A trailer for The Star Wars. A new writer for Justice League Dark and artist for Batman/Superman. Fox updates their Trask Industries/X-Men: Days of Future Past website. Kevin Maguire speaks out about being removed from Justice League 3000, and more.
- Arrow producer (and comics writer) Marc Guggenheim revealed on Twitter Thursday evening an eye-opening piece of production arc teasing an appearance for Metamorpho in upcoming second season of the CW television series. The art was a diagram for a black van adorned with a logo and text for a company named “Metamorpho Chemical.” Metamorpho is a founding member of the DC team the Outsiders, and has also been a member of the Justice League on several occasions. The character is already set to appear in animated form in an upcoming episode of Beware The Batman voiced by Firefly’s Adam Baldwin, so are you thinking what we’re thinking?
- In an interview with Crave Online, actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers) has revealed that he would be open to reprising his role in the upcoming Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC TV series and even discussed it with Joss Whedon at Comic-Con last month. If they go ahead with this, it would be a big – but rather obvious – surprise given that Loki was the one who gored Agent Coulson in a seemingly fatal knife blow.
- The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday upheld an earlier court’s decision the creations that Jack Kirby did for Marvel Comics were in fact “work for hire” under federal copyright laws and that Marvel, not Kirby or his heirs, had complete and total ownership over them. The case, “Marvel Characters, Inc. v. Kirby, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No.11-3333,” is the second one in recent memory to pass the 2nd Circuit – the first being the Gary Friedrich’s lawsuit against Marvel over the rights to Ghost Rider, which the court revived in June.
- In promotion of the upcoming 2014 movie X-Men: Days of Future Past, the website for the fictional company Trask Industries has revealed new video and information about its products, including a mutant inhibitor collar and the Mutant Detection Device.
- Dark Horse Comics have released a video trailer on YouTube promoting the forthcoming 8-issue series The Star Wars adapting the first draft of that seminal franchise. The video gives a glimpse at the familiar characters and their not-so-familiar new (or is it old?) looks they had in Lucas’ original vision. The series, written by Lucasfilm archivist John W. Rinzler and illustrated by Mike Mayhew, will debut on September 4, 2013.
- In addition to announcing Howard Porter as the new artist on the upcoming Justice League 3000 here on Newsarama, DC has also released a couple of creative change announcements via our pals at CBR.com.
Teen Titans and Nightwing artist Brett Booth will be joining Greg Pak and Jae Lee’s Batman/Superman series beginning with November’s fifth issue, and will be rotating arcs with Lee. Booth and Pak are already working together in the “Villains Month” one-shot of Batman/Superman, Doomsday.
And veteran creator J.M. DeMatteis will be joining Justice League Dark as series writer beginning with November's issue #25. DeMatteis will be joining series artist Mikel Janin, replacing current writers Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes. This will be DeMatteis fourth series for DC currently, following Larfleeze, Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger and the upcoming and aforementioned Justice League 3000.
In the advance solicitation for DeMatteis' debut on Justice League Dark #25, the publisher describes the issue as John Constantine enlisting the aid of Swamp Thing to help combat the villains in "Forever Evil."
- And speaking of Justice League 3000, artist Kevin Maguire followed up on the announcement he's been replaced on that series by Howard Porter. On the Bleeding Cool, forums, the veteran artist Maguire claimed that the reason he removed from the title was that his work wasn't "dark and gritty" as the publisher wanted. Maguire continued stating that he turned down an offer to work at Marvel with Brian Michael Bendis on an X-Men title in favor of Justice League 3000. Now that he has been removed from that series, Maguire says he's already talked with Marvel about another project with the publisher.