Joss Whedon confirms he will direct “Avengers”

Joss Whedon confirmed at Comic-Con on Thursday that he is, indeed, directing “The Avengers.”

“It’s not an official thing, I think because Marvel couldn’t afford a press release,” the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator said during a panel with fellow fanboy favorite J.J. Abrams. “So can we make that an official thing? I’m directing ‘The Avengers.'”

The project is based on a Marvel comic all-star series that brought together Captain America, the Hulk and Iron Man, among others.

“I am still writing an outline. I’m still in that stage,” Whedon said. “I will say the thing I love about it, the thing that made me excited to do it, is how counterintuitive it is. These people shouldn’t be in the same room — and that is the very definition of family.”

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Wonder Woman gets major costume makeover

After 69 years of fighting crime in her trademark red-and-gold bustier and star-studded hip-huggers, Wonder Woman is getting a modern-day makeover.

In the latest issue of the iconic super heroine’s comic book series, which hit stores Wednesday, she is sporting a new, darker, more modern costume that would take away Superman’s super-breath.

“It’s a new contemporary look that matches the storyline of the series,” Dan DiDio, co-Publisher of DC Comics, told the News. “We wanted to reinvigorate a character that has had a [look developed] in the 1940s for the current audience and hopefully attract a new audience.”

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Author files copyright infringement lawsuit against NBC and ‘Heroes’

Jason Barnes, also known as Jazan Wild, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against NBC Universal, claiming Heroes had stolen plot details from his own graphic novels. Barnes, the author of three Carnival of Souls books — which follow a “traveling circus of damned souls that moves between this world and the next, between reality and dreams” — claims NBC infringed on his copyright during the fourth season of Heroes. According to the suit, “The first two episodes of Heroes…introduce a traveling carnival virtually identical to that in [Barnes]‘s original, copyrighted works. The settings and the storylines are virtually the same. The main character in both stories leads a carnival of lost souls and outcasts.”

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