DC Universe Online, in Film and on TV!
You may have noticed a slowdown in posting recently… Sorry about that, it’s mainly due to myself and D’s latest addiction, DC Universe Online (full review coming soon!). However, online isn’t the only place DC has been expanding to over recent weeks, so I though i’d do a quick roundup of the latest news from the world of DC.
As i mentioned in the intro, DC Universe Online is our latest addiction. Due to 2010 being a pretty sucky year for MMOs, this is actually the first MMORPG both of us have really got into in about 18 months.
It’s usually a sign of a compelling MMO when you’ve sat down mid-afternoon to play for a bit, and then you think ‘i’m feeling a bit hungry, i’ll just get some food… why is it dark out… oh, it’s 7pm…’ 😉
We will be doing a full review of it soon, but so far it’s fair to say, being a superhero is a whole load of fun!
DC in Film
There were a couple of announcement made last week regarding the new Batman movie – The Dark Knight Rises. We finally have a couple of villains, one of which I don’t think many people thought likely. Fresh from working with director Chris Nolan on the brilliant Inception, Tom Hardy has been cast as one of this chapters major villain, Bane. For those of you who aren’t up on your Bat history, Bane is a very intelligent criminal who gains superhuman strength from a drug called Venom. This enabled him to figure out Bruce was Batman and set in motion a plan which ended in him breaking Batman’s back. Bane is an intriguing choice for Nolan. It’ll be interesting to see how he plays with the comic book story and handles the Venom issue in the established ‘real world’ style setting of his movie Batman. Much as I would have loved to see Hush or Black Mask, he’s got me very interested to see what he’ll do with the character. It’s fair to say whatever Nolan does, he can’t treat the character any worse than than Joel Schumacher did in Batman & Robin…
The second bit of casting for Batman was Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman. Again an interesting choice in casting, and, although, like Joker, it’s a character that’s been used before, i’m really intrigued to see what they do with the character. The Dark Knight Rises is due in cinemas July 20th 2012.
DC on TV
NBC has picked up a new Wonder Woman series! Written and developed by David E. Kelley (of Ally McBeal & Boston Legal fame). Not a whole lot is know about the show at the moment as it’s still in early development, although the rumours are circulating that they’re trying to land McG as the director for the pilot episode. Now, i know most of his films suck (Charlie’s Angels 1&2 and Terminator Salvation), his TV involvement has overall been pretty positive. He’s a producer on Supernatural, and produced and directed Chuck – 2 of my favourite TV shows, so I think this maybe a turn in the right direction. Although the synopsis of it which is “a vigilante crime fighter in L.A. but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life” does have me slightly concerned it’s going to be less Wonder Woman and more Corporate Exec Woman given Kelly is writing it… We’ll just have to wait and see…