Dec. 05, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.
Yesterday’s casting announcement that Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel drew a mixed reaction from the comics world. Gadot, best known for her appearances in three “Fast & Furious” films, competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel. She also spent two years in the Israeli army. Gadot joins the previously announced cast of Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman movie, acting opposite Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman — a casting decision that also drew considerable ire from DC Universe fans. Snyder praised Gadot as an “amazing” actress who possesses “that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.” But some in the world of comics, including “The Adventures of Superhero Girl” author Faith Erin Hicks, weren’t so sure, criticizing Warner Bros. for making Wonder […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Marvel ended its parade of All-New Marvel Now title announcements Sunday afternoon during its “Superior Spider-Man” panel at New York Comic Con, revealing that 2014 will bring No. 1’s for a cosmic “Captain Marvel,” an independent-from-Daredevil “Elektra,” an L.A.-bound “The Punisher” and a reunited (and expanded) team of “New Warriors.” The first unveiling, though, dealt with the hour’s titular largely reformed-villain’s-consciousness-in-a-hero’s-body: The project from writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that had been teased as “The End,” will be February’s “Superior Spider-Man” No. 27.NOW, in an arc called “Goblin Nation.” (Yes, before the end, later this year a new Green Goblin will arise. More on that later.) “Everything, everything that’s been happening in ‘Superior Spider-Man’ so far has all just been setting up dominoes,” Slott said. “Bam! They’re all going down. Everything leads to this. Green Goblin on this […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 8:16 p.m.
[Updated 6:35 a.m. PDT Oct. 13 with images from All-New Marvel Now announcements] It was code-named “Rad!,” and the crowd agreed that it was when the mystery All-New Marvel Now project from writer Dan Slott and artist Mike Allred was revealed to be “Silver Surfer,” greeting the news with sustained applause Saturday afternoon at Marvel’s “Inhumanity” panel at New York Comic Con. The writer said the series, about the “most [Jack] Kirby-ish of characters doing the most insane stuff in weird, cosmic, quirky places” will feature a notable new presence, a sort of companion for the alien hero (Slott has often talked and tweeted about being a “Doctor Who” fanatic). “When you think of the Silver Surfer, you think of the lone sentinel of the skyways,” Slott said. “He’s always very lonely on that board all by himself. And this […]