Comic Con has officially come and gone and it’s time to go over what went down between DC and Marvel. Comic Con really comes down which properties brought the heat during their Hall H announcements; so with that being said lets kick start with what DC brought to the table for their presentation.
I was not thrilled at all with what DC presented, which nothing other than announcing the Batman vs. Superman. I had pretty low expectations for DC yet at the same time with hopes that they would elaborate or revel a number of things starting with characters the following actors would portray in the upcoming film: Tae Okamato (The Wolverine), Oscar winner Holly Hunter (Saving Grace), Callan Mulvey ( Rise 300 / Captain America: The Winter Solider) as well as Scott Mcnary(12 years a slave , Argo). I also expected them to confirm the Jason Momoa as Aquaman. There is also report that Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) is up for a role in the film, would have been great if they would have elaborated on that. Then there is the big Rock announcement that many have been anticipating as he has teased in a recent interview with Total Film (see below), he also took to twitter with the following image.
In June blogger/journalist Nikki Finke leaked a supposed DC movie lineup which was confirmed by apparent DC mouth piece/podcaster Kevin Smith, the films rumored are Shazam July 2016, Sandman December 2016, Justice League 2017, Wonder Women July 2017, Flash and Green Lantern Team up December 2017, and Man of Steel 2 coming in May 2018. There is also report that a Batman standalone is slated in 2019. Given DC’s track record of not having a game plan as well as lacking the confidence and foresight for material I will not believe any of this until I see it; to say they have been dragging their feet is a huge understatement.
In commencement of 75th batman Anniversary DC had on display the cape and cowl that will be worn by Ben Affleck in the upcoming Batman Superman film. They also released the following image of Batman, which to be honest, I thought it looked pretty good.
Now let’s get down to what went down in Hall H yesterday. The first image of Superman that was released weeks ago was on display with that of Batman as well as the first official look at our new Wonder Woman, I have expressed how I feel about Gadot as Wonder Woman as I feel this is absolute sin to have her portray the greatest female hero of all time, although I will say I wasn’t totally against the costume as it looked like something a warrior would wear in a 300 film, however it’s still Gadot and she doesn’t strike me as the bad ass warrior that Wonder Woman is. Personally I would have rather they modernized her look with pants and jacket shown in the following image.
Director Zack Snyder was on stage talking with fans which was then followed by a quick teaser for Batman vs Superman see below pictures as well as a video a fan took. I still feel that this film will be a disappointment although I truly hope that I am wrong. The teaser had the feeling of what a Nolan film would as well as the elements and nostalgia of the animated film and graphic novel the Dark Knight Returns. Zack called out DC trinity Ben Affleck , Henry Cavil and Gal Gadot to the stage only for all three to take a quick photo then jet to the back stage which was extremely disappointing to me as you would think that they would allow all three to talk with the fans, but again this is how DC does it.
To add insult to injury DC did not comment on any casting nor did they confirm or deny the leaked slate of movies. Although I liked the images of Batman and the quick teaser to me this was another half hearted effort on DC’s end to bring it to the fans and to show they are serious about their expanded universe.
Now on to DC TV Universe
Arrow Season 3 will finally hit the mark October 8th. Arrow has brought me back to actually looking forward to watching TV, Stephen Amell is the Arrow; he has truly embodied that character and I look forward to what he brings this upcoming season. Making his Arrow debut will be Brandon Roth(Superman Returns) as Ray Palmer aka Atom which is a bit interesting seeing Brandon portrayed Superman in the cinematic universe however I feel he will do an awesome job as the Atom, the show will also feature Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) as the hero Arsenal which I look forward to as I loved the costume, I feel it looks just as good as Arrow’s. The show will also feature returning cast member David Ramsey (Diggle) , Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity). The one telling thing at the end of the trailer below is the apparent debut of Ra’s Al Gul who was mentioned a number of times last season when Arrow tangled with the league of shadows, cannot wait to see what is in store when he enters the equation even more so this season.
Flash, which will make its season debut on October 7, allowed for Comic Con guests to view its pilot episode. The Flash cast also sat down with IGN crew at Comic Con to discuss what is to come for our new hero. Prior to Comic Con there have been a few casting announcements starting with Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People) to be cast as the super hero Firestorm, who I have always loved in the comics as well as in the Super Friends cartoons way back in the day. Firestorm is Ronnie Raymond who was a typical teen who as a result of a nuclear catastrophe apparently found himself fused with the consciousness of brilliant scientist Martin Stein. Firestorm’s origin will no doubt be connecting to the particle accelerator disaster from Start Labs explosion which gave Barry Allen his powers.
The show has also casted Wentworth Miller as Flash villain Captain Cold. As you may have seen in my Flash trailer review, I feel this will be yet another homerun for DC/CW as it is apparent that Arrow and the Flash are well on their way to expanding their own universe, I really hope there is a way they could implement Batman, Superman as well as Wonder Woman.
One more tidbit of news, it was confirmed that DC will not connect its movie universe to that of its TV counterpart. Which I am happy about in a way, but feel they are making a huge mistake as I see the TV universe has established a number of DC characters that would fit into the Universe they are building. Stay tuned
Gotham, which airs on Fox September 22, featured a trailer at Comic Con which I actually thinks looks good, as I mentioned before I will give this show a chance as I really want to see how they pull off a show in Gotham which does not feature the Dark Knight himself. I love the Police Commissioner Gordon character, always have in the comic and the animated series however not sure how much they can do with a show which follows a young James Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock. The one interesting thing the show has in its favor is the prelude of what’s to come with all the villains they will have in the show Penguin, Cat Woman and Hugo Strange, who is a deranged physiatrist who works with the inmates in Arkham. Harvey Dent is a lawyer, who after having acid throw at his face becomes the dual identity villain knows as Two Face. Gotham‘s executive producer and show runner Bruno Heller sheds some light as to what expect from both Strange and Dent
“Hugo Strange is going to pop up because we’re going to start dealing with how Arkham was created and why Arkham was created in the way that it was so, yeah, absolutely. It’s a season 1 thing because in our telling of it the way Arkham was created and the why and how one of the causes of the particular criminal climate in Gotham is that allowed Batman to happen. The revolving door of Arkham is both a brilliant narrative device because it allows you to — you don’t have to kill people off, you can just put them in cold storage — but if you’re telling the story from the start you kind of have to explain, ‘What the f***? Why don’t you make that place a place people don’t escape from?’ We’re going to explain why it is the way it is and Hugo Strange is a big part of that.”
Heller goes on to explain, “We’re playing Harvey Dent slightly older. He’s more Gordon’s age in this telling.”
*Interview the Legendary Kevin Conroy
Last but certainly not least, the folks at IGN sat down to speak with Kevin Conroy at Comic Con,who has voiced Batman ever since 1992 when the Batman Animated series was released. It was so cool to hear the guy I have been watching for so long as Batman reflect on the character.I feel one of the interviewers echoed everyone's sentiment when he mentioned that whenever reading a comic it is Kevin voice he hears as Batman which for me is the same. Conroy along with Christian Bale has made the Batman character their own. Kevin has done work as Batman in Justice league, Justice League Unlimited as well as number of DC animated films, most recently the upcoming Assault on Arkham due out August 12,2014. Conroy has also voiced a number of games which includes Batman Arkahm Asylum, Batman Arkham City, Justice League Gods Among us as well as the upcoming Batman Arkham Knight due out Fall 2015. Check out the interview below, Kevin seemed to really have fun with the interviewers while expressing his thoughts on the Batman character. Two thumbs up on this one for DC.
Now on Marvelous Marvel
Going into Comic Con I was looking forward to seeing if Marvel would indeed revel all of their movies that they have apparently planned through 2018, at the start of Comic Con marvel announced that they had a third released date for 2018 which placed them with 2 years releasing 3 films, which is actually exciting for me because Marvel just seems to get better and better with their approach toward their cinematic universe. Very happy to see how far they have come from Iron Man all the way to now with Guardian of the Galaxy which I feel will be an even bigger hit than Avengers or come close to it. Check out date dates below.
- May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
- July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
- May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3 (Untitled)
- July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (Unannounced)
- May 5, 2017 – Unannounced
- July 28, 2017 - Unannounced
- November 3, 2017 - Unannounced
- May 4, 2018 – Unannounced
- July 6, 2018 - Unannounced
- November 2, 2018 - Unannounced
- May 3, 2019 – The Avengers 3 (Unannounced)
I was hopeful to get more information on Marvel’s Netflix series involving the Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones, as I am truly anxious to see which actor will play Luke Cage. Going into Saturday’s Hall H presentation there were rumors circulating that a Doctor Strange casting announcement was imminent and that Joaquin Phoenix was in final negotiations to portray the Master of the Mystic Arts. Then there is Black Panther who will portray him and how will he be introduced to the Universe? Questions, questions, questions, let’s get down to what Happen in Hall H
The Avengers Assemble once more!
Marvel started comic Con with a series of individual character pictures for the upcoming Avengers Age of Ultron which would result in an unveiling of the entire picture as a whole see below. I love this picture as it truly captures the war and challenges that lie ahead for earth’s mightiest heroes, I got a huge kick out of seeing the Vision in the back ground hovering over the Ultron bots unleashing his attack. The other part I loved is seeing as how the Ultron bots are hanging on for dear life in trying the take down the Hulk, good luck with that!
Now on to the Avengers 2 Comic Con panel
Marvel stole comic con, for all the returning cast member of Avengers which included Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. , Samuel L Jackson , Chris Evans, Mark Rufalo, Jeremy Renner , Cobie Smulders as well as new comers Paul Bettany (Jarvis / Vision), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen(Scarlet Witch) and James Spader(Ultron) all coming out to the song “Don’t Stop ‘til you Get Enough” by my favorite all time artist Michael Jackson, with Robert Downey giving out flowers to fans and cast members, it was awesome, they all sat down gave their take on the film, which is what DC Batman V Superman crew did not do, and Marvel always seems as though they are having fun with what they are doing as opposed to DC. Last but not least RDJ announced Josh Brolin to the stage aka Thanos and when coming on stage he wore the infinity Gauntlet that Thanos is working towards attaining in the film. The panel did also include a trailer for the film which I have a description of below.
In a recent interview actor Paul Bettany elaborated on what powers should we expect from Vision, who has been one of my favorite Avenger characters, Bettany explains:
“Well, we already discussed he’s incredibly good at punching, which is key. He also has the ability to change his density and that is… that’s awesome and really exploited brilliantly by Joss in terms of really cool moments that Vision is able to do something otherworldly and it’s kind of great. And he’s discovering it all as he goes along.”
Ant-Man has arrived:
Back when both Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas were announced for this film I felt this was yet another ingenious move by Marvel, as both character will and can play off one another from both a dramatic sense as well as from a comedic standpoint. Ant-Man opened up Comic Con early in the week with its release of its art for the film. Truly love how the poster was put together, love the head shot of Douglas and Rudd as well as the image of Ant-Man himself. Casting was confirmed with Corey Stroll (House of Cards) portraying Yellow Jacket in the film, which in this incarnation will be a villain. Evangeline Lilly (Lost) will portray daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. It is rumored that she may become the Wasp, however that has not been confirmed. Check out Panel below.
Agents of Shield Panel
Agents of Shield, makes its return September 23. Although I had my doubts about this show as it had a slow start, the last 10 episodes were amazing. Once the events of The Winter Solider were reveled this show took off. I feel Shield shows that you can successfully connect the universe of that of TV and cinematic and how the two can draw strength as well as catapult one another to success. I am extremely excited for the addition of Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as I loved her work on Xena back in the day. Marvel announced that she will portray a Shield agent who carries a “knife” at her side, apparently ready for battle at all times, however other than that not much on Lucy’s character but I’m sure more is to come. Check out below Comic Con Panel.
DC, as expected, left a lot to be desired, which I feel no way won Comic Con. I give the nod to Marvel for what the Avengers 2 panel brought to the table as well as Ant-Man and Agents of Shield. Although Marvel has yet to confirm what films will inherent the future timeslots, and has yet to give more information on Doctor Strange, Black Panther and its Netflix series I am absolutely confident in the coming days we will get confirmation on another of these topics as Marvel is no stranger at keeping their fans fully informed about what their plans and direction are. Once again…. make mine Marvel