PODCAST | Jim Lee addresses the C2E2 as sole publisher of DC Comics. But what about those Marvel/DC rumors?

PLUS: Indiana Jones 5 has a new director – why it’s probably the best thing for the franchise

AND: We go ROGUE! Officially!

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Opening Credits

PARAMOUNT IS RELAUNCHING G.I. Joe movies with its Snake Eyes spinoff (which just wrapped this week), developing more Transformers movies with multiple writers and now, there is movement on…M.A.S.K.


Chris Bremner, who co-wrote January’s surprise hit, Bad Boys for Life, has been tapped to pen M.A.S.K., Paramount and Hasbro’s big-screen take on the toy line and launched in the mid-1980s.


F. Gary Gray is attached to direct the action-adventure project which, in case you need a refresher, centered on elite strike force M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) squaring off against V.E.N.O.M. (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem).

James Mangold in Talks to Replace Steven Spielberg as ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Director


Another helmer may be carrying the bullwhip for the new installment of Indiana Jones.

Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold is in early talks to helm the fifth installment in the franchise, taking over for Steven Spielberg, who has directed all of the franchise’s other installments.

Star Harrison Ford remains on board for the film.

This is the latest creative change for the feature, which was first announced in March 2016 by Disney and Lucasfilm. It was initially given a release date of July 19, 2019, which was subsequently pushed back to July 10, 2020.

In June 2018, Jonathan Kasdan, the son of Raiders of the Lost Ark scripter Lawrence Kasdan, was brought on to write a new draft of the feature, delaying the production further and pushing the release to July 9, 2021.

The choice to hand over the reins on Indiana Jones 5 fell to Spielberg. He decided to step down so that the next generation of filmmakers could usher the franchise forward, says a source close to the director.

Spielberg, who will remain on Indiana Jones 5 as a producer, will next release his West Side Story remake with Warner Bros., which is due out in December.

Mangold was last in theaters with the Christian Bale- and Matt Damon-starring racing drama Ford v Ferrari, which was released by Disney/Fox and earned over $225 million at the global box office. The director’s other credits include the tentpole superhero films Wolverine and Logan.

Segment 2: JIM LEE Signals DC Won’t Replace Dan DiDio; Addresses Major DC, Reboot Rumors

DC’s now sole publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee has indicated that DC won’t replace former Co-Publisher Dan DiDio, who recently exited the company.
Speaking at his personal spotlight panel during C2E2 2020, Lee told the audience “There’s continually new things going on, and I look at being sole publisher now and the team I’m working with. Much more in trenches now than ever before.”
“We’ve been with Warner Bros. for decades,” Lee elaborated. “The actual strategy for DC is to put publishing at center of what we do. It’s the engine of all the movies, TV, cartoons, we do. And so its my intent going forward as the Publisher, to lean into the collective years of my team.”
Lee also seemingly but vaguely addressed rumors about Marvel acquiring DC publishing, which have made their way into some internet rumors circles of late, shooting down any chance of this.
“To address some of the stuff that is out there, there’s rumors… speculation,” Lee explained. “I wouldn’t put any credence into it. DC has been around for 85 years, and we’ll be around for another 85 years. I hope to be doing this panel in 85 years.”
Lee also spoke about the chances DC’s impending 5G initiative would constitute yet another reboot, saying that’s not in the cards.
“It’s hard to talk about things we haven’t announced. Intention not to do a line-wide reboot,” Lee clarified. “Our focus in talking to editorial team is to continue what we’ve done best: Character-driven stories, pairing right creators on right characters, and developing characters that are inclusive and diverse.”
DC did not respond to Newsarama’s request for comment at the time of this story’s publication.

Segment 3: Spin The Comics To Movie Racks



Tokyo — February 29, 2020 — Tsuburaya Productions Co., Ltd is thrilled to announce the story details and artist lineup for the Marvel Comics ULTRAMAN series “THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN”  launching later this year. Revealed to a packed house by Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski today at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN #1 will revisit Classic Ultraman, the first generation of the worldwide phenomenon. Series will be co-written by Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom with art by Francesco Manna.

Both known for their talents in world building, Higgins (Power Rangers, Winter Soldier) and Groom (Self/Made) will combine their acclaimed storytelling skills with the stunning style of superstar artist Francesco Manna, who has drawn for some of Marvel’s biggest series like Jason Aaron’s Avengers and Dan Slott’s Fantastic Four. As fans of the Ultraman series, they will introduce Ultraman to new fans young and old and revisit the iconic era – and spirit – of the Ultras longtime enthusiasts know and love.

“A few years ago, thanks to my time on Power Rangers, I was able to discover and learn more about Tokusatsu. With its wildly different conventions and inspirations, tokusatsu—and Ultraman in particular—has been a huge source of joy for me,” said Higgins. “It’s a genre so ripe with possibilities, even down to what we conceive of in the structure of super hero storytelling. It’s both an honor and a privilege to bring Ultraman to Marvel.”

“Monsters in fiction have been embodying all that is dark and scary in our world for as long as we’ve been telling stories. But I don’t think anybody understood the immense scale of our most pressing problems quite like Eiji Tsuburaya,” shared Groom. “He imagined the darkness looming overhead as tall as skyscrapers—alien and unknowable and ANGRY. But he also imagined us being able to stand up to those monsters, by rising above our worst impulses and embracing a nobler way of being. He imagined ULTRAMAN. What does that mean in this complex, contradictory world of lies? We’re going to find out…”

At the end of last year, Tsuburaya Productions and Marvel Comics announced a landmark collaboration to produce all-new stories based on the classic Ultraman series starring the beloved pop culture icon, Ultraman.

Stay tuned for more details about what can you expect from Ultraman’s adventures when THE RISE OF ULTRAMAN #1 hits stands later this year!

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