This week’s DCDP is going to be all about catching up on the news from corners of the DCU that got pushed to the side in the frenzy of keeping up to date with Rebirth. Can you believe it? We’re finally living in a (sort of) post-Rebirth Panic world. We made it, you guys. There’s a light at the end of the wildly speculative tunnel.
If you missed last week, or if you’re still confused about what we know (and don’t kn0w) about Rebirth, you can check out this handy bulleted-list style breakdown I wrote up. Baring any major leaks or surprise announcements, there won’t be anything new to report or to add about Rebirth until Wondercon at the end of March.
So, without further ado, let’s (finally) take an earnest look at some non-Rebirth related news.
Production of Wonder Woman presses on with several photos of Lucy Davis’s Etta Candy surfacing online this week. Lucy’s Etta is a dead ringer for the golden age rendition of the character who, if you’re unfamiliar, is a totally badass brawler that draws her strength from candy kind of like how Popeye powers up with spinach. No, really. Etta’s amazing and I’m elated that she’s being included in the film.
Also she’s cute as hell.
I mean, honestly.
While it’s unlikely that the live action incarnation of Etta will maintain all of the camp and absurdity of her classic origin stories (seriously, Etta is golden age camp at it’s finest. Her mom and dad were named Hard and Sugar Candy. I’m not making this up.) I kinda hope we’ll get at least one “Woo! Woo!”-type battle cry/catch phrase on the big screen.
Target released photos of their upcoming DC Super Hero Girls action figure line which includes Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, Bumblebee, Harley, and Supergirl with other characters on the docket for release at a later date. My reaction to these figures is a little mixed but largely positive. First, I love that they’re being marketed as “action figures” rather than “fashion dolls” – not because there’s anything wrong with “fashion dolls” but because it’s high time we stop calling absolutely everything in the “Barbie aisle” a “fashion doll”. I’m also a fan of the designs for the Super Hero Girls show and the way they’ve been translated over to the toys looks great.
That being said, it’s a bit of a bummer to look at these production images and see no real differentiation in height or body type between any of the girls. Obviously, I’m not working from a lot as far as perspective goes here, so I could be totally wrong, but it looks like the figures were all made on the exact same base body sculpt with alternated heads between characters. This isn’t really an unusual scenario with toy lines, but given that popular lines like Monster High and Barbie have been pushing hard for better body representation in female gendered toys, it’s kind of disheartening to see a new line not jump on that bandwagon right out of the gate.
Still, like I said, production images aren’t a lot to go off of so maybe I’ll be proven totally wrong once we start seeing pictures of the figures in-hand and on shelves, or at the very least, in future lines. Here’s hoping.
Also this week, DC announced the launch of their new app “DC All Access” on Android and iOS which, I’ll be honest with you, I’m not totally clear on the point of. I mean, outside of spamming your phone with pop up notifications about “exclusive” videos and polls and giving you an ebook reader-flavored way to read certain comic previews. Which, I guess that’s cool and everything, and apparently there’s a DC emoji keyboard on it which sounds kind of fun, but beyond that, I’m not really sure why you’d want to download it.
It’s not, as far as I can tell (and granted, I haven’t had time to put my hands on it yet), a digital comic subscription service or TV streaming service, and there’s apparently a points redemption feature that….has rewards? Of some kind?
Which brings us to my personal favorite bit of news from this entire week: there’s a totally inconsequential but endlessly charming rumor circulating that Ben Affleck spent some time rewriting the script of Batman v Superman while dressed in his batsuit. For as on the fence and anxious as I’ve been about the movie, that won it some points for me.
Also, the idea that Affleck felt compelled to step in and correct the script in areas that he felt lacked is a little comforting too, but in a weird way. I mean, not that he wasn’t impressed with the script initially, that part isn’t comforting at all. But the fact that he was (potentially) able to fix it is. Kind of. Maybe. Just a little bit.
Don’t screw this up, Ben. We’re counting on you.
And finally, ICYMI:
Netflix added the second and final season of Young Justice to its American streaming service which means the complete series is now available to view instantly. This news was taken to twitter by executive producer Greg Weisman and several of the voice acting cast prompting a hashtag and trend asking Netflix to “#renewyoungjustice” for a third season.
The current (yet unsubstantiated, but still pretty hopeful) rumor is that Netflix is now examining YJ’s streaming numbers and popularity closely, so, if you’re a YJ fan who’s eager for a better resolution to the show than what season 2 gave us, start streaming.