CIVIL WAR Has Highest Advance Sales For Superhero Movies Ever

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Captain America: Civil War has broken records to become the highest-selling superhero movie in advance tickets ever for Fandango. The online ticket retailer didn’t release any specifics, but said the Captain America sequel accounts for 90% of ticket sales for this weekend and earned a perfect 100 score from its “Fanticipation” movie buzz indicator.

“With an Avengers-sized ensemble cast, stellar advance reviews, the introduction of a new Spider-Man and new characters like Black Panther, the widespread anticipation for Thursday night’s debut of Captain America: Civil War is massive,” said Erik Davis, Fandango.com’s Managing Editor. “Already hailed as Marvel’s best movie yet, Cap and ‘friends’ can add a new notch in their belts with more advance tickets sold forCivil War than for any other superhero movie in Fandango’s 16-year history.”

In a related Fandango survey of 1000+ advance ticket-buyers, only 8% hadn’t seen Marvel’s previous films starring Chris Evans as Cap. Additionally, Spider-Man’s debut edges out Black Panther’s only slightly, with 87% and 85% interest level. And counter-balancing the generally negative reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fandango’s survey responders said that Civil War‘s positive reviews increased the excitement of 63% to see the movie.

Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters Thursday evening.

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REBIRTH: First Reactions To DC’s Line-Wide Relaunch

DC Rebirth artDON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
Over the weekend, DC Comics finally revealed the details of its upcomingRebirth publishing initiative. The publisher is relaunching most of its line with a focus on incorporating more classic elements of the characters with their New 52 iterations.With dozens upon dozens of characters and creators involved, there’s a lot to process from the Rebirth announcements – much of it very exciting for fans of DC Comics.

Now, with a few days to process the news, Newsarama presents our first impressions of DC’s Rebirthannouncements.

DEADPOOL Now The Highest-Grossing R-Rated Film Of All Time Worldwide

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20th Century Fox’s Deadpool has become the highest-grossing film ever in worldwide box office receipts (not accounting for inflation), according to Box Office Mojo. With $745.7 million and counting, the Ryan Reynolds-led film surpassed 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded, which had $742m. This comes despite the film being barred from China, which has become one of the world’s largest movie markets.

Although Deadpool has already earned the R-rated crown worldwide, the film is currently third for domestic gross at $349.3m. That domestic record is held by The Passion of the Christ with $370.7m, followed by American Sniper with $350.1m. It looks like Deadpool will surpass Sniper to take sole possession of second place this week, but first place may at be out of its reach. "Deadpool" poster

The Full COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO Movie Release Schedule

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2016:
March 25: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
May 6: Captain America: Civil War 
May 27: X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox)
June 3: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
August 5: Suicide Squad
November 4: Doctor Strange

2017:
March 3: Untitled Wolverine sequel (Fox)
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
June 23: Wonder Woman
July 7: Marvel Studios co-produced Spider-Man reboot (Sony)
October 6: Reported but unconfirmed untitled Fox Mystery Marvel film (Fox)
November 3: Thor: Ragnarok
November 17: Justice League, Part 1
Unscheduled: Bloodshot (Valiant/Sony)

Schedule inconclusive: Fantastic Four 2 (Fox) (Several publications have reported the release date has been changed from June 2 to TBD, and while there hasn’t been any official confirmation by Fox, this seems like a likely bet).

Schedule inconclusive: Gambit (Fox) (Several publications have reported that the film’s original October 7, 2016 date has been “unset” with no rescheduled date announced. Recent reports suggest the film will go into production in “late 2016,” making it a candidate for Fox’s reserved October 6, 2017 date).

2018:
January 12: Reported but unconfirmed untitled Fox Mystery Marvel film (Fox)
February 16: Black Panther
March 16: The Flash
May 4: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1
July 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp
July 13: Reported but unconfirmed untitled Fox Mystery Marvel film (Fox)
July 27: Aquaman
December 21: Spider-Man Animated Feature (Sony)

2019:
March 8: Captain Marvel
April 5: Shazam
May 3: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2
June 14: Justice League, Part 2
July 12: Inhumans

2020:
April 3: Cyborg
May 1: Untitled Marvel Studios film
June 19: Green Lantern Corps
July 10: Untitled Marvel Studios film
November 6: Untitled Marvel Studios film

VIZ Signs Deal For Live-Action TV Series Development with UTA

"One Piece" imageVIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has partnered with the premier global talent and literary agency, United Talent Agency (UTA), to develop a diverse range of live-action programming based on titles from VIZ Media’s extensive catalog of manga and anime properties.

The partnership will create significant new opportunities to further capitalize on the strong interest in Japanese pop culture and entertainment brands expressed by the Hollywood and international film studio communities, the broadcast industry, and a burgeoning range of emerging multimedia and online content producers.

“We are excited to start this partnership to push the boundaries of storytelling, innovation and character through VIZ Media’s prolific portfolio,” said UTA’s Howie Sanders, Co-Head, Book Department.

“The UTA partnership represents an important new direction for VIZ Media and our colleagues in Japan,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer of VIZ Media. “Bringing the rich stories of manga and anime to life in new ways is an exciting opportunity with tremendous potential. UTA is an innovator that shares our vision, and their proven track record and strong relationships throughout the domestic and international entertainment sectors will be important factors as we move forward.”

VIZ Media is the industry leader in international manga and anime publishing, distribution and licensing. The company’s substantial roster includes massively popular titles such as BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, NARUTO, ONE-PUNCH MAN, ONE PIECE and TOKYO GHOUL, which are routinely featured on the BookScan Top 50 and New York Times bestseller lists. VIZ Media is the top manga publisher in the U.S. and one of the top three graphic novel publishers overall. Founded in San Francisco in 1986, VIZ Media marks its 30th Anniversary this summer.

SPIDER-MAN Artists & More Speak Out About CIVIL WAR Movie Costume

Spider-Man by Will Sliney

Earlier this month, Spider-Man debuted in the latest major Captain America: Civil War trailer with a new costume (with a high-resolution photo now available) – but what do the artists who draw him in comic books think? Newsarama spoke with the series artists for Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099, as well as someone whom Marvel Comics’ has tapped frequently to redesign heroes, Captain Marvel’s Kris Anka.

“I really dig it!” Giuseppe Camuncoli told Newsarama. “It’s very classic yet very modern at the same time. The mask is just perfect, and I love the arm section, which is fragmented, this is pretty cool. Also, it’s totally in line with the costume design that’s been done so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more specifically in theAvengers movies.”New Captain America: Civil War Stills

Camuncoli, who has been drawing Spider-Man regularly for Marvel since 2011, is critical of a few elements of the movie costume, but says that it excels in the most important aspect for him as a fan.

“The size of the spider on the chest is kind of small but it’s growing on me with every new look,” says the artist. “Maybe the belt and the black line on the boots are not exactly my cup of tea, but in the end this is a tremendous outfit. It looks like Spidey, itfeels like Spidey which is the most important thing to me as a fan.”

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Spider-Man 2099 artist Will Sliney seized on the new design, drawing a version of it just minutes after the trailer debuted.

“I really like the design. The way the webs work can be tricky to draw at times, but every line on this costume seems to have a connecting point… well, from what I can see any ways,” said Sliney. “My favorite part though are the John Romita eyes. That’s just great. A lovely homage to a lovely person.”

What Sliney is referring to of course is the shrinking eyes – a common trope in comic books, but something live-action versions of the wall-crawler had never attempted until this 2016 movie.

“Those are so cool! It’s crazy to think that no one had ever thought about doing this before, actually, but when I saw the trailer I cheered,” said Camuncoli. “Not only it’s a great scene, and a terrific entrance, but I wasn’t expecting the eyes thing, and it had a huge impact. It’s a small thing, but as someone said – ‘God is in the detail.’ As a comic book artist, and as a fan of this ‘gimmick,’ I use it frequently, as it’s one of the few things that allows you to play with the emotions and expressions under the mask. And I always thought that this is one of those things that you can only do in comics, or that only works in comics. And this proved me wrong. To me, this gets the MCU Spidey even closer to his comic book counterpart’s essence. Well done!”

Although Kris Anka hasn’t drawn a complete Spider-Man issue to date, Marvel has used him frequently to redesign major heroes from Spider-Woman to X-Force. For his part, the artist is reserving his full judgment until he can see more of the costume, but according to his gut it’s good.

“At first glance, I really like it,” Anka told Newsarama. “I mean, we’ve only seen one shot so it’s kind of hard to make a complete judgment on it, but in terms of gut feelings I like it. The big problem with Spider-man’s design is it’s undeniably classic so it becomes really hard to divert away from it without the risk of completely going in another direction.”

Anka points out how with the previous Spider-Man movie franchise, Amazing Spider-Man diverged significantly from the comic book costume before returning somewhat with the sequel. Not so, for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.

“This design seems to really strike a nice balance of keeping all the classic iconic elements but adding just enough flare to the costume to add some more visual complexity for the screen,” said the Captain Marvel artist. “The black parts are a really nice touch to break up the red. I think this design will end up being a whole lot of fun to draw because it involves a lot of problem solving to depict at various angles and that’s always fun.”

Although the designers of the new movie costume weren’t available to talk to for this piece, Newsarama did speak with someone who has created hundreds of Spider-Man outfits – and is already taking orders for ones based on this new movie design: cosplay designer Ryan Jenkyns of Frontier Costuming. Jenkins has created over 100 different Spider-Man costumes for cosplayers, with one even appearing in Marvel’s recent “Cosplay covers” variants to Amazing SpiderMan.

When asked re-making this design for cosplay, the costumer said the outfit has some challenges.

“At the moment I’d say the main set-back is the lack of high-resolution reference material. We’ve seen all of two seconds of footage so far, and it doesn’t give us the best opportunity to really admire all the work that went into creating the original suit,” Jenkyns told Newsarama. “On the other hand, it’s a very traditional, figure-hugging costume, so the bulk of it could definitely be done using the dye-sublimation printing process I’m familiar with (and is commonly used by many Spidey cosplayers). The only things that I’d say would need to be done differently would be the eye pieces, belt clips, and possibly the web spinners. Those are pieces I’d say would work best as urethane rubber parts molded from 3D-printed pieces.”

Marvel Comics haven’t announced any plans to incorporate the design into the comic books, but the movie costume design will become more prominent as Captain America: Civil War and tie-in merchandise is released.

HERCULES Assembles A Mythological EXPENDABLES for CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR

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ivil War II is poised to see superhumans, soldiers, robots, mutants, iron men and more fight over – but what about the gods? In the newly announced tie-in series Civil War II: Gods of War, Earth’s original superhero Hercules is leading a group of Expendables-style fellow gods into the 2016 summer event conflict.

Hercules writer Dan Abnett is leading the way in this series, continuing the story from that ongoing series and the struggle against the Uprising Storm and into the crucible of Civil War II. Abnett is joined by G.I. Joe/Street Fighter artist Emilio Laiso, who was a guest artist early on in Hercules.

Newsarama talked with Abnett, along with series editor Katie Kubert, about his series debuting in June and what it means for gods, the Hercules series, and the Civil War II event itself.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Enters CIVIL WAR II

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Spider-Man was a key part of the original Civil War, and that’s continuing this year in both the Captain America: Civil War movie and the upcoming Civil War II comic book event. At Chicago’s C2E2, Marvel announced a new tie-in series beginning in June called Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man. As series writer Christos Gage tells Newsarama, it pits the wall-crawler’s great power and great responsibility with the dueling ideas of protecting – or changing – the future.

Gage, who will be joined by Animal Man artist Travel Foreman, talked with Newsarama about this new series. And although he’s inclined to hold back to avoid spoilers, theDaredevil season 1 writer did explain how this ties into the original Civil War and how the series will feature the return of one of the classic Stan Lee/Steve Ditko Spider-Man villain teams you may have forgotten.

DAREDEVIL, POWER MAN & IRON FIST Invade DEADPOOL For Quadruple-Sized Crossover

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Leave it to Deadpool to find a new approach to crossovers.

In June, Deadpool #13 will collect four crossover issues inone oversized comic book, Marvel announced at C2E2. Included will be two issues of Deadpool by writer Gerry Duggan, an issue of Daredevil by Charles Soule, and an issue of Power Man and Iron Fist by David Walker — all within the pages of Deadpool #13.

The brainchild of Deadpool editor Jordan D. White, the single-issue crossover will tell the story of what happens when Deadpool seeks some help with his latest gig by recruiting some familiar names from the Marvel U.Newsarama talked with the editor to find out more about the approach, why it makes sense for Deadpool, and whether the movie has affected the Merc with a Mouth’s comic books