DC News

Vertigo Hits the Small Screen

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Monday, Warner Bros. affilate station WGN America announced their greenlighting of a new series based off the Vertigo title Scalped, with The Flash executive producer Geoff Johns and Doug Jung from Banshee.

Scalped, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R. M. Guera, follows the story of Dashiell Bad Horse as he returns to his hometown on the Prarie Rose Lakota Reservation.  The critically acclaimed western/crime series started in January 2007, spanning sixty monthly issues dealing with organized crime, poverty, addiction, and the struggle of Prarie Rose inhabitants to retain their cultural identity.

Unsure if your cable provider carries WGN America?  Visit their website to find out how you can gain access and check showtimes.

Also, don’t forget to show Vertigo some love and pick up your copies of Scalped (digital or otherwise) today!

Young Justice Takes a Dip in the Lazerus Pit?


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Early February, the internet exploded with rumors of Netflix possibly bringing back the beloved (and tragically shortlived) series after releasing Season 2 on their streaming service.

Paul Dini Interview

Though Young Justice was highly rated in Cartoon Network’s DC Nation animation block, the show was baffingly axed before airing it’s third season.

Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Paul Dini (writer for Batman: The Animated Series and creator of Harley Quinn) speculated on this briefly on Episode 52 of Kevin Smith’s “Fatman on Batman” podcast. Dini noted a growing trend in Cartoon Network of cycling out shows they feel are “too old” for their target demographic.

Dini also went on to speak of his experience with other television executives, alluding that some would outright discourage a female audience, their reasoning being “they [girls] don’t buy toys.” Though Dini strongly mentioned not hearing these sentiments from Cartoon Network executives, the thought of these attitudes are unsettling when speaking of the future of comic book inspired animation.

Hope Remains

There is still hope! Recently, Danica McKeller (voice of Miss Martian) recently did a Periscope Q&A, speaking of an ongoing twitter campaign to ressurect the show. Mckeller, amoung other Young Justice alumni have joined their voices (and twitter accounts!) to the cause, asking fans to continue tweeting and streaming to gain the attention of Netflix executives.

If Deadpool’s swelling box office numbers are any indication, this plan is just crazy enough to work!

As always, stay awesome, and keep watching Young Justice!!!

A Sass of Pre Teens: DC Super Hero Girls Universe is a Go

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Warner Bros., DC, and Mattel have teamed up to create a fascinating initiative, the DC Super Hero Girls Universe.  Here, the companies have come together to form a multi faceted plan to help young girls (or perhaps, girls of any age) get in on some serious, super hero action.

In a similar vein to Mattel’s Monster High product line, they will be featuring not only dolls, but action figures as well. Combined with the doll product line, DC has also teamed up with Random House’s Children’s Books division to produce a line of mid grade reading level novels, alongside a graphic novel in the works (scheduled release in July 2016) featuring a sassy teenage Lex Luthor giving our Super Girls some trouble.

DC has also tapped their partners in the WB Animation Division alongside Mattel’s Playground Productions to produce a webseries that will air on the official DC Super Hero Girls website (first episode is already posted!) with the promise of more to come. The website also features quizzes, character bios, and an interesing flying game that reminds me a little of Flappy Bird, but with spandex and a golden lasso.

Visitors to this week’s Comic Con in New York can expect a special treat from the DC Super Girls booth located in the Javit Center’s Crystal Palace, including sneak peeks at the new doll/figure line, “unique” giveaways, and photo ops. October 8th (uwaaa, this happened before the writing of this article!!) in room 1B03 at 5:30pm, there will be a panel featuring a “behind the scenes look” and panelists from various portions of the DC Super Girls project.

The target demographic for this initiative is aimed at girls between the ages of 6-12, mainly centering around the characters attending “Super Hero High”, and all the ensuing hijinks accustomed to life as a pre-teen. This being said, I wouldn’t expect any re-imaginings of “Flashpoint Paradox” or “Crisis on Multiple Earths” any time soon.

For more information on the DC Super Girls project, check out DC’s press release.  Meanwhile, I’m going to work on my flying skills.