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The Binquirer, Monday Edition: Quentin Tarantino joins DC Comics, Marvel NOW! Point-One roster, how to contribute to the Aurora victims, and much more

By Dan Horn
July 23, 2012 - 13:47

DC Comics:

Director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino will soon be scripting for DC Comics. The announcement, made at San Diego Comic Con, was nothing short of cryptic, and we are waiting on more details to be divulged.

Marvel Comics:

The Marvel NOW! Point-One teaser sequentially revealed the heroes that will be strongly implicated in the special issue to be released this Fall. The characters are Nick Fury, Jr., Cable, Ant Man, Loki, Wiccan, Miss America, Nova and Starlord.

Film and Television:

Dreamworks recently entered a bidding war for Classic Media film and television rights to properties like He-Man, Godzilla, Voltron, Turok, Dick Tracy, Archie, Rocky and Bullwinkle, and many more.

Marvel Studios is investigating the leak that uncovered the production of a Guardians of the Galaxy film weeks before the film's planned announcement at San Diego Comic Con.

The Dark Knight Rises has reportedly earned $162 million at the box office in its opening weekend despite tragedy. The gross puts TDKR third behind Marvel's The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II, both of which had inflated grosses due to 3D ticket sales.

I'd like to close this edition of The Binquirer with a reflection on The Dark Knight Rises mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. My sincerest condolences go out to the victims and to the families and friends of those scores wounded and the dozen innocent people senselessly murdered.

Warner Brothers and the people involved with TDKR did a fantastic job of taking action when the news of the shooting broke, pulling TV spots and editing them, canceling premieres and promotions, and withholding information pertaining to monetary performance until today. It was all very tactful and surprisingly humane. Instead of pointing their fingers, they took a step back and attempted to ameliorate the grim fallout within their own means.

It's a convenient knee-jerk reaction to tragedies such as this to distill the causes into one simple, and equally simple-minded, explanation. Since the violent attack on the movie theater, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, pundits have been bandying about blame: comic books are the culprits; no, it must be Muslims.

Really, it's us. We are the problem. We, pundits and politicians and others, have half-populated a nation with conservative alarmists, extremists, minds filled with the violent, militant rhetoric that saturates our media. Hate and fear have become the currency of American politics. We are ruled by dread and bile. We are made irreconcilably divided. We are lied to and marginalized and subverted.

I had more to write here, but I feel I've said enough without naming those who I think are truly responsible, those people whom we should and need to hold responsible. Really, what's the use? Our country is terminally ill. All you can ever hope to do is to help those that need it.

If you'd like to make a contribution to funeral and medical costs for the victims of the Aurora shooting, Denver's Mile High Comics is donating ten percent of all profits this week to those involved. Use the codeword "HELPHEAL" at checkout for 60% off of your order, and 10% of you what spend will be donated, even on items where the discount evaporates profit for Mile High.

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