What is up folks, within the last week or 2 there has been an explosion of comic news which has me both extremely excited as well as skeptical (‘ahem WB/DC). Before I get to the news, I have to say that I would never have thought growing up watching Saturday morning cartoons, reading comics, drawing and illustrating these characters as a young kid, that I would see what I have witnessed in the last 8 years in regards to seeing comic characters come to life, we come a long way. I feel ever since the Batman Begins in 2005 comic films has evolved into something bigger, personally these are some special times. So with that let’s get to it!
Marvel: Avengers 2 Trailer
I feel it only fitting that I start with the best in the biz as far as I’m concerned until. We will start with the hottest news on the web now, Marvel’s first official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is due to hit theaters May 2015. May cannot come soon enough as I absolutely cannot wait to experience Marvel’s many surprises to come within this film and to even have those “oh wow that is why this was in the last film” moment; for example I had no idea that Jarvis, Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence system would ultimately become The Vision, that was genius, no one saw that coming; people were speculating along with yours truly that Agent Coulson, now Director Coulson, would become Vision. So yeah, this film has so much to offer and then some. The first thing I noticed was how dark the trailer was, I remember reading about this film months back and how the actors commented on how this film would be darker than the other films , the stakes would be even higher which is something seeing how the Avenges fought off an alien invasion in its first film.
James Spador as Ultron, I mean what can I say Marvel struck gold in casting him , Ultron looks absolutely awesome, a bit dark mixed in with some creepiness which is what is need for one of the Avengers most notorious villain. It’s extremely evident that Ultron created an army of soldiers to do his bidding along with the fact that Ultron will take control of Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor hence why we see the scene involving Hulk against the fan favorite Hulk Buster armor. Amidst all of the scenes we get to see Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Scarlett Witch, Quick Silver and Nick Fury. The scenes speak to the inclusion of motion capture expert Andy Serkis, who is known for his amazing work with the Lord of the Rings films as well as The Hobbit and Planet of the Apes. He also helped on The Avengers 2 with the Hulk. With the inclusion of him within the trailer many are speculating that he will portray Ulysses Klaw who ultimately become the super villain the Klaw; who in the comics is a scientist working in applied Sonics, however to adapt this tech he needs vibranium , and the only place to get that is Wakanda(which is said to be in the film),
when stealing the vibranium T’Chaka , the original Black Panther goes after him and is killed resulting in T’Challa becoming the new Black Panther and seek to avenge his father’s death. We will see if something like this takes place because it has all but been confirmed that a Black Panther film is coming and is heavily speculated that he may cameo at the end of Avenges 2 as a part of Captain America’s own personal team along with Ms Marvel. The possibilities of what Marvel can do and what they have masterfully created is endless. This film is astonishing and I am excited and can’t wait to see the Vision and whatever else the film has to offer. Marvel Civil War anyone?
Robert Downey Jr. to Star as Iron Man in Captain America 3
If it wasn’t enough that I Cap 2 was absolutely epic in its story telling, its action sequences and inclusion of both Falcon and the Winter Solider, they have upped the anti even more with bringing in Tony Stark which would introduce, according to Variety and with other news sources, a Marvel cinematic version of the Civil War. A few weeks back I actually reached back into my collection of comics and re-read the entire series which was excellent work by writer Mark Miller. The story still stands as one of Marvel’s best. The story lines results from a group of c list super heroes facing off against a host of super villains led by Nitro who, during the middle of the fight emits an Nitro blast which destroys an entire block killing a number of children at a nearby Elementary school resulting in the government along with Shield pushing the registration act which calls for all super heroes and villains to register; this is something that Tony Stark is fine with however, Captain America is against it since it is right to choose . The difference of opinion results in the division within the Marvel universe which includes Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider Man and others. With the rights of Spider Man belonging to Sony (which I truly hope changes because in my opinion the Spider Man franchise s dead in the water, it needs to go back to Marvel) and also with both X-Men and Fantastic Four (or the Fantastic Four babies) both with Fox, these character would not be a part of the civil war storyline; however Marvel/Disney owns the rights to a great deal of characters to actually make this work, but in a different way. The folks at AMC Movie Theaters had a segment on the Civil War and the ramifications it would have throughout the Marvel Universe as well as the possibility of Spider Man being brought back, which I feel will happen maybe sooner than any of us think. The video from the AMC crew has to be one of my favorites from them check it out!
If you watch Avengers (and so sad for you if you have not seen the film) both Tony Stark and Captain America feuded, and in Captain America: the Winter Solider, Captain America was against what Shield built with the helicarriers as result of Tony Stark’s tech to, in their words “maintain the peace” but if you remember Captain saw it as promoting fear not freedom; in the midst of all this it was discovered that Hydra had infiltrated Shield which caused even more turmoil for Cap and crew (Black Widow , Falcon, Maria Hill, Nick Fury), which resulted in Captain America taking down Shield and all of their tech. In the coming Avengers film, Ultron is the result of a doormat program brought back to life by Tony Stark, again Tony’s tech comes back to haunt our cast of heroes and in the midst all of the speculation that at the conclusion of Avenger we will see a new team lead by ol’ Cap himself, leads me to believe that this will follow over into Captain America 3 which is due out May 6, 2016. Whether all this happens or not I strongly feel Marvel has us all in for a big surprise or in Robert Downey Jr. own words on Cap 3 : “It’s going to be huge”..Make mine Marvel!!
Marvel’s first Netflix series made some waves at New York Comic Con when it released not only the show’s logo but the first images of both Matt Murdock and Daredevil himself, now I hope that the costume is just an early version and not the final incarnation of the Daredevil as I would like to see something a bit similar to the comics. As bad as Ben Affleck’s Daredevil was I did like the costume, so I hope it somehow evolves to that or something similar. What is shown in the picture that they presented looks more like a ninja outfit, more of something that soon to be Marvel Netflix charter Iron Fist would wear, we will see though. I am still excited for this as I always loved the Daredevil character and I am eager to see him implemented within Marvel’s expanding cinematic universe. Check out Pictures and New York Comic Con Panel.
DC / WB Cinematic Universe News
Warner Brother has officially announced some actual news, although outside of the casting announcement I will have to see it to believe it in terms of the films that they have announced that will shape their own cinematic universe. You will note you don’t see a Superman or Batman standalone film however Warner Bother have maintain that both films are to be sprinkled within the date they have announced. No as far as I am concerned, the only movie I believe for sure that DC/WB is set to release is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. They have for far too long shown a lack of foresight or vision to carry out a cinematic universe. The casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther makes me worry about this film’s direction, both casting honestly is more worse than Ben Affleck being cast as Batman…. but not far off. Inside I am hopeful that I am wrong and that DC makes this thing work so that I can see my favorite characters brought life together in the right way within a universe that I have always loved .With that being said let’s get to the casting news.
Jason Momoa-Officially Announced as Aquaman
Surprise, Surprise, I think we all knew this a year ago, however I am excited for him and the character. I feel he will be one of the bright spots for the film. If DC had a plan in place he should have debuted in Man of Steel especially with the Zod world Engine in the ocean.
Ezra Miller: Cast as the Flash
Do not know who in the world this guys is, reports are that he is a talented actor, however my Flash is on the CW with Grant Gustin, so I am definitely not sure about this casting, good luck on this DC.
Jena Maloner: Rumored to be caste as Robin
With this film taking heavy inspiration from Frank Miller’s Return of the Dark Knight series, I loved the animated incarnation. Jena Malone will portray Kerrie Kelley who ultimately becomes the older Batman’s new sidekick in Robin with Dick Grayson having moved on. Malone has had action based roles in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch as well as Hunger Games. I am all for this as it will give the cinematic version of the character a much needed spin. I always felt that Robin would actually be great as a female and this would also be a great way of introducing another female hero within the film’s storyline. I still hope the film brings on Dick Grayson’s Night Wing character to the big screen as his character needs to be implemented within the Batman universe.
Older News: Ray Fisher Cast as Cyborg
This will be Fisher first cinematic debute as he is a theater actor which leads me to believe this guys can not only act, but will do justice to this role as it has been reported that he has been given rave reviews on his portrayal of Muhammad Ali. The Cyborg character is not only a proven beneficial member of the Justice League , but a much needed one as this will mark DC/ WB first African American hero to be not only cast , but given his own stand alone film, moreover as i mentioned from the New 52 comics to the recent Justice animate DC movies Cyborg is a great character. Not sure if his solo film will come to fruition , but look forward to seeing how his role is carried out in Justice League Dawn of Justice
The Rock Cast as Black Adam
Rock was given a choice between the two and he chose Black Adam. I would have rather he had chosen to portray Shazam , but we will she on this. I like the Rock and it will be interesting to see him play a villain since i have always seen him as the hero type, so we will see on this one.
DC/WB Announces there slate of films to come:
Warner Brother’s CEO Kevin Tsujihara held a presentation for investors and took the opportunity to finally announce what films WB will release to build upon their shared universe. As I mentioned above I will believe al this when I see it; the only films I feel will happen is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and maybe Justice League, we will see; I hope to get the Cyborg film, as well as Aquaman. If they are to cast a good Hal Jordan or John Stewart then I am all in for that as well, not sure about Wonder Woman unless they recast, Shazam would be fun although I was hoping Rock would have been chosen the role of Shazam as opposed to Black Adam. Suicide Squad film is for me a long shot although I truly enjoyed the animated Batman film Assault on Arkham which featured Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad.
- Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - March 25th, 2016
- Suicide Squad – August 5th, 2016
- Wonder Woman - June 23rd, 2017
- Justice League - November 17th, 2017
- The Flash - March 23rd, 2018
- Aquaman - July 27th, 2018
- Shazam - April 5th, 2019
- Justice League 2 - June 14th, 2019
- Cyborg - April 3rd, 2020
- Green Lantern - June 19th, 2020
Marvel / DC Release Dates Combined:
With all this talk about release date Lets check out what both Marvel and DC has coming up within the next 6 years.
- May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
- July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
- August 7, 2015 – Fantastic Four
- February 12, 2016 – Deadpool
- March 25, 2016 – Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
- May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3 (Fallen Son/Civil War)
- May 27, 2016 – X-Men: Apocalypse
- July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (unofficial but happening)
- August 5, 2016 - Suicide Squad
- November 11, 2016 – Sinister Six
- 2017 – Venom Carnage
- 2017 – Unannounced Female Character Spider-Man Movie
- March 3, 2017 – Wolverine 3 (Untitled)
- May 5, 2017 – Unannounced Marvel Movie
- June 23, 2017 - Wonder Woman
- July 28, 2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy 2
- July 14, 2017 – Fantastic Four 2
- November 3, 2017 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
- November 17, 2017 - Justice League
- 2018 – The Amazing Spider-Man 3
- March 23, 2018 - The Flash
- May 4, 2018 - The Avengers 3 (Unconfirmed)
- July 6, 2018 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
- July 13, 2018 – Unannounced X-Men Movie
- July 27, 2018 - Aquaman
- November 2, 2018 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
- April 5th, 2019 - Shazam
- May 3, 2019 - Unannounced Marvel Movie
- June 14th, 2019 - Justice League 2
- April 3rd, 2020 - Cyborg
- June 19th, 2020 - Green Lantern
- New Batman solo film
- New Superman solo film
40 DC and Marvel branded films scheduled to hit cinemas the next six years, please note that you do not see Doctor Strange or Black Panther for Marvel, but I’m pretty sure they are slated within the untitled slots, trust me Marvel has those guys locked and ready to go, I look forward to hearing who will play Strange and Black Panther. Talks with Joaquin Phoenix, did not go through leaving a rumored list of candidates which includes Jared Leto, Benedict Cumberbatch and my favorite for the role Keanu Reeves who has had resurgence in coming off the success of the movie John Wick.
I’m sure Marvel has this already wrapped up. Now as far as Black Panther is concerned there is a rumor that Chadwich Bosemn (42, Get on Up) has been in talks with Marvel to play T’Challa, when asked about these are rumors he stated he can either confirm or deny so we will see; I feel we will see Black Panther in Avengers 2 and maybe Captain America 3. I have been waiting a long time to see one of my favorite heroes to hit the screen and I feel the time is now.
Dead Pool is Coming
Amidst the outcry of fans all over the world the “Merc with the Mouth” has finally been given the green light. Test footage was “supposedly” leaked during this year’s Comic Con, which had fans demanding even more: check out video.
Dead Pool will be implemented within the universe the X-Men franchise has created and I’m fine with seeing him playing part of an ensemble, but not sure about seeing him in a solo film. Ryan Reynolds is set to reprise his role as Dead Pool. The film is slated for February 12, 2016.
Whether we are talking Marvel or DC and despite various opinions, I feel we can all say that we are all in for some very exciting times in the comic film and TV universe. Stay tuned!