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Masters of the Universe and He-Man movie rumor; The Dark Knight Returns trailer; ‘Arrow’ set for fall

by Matthew Price Published: August 7, 2012

Matt and Kyle discuss a possible He-Man movie, The Dark Knight Returns animated trailer, and the new TV show “Arrow,” which is set for fall.

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” director Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct a new “Masters of the Universe” film, according to a report at MTV Geek.
The film would be based on the toy property, which features He-Man and his musclebound friends

who defend the land of Eternia from the evil Skeletor. The property launched a 1980s animated series and a 2002 remake. DC Comics recently launched a new comic-book miniseries based on the property.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Who is your favorite He-Man character?

Another cool find via MTV Geek: The trailer for the animated direct-to-DVD adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns.” The graphic novel will be adapted into two animated releases. Part 1 will be released on Sept. 25.

TOPIC 3: “ARROW” will air in October

The CW series “Arrow,” based on the DC Comics hero Green Arrow, is set to debut in October. Just before, in September, DC Comics is releasing a new edition of the miniseries “Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters” by Mike Grell. The three-issue prestige format miniseries was originally released in 1987 and set a new tone for the Green Arrow character, one that looks as if it is the inspiration for the new TV series.
Grell also drew the cover of the recent “Arrow” giveaway comic from Comic-Con: International that’s also available as a digital download from comiXology.
Arrow is set to premiere on Wednesday, October 10. Stephen Amell stars as Oliver Queen. Show creator Marc Guggeinheim tells USA Today the show is “exploring the nature of vigilantism,” as Arrow will follow the character’s path from “the mission of revenge to the mission of redemption.”


Hawkeye #1: (5 slides) Matt Fraction, David Aja

Sticking with the “arrow” theme, Marvel’s avenging archer gets his own ongoing series.

Helping the little guy is something that Fraction revisits in the new series. He told USA Today that Hawkeye is “the Marvel Universe’s Jim Rockford,” referring to the down-to-earth private eye played by Oklahoma’s James Garner in the 1970s TV show “The Rockford Files.” The first issue in part features Hawkeye attempting to get veterinary care for an injured dog.
While Marvel’s various “Avengers” titles feature Clint Barton, “Hawkeye” showcases the character when he’s not hanging out with the world’s most powerful heroes.
It’s more of a street-level take on the Avenger, and the first issue works fantastically.

• AVENGERS VS X-MEN 9 – Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert

The Avengers stage a raid on the X-Men’s prison complex to rescue Thor and their other colleagues. Deep within Limbo, the X-Men are keeping the Avengers they’ve defeated. The Avengers team attempts to defeat the Phoenix-powered Colossus and Magik, and it’s up to Spider-Man to save the day for the Avengers.
Meanwhile, dissension is building in the X-Men’s ranks, as seen by the actions of Storm and Xavier.
Aaron and Kubert do a great Spider-Man issue here, as the third act of “AVX” kicks off.

• HYPERNATURALS #2 :Abnett,Lanning Walker

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning create a superhero-science fiction hybrid series with “Hypernaturals.” The second issue, out this week, features the two retired members of the Hypernaturals, Bewilder and Thinkwell, forced to recruit a new team after the most powerful Hypernaturals were defeated.
The “Centennial Tour” of Hypernaturals were slain by the super-intelligent villain, Sublime, using“The Nephilim Fragment.”
The two new members of the Hypernaturals search for the centennials, and find themselves in a trap. The book feels like a more mature version of the “Legion of Super-Heroes” to some degree, but if you’ve enjoyed Abnett and Lanning on other space-oriented fiction, you should give Hypernaturals a try.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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