In Texas these days, it seems everyone must have an opinion on which bathroom transgender folks can – and cannot – use.
There’s no escaping the fact communications and public relations work involves an element of rejection. In PR, the rejection likely comes from reporters who may not be interested or available to cover a story idea you pitched. Rejection also occurs when the strategy you’ve proposed to meet an organizational challenge is overlooked or summarily dismissed.
I’ve been a communicator for over 15 years, and I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard “no” from organizational leaders and members of the media alike. Bo Bennett’s quote, “rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success” rings true.
The rivalry between Black Adam and Shazam is a classic one, but it sounds like moviegoers won’t be seeing Dwayne Johnson’s version of Black Adam go up against his archrival when the Shazam film hits theaters in 2019. Johnson’s anti-hero version of Black Adam will be well-represented in a solo film that’s set to play off the Shazam movie, but the two won’t meet in the latter film. The news comes from DC Comic’s President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
“We haven’t announced any casting yet,” Johns said in an interview with Yahoo Movies. “But Dwayne isn’t going to be in this movie. He’s still doing Black Adam, but he won’t be in Shazam!”
The exclusion of Black Adam from the Shazam film is an interesting choice. Shazam does have a variety of alternative villains to choose from, though. Some villains, like Dr. Sivana and any number of Egyptian deities, are far more likely to make an appearance in the solo film than, say, Captain Nazi (though the character has appeared briefly in episodes of Justice League Unlimited and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, so anything is possible).
Debuting sometime after 2018, The Shazam and Black Adam films are currently in production. Dwayne Johnson has been confirmed to play Black Adam in the Black Adam adaptation.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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WASHINGTON ― Here’s something you may not know about President Donald Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci: He’s an ardent supporter of gun control.
Scaramucci, a businessman and longtime Trump ally, has tweeted for years about his support for tighter gun laws, stating in 2012, “I have always been for strong gun control laws.” He’s also made the point that keeping a gun in your house is more likely to harm you or your loved ones than a potential intruder (which is true).
Dark Nights: Metal is coming, and when it arrives it will bring with it seven twisted versions of Batman.
While readers first learned about The Murder Machine, The Red Death, The Devastator, The Merciless, The Drowned, The Batman Who Laughs and The Dawnbreaker in mid-June, Batman and the rest of the Justice League have yet to discover their existence. But that won’t last long, as DC’s heroes are scheduled to do battles with the denizens of the Dark Multiverse in a series of one-shots arriving in September and November. Each of the Dark Nights: Metal tie-ins will feature “a different, corrupted version of Batman spawned from the Dark Multiverse to wreak havoc on Earth.”
While the image below (by artist Riccardo Federici) is the first clear look at most of the Dark Knights, DC’s solicitation text for September 2017, released earlier this week, offered a look at the Flash’s Dark Multiverse Bat-doppelganger, The Red Death. The cover art, by Howard Porter, accompanied the solicitation text for The Flash #33, which will pit Barry Allen against his Dark Multiverse counterpart in the wake of Dark Nights: Metal #3. Whether The Red Death’s alter ego is a twisted version of Barry, Bruce Wayne or another character entirely remains unknown at this point.
Conspicuous by his/her absence in the art above is The Batman Who Laughs. This character appears to be a Dark Multiverse take on the Joker-turned-Batman. The scribbled promo art for the character certainly indicates this to be the case, though a more recent version of the art added a bit of a twist to the character; he/she apparently has a kid sidekick who looks to have more than a little bit in common with Robin. Additionally, the character’s name references the 1928 film that helped to inspire the creation of The Joker in the first place.
Priced at $3.99, each of the Batman one-shots will also ship with a foil-stamped cover by by Jason Fabok, featuring a protective UV coating. Dark Nights: Metal #1, by Snyder and Capullo, goes on sale Aug. 16.
Attendees at Comic-Con International in San Diego can get a closer look at the art over the weekend, as it is on display at the DC Comics booth as a life-size mural for con-goers to take photos with.
Last year, DC Comics’ massively successful DC Rebirth initiative breathed new life into the DC Universe. Now, at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, the publisher is looking back on how DC Universe: Rebirth fundamentally changed the way it approaches superhero comics and how the line continues to evolve. Marguerite Bennett, Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Bernard Chang, Tim Seeley, James Tynion IV and Robert Venditti were on hand to offer special insight into their respective series.
DC All Access host Tiffany Smith opened the panel by welcoming fans and thanking them for their enthusiasm for the line.
“The last ‘Source Code’ in the [Batgirl and the Birds of Prey] arc is next month. We wrap it up; we have Catwoman and Poison Ivy joining the team for a while,” Julie Benson shared. She revealed that the next issue will be a one-shot, followed by an arc titled “Manslaughter.”
“We’re pulling every female Gotham superhero and villain of Gotham together. Basically, all the men of Gotham are getting sick,” she explained.
“We definitely don’t want to step on any toes, so we sent a list of characters we wanted to use to our editor,” she continued.
“We’re borrowing your Detective girls,” Shawna Benson added.
“The core of Detective Comics has been Batman’s humanity,” Tynion shared. He explained that, where Batman often tells young vigilantes to stop what they’re doing, he wanted to take the series in a different direction. “I wanted to do the story where Batman says ‘yes’ and creates a system by which they can train to be better, safer heroes… It allows me to play Bruce off of different mirrors of him.”
“[The series] is also building up to a moment I’ve been excited for since I first pitched this story,” he said, referring to the Bat-Azrael armor. “We need to bring back to the power of [Azrael’s] suit, and so that’s what we get in this story. That is Jean-Paul Valley in that costume.”
“The Batman/Zatanna part of this arc is sort of meant to show the danger of magic… that the rules of the world are a little less stable than everyone thinks they are,” he continued. “You have to keep yourself constantly grounded. If Batman were to use magic to solve of his problems, it would be a very dangerous path.”
“This fall is the return of Tim Drake in Detective Comics #25,” he revealed. The storyline will reveal who has kept him captive and why. “It cuts straight to the heart of who Tim Drake is as a character.”
“[Blockbuster] thinks Bludhaven is his city… and he hates that there’s this young upstart,” Seeley said of Nightwing.
“Tiger Shark has actual pet tiger sharks,” he joked. “He had moved out of Gotham and taken over Bludhaven, which really ticked off Blockbuster. For some reason, I really like Tiger Shark… I used him in Grayson, I use him here. He has a hype man that follows him around. I’m like, ‘This is hilarious.’ That’s the primary reason I put him in everything… He likes to keep things in a cage. He likes to have trophies. That’s what he thinks of Bludhaven… that doesn’t go well for him.”
“We bring back the Spiral stuff, and we see Dick who’s comfortable being Nightwing again and suddenly has to go back to spy stuff again,” he revealed. The arc will being Huntress back again. “Part of their problem is always going to be that they keep changing positions in their life. They’re like ships in the night… this will explore that relationship.”
“Well it doesn’t have any Tiger Sharks, which I regret now. We just finished up our first arc,” Bennett said, referring to Batwoman. She brought up Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams’ run on the character, saying, “We’re revisiting this missing year where she disappeared.”
She described her process with co-writer Tynion, who she referred to as her “brother,” as going to a Mediterranean restaurant and thinking up the worst thing they could possibly do to the characters.
“Kate is a bigger figure than just the leader of this team. She’s out off in the world,” Tynion explained. “This is a character we’ve been talking about what we wanted to do with since we were doing back-ups… The series sort of came to life and we were able to build something together that I think is very additive to the larger mythology of Kate Kane and it is building toward something that will be life-changing for Kate.” According to him, Batwoman #6 will revisit “the worst version of herself” from the future, where she runs a militaristic colony.
“The first four issues were dancing around the mystery of Kate’s past and this lost year… so you’re getting bits and pieces of the mystery to put together yourself,” Bennett shared.
Issue #5 will provide more answers. “Everyone has a past. Everyone has a future, so issue #5 shows the consequences of her actions,” she added. “The new arc that’s going to be starting with issue #7… will be all this momentum about family and failure. We’re going to be diving into Scarecrow and psychedelia. She is going to get frickle-frackled up.”
“This is her embracing the same philosophy that Jacob Kane embraced in the first arc of Detective Comics,” Tynion said.
“Comics is a team effort,” Batman Beyond artist Chang shared. “We all need to work together to create a good book every month, so a lot of that is trust.”
“When I was younger, we used to watch the cartoons on the TV. Sometimes you’d see the older versions of our favorite DC villains and heroes,” he recalled. “The next storyline takes Terry Guinness to Ra’s al Ghul,” who will be Damian Wayne in the comic.
Chang will write and pencil Batman Beyond #13. “It is a pleasure and an honor to draw them, but every month when I get a new script or plot… it’s as exciting as it was when I was a young kid reading comics.”
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps writer Venditti said he enjoys the challenge of writing a team book and described the four main Green Lanterns as each others’ supporting cast.
“Issue #25 is the culmination of the first full year of the series,” he explained. “Now it’s all going to fall apart because of forces that are beyond [John’s] control… Starting with issue #26, we have a New Gods story with Rafa Sandoval.”
“Detective Comics is definitely going to tap into that larger story, particularly in that storyline ‘Lonely Place of Living,'” Tynion explained. “It starts answering some questions surrounding Mr. Oz… in terms of the larger DC mythos, as a co-writer on The Forge and The Casting… I’ve been very involved with all that… I can’t wait for you guys to see what we’ve been cooking up because it’s the craziest thing I’ve seen since I started working at DC Comics.”
Seeley described the Metal issue of Nightwing as “face-meltingly weird.”
“We are not crossing over or involved in the larger Doomsday story. They’re just kicking it in Gotham,” Shawna Benson said of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. According to Bennett, Batwoman as a title will also be separate, although the character will be involved through Detective Comics.
Asked if New Gods storyline in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps will tie into Tom King and Mitch Gerards’ New Gods series, Venditti said, “No, it does not. It has sort of… connections, loosely, to Metal. It’s happening in the same space.”
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The adventures of the piratic Monkey D. Luffy will soon be heading to television screens worldwide in the form of a live-action One Piece adaptation announced by Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano at the franchise’s 20th anniversary celebration. The series will be produced by Tomorrow Studios in partnership with Prison Break producer Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios. Tomorrow Studios also recently announced it will produce a live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop.
One Piece is a media franchise that charts the adventures of the elastic Monkey D. Luffy as he searches the high seas for the legendary One Piece artifact and claim himself King of the Pirates. The franchise began as a manga created by Eiichiro Oda in 1997 and still runs to this day. One Piece has seen numerous media adaptations since the manga was first published. Production company Toei has overseen 13 One Piece films and an animated television series that has run consistently since 1999, racking up 800 episodes to its name.
This is the first time One Piece has been adapted into a foreign live-action series. The manga was adapted into a live-action Japanese series that followed a boy who consumed a Gum Gum Fruit, causing his limbs to become elastic – a situation and affliction shared by One Piece’s protagonist. Details on the number of episodes and actors attached to the new adaptation have yet to be revealed.
Tomorrow Studios has recently made a name for itself in adapting foreign properties into television shows for Western audiences. In the past few years, the production company has announced television adaptations of the Swedish novel Let the Right One In and the Korean film Snowpiercer are in the works.
(via Anime News Network)
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On Friday morning at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Marvel’s flagship character was in the spotlight with the “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Panel” — not about the ’80s cartoon, but discussing the latest happenings in Marvel publishing with Spider-Man and the character’s extended family.
In attendance: Writers Cullen Bunn, Jason Reynolds, Robbie Thompson, David F. Walker and Jason Latour and Marvel’s Spider-Man line editor Nick Lowe.
The panel started with Bunn briefly talking about the upcoming Venomverse event, with Bunn saying the story will show why Eddie Brock is “absolutely the best Venom.” Lowe also touched on the upcoming happenings in Amazing Spider-Man, which will see the “Fall of Parker” arc starting with October’s Amazing Spider-Man #789.
Author Jason Reynolds discussed his soon-to-be-released Miles Morales: Spider-Man young adult novel, saying that it’s more important to him to show the character behind the mask, rather than focusing on Spidey himself. Walker jokingly said he was upset with Reynolds, because he wanted to write the book.
Lowe announced a new creative team for Spider-Man & Deadpool as of November’s issue #23: Robbie Thompson and Chris Bachalo. Additionally, the series will be known as Spider-Man vs. Deadpool, at least for a period. Like the main Deadpool series, the book will have interlude issues, but instead of flashbacks, it’ll have flash forwards: starting with old man Wilson and old Man Parker at a retirement home.
As to what inspired Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again, Bunn said, succinctly and playfully: “I just love killing your favorite characters.”
Thompson discussed the “Marvel Primer Pages” he’s writing, which will appear in the first issue of multiple Marvel Legacy series. “It’s fun if you’re a new reader, and it’s great if you’re an established reader as well, because you get to see a highlight reel of the character in each book.”
In Luke Cage, Walker said that the Marvel Legacy arc which sees the title character back in prison will explore “what makes him a hero,” and the villain of the story will be the Ringmaster from the circus of Crime — “very much a reinvented Ringmaster,” Walker stated.
Lowe briefly mentioned more Spidey titles that didn’t have creative team members on stage: Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider; Venom by Mike Costa and Mark Bagley (“They’re doing an incredible story that goes back to the roots of Venom as a Lethal Protector,” Lowe said); Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, which will explore “what’s real and what’s not” about Peter Parker’s (purported) sister; and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, which Lowe said “is the book” for fans who were upset about Peter Parker and Mary Jane no longer being married.
Turning to Spider-Gwen, Latour said that his behind-the-scenes philosophy of the character is, “It’s about with great power comes great accountability. What makes Gwen fundamentally different is that her father is a police officer.” Latour said the book aims to explore the merits of when “people decide to police other people’s actions.”
The “Gwenom” arc is coming to Spider-Gwen, and Latour said he’s been building towards the arc “since really early,” and “had no idea all of this Venom stuff was coming,” with Venomverse. Latour said something “cataclysmic” will happen to Gwen in the arc.
In the fan Q&A, an audience member asked if Iron Fist would play a role in the Luke Cage solo series. Walker said he wants to see the characters back together (they co-star in Defenders), but Luke Cage hadn’t had a solo series in a while, and he wants to focus on the character and “redefine” him for the current era. Walker said he’d like to see a team-up between Luke Cage and Miles Morales.
Lowe pointed out that Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have played a role in the Miles Morales Spider-Man series, and that Jessica Jones will be in Spider-Men II.
A fan asked if there was a chance of “another ‘Maximum Carnage’ story.” “Carnage, his series ended probably about six months ago, and you’ll notice he’s been conspicuously off the table,” Lowe replied, saying that one of the writers on the panel was working on a story where the character might show up, though hinted at bigger plans to come. “We’re paving the way for a story that’s coming up in a different spider-book that I don’t want to talk about, because it’s a great surprise.” Lowe said that it’s “pretty nuts.”
The next fan asked if Peter Parker lost some of his relatability given that he’s been a wealthy globetrotting CEO in current storylines. Lowe said the crux of the story is the question, if Peter Parker was able to get everything he wanted career-wise, “Will that make his life easier? The answer is absolutely not,” Lowe said. “His life is in shambles.” Lowe said that there are “really big Parker Industries stories” leading into the “Fall of Parker” story, and that Superior Octopus will have a major role.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso joined the panel in progress.
Former Marvel editor and current VP, Development- Marvel Television & New Media Stephen Wacker stood up during the Q&A to prompt the panel to talk about the new Marvel’s Spider-Man animated series, which will premiere on Aug. 19. Lowe said that the show’s producers flew out himself and Dan Slott for multiple creative meetings on the series, and he called the show “incredibly written” and that it puts the character in new contexts you haven’t seen him in before.
Alonso briefly discussed the aims of Marvel Legacy, saying that the publisher’s creators were challenged to “excavate gems” from Marvel’s past, and “use them to embrace new readership.” Alonso said he was “very excited” for the initiative, and that it was a “great way to remind people we love the mythology as much as you do.”
To wrap the panel, Lowe teased the march towards Amazing Spider-Man #800 (the series will renumber in October with issues #789 and #790). Lowe said the plans for the issue are “just as huge as they were for #700.”
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Yes, one of them looks like a raccoon tail.
After teasing comic book fans with ominous shadow images of six evil Batmen from the Dark Multiverse several weeks ago, their final, terrifying images were revealed earlier this morning Comic-Con International: San Diego.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures is currently “polishing” a script for a Van Helsing reboot, and looking to court Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) for the title role.
The Van Helsing film would reportedly be a part of Universal’s planned “Dark Universe” that began with the Tom Cruise-led The Mummy. Though The Mummy was a critical and financial upset, the involvement of Tom Cruise (in the eyes of the studio) reportedly prevented the film from being a total disaster — thus, encouraging Universal to cast big names for its “Dark Universe” headliners.
Tied together by Russell Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, the “Dark Universe” will include such films as The Bride of Frankenstein, for which Universal is eying Angelina Jolie to play the titular monster, and is looking at nabbing Beauty and the Beast’s Bill Condon as director, in addition to The Invisible Man, starring Johnny Depp, and Creature from the Black Lagoon, which has yet to begin casting, but will be written by Aquaman scribe Will Beall.
The next “Dark Universe” film, The Bride of Frankenstein, is slated for a February 14, 2019 release.
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Warner Bros. Television has unveiled new character designs for Young Justice: Outsiders, the long-awaited third season of the beloved animated series.
The debut, made today during the “Young Justice Q&A” panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, was accompanied by the introduction of a new character to the show’s universe: Thirteen, possibly Traci Thirteen, the teenage daughter of DC Comics’ classic paranormal investigator Doctor Thirteen, although the panelists seemed to suggest she’s a new character.
The characters depicted in the image are, from left, Static, Kid Flash, Robin, Wonder Girl, Spoiler, Blue Beetle, Thirteen, Arrowette, Arsenal and Beast Boy. That lineup will undoubtedly ignite rounds of “What about–?” from Young Justice fans wondering what roles characters like Aqualad, Miss Martian and Superboy might play in Season 3.
“We’re telling these stories in a DC Universe, which doesn’t mean that we will not see our early season character again,” co-creator Brandon Vietti told the audience at Comic-Con, “but it’s important to show these characters in a growing DC Universe.”
Young Justice originally aired for two seasons, from 2011 to 2013, on Cartoon Network before ending with the epic “Invasion” storyline. After years of lobbying by fans and creators alike, Warner Bros. Animation finally announced in November that the series would return for a third season. Although it was widely assumed Season 3 would air on Cartoon Network, alongside Teen Titans Go! and Justice League Action, Warner Bros. revealed in April that Young Justice: Outsiders will instead will join a live-action Titans series next year on Warner Bros.’ new DC Comics-branded digital platform.
The move from Cartoon Network to the steaming service permits the producers and writers to explore different aspects of the Young Justice universe. “There’s more creative room here for more adult themes and more sophisticated and challenging stories for our characters,” Vietti said. “We have a little more room to write for that now.” The tone will skew more adult, to keep up with the young heroes as they age.
Executive produced by Sam Register, and produced by co-creators Vietti and Greg Weisman, Young Justice: Outsiders will find the teen heroes facing their greatest challenge as they fight meta-human trafficking “and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.”
Young Justice: Outsiders is planned for 26 episodes, the same as the first season (Season 2’s “Invasion!” contained 20), but Weisman said during the Q&A that “the last few have not been written yet.”
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Warner Bros. is developing a plan to transition from Ben Affleck as Batman to another actor in the role, possibly as soon as filming begins on the first post-Justice League film to feature the popular DC Comics superhero.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, despite studio chief Toby Emmerich’s recent assurance that “Ben is our Batman… We want to keep him in the cowl as long as we can,” plans are in play to “gracefully” shift to a new actor.
This news comes as little surprise, as Affleck’s dissatisfaction with the role has been a topic of discussion for months. Not only did Affleck step out of the directing role for his first solo outing as the hero, incoming director Matt Reeves decided to scrap Affleck’s script for the film when he came on board, further pushing back production on the already delayed film. Adding to these issues is what appears to be growing concern on Warner Bros.’ part about the prospect of a 50-plus year old Affleck portraying the Dark Knight by the time the planned second and third films in Reeves’ trilogy rolls around.
Whether Warner Bros. will replace Affleck as Bruce Wayne, or if the studio will find an in-story way of changing the identity of the man under the mask remains unknown at this point. The character’s source material certainly offers plenty of guidance for the latter option, having already placed characters like Dick Grayson (Nightwing), Damian Wayne (Robin) and others in the role. However, each of those heroes had the benefit of years’ worth of stories for fans to grow accustomed to them before having them step up to the plate as the Dark Knight. If Warner Bros, Affleck and Reeves are serious about transitioning to a new actor sooner than later, they won’t have the same luxury, making a legacy character development much more difficult to successfully pull off.
With Affleck currently headed to San Diego to take part in the studio’s major Hall H presentation at Comic-Con International to promote Justice League, it’s unlikely we’ll hear any official word about this any time soon, though more rumors are sure to surface in the weeks ahead.
Affleck reprises his role as Batman on Nov. 17 in Justice League. He’ll next be seen in The Batman (maybe), alongside Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and, at least last we knew, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.
A group of LGBTQ people took action in a North Carolina court on Friday, filing a lawsuit in response to HB 142, a troubling piece of legislation passed by the state earlier this year.
The lawsuit, backed by a handful of plaintiffs, the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, is an expansion of a similar suit filed against the state’s infamous House Bill 2, or HB 2, in 2016.
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Both the Incredible Hulk and his puny counterpart Robert Bruce Banner have changed over the years, but some things have remained the same. What’s always consistent is the Hulk’s incredible strength. On the low end when he was grey, it was around Class 70 (able to lift/press 70 tons), but when he was mean and green his strength was Class 100. Although Superman was originally able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, Hulk can jump several miles in one stride. Hulk also has some weird powers too, such as being able to see astral projections and the innate ability to return to the site of the Gamma Bomb explosion that birthed him. As strong as he is, arguably his greatest strength is his resilience, because the Incredible One has taken a crazy amount of punishment over the decades and lived to tell the tale.
Superheroes get punched all the time, but how many people have been punched into outer space? How many heroes have fought literal Gods or been turned into stone? If you thought Wolverine had an amazing healing factor, wait until you see what Hulk has lived through, and then you’ll really find out why he’s referred to as “incredible.” Here are the 15 most brutal injuries the Hulk has survived.
BLACK BOLT’S SCREAM
Black Bolt is the leader of an off-shoot of humanity called the Inhumans, who live on the moon. The Inhumans have weird powers. His wife Medusa (also his cousin) has the ability to control the movement of her prehensile hair. Their pet, Lockjaw, is a giant teleporting dog… who used to be a man. It’s complicated. Black Bolt has the ability to emit a ridiculously powerful sonic scream. Banshee and Angar the Screamer got nothing on him.
When he merely whispers, he can cause earthquakes, and if he wants to, he can shatter whole planets with just a word. So, when Hulk went charging at Black Bolt, he had no choice but to hit him with his sonic scream at point blank range. Everything around him was destroyed but Hulk came back, literally asking for more.
SKIN TELEKINETICALLY FLAYED OFF
The U-Foes are basically the villainous version of The Fantastic Four. They flew into space to get exposed to the same cosmic rays that the FF did and they successfully gain superpowers. The man that financed the operation was Simon Utrecht, who develops telekinetic powers and goes by the name Vector. When Banner retained his intelligence while having Hulk’s strength, he joined a think-tank group called the Pantheon, a group populated by superhumans that operate out of a hidden base in the Nevada desert.
At one point, the Hulk’s nemesis, the Leader, used the U-Foes to attack the Mount, the headquarters of the Pantheon. Vector and Hulk faced off, and using his telekinesis, Vector sheered off most of the skin and muscle from the Hulk. After swatting away Vector, he fully regenerated within a few moments, but man that looked like it hurt.
EATEN BY COCKROACHES
In 2002, Marvel released Hulk: The End, a one-shot that depicted a possible ending for Bruce Banner and his alter ego. Due to nuclear warfare, the Hulk is literally the only person left on the planet. The comic is wonderfully compelling, given the fact that there aren’t really any other characters in the book. Remember when you were told that only Twinkies and cockroaches would survive a nuclear disaster? Let’s just say this book doesn’t have any cream-filled snacks (maybe Galactus ate all of them).
Every so often, flying mutant cockroaches swarm down upon the Hulk and literally devour him. (Un)Fortunately, thanks to all the radiation that Hulk has been absorbing, he can pretty much grow himself back from nothingness, but it’s gotta hurt and he’s gotta be tired of doing so after the first 100 times. That’s what happens when the “strongest there is” just means “the last thing to eat.”
In The Incredible Hulk #343, audiences were introduced to The Rock and Redeemer, two of the newest henchmen of The Leader. Rock and Redeemer were former members of the Hulkbusters but after the group disbanded, they were recruited by the Leader to get revenge against the Hulk. Redeemer wore a suit of armor that had a large arsenal of weapons. Rock was encased in a rocky substance that could float and shift into different shapes.
During a battle between Hulk, Rock and Redeemer, the Rock creates an incredibly long and sharp protrusion and impales the Hulk with it. The injury is so profound that he has to crawl to the nearby Gamma Bomb to diffuse it. Whoa, a bomb? Sounds like being impaled by a rocky lance was just the beginning of his problems.
POINT BLANK BLAST BY HAVOK
Be careful of the Summers brothers. Scott Summers is the mutant Cyclops whose optic blasts is strong enough to puncture holes in steel. Alex Summers is also a mutant and goes by the name Havok. Alex absorbs cosmic energy and projects it outwards as energy blasts. Havok in the past has worn special containment suits to give him more mastery over his powers. Whereas Cyclops’ blasts are concussive, Havok’s energy projections are more deadly because they also employ heat and radiation.
When X-Factor fought the Hulk in Incredible Hulk#391, Havok deduced that he could absorb directly the gamma radiation from the Hulk’s own body while attacking him with plasma blasts. The combination was enough to almost immobilize the Hulk, and eventually Havok’s blast threw Hulk miles away from the battle scene, but because of the size of the explosion, people thought he was incinerated.
PUNCHED INTO OUTER SPACE
In Amazing Spider-Man #328 Peter Parker was going through a series of changes. For reasons he would learn later, he was becoming more and more powerful. He was getting much stronger (strength way beyond Class 100), he developed the ability to fly, even fired energy beams from his hands and eyes. The Hulk’s timing couldn’t have been worse. Would Hulk have fought Spider-Man knowing that Spidey was the current host of Captain Universe?
Arguably no, but while the two fought, Hulk understandably found himself on the losing end of the fight. The battle climaxed with Spider-Man punching Hulk into outer space. Although he survived the punch, he had a new problem: because the grey Hulk transformed at night, if he were to remain in space he would transform back into Banner once the sun rose. Fortunately Spider-Man flew into space and brought Hulk back down to Earth before that happened.
SHOT IN THE HEAD
Who Shot The Hulk was a storyline that launched Volume 3 of Hulk #1. Technically, it’s Bruce Banner that was shot. In fact, the woman that did it was a good enough marksman to shoot Banner in the head and neither kill him nor trigger the Hulk transformation (jeez, they must have borrowed Deadshot from DC). It picks up from the end of Indestructible Hulk #20 where for a brief period, The Hulk became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Banner is rescued from the people that shot him, coincidentally, by Dr. Aaron Carpenter, a person he went to college with, as well as a woman who the Hulk saved as a child during a battle with Zzzax. Hulk escapes but suffers from intense headaches and when he becomes Banner, he’s a simpleton. The brain damage is so profound that it takes a modified injection of Extremis by Tony Stark to heal the injuries.
DESTROYED BY ZEUS
The Hulk was joined by his son and other gamma powered persons, resulting in a slight rename of the book to reflect the larger cast of characters. In Incredible Hulks #601, the Hulks go to Mount Olympus (yes, that one) and the Hulk goes up against Zeus himself. If you’re wondering how the Hulk does against a God, it goes about as well as expected.
In just a few punches, Zeus shatters the Hulk’s rib cage and collapses his lungs. Although Hulk gets some good shots in, he is soundly defeated and chained to a rock where he is tortured in a similar way to how Prometheus was. This match up is almost as epic as WWE’s Summerslam 1989 when Zeus took on Hulk (Hogan)! Almost.
GUTTED BY WOLVERINE
One of the greatest comic book rivalries has to be between Hulk and Wolverine. It pits the sheer brute strength of the Hulk against the animalistic savagery of Logan, who made his first full appearance in the pages of The Incredible Hulk #181. Wolverine’s adamantium claws are sharp enough and strong enough to rip through Hulk’s skin and in What If #31 Wolverine kills Hulk by repeated attacks to Hulk’s throat (and that was when he was the stronger green incarnation).
In Incredible Hulk #340, the gray Hulk faces off against Wolverine, who takes advantage of his lower-powered status and slices him up something fierce. The attack is brutal and takes out the Hulk, and although the gray version is weaker, he gets angrier faster. This is probably what had him heal with such speed, otherwise Hulk would have been a goner.
FROZEN IN ICE BLOCK
The X-Men have had a lot of powerful members on their roster. Cyclops was a savvy tactician and had intense optic blasts. Colossus was incredibly strong and resilient due to his metallic skin. And then there’s Iceman, who by his own admission never really lived up to his potential. At one point, Iceman had problems controlling his own powers and eventually wore a belt that offered him the command he needed.
But before he had the belt, X-Factor fought in The Incredible Hulk #336. To prevent Cyclops from being injured, he used his powers against Hulk with unexpected results. The Hulk was frozen in a giant block of ice so immense and cold that even the Hulk couldn’t escape from it. Iceman himself was surprised that he could stop the Hulk.
MENTAL TRAUMA OF MOM DYING
The Incredible Hulk #312 was a crossover with the limited series Secret Wars II. Although it’s an extension of the larger series involving the Beyonder, there are some very key moments in the comic by writer Bill Mantlo that would impact future writers for decades. The issue examines the Hulk’s painful childhood and makes the claim that the monster was always inside of him but took a Gamma Bomb to release it.
Bruce Banner as a child unfortunately has to witness the abuse and eventual death of his mother at the hands of his father. These memories not only haunt Bruce and Hulk, but also have been weaponized and used against him. In The Incredible Hulk #403, Mentallo is able to use the Hulk’s childhood trauma as a means of brainwashing him. Who knew the strongest mortal on Earth could be that vulnerable?
SNAPPED HIS OWN NECK
In 1992, the limited series Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect was released to great fanfare. In it, The Hulk was brought to a nightmarish future by Rick Jones to combat the Maestro. After some deduction, Hulk realizes that the Maestro is a future version of himself. The Maestro is bald, has a thick beard, and is much stronger than the Hulk brought from the past.
In this alternate timeline, the Earth is devastated by a nuclear war, and the Hulk/Maestro absorbs the radiation up like a sponge. During their battle, the Hulk tries to help some innocent bystanders who almost got killed by a falling building. The Maestro comes up from behind and snaps the Hulk’s neck. It doesn’t kill him but puts him out of commission for a bit, completely paralyzing him from the neck down.
The four part series called Countdown premiered in The Incredible Hulk#364. An unknown party has poisoned Bruce Banner, but before the poison can kill him he transforms into the gray Hulk. At this time, the Hulk’s transformation was triggered by the sun setting, so the Hulk has to keep alive while also trying to find out who poisoned him. Because it’s a specifically tailored poison, the angrier Hulk gets, the faster the poison spreads, putting him in quite the predicament.
Fortunately the gray Hulk, although significantly weaker, was quite wily and used his brains to outwit such opponents as The Abomination and The Thing. Eventually, he learns that the culprit was a new villain that went under the name Madman, and in his weakened state must fight him to get the cure.
TURNED INTO STONE STATUE
In 1989, Marvel had an ingenious crossover called Acts of Vengeance in which supervillains borrowed a page from Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train. Villains organized attacking each other’s archenemies, banking on the fact that they would not be prepared to face unfamiliar foes. Paul Pierre Duval, also known as the Grey Gargoyle, was sent to take down the Hulk. GG has the ability to turn you to stone if he touches you with his right hand.
He’s also no dummy; instead of fighting the Hulk he finds Bruce Banner and turns him into stone. Battle won, right? At this point in his existence, Hulk was gray and transformed not when Bruce was angry but when the sun went down. When the sun set, much to the Grey Gargoyle’s surprise, the rock statue Banner transformed into a rock statue Hulk, who was able to eventually overcome his stone form.
SURVIVED GAMMA BOMB EXPLOSION
Could the most brutal injury that Hulk survived be the one that caused his own creation? It was writer Bill Mantlo that proposed the Hulk was inside Bruce Banner all along and all it took was the Gamma Bomb detonation to release him. It is Bruce Banner who is actually the real Hulk, a virtual pressure cooker filled with rage towards his abusive father and towards the unfair hand the world has dealt him.
Was the Gamma Bomb the injury that broke the camel’s back, so to speak? Was it the Gamma Bomb that served as the final straw for Bruce Banner before he released his incredible anger upon the world? By surviving the Gamma Bomb explosion, Hulk showed the world who the strongest mortal on Earth really was, and that person is Bruce Banner.
Are there worse injuries out there that the Hulk has survived? Help us round out our list in the comments!
There’s nothing like the bonds black sisterhood creates.
That’s emphasized in two highly-anticipated premieres this weekend: “Girls Trip” which hits theaters July 21 and Season 2 of Issa Rae’s “Insecure” which premieres on HBO July 23.
Sharing a life means sharing your microbes.
After languishing in development hell for over a decade, it finally seems DC Films’ Shazam! movie is set to say the magic word and make the jump into production. It was recently revealed that the film is the next on DC Films’ radar to shoot, and that director David F. Sandberg will officially helm the motion picture. Now, Sandberg has spoken out about what drew him to the project in light of his appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Speaking to IGN, Sandberg addressed whether or not his trend of doing films with young protagonists led him to take Shazam!, saying, “Yeah, just because it’s like the ultimate wish fulfillment, you know? Every kid wants to be Superman, and here’s a kid who gets the chance to be Superman, and you know, finds out that could also be a challenge.”
Sandberg is the latest horror director to take the reins of a superhero film, after Scott Derrickson (Sinister) did so for Doctor Strange, and James Wan (the Conjuring) is set to do for Aquaman.
Dwayne Johnson, who long eyed the title role before opting to instead play his foe Black Adam, reportedly won’t be involved in Shazam! Warner Bros. announced plans for a Black Adam solo film early this year. Although Armie Hammer has been mentioned as a contender for the starring role, most recently by Johnson, there has been no casting news. That could change this weekend, of course, with Comic-Con International revving up in San Diego.
Shazam! is expected to begin principal photography early next year.
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3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects
After a four year absence, DC’s fan favorite animated series Young Justice is making it’s triumphant return with Young Justice: Outsiders, a third season set to premier on the (still ambiguously unnamed) DC-branded streaming service launching in 2018.
The cast and crew of Outsiders is taking the stage at Comic-Con International in San Diego to take a look back at the first two seasons and give attendees a first look at the future of the show.
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The panel opened with a sizzle reel of the first two seasons, as well as a promotion for DC Fan Updates, a website where fans are able to input their email address to receive direct updates about the future of the still unnamed DC digital service where the third season will premier.
Producer Greg Weisman sighted the importance of fans and the popularity of the show on Netflix for the show’s revival. He specifically thanked the fans for talking so much about the show and starting petitions calling for it’s return.
He then joked about how Young Justice was the perfect binge watching show, that dropped five years too early for binge watching to be a thing.
“The time jump between seasons one and two worked so well in the story, we wanted to do it in real life!”
The next question then went out about the difference between production for Cartoon Network and for DC’s streaming service. The panel answered with a quick “absolutely.”
“There’s more creative room here for more adult themes and more sophisticated and challenging stories for our characters. We have a little more room to write for that now.” Said Brandon Vietti.
Weisman then confirmed that the team has twelve episodes written, but it will “depend on who you ask.”
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Scientists studying ancient predators for possible human benefit
From MAC lip kits and brush sets to blow dryers and makeup mirrors, there’s something for everyone. We skimmed Nordstrom’s best beauty deals and pulled the top-rated beauty products that are marked down right now to cut through the discount clutter (though we totally recommend taking at look at all of their beauty exclusives while you’re at it).
Rates of congenital syphilis are on the rise after years of decline.
Rates of congenital syphilis are on the rise after years of decline.
It all began with a tweet.
In late-2015, Hip-Hop Family Tree creator Ed Piskor, let it be known on Twitter that he had an idea that could take 300 issues of X-Men comics and turn them into a 300-page epic, should Marvel Comics be interested. As it turned out, Marvel was — revealed as part of the publisher’s Comic-Con International announcements, Piskor’s X-Men Grand Design will untangle decades of Marvel’s mutant adventures, streamlining them all into a single storyline.
“I don’t look down on this material at all,” Piskor told Pittsburgh City Paper of his story, which will distill decades of comics into a mere six issues. “I have great admiration for these comics, and I consider this project to be built on the shoulders of giants… I’m not doing anything insanely controversial with the material.”
“[X-Men Grand Design] tells them in a way [that] it all seamlessly goes together, even if in reality it wasn’t like that,” series editor Chris Robinson says of Piskor’s approach.
Piskor, who writes and illustrates his acclaimed indy comic on his own, will draw from more than the likes of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Chris Claremont and other creators who made the X-Men one of MArvel’s biggest franchises. The writer/artist said his story will also include dos to the art sales of Prince Valiant creator Hal Foster, Scrooge McDuck creator Carl Barks and more, as he writes, draws, colors and letters the entire storyline on his own.
X-Men Grand Design #1 arrives in December from Marvel Comics.
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On Friday, Sean Spicer announced his resignation as White House press secretary following the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, a move he allegedly disagreed with. According to the New York Times, Spicer “flatly rejected” a position subordinate to Scaramucci, who apparently has the support of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Sean Spicer resigned as White House press secretary on Friday, leaving Melissa McCarthy without a job on “Saturday Night Live” and the rest of Hollywood plenty of material for a good, old-fashioned Twitter roasting.
The news came after former Goldman Sachs banker Anthony Scaramucci was named White House communications director. Spicer’s blunders in his role as press secretary have been highly publicized since President Donald Trump took office in January.