Marvel has created a new way for fans to become part of a comic book adventure, and it all starts by communicating with their favorite heroes. Thanks to a partnership with Conversable Inc, a chatbot will launch in conjunction with the release of Secret Empire. This technology combines natural language processing (or NLP) and machine learning in a way that will allow readers to be part of a new adventure by Eisner Award-winning author, Jim McCann.
As part of this unique experience, fans will be able to chat with Spider-Man himself. They'll also find a variety quizzes, puzzles and exclusive first-looks. Users will be able to engage in this fun experience through Facebook Messenger and Twitter DM.
“We are so excited to debut a brand new way for our fans to engage directly with some of the Marvel characters during the events of SECRET EMPIRE and have the added ability to have their local comic shop’s location sent directly to fans so that they can further explore the entire Marvel Universe,” said Julie Gerola, VP/GM Marketing & Digital Operations.
Be sure to learn more when you visit your local comic shop to get Secret Empire on May 3rd.
This is quite possibly the most exciting thing to happen to the DC Extended Universe since its inception. Variety reports that Warner Bros. and Joss Whedon are close to completing negations for Whedon to write, direct, and produce a solo Batgirl film for their shared universe. Whedon previously attempted to pen a Wonder Woman film for DC back in 2005, and fans have been eager for him to join that world ever since.
Though he is best known for his work on Marvel’s Avengers and its sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, it is Whedon’s cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer that makes him the perfect choice to bring Batgirl to the big screen. With that series, which lasted for seven seasons, Whedon demonstrated his ability to write and develop strong female characters. There’s no doubt that he would build upon that foundation with Batgirl while bringing his unique blend of action, comedy, and drama to the DCEU.
There are no other details at this time, but it is possible that Batgirl could be introduced in David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens before spinning off on her own solo adventures. With that film possibly on the fast track for production, we could hear more news on this film sooner rather than later.
By Bryan Martin
Fans of Katie Cassidy are rejoicing as Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment announced that she is returning to Arrow as a series regular for next season. However, considering how she was written off the show last year, she isn’t returning exactly as we left her. Instead, she will be reprising her role as the Earth 2 Laurel Lance, Black Siren.
Black Siren was introduced last year on The Flash and made her presence felt earlier this season on Arrow while working with the Season 5 Big Bad, Prometheus. She is scheduled to return to Arrow for episodes 22 and 23, where we will presumably learn exactly how she will fit into Season 6. Will it be as a friend or a foe to Team Arrow?
On bringing Katie Cassidy back to Arrow, executive producer Marc Guggenheim commented that, "One of the things that most excites us about Arrow is that we go where the story takes us. Last year, the story took us to the tragic death of Laurel Lance. This year, our midseason finale reintroduced us to Laurel’s doppelgänger, Black Siren. We were so taken by Katie’s fearless interpretation of this character that we knew her story was not yet finished. We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Katie back to Arrow as Black Siren, though as her appearances on Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow this season show, she never really left the family."
By Bryan Martin
Mother Boxes. Parademons. Steppenwolf. They're coming...and the Justice League will be ready. Today, Warner Bros. Studios released the first official trailer for Justice League. Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Henry Cavill; Justice League finally unites the legendary team to defend the world against a common threat.
Though the trailer features some great scenes, especially by Jason Momoa's Aquaman and Ezra Miller's Flash, notably absent is Henry Cavill's Superman. It is common knowledge that he will be part of the film, but without knowing what kind of role he will play, it seems that the studio is going to keep that a secret as long as possible.
Also of note, this fourth film in the DC Extended Universe seems to have a bit more humor than the previous entries. A major complaint from fans after BvS was the film's overall tone. If this trailer is any indication, it will have a bit more levity to it. Finally, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman makes note of the "age of heroes" having passed. Does this mean there was once a Justice Society of America? Or is she referring to something else? We'll have to wait until the film's release in November to find out.
WonderCon has announced their official programming schedule and it includes some big news for fans of the upcoming DC and Warner Bros. films. Attendees of the convention, which is taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center at the end of the this month, will be treated to new looks at upcoming DC Extended Universe projects.
Though an official lineup hasn't been released, one can expect to see more Wonder Woman footage before its June 2nd release date. The potentially big news is that we may finally see the official Justice League trailer. With that film slated to be released on November 17th, this seems like a prime opportunity to unveil new footage. The panel will be held in the convention arena on April 1st at 4:30pm. Guest announcements are still pending, but hopefully as the convention grows near, we can expect more details to be announced.
And that's not the only panel to anticipate. WonderCon is shaping up to be a great event for DC fans. Scheduled are panels on DC: Rebirth and a DC Essentials panel for newcomers, along with two opportunities to catch a screening of the DC Animated film, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, scheduled for Friday, March 31st, at 6:00pm and Sunday, April 2nd, at 3:15.
By Scott Murray
Marvel Comics describes the new Nick Fury comic book series as a "high-octane spy-thriller full of action" that drips with style. The first issue drops Fury right into the middle of the French Riviera for his first mission. Take a look:
Look for Nick Fury #1 in comic book stores on April 19th.
NICK FURY #1
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art & Cover by ACO
Variant Covers by GREG LAND (FEB170812) and LARRY STROMAN (FEB170813)
Hip-Hop Variant by BILL SIENKIEWICZ (FEB170814)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (FEB170815)
FOC – 03/27/17, On-Sale – 04/19/17
By Scott Murray
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 is releasing in June, and Marvel is celebrating with a series of Mary Jane Watson variant covers.
“Both the Gwen Stacy Variant Program and this month’s Venomized Variant Program were such runaway successes, we couldn’t help but try to top ourselves,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “And with Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert’s new Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man book on the horizon, the timing couldn’t have been better to put the spotlight on fan-favorite Mary Jane Watson.”
Look for these variants to arrive in stores this June in titles like:
By Bryan Martin
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has decided to push the release date of the upcoming Aquaman solo film from October 5, 2018 to December 21, 2018. This may seem like bad news considering all of the other issues DC films have had lately, but this could actually be a sign of faith in the movie, starring Jason Momoa as the titular ruler of Atlantis.
Aquaman's new release date is one previously held by Avatar 2, the follow up to James Cameron's wildly successful 3D film. Plus, over the past two years, Star Wars has ruled the holiday box office. However, Disney has decided to release the upcoming Han Solo spinoff in May (instead of December). Now, Warner Bros. has taken advantage of the vacancy.
While a delay can be a real bummer, we still have Wonder Woman and Justice League to look forward to this year. Meanwhile, it doesn't look like The Batman or The Flash will be ready until 2019. However, according to Collider, there are talks of fast-tracking other in-development projects. That method has failed DC in the past (Suicide Squad?), and it may turn out to be beneficial for DC and Warner Bros. to take this pause in their schedule to reevaluate where they are going with their shared universe.
By Bryan Martin
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the final trailer for their next film in the DC Extended Universe. Wonder Woman is scheduled to be released on June 2nd. Starring Gal Gadot in the title role, this new trailer shows us pieces of Princess Diana's early days before she meets Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, and is thrust into the modern world during the World War I.
Warner Bros. Pictures also shared the official synopsis for the film:
"Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny."
The trailer looks great, and it seems to have a healthy blend of mythology, action and humor before ending with that amazing Wonder Woman score, which never ceases to excite. For those who have been unhappy with the DCEU up to this point, the trailer looks very promising. However, some fans will tell you that they've been burned by great trailers before (I'm looking at you, Suicide Squad). DC would love nothing more than a strong outing from this and Justice League, which is due out later this year.
Back in December, The Hollywood Reporter reported that David Ayer would be helming the Suicide Squad spin-off, Gotham City Sirens, which will include Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn while also serving as executive producer for the project. Well, now it seems that we may have some more information on which villain the Sirens will be facing .
Ayer recently tweeted this picture of the classic Batman villain, Black Mask. The tweet was released without comment, so we can only speculate at this time. This is fine, because that’s what the internet is known for.
One of the many ruthless villains of Gotham’s criminal enterprises, Black Mask could be an interesting foil for the Sirens in a story that would promise to be ripe with revenge and betrayal.
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