December 6, 2008

Speed Reading: Movie, Geoff Johns and DCUO

Category: Flash News, Round-Ups — By

Geoff Johns talks to MTV about DC Universe Online, saying that the massively-multiplayer game is likely to ship in early 2010 or late 2009. He also says he’d love to tackle a Flash or Superman movie.

And speaking of movies, Variety reports that the film industry is starting to take super-heroes seriously, and looks into which characters are likely candidates for the big screen.

Michael Doran, co-founder and senior editor of the comicbook news site Newsarama, sees the most movie potential for DC Comics’ the Flash.

“Superspeed just is so elemental,” he says. “The character, especially the Wally West version — the fast-talking, quick-witted type — his personality almost matches his superpowers.”

Back to the fan perspective, Comix 411 has a wishlist for the Flash movie, and Siskoid looks at “The Human Race”.

September 15, 2008

Linkage: Geoff Johns on DCU Online

Category: Media, Round-Ups — By

Geoff Johns is seriously busy. The writer on Justice Society of America, Action Comics, Green Lantern, two Final Crisis tie-in miniseries, Flash: Rebirth, and a Smallville episode has been announced as the writer for the back story for the upcoming MMO game, DC Universe Online, joining art director Jim Lee. Newsarama and Comic Book Resources both have more:

July 29, 2008

Gaming Bits from San Diego

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I didn’t manage to try out DC Universe Online myself — there was always a longer line than I wanted to wait for — and I missed the two gaming panels on Friday. (I think it was Friday. It’s all sort of blurred together.) So here are some write-ups I found online.

Newsarama’s J.K. Parkin writes about playing a speedster in the DCU Online demo:

The coolest part, though, was when I hit the right joystick and turned on the Speed Force. Throwing rocks at my enemies and slamming them with my staff was cool and all, but you’d expect that in any superhero-based MMO. Having my character run through the streets of Metropolis at super speed, trailed by what looked like the Speed Force that all comic fans know from the comics? That’s the kind of detail this game needed to really set it apart. And from what I’ve seen so far, it has it in spades.

They’ve also got an article on the DC Universe Online presentation that Sony made Wednesday night.

IGN has extensive coverage of the gaming side of the con, including a write-up of Friday’s DCUO panel, video clips, an interview with Jim Lee before the show, and Greg Miller’s demo experience:

I chose to quit, take Jim Lee’s advice, and try out the speedster.

Named Rock Solid and decked out in black and gold, the speedster was just about everything I could want in a low-level superhero. Clicking L3 put the dude into super-speed mode so that he could scoot around Metropolis with a wicked speed effect at his feet, run up the sides of buildings, and get away from foes, but being earth-based gave him some more nifty powers.

Moving on to Mortal Combat vs. DC Universe, Newsarama’s article on the MK vs. DC panel, includes a description of one of the fights in the preview video:

Finally, the Flash darted around Soyna, leaving her spinning and dazed before running her off a cliff, the pair trading blows all the way down before the Flash got the upper hand and whipped his opponent into the ground, creating a small crater.

Each brutal blow drew “oooohhhs” from the crowd, who also cheered when Superman cut loose with his heat vision, and when Flash delivered several attacks at his trademark speed.

IGN had its own panel write-up, including the video clip, and added that gameplay is structured in chapters, with each character associated with a chapter. That might explain why we keep seeing the same match-ups in the demo footage.

(Images via IGN)

July 15, 2008

Flash Video in DCU Online Trailer

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A trailer for the MMO game, DCU Online was released for E3, and features clips of DC’s star heroes and villains in action — including footage of the Flash running up the side of a building.

(via Blog@Newsarama)

July 2, 2008

Heat Wave for DC Universe Online

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The upcoming massively-multiplayer online game, DC Universe Online, has launched an official Myspace page. First up: concept art, featuring various Metropolis and Gotham City locations, character designs for Power Girl, Poison Ivy, Hawkgirl, Raven, Huntress, Cheshire, Harley Quinn, Black Canary, an Amazon warrior (beginning to see a pattern here?)… and Heat Wave. (And Bizarro.)

Okay, it’s an odd combination, but it’s good to see one of the Flash’s Rogues represented so early in the publicity stages for the game.

(via Blog@Newsarama)