There’ve been murmers on the interwebs lately that DC Comics is going back to their “meat and potatoes” brand of comic book storylines, with an order from the top to “stop Batgirling”. Meaning the new initiative for different, and diverse books and stories might be coming to an end. Note that I said might here. According to i09 who reports unidentified sources at Bleeding Cool have stated DC going back to their early New 52 roots due to the company’s 2 million loss in revenue for the 2014/2015 fiscal year.
Sounds like a game of telephone to me, a bit too much like tabloid reporting. Folks who think comic book branded journalism is above that, well, you’re a lot less cynical than me. Personally I’m with IGN, who reported this week that the DC You line is what the New 52 could’ve, would’ve, should’ve been. DC You has a great line up of some fantastic books, especially their smaller story-driven series like Batgirl, Midnighter, Constantine, Harley Quinn, Starfire, Cyborg, and others. Heck Superman is finally in the news again, as something praise-worthy. While the DC You certainly isn’t perfect for all fans – the online push back against Batgirl, Black Canary, and Starfire is surprising to say the least – it’s leaps and bounds better than DC’s frustrating and lackluster original New 52 lineup.
I’m not putting much stock in these rumors over the overhaul of DC You, especially considering it’s critical success so far, but going back to that New 52 ideal of “meat and potatoes” comics obviously didn’t work for DC, given the lackluster sales revenue for 2014/2015. The DC You has only been around for about three months, having kicked off officially this past summer, if DC was smart, they’d give it some time. I mean — they gave the New 52 three years at least.
Tony Daniel, who is working on the upcoming Batman Eternal series featuring Dick Grayson, Cassandra Cain, and Harper Row has stated that Cass Cain won’t be wearing her Batgirl suit in the series, nor will she be working under the Batgirl moniker. Not really a surprising little factoid considering Barbara Gordon has the mantle fully on lock, and while Stephanie Brown has returned to the world of DC Comics she’s currently working under the title of Spoiler. The buzz over Cass Cain’s return was electric when it was announced at SDCC she would be returning to DC. But while Cass Cain did work under the mantle of Batgirl, some would argue she was better known as Black Bat, her solo superhero name. When she appears finally in Batman Eternal, that’s the name I would place bets on her having.
Now for some extremely good news: Viola Davis has stated she’s officially signed on for three future DC movies as Amanda Waller! Who else is wildly excited about this? Davis also reported that the upcoming Suicide Squad will “humanize” the villains of the DC universe such as Harley Quinn and the Joker. I’m much more interested in the actual Suicide Squad team, and Amanda Waller, than I am in the Joker. But beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose.
There’s a new exhibit inspired by traditional Malaysian puppetry wayang kulit. The shows have brought artists, fans, and the combined into one place to celebrate both the traditional style of Malaysian art and performance, and their favorite superheroes.
More casting news for the soon-to-be-back Flash television series! Reports are coming in that newbie Violett Beane has been cast to play another speedster Jesse Quick, aka Jesse Chambers in the second season of the popular CW show. Demore Barnes (Hannibal) has also been cast as long-time Firestorm villain Tokamak, aka Henry Hewitt. Looks like season two of The Flash is jam packed so far with new characters, new allies, and new villains! The question I want to know is, when is Cisco going to become Vibe?
That’s all for this week folks! Apart from — make sure to give Jack Kirby a big Happy Birthday!