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Warner Bros. makes a lot of money each year licensing the rights to the superhero IP of DC Comics. And that includes literally hundreds of t-shirts. We know that licensing can be pretty strict. It took a public shaming for them to allow the Superman logo to be used on a statue of a young fan who had been starved to death.
So it’s always interesting to what DOES get signed off on. Like this shirt.
Wendy’s restaurants are now offering Superman and Wonder Woman toys in their kids’ meals. They are also offering a on-line comic which includes artwork by Marcus To (and of which I say why isn’t he drawing a book for DC right now?)
You can read an the comic online here. The comic is written at an appropriate level for kids and has the two superheroes teaming up against Braniac. The story avoids the romance of the new 52 and instead focuses on their friendship sealed with a handshake. But that doesn’t mean there are some concerns about the way women are portrayed, but then you knew I was going to go there didn’t you?
This Jae Lee cover is amazing and I want a Catwoman/Lois Lane book now. NOW. NOW!
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by JAE LEE
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
A new arc begins following the events of “FIRST CONTACT.” The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World’s Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.
Seventy-five years ago when Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 there was only one other character who also appeared and has been a consistent part of the Super-Mythos …
… Lois Lane.
That means this year is also her 75th anniversary. That Lois Lane is one of the most famous fictional female characters is a simple fact. That she is key to the Superman mythos is also a fact - she was created by the team that created Superman and she’s been in almost every single media adaption of the Superman story.
Two new books have just been released about Lois Lane in time for her anniversary. DC Comics has recently released a compendium of Lois Lane comics called Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years. And the academic publisher Scarecrow press has released an anthology Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman’s Sweetheart. I was provided with review copies of each and my thoughts follow.
When Superman/Wonder Woman debuted I concluded my review by saying
In a way I feel sorry for the creators. Batman, of course, kicked off the new 52 with a bang, literally, by having sex with Catwoman on a rooftop. So while you can talk up Superman and Wonder with talk of “adventures” and “heroics” that’s not the reason they are together in this book now. After 50 years of being pals those reading this book are expecting the book to end up where Batman began. Essentially Soule is charged with writing, for the very short term I’m sure, the comic equivalent of foreplay.
That Batman/Catwoman moment of course was drawn by Guillem March who gave Batman not just a six pack but a case.
Today DC Comics unveiled the variant cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #3. And to keep Superman at pace with Batman, we have the same artist giving us another post (or maybe pre- YOU DECIDE) moment.
Let’s ignore that March still draws his characters as if human anatomy is a loose guideline. Let’s ignore WTF is going on with Wonder Woman’s legs. Let’s ignore that Wonder Woman is drawn with more make-up than a Khadashian. Let’s ignore the fact that they have Wonder Woman apparently wrapping herself in Superman’s cape which is basically one of the most iconic Lois Lane images ever. But, hey, maybe it’s not his cape. Maybe it’s hers. Oh wait, she doesn’t wear one. Okay, maybe it’s a sheet. You know because they just came across one in space. Space sheets - now in aisle one at Target.
But what I can’t ignore is the cliched gendered poses they’ve gone with. Superman stand shirtless, tall, hand curled - a typical male pose of strength.
And Wonder Woman. Sloe eyed, enrapped in a sheet with her arms crossed not in pose of power but in a pose of seduction.
If they were both posed the same way it wouldn’t be so bad. You now something like this (but now just like that …)
But they aren’t. And really what can you do when you’ve March drawing the same face on Wonder Woman that he draws on Selina, Ivy and just about any other woman he draws.
I had my concerns about this pairing because I knew that Wonder Woman would end up being a prop to bolster Superman. I had a mailbox full of people concerned about Superman beating up Wonder Woman’s foe in the last issue. But I sorta handwaved that. Even Superman needs to be a peacock in front of his girlfriend.
But this cover? This bothers me.
Sigh. Let me know when this relationship is over.
After surprising fans yesterday by announcing that Stephanie Brown will return to the DCU next year, DC has also dropped a number of hints about another fan favorite Lois Lane.
With the publisher by eliminating the classic Lois Lane and Superman coupling of the Superman mythos for the so called “power couple” of Superman and Wonder Woman, it has left Lois Lane fans wondering what DC would do with the character especially as she was also celebrating her 75th anniversary.
At NYCC today there was hint that a long awaited Lois Lane title may be appearing in 2014. The character had a long running title in the Silver and Bronze age that at time outsold Batman. But since then she’s had few standalone projects. Over the past years, DC has rejected numerous pitches for vehicles focusing on Lois, including one from Greg Rucka.
Today when answering a question about the controversial Wonder Woman and Superman pairing, Didio said "it’s not at the expense of Lois Lane, we love Lois. It’s her 75th Anniversary, too. We have big plans for Lois Lane in 2014, and who knows, her name can look just as good on the title of a comic as Supermans, can’t it?"
Didio also asked on Twitter yesterday about the Superman panel
DC Comics is also publishing a 75th anniversary collection for Lois Lane which is out next month - You can pre-order it here.
Superman and Wonder Woman have spent over 50 years as colleagues and friends in the pages of DC Comics. They’ve had lots of team-ups and adventures but never in those 50 plus years did DC ever decide that the two should share a book.
Until now. What’s changed? Why do we now have a book teaming the two up? Well now they are no longer just friends but a “power couple” to use DC Comics own labeling. Both characters have been stripped of their traditional mates in mythos to be brought together in a relationship in the new book debuting today, Superman/Wonder Woman.
As I first reported Faora the bad ass villain from Man of Steel reappears in comics soon in both Action Comics Annual #2 and Superman and his Wonder Girl Friend.
The return of Faora was first seen in pencils by Tony Daniel for the cover for the latter book. You can see she has tall black boots and seems to be well proportioned. The top of her suit is similar to that in the movie focusing on hardware rather than boobage.
Below is the version appearing in the Action Comics Annual #2 with pencils Kenneth Rocafort. The boots are gone and we know have a smaller, waist. Her top has been redesigned as well enabling the proper comic presentation of her boobs.
Rocafort is joined on the issue by Scott Lobdell.
Let’s hope this female warrior from another planet doesn’t recreate their famous panel of another female warrior from another planet.
Damn it, I took a vacation from Tumblr and comics and the world exploded.
Well, not really but still! First, Ben Affleck was cast as Batman and apparently this is the absolutely worst thing that ever happened in the history of the world according to some fanboys (girls).
Or just the worst casting for comic book movies since Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker.
I like Affleck and not just because he’s from Boston. He’s dark and handsome and he’s actually a good actor. I’m sure will be fine as an older Batman. There have been four different dudes who have played Batman one of whom was George Clooney wearing plastic nips. How can it be worse?
Besides, I’m saving my rage for the casting of Wonder Woman which, of course, means I’ll be saving THAT for a long time.
Now on to the other explosion. FanExpo, a Canadian Con, was held this week and DC announced that the Justice League of America will now be the Justice League of Canada. Watch out Rob Ford.
But that wasn’t the really interesting thing - it was about, well, this.
The LA Times has reported with the THR confirming that at SDCC today Warner Bros. will reveal that their next movie will be Batman & Superman starring Henry Cavill and an actor to be named later as Batman. The movie slated for 2015 will also feature the creative team from Man of Steel director Zach Snyder and writer David Goyer.
The story also states that will be followed by a Flash movie in 2016 and a Justice League movie in 2017. There was no information on any release date for a Wonder Woman movie despite the assertion by Diane Nelson that the character, who she referred to as “tricky”, was a top priority for the studio.
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