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6 Actors Join The Cast For The ‘Suicide Squad’ Film Adaptation

Jared LetoWarner Bros. has announced that six actors have joined the cast of the Suicide Squad film adaptation.

The original story (published by DC Comics) stars a group of supervillains who band together as anti-heroes in service of the United States government. Jared Leto (pictured, via) will play the Joker, Will Smith will play Deadshot, Tom Hardy will play Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie will play Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney will play Boomerang, and Cara Delevingne will play Enchantress.

Deadline reports that Jesse Eisenberg may reprise his role as Lex Luthor (from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) for this movie. Filmmaker David Ayer has been brought on to serve as both the director and screenwriter. A release date has been scheduled for August 05, 2016. (via BuzzFeed)

IDW Publishing to Adapt ‘Jem & The Holograms’ Into a Comic Series

JemIDW Publishing will adapt the Jem And The Holograms cartoon into a new comic series.

The creative team behind this project includes writer Kelly Thompson, illustrator Ross Campbell, and artist Sara Richard. The premiere issue will be released in March 2015. Five rainbow foil covers have been created for this first book.

Here’s more from the press release: “It’s the 21st century, and Jem and The Holograms are 21st century girls! Meet Jerrica Benton, the gifted singer of The Holograms, a band that has the right look and the right sound…But one thing is holding them back—Jerrica’s crippling stage fright. Luckily, Jerrica is about to find help in the most unlikely of places when she discovers a forgotten present left by her father. And what she finds is truly outrageous!”

GraphicAudio Adapts a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Prose Novel

GraphicAudio has adapted Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon and Groot – Steal The Galaxy! We’ve embedded a SoundCloud trailer above—what do you think?

This project is based on a Marvel Entertainment prose novel written by Dan Abnett. It features a cast of more than 40 voice actors, original music, and sound effects. Follow this link to listen to a sample snippet.

Here’s more from the press release: “They are not Captain America, Iron Man or Spider-Man, however Rocket Raccoon and the faithful Groot are the baddest heroes in the cosmos, and they’re on the run across the Marvel Universe! During a spaceport brawl, the pair rescues an android Recorder from a pack of alien lizard men. Everyone in the galaxy including the ruthless Kree Empire and the stalwart Nova Corps, seems to want that Recorder for their own power.”

Harper Lodge to Re-Appear in New Archie Comics Project

Harper Lodge ArchieEarlier this year, Archie Comics introduced a new character with a disability named Harper Lodge. She first appeared in Archie issue #656.

Harper will return for another adventure with the Riverdale gang in Archie issue #665. The company will release this new project in 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “Harper’s latest venture: writing a romance book about the boys in Riverdale, has everybody trying to figure out the big question: Who is Harper writing about? Will the gang be able to solve the mystery?”

IDW Publishing to Release a U.S. Edition of ‘The Infinite Loop’

Infinite LoopWriter Pierrick Colinet and artist Elsa Charretier formed a partnership to create a comic called The Infinite Loop. The collaborators launched a crowdfunding campaign in France and raised €12,575 (approximately $15646.57 USD) for this project.

IDW Publishing has acquired the rights to release a U.S. edition. The first installment of this 6-issue mini-series will be released in April 2015.

Here’s more from the press release: “The Infinite Loop is a science-fiction series that asks the age-old question, ‘What would you risk for a chance at true love?’ Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, ‘a time paradox’ and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences.”

Bono Stars in Comic Book

Fame BonoBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling U2 frontman Bono.

According to the press release, Michael L. Frizell wrote the story, Jayfri Hashim created the interior artwork, and David Frizell produced the cover art.

For Frizell, “Bono is a fascinating artist. Equal parts rock star, goodwill ambassador, and humanitarian, his work has stood the test of time…In writing the comic, I wanted to convey the legendary performer as the ultimate Everyman.”

Christopher Nolan Has Written An ‘Interstellar’ Comic

Christopher NolanHave you seen the movie Interstellar? Director Christopher Nolan (pictured, via) wrote a comic to reveal a back story for two characters: Dr. Mann (played by Oscar winner Matt Damon) and his robot SKIPP.

Wired posted “Absolute Zero” in its entirety on the magazine’s website. The 7 page comic will also appear in the print edition; Nolan is serving as the guest editor for this issue which focuses on themes of time, space, and multiple dimensions. Animator Sean Gordon Murphy created the artwork for this project.

Here’s more about the comic book: “Before Cooper left his daughter to find humanity a new home in space, there were the Lazarus missions. Led by Dr. Mann, this was NASA’s first attempt to locate a hospitable exoplanet. So what happened to Mann on the other side of the wormhole? We teamed Christopher Nolan with award-winning comic-book artist Sean Gordon Murphy to tell Mann’s story.” (via The Hollywood Reporter)

Stephen Colbert Stars in Comic Book

PPStephenColbertBluewater Productions has created a biographical comic book profiling The Colbert Show host Stephen Colbert.

According to the press release, Hal Hilden wrote the story and Kelly Brine created the artwork.

For Hilden, the “goal was to write a fun little biography, mixing fact with fiction, that hopefully one of Stephen Colbert’s many personas would enjoy reading.”

Dark Horse Comics to Publish a Gillian Flynn Short Story in an Anthology

gillian-flynn-237x300Gillian Flynn’s comic short story, entitled “Masks,” will be featured in the Dark Horse Presents 200 anthology.

According to the press release, this will be the first time that “Masks” appears in a United States publication. It was originally released in The Guardian, a United Kingdom-based newspaper.

Dave Gibbons, the illustrator behind the Watchmen series, has signed on to create the artwork for this project. The book will come out on February 18, 2015.

Sony May Create a Movie About Peter Parker’s Aunt May

Aunt MayRumors are swirling in Hollywood that Sony plans to create a movie about Peter Parker’s Aunt May.

Here’s more from Latino-Review: “The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men, which sounds like a way of saying ‘classier Agent Carter‘ without name-dropping Marvel’s upcoming series. But the whole point here is that I NOT mention Marvel, because Sony isn’t giving up the Spider-Verse before they make an attempt at a movie based on the completely fabricated past of May Parker. Well, the espionage part is fabricated.”

The plot from the screenplay would be set during May Parker’s youth before she became a guardian for Spider-Man. In recent years, actresses Rosemary Harris and Sally Field (pictured, via) have taken on the role of Ben Parker’s widow. Who would you cast as a young Aunt May?

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