DC’s shared universe?

Over the past few months it appeared DC entertainment was sewing the seeds for a shared universe of superheroes that could tie-in with he current Man of Steel cannon.
They announced that Flash would appear in Arrow series2, and this soul lead to the superhero potentially getting his own series.

News then broke that Black Canary would don the superhero costume in series 2 of Arrow too, and speculation really began to take off over a DC universe created through television before a Justice League movie would arrive- and excitement for the long delayed project grew again.

DC capitalised on this by announcing that everyone’s favourite caped crusader would appear in the Man of Steel sequel- and fever pitch was reached by everyone.

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Then DC began to announce more projects and casting calls, in the last two months that threw the whole shared universe idea, over onto its head.
The casting of Ben Affleck (talk about a split opinion) as an older more grizzled Batman, hints that the current television shows may not link into that universe- as if Batman has bed around a long time wouldn’t he already know about Green Arrow and other heroes?! Does this mean Man of Steel will exist in it’s own film universe outside of the television one?

Then came the rumours of a Gotham Central television show, and another project DC had hidden away for now- and everyone assumed that the television universe was about to grow and give us some new superhero team up possibilities. But DC announced two new shows- Gotham and Constantine- both on differing networks to their current television shows.

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With Gotham focusing on a young James Gordon, it would appear that there’s no way this can fit into the Man of Steel universe that features an old Batman. Well at least not unless they change all the Batman cannon, or use the show as a pre-cursor to setup this universe. But I guess only time will tell how this series is going to work.
Could DC link this into Arrow somehow? It could always lead to a James Gordon appearance in a flashback sequence involving Olive Queens dad- just to confirm that the universe is shared. The only real problem with this is that FOX has the Gotham rights so guest spots and sharing could be difficult.

DC then announced a Constantine show, which again will be on another network. There was hope that this could lead into the Arrow universe, but again this seems unlikely now. It also seems to hint that the proposed G.Del Toro proposed Justice League Dark movie may be dead in the water. However I’m hoping that this could be a television project to introduce a larger audience to DC’s Constantine prior to the movie release (one can dream)

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So it appears that DC has blown an opportunity here to really develop their movie and television universe into one giant world of superheroes, however there is still a possibility that they could run a multiple network universe but this certainly seems unlikely.

I guess time will tell now on the DC television projects, but I really can’t help feeling as a fan that they’ve missed a really great opportunity here.

Mortal Kombat Legacy- Season 2 launches today

One of my favourite lines as a young gamer was easily “Get over here” screamed by a ninja wearing a yellow costume who inevitably meant harm to anyone on the other side of the the television screen.

mortalkombatlegacy2scorpionSo it should come as no surprise that i’m keen to see the return of the web based series- and of course my favourite yellow wearing ninja. Series 1 focused heavily on the set-up of the Mortal Kombat tournament, and was a real surprise hit when it began to stream last year, whereas series 2 promises to enter the tournament and has a much bigger media buzz around it.

The series features some well known characters from the video game series including Scorpion, Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Shang Tsung, Mileena and Kitana.

All episodes will be made available at the same time on Machinima from 9pm tonight.

 

Gotham signed by FOX

Well DC had some big news last night to try and take some of the attention away from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D premiere- and that news is that Gotham will be getting a full series to air on the FOX network.

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The series is set to focus on a young James Gordon and the villains that have made Gotham famous. This is huge news (and may solve this rumour) as this will officially be DC’s second live action television series- along with Arrow. However DC could potentially have a third arriving soon with Flash set to debut in Arrow series2, and if rumours are true get his own series from there.

The series is set to be written by Bruno Heller, who’s previous work includes ‘Rome’ and ‘The Mentalist’ and will launch during the 2014-2015 television season. The only real confirmed information, except for the title, is that the series will be set prior to Gordon meeting Batman and the Caped Crusader will not be appearing in the series at all.

Let speculation begin on how this could tie-in into the other DC television programmes, but i would think with them being on different networks and set in different times (Gotham will be earlier than Arrow) I’m fairly certainly this will be a stand alone series. But that makes me no less excited by the news.

Comic Books 25/9/13

So Wednesday is nearly upon us- and that means new comic books for the week. So here are my picks of the week:

Fatale 17: 

fatale_017_2x3_300Fatale is easily one of the best creator owned books out there right now- and possibly the best work to date from Ed Brubaker- and that’s definitely high praise right now. Despite the irregular shipping pattern that the book has found itself in, each issue is easily worth the wait.

Brubaker has managed to craft an elaborate tale of magic, mysticism and mayhem that spans time, and characters amazingly well while managed to keep the story intriguing and never over complicated. For a man who is best known for his crime writing, this is a great step into new territory that so far has worked on every level.

This issue promises to keep the focus on the ‘Bishop’ who disappeared in the 70’s with a rather gruesome end, but who has never really been gone- and now has Jo’s scent and is on the hunt. I’m really excited to see how this plays out when the ‘Bishop’ gets his hands on Jo (the focal point for the entire tale) and how this progresses the story forward.

Of all the books out there this week- this is a must buy!

Saga 14:

saga14Speaking of brilliant creator owned books- here’s the second of the week to be released. I’m no longer sure what to say about this book that I haven’t said before. BK Vaughan has nailed the characters and made every one of them important and individual, while really humanising the central characters (Even ‘The Will’ had his moment) and this has drawn me into this book from the very beginning. And then you have his bad guys- Robot prince- who is such an evil character that you really do wander what he has in store for anyone he meets on each page of the book.

Fiona Staples makes each page of the comic book look amazing, and really does add a huge amount of emotion and atmosphere to each scene that she paints. It has to be the best looking book on the shelves- bar none.

The synopsis for this weeks issue doesn’t give away a lot:

Gwendolyn and Slave Girl think about the future.

But even with that little bit of information- based on what we’ve seen so far, you know the issue is going to be good. Just like Fatale this is a definite must buy this week.

Sex Criminals:

sexcriminals1_coverThis is a new ongoing series from Matt Fraction (Haweye, Iron Man, Satellite Sam) and really has me intrigued. The official synopsis for this comic series is as follows:

Suzie’s a normal girl with an extraordinary ability: when she has sex she stops time. One night she meets a man with the same gift. So they do what any other sex having, time stopping couple would do: the rob banks!

This could be a really funny book, that is bound to have well developed characters as this is a real strength of Matt Fractions. And given the story outline, i expect the book to be full of laugh out loud moments. Trust me your going to want on this band wagon now before it gets away.

So thats it for this weeks comic books, and there’s not a single release from the ‘big two’ making my list. But that just shows the quality of independently owned titles out there right now, that even in a week featuring the 3D Jokers daughter cover, and some ‘Battle of the Atom’ issues these books are the best buys.

For a full list of all the titles available this week- just click here

As a little bonus- i couldnt possibly finish this weeks comic book recommendations without saying- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is out this week (Friday 27th in UK) so here’s the latest trailer