The DC Daily Planet: First Looks

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Welcome back to the DC Daily Planet, crusaders, where it’s all DC all the time, and occasionally that’s a good thing!

Sometimes it isn’t, of course, and others…well, they stand balanced on the cusp of judgement’s edge. Let’s take a look.

First of all, have you picked up some CONVERGENCE books this week? Because you should. Specifically, Nightwing and Oracle, Batgirl, and The Question. If you regret it, you may feel free to write me a strong worded comment stating your disappointment.

If you’ve been waiting with baited breath for Suicide Squad updates, you’re in luck: two cast photos were tweeted out, giving us our first look at Jared Leto’s Joker and a glimpse into the first table reading:

Neat. But can we please cool it with the TKJ references? Is that even possible?

Other items listed under Things That Make Laura Mildly to Deeply Uncomfortable have, in the past, included spiders, heights, and what Arrow did to Deathstroke (made him an obsessive, abusive stalker? Flipped his characterization on its head? Fridged Shado, because apparently Slade Deathstroke Manu Bennettneeded some other reason that Ollie’s constant whining to want to stab him in the eye?). Apparently, Deathstroke himself, gift to mankind Manu Bennett, agrees:

“I think they should have honoured the Marv Wolfman character who was literally unstoppable. I read the DC comic books and thought Deathstroke was so bad arse because they make it that nobody can stop him. He’s not even super-powered, he is just a mercenary.”

So, maybe he mostly wanted more super-powers. I can get behind that.

(Relatedly, I saw Manu at DragonCon last summer, where he spoke to the sudden relationship shift between Slade and Shado, which he had previously seen as something more familial than romantic, so…that was a shock to everyone.)

More info on DC’s upcoming CW monopoly: the Arrow spin-off featuring Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Ciara Renee, and Arthur Darvill is tentatively titled The Atom. Creative!

I’m not super jazzed that Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke will be both writing a new book for DC imprint Vertigo and adapting it for television. The ladies have historically not had great luck in his worlds. Remember, Kripke: the fridge is for food, not female characters, okay?



Laura Harcourt

Laura Harcourt

Part of WWAC's editorial team, Laura has loved comics ever since her very first copy of Betty and Veronica Double Digest. Until her own superhero training is complete, she spends most of her time writing about others. She is most usually found in Western New England and is easily startled by loud noises.