Swamp Thing: 10 Things Fans Should Know About Abby Arcane

Abby Arcane has been part of DC Comics almost as long as Swamp Thing. She made her comic book debut as a teenager in the third issue of the 1973 Swamp Thing series. Since then, she’s stayed an integral part of the title character’s story. Often thought of as simply the love interest of Alec Holland’s Swamp Thing, Abby has a lot of backstory fans might not be aware of.

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Much of the character changed when DC launched its New 52 universe, so the Abby Arcane of comics today is very different from her original counterpart. Likewise, the DC Universe live-action series sees a different version of Abby. In the streaming series, Abby is a doctor with the Center for Disease Control who only returns home because her help is requested to find a treatment for a mysterious illness that is sweeping the town. A lot of her backstory in the series still remains a mystery for viewers, but comics might be able to fill in some of the blanks.

10 Abby Is From Transylvania

DC Universe’s Swamp Thing series sees Abby hailing from a small town in Louisiana. In her original comic book stories of the 1970s, however, Abby wasn’t from the United States at all.

Instead, she was from the historic country of Romania. More specifically, Transylvania. Transylvania will sound familiar to literature fans because that’s where Bram Stoker’s Dracula was from. In comics, the region is home to all manner of supernatural creatures. The Arcane family was at the center of quite a few supernatural stories, including her place in the Swamp Thing lore. Eventually, she did make her way to the United States and spent a lot of time in the south. In particular, she loved the swamps of New Orleans, providing the inspiration for the live-action series.

9 Her Uncle Framed Her Mother

The Arcane family had an ancient estate in Transylvania. Her father was a count named Gregori and her mother was Anise. Anise was known for her beauty, and Abby’s uncle Anton was jealous of her relationship with his brother. His jealousy and meddling cost Abby her mother.

Anton framed Anise as a witch to the villagers that lived beyond the estate. Superstitious and angry that a witch lived amongst them, they burned Anise at the stake. Abby grew up without her mother, but did split her time between her father and the uncle who changed her life. Her uncle became a recurring villain in both the original series and in the newer comics.

8 She Is An Empath

While the streaming series hasn’t shown Abby to exhibit any special abilities, that’s not true in the comics. She started to develop empathic connections as a teenager.

As a result of her empathy, she was able to tune herself in to what others were feeling. Over time, the ability grew so that she could even sense people in the surrounding area. Her empathy is what initially allowed her to form a bond with Swamp Thing. She could frequently sense him before he made himself known.

7 Her Father Is The Patchwork Man

Like a lot of Abby’s backstory, what happened to her father in the original comics was inspired by some classic horror literature.

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After refusing to allow her uncle to train her in dark magic, Abby escaped her uncle by living in the same clinic where she worked. When her father tried to come home to help her, he was blown to bits by a landmine. Her uncle then used a combination of magic and science to stitch her father back together. He eventually became the villain Patchwork Man, in an homage to the novel Frankenstein.

6 Abby Married Matt Cable

The Swamp Thing streaming series introduced Matt Cable as a long-time friend of Abby’s who had a crush on her in high school. Her comic book introduction to him didn’t involve a childhood friendship. Instead, he was a government agent on the trail of Swamp Thing.

Of course, in both instances, the two developed a strong friendship and became allies of Swamp Thing. Eventually, Abby and Matt married in the comics, though the relationship didn’t last. Matt developed a drinking problem and lapses in his memory as a result of magic inflicted on him. It became too much for Abby.

5 She’s Been Resurrected By Magic

Long after their marriage became troubled, Abby discovered that her husband was no longer her husband. Instead, he was a zombie controlled by her uncle. 

After she discovered the truth, her uncle used his power to take her life. Unfortunately for him, the soul of Abby’s departed husband was still hanging around. Matt used what little magic was left in him to bring Abby’s body back to life. That just left Swamp Thing to round up a few magical allies to help him retrieve Abby’s soul from the underworld – which he did.

4 Abby Has Several Psychic Abilities

In addition to her empathic skills, Abby also revealed several other psychic-related abilities over her decades in comics.

One storyline saw her kidnapped, but to help herself escape, she suddenly developed telekinesis. Her ability to connect with people emotionally evolved into telepathy. She could also sense someone’s presence from miles away. Abby was able to telepathically locate a tiny plant that started to grow after one of Swamp Thing’s husks died. She nurtured the plant until it became the new host of Swamp Thing.

3 Abby Has A Brother

When DC Comics reorganized with the New 52, a few changes occurred for Abby Arcane. For one thing, she had a brother named William.

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William had his own gifts. He had a connection to the force known as the Black, or the Rot. It is essentially the opposite of the Green in the comics. When characters like Swamp Thing and Poison Ivy are connected to the Green, they can bring life to vegetation. Characters connected to the Black, on the other hand, are immersed in death and decay. William once used his connection to the Rot to raise an army of the dead.

2 She’s Connected To The Rot

The New 52 also provided Abby with another major change. Her psychic abilities of the original series were gone in favor of a connection to the Rot – just like her brother.

While her brother wanted to use the connection for his own personal gain, Abby spent most of her life avoiding her own connection (after accidentally ‘rotting’ her own mother to death as an infant). She even tried to shield her brother from his connection for a time. Eventually, her brother realized that the Rot didn’t want him for its avatar: it wanted Abby. Abby only accepted her fate when she used her connection to defeat her evil uncle. She tried to use the Rot as a force of balance rather than a force of evil.

1 She Has A Daughter

Though Abby fell in love with the Alec Holland version of Swamp Thing, a being made of plant material couldn’t exactly have a child with a human. When they wanted to take their relationship to the next level, they needed a little magical help to do so.

John Constantine, magician and leader of the Justice League Dark on occasion, teamed up with Swamp Thing in the past. He became the surrogate father for Tefe Holland while magically possessed by Swamp Thing. Because Tefe originated as a spirit called the Sprout, she was a part of the Green, and had Swamp Thing’s abilities. She came from Constantine’s bloodline – while he had demon blood in his veins – so she was part demon as well.

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2019-07-14 01:07:51

Amanda Bruce

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2019-04-18 09:52:21

Swamp Thing Teaser Reveals First Look At Live-Action Swamp Thing

DC Universe releases a live-action Swamp Thing TV show teaser that reveals a first look at the titular creature. Swamp Thing is one of a handful of live-action original TV shows planned for the DC Universe streaming service. It will follow the debuts of Titans in Fall 2018 and Doom Patrol in February. But while Doom Patrol is a spinoff from Titans, and therefore set in the same world, Swamp Thing will be completely separate. Swamp Thing is set to premiere on DC Universe May 31, with that being announced at WonderCon 2019.

Swamp Thing is produced by James Wan (Aquaman), with Underworld’s Len Wiseman directing the pilot episode and Mark Verheiden serving as showrunner. The series is a live-action adaptation of the DC Comics character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Swamp Thing stars Andy Bean as Alec Holland, with Derek Mears portraying his Swamp Thing alter-ego, and Crystal Reed as co-lead Abby Arcane. Earlier today it was reported that Swamp Thing was shutting down production on season 1 early, shortening the series order from 13 episodes to 10. Now, fans have their first look at the series’ titular character.

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DC Universe released a Swamp Thing teaser video that unveils the first look at the live-action Swamp Thing, brought to life by Mears. Watch the short video below:

Previously, Swamp Thing set photos offered teases of what to expect from the DC Universe TV show, and a Swamp Thing set video released by Wiseman previewed the creepy tone of the series. The show is described as having a “strange but alluring Shape of Water romance” between Abby Arcane and the Swamp Thing. While those early set photos from the series featured Reed’s Abby and Bean’s Alec, though, this is the first look at the actual Swamp Thing himself.

Superhero TV shows have been hit-and-miss with their live-action takes on comic book characters, and the same can be said for DC Universe’s originals. Although Doom Patrol’s Robotman is a fairly solid take on the odd character, the TV show’s Cyborg costume and design hasn’t been as well received – especially with a big screen Cyborg to live up to. It remains to be seen how fans will react to the DC Universe’s Swamp Thing, another character that’s particularly tough to bring to live-action. Further, this brief teaser only reveals a portion of the costume, and not much action, so a better look is still to come. A trailer for Swamp Thing will surely be released in the next month or so and fans will get a better idea of what to expect from the series when it debuts in late May.

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Swamp Thing season 1 premieres Friday May 31st on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

2019-04-17 12:04:32

Molly Freeman

Swamp Thing Reportedly Shuts Down Production Early, Cutting Season 1 Short [Updated]

DC Universe’s live-action Swamp Thing TV show shuts down production early, cutting off season 1 at 10 episodes instead of the previously ordered 13. Prior to the launch of DC Universe last fall, Swamp Thing was put into development as one of the streaming service’s original series. It joined a slate of live-action TV shows created for DC Universe that also includes Titans and Doom Patrol as well as the still upcoming Stargirl. Swamp Thing adapts a DC Comics property to live-action for a dramatic take on the titular character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

The Swamp Thing TV show started filming in late 2018 and was expected to wrap in May. Len Wiseman directed the Swamp Thing pilot and remained on board the series as an executive producer, alongside fellow producers James Wan (Aquaman), Gary Dauberman (The Nun) and Michael Clear (The Curse of La Llorona). Mark Verheiden (Daredevil, Constantine) serves as the series’ showrunner. Swamp Thing stars Andy Bean as Alec Holland and Derek Mears as Swamp Thing along with Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane. However, it appears the first season of Swamp Thing will be shorter than previously expected.

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Local North Carolina newspaper Wilmington Star News reports production on Swamp Thing season 1 was shut down before it was previously expected, with the season order being reduced from 13 episodes to 10. According to the report, local crew members were told the series will wrap production on episode 10 before stopping to allow the writers time to rewrite the ending. Further, several days of reshoots are expected to still take place. Screen Rant has reached out to DC Universe for comment. UPDATE: The Wrap reports the change in episode count was due to “creative decisions” according to a source with knowledge of the production.

The news of Swamp Thing production shutting down was seemingly confirmed by actress Virginia Madsen – who plays Maria Sunderland on the series – on Instagram Wednesday morning, who wrote, “I’m beyond sad. What a terrible decision. We have been cut to the core by those who have never set foot into the Swamp. And despite the rule I am going to use the hashtag. #swampthing.” The post was deleted shortly after. See a screenshot below.

As of now, it’s unclear why Swamp Thing production shut down. Wilmington Star News purports it’s part of a larger issue as the DC Universe streaming service evaluates its future, but that seems to be largely speculation – either from the publication itself or its sources close to the Swamp Thing production. As of recently, DC Universe appeared to have plenty of confidence in Swamp Thing, announcing the season 1 premiere date as May 31 at WonderCon 2019.

Further, it’s uncertain what will become of Swamp Thing now that DC Universe has cut down the show’s first season order by three episodes. It’s not a good sign, to be sure, and may spell the end of the series before it even begins. However, it may be the case that Swamp Thing will receive further episodes in a second season. After all, Titans season 1 turned its original finale into the season 2 premiere, so perhaps Swamp Thing will have a chance to tell the rest of the story the show’s creatives originally intended in future episodes. For now, fans will have to wait and see what becomes of Swamp Thing, and they’ll get to see the show for themselves when it launches late next month.

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Swamp Thing season 1 premieres Friday May 31st on DC Universe.

Source: Wilmington Star News

Update Source: The Wrap

2019-04-17 09:04:20

Molly Freeman

DC Universe Reportedly Not in Danger Despite Swamp Thing Shutdown

The future of DC Universe still appears to be bright, despite reports that Swamp Thing‘s sudden shutdown was part of a larger revaluation of the digital service. Warner Bros. and DC launched DC Universe last year with the goal of the service to be a one stop shop for all things DC. Digital versions of comics can be found on it, along with a back catalog of older live-action and animated content, but one of the major selling points of DC Universe was the original content it would include.

The first of these series was Titans, which was later followed by a semi-spinoff series in Doom Patrol. DC Universe also became the home of the revival of Young Justice and has several shows – both animated and live-action – currently in various stages of development and production. One of these shows is a live-action Swamp Thing series produced by Aquaman‘s James Wan. There’s been plenty of interest in the series, but trouble recently hit when it was revealed that the episode order had been reduced from 13 to 10. Production came to a halt to allow the ending of the season to be rewritten, but then speculation turned to this having negative implications on the future of DC Universe as a whole.

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Following these dour reports on DC Universe’s future and others that cited “creative decisions” being the reasoning behind Swamp Thing‘s episode count change, Slash Film is providing an update of their own. They report that the trouble with Swamp Thing does “not reflect the health of the DC Universe service,” indicating this is a one time instance and not part of a larger problem with the service. Additionally, their sources say that DC Universe is “outpacing expectations” in the six months since it launched.

Despite how the Swamp Thing news originally came across, it isn’t too surprising to hear that DC Universe is not in trouble overall. The service is still airing new episodes of Doom Patrol, may be in production on season 2 of Titans, and has announced an entire slate of content that will arrive on a weekly basis for the remainder of the year. The service has also been making larger improvements to what it offers after an expanded comic library was revealed, and they just announced that the app is now available on Xbox One. This would be a lot of work to do for Warner Bros. and DC if they planned on shutting the service down anytime soon and after a fairly short launch window.

That said, this doesn’t mean that changes to DC Universe and its content aren’t on the way. WarnerMedia is currently in the process of developing a streaming service of their own, which will see content from HBO, New Line, WB, and more all be made available at one place. With the streaming wars in full swing, it may better suit WarnerMedia to consolidate their services into one offering, instead of having HBO Go, DC Universe, and the new streamer all going simultaneously and selling separately. That’s just speculation for now though, so expect DC Universe to continue to remain intact for the next few months at the very least, even if Swamp Thing is potentially short lived.

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Source: Slash Film

2019-04-17 05:04:58

Cooper Hood

Young Justice: Outsiders Return, Swamp Thing Premiere Date Announced

DC Universe has revealed when Young Justice: Outsiders will return, as well as set a premiere date for Swamp Thing. The streaming platform launched last September, with the announcement that DC’s upcoming slate of original programming would be exclusively available to subscribers. Titans was the first live-action show to air, with Doom Patrol close behind. DC Universe also revived beloved cartoon Young Justice for another season, titled Young Justice: Outsiders. Next up is Swamp Thing, but the service also has plenty more in store for viewers with both a live-action Stargirl show and an animated Harley Quinn series on the way as well.

Young Justice ran for 2 seasons, beginning in 2010 and has maintained an incredibly passionate fanbase since its untimely cancellation. The series was given new life on DC Universe when the service picked it up for season 3, which began airing back in January. Young Justice: Outsiders took a break after 13 episodes and fans have been eagerly awaiting its return. Another one of DC’s most highly anticipated upcoming projects is its live-action Swamp Thing adaptation. The series will be produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster, with Underworld helmer Len Wiseman directing the pilot. Much of the show will center on Abby Arcane, who will be portrayed by Teen Wolf actress Crystal Reed. In the comics, Abby is the close confidant and sometimes love interest of Alec Holland, aka Swamp Thing.

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DC Universe unveiled several new developments at WonderCon this year, some of the most exciting being a premiere date for Swamp Thing, as well as when Young Justice: Outsiders will return to wrap up season 3. The first episode of Swamp Thing will hit the streaming service on Friday May 31, and the remaining 13 episodes of Young Justice: Outsiders will begin airing on Tuesday July 2.

Although many fans were hesitant to shell out more money for yet another streaming service, DC is certainly putting a great deal of effort into their slate of original programming. Titans was renewed for season 2 before the pilot even aired, indicating that DC was feeling very optimistic about the series. Although some viewers had misgivings about the darker tone of Titans, the show’s popularity only increased as the season unfolded. Doom Patrol has been quite well-received, likely because DC chose to embrace all of the wonderful weirdness of that particular team. Young Justice: Outsiders was a big hit with viewers as well.

There was worry that a Swamp Thing adaptation would be difficult to pull off and this may yet prove true. However, writer Gary Dauberman promised that the series will be dark, violent and mature-rated, even stating they were taking their cues from Alan Moore’s seminal run on the title. Aside from the fact that those behind-the-scenes will be taking the character very seriously, the way that DC successfully adapted a team as outlandish as Doom Patrol should ease the minds of at least some fans. With excitement for the series quickly mounting, Matt Ryan has even stated that he’s hoping to reprise his role as John Constantine, should the DC Universe series eventually choose include the character – which would make sense, since it was Moore’s run on Swamp Thing that introduced Constantine.

With so many streaming services vying for viewers’ attention, DC Universe is certainly doing its best to separate itself from the pack. The sheer volume of original programming, especially considering the characters that DC has chosen to focus on, is undeniably awesome. As for Young Justice: Outsiders, it’s unclear if season 3 will be the end for the team or if DC will give the green light for the cartoon to continue. Fans won’t have to wait too long for Swamp Thing’s debut, but learning the fate of the animated series will likely require some patience.

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Swamp Thing season 1 premieres Friday May 31 on DC Universe. Young Justice: Outsiders returns Tuesday July 2 on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

2019-03-29 06:03:27

Jamie Gerber

Swamp Thing: Matt Ryan Wants Constantine to Appear on DC Universe Series

Matt Ryan reveals that he wants to play John Constantine in the upcoming DC Universe series Swamp Thing. Constantine first appeared in The Saga of Swamp Thing #37 in 1985. Created by Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, and John Totleben, Constantine is an anti-hero appearing in DC Comics who often goes up against supernatural forces. Keanu Reeves played the character in a 2005 film, but Ryan is the current actor taking on the role.

Ryan stepped into the role of Constantine in 2014 when NBC came out with their live-action version of the character. Unfortunately for fans, Constantine was canceled in 2015 after only one season. However, Ryan did return to the role for a crossover episode on Arrow in season 4, and is now a recurring character on Legends of Tomorrow. Ryan has also voiced Constantine in the animated movies Justice League Dark and Constantine: City of Demons The Movie, as well as the animated series Constantine: City of Demons. Now, it looks like Ryan wants to once again play the character, but in a different TV show.

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Ryan commented about his potential appearance in Swamp Thing during a recent panel at Wizard World Cleveland (hat tip ComicBook). Ryan certainly didn’t confirm that Constantine would be included in Swamp Thing, but he mentioned, “John Constantine was born in Swamp Thing. Eventually, he has to be on Swamp Thing, and I just hope it’s me”. Ryan didn’t have much else to say about Swamp Thing, but did joke, “I’m still playing this role four years after Constantine was actually cancelled, so I must be doing something right”.

As mentioned before, Swamp Thing will be one of the new shows that will stream exclusively on DC Universe. Swamp Thing is said to be premiering in May, with Andy Bean and Derek Mears playing the two halves of Swamp Thing. The show will be based on Alan Moore’s comic run of Swamp Thing and have a very dark, scary and mature tone. Swamp Thing will be one of the many original superhero shows coming to DC Universe this year, following Doom Patrol which was released earlier this year.

Even though many fans would love to see Ryan return once again to the role of Constantine in a new show, the odds of that happening seem to be fairly slim. While most of the superhero shows on The CW are under the umbrella of the Arrowverse, the original shows on DC Universe don’t connect to The CW’s shows. Additionally, Doom Patrol and Titans take place in the same universe, but it has already been revealed that Swamp Thing will be in a separate universe from the other DC Universe titles. While Ryan probably won’t get a chance to play Constantine in Swamp Thing, there is always the possibility that the character could be introduced at some point with a different actor.

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2019-03-28 05:03:31

Christopher Fiduccia

James Gunn Is A Better Fit For Suicide Squad Than Guardians of the Galaxy

Controversial writer and director James Gunn is perfectly suited for Suicide Squad 2; in fact, it’s a far better fit for him than Guardians of the Galaxy ever was. Gunn certainly has form transforming a band of misfits into a superhero family/team, and Suicide Squad 2 should give him the ideal opportunity to demonstrate his skills yet again, although the story goes a little deeper than that.

Gunn’s career with Disney came to a shocking end back in July, when some of his old social media posts went viral. Gunn had fancied himself as something of a provocateur prior to working for Disney, and these posts included off-key jokes on everything from rape to pedophilia. Disney responded by swiftly firing him from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Within a month, there were reports that Gunn had been approached by Disney’s rival Warner Bros. potentially with the option of producing a DC superhero movie.

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DC Films has expressed interest in Gunn before. Back in 2016, he admitted that he’d “had opportunities to make DC films,” but had turned them down; he reeled off a list of heroes he’d quite enjoy tackling, ranging from Swamp Thing to Jonah Hex, from the Metal Men to Shazam. Now, though, there have been reports that Gunn is on board to write, and possibly even direct, Suicide Squad 2.

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Why James Gunn Is Perfect For Suicide Squad 2

It’s not hard to see what Warner Bros. want James Gunn on board. He’s a writer and director with a proven history of turning even the most unlikely franchises into box office hits. Back when Marvel Studios announced the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, everybody assumed this would be their first misstep; the Guardians had a low profile even among comic book fans, and their members including a walking tree and a talking raccoon. A series of tremendously effective trailers immediately changed that, and the movie grossed $773 million worldwide. Not bad for a bunch of “a**-holes.

Ironically, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad suffered as a result of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s success. Warner Bros. attempted to make their dark movie fit Gunn’s tone, with the trailers showing a strong Guardians of the Galaxy vibe. Viewers responded well to the trailers, and as a result there are reports Warner Bros. lost faith in Ayer’s approach, attempting to make the franchise as Guardians-like as possible. The result was a strange hybrid of a finished production, critically panned, which nevertheless managed to gross $747 million worldwide off the back of its strong marketing campaign. A sequel was always on the cards, but nobody was quite sure who could make it work. So why not bring in the man who made Guardians of the Galaxy work in the first place?

Suicide Squad 2 Matches James Gunn’s Earlier Movies

It’s important not to assume Suicide Squad 2 would just be a rehash of Guardians of the Galaxy, though. In truth, the comic book franchise is tonally similar to some of Gunn’s earlier works, most notably Super. This was a black comedy-drama centered around the character of Frank Darbo, a cook who took up the identity of the “Crimson Bolt” in order to rescue his wife from a drug dealer. Although critics weren’t impressed by the movie, it built a strong fanbase and put Gunn on Disney’s radar. Super rejoices in its confusing characters, who are filled to the brim with flaws and conflicting character traits – and gore ready to be spilled. Frank, for example, was a religious pacifist who made the world a better place through merciless violence. It was only after he began hearing warped messages “from God” that he began to understand the real world at all.

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This is just the kind of crazy, conflicted approach that would work so well for Suicide Squad 2. After all, this is a team who are defined by their contradiction. They’re a group of super-villains who are forced to save the world; they deeply resent the fact they’re being forced to work together, and yet somehow consider one another a family. The best Suicide Squad stories are a blend of light and dark, tinged with anger and joy, betrayal and redemption.

And the characters in Suicide Squad are so very three-dimensional. Take Harley Quinn; although it didn’t quite make it through to David Ayer’s film, at heart she’s an abuse victim who’s struggling to find herself, and the relationship between Harley and the Joker is most definitely not intended to be some sort of “relationship goal“. Killer Croc is a brutal murderer who eats his foes, and yet develops such a fondness for his team-mates that he becomes dangerously protective of them. Boomerang wants to live a life of crime, and yet vaguely enjoys the idea he’s achieving something when he saves the world. These “villains” are three-dimensional in a way few superheroes are, with aspects of their own natures in direct conflict, pulling them this way and that. They’re every bit as mercurial and inconsistent as real people. And they’re just the kind of characters James Gunn has a form for developing, back in his pre-Guardians of the Galaxy days.

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James Gunn Made Great Guardians of the Galaxy Movies – But He Changed Them To Do So

The truth is that, although James Gunn made tremendous Guardians of the Galaxy movies, he did so by taking major liberties with the comic canon. Gunn took the most basic concept underlying the franchise, and then made his own version of it. Gunn’s genius was that he saw the potential, he realized why it wouldn’t connect with audiences, and then he made it work. Even the tone and style of the Guardians movies was nothing like the original comics, which had typically gone for cosmic melodrama rather than ’80s nostalgia.

Characters, too, were completely rewritten in order to become the versions Gunn needed. Take Peter Quill as the classic example. Steve Englehart created the character back in 1976, and he described the original Star-Lord as “an unpleasant, introverted jerk.” Englehart planned to develop him into the most cosmic hero ever, but left Marvel before he’d even begun that character arc. As a result, the comic book version remained in that pattern, although he gradually transformed into a leader. James Gunn looked at the comic character, and decided to completely rework him. Star-Lord remained something of a jerk, but he was much more charismatic and extroverted; a revised origin explained that he was a child who’d run away from home after his mother’s death, and had never really grown up as a result. It made Quill a deeply empathetic character, viewed with affection in spite of his many flaws.

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Comic book readers traditionally complain when movies diverge from the comic book canon they grew up reading. In the case of Guardians of the Galaxy, though, James Gunn made his changes work so well that precious few objected. Marvel Comics, inspired by the surprise box office success of a previously-third-tier superhero franchise, quickly redesigned their own characters to align with Gunn’s versions. In the case of Peter Quill, they even retconned some of his previous appearances to say they’d taken place in another reality. Gunn won’t need to go the same lengths to make Suicide Squad 2 his own. As we’ve already pointed out, the characters are tailor-made for Gunn’s kind of character-work, and the themes and concepts that run through the comics fit perfectly with the kind of ideas he likes to work with.

Meanwhile, Gunn’s looser approach to canon and continuity will flourish in the DCEU. Although most viewers hadn’t picked up on it, Gunn’s maverick attitude towards continuity was never perfectly suited to the tighter, more intensely-scrutinized MCU; occasionally there were signs Gunn felt the pressure of it, and indeed rebelled against it. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rendered a tie-in comic non-canon, for example, and Gunn admitted he contemplated breaking his own personal canon for the third film. “Marvel Canon – MCU – is crazy,” Gunn admitted. “I have a really good storytelling reason for breaking the canon, and I stayed up last night figuring out if I’m gonna do it or not. I still don’t know.” Given the complexity of the MCU and the degree to which fans take note of every detail, sooner or later that would have caused problems. Warner Bros., however, won’t particularly care; their view of continuity is very much that it should serve the director. That will give Gunn all the flexibility he needs to tell the best stories he can.

The latest reports confirm that James Gunn is on board as the writer of Suicide Squad 2, and he should breathe new life into the project. It remains to be seen whether or not Gunn will go on to become director as well; if he does, then he’d definitely be an effective choice, and the film would surely be guaranteed a success.

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2018-10-09 03:10:13 – Thomas Bacon

New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!

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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

Swamp Thing TV Show Casts Jennifer Beals In Recurring Role

The upcoming Swamp Thing TV show has cast Jennifer Beals for a key recurring role, as a local sheriff who’s drawn into the tragic and mysterious events in the town of Marais. She’s just the latest in a spate of key casting announcements for Swamp Thing, which is expected to debut on the DC Universe streaming service next year.

DC’s Swamp Thing series is taking shape, with Len Wiseman confirmed to direct the pilot episode. Crystal Reed has been cast for the starring role of Abby Arcane, and it’s rumored that Derek Mears will be playing the monstrous creature itself. Maria Stern was recently cast as Liz Tremayne, a childhood friend of Abby who dedicates herself to exposing the secrets that threaten her hometown.

Related: Swamp Thing TV Show Isn’t in Same Universe as Titans & Doom Patrol

According to Deadline, Jennifer Beals will be joining Swamp Thing for another key role. Best known for playing Christina Hart in NBC’s Taken and Margo in Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, it seems Beals will be playing the local sheriff. Sheriff Lucilia Cable is described as “tough as nails and pragmatic,” fiercely devoted both to her son and to the town of Marais. As the community she has dedicated her life to defending is beset by strange forces, Lucilia must battle to safeguard everyone she holds dear.

Swamp Thing is one of the most exciting projects in development for the DC Universe streaming service. A supernatural mystery, the series will see tragedy and danger stalk the rural town, and it’s safe to assume the sheriff will be particularly important to investigating the dangers of Marais. Writer Gary Dauberman has confirmed that the series will draw richly upon Alan Moore’s seminal run, as he noted, “Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that Moore set up back in the ‘80s.” The show is expected to be dark and violent, tilting strongly towards a hard-R rating.

The DC Universe streaming service launched on September 14 – better known to comic book fans as Batman Day. The service is currently only available in the United States, although DC editor and writer Dan DiDio recently confirmed that a Canadian version of the app is currently in beta testing. It remains to be seen how quickly Warner Bros. can roll the service out worldwide, given there’s strong demand among comic book lovers for the promising range of original content that’s in the works.

More: All the DC Movies and TV Shows Streaming on DC Universe

Source: Deadline

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2018-09-28 01:09:16 – Thomas Bacon