April 28, 2015 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Convergence: Shazam’: Jeff Parker and Doc Shaner make Golden Age magic

Fresh off their remarkable “Flash Gordon” miniseries for Dynamite Comics, writer Jeff Parker and artist Evan “Doc” Shaner are taking on another classic Golden Age hero with “Convergence: Shazam.” Part of DC Comics’ two-month “Convergence” event highlighting different eras of the publisher’s past, “Shazam” focuses on the original Captain Marvel and the bright, cheerful world of Fawcett City, taking readers back to a time when superhero comics were considerably more innocent and whimsical. Captain Marvel’s character has gone through a lot of changes since he was introduced in 1939 — he actually goes by the name Shazam in present-day DC Comics to avoid confusion with the popular Marvel Comics character that shares the Captain Marvel name — but Parker and Shaner are going back to basics with their approach. The Captain Marvel name is back, Fawcett City is perpetually sunny, […]
Sept. 03, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

Dwayne Johnson set for supervillain turn in ‘Shazam’ movie

Dwayne Johnson is preparing for a villainous turn. The popular actor, who most recently appeared on screen in July’s “Hercules” for director Brett Ratner, will play Black Adam in the upcoming “Shazam” movie based on the famous DC Comics character. Johnson also will produce the film, with Darren Lemke (“Jack the Giant Slayer”) set to write the script for the New Line project, which Warner Bros. will distribute. Johnson confirmed his casting Wednesday on Twitter, putting to rest weeks of speculation over precisely which DC character he would portray on screen. “Kneel at his feet or get crushed by his boot.” My honor to become.. #BlackAdam #TheAntiHero #DCComics — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 3, 2014 Early last month, Warner Bros. revealed that it plans to release two DC Comics-based films annually starting in 2016: They will be released on […]
May 06, 2013 | 1:05 p.m.

Geoff Johns heads to ‘Trinity War,’ bids farewell to ‘Green Lantern’

For a man about to start a war, Geoff Johns seems calm. Upbeat, even. Upstairs from Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood in an office lunchroom ahead of a signing for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, DC Comics’ chief creative officer, sporting just-tearing-at-the-knee jeans, a red plaid shirt and a weathered Aquaman baseball cap, occasionally pets his bulldog while discussing the summer event he and collaborator Jeff Lemire are scripting in their respective “Justice League” and “Justice League Dark” titles, and together in “Justice League of America.” (You can see a larger version of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado’s triptych cover for the first issues here.) “Trinity War,” which unfolds in six parts across those three series’ July and August releases, with tie-ins including “Trinity of Sin: Pandora” No. 1 (written by Ray Fawkes), is DC Comics’ biggest event since launching […]
April 09, 2013 | 11:55 a.m.

‘Shazam!’ Remembering when superheroes weren’t quite so cool

PERSPECTIVE When the CW’s breakout hit series “Arrow” returns with new episodes on April 24, viewers can expect more soapy drama mixed with dark action thrills involving Stephen Amell as the handsome playboy-turned-vigilante Oliver Queen. Though the series makes plenty of concessions for non-comic book readers (an emphasis on Queen’s dating life, for instance), there’s still plenty of comic book history on display. Characters and concepts from Green Arrow’s 70 years of history pop up, but grounded in a gritty, realistic style (a la Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman universe). The success of “Arrow” and its accessible take on comic canon is a reminder of how far we’ve come with superheroes on television from the days when TV producers seemed to try as hard as they could to make superheroes non-super. Consider, if you will, “Shazam!” In 1939, Bill Parker […]
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