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If This Is Really Who’s Playing Batgirl, We Will Be Beyond Pumped

We had some huge news yesterday in that Joss Whedon will be writing, directing, and Executive Producing a Batgirl standalone film for Warner Bros. Now, more news is trickling out about the project, as well as a casting rumor based entirely on someone's Twitter behavior. Let's delve deep, you guys!

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Margot Robbie Says Harley Quinn & the Joker Have an “Unhealthy, Dysfunctional Relationship.” Meaning What?

Suicide Squad has made some changes to the Joker and Harley Quinn's characterization, but at least one element will remain the same: they're going to be in a "really unhealthy, dysfunctional relationship." Those are Margot Robbie's words.

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Celebrate Superman Month with a Historical Timeline! Part 2 – 1970s to 2010s

You know you love nerdy lists and timelines, people!

For those just joining us, June is often considered Superman month. The hero debuted in the 1938 June issue Action Comics #1. The real town of Metropolis, Illinois officially became "Superman's hometown" in June. And in some comics, the hero celebrates his birthday one June 1o (the day he landed on Earth) and Clark Kent's birthday on June 18 (the day he was adopted by the Kents and also the birthday of Bud Collyer, the first Superman actor).

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DC Comics Announces New Diverse Lineup to “Make Room for More Types of Storytelling, More Fans.”

New solo series for Black Canary, Starfire, new creative talent, and more!

DC Comics made some pretty big announcements today - new titles, new creative teams - in what they're calling "even more inclusive and accessible to a wider group of readers as the publisher continues to evolve comic storytelling for its next generation of fans."

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Care to Discuss Marvel’s Big “Secret Wars” Announcement?

Oof, that was a big one.

Marvel announced their new Secret Wars storyline back in October, but in a livestream yesterday they announced a bunch of new details about the event, which will take place this May.

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DC Comics Cancels 13 Series (Including Batwoman) Just as Convergence Event Ramps Up… Coincidence?

hush the picture is relevant shhhhh

It's December and we've just started hearing about what comics are going to be coming out in May, because that's how comics work. And DC's slate of comics for May reveals one of their biggest waves of cancellations since the start of the New 52... just as they launch into a multiverse-spanning event story line. Hmmmmmmmm.

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Visual Representation: Trans Characters In Comics

When there was a changing of the creative team in Batgirl earlier this year, many readers asked, “What will happen to Alysia?” Batgirl's roommate, created by Gail Simone, made headlines across the internet when she confided to her Bat-roomie that she was trans. Discussions sparked around how the depiction of Alysia would represent trans people: Would Alysia become a trope and fall victim to the ways that trans women have been previously characterized in media?

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[UPDATED] Why is Rape in Batwoman More Interesting Than Marriage to DC Comics?

DC Comics' Batwoman title has made waves once again, but probably now how they intended.

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The New Creative Team On New 52 Wonder Woman Turns The Comic Into An Utter (Sexist) Disappointment

She carries around a teddy bear for comfort. So.

For a long, long time I’ve been able to rely on each successive issue of Wonder Woman to be an enjoyable read. But, as even a demi-god must learn, all things must come to an end.

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Wonder Woman’s New 52 Origin Should Not Be Used in Film (or At All)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice producer Charles Roven says they'll be using Wonder Woman's DC Comics' "New 52" reboot origin rather than the story imagined by her original writer and creator William Moulton Marston. I think using the New 52 origin in general, much less in these films, is a mistake which diminishes the character and goes against why she was created in the first place.

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DC Reveals Convergence Titles Including Gail Simone on Oracle, Greg Rucka on Renee Montoya, and Lots More

And Ryan Choi, and Wally West, and Lois and Clark are married, and...

I'm as cynical as any long-time comics fan can be, DC Comics. So when you announce the return of one of my favorite comics writers, to one of my very favorite comics characters, I have only two things to say to you.

I am only human. And good job.

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DC Comics Announces Convergence, a Crossover Event to Bring the Multiverse Back to the New 52

Well, at least it's not Superboy punching the spacetime continuum.

DC's next big event is called Convergence, and although it'll kick off on April 1st, 2015, they assure you that it is no joke.

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Dawn of Justice Producer Confirms Wonder Woman Will Have New 52 Origin Story

She laughs so she does not cry.

Gah, Hera: maybe it was self-evident that Zack Snyder wouldn't be able to handle Wonder Woman's Zeus-less origin story, but, fool that I am, this still stings.

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Answering the Question

Missing you, Renee Montoya.

There is a faceless vigilante who has stalked comics since the late 1960s. They started with Vic Sage and continued with Renee Montoya, a Gotham City detective who marveled at superheroes and then became one herself. Both of them, when wearing a faceless mask and a fedora, were called the Question. Who are they, and what is their connection to Watchmen, a near-forgotten Batman villain, and a strange man called Mr. A? Glad you asked. Read on!

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The Star Wars Expanded Universe is Dead, Long Live the Star Wars Expanded Universe

I will make it legal!

So Disney has decided that they're going to nuke most of the previously established Star Wars canon. I think this is as good a reason as any to finally bury the destructive concept of canon in fictional works. Note that this does not mean that I am against stories in continuity with each other, that's not my position at all. I love continuity, and the story options that it enables. But even as I enjoy continuity, I don't see why we should be judging stories as more or less significant than another on any basis but their merits. And that's all canon does, it arbitrarily privileges some continuities over others. Why should we recognize that kind of a distinction? Why should we give a soulless corporate entity that kind of power over our culture? Because that's what we're really talking about here.

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The Mary Sue Interview: Jeff Lemire on Justice League United And Its New Cree Superhero, Equinox

At Emerald City Comicon last weekend, writer Jeff Lemire took some time to talk to us about the completion of his mini-series Trillium, a high concept science fiction story about a love that could potentially end the universe, and the upcoming series Justice League United (originally titled Justice League Canada), launching April 23rd. Replacing the title Justice League of America, the new Justice League United team features characters such as Animal Man, Green Arrow, Supergirl, Martian Manhunter, Stargirl, Hawkman, and Adam and Alanna Strange. Last week DC gave us our first look at new superhero Miiyahbin, aka Equinox, a Cree sixteen-year-old whose powers connect to the changing seasons. Equinox is inspired by Shannen Koostachin, a real-life Cree activist who lobbied for funding for First Nations education before her death in a car crash in 2010. She died shortly before her sixteenth birthday. Here's what Jeff had to share with us.

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – The New 52 Flash Legacy Part 3

Quick Flash recap. First we had Jay Garrick. Then we had a reboot in 1956 that introduced Barry Allen, said to live on a parallel Earth. Then a reboot in 1986 made Barry's sidekick the new Flash and also altered history so Jay now lived on the same earth. In 2011, DC had another company-wide reboot in which all comic titles were cancelled and 52 new titles were released. In the New 52, Jay Garrick and Barry Allen once again live on separate Earths and Kid Flash is a very different character. Let's get to it! The Flash Legacy - Part 1 The Flash Legacy - Part 2

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Review – Justice League: War

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This week, the latest DC Entertainment animated film Justice League: War premiered at the New York Paley Center for Media. Read on for our review!

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Wonder Woman vs. Parademons in this Justice League: War Clip

Educated Guess

DC's upcoming animated feature Justice League: War is based on the Geoff Johns and Jim Lee story from the New 52 and the newest clip from it features Wonder Woman fighting some Parademons. However you may feel about the storyline, the video above is... not exactly promising. Sure, it's nice to see Wonder Woman kicking ass, but the random costume that doesn't match anything she's ever worn before and the fairly wooden voice acting doesn't exactly bode well for the film. Thoughts? Opinions? Fire away! Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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DC Comics Have Turned Lobo Into A Male Model

i'll just leave this here

So, you know how we often criticize the way female comic book characters are overly sexualized? And how some at DC were altered specifically (and drastically) for the New 52 reboot? Well it looks like it's finally happened to one of their male characters. Ladies and gentlemen, this is your new Lobo. Hit the jump to see the full look and see a comparison with the old version. 

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