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DC Comics has announced that in next week’s Earth 2 #2, Green Lantern Alan Scott will be shown to be gay.

“I’m very proud to be introducing Alan Scott into DC Comics-The New 52,said series writer James Robinson. “He was my favorite Golden Age character and one I’m very familiar with so I’m really excited to be updating him for a contemporary readership.

“However, I think old-time readers will be pleasantly surprised by how, in some ways, I’m trying to show the ‘classic’ Alan Scott at the same time. He’s still the same dynamic, heroic guy he was. He’s still the head of a media empire like he was in his prior version, but of course with the form of media changing and evolving with the times. And in many ways, his origin mirrors the original one also. Oh, and on Earth 2 there is only one Green Lantern, so Alan’s title is The Green Lantern. Alan’s sexuality is just one facet of him, along with his innate goodness, valor, charisma and skill at leadership that makes him the perfect man to wield the power of the green light in the world of Earth 2.

“Before starting work on #1, the first document I had to work from was the character breakdowns for our primary players,said Earth 2 artist Nicola Scott.With Alan the brief was very clear. He needed to be a big, strapping, handsome man that everyone would instinctively follow and love. No short order but right up my alley. Alan strikes me as an incredibly open, honest and warm man, a natural leader and absolutely the right choice to be Guardian of the Earth. His sexuality is incidental. Every time I draw him I love him even more.” 

It sounds like Alan Scott was the only “safe” choice they had.  I am sure this will get less of an outcry than if any modern day hero would have been outed.

Alan Horn is set to replace Rich Ross as chairman of the Walt Disney Studios from June 11th reports Variety.WB Head Alan Horn Takes Over Disney

Disney chief Bob Iger made the announcement Thursday afternoon, one that so far has met with a good response. Horn served as COO of Warner Bros. Entertainment for twelve years, a conservative leader who is a familiar face in the studio system and filmmaker-friendly – quite different to the outgoing Ross whose TV background made him something of an outsider.

The 69-year-old Horn is also a better fit for the studio’s mandate of focusing on global day-and-date tentpole family properties that will benefit the rest of the company’s divisions through TV shows, video games, music, merchandise, web properties and theme park rides.

Before Warners, Horn co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment and served as president and COO of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation. Horn said he has no initial plans to overhaul the executive line-up at Disney and/or bring in his own staff.

via WB Head Alan Horn Takes Over Disney | News | Dark Horizons.

First he controlled DC.  Now he controls Marvel.  Next….the multiverse!!

Though no sequel option was placed on them, and there was talk at least one was planning to move on, it seems all four key stars of “Kick Ass” will return for the upcoming sequel says Deadline."Kick Ass" Key Cast In Talks For Sequel

Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are reportedly nearly done closing deals to reprise their roles, while Nicolas Cage is in talks to return in a cameo (though he hasn’t received an offer).

Jeff Wadlow will helm the next film which aims to begin shooting this Fall.

via “Kick Ass” Key Cast In Talks For Sequel | News | Dark Horizons.

Nicolas Winding Refn “Drive” is in talks to direct the comic adaptation “Button Man” at DreamWorks says Deadline.Refn Directs Comic Adaptation "Button Man"

“Judge Dredd” creator John Wagner co-wrote the graphic novel with Arthur Ranson about a hired gun offered a fortune to take part in a game organized by bored millionaires that sets trained killers against one another in a fight to the death.

When Exton gets disgusted and opts out, his only exit strategy might be to off the millionaires funding the competition. Roger Kass, Josh Braun and Michael De Luca will produce.

via Refn Directs Comic Adaptation “Button Man” | News | Dark Horizons.

Talking about the success of “The Avengers”, Kevin Feige tells Empire via CBM that despite his cameo in the film – dont expect intergalactic baddie Thanos to be showing up any time soon.

Asked about the character potentially being the villain of the upcoming “Thor” sequel, Feige says “No, future, future. But there will be a major new villain. A major, major new antagonist”. The most frequently suggested guess right now on fan sites is the Enchantress.

One interesting thing Feige says about the “Thor” sequel is that it will show different areas of Asgard, not just the palaces of the ruling class – “We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of Avengers will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.

“Feige isnt resting on his laurels, the success of “The Avengers” is no endgame for the company – “The Avengers was not the finale for us. It was a giant, giant marker, but it was never the finale. We are already well into the plan for the next phase of our little cinematic universe.”

via Marvels Feige On Thanos, “Thor 2” & Beyond | News | Dark Horizons.

In this episode I am joined by special guests from Fanboy HQ as we discuss events from the Phoenix Comic Con as well as interview Mesa, Arizona’s Gotham City Comics and Coffee.

 

Josh Trank has signed with Sony Pictures to develop to direct Shadow Of The Colossus, a big-scale live-action adaptation of the bestselling Sony video game. The film is being produced by Kevin Misher. The studio is interviewing writers to work with Trank, who after directing the $13 million sleeper hit Chronicle has become the go-to guy for big popcorn pictures. Trank takes on a Fumito Ueda-created game that has a strong narrative arc, along with the obligatory creature quotient to get the visual effects crowd excited.

The protagonist is a young man who thinks his lover has died. Desperate to bring her back, he heads into a forbidden land, and summons a demon who can wake the dead. The price for bringing back his girl: slay 16 colossi that dominate this mystical place. These are skyscraper-sized giants that rise from the ground, fly through the air and come from the water. As the young man works through his quest on horseback, he begins to wonder if he is on a noble pursuit to bring back his lover, or perhaps has made a deal with the devil and is being used. Trank has been a fan of the game since it launched in 2005, and sought out the job.

Trank is separately developing two Marvel superhero franchises in Fantastic Four for Fox and the Spider-Man spinoff Venom for Sony Pictures, and he’s also aligned to the Warner Bros comic book adaptation Red Star. He’s repped by WME and Management 360. Misher is separately prepping MGM’s remake of Carrie, and Misher Film execs Andy Berman and Kevin Chang are overseeing Shadow Of The Colossus. WME reps Trank

via Chronicle Helmer Josh Trank Takes On Shadow Of The Colossus For Sony Pictures – Deadline.com.

Have you ever been at convention and seen something cool going on or wondered where someone got an awesome piece of SWAG? There are several people that feel the same way. A con can be an overwhelming place, especially with the increase in crowds at shows over the past couple years. That’s why the guys from Fanboy Headquarters, Martin Bright and Jose Soria have put together the “How to Survive a Comic Con” panel for the 2012 Phoenix ComiCon.

The panel will include tips and tricks to navigate exhibit halls, waiting in long lines comfortably, and tracking down those elusive comic book artists & writers. These guys have it down to a science. The panel will have tips, stories, laughs, attendee questions, and costume changes. PLUS, there will be giveaways!

Martin and Jose mentioned that they are often asked for advice at conventions and that gave them the idea for the panel. You can check out their blog at FanboyHQ.com where they report on shows, expos, and cons all over the western U.S. as well as comic book news, movies, and video games. They hope to take this panel to other conventions and get more people educated on surviving comic cons.

In this episode AJ sits down with some of the Forbidden Panel members to discuss how FP has affected their work and the projects they are working on.

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Six new posters for Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” have gone online, two sets of three character posters to be exact with quite different takes on Batman, Bane and Catwoman. Unlike yesterday’s one-sheet, these look to be more than a five-minute quickie Photoshop job.

The first and most impressive set, the Heavy Rain-esque ‘Rise’ ones, premiered at Yahoo! Movies. The other comes via the film’s official French Facebook page. Check them all out below!

via Six More “Dark Knight Rises” Posters | News | Dark Horizons.

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