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Bluewater Productions Releases ‘Beyond: The Joker, The Man Who Laughs’

JokerBluewater Productions has published a “news biography” project that focuses on the infamous villain of the Batman comic series, The Joker.

This new comic book, Beyond: The Joker, The Man Who Laughs, delves into and explores several Joker-related, real life, criminal cases. Dan Lauer created the artwork and Valerie D’Orazio worked on the writing; they both collaborated on the recently released Beyond: Edward Snowden comic.

D’Orazio had this statement in the press release: “I’ve always found the Joker to be both fascinating and disturbing, and wanted to get at the heart of the character’s worldwide appeal. What I discovered was no less paradoxical and uncanny than the Joker himself, and that’s what this comic is all about.”

Jason Momoa to Play Aquaman in the ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Movie

AquamanActor Jason Momoa has landed the role of Aquaman in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Momoa has become well-known for his portrayal of the character Khal Drogo in the Game of Thrones HBO series. An announcement on Facebook has received more than 200 “likes.”

Other confirmed members of the cast include Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex LuthorGal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The release date for this film, originally scheduled for July 2015, has been moved to May 2016. What do you think?

New Trailer Revealed For ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’

Dimension Films has unveiled a new trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The story for this film adaptation is largely based on book two of Frank Miller’s Sin City series.

The video embedded above features scenes with actors Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A release date has been scheduled for August 22, 2014. (via Deadline)

Archie Comics to Launch New ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Horror Series

Sabrina CoverArchie Comics will launch a new horror series starring Sabrina the Teenage Witch called Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also works on the Afterlife with Archie series, will serve as the writer. Robert Hack has signed on to create the art.

According to the press release, this new series “promises to show fan-favorite character Sabrina in a way fans have never seen her.” The first issue has been scheduled to come out in October 2014.

Peyton Reed to Direct the ‘Ant-Man’ Film Adaptation

Ant-ManMarvel has hired filmmaker Peyton Reed to helm the Ant-Man film adaptation. Writer Adam McKay will work on the script.

Prior to this announcement, McKay had been in talks to take the director’s seat himself. Last month, he sent out a tweet confirming that he would not take on that position.

Deadline reports that comedic actor Paul Rudd will star in the titular role and Oscar winner Michael Douglas will play Dr. Hank Pym. A release date has been scheduled for July 17, 2015.

Julia Child Stars in Interactive Comic Book App

FFJuliaChildBluewater Productions has created an app edition of the Female Force: Julia Child comic book.

After the original print version of this biographical comic had sold out, the publisher used Authorly to transform it into an interactive app. The price for this app has been set at $2.99; readers can download it from iTunes, Google Play, or the Amazon Appstore.

Here’s more from the press release: “Click on ‘audio hotspots’ to hear sound effects play and swipe to navigate through Child’s journey toward being a chef. Authorly apps include features such as narration, word-by-word highlighted text, audio and video hotspots, basic animation and movements, sound effects and background music, and more!”

Archie Comics Introduces First Character With a Disability

Archie 656Archie Comics will introduce a new female character named Harper. The newest member of the Riverdale gang, cousin to Veronica Lodge, has a disability.

Writer and artist Dan Parent became inspired to create Harper after having a conversation with author Jewel Kats, who is also disabled. The character’s debut will take place in Archie issue #656; this comic is slated for release on June 18th.

Co-CEO and publisher Jon Goldwater had this statement in the press release: “Harper is, first and foremost, a funny, fashionable and witty teenager. The fact that she’s disabled is only one part of her story, and we’re excited to welcome her to Riverdale and Archie Comics.”

Disney Reveals Teaser Trailer For ‘Big Hero 6′

Disney has unveiled a teaser trailer the computer-animated film adaptation, Big Hero 6.

The story follows a team of superheroes that were originally developed by Marvel Comics. A release date has been scheduled for November 07, 2014.

According to Deadline, filmmakers Don Hall and Chris Williams served as the co-directors. The cast of voice actors include The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson, The Avengers star Samuel L. Jackson, and Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph.

Edward Snowden Comic Book Coming Soon

a20791a1459a027f34b051_mBluewater Productions is working on a new comic book biography of Edward SnowdenBeyond: Edward Snowden, will explore Snowden’s biography to try to understand what motivated him to reveal news of wide spread government surveillance by the NSA.

Marvel Comics writer Valerie D’Orazio wrote the story and Dan Lauer did the artwork. “Working with Bluewater on this comic was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring such a fascinating public figure’s story to life,” stated D’Orazio. “Dan’s art really added another dimension to this project and provided a look at a side of Edward Snowden the public has never really seen before. As a writer, I feel really lucky to have found a publisher who was willing to work with me so closely to turn my vision into a reality.”

The comic will be available in print and eBook versions on May 21st. You can preorder the comic for $3.99 at this link.

Randall Munroe Asks ‘What If?’ at TED 2014

Randall Munroe, the creator of the “xkcd” webcomic, gave a presentation at TED 2014 about how asking “What if…?” influences his work.

During his talk, Munroe revealed that he enjoys using math to answer hypothetical questions and creating comics about them. He shared a story about encountering a particularly hard question: “If all digital data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?”

We’ve embedded the full talk in the video above. In addition to delivering his presentation, Munroe also contributed drawings for Allan Adams’ improvised talk, “The Discovery That Could Rewrite Physics.” What do you think? (via the TED Blog)

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