On this edition of The Splash Page; Marvel Announces a Comic based off of a video game, #Greg Pak grosses out the ABC’s, David Mazouz talks Dual Personality in #Gotham Season 2, Spider-man gets a new villain in his next movie, #Comixology going the Netflix route, and New Line gets a case of Vertigo.
MARVEL ANNOUNCES “##CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS” SERIES FROM EWING, MEDINA
Marvel will launch “Contest of Champions” this fall, a new comic book series based on the Marvel video game co-created by Kabam. According to CNET, writer #Al Ewing (“Captain America and the Mighty Avengers”) and artist #Paco Medina (“Nova”) will adapt the video game to the printed page in a comic that CBR News has confirmed takes place in Marvel’s post-“Secret Wars” continuity.
“Where are the trapped heroes stored when they aren’t fighting?,” asked Ewing, referring to the premise of the “Contest of Champions” game, in which players pit Marvel heroes and #villains against each other in hand-to-hand combat. “And if they’re in a prison, do they try to escape?” Ewing says the comic will answer this question, and more.
The series will also be used to introduce new characters to the Marvel Universe, heroes that will also be added to the “Contest of Champions” game. This includes Guillotine, a character possessed of a magic sword that dates back to the French Revolution, who was created as part of a collaboration between “Contest of Champions’ developer Kabam and Marvel artists.
PAK & MIYAZAWA GROSS OUT #KICKSTARTER WITH “##ABC DISGUSTING“
When Greg Pak isn’t telling Superman and the Hulk what to do — as the writer of DC Comics’ “Action Comics” and Marvel’s recently announced, excellently titled “Totally Awesome Hulk” — he’s expanding his range into children’s books, a move exemplified earlier this year by the Kickstarter-funded “The Princess Who Saved Herself,” which is based on a Jonathan Coulton song and raised $111,759 off of a $15,000 goal.
With that kind of success, it’s not surprising to see Pak return to the format so soon, and with the same team of artist #Takeshi Miyazawa, colorist Jessica Kholinne and letterer Simon Bowland in tow. But this time around, the crew is working on a wholly original idea. Titled “ABC Disgusting” (ABCDisgusting.com), the book’s story is about a young boy trying to gross out his older sister, who ends up turning the tables on him by the end. As Pak puts it, it’s “gross-out humor with heart.”
Read more at this link: http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/pak-miyazawa-gross-out-kickstarter-with-abc-disgusting
Gotham Season 2: #Bruce Wayne Will Start Developing His Dual Personality Into Becoming Batman According to David Mazouz
In the forthcoming second season of Gotham, young Bruce Wayne will continue on his path toward having increasingly distinct personalities for his day-to-day life and his “investigative” life — the part of him that will later define him as Batman.
“He’s on a mission and he really is going to start his dual personality into being Batman, actor David Mazouz told Monkeys Fighting Robots in the video embedded below. “When he’s Batman there is his Batman side and then his public persona which is his playboy/party boy persona. In Season Two, he’s really going to start developing that second persona.”
SPIDER-MAN WILL BATTLE NEW ONSCREEN VILLAIN ACCORDING TO KEVIN FEIGE
With Tom Holland officially wearing the webs in Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man,” the question now turns to who Spidey will face in the July 28, 2017 feature? Past iterations of the character have faced Dr. Octopus, Sandman, Venom, the Lizard, Electro, the Rhino, and three different versions of Green Goblin. As Kevin Feige recently told Birth Movies Death (via Comic Book Movie), you shouldn’t expect a repeat for Spider-Man’s next throwdown.
When BMD’s Devin Faraci asked about the character’s rouges gallery, Feige noted they’d be tapping an unused baddie for this latest outing. “That’s the advantage,” he said of the “deep bench” of villains. “Right now we’re interested in seeing villains we haven’t seen before.”
Elsewhere in the discussion, Feige again noted the oft-mentioned John Hughes reference point for the film. “It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” Feige told Faraci. “Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
ComiXology To Offer “All You Can Eat” Subscription Plans
Spotify does it. Netflix does it. Amazon Prime does it on many Kindle offerings. And Marvel does it with Marvel Unlimited. But they are alone in the big comic book publishers to offer an all-you-can-eat subscription service, and they are rather picky regarding which books end up there. Scribd does offer a multi-publisher option, but it is a limited one with major exceptions.
Well it is time for the industry to undergo as big a change as the launch of ComiXology itself. At the behest of their new owners Amazon, the leading digital comics distributor and publisher ComiXology will be offering all-you-can-eat subscription services to readers, allowing them to pay a fixed fee, then have unlimited access to select comic books. And publishers will have to play along. My expectation is that this would be compulsory for ComiXology Submit.
REPORT: NEW LINE GETS VERTIGO-BASED DC FILMS, HERO FILMS REMAIN WITH WB
Deadline has clarified a distinction when it comes to feature films based on DC Comics properties. New Line will handle movies based on comics from Vertigo, DC’s mature readers line, while superhero projects like “Wonder Woman,” “Aquaman,” “The Flash” and the rest will stay with Warner Bros. The article notes that these films will be guided by president Toby Emmerich and New Line President, Production Richard Brener.
It’s possible that “Sandman,” which has been set up with producer Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will now be a New Line project as opposed to Warner Bros. This corroborates what “Sandman” comic creator Neil Gaiman said back in October when fans wondered why the Vertigo-based film was not included on Warner Bros. slate of DC films.
“It’s not a DC Comics film,” wrote Gaiman on his blog. “It’s a Vertigo film. That’s a different slate of films, and a different announcement.” It’s also worth noting that while 2019’s “Shazam” — which will feature Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam — is included on Warner Bros.’ slate, it’s been set up at New Line and not the WB.