By <i><a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a> and Vaneta Rogers, Newsarama Contributor</i> <p>A lot can happen in a week, and, well, a lot happened this week. <p>From glimpses of hotly anticipated upcoming comic book movies, to the death of a major comic book fan favorite and someone new taking up the mantle of one of pop culture's most iconic heroes and creating a media blitz in the process it's been a busy seven days. <p>So as you relax into your weekend, Newsarama is here to help, with the 10 biggest news stories from the week that was. Read this, then head to your pool party, miniature golf game or seventh viewing of <i>Captain America: The First Avenger</i> armed with enough knowledge of the comic book world's current events to make your friends impressed, your neighbors jealous and your family proud. <p>Click "start here" in the upper-left corner to see our picks for the 10 biggest stories from the past week. <p><p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>
BOOM! Studios has been producing Disney and Pixar comics since 2009, and the books like Roger Langridge's widely acclaimed <i>The Muppet Show</i> series have brought the publisher plenty of positive attention. <p>Yet something else happened in 2009: Disney purchased Marvel, quickly making observers question how long BOOM! could hold on to the license. And they did for a while, but earlier this year properties first Pixar, than Muppets started to pop up in Marvel's publishing plans. <p><a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/08/05/booms-disney-era-officially-ends-in-october/>BOOM's October solicitations</a> made clear that the Disney era is over for them with <i>Darkwing Duck #18</i> being the last single Disney issue they're releasing. Marvel has not yet revealed any indication that they'll be producing new material with the Disney properties.
DC got <a href="http://www.newsarama.com/comics/DC-Universe-Reboot-Announcement-110531.html">major media attention when it first released the cover to <i>Justice League #1</i></a>, the new comic by DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns and co-publisher Jim Lee that comes out later this month. <p>But this week, the publisher released a <i>changed</i> cover. <p>The difference? Wonder Woman lost her pants. <p>Of course, this isn't the first time: It turns out the iconic superheroine has a repeat problem keeping her pants on. The <a href="http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/07/13/so-wonder-woman-might-not-have-pants-in-dcnu/">cover to <i>Wonder Woman #1</i> also changed</a> last month, taking the once pants-clad lady and making her bare-legged. <p>It's been only <a href="http://www.newsarama.com/comics/new-wonder-woman-costume-100629.html">a year since DC Comics put Wonder Woman in pants</a>. With this week's new <i>Justice League</i> cover, the change back to the star-spangled bloomers appears to be official. <p>Bye-bye pants...
It's not exactly news that Alan Moore doesn't keep up with contemporary superhero comics, and it's even older news that he has some lingering resentment towards DC Comics for a variety of reasons. <p>So when <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/alan-moore-the-new-52-3-110802.html>Newsarama reporter Zack Smith asked him about DC's impending September relaunch</a> which, among other major developments, restores Barbara Gordon as Batgirl after Moore paralyzed her in <i>Batman: The Killing Joke</i> and revisits much of what the writer established with Swamp Thing's origin Moore responded that he hadn't even heard of such a thing. But once Smith filled him in, the <i>Watchmen</i> scribe wasn't exactly enthused. <p>"I suppose my basic feelings about the comic industry as it stands are that I just hope its final death rattle isn't too humiliating or too desperate, because it's deserved," Moore said. "If the industry is incapable of coming with new ideas and a future that it can evolve into, then it really doesn't deserve to survive." <p>Say what you will about his opinions, but the man does not hold back.
After the record-breaking, Oscar-winning success of 2008's <i>The Dark Knight</i>, it's going to be tough to wow comic book fans with the next Batman sequel. But this week, the chatter began when <a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/08/01/lots-of-batmanbane-fight-photos-from-the-dark-knight-rises/>photos surfaced from production</a> of the 2012 film, <i>The Dark Knight Rises</i>. <p>It was the first good look fans got at Bane, played Tom Hardy, as he wore a mask and costume in a fight with Christian Bale's Batman during filming in Pittsburgh this week. Reviews from comic fans were mixed, as they worried about everything from his size to his mask. <p>But then Warner Brothers released another gem: <a href="http://www.newsarama.com/film/dark-knight-rises-anne-hathaway-catwoman-110805.html">the first photo of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman</a> in <i>Dark Knight Rises</i>. Although few complained about Catwoman's appearance (how could someone complain about Hathaway's looks?), the costume appears incomplete but still Selina-style sleek.
For the last few weeks, Internet chatter has asserted that DC Comics is using fewer female comic creators <i>after</i> its September relaunch than it did before. The noise about the allegation got so loud that <a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/07/29/dc-co-publishers-on-female-creators-we-hear-you/>DC announced it has more female-created comic announcements coming soon</a>. <p>But Newsarama did some digging and found out <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dcnu-lack-of-female-creators-miscalculated-110803.html>the Internet chatter was wrong</a>. The creators who were allegedly leaving DC Comics after September are actually still working for the publisher. <p>Oops. <p>While the comic industry's uneven male-to-female ratio is still low enough to complain about, it turns out that people who were wrongly targeting the DC relaunch were victim to a case of misinformation.
So <i>Avengers</i> is being filmed as you read this sentence, and a Shane Black-directed <i>Iron Man 3</i> is in the pipeline for 2013. Beyond the seemingly inevitable <i>Captain America</i> and <i>Thor</i> sequels, what's next for Marvel Studios? <p>The apparent answer is a little bit surprising: the Sorcerer Supreme seems to be next in line for a feature film, as a <a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/08/01/marvel-eyeing-doctor-strange-for-next-film/><b>Dr. Strange</b> script has reportedly been turned in</a>, written by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Donnelly. Of course, the process of making a movie is a long one, so a script doesn't mean for sure it's going to happen, and if it does, it won't be for a while. <p>And that's not all: <a href=http://www.latinoreview.com/news/marvel-s-guardians-of-the-galaxy-said-to-be-in-active-development-14379>Latino Review</a> and other sources are reporting that a <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b> movie is in "active development," which given the title's relatively obscure status, would be an even more surprising choice. The next few weeks and months, and years should continue to be interesting ones for comic book movies.
Speaking of comic book movies: Zack Snyder's Superman reboot <b>Man of Steel</b> may be two years away at this point (June 14, 2013 is the current scheduled release date), but the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/film/superman-man-of-steel-first-image-110804.html>first photo of Henry Cavill as Big Blue</a> popped up through official channels online, quickly sending fans to their social network of choice to dissect every pixel of the picture. <p>No "S" curl? No underwear outside his pants? Looks kind of armored, right? Like his <a href=http://i.newsarama.com/images/sm_cv1_02.jpg>look in the comics come September</a>? <p>Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words (or more). But that wasn't the only piece of news surrounding the movie this week...
There is, perhaps, irony in the words "Perry White News," but that's probably something better left alone. <p>News broke this week that <a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2011/08/02/laurence-fishburne-cast-as-perry-white-in-man-of-steel/>Laurence Fishburne</a>, known well to genre movie fans because of his role as Morpheus in <i>The Matrix</i>, will play Perry White</a> in Zack Snyder's new Superman film, <i>Man of Steel</i>. <p>Fishburne being cast in a major superhero movie would usually get comic fans excited, but instead, it brought more attention to this week's growing controversy about efforts to make comic characters more diverse. Perry White is portrayed in comics as a Caucasian. <p>And yes, we'll get to the other part of the diversity controversy in a bit....
[Newsarama Note: Major SPOILERS follow for <i>Hellboy: The Fury #3</i>.] <p>Hellboy fans were shocked to learn this week that respected writer/artist Mike Mignola will actually <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/hellboy-fury-conclusion-changes-110804.html>kill off his beloved creation Hellboy in next week's <i>Hellboy: The Fury #3</i></a> from Dark Horse Comics. <p>In an interview with Newsarama, senior managing editor Scott Allie left the door open for Hellboy's ghostly future at the publisher. "There's a thing that Mike's often said, which is that when characters die in these books, they just get more interesting. There's truth to that, but those characters have also fundamentally changed," Allie said. <p>"This isn't the last we've seen of Hellboy, but he <i>is dead</i>," he said. "It's not a trick."
The easy pick for biggest comic book story of the week and one of the biggest ones of the year is that the new Ultimate Spider-Man, starring in the relaunched series debuting in September, is <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/new-ultimate-spider-man-revealed-110802.html>Miles Morales, a half-African American, half-Puerto Rican teenager</a>. <p>Not only was this big news to comic book fans, who have been speculating over who would wear the webs since a new Ultimate Spidey was announced back in April, it quickly permeated the media, with late night talk show hosts mentioning Miles in their monologues, and conservative pundits like Glenn Beck criticizing the character as a cynical, political correctness-driven stunt. <p>Brian Michael Bendis, the man who's written every issue of <b>Ultimate Spider-Man</b> and created Miles Morales, <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/new-ultimate-spider-man-brian-michael-bendis-110803.html>talked to Newsarama about the reaction</a>: "The word PC keeps popping up. I don't get it, honestly. I guess because I live in Portland, and I live in a Utopian society where no one gives a sh*t about anyone's skin color, or sexual orientation, every time I face it I go, 'Really? What? What's the problem?'"