Geekly World News – February 25, 2016

Welcome back to Geekly World News, our round-up of all the biggest news from the world of comics, video games, movies, and more. Today we have the latest on DC Comics, the HTC Vive VR headset, and Pacific Rim 2.

Big changes are coming to DC Comics starting in May. Comic Book Resources has an interview with DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns detailing the company’s goals for their upcoming “Rebirth” event. There’s a lot to unpack here, so for now I’ll just focus on a few particular points that caught my eye. First of all, while DC has stated emphatically that it is not a reboot, they are going to be bringing back certain element’s of the DC universe’s history that were lost in the 2011 “New 52” reboot/relaunch. Johns says, “It’s in the same vein as “Green Lantern: Rebirth” and “The Flash: Rebirth.” Some things alter and change, but it’s more character-driven, and it’s also more about revealing secrets and mysteries within the DC Universe about “Flashpoint” and The New 52 that are part of a bigger tapestry.” It sounds to me like rather than pressing the ‘reset’ button again, Rebirth will recontextualize the changes that the New 52 made so that they can reintroduce pieces of DC history that were thought to have been erased. dcrebirthSpeaking in broader terms, he also says, “It’s an echo of the past, but looking to the future. That’s what I want to do with this. There’s got to be an umbilical cord that goes all the way back to “Action Comics” #1, that connects the whole DC Universe.” While the rest of the line will be relaunched with new #1’s, Action Comics and Detective Comics will return to their original numbering at #957 and #934, respectively, about which Johns says, “that alone, even though it seems small, I think it’s a huge symbol of what we’re trying to do.” He also says that, “This is definitely for comic book readers more than it is for casual readers, just like “Green Lantern: Rebirth,” but that doesn’t mean it’s exclusive of them.” Personally, I started reading DC comics with Green Lantern: Rebirth, and the story itself was good enough that rather than be discouraged by all of the history going over my head, I simply wanted to learn more about this world. For DC to pull off a similar feat with this upcoming event, it will all come down to the strength of the creative teams and their work. I’m cautiously optimistic at this point, but the proof will be in the pudding.

The price for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset has revealed as $799 USD. That might seem pretty steep compared to the Oculus Rift’s already high price point of $599 USD, but HTC and Valve are hoping that customers will feel that the price is justified when you compare what comes in the box. The biggest difference is the two position-tracking wall units that come with the HTC Vive, along with the hub that transmits the data to your PC. While the Oculus Rift is usually demoed with the user sitting in a chair or on a stool, the Vive is built to take advantage of the space around you and frequently has the user moving around a cleared-out space. It will be interesting to see which set-up customers respond to more.

Deadline reports that Pacific Rim 2 has found its director in Steven S. DeKnight, creator of Spartacus and showrunner for most of Daredevil’s first season. Though many of us have been anticipating a sequel to 2013’s Pacific Rim since we walked out of the theatre, doubt was cast on the status of the sequel when Universal removed it from its release schedule. I’m personally relieved that the movie is not dead, and I can’t wait to see it. I might be waiting a while though, since no release date has announced yet.

What do you think of DC’s Rebirth? Are you planning on getting a VR headset at these prices? Are you excited for Pacific Rim 2? Sound off in the comments below!

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