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The Red Hood Lives in Batman: Arkham Knight

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Jason Todd, a.k.a. The Red Hood, may be making his debut in the “Arkhamverse” next year.

American gamers who order Batman: Arkham Knight via Gamestop will have access to exclusive character missions featuring the character, in addition to the ones already announced for Harley Quinn.

In the DC Comics Universe, The Red Hood was the criminal identity adopted by The Joker before the accident that turned him into a maniacal clown. In 2005, The Red Hood identity was taken up by Jason Todd. As a youngster Todd had succeeded Dick Grayson as Robin alongside Batman, but was tragically murdered by The Joker. When he returned from the dead, he took up his killer’s former moniker.

While it’s unclear whether the “Arkhamverse” version of The Red Hood will indeed be Jason Todd, the character’s appearance is indeed vaguely similar to the costume Jason currently wears in the comics.

Source and Image: Newsarama

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Daniel Bryan Uses Chokehold to Catch Burglar

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

As a would-be thief found out this weekend, Daniel Bryan’s arsenal of wrestling maneuvers can be utilized both inside and outside the ring.

Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella, the real life Bryan and Brianna Danielson, were returning to their home in Phoenix, Arizona late this past Thursday when they discovered two burglars attempting to break into their home using rocks.

When Danielson  gave chase, he was able to catch 22-year-old Cesar Sosa and subdue him in a rear naked choke until police arrived. The second burglar escaped.

At a subsequent news conference, Danielson said Sosa was “very tired and it literally took zero effort to take him down,” later adding he was “borderline ashamed” for taking matters into his own hands, and was happy nothing bad had happened.

Danielson would later tell WWE.com: ”We’re lucky because we had multiple neighbors calling the cops…There are a lot of people watching out for each other in this community.”

Source: The Daily MirrorWWE.com

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First Image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman Released

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The first official image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice was released this weekend at the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con International.

Gadot’s previous credits include Fast & FuriousFast & Furious 6Knight and Day, and Date Night. She will play Wonder Woman when the character makes her big screen debut in Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice on May 6, 2016.

Sources: Newsarama, Batman-News.com

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New Ben Affleck/Batman Image Surfaces Online

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

A new close-up image of Ben Affleck as Batman from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice surfaced online this week.

The image made its debut on the floor of Comic-Con International this week before DC Entertainment officially released it July 24.

Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice will see Affleck’s Batman cross paths with Henry Cavill’s Superman. The movies comes out May 6, 2016.

Source: Yahoo Movies

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Sony Announces The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Sinister Six Release Dates

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The near future of the Spider-Man movie franchise has officially been set by Sony.

This week, Sony announced Sinister Six will hit theaters November 11, 2016. Produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach and written by Drew Goddard, it will mark the first time a Spider-Man film has been released outside the summer.

In the Marvel Universe, the original Sinister Six consisted of Doctor Octopus, Electro, Vulture, Mysterio, Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter. Various incarnations have since existed since the group’s debut in 1964.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will then follow in 2018.

Spidey’s most recent film venture, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, made more than $706 million worldwide.

Image from marvel.wikia.com.

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Sam Wilson (a.k.a. The Falcon) is the New Captain America

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Right off the heels of Marvel’s announcement regarding a female Thor, the company’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada appeared on The Colbert Report July 16 to announce that Sam Wilson, a.k.a The Falcon, will take over as Captain America this fall.

Wilson stepping into take Steve Rogers’ place has been suspected in recent months, but Marvel made it official with the announcement of All New Captain America #1, written by Rick Remender and pencilled by Stuart Immonen. Rogers is ultimately forced to retire the mantle of Captain America after losing the effects of the super soldier serum, and aging 65 years.

While Sam Wilson has often served as Steve Rogers’ partner, Remender noted Wilson will be a very different Captain America than his predecessor.

“I’ve been having a lot of fun writing Sam,” Remender said. “It’s a completely different attitude. The fact that he’s not a soldier shifts things up a bit. Sam’s not going to be Steve. Steve can be very rigid. That can be kind of joyless at times, whereas Sam is absolutely not that.”

Marvel editor Tom Brevoort added: “While Sam shares many of Steve’s beliefs in a general sense, he’s also a very different person with a very different background. He didn’t grow up in the 1930s, he’s a modern day man in touch with the problems of the 21st Century. For most of his professional life, Sam has worked as a social worker, so he’s seen the worst of urban society up close, and how crime, poverty, lack of social structure and opportunity can affect the community. So he’s got perhaps a greater focus on the plight of the common man, and perhaps a greater empathy for the underprivileged than maybe even Steve himself. He’s also not a military man, so he’s more apt to be instinctively skeptical of any situation that calls for just following orders. Sam, like Steve, will be led by his personal morality and beliefs as to what is right and what is wrong—and where his beliefs may differ in their shading from those of the previous Cap are where the interesting stories will be found.”

Source: Newsarama, Marvel.com 

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Marvel to Introduce Female Thor in New Series

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

On the July 15 edition of The View, Marvel broke the news that, starting in October, a new character would wield the hammer of Mjölnir. A female character.

In essence, that means comic book readers will have a female Thor.

“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” said Marvel Editor Wil Moss said. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy.”

The new Thor series will be written by Jason Aaron, with art by Russell Dauterman.

“This is not She-Thor,” Aaron said via press release. “This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

Source/Images: Variety

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Harry Potter Returns in New J.K. Rowling Short Story

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Just shy of seven years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling has returned to Harry Potter in a new short story on PotterMore.com.

Formatted as a newspaper article in the by gossip columnist Rita Skeeter, the story takes a look at the adult Harry Potter, his wife Ginny, as well as Ron and Hermione as they attend the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

Oddly enough PotterMore.com also notes that the Skeeter character will have a new book, Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob, published on July 31 (Harry Potter’s birthday). In the world of Harry Potter, Dumbledore’s Army was the name given to a group of rebellious students led by Harry who rebelled against the ultra-strict Dolores Umbridge.

Rowling is currently involved with the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film trilogy, based in the world she established in the Harry Potter series.

Image from telegraph.co.uk.

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A New Captain America Coming to Marvel?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Marvel announced on July 4 that Steve Rogers may soon be out of a job. The company took to Twitter to tease a new Captain America.

The company tweeted: “Who will be Marvel comics’ NEW #Captain America? Learn more this Monday on http://Marvel.com ! #4thofJuly”

Obviously, fans can look forward to an announcement on July 7.

Many fans are speculating that Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon, will step into Cap’s boots. This would make him the first African American to portray Captain America.

Previously, Steve Rogers’ former partner Bucky Barnes stepped into the role after Rogers’ apparent assassination in the story arc The Death of Captain America. He subsequently returned in Captain America: Reborn.

Source: @Marvel on Twitter

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Superman (Apparently) Comes to Gotham in New Superman v Batman Teaser

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Judging by Warner Bros’ new promo image for Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice, Superman is coming to Gotham City.

Released this week, the image shows us Henry Cavill’s Superman for the first time since Man of Steel, standing in a dark and rainy city. While it’s not “officially” Gotham City, it can certainly be considered Gothamesque.

In an interview with USA Today, Snyder confirmed Superman will indeed come to Gotham in the new movie, and that he will be interacting with various other heroes. Snyder added these interactions will change his view of the world at large.

In addition to Batman, Cavill’s Superman may be crossing paths with Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Aquaman (rumored to be played by Jason Momoa).

Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice comes out May 16, 2016. Principal photography is in progress.

Image from usatoday.com.

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