GAH!

So, it looks like Bryan Singer will be producing X-Men First Class because of the fact that he's already committed to making Jack the Giant Killer with WB. For those of you who may not remember X-men is with Fox and WB and Fox are not the best of buddies recently. (Rememeber that Watchmen mess? Yeah.) So, I'm guessing they aren't up for sharing too much or letting him out of that contract.

Speaking of X-men movies, Mark Millar claims that Fox 'offered him X-men 4' but who knows what he's talking about or what he was actually offered. He's never directed a movie and as far as I know, never written an entire movie script... So producer, maybe? I don't know. It seems odd and he's certainly said other things that were... well... exaggerations.

I love the fact that Tiny Titans are getting actual story books. It is brilliant. Again, Tiny Titans is consistantly one of my favorite reads every month. Yes, it is aimed at 8 year olds. I really don't care as it is hilarious and cute.

According to Bloody Disgusting, actor Jonny Lee Miller is the leading candidate to be Rick Grimes in the "The Walking Dead" on AMC. I like Jonny Lee Miller very much and am looking forward to that. Last week Jon Bernthal was cast as Shane.

J. Michael Straczynski, who wrote a nice arc on Thor, is apparently getting a cameo in the movie. He posted the following on Facebook: "It was supposed to be just a ten second deal, but director Kenneth Branagh decided (against the evidence) that I can act, so he kept putting me in more bits. We'll see what ends up on the cutting room floor, but it was a lot of fun... All I can say is that it was something drawn from my tenure writing the Thor comic...so basically I've finally disappeared into my own narrative. Knew that would happen one of these days."

Stephen Daldry joins Sofia Coppola, Bill Condon and Gus Van Sant on the people who they want to direct Breaking Dawn but who (likely) totally will never direct Breaking Dawn. I mean, while we're at it why don't we add Steven Spielberg, Terry Gilliam and James Cameron just for fun.

And, well, yes: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2010/3/29/dm-101/ - I was a little sad not to be at PAXEast this weekend, as all of the Twitter posts made it sound awesome but I needed the weekend of not doing anything SO BADLY.

FTTHHHHH

Mar. 22nd, 2010 02:46 pm
So, at ECCC, I got a Wonder Woman statue that I'd been looking at getting for a long, long time. And when I get my comics chest, some time in the future, hopefully less than a year afer I ordered it (which would be PAX), I'll have the Women of the DC Universe poster (signed by Mr. Hughes) above it. And below it, I'll have the statue.

And then I thought, well, y'know, I could get the statues of the people who are in the picture... And I sort of committed myself to this idea.

Yeah. Well. There are 11 lovely ladies in the picture. And as of Saturday, 7 of those 11 had statues either out or coming out. On Saturday I pointed out, "Well, there likely won't be an Oracle statue. It'd have to be Batgirl."

I shouldn't have said anything.

This was solicited today.

I think I'll start making comments about there being a Batwoman statue because I would like Kate Kane on my shelf, please.

Again, this appears to be another situation where the drawing is comical and makes me want to chuckle but the statue makes me a little frowny. Some level of humor is lost in transition, I think. It is like violence levels between movies and comics - they live in (sometimes very) different places for me. But that's another post some other time.
I'm going to watch the new Iron Man 2 Trailer a few more times, I think. More Black Widow, more Justin Hammer and more War Machine. And the hotness at the end. Totally unexpected awesomeness.



The second biggest news out there today, for me, is that JMS (yes, the Babylon 5 guy) will be writing Wonder Woman AND Superman in the next few months - Superman at #701 and Wonder Woman at #601. His Thor was fantastic and I liked most of his Spider-Man VERY much (the parts I didn't like I REALLY didn't like). The artists haven't been named yet but this is pretty cool.

Oh and Ryan Reynolds still won't say the GL oath when asked in public.
So, there is word of making (re-making?) Giligan's Island into a movie. All updated for today's audience of course. We have no need for a new Giligan's Island. None at all. I think Lost really fills the bill on that well enough.

Puppies are awesome and so is this ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUCRZzhbHH0 The fact that we can fastforward through them now, maybe it means they realize they need to be better? There are a number of really good ones right now.

So, Conan will be played by Jason Momoa and Conan's dad will be Mickey Rourke. So. It seems that the villain of the movie will be played by Stephen Lang. You don't know him, you say? Of course you do, I say. He played Col. Crazypants in Avatar.

There is word of ... *sighs* A Space Invaders movie. Because video game movies have come so far. Really. We.... *rubs her forehead* Gah.

So, there are a lot of people out there grumpy about the choice for the White Lantern. I wonder how many of them are caught up in the idea that who ever is in the white needs to be a hero. The color doesn't indicate anything about morality, nor should it seem to do so. Black is death, not evil. In this case people are fighting against it because THEY DON'T WANT TO DIE. I won't talk about it more than that for spoilers but I'd be more than happy to chat in the comments.

NOLA.com is reporting that test shooting has started for director Green Lantern today in Madisonville, which is on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.
http://io9.com/5477274/the-75-books-you-should-own-for-dc-comics-75th-anniversary

I haven't read all of these but I've read a big chunk of them. I am, though, going to use this list as things to look for. There is some awesomeness on there that I don't have that I'd like to.

HOORAY!

Feb. 8th, 2010 10:00 am
Daniel Dae Kim is to star in the remake of Hawaii Five-O. That makes me happy.

David Goyer has left Flash Forward. The rumor is that he and Christopher Nolan's borther has sat down to start working on a Batman 3 script. We've been told to expect some sort of Batman announcement before the end of March, so that would work well with that news.

It looks like they're going to relaunch Mr. & Mrs. Smith but this time the marriage will be the cover. Really, though, why would you remake that so soon? Silly.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is coming out on Friday! I'm so excited!

There continues to be Ghostbusters 3 news. I can't really repeat it here since Bill Murray is all about spoilers. I don't know if it is central to the whole movie or not.

Also, on the comic book front, it looks like Spider-Girl is coming back and that also makes me happy. Hooray!

How excited am I for ECCC? I had a dream about it last night, that's how excited.

Oh dear

Jan. 19th, 2010 11:08 am
http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/01/19/fox-to-adapt-torchwood-for-the-usa/

Man, this is worrisome. It could be awesome, right? Like a US branch of Torchwood, would be brilliant but... I... Man, I don't know. I'll expect to see something about this at SDCC if not before. You guys have any thoughts on it?

Also of note, on February 25th, Detective Comics #27, is to go on the block. It has an estimated price of $300,000. Yeah. A comic book worth more than my house. But, man, that would be neat.

GAH!

Jan. 18th, 2010 10:27 am
Girl Comics.

Yes, I know Women Comics would have sounded worse. And yes, I do understand that Marvel is putting out a title of comics by women, about women and supposely for women. There are a few problems with it - Girl Comics sounds either a) dated (GRRL Power), b) derisive or c) both. You'd think that with all of the creative power at Marvel you could have acheived something better than Girl Comics.

And the only thing worse is the solicitation I just saw for MARVEL HER-OES #1. The description for this reads like the worst Sweet Valley High book ever. I'll admit to having read some of those when I was the right age and they certainly have their place but reading the issue description, you an 'as-if' away from Clueless.

Look, the idea is a great one. I appreciate the effort being made here but it feels like tokenism and that's what gets me irked. You want more women reading comics, bring forward more of the female characters and write stories that develop characters more than who punches who this week. (With the nature of serialized story telling, I understand that everything built up for a character will eventually be broken down and built in a new direction but that can also work for giving a character some depth. And not just in 'OMG, you killed my lover!11!!!!' ways.) Giving Firestar and Black Widow their own monthly titles is a great step in that direction.

Meh.

I think I had my Grumpy Flakes this morning.

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