In celebration of the May designation as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, DC Comics have released an astounding anthology dedicated to their diverse cast of Asian Superheroes, with this month’s – DC’s Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration.
DC Comics have positioned themselves admirably over the past few years as the comic company spotlighting diversity and inclusion. With a plethora of comic series, one-shots and graphic novels including the recent, and quite brilliant John Ridley helmed Black Label series – The Other History Of The DC Universe, and next month’s release of the DC Pride Anthology, DC are numero uno in the inclusion in comics role. With this week’s release of Festival Of Heroes #01, DC are honouring their Asian hero community with an astonishing anthology spotlighting classic characters such as Katana, Cassandra Cain and Kong Kenan.
DC Festival Of Heroes features eleven separate tales, commencing with a Mariko Tamaki and Marcus To story focusing on former Batgirl, Cassandra Cain. Following on from this we find ourselves in the shoes of Green Lantern – Tai Pham, by Minh Le, and Trung Le Nguyen, with a fantastic coming of age drama. Aniz Ansari and Sami Basri reunite us with curmudgeonly Robin – Damian Wayne, with a wonderful short story about family and tradition, and Greg Pak, Sumit Kumar and Jordie Bellaire unite to weave a tantalising team up between Green Arrow and Chinese Superman – Kong Kenan. Other notable heroes involved in this fabulous one-shot include Katana, Atom – Ryan Choi, and the introduction of a new DC hero – Monkey Prince by Gene Yang and Bernard Chang, closely modelled upon Sun Wukong, the monkey king from the Chinese myth – Journey To The West.
DC Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration is another glorious anthology by the comic-book giant that celebrates it’s long history with diversity and inclusivity. A dynamic and dazzling digest dedicated to their wide range of Asian heroes, that also pays respect to the wealth of amazing Asian writers, artists, colourists and letterers working in the comic-book medium today, with terrific talent like Mariko Tamaki, Jim Lee and Bernard Chang. Highly recommended.
DC Festival Of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration Is Available At Your Local Comic-Book Emporium Right Now.
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 more unto the geek dear agents, once more…
Legendary Scribe Tom King To Tackle Superhero PTSD In New Mystery Project For DC…
Sensational scribe – Tom King has revealed at the recent DC In DC convention that he will be spearheading a new mystery project titled Sanctuary, that aims to explore the long term pyschological effects that are wrought upon the minds of those brave few who choose to pursue a career in costumed crime-fighting.
Of course, few writers are able to match King’s literary grasp upon the psychosomatic effects of fighting crime. He has proven his erudite skills of profundity in his most recent projects for DC with the bombastic ongoing Batman Rebirth monthly and the (quite frankly) groundbreaking Mister Miracle 12 issue maxi-series.
During a panel discussion about PTSD in comics and comic-book writing King said –
“The DCU has a bunch of Superheroes and all they do is fight, all the time, and that must have a psychological effect on them, right? You can’t live a life of violence and not feel that violence in your heart. We also have a group of heroes, the Trinity (Bats, Wondy, Supes) who care about these other heroes. They sort of feel like parental figures, the foundations that stand beneath them. And they care about them for two reasons – one, because they’re good people, but also, two, if Superheroes experience trauma and it drives them mad, that’s a real danger. So they have set up something called Sanctuary, a place, modelled on veterans’ crisis centres where you can go and discuss the inherent trauma involved with crime-fighting, where Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman can endeavour to help you”
Sounds intriguing, and with the venerable Tom King at the helm there is an absolute certainty that this will be yet another legendary project for DC.
Shazam Movie Reveals New Villain And Release Date…
DC’s incoming movie based upon the popular Billy Batson alter ego – Shazam, will debut on the silver screen in April of 2019. In recently uncovered casting call notes for the Wizard Shazam (the mystical character who grants Batson his magical powers) we also discover casting cues for the entire Sivana family, including, of course, that of Billy’s arch-enemy, the villainous Dr Sivana.
And with that said, as of the time of writing this article, fantastic British thespian Mark Strong has just been cast as the eponymous villain. Strong is no stranger to playing miscreants (well he is British after all, we’re really good at the ol’ evil bad guy stuff apparently) he was the antagonist in the original Kick Ass movie, and lest we forget he has also portrayed another classic DC villain, Sinestro, in the much maligned (but hey, we liked it!) Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern movie.
Shazam is currently in production directed by David F. Sandberg, and stars Zachary Levi as its titular star, alongside Asher Angel as his 12 year old alter ego Billy Batson… plus the possibility (please, please) of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as Shazam’s longtime super powered rival, Black Adam.
12 Years A Slave Writer Is Penning A Series For DC That Explores The DC Universe Through The Eyes of It’s Marginalised Characters.
Oscar winning writer – John Ridley has been tasked with writing a series that explores the intimate and mostly concealed stories behind the DC Universes’ many characters who don’t represent the overused comic book staple of white, straight, male protagonists, with a mini-series titled – The Other History Of The DC Universe.
The series itself will feature many of DC’s famous Superheroes of colour including the likes of Japanese anti-hero – Katana, African-American Green Lantern – John Stewart and black female Superhero – Vixen. The Other History Of The DC Universe aims to examine the “sociopolitical perspective of heroes who come from traditionally disenfranchised groups, at it’s core, the series will focus on the lives behind the costumes and their endeavours to overcome real world issues, The Other History Of The DC Universe isn’t about saving the world, it’s about having the strength to be who you are”
Of course there are plenty of classic costumed crimefighters that Ridley could potentially call upon for this project, as DC have a rather diverse roll call of characters throughout their history. I for one hope to see one of my personal favourite characters Kate Kane, one of the first overtly popular lesbian Superheroes – Batwoman, making an appearance at some point during the run.
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Misfits and malcontents, killers and crazies, this uniquely sums up the members of Task Force X, the Government funded black ops team of incarcerated Supervillains given a chance for clemency if they agree to take on secret missions so dangerous, that they are essentially deemed suicidal.
Cast: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Written and Directed by: David Ayer.
Award winning director David Ayer presents us with, very possibly, the most fun and over the top comic-book movie of all time. Suicide Squad quite literally is a blast, from zany start to action packed finish, at times it’s like a live action Warner Bros cartoon, and it’s all the better for it. Ayer expertly shows everyone how to adapt a well loved, violently recalcitrant and anti-authoritarian comic book onto the big screen and make it an exquisitely enjoyable experience.
The one thing that makes this cinematic excursion unique amongst its peers, is the virtual lack of actual Superheroes, unlike it’s filmic kin, Suicide Squad follows the path of the bad guys, the worst of the worst. That’s not to say that the movie completely lacks the capes and cowls of previous comic-book adaptations, both Batman and The Flash make very brief appearances, but are used primarily as a plot device to introduce us to the real stars of the show… the Supervillains.
Let’s get straight to the most important part of the movie, the miscreants themselves, and with this in mind the most divisive, but one of the most impressive performances is Jared Leto’s take on the The Clown Prince of Crime. Jared’s Joker is an unpredictable and dangerous sociopath, in context to Heath Ledger’s (equally impressive) take, Leto’s rendering feels a lot more deranged and murderous, much more akin to the comic-book original. And though his time in the movie is short, he shines brightly with homicidal intent.
The rest of the cast consists of seasoned actors and relative newcomers to the fine art of the thespian, chief amongst these is Will Smith’s rendition of the world’s greatest assassin (and Batman foe) Deadshot. His performance is both heavily dramatic, but also highly comedic, a blend that only someone of Smith’s consummate acting skill could pull off, he nails the character perfectly and is without a doubt a huge highlight of the film.
Margot Robbie as the irascible and psychotic Harley Quinn is a joy to behold, capturing the absolute crazy essence of the character and injecting a small amount of pathos in for good measure, when she and her ‘Puddin’ The Joker share the screen together the atmosphere is absolutely electric.
And backing up this terrific trio are an eclectic and entertaining group of characters, with Viola Davis’ turn as Amanda ‘The Wall’ Waller being a particular stand-out. Like her comic-book counterpart, Task Force x‘s creator Waller, is a no nonsense, hard edged and duplicitous persona and is fundamentally more amoral, than any member of her Suicide Squad.
Jay Hernandez must also be complimented for his turn as El Diablo, Suicide Squad’s second most powerful member (after Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress) who harbours a dark and tragic secret so painful, that he refuses to use his powers to hurt anyone.
And lest we forget, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang who elicits more than a few laughs as the Squad’s resident antipodean Supervillain. Karen Fukuhara as Katana, hired by Waller to keep the Squad members in line (and ultimately end them, should they leave said line) Cara Delevingne as The Enchantress, an ancient and insanely powerful Witch who possesses the body of June Moone, the girlfriend of the Suicide Squad’s appointed leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) and not forgetting man-beast and constant thorn in the Dark Knight’s side, Killer Croc, ferociously played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad ably captures the look and feel of the original comic-book series, in fact original Squad creator, the legendary John Ostrander hails it as an accurate and masterful recreation of his source material, and that is high praise indeed. For all the mixed reviews it has so far received, once again fans and movie lovers have ignored the critics and have turned out in their droves to support the film. It is currently the biggest movie on the planet, and box office takings have been huge easily surpassing other recent comic-book adaptations including Captain America: Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fun, silly, over the top, and reverential to it’s source… Suicide Squad is a must watch!
Welcome back fellow agents of Precinct1313 to our in depth look at the characters that make up the (fully deniable) Government sponsored Black-Ops team of Supervillains and disgraced Superheroes known as Task Force-X, aka – Suicide Squad.
Following on from our first post that covered the green haired Master of Mirth – The Joker, we now come to the member of the team that I’m most excited to see when David Ayer’s cinematic adaptation of the classic comic releases at theatres in August – Tatsu Yamashiro, better known amongst her allies and enemies as Katana.
Tatsu was created by two of the comic medium’s shining lights, writer Mike W.Barr and artist Jim Aparo in 1983, and made her first appearance in ‘The Brave and the Bold’ #200. Tatsu was born in Japan and was an unremarkable girl save for her love and expertise in martial arts, an attribute that was wholly supported by her parents from a young age. Through her training she met two brothers, Takeo and Maseo, both of whom gradually fell in love with feisty female fighter, though attracted to both, it was Maseo that she found herself drawn to the most and ultimately chose him as her betrothed, enraged by her choice, Takeo refused the invitation to attend their wedding and was later disowned by Maseo when he joined the Yakuza.
Tatsu and Maseo built a life together and had two children, twins Yuki and Reiko, throughout this time Takeo rose through the ranks of the Yakuza, and after being gifted two ancient swords, one of which had mystical powers, he presented himself at his brother’s home and demanded he duel him for Tatsu’s hand. Maseo distracted by his concern for his wife and children loses the duel, and his life to his brother’s magical sword (later given the name – Soultaker).
During the violent incursion a fire was started in the residence and the formerly unconcious Tatsu awoke in time to see her husband’s life extinguished by his brother, engaging with Takeo she managed to disarm him and attempted to save the lives of her twins, who had tragically already perished in the flames, a grim fact that was brought to her attention by her dead husband’s voice, which reached out from the Soultaker sword from where he would now be eternally bound.
Managing to escape the flaming death trap and with a heavy heart, Tatsu gave her life over to famed martial master Tadashi and trained under his tutelage to become a Samurai, legendary and peerless warriors of ancient Japan. After her graduation, she moved to America, took on the name Katana, and along with her dead husband’s soul trapped in the Soultaker sword, used her gifts and matchless talent to fight crime and uphold justice utilising classic Samurai code of honour.
Katana has been a member of many teams other than the Suicide Squad, her longest serving stint though was with the Batman formed Outsiders team alongside heroes such as Geo-Force, Black Lightning and Metamorpho. She has also dabbled with Justice League membership, and an alternate timeline version of Tatsu was an honorary member of the Amazon Furies. Katana also spent some time alongside The Huntress and Black Canary in the Birds of Prey, a Gotham situated team of all female crimefighters, before finally accepting an offer from Amanda Waller to join the Suicide Squad in exchange for current information on her husband’s murderers.
Tatsu will brought to life as Katana in August of this year in the highly anticipated Suicide Squad film, played by 24 year old Japanese/American actress Karen Fukuhara, in her debut role. Looking every inch the comic protagonist brought to life, Tatsu will also be accompanied by her dead husband and the Soultaker sword where he currently (and forever) resides.
Katana and the Suicide Squad will be unleashed unto the silver screen on August 5th 2016.
And the excitement continues fellow DC Comics fanatics, hot on the heels of the fantastic Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Awesome, comes a brand new trailer for everyone’s favourite team of malicious Malcontents – Suicide Squad. After the magnificent trailer that was released just a few short weeks ago, this particular fan has been chomping at the bit for more footage of not just the Squad themselves, but especially Jared Leto as the Clown Prince Of Crime, and the trailer does not disappoint, lots of Leto, lots of Harley Quinn and as an added bonus, lots of Batman! That’s right Batfans, it has been confirmed that Ben Affleck‘s superior take on the Caped Crusader will have a considerably larger role in the film than previously thought.
The film itself, which is part of the DC extended universe of movies, takes place just after the events of Batman v Superman and the circumstances spiralling out of that storyline will shake the foundations of the Squad’s own cinematic extravaganza. Sit back, click play, and be transported once again into the wild and wonderful world of Supervillainry and green haired homicidal maniacs, what more could you want from life!?. Enjoy…
Warner Bros have unleashed a spectacular set of film posters for their upcoming Suicide Squad movie. The unique and stylish posters show each of the individual Villains as skulls with a distinctive visual flair that represents the character it’s based upon (Joker’s manic grin and green hair, Deadshot’s cybernetic eye-scope… )
Extreme situations sometimes call for extreme action, which is where the Suicide Squad (aka – Task Force X) come in. The group of Supervillains and Metahumans who reside in the Government controlled penitentiary of Belle Reve, are tasked with taking on situations deemed too risky for normal operatives. Flying under the radar and with full deniability from the Government, these powerful yet unstable individuals must face the worst the world has to offer, with each member considered an expendable asset… sometimes evil can only be bested by something even more so…
Look out for the highly anticipated second trailer releasing on Tuesday 19 January as part of the CW channel’s 30 minute special titled – “DC Films presents: Dawn of the Justice League” right after the mid-season premiere of the second series of The Flash.
DC Comics have today revealed information on upcoming statues based upon characters from the 2016 movie directed by David Ayer. Though no images of said statues were included, we do know that the first wave will include characters; Deadshot (Will Smith) Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and The Joker (Jared Leto.) But most interesting is the accompanying text that reveals the plot synopsis for the highly anticipated movie:
“It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous and incarcerated Super-Villains, provide them with a powerful arsenal at the Government’s disposal, and then send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic and insuperable entity. Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate and despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However once they realise they weren’t picked to succeed, but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”
The statues are to be based on the character’s likeness in the film, and will be available from July 2016. New statues of the squad will be revealed on a monthly basis with next month’s characters including Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney.)
Suicide Squad will be released in August 2016 as part of DC Comics’ extended universe of interconnected movies that began in 2013 with Man Of Steel and continues through Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which is due March 2016.
Director David Ayer earlier today released the first picture of the cast of his upcoming movie, Suicide Squad, together in full costume. The 2016 movie is based upon DC Comics popular team of villains and anti-heroes, also known as Task Force X. The above image shows the full line up of characters, from left to right; Slipknot (Adam Beech), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez).
And there’s more, DC fans, shortly after the release of this picture, Ayer then tweeted a separate picture of Will Smith replete with the iconic Deadshot mask.
Suicide Squad will be released by Warner Brothers in 2016, alongside Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman” as part of DC Comics’ unfolding cinematic universe.