Casey didn’t change the password since the last time he let me post something, so I’m back to talk about something else I am completely unqualified to discuss.
Another San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, and for the 7th year in a row I missed it. After seeing Casey’s posts, I was jealous of his ability to experience things without buying a ticket. But I didn’t need to go to the con to follow the major announcements made there that will shape everyone’s pop culture habits for the next few years to come. Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the bigger ones to come out of this year’s SDCC:
In movies, two things dominated talk around the web: Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman vs Superman. In the BvS realm, we got to see Batman’s cowl and cape from the upcoming movie, along with new pictures of Ben Allfeck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. There was also a teaser that leaked out onto the internet, but I wasn’t able to watch it before it got taken down. Avengers: Age of Ultron was hyped all week with a a series of interlocking posters, and the panel had teaser footage that showed Ultron and Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor. After the panel, Marvel also showed props such as Ultron Mark 1, and Captain America’s broken shield. Also from the Marvel camp was some new information on Ant-Man, and the announcement that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be coming out in 2017.
Some other quick hits in the movie realm: Godzilla 2 will have Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah; a new movie based on King Kong is also slated to be released in 2016; a Sandman movie is in pre-production; and a trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road was also released.
In television, DC dominated every discussion. They had already announced their new shows for the fall- Flash, Gotham, iZombie, and Constantine and proceeded to show the entire pilots for Flash, Constantine and new trailers for Gotham and Constantine. Buzz has been primarily good for all these shows, but iZombie didn’t show a full pilot due to recasting, and Constantine has already made some major changes that have fans uneasy. Still, if DC continues to be successful with Arrow and is successful with Flash and Gotham, they will absolutely dominate Marvel in the TV realm.
Speaking of Marvel, they made a few announcements regarding Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and their upcoming show Agent Carter. Nothing earth-shattering from either of them, and no full episodes or teasers were released. They certainly have a ways to go to catch up with DC’s strong showings.
Other news that hit all of my nerd buttons: Sam Raimi hints at an Evil Dead TV show he’s working on with Bruce Campbell; the entire cast of Firefly is providing voice overs for a new video game; and the original Batman television show will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray later in the year (you never get me anything nice for Christmas).
Of course, there was also a lot of comic book news to come out of SDCC, but that usually gets swept aside in the fervor of movie and TV news. Still, that’s what I paid attention to most. Marvel, after re-acquiring the rights to the Star Wars comics from Dark Horse announced three new series with really solid lineups: the main ongoing title will be written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassady, a Darth Vader series taking place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes back will be written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca, and a Princess Leia 5 issue limited series will be done by all-stars Mark Waid and Terry Dobson. Also, there will be a new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D comic that brings some characters into the comic’s universe. Other than that, the biggest announcements from Marvel were already made outside of the convention: Sam Wilson (Falcon) will be the new Captain America (until Steve Rogers comes back in ~2 years), and there will be a femal Thor (until the old Thor comes back in ~1 year).
DC comics made fewer splashes this year with comics, and I think that’s mainly has to do with their upcoming move to the west coast. For those that don’t know- DC will be picking up from New York and moving to California in a few months, and expect to not be in production for 2 months. There wasn’t much talk of that either at the convention, which is kind of unsettling. There was some good preview art shown of Grant Morrison’s Multiversity, which sounds awesome. Things seem status quo for DC in the upcoming year, unfortunately their status quo hasn’t been very good recently.
In smaller comics news, Image announced that Poyo (a murderous, cybernetic rooster) will crossover with The Walking Dead in what is sure to be the funniest thing I read all year. There was an extended preview of Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock that looks to be plenty creepy. And Warren Ellis and Declan Shavley (currently doing a fantastic, madcap, self-contained Moon Knight series for Marvel) will be teaming up next April for a title called Injection.
The last, and one of the biggest and most surprising reveals managed to transcend movies, books, and comics. It was announced that the sequel to Fight Club will be published as a 10 issue comic from Dark Horse this April. While that sounds like it might be ho-hum, the big punch was that the sequel is going to be written by Chuck Palahniuk- the author of the original Fight Club. But I’ve already said too much.
Things weren’t all sunshine and ponies, though. There were a few times when the lines for Hall H and Ballroom 20- the two largest panel rooms- had no lines. Usually the only way to get into either of those places is to line up the night BEFORE the room opens. I’m not sure what that means for the future; it might be a good sign that normal people have a chance of getting in, but it might signal an end to the mega panels full of movie stars. Also, the owner of Mile High Comics had some not so nice things to say about the back issue market at the convention, which highlights what hardcore nerds have been saying about the con for years now: It’s no longer about comics.
That’s all for this year. I didn’t highlight everything because, just like the convention itself, it can’t all be seen and done at once. Besides, I don’t care about the Grimm panel. No one cares about the Grimm panel. I’ve decided that I will be there next year, ticket or not, because it’s not fair for Casey to have all the fun.
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