– Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment have released a new official poster for the next Superman film, “MAN OF STEEL”. The film hits theaters June 14th, 2013, and is directed by Zack Synder and produced by Chris Nolan. As one can see above, it features star Henry Cavill as Superman being led in shackles by the military. While the image of Superman being arrested may surprise some mainstream audiences, fans of his TV shows may not be terribly surprised; both “LOIS & CLARK” and “SMALLVILLE” had plots involving Superman submitting to arrest for some reason. Meanwhile, Nolan was interviewed about this film as “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” is soon to be offered on DVD and blu-ray, and he naturally states that Superman is a different character than Batman and thus was handled differently. He also heaps praise for the film’s vision on Synder as well as writer David S. Goyer, who handled the screenplay. With rumors of a “Justice League” film cycling down the pipe, Nolan neither confirmed or denied any involvement, merely stating that his work on Batman films was over. It is unknown whether Cavill will appear in “Justice League” although actors in many big budget superhero films often sign a contract to appear in more than one film should the studio choose.
– According to Deadline, Warner Brothers and The CW are looking to move forward with a pilot for “AMAZON”, a TV show featuring a young Wonder Woman. Casting directors Barbara Fiorentino and Danielle Aufiero have been hired to search for an actress in her mid 20’s who is 5′ 8” or taller for the role of the Amazonian princess and heroine. The screenplay is to be written by Allen Heinberg, who write an arc of her comic book series and is best known for “GRAY’S ANATOMY”. In the summary of the title character, she is referred to as “Iris”, not Diana – but once Deadline leaked the story, Heinberg and other sources (such as Geoff Johns) hit the web to assure confused fans that the lead in the series will indeed be named Diana and the “Iris” alias was a failed attempt to avoid attention from news hounds. While casting a lead before finishing the script may seem odd, it is not so unusual within TV and with “ARROW” providing The CW with great ratings, the network want to strike their DC Comics iron while it is hot. Whether via animation or live action, the small screen has often proven to be a more futile ground for DC heroes not named Batman than films have been. The character summary for Iris/Diana portrays the character as a young and brash Amazon out of water who has to adjust to the world outside the island.
– In major news within DC Comics itself, Karen Berger is stepping down as executive editor and senior vice president of VERTIGO, the imprint she had steered for almost 20 years. She has worked for DC Comics for almost 30 years entirely and among the bodies of work she has had a role in editing include SANDMAN, PREACHER, 100 BULLETS, Y: THE LAST MAN, FABLES, V FOR VENDETTA, SWAMP THING, ANIMAL MAN, DMZ, and AMERICAN VAMPIRE. She has worked with and/or promoted talents such as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, Brian K. Vaughan and Scott Synder. As usual with this sort of announcement, the leaving party has nothing but positive words for the company and her bosses at DC follow in suit. Berger cites wishing to leave for a “professional change”, although some circles consider this an inevitable result to Berger’s role in DC being marginalized within the last three years – an era which has seen Bob “Bankruptcy” Harris hired as editor-in-chief ahead of her and the role of VERTIGO diminishing as focus shifted to the “New 52”. Before Diane Nelson became president of DC Entertainment, Berger was one of the most influential figures at DC, promoting comics and an imprint which would provide timeless classics to the medium. Hired by Paul Levitz to edit LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES in 1979, Berger edited all of the aforementioned classics of the 1980’s (as well as WONDER WOMAN and AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD) and created the VERTIGO imprint in 1993. Berger was also in charge of MINX, a failed imprint seeking to attract girls via imitation manga from 2007-2008. Levitz stepped down as president of DC Comics in 2009 to become a writer again, and since then DC has seen several managerial shifts. Since then DC has seen an increase in both sales and fan outrage, and this news will likely continue that direction. Regardless, Berger will remain until 2013 to help ease in the next editing team at VERTIGO – which is around when HELLBLAZER calls it a run after 25 years.