The DC Week In Review w/Dylan
By: Dylan Ashcraft
Welcome all to the DC Week in Review where we'll take a stroll together through the amusement park of life that is DC Comics news. And if that didn't make any sense, that might have been the point, honestly it was just so I could work in a reference to the Killing Joke.
Wonder Woman 2 Gets Official Release Date
The sequel to the hit DC Comics movie (it's been awhile since I've been able to say that) Wonder Woman 2 has received an official release date for 2019. More specifically December 13th 2019, which interestingly because of Disney's shakeup to their movie lineup won't place the Warner Brothers movie in contention with a Star Wars or Marvel movie. Which will prove to be a good thing for the movie, not because I don't think it'll do well at the box office (it will) but because it just makes it easier to do so (as well as making it cheaper on viewers).
In the movie, Gal Gadot will be reprising her role and director of the first movie is currently in talks to return for the sequel. Which as a viewer (and fan of well made movies), I really do hope that Patty Jenkins is able to come back and direct the sequel.
Superman Year One?
Just as Frank Miller did for Batman back in 1987 with Batman: Year One, he seems to be planning to do the same for the big blue boy scout. The book is supposed to be about Pa Kent's finding of Clark up until his beginning as Superman, which will be interesting as this is Miller's first time writing for Superman outside of a Batman book. Now Superman's beginning years aren't something that isn't touched upon often, as just as recently as 2016 there was a story published by DC Comics titled "American Alien" by Max Landis that heavily focused on Clark's formative years.
Seeing how Miller characterizes Superman as a character of his own and not a supporting character to Batman will prove to be something of note seeing how the character has evolved through the Dark Knight trilogy. There isn't a proposed release date for the comic yet so we'll have to wait for an official announcement for Superman Year One.
Batman vs Superman (dark knight returns)
Professor Pyg Takes Center Stage
Gotham is going to be entering it's fourth season this fall and will seemingly focus on the scarecrow as the main villain of the season. Which will be pretty awesome to see as Scarecrow is a beloved character by fans despite how little he is used in comics nowadays. Granted he has had appearances in Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy as well as the Batman Arkham video games I find him to still be underutilized.
However Mr. Crane is not the reason I'm bringing up Gotham on this week's article, the reason is that they are integrating a newer Batman villain into the show. Professor Pyg who debuted back in 2007 during the first arc of "Batman and Robin" (where Dick Grayson was Batman) will be making an appearance on the show. Now whether he is a villain of the week or the focus of a small arc is unknown but no matter which avenue they decide to go with this, it will certainly be creepy and fit within the tone of how the show has operated for the last few seasons.
You can watch Gotham season 4 on it's new night, Thursday September 28th.
The DC Comic Cover of the Week
The recipient of the "Cover of the Week" goes out to a Rebirth title that not a lot of people seem to be reading, but is actually pretty decent, Hellblazer.
This cover is absolutely gorgeous, the aesthetic of Constantine being framed in a playing card and having the two parallel images almost like the "suicide king" where one is a detrimental picture of the character in question and the other side is not. My only slight gripe about the cover itself is that it isn't the variant and my reasoning for that is because I feel that it would be a much more attractive image if the arc title wasn't sitting above the image.
DC Comic of the Week
The DC comic of the Week is Flash #27 which seemingly wraps up the "Running Scared" arc between Barry Allen and his greatest enemy, Eobard Thawne. We pick up after the events of Flash #26 where Barry has been reinvigorated by Thawne's negative Speedforce which has made him a much angrier person. The two speedsters brawl with one another and Thawne does his trademark mocking of Barry as they do so. Dropping little lines about how happy he is to see Barry acting like this and about how they could do so many things "as friends"
Which Barry shuts that down real quick as he grabs Thawne by the back of his head and angrily shouts in this face
And then after exchanging some more blows between one another, Barry separates Thawen off from the negative Speedforce making it so that Thawne is unable to run (fastly that is). This doesn't stop Thawne from dropping more threats and villainous lines of dialogue, even threatening to kill Iris. Which Barry retorts back with a very...negative comment, exclaiming that he'll snap Thawne's neck.
The taunting continue from Thawne where he goes on about how killing Barry's mom isn't the worse thing he'll do to Barry by the time Barry dies, and that just like always, he will get his powers back and he will come back.
And that continues until...well Iris decides to cut Thawne off mid villainous banter
The book ends after Barry and Iris return to their time and seemingly go their separate ways. And as Barry walks into his crime lab alone, a text box pops up with excerpts from Eobard Thawne's foreword to "The Life and Times of the Flash, the World's Greatest Hero". And the text says "It's a shame, but I doubt I'll ever meet the Flash to tell him how I feel. That even though I had no one in my life, his sense of hope was a light in the darkness of the future. And as long as I had that, I was never alone." -Eobard Thawne.
The Flash #27 gets an 8.5 out of 10
And that concludes the DC Week in Review for the week of July 27th of 2017. Let me know down in the comments what you think about the news we talked about today, and let me know what was your comic of the week. Until next time, it's time for me to vanish into the night mysteriously like a ghost...or a bat.