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10 Things to be Learned from DC Comics’ February Solicitations

DC Comics released their solicitations for February 2013 and now we know what the DC Universe will be like in three months time. It’s given us clues as to what will be happening soon as well as down the road. There’s plenty of guesswork, but it’s all we can really do.

1. Justice League Expansion? The solicits for Justice League #17 mentions the possibility of the Justice League finally expanding its roster. While it might not be right away, it still could be happening in the very near future. Maybe we’ll finally see the likes of Firestorm, Atom, Deadman, Element Girl, Mera and Lady Luck(?) We were told would join the Justice League eventually.

The odd part about this is the inclusion of Hawkman and Green Arrow in this picture. The two will soon be appearing in Justice League of America and this picture was released before that title was even in a twinkle in Geoff Johns eye. It’s pretty obvious that the title was not something they had on their schedule at that point, since Justice League International was supposed to be the ‘other’ Justice League team. Then again, Deadman is there and he’s been in Justice League Dark since the beginning, so maybe I should be giving them more credit.

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Iron Man 3 Trailer

In the third installment of Marvel Studios’ Iron Man franchise, Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) steps in as director, while Jon Favreau, the director of the last two films, shifts over to executive producer. Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Bettany all return to their roles. Jon Favreau will also be returning as Happy Hogan.

Joining them will be Guy Pierce and Rebecca Hall as Aldrich Killian and Maya Hansen, respectively. The film’s villains will include Firepower, played by Ashley Hamilton, as well as a character based on Coldblood (a villain not traditionally associated with Iron Man), played by James Badge Dale. Ben Kingsley will be playing Iron Man’s archenemy, The Mandarin. Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will be playing a character named Chun Lu, who is also known as Radioactive Man. It is unsure whether he will be the super powered villain, or if this is a setup to another movie.

Iron Man 3 will be an adaptation of Warren Ellis’ and Adi Granov’s “Extremis” arc from 2006. It served as an updated origin story for Iron Man, moving away from the Vietnam War and setting it in Afghanistan. 2008’s Iron Man used this origin instead of the original. It also introduces an updated and more powerful armor.

The Iron Patriot armor has been revealed to be present in the film as well. Iron Patriot was the armor used by Norman Osborn to lead the Dark Avengers during the “Dark Reign” storyline when he served as the top cop of the Marvel Universe for a time. A new Iron Patriot will also be appearing in the Secret Avengers and in the Ultimate Universe. It is rumored that Rhodey will, in fact, be the Iron Patriot in the film.

Iron Man 3 will be in theaters on April 26th 2013, in the UK, and May 3rd 2013 in the US.