Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair’s Batman: Hush is one of the most beloved Batman storylines of the early ‘00s—and now, it’s making its way into the world of Warner Bros.’s DC animated movies.
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Lex Luthor is a planner. A schemer. He plots and he strategizes—that’s just what he does. But recently in DC’s comics, he’s been slowly building toward one of the most bonkers plans he’s ever had. And in the world of this week’s new comics, it finally kicked off.
The DC Universe subscription service offering access to archives of classic TV and movies, a selection of the company’s comics archives, and some pretty dang great new TV to boot made the lofty $106-a-year price tag worth swallowing. But now DC has made the whole thing even more tempting by making the comics aspect arguably what it should’ve been from the start.
The H Dial is back, and it’s got a new wielder—but that might not be the most exciting thing about DC Comics’ latest relaunch of the beloved Dial H for Hero. To learn more about why now was the time to bring back the Silver Age icon’s wild world, io9 spoke to the new creative team, Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones.
These days, superhero movies need a little something extra to make them stand out from the pack. They can’t just be a typical, big-budget, flashy action movie. There needs to be a certain level of humour, pathos, or some poignant commentary that takes the film to the next level. In the case of David F. Sandberg’s new DC movie Shazam, that’s exactly what happens, by hiding a movie about the power and importance of foster families inside a sometimes-silly superhero origin story.
There are times when it can be difficult to suss out how much of the characters in comics, such as Batman written by Tom King, are reflections of the author and his collaborators, and how much are them channelling who the characters are, and letting them speak through the panels. This week’s Batman #67 is an excellent exercise in the latter.
DC Collectibles brought out lots and lots of Batman for this year’s New York Toy Fair. But don’t worry, some other characters got a chance to shine too and there’s a Harley Quinn “statue” you have to see to believe.
The New Gods of Jack Kirby’s weird and wonderful cosmic Fourth World have all sorts of superpowers—strength, speed, intelligence.
You name it, they’ve got it. But Scott Free’s recent DC Comics’ miniseries concluded with a reminder that maybe the most incredible superpower of all is getting up and dusting yourself off regardless of what hits you.
There are, approximately, 78 billion incredibly-named New Gods in the realm of Jack Kirby’s iconic DC Comics cosmos known as the Fourth World.
Of those fabulously named beings, however, one handful you should absolutely get to know is the Female Furies — the deadliest warriors dread Darkseid’s army has to offer.
The design for Black Manta in the Aquaman movie was, especially for comics films, remarkably close to his drawn counterpart, capturing his silhouette and outfit rather effectively.
Even still, it’s neat to see Jim Lee take that design and turn it back into a piece of comic book art.
Young Justice: Outsiders presumes you have a fair amount of familiarity with the characters’ backstories and plot lines from previous seasons, as well as DC Comics’ larger canon. The DC Universe show could have easily stuck with its core cast of heroes and continued along with their already complicated arcs, but Outsiders is doing something else.
Sideshow’s “premium format” line of DC figurines is getting some much-needed reinforcements—and this time it’s not from the Dark Knight, but one of his greatest allies: Barbara Gordon herself!
Julie Andrews is one of the all-time actresses of her generation, with a stunning voice and more charisma than most people can even think about. She’s mostly retired now, with only a handful of appearances in films in the recent decade, and her next is a voice role in… Aquaman?