Brian Augustyn, the legendary creator behind the classic Elseworlds story – Batman: Gotham By Gaslight and mainstay on The Flash throughout the nineties, sadly died yesterday – February 1st – at just sixty seven years of age.
Brian passed away after suffering a severe stroke, according to his longtime friend and Flash collaborator – Mark Waid, who posted the sad news to Facebook at the behest of his family.
“The Augustyn family has asked me to let Brian’s friends and fans know that Brian left us today after a sudden, severe stroke over the weekend. I have spent a lot of time these past few hours writing a great deal about Brian, and I’ll share these thoughts soon, but for now I simply wanted to let everyone know. Comics has lost a very kind and talented man who has been my big brother, and one of my best friends for the past thirty five years”
Brian first began working in the comic-book industry in the mid eighties, and joined DC Comics in 1988 as co-editor on Action Comics Weekly. He went on to be the singular editor of The Flash, which is where he originally brought on board the talented Mark Waid, and the two would become firm friends and comic collaborators over the passing years. Brian’s most beloved work was on the previously mentioned – Gotham By Gaslight, which featured art by Hellboy creator – Mike Mignola, the story was so popular that it spawned a sequel – Batman: Master Of The Future and a fantastic animated movie based upon the tale in 2018.
Our condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends at this sad time.
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HBO Max Green Lantern TV Series To Start Filming April 2021
I have to admit, I’m one of the very few people that actually really liked the 2011 Ryan Reynolds starring live action Green Lantern movie (especially Mark Strong’s perfect performance as Sinestro) that said, I can acknowledge its faults, and because of its relative box office failure, Green Lantern fans have since been starved of Brightest Days and Blackest Nights… until now. HBO have announced that an initial ten episode series will start filming in April this year, and will include emerald avengers such as – Alan Scott, Jessica Cruz, Guy Gardener (yay!) Simon Baz, and Hal Jordan’s eternal enemy, Sinestro.
No news as of yet whether Hal Jordan himself will be featured, but it’s fantastic to see the original GL – Alan Scott being included in the line up alongside my personal fave Lantern, Guy Gardener.
Sasha Calle Is Our New DCU Supergirl…
Emmy nominee actress – Sasha Calle has been cast as the DC Cinematic Universe’s Girl of Steel, for Andy Muschietti’s highly anticipated Flash movie. The more I hear of Scarlet Speedster – The Flash’s new cinematic endeavour the more excited I’m becoming. Not only will Ezra Miller return to the role of the world’s fastest man, but the film has also cast the dynamic duo of Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton as the Batman (time travelling shenanigans and dimension meddling allow for various versions of characters to be displayed!) and now director Muschietti has confirmed that Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El will also be joining the burgeoning cast portrayed by The Young and the Restless actor – Sasha.
Muschietti apparently had over 400 actresses audition for the Supergirl role, but was “blown away by Sasha’s strength but also vulnerability” which eventually secured her the part. Up, up and away! we look forward to seeing Sasha jump tall buildings in a single bound when the movie releases in November 2022.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League Releases Final Trailer, And It’s Amazing!
Zack Snyder’s long awaited epic four hour long Justice League movie is tantalisingly close to release, there’s now less than a month before we can revel in the superior version of the world’s greatest superheroes, with the entire four hour variant arriving in homes across the planet on March 18. With over three and a half hours of new footage (none of Joss Whedon’s original footage is to be included… thankfully) and a return of Jared Leto’s Joker (who will finally meet up with his caped crusading nemesis) and more screen time for Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, Zack’s upcoming opus has us DC fanatics chomping at the proverbial bit! Indulge in the newest trailer below fellow JLA fans.
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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 more unto the geek dear agents, once more…
Batgirl Movie Swings Into Production In 2018…
Finally stepping out of the shadow of her mentor, Warner Bros has confirmed at this years San Diego Comic Con that fan favourite director Joss Whedon will start production on the Batgirl movie in 2018.
As I write this my hands are trembling slightly at the thought of one of my very favourite comic book icons being unleashed unto the silver screen for her very first solo escapade, triumphantly following in the footsteps of the recent smash hit Wonder Woman movie… and directed by Joss Whedon no less!
Babs Gordon has been prowling the mean streets of Gotham City since 1967, and since that time has become one of the most prominent and well loved female Superheroes, a resolute, highly intelligent character that can easily match wits with her mentor, The Batman. Though a core member of the titular “Bat-Family” Babs doesn’t share Bruce’s angst ridden, morose ideals, but is very much her own person, a brighter more optimistic member of the sullen crime-fighting team, who actually relishes her alter ego, and also enjoys a lifestyle outside of the cape and cowl. Babs is less scowling pessimist and more sassy optimist, with a penchant for quips and selfies in the heat of her frequent justice seeking ventures.
Here’s hoping Joss Whedon can do the character proud, and Babs can hit the giddy heights set by this years stunning Wonder Woman flick.
New Justice League Trailer Steals The Show At San Diego Comic-Con…
You want more live action Wonder Woman? well you’ve got it, along with the substantial added bonus of Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman… that’s right the new Justice League trailer was revealed at SDCC today and it’s AWESOME! Showcasing not just the World’s Greatest Superheroes, but also big bad, Steppenwolf. Prepare for minds to be blown…
Black Lightning Strikes At SDCC…
The CW have dropped the first trailer for their new upcoming Superhero saga – Black Lightning. Starring Cress Williams, Black Lightning was one of DC’s first African/American Superheroes. Jefferson Pierce’s initial debut in the DC Universe was in 1977, his powerful electricity based powers have helped him secure a place amongst some of DC’s finest Meta-Human teams including the Justice League, and the Batman created Outsiders. Enjoy…
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The first official trailer for the world’s finest team of Superheroes, Justice League, has finally been released to a fervent DC Comics fanbase, and it’s spectacular! After several individual character teasers, Warner Bros finally released the full trailer on Saturday, and it was met with adulation from both fan and critic alike. The trailer shows a montage of action sequences as we get introduced to each individual member of the titular team of costume clad crime-fighters.
Stunning doesn’t quite do the trailer Justice (pun intended!) so how about, stupendous, incredible, astounding, breath-taking… Watch the trailer below, fellow fans of fantastic fiction and be prepared for your brain to implode from its sheer mind-blowing radiance (you can tell I loved it huh!?) Enjoy…
Comic-book love that is! We are now just 2 short weeks away from the restructuring of the DC Universe, with 24 new ongoing titles to be added to the 25 most popular current comic series produced by DC. The “New 52” branding will be removed from the top of the comics from June, to usher in a new chapter for the World’s oldest and most prestigious producer of Superhero comics.
And there’s more, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, not only do we get 24 new kick-arse titles to enjoy, we also get the return of legendary comic-book creators, Garth Ennis and Bryan Hitch to the DC Universe, who alongside new recruit and one time Marvel mainstay John Romita Jr, will help pave the way to an even more expanded, inclusive and accessible take on the World’s mightiest mortals.
So if you have been hesitant of dipping your toes in DC’s sea of titles, because of lore heavy decades of story-telling, June will be the perfect time to start your collection. Plus with the plethora of absolutely amazing television shows based on DC characters such as Arrow, The Flash, Constantine and upcoming new shows like Supergirl, not to mention next years Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad movies, it’s never been a better time to become a DC superfan. Welcome aboard everyone, next stop… Amazing Comics!
As you already may have heard, DC Comics and Warner Bros announced in the last couple of days their line up of Superhero movies coming to the cinema over the next five years, beginning in 2016 with the highly anticipated Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot. That very same year will also bring us the Suicide Squad movie and rumours are rife at the moment as to who has been asked to take starring roles. We already know that David Ayer of Training Day and more recently Sabotage is directing the film, but the rumour mill was in overdrive yesterday with actors Tom Hardy and Will Smith seemingly interested in roles within the film.
Tom Hardy of course has already portrayed Super-villain Bane on the big screen, could we see him returning to this character? Bane has in fact been an on/off member of the Suicide Squad in the comics, so it is a possibility and if not as Bane then maybe super assassin – Deadshot would be a great fit for this talented English actor, as for Will Smith … he would be an inspired choice as anti-hero: Bronze Tiger.
2017 will bring us the big screen premiere of comics’ first female Superhero – Wonder Woman, actress Gal Gadot is playing the awesome Amazon and this is the film we are looking forward to seeing the most. Also that year will be DC’s mega team up movie: Justice League, starring their most popular characters including Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Cyborg, the Flash and Aquaman.
2018 will be the year that the Flash zooms onto the big screen in his very own movie, portrayed by actor Ezra Miller and Khal Drogo himself, actor Jason Momoa will be playing the King of Atlantis – Aquaman, another fantastic piece of casting in our mind.
2019 will see mystical Superhero Shazam hitting the cinema, though no casting details have been confirmed on who will be playing the role of Shazam himself, we do already know that the role of villain/anti-hero – Black Adam has been given to the always entertaining Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson, the sequel to Justice League is also being set up to come out this year.
To finish up this busy, costume-filled five years we have in 2020, a Cyborg film and a reboot of Green Lantern (though I personally liked the Ryan Reynolds version … I am in a minority it seems) Warner also announced separate standalone films for Batman, with Ben Affleck and Superman, starring once again Henry Cavill. So if you’re a DC fan (like us here at the Precinct) then these are exciting times indeed, which of these announced projects are you most excited by? why not sound off in the comments section fellow DC fanatics.
The new trailer for CW’s Flash series has released and once again the upcoming Superhero saga is looking absolutely wonderful. Grant Gustin is portraying the Scarlet Speedster – Barry Allen, and the first episode will be premiered on October 7th, are you as excited as we are?
The Flash is really going to have his hands full come this October when his new live action series premieres, with all the Supervillains being thrown at him, he won’t have time to breathe and here comes another – Killer Frost!, the actress Danielle Panabaker has been cast as the cold and calculating villain.
There have been a number of characters who have taken on the mantle of Frost over the years, and the version we are getting is Caitlin Snow a scientist working out of STAR labs. The original Killer Frost was created by Gerry Conway and Al Milgrom, her first appearance was in Firestorm #3. Caitlin has the ability to absorb any heat source and turn this into cold energy, creating a protective sheen of ice on her body, she can generate ice storms and deadly icicle projectiles.
The Flash’s Rogues gallery gets bigger by the day with another classic foe being brought to the live action series, this time his arch-nemesis: Reverse Flash! There have been several versions of Reverse Flash over the years but the most famous and still current version is Professor Zoom. The first appearance of Professor Zoom was in The Flash #139 in September of 1963, he was created by John Broome and artist Carmine Infantino.
Zoom’s real name is Eobard Thawne and there have been many different versions of his origin over the years, including recreating the accident that gave the Flash his powers, in the upcoming tv series however it seems that he is being introduced as Police detective Eddie Thawne, and will be played by actor Rick Cosnett. With all these fantastic DC Supervillains being announced, we cannot wait for the Flash series to begin and with the talk of cross-over episodes with Arrow…the air date of October 7th can’t get here fast enough!
DC comic’s villain..Plastique is coming to the new live action Flash series it has been announced, Bette San Souci is a native of Quebec and on/off member of Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad. Plastique was created in 1982 by Gerry Conway and Pat Broderick, her first appearance was in the Fury of Firestorm#7. Bette has also at times flirted with being a hero, and was married to superhero Captain Atom. She has the ability to throw explosive projectiles and turn most objects into bombs, she will be introduced in the show as an ex-army bomb disposal expert who when caught in a Central city explosion gains her unique powers.
CW’s new Flash television show is getting a classic villain from the Flash’s rogues gallery..Captain Cold, the actor portraying Cold will be Wentworth Miller from the show: Prison Break. Captain Cold, real name Leonard Snart is the leader of the villain gang..the Rogues, he has no super powers and relies on his wits and his various cold weaponry, which can produce freezing beams and sharp icicle projectiles.
Firestorm is the next DC comics character to be brought to the small screen, Robbie Amell cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell has been cast as the Nuclear man for the upcoming Flash television series. Firestorm has the ability to alter anything on a sub atomic level and transmute elements, he is the fusion of two different people..Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch.