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The Galactic Empire has responded to the White House’s response to the Death Star Petition:

IMPERIAL CENTER, CORUSCANT – The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcement by the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet. “It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,“ said Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories. “Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.”

Representatives on behalf of the nation-state leader from the unimaginatively named planet refused to acknowledge the obvious cowardice of their choice, preferring instead to attribute the decision to fiscal responsibility. “The costs of construction they cited were ridiculously overestimated, though I suppose we must keep in mind that this miniscule planet does not have our massive means of production,” added Admiral Conan Motti of the Imperial Starfleet.

Emissaries of the Emperor also caution any seditious elements within the Galactic Senate not to believe Earth’s exaggerated claims of there being a weakness in the Death Star design. “Any attacks made upon such a station — should one ever be built — would be a useless gesture,” added Motti.

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Two different articles on comment on the fact that CW President Mark Pedowitz said this:

“We’re waiting to see the script and are busy casting Diana.”

Correct me if I’m wrong but don’t you need a script first? I mean, I suppose you can work off a teleplay or story treatment (if they even have one)… but we’re talking about the casting and future of a tv show here, not prep for a mid-season episode.

They must be very confident in what kind of woman they want as Diana, what type of female fighter she is going to be because there are several different kinds. They must also know what kind of tone they are going for as well, we know it will be more like Arrow in that it will be ‘very realistic’ but that still doesn’t mean it can’t be more light-hearted or darker.

Of course, I’m quite new to the idea of creating a television show so this could be a common practice (though I’ve never heard of them doing such a thing and I have always been an avid entertainment news watcher). They could mold the tv show towards the actress which could be a pretty smart move since she’ll have to carry the lead.

However this ends up playing out, so far Amazon is not inspiring me with any confidence.

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The White House promised to respond to any petition that gets 30k signatures and the “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” met that mark. See the response below.

Official White House Response toSecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.                        

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For

By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.

Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.

Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.

We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.

We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.

If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

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Comic books in general have been known to pull some crazy stunts in order to boost sales or attempt to stay in line with pulp culture. Sometimes it’s totally awesome, sometimes it’s utterly fail. One of the biggest examples of a WTF moment was Spider-Man #700 where the writer even got death threats over the ending.

A lesser known WTF moment was the cancellation of Avengers Academy so that the characters could return in a new title. This, in and of itself, isn’t anything too noteworthy, but the fact that the new title is called Avengers Arena and is specifically about teenage students being forced to fight to the death caused several brows to be raised. Not only were they obviously capitalizing off the recent success of the Hunger Games movie but they literally stole their #1 cover from an earlier, and even bloodier, film called Battle Royale.

Avengers Arena #1 cover and Battle Royale poster

Avengers Arena #1 cover and Battle Royale poster

This made a lot of people unhappy for several reasons, least of all being that Marvel has taken a bunch of kids and basically said they were going to start killing them off… for seemingly no real good reason. It’s not the worse thing Marvel has ever done and a lot of the characters aren’t nearly as well known as, say, Spider-Man, and so the title debuted with about as much fanfare as any other title… until recently.

Just as quietly, a petition on was put up to get Avengers Arena pulled and retconned.

The cancellation of Avengers Arena by Dennis Hopeless: Cancel Avengers Arena and retcon the deaths that have happened.

Marvel has gathered together our favorite teenaged characters in a gambit to ride the coattails of The Hunger Games recent success. We cannot allow these young heroes in training to be killed off, it is an injustice to them and the future of comics – even if the majority of the comic populace; neither care, nor have heard of them. Each of these characters, established before this book, have seen substantial personal growth; growth which is about to be snuffed out in the name of sales. Let us show Marvel that we will not let this transgression go unremarked. Let us show that we will not allow our beloved characters to fade quietly into the night. Let us show Marvel that we are their dedicated fans and these are the characters we love! Join me by signing this petition, and help me show Marvel that this is not the right thing to do, that we will not sit idly by while they lump our beloved characters into the debris pile they have collected. Thank you, each and every one of you , even if you do not sign. So long as you have read this I have seeded the thought of this travesty against fans into your mind.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the first time that a petition has gone up for anything like this, esp something that is not so mainstream as one of the ‘big named’ characters. I would have expected a Spider-Man petition long before an Avengers Arena. Then again, all it takes is one person who feels for these characters to put up a petition, and since AA is a smaller title, a petition might be the only way for anyone to take notice.

As for signing the petition, I’m torn. While I don’t like the idea of a Battle Royale style anything, let alone in my comics, I can’t help but think “this is Marvel, they’ll retcon themselves eventually anyway”.

At the time of posting the petition only has 63 signatures and it looks to have been put up almost a month ago (22 days). I don’t know what kind of advertising they did for it but it just hit Bleeding Cool and it’s only a matter of time before a few other outlets pick up the story as well.

In the end, I fully believe that even if the petition got up to 30k signatures, I doubt Marvel would take any notice. It will be all about the bottom line. If Avengers Arena doesn’t sell very well then they will cancel and perhaps go back to Avengers Academy or parcel the characters off into other titles, the ones that are still living that is.

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CinemaBlend – Call Of Duty Movie Won’t Happen Due To Fear Of Disappointing Fans
Basically, because there has been no good Video Game Movie, they won’t let any of their product become movies. This is interesting though, if we can gave great Comic Book Movies, why not VBM’s? They work essentially the same.

ComicBookMovie – Jaimie Alexander Offers Advice  For Making WONDER WOMAN Work
HINT: get rid of the spandex and boobage for a starter

SuperHeroHype – Exclusive: Famke Janssen on X-Men: Days of Future Past
They apparently haven’t asked her for DOFP yet, which now puts the rumors of her in The Wolverine as suspect, but I suppose it could still work.

Nathan Sawaya’s Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite LEGO Build

Nathan Sawaya’s Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite LEGO Build

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EW posted an interview with The Wolverine director James Mangold. I recommend reading the whole article but here are some choice bits:

How closely do you follow the Claremont/Miller comic book series that inspired this movie? Sampling the vibe and some images?

It’s definitely more. A lot of that story and a lot of beats from that saga are in there — and a lot of characters. Without being religious about it, I think it’s a very admiring adaptation. …

Chronologically, this follows all the other movies featuring Wolverine.

It’s set after X-Men 3, but I wouldn’t call it a sequel to X-Men 3. …

So why did you choose to set yours after all those others?

Because of some of the themes in the Claremont/Miller saga. I felt it was really important to find Logan at a moment where he was stripped clean of his duties to the X-Men, his other allegiances, and even stripped clean of his own sense of purpose. I was fascinated with the idea of portraying Logan as a ronin – the definition of which is a samurai without a master, without a purpose. Kind of a soldier who is cut loose. War is over. What does he do? What does he face? What does he believe anymore? Who are his friends? What is his reason for being here anymore? I think those questions are especially interesting when you’re dealing with a character who is essentially immortal.

Are there any other pitfalls you feel comic book movies fall into?

A fantasy film is often improved by some kind of human reality. What makes them hard to sit through is that the modern-day tentpole film has become a lot of fast cutting and an incredible amount of money spent generating effects. What are we left with? We’re left with what we see – a kind of inundation, a head-banging barrage in which they keep turning the volume up on the mix, and flying things at you faster in the hope that it keeps you in your seat. For me, the idea of making a film with hardcore action, with physical action like I grew up reading in the comic books, but also with a heart – and this character has great heart – to me, it’s no different from making a western. Or a cop film.

Sounds like you’re leaning hard on the despair of this character.

What I wrote on the back of the script when I first read it was “Everyone I love will die.” The story I’ve been telling, he enters it believing that. Therefore he’s living in a kind of isolation. He gets drawn to Japan by an old friendship and then finds himself in a labyrinth of deceit, caught up in the agendas of mobsters, of wealth, and other powers we come to understand.

Is there anything about the earlier Wolverine films that you want to avoid?

What I felt like I hadn’t seen as a comic book fan, was I felt I hadn’t seen Logan and his rage. That sense of darkness. … The liberty I have making a film like this is I can find him.  I’m not cutting away to catch you up on any of the Thunderbird team members. It’s his emotional experience, his trajectory, his sense of loss, and his own ambivalence about his powers and talents.

True, Logan can heal — but he still feels the pain.

That to me is so interesting, the pain. I mean, Wings of Desire – all sorts of great films have been made about what it is to live on the edge of humanity, watching humanity, but not being able to fully participate – because you’re forever.

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CinemaBlend – Superman Was Tougher To Write Than Batman, Says Man of Steel Screenwriter
well, yeah, Batman was already a dark and gritty character, Superman wasn’t, trying to fit him into someone else’s box is just asking for trouble

CinemaBlend – Joseph Gordon-Levitt Joins Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, Won’t Be In Guardians Of The Galaxy
JGL would have been good in Guardians, oh well.

CinemaBlend – Guillermo del Toro Confirms Dark Universe Movie, Talks The DC Cinematic Universe
basically Justice League Dark… cool

i09 – The Justice League sells out in this awesome DC superhero money art

Artwork by Aslan Malik

Artwork by Aslan Malik

Marvel – LEGO Marvel Super Heroes On the Way

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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ComicBookMovie – Tollin/Robbins Productions  Settles SMALLVILLE Lawsuit With Warner Brothers
Of course I would think WB would want to keep the show on their network, they have the rights to the material. Though, granted, WB has put things on other networks, such as Fringe on FOX. I wonder if Smallville would have done any better on a larger Network, in reality, I don’t think so, and that could have ended it much quicker.

CinemaBlend – Smallville’s  Michael Rosenbaum Testing For Guardians Of The Galaxy – YES!

BleedingCool – Men In Black, Bond, Batman And Spider-Man Rank In Chart Of 2012′s “Movie Mistakes”

CinemaBlend – J.J. Abrams Grants A Trekkie His Dying Wish: A Screening Of Star Trek Into Darkness

imgur – Famous Actors Reimagined as Marvel Superheroes

Famous Actors Reimagined as Marvel Superheroes

Famous Actors Reimagined as Marvel Superheroes

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CinemaBlend – Captain America Sequel Definitely Won’t Include Hayley Atwell
which makes sense, even if they want to bring Peggy back as an old lady (though I think she’s passed on, not positive) then it would smarter and easier to bring in an older actress instead of Hayley in old age makeup

CinemaBlend – Joseph Gordon-Levitt Up For Guardians Of The Galaxy Lead Role
still a rumor but an interesting one…

ComicBookMovie – THE AVENGERS Voted Most  Overrated Movie Of 2012 In LA Times Poll

ComicBookMovie – STAR WARS Travel Posters Offer You The Chance To Visit Endor, Hoth And More see one below:

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Slow news day?

ComicBookMovie – James McAvoy Talks X-MEN: DAYS  OF FUTURE PAST
apparently they will address Xavier’s hair (or lack thereof) in DOFP

ComicBookMovie – THE AVENGERS And TDKR Among The  Most Pirated Films Of 2012

ComicBookMovie – ILM Featurette On THE AVENGERS’  Epic New York Battle

ComicBookMovie – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’ Concept  Art Featuring Batman’s High-Tech Knee Brace & EMP Gun

ComicBookMovie – Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool Make-Up Test For X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

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