The Impact: October 21st -27th 2012

Published on October 27th, 2012

Hey Everyone. I hope you are all having a great weekend. This was still a lean and lethal week of comic news, so let’s keep The Impact just as lean and lethal.

Kirby Family Lawyer Asks Court to Overturn Work-For-Hire Decision.

Courtesy of Robot 6. This past Wednesday Jack Kirby’s Family Lawyer, Marc Toberoff asked the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal to overturn their July 2011 decision that ruled that his creations were work-for-hire and thus the sole property of Marvel Comics. Toberoff, who is also representing the families of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster argues that “a  freelancer who gets paid only when a publisher likes his work is not, under copyright law, performing work for hire. ” This is a legal fight that is far from over so stay tuned for further developments.

Grant Morrison Awarded MBE

Courtesy of Twitter. This week writer Grant Morrison was awarded the honor of being Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to film, literature, comics and plays by Queen Elizabeth II.

Clark Kent Quits The Daily Planet.

In this week’s issue of Superman, written by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort Clark Kent quit The Daily Planet after he feels the paper has pandered too much, focusing on the entertainment and not the truth. While talking with USA Today Lobdell talked about his take on Clark,

“Rather than Clark be this clownish suit that Superman puts on, we’re going to really see Clark come into his own in the next few years as far as being a guy who takes to the Internet and to the airwaves and starts speaking an unvarnished truth,”Lobdell continued “I don’t think he’s going to be filling out an application anywhere … He is more likely to start the next Huffington Post or the next Drudge Report than he is to go find someone else to get assignments or draw a paycheck from.”

It’s an interesting take and I definitely see the potential. I also will add that Kenneth Rocafort’s art is GORGEOUS!!! Superman #13 is available now at your local comic shop and on Comixology.

Iron Man 3 Poster Trailer 

This week we got our first look at the trailer and poster for Iron Man 3. In a little over two minutes a much darker tone is set for the franchise, which I am okay with Tony has always has an “invincible” air to him and it will be really interesting to see his mettle tested. Yes I realize that was two puns in one sentence but my sentiment is serious. That said as foreboding as the trailer is with writer/director Shane Black at the helm I do think there will be an ample amount of humor. Iron Man 3 hits theaters May 3rd 2013.

Matthew Vaughn Will NOT Direct X-Men: The Days of Future Past.

Courtesy of Deadline. Word is that Matthew Vaughn will NOT direct the sequel to X-Men First Class. Vaughn will instead focus on Secret Service, based on the comic he developed with Fox’s Marvel Consultant Mark Millar. Topping the list of possible replacement directors is Bryan Singer. Vaughn will apparently stay on as a producer, the two will essentially be switching places from their roles on  places for the X-Men First Class sequel. This is a shame I was a huge fan of what Vaughn had brought to the franchise. As of now X-Men: First Class: Days of Future Past will hit theaters July 18, 2014.

New Official Image from The Wolverine

Check out the latest official image from The Wolverine. Director James Mangold spoke to the press regarding the film and its place in the franchise’s continuity, revealing it will take place after X-Men 3.

“That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline,” says Mangold. “I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie.”

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013.

Frank Grillo Up For Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

This week we learned that actor Frank Grillo (Warrior) was in talks to star as Crossbones in the Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier.  The actor pretty much revealed as much in his Twitter feed which you can read HERE.

Ming-Na Wen Cast in S.H.I.E.L.D.

Last week we learned that Coulson Lives and that actor Clark Gregg would be featured in the new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series for ABC. This week it was announced that actress Ming-Na Wen (E.R.) had been cast as Agent Melinda May. May, nicknamed “The Calvary” is described in casting sides as “hard-core soldier [who] has crazy skills when it comes to weapons and being a pilot, but her experiences have left her very quiet and a little damaged.”

Well there you have it guys have a great week and a safe and remember to enter the  Halloween costume contest.

Matt Todd
matthew@comicimpact.com