The Splash Page Blog; August 12th 2015

On this edition of The Splash Page Blog; Lego Joker voiced by Zach Galifianakis, Supergirl has found its Livewire, Hickman, Aragones, and more doing Secret Wars Too, Marvel Expansion coming to Disneyland, Bendis talks the New Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Comics for the week.

Zach Galifianakis Cast as Joker in LEGO Batman

Mark Hamill isn’t be the only animated Joker on the horizon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Hangover standout Zach Galifianakis is in final negotiations to voice the villain in LEGO Batman, Warner Bros.’ spinoff of The LEGO Movie.

The actor and comedian previously played a comic book artist in the HBO series Bored To Death, a feature film version of which is rumored to be stuck in development. THR reports that he just completed filming on Keeping Up with the Joneses with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot.

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Read more at this link: http://comicbook.com/2015/08/12/zach-galifianakis-cast-as-joker-in-lego-batman/

Supergirl Casts Brit Morgan as Livewire

Supergirl has cast Brit Morgan as the DC Comics villain Livewire for its upcoming premier season.

Appearing in a guest-starring role, Morgan will bring the famed Superman character to life as a “abrasive and funny shock-jock,” Variety reports. But when her later ego, Leslie Willis, endures a freak accident that transforms her into the electricity-based supervillain Livewire, Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl must stop her shocking crime spree.

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Read more at this link:  http://comicbook.com/2015/08/12/supergirl-casts-brit-morgan-as-livewire/

HICKMAN, ARAGONES & MORE PRESENT MARVEL’S “SECRET WARS TOO” ONE-SHOT

Beyond its reputation for cosmic adventures and a New York City filled to capacity with costumed heroes and villains, Marvel Comics is known for its self-deprecating sense of humor. So it should come as little surprise that the publisher is enlisting an A-list roster of creators to parody its current mega-event, “Secret Wars.”

Announced this morning on ComicBook.com, the one-shot features work by “Secret Wars” writer Jonathan Hickman, Sergio Aragones, Al Ewing, Rob Guillory, Declan Shalvey and more.

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Read more at this link:  http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/hickman-aragones-more-present-marvels-secret-wars-too-one-shot

Marvel Expansion Rumored For Disneyland

MiceChat, the same Disney Parks-centric blog who believe they’ve uncovered what Star Wars announcements will be made this week at D23, have uncovered similar plans for the long-rumored Marvel addiiton to Disneyland Resort.

Says MiceChat (via Slashfilm):

The plans to expand DCA again with a Marvel Land behind Tower of Terror continue to move ahead, and the E Ticket thrill ride that is planned to anchor that expansion is going to be very unique. The ride will feature a newly Imagineered hybrid ride system that might be best described as a combination of Rock N’ Roller Coaster and Universal’s Transformers ride using every trick and gimmick WDI can throw at it, including on-board audio and effects and elaborate sets and animatronics. With the Pumbaa parking structure moving quickly, the old toll plaza entry lanes south of DCA that are used to redirect cars from Mickey & Friends can also be utilized, creating a surprisingly large chunk of property slated for DCA’s future expansion.

Image courtesy of Micechat.com

Read more at this link: http://comicbook.com/2015/08/12/marvel-expansion-rumored-for-disneyland/

INTERVIEW: BENDIS ON THE CHANGING FACE OF MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS” AND THEIR “GALAXY”

Comprised of a complex network of interstellar empires, geopolitical crises occur on a massive scale in the Marvel Universe. When change arrives, it affects billions of life forms, from average citizens to soldiers, from criminals to the champions that protect the galaxy’s inhabitants from threats both large and small. The greatest of these heroes are the Guardians of the Galaxy, who will find themselves dealing with the collapse of great intergalactic powers when “All-New, All-Different Marvel” arrives in October, bringing with it a brand new “Guardians of the Galaxy” #1 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Valerio Schiti.

Jumping eight months into the future and picking up from the book’s previous volume, the relaunched “Guardians of the Galaxy” will feature a very different galaxy than the one that existed prior to “Secret Wars” and the team will be dealing with a very new dynamic as Ben Grimm and Kitty Pryde join their fellow cosmic heroes on the squad. CBR News spoke with Bendis about the new cast dynamics, what the Fantastic Four’s Thing and the veteran X-Man bring to the table, and the turbulent state of the cosmic corner of the Marvel U.

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Read more at this link:  http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/interview-bendis-on-the-changing-face-of-marvels-guardians-and-their-galaxy

Comic Picks for Aug. 12th 2015

Boom! Studios

  • Americatown #1
  • Bravest Warriors #35
  • Clarence #3
  • Sleepy Hollow Providence #1

DC Comics

  • Action Comics #43
  • Catwoman #43
  • Green Arrow #43
  • Mortal Kombat X #9

IDW Publishing

  • BOY-1 #1
  • Orphan Black #5
  • Popeye Classics #37
  • Star Trek Green Lantern #2

Image Comics

  • Beauty #1
  • Descender #6
  • Fade Out #8
  • ODY-C #6
  • Phonogram The Immaterial Girl #1

Marvel Comics

  • A-Force #3
  • Howard the Duck #5
  • Planet Hulk #4
  • Secret Wars #5
  • Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #2

Titan Comics

  • Doctor Who Event 2015 Four Doctors #1
  • Doctor Who The Eleventh Doctor #15
  • Doctor Who The Tenth Doctor #14
  • Home #2
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Find more Comics at this link: http://www.comicbooked.com/new-comics-for-august-12th-2015/

Gregor Sprague is the Co-Creator/Host/Producer of the Elsenerds Network (Elsenerds.com) and you can follow him on Twitter (@ThatGregor)

Gregor Sprague

Co-Creator of Elsenerds.com, Comic Book reader, and SciFi Lover, Super Powers include Knowledge of comic book universes, the ability to point to his location on his hand, and reaching items on the top shelf.