Science-Fiction Weekly – Superman 1,000, V, Star Wars, Altered Carbon
Comic book fans were shocked when Marvel alum Brian Michael Bendis announced he was moving to rival DC Comics. Most people assumed Bendis would be landing a gig writing Batman comics. It turns out he’s starting his DC career by penning Superman instead. His first work hits in April with the landmark 1,000th issue of Action Comics. Bendis talked to John Siuntres (on the Word Balloon podcast) about the move:
“I said to Dan [DiDio], if Superman is available sometime in my contract, I want to take a shot at it. I think he thought I was going to ask for Batman, but I think Batman is well taken care of. Not that Superman isn’t as well – the Mr. Oz story is phenomenal – but one was pulling to me more. Dan said ‘We’re gonna start a new direction with Action [Comics] #1,000. What a great place to land you and say, this is part of the legacy and how much we believe in it.’ I would literally have to start writing for DC the day after I finished writing for Marvel, but we could do it.”
Bendis won’t be the lone writer for his first issue of Action Comics. This anniversary edition also features the talents of Paul Dini, Dan Jurgens, Geoff Johns, Tim Sale, Marv Wolfman, and more. Each writer is bringing a new story that will pave the path for the future of the series.
One of the most popular science-fiction television shows of the 1980s is coming back as a movie trilogy, despite people showing little interest in 2009's failed TV reboot. I'm talking about V, the alien invasion show about reptilian aliens that wear human skins and eat tarantulas. The new trilogy is being created by Desilu Studios, Inc., which recruited series creator Kenneth Johnson to see the vision through.
Fans are torn on whether or not Disney is doing the right thing with Star Wars. The frequency of films often comes under fire, but this may not be all Disney's doing. A recent article by Entertainment Weekly reveals writer Lawrence Kasdan may have been working on a Han Solo movie script for George Lucas, prior to the company being sold in 2012. We also recently learned that some of the key plot points in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were inspired by the story treatments that Lucas handed off to Disney when he sold the company. Was Lucas thinking of a similar "a movie a year" roll out, or was he just sweetening the offer for Disney with potential projects?
I'm worried about this summer's Solo: A Star Wars Story, but one fan named Daz Tibbles seems to be completely on board, and even put together an impressive trailer for a Han Solo anime he's working on. He made the video in just four days. Impressive! Most impressive.
I'll leave you today with a rave review for Netflix's new series, Altered Carbon. Most people joke about it for the absurd amount of nudity in any given episode, but if you can look past all of that...well...junk...the show delivers a fascinating science-fiction world to dive into, ripe with strange technologies and concepts. The show is adapted from a novel by Richard K. Morgan, which explores the idea of people being able to transfer their consciousnesses into different bodies. They treat these human shells like a pair of pants, caring little about their well being if they can afford another. As wild as this concept is, the show focuses on a murder mystery and the pursuit of clues by Takeshi Kovacs, who is brilliantly played by Joel Kinaman (one of my favorite actors).
This is one of those shows that moves along at a feverish pace, and is something I found difficult to digest in just-one-episode chunks. Put aside some time to dive into this wonderful new series, and let me know what you think of it in the comments section below.