Pop Culture Roundup Aug. 28, 2007

Better late than never: Here are the November 2007 solicitations for DC Comics and Marvel Comics.


iTunes is offering an exclusive Paul McCartney EP: Paul McCartney Live from the iTunes Festival. Tracks include: "Coming Up," "Only Mama Knows," "That Was Me," "Jet," Nod Your Head" and "House of Wax." You can get the works for $5.49.


Today would've been Jack Kirby's 90th birthday. All hail the King!


New seasons for "The Batman" and "Legion of Super-heroes" begin Sept. 22 on Kids WB. Details:

The Batman
Four-time Emmy Award winner "The Batman" will focus its new season on the introduction of Batman's Justice League peers.

Expect amped-up action and heightened stakes as Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter and several others work in concert with Batman -- and even more of his amazing technological wonders -- to defend Gotham from a seemingly never-ending roster of super villains.

The usual suspects return with nefarious new schemes and more sophisticated gadgetry as the Joker, Penguin, Harley Quinn and Mr. Freeze are joined in their quest to rid Gotham of any nocturnal winged creatures by the likes of Sinestro, Scarface, Mirror Master, Metallo, Clayface and even Lex Luthor, who enlists Poison Ivy and her enchanting spores to turn Superman against Batman in the two-part season premiere.

Legion of Superheroes
The second season of "Legion of Super Heroes" finds the group fulfilling their collective destiny, each member elevating his skills to new levels ... just in time to face even greater challenges.

A incomprehensibly undefeatable nemesis -- Imperiex, the destroyer of galaxies from the rich annals of DC Comics -- puts the Legion into action alongside new team members. Superman returns from the 21st century with greater development of both his physical prowess and far better utilization of his powers to help the Legion toward victory in the 31st century and beyond.

Moreover, the Legion finds a surprising, new ally from across the space-time continuum -- a 41st century Superman, cloned from the original Superman with alien DNA added to the mix for new, enhanced powers -- to assist in its efforts to rid the universe of this powerful foe. Along the way, the LOSH -- including new members like Chameleon Boy -- provides the perfect complement of heroics and comedy to the efforts of the Supermans.


Heaven preserve us: Keanu Reeves is set to star in a remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Maybe he's playing the robot...


Darwyn Cooke provides the cover for the next issue of The Comics Journal.

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