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Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of ‘The Week In Geek’ where we love to share our favourite Comic Book, Video-Game, and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once unto the geek dear agents, once more…

Batman Family Set To Infiltrate Cinemas In 2019…

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There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says “You can never have too much Batman” and thankfully, in 2019, that wise old axiom will be coming true as we will be besieged by a veritable swarm of Bat awesomeness. According to my Gotham City sources, Warner Bros intend to make 2019 the year of the Bat by releasing not one, or two, but an astonishing SIX Batman related movies! 

That’s right fellow Batfans, six movies centered around everyone’s favourite costumed crimefighting compatriots. Apparently the plan is to release the Margot Robbie led “Gotham City Sirens” on or around Valentines Day, the highly anticipated “Nightwing” movie in May, Babs Gordon’s solo escapades in “Batgirl” in August, and finishing their DCEU Bat-run with “The Batman” in September. There will also be two animated movies, that will include an adaptation of the classic Long Halloween. All this Bat goodness will be part of DC and WB’s celebration of 80 years of Batman, roll on 2019, for it truly shall be… The Year Of The Bat.

Deathstroke… Superhero!?

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Deathstroke is one of DC’s most popular and enduring bad guys, the Teen Titan’s nemesis has been with us since his inception in 1980 by comic book gods, mighty Marv Wolfman and glorious George Perez. Throughout his auspicious career as one of comic’s most prolific fan favourites he has been cast as both a murderous mercenary SuperVillain, and a violent anti-hero… but from Deathstroke #21, Slade Wilson will be going full Superhero ahead after being thrust into the Speedforce (by a Flash, which one is yet to be revealed) and emerging… a hero!?

“A new day has dawned for Deathstroke. Having emerged from the Speedforce a changed man, Slade Wilson takes aim at living a better life, a life in the sevice of justice. But when the world refuses to accept a new Deathstroke, Slade recruits a group of young Superheroes to join him including former Teen Titans, Kid Flash and Power Girl, his children Rose and Jericho, and the awesome Terra. But has Slade truly shed his villainous past? And what other shadowy forces are working against him?”

Well if Marvel can make Captain America evil (apparently he’s a bad guy, always has been) then DC can make Slade a good guy… right!?

It’s Dark, And It Matters…

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DC Comics have disclosed that five new titles will be emerging from their newly announced “Dark Matter” line. The comic series’ will be barrelling out from the previously announced “Dark Knights: Metal”, the Batman-centric major event series that will encompass the entire DC Universe line this summer.

The five new ongoing comic series will consist of – “New Challengers” by Scott Snyder and Andy Kubert, “Damage” by Tony Daniel and Robert Venditti, “Immortal Men” by James Tynion IV and Jim Lee, “Sideways” by Dan Didio, Kenneth Rocafort and Justin Jordan, and finally, “The Silencer” by Dan Abnett and John Romita Jr.

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These are seriously dream teams of the highest creative echelons, which bodes exceptionally well for the newly announced titles. DC Comics’ Co-Publisher and superstar artist Jim Lee commented on the new line with:

 “Dark Matter is a return to bringing both the writer and the artist to the fore, to unlock their true potential. At the talent summit we discussed what was currently missing in comics and how we could create something new for this generation. The result was Dark Matter, you’ll see bombastic action scenes and a narrative driven by the artist. This approach has energised the creators involved, myself included, and we’re going to have a lot of fun with these books!”

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DEATHSTROKE JOINS THE DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE…

Finally… It’s the news all DC Comics’ fanatics have been waiting for, Slade Wilson better known by his alter ego ‘Deathstroke the Terminator’ has been revealed to be joining DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe after ‘The Batman’ himself, Ben Affleck shared a mysterious clip of the world’s most dangerous mercenary.

It is increasingly looking like he will be the main antagonist in Batman’s solo film, but in the footage he appears to walking through the cargo bay of the Flying Fox, the large aircraft which will be used as a mobile base of operations for the Justice League, so could we be getting a cameo appearance from the mercenary with the most in the currently filming Justice League flick? We certainly hope so. Check out the footage below fellow fans of fantastic fiction… 

BLACK LIGHTNING WILL STRIKE THE SMALL SCREEN…

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Film and television writer/director Greg Berlanti has confirmed that he is in the process of pitching a series based upon DC’s popular Superhero ‘Black Lightning’. Berlanti is the brains behind such televisual hits as Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.

Black Lightning, (real name Jefferson Pierce) was created by Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden, and made his first appearance in ‘Black Lightning #1’ in April 1977. Jefferson is one of the first major African-American Superheroes to appear in comics, he has been an on/off member of The Justice League, and a regular in the Batman created team ‘The Outsiders’. Jefferson’s powers include – the generation and manipulation of electricity, flight, and the ability to conjure force fields. He is also a gold medal winning decathlete and master of various martial arts.

WONDER WOMAN TEAMS UP WITH BIONIC WOMAN FOR THE ULTIMATE 70’s NOSTALGIA FEST…

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Iconic seventies TV superstars – Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman and Lindsay Wagner’s Bionic Woman will return in a spectacular team up comic! The joint project between DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment titled ‘Wonder Woman ’77 Meets The Bionic Woman’ see’s our sterling Superheroines collaborating to take down the sinister sect known as ‘CASTRA’.

DC Comics’ series ‘Wonder Woman ’77’ has been a fantastic homage to the original 70’s TV show, a fun and camp comic with astounding art that has superbly encapsulated the nostalgia and atmosphere of the original show. The idea of Diana Prince and Jamie Sommers teaming up is awesome, and we are very much looking forward to this historic collaboration, consider our breath very much bated!

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Comic Cover Of The Week: Deathstroke #12 – Looney Tunes Variant

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“Say yer prayers varmint!”

Welcome once again my comic collecting cohorts to another episode of “Comic Cover Of The Week,” and this weeks spotlight falls upon yet another ‘ornery, bush-whackin’, doggone, shootinist-tootinist Looney Tunes variant cover starring none other than Yosemite Sam, who seems to have bitten off more than he can chew, in a death dealing duel with the mercenary with the most; Deathstroke.

DC Comics have been celebrating parent company, Warner Bros’ excellent cartoon classics with a month long comic cover homage to their most beloved characters, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Wile Coyote and many more have been invading the covers of some of DC‘s biggest characters to hilarious effect.

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Also of note is the standard cover by the exceedingly talented Tyler Kirkham, showcasing a Deathstroke/Harley Quinn team-up, a more dangerous duo I cannot imagine, as  Slade continues his mission to get at Suicide Squad mentor Amanda Waller, and he’s determined that he’ll go through any Supervillain that tries to get in his way… including Catwoman.

Deathstroke #12 is available at your local comic book emporium right now. Written by: James Bonny, Tony S. Daniel. Cover and interior art by: Tyler Kirkham. Variant cover by: Ryan Benjamin, Warner Bros Animation.

Suicide Squad Reveal…

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Yesterday morning, film director David Ayer tweeted our first look at the cast of the 2016 scheduled Suicide Squad movie. The cast photo included announced actors, Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Cara Delevinge (The Enchantress), and Viola Davis (Amanda Waller). Interestingly the photo shows other actors also cast in the movie in as yet unannounced roles, but it is rumoured that Adewale Agbaje will be playing Killer Croc, and actors Jim Parrack and Ike Barinholtz,will apparently be playing Deathstroke and Hugo Strange respectively.

Conspicuous by his absence of course is Jared Leto, the actor cast as the The Joker. It is believed he was touring with his band at the time, but this morning David Ayer tweeted this (probably intentionally) blurry photo of Leto, with the clown prince of crime’s trademark green hair on show. 

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The most striking thing about this particular photo is its similarity to the cover of Alan Moore’s classic Batman tale, The Killing Joke.

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The Suicide Squad (aka Task Force X) were created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru in 1959, making their first appearance in Brave and the Bold #25. They are a Government funded, covert black ops team of ex-supervillains and disgraced superheroes. The film is scheduled to be released in 2016, alongside Zack Snyder’s, Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Update: Actress Karen Fukuhara, seated next to Will Smith in the above group photo, has now been confirmed in the role of Katana.

Super-Villain Sunday: Deathstroke

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Super-Villain Sunday this week brings you the original Terminator himself, Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez in 1980, making his first appearance in The New Teen Titans #2. Slade was originally an officer in the US armed forces, who towards the end of his military career volunteered for a dangerous genetic experiment that was designed to increase brain capacity and create a super soldier.

The experiment however was rejected by the military and deemed an overall failure, due to most of the subjects dying or being left in a vegetative state, Slade was amongst them. Unbeknownst to the Army, Slade’s strength, agility and brain capacity had increased exponentially, and after being discharged honourably by the Army, he recuperated and became the costumed mercenary/assassin, Deathstroke.

Slade is one of the few characters who can match Batman in Martial prowess

Slade is one of the few characters who can match Batman in Martial prowess

Originally created as a villain for the Teen Titans, battling them on many occasions over the years, he would eventually branch out, becoming a major adversary for both Batman and Green Arrow. Slade’s iconic two-tone mask hides the fact that he lost an eye during a military incursion in his former life as a soldier, this would usually affect the performance and visual acuity of a normal human, but with Slade able to access 90% of his brains capacity, this impairment is not noticeable to him. 

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In the past few years, Deathstroke’s popularity has exploded, with his inclusion in video-games such as Arkham Origins and Injustice: Gods Among Us, and also the popular television series, Arrow. With DC Comics cinematic universe unfolding on the silver screen over the next few years, comes the very real possibility of seeing everyone’s favourite merc-villain appearing on the big screen as an antagonist to at least one of DC’s heroes, in fact, I would not be at all surprised to see him pop up in at least a cameo role in the 2016 Suicide Squad movie, seeing as he is one of the squad’s most famous on/off team members.

Super-Villain Rating: World’s Most Dangerous Mercenary.

Deathstroke Required Reading Recommendations: Identity Crisis.  Deathstroke: Legacy.  The New Teen Titans: The Judas Contract.

 

Precinct1313 recommends: Identity Crisis

 

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In June 2004 DC comics released the first issue of Identity Crisis, penned by Eisner award winning writer Brad Meltzer with interior art handled by Rags Morales, it went on to become one of their biggest ever selling mini-series. Spiralling out of previous series – Crisis on Infinite Earths, which shook up the continuity of the DC universe, this is an emotional and moving drama that deals with murder, betrayal and the eventual breakdown of relationship between the major Superheroes of the Justice League.

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When Sue Dibny the wife of elasticated Superhero Elongated man is found murdered in their apartment, the Superhero community at large comes together to solve her tragic death. With Supervillain Doctor Light being the prime suspect after Green Arrow admits to the Flash and Green Lantern that Dr Light had previously raped Sue, which caused magic maestro Zatanna to wipe Light’s mind and change his personality to prevent him from ever doing this again, they go after the crazed Supervillain.

When Dr Light suddenly regains memory of this event, enraged he seemingly murders Sue Dibny in retaliation…with the Justice League closing in, Light hires super mercenary Deathstroke for protection. This makes for one of the greatest showdowns in comic history as the Justice League (sans Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman), clash with Deathstroke and end up underestimating the worlds’ most dangerous mercenary!

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The Justice League are about to have a very bad day!

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The subject matter of Identity Crisis is very dark and at times rather disturbing, the conflicts between the Superheroes themselves are emotionally scarring and far reaching into later comic series. This is a rollercoaster ride of a series with everything thrown at the reader, and a twist at the end that you will not see coming. Awesomely crafted by Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales, both of them doing some of their greatest ever work. We also get the death of the current Robin – Tim Drake’s father, with an amazingly emotional panel of mentor Batman comforting the now orphaned teenager, paralleling his own tragic circumstances.

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The Identity Crisis saga can be bought as a collected works trade paperback, and is highly recommended as one of the greatest pieces of comic-book storytelling since Watchmen or the Dark Knight Returns, and like those previous stories the content matter is very dark, so caution is advised.

Precinct1313 rating: 5 beat-down Superheroes out of 5.

We Love Kotobukiya – #1

Here at Precinct1313 we don’t just read about Superheroes, like all dedicated comic fans we also like to collect Superheroes. Our favourite toys and statues are produced by the amazing – Kotobukiya, a Japanese manufacturer that has been making toys and figures since 1947 when a single shop was opened by Jusaburo Shimizu to make dolls.

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It became a limited company in 1951, but it wasn’t until 1985 that they made their first licensed figure – Godzilla, since then the company has grown into the leading licensed toy and statue manufacturer on the planet, their attention to detail is second to none and each and every piece they put out is a work of art. We love this company and already have many of their amazing statues adorning our shelves in the comic crypt, but there is always room for more! So we will be doing an occasional look at whatever is on our current wish-list from this amazing company, beginning with…

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Deathstroke, Slade Wilson…another fantastic statue from the masters at Kotobukiya, the statue stands 12 inches in height and is, as always intricately detailed and is posed dynamically with sword in hand. The mask itself is held in place with a small magnet which allows you to remove it so you can see Slade’s grizzled features. The paint work as ever is stunning and it comes with a stand with Deathstroke embossed in large letters upon it, our lives are not complete without this…we need it as much as we do air or water (maybe even more than that!). 

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