As mainstream politics and pop culture become increasingly gay friendly, DC Comics is jumping on the pro-LGBT bandwagon with a new gay character. Or rather, an old character who’s newly gay.

During this weekend’s Kapow! comic convention, DC co-publisher Dan DiDio announced that the publisher plans to bring out of the closet a character who has previously been established as straight, with the hopes of making said character “one of our most prominent gay characters.” Seeing as LGBT characters in the DC canon are still fairly few and far in between, that shouldn’t be too difficult, but it’s still progress. Read more after the jump.

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After 10 days of independent cinema stifled our love of superhero movie news, Superhero Bits is finally back and it’s filled news from today as well as some of the bigger stories from the past week. So, for example, want to see photos of high end Dark Knight Rises merchandise? Is there still a chance a Shazam movie might take place? Has The Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man once again been revealed? When might we see a Nick Fury movie? Which three characters might have massive cameos in The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers and Iron Man 3 respectively? What’s the link between SOPA and The Dark Knight Rises? Read about all this and more in the return of Superhero Bits! Read More »

Add another amazing license to Mondo‘s growing list of conquests. The poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse has made official posters for Star Wars, Star Trek, Pixar, Disney, Jurassic Park and Wednesday they announced a partnership with DC Comics to start producing posters for films and comics. Yes, DC. As in Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.

The first poster, Fortress of Solitude, is by rising artist JC Richard (whose Jurassic Park poster by Mondo might be their best yet) and will be released on Black Friday.

After the jump, check out the full image and speculate as to what a team up between Mondo and DC could mean for the future. Read More »

The steady stream of television news continues today with a couple of interesting announcements. After the jump, read about the “near miss” of a television adaptation of Vertigo comic book series DMZ, Rosanne Barr’s return to sitcom television, and a fifth-season renewal for True Blood.

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When it was announced last week that Christopher Meloni, formerly of Law & Order: SVU and Wet Hot American Summer, had signed on for the cast of Zack Snyder‘s Superman flick Man of Steel, Russ couldn’t help speculating what this might mean for the movie — and wondering whether Meloni might be filling the role of Daily Planet editor Perry White. Now it seems we have our answer: No. Sorry, Russ. Find out what Meloni will be doing after the jump.

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A slew of new clips were released over the weekend, offering better looks at possible future summer blockbusters Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and 30 Minutes or Less. Whether you want to see the gorgeous world of Oa, an evil alien robot copy machine, or Aziz Ansari molding the future leaders of tomorrow, we’ve got something for you. (If you want none of those things, though, you’re out of luck.) See the clips after the jump.

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Would you want to see a Superman movie where he can’t wear his iconic costume? It could happen. Variety printed a fascinating article Friday about how the legal rights behind the Man of Steel could result in the biggest severing of the character since he met Doomsday. This doesn’t affect the current film; that Zack Snyder movie will be moving along as planned. But if it doesn’t succeed, another origin story could be impossible. Basically, come 2013, the rights to key elements of Superman break into two where the heirs of the character’s original creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, retain elements such as his costume – red cape and boots, blue leotard – plus his ability to “leap tall buildings in a single bound” while DC Comics will keep the rights to most of the villains and the ability to fly.

How is that even possible and what does it mean for the future of the franchise? We try and make sense of the legal jargon after the break. Read More »

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Most of DC Entertainment, the newly reorganized company that is comprised of a large multimedia division and the DC Comics publishing enterprise, is being moved from New York to Burbank, in the Los Angeles area. There’s a lot of musing about what this really means for the future of DC Comics and the related properties lodged at Warner Bros. Read More »

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Given the fact that Marvel and DC Comics characters have proved to be the new mainstays for summer moviegoing, I’m surprised that we haven’t seen a new documentary that reaches deep into the history of either company. That might be about to change as Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch (who directed and produced Spellbound, Rocket Science and Lucky) are producing a doc about DC. Mac Carter, who worked on Spellbound, is directing the film, which we may see at Comic Con.  Read More »