Monday, July 28, 2014

Comic Con Musings

San Diego Comic Con went down this weekend, and as always it was huge.  Over time SDCC has become the place that the major studios doing comic book and sci-fi movies have to roll out teaser trailers, announce new film projects, and just get everone all worked up about what they're going to be putting out over the next year or two.  This year was no different; there are a plethora of movies in the pipeline that everyone is dying for any information on, and a slew of both new and returning television shows to dish on.  And boy, did they have a lot for us.  So what we did we see, what did we learn, and what were we left wanting?  Let's see.....

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman 

Here is the big picture from the weekend, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.  Judging by the responses I've seen, a lot of concerns from comic book fans were squashed.  Of course there are some complainers that this doesn't work for them, but they're in the minority and they can go have several seats.  Get over it, losers.  You're not going to ruin this for us.  Just 10 years ago, even five years ago this seemed like an impossibility.  And now we're going to get the Big 3 from the DC Universe all on the same big screen together.  If that doesn't get you excited, then please hop on the next transport and get off the planet already.  We have no further use for you here, especially if you're one of the people who wanted Megan Fox of all people.  But that wasn't all.  There's the footage from the upcoming Dawn of Justice film with Batman, decked out in his Dark Knight Returns Time-to-Kick-Kal El's-Ass suit meeting up with a not too happy see him Superman.  The hall erupted in excitement at this clip, which you've probably seen the leak of already.  At his point the doubters don't have much to cling to beyond a bunch of 'yeah, but' arguments.  Yes we still have two years until the movie drops and I suppose it could suck, but whatever.  Some of these people are so dialed in to it being bad that they're going to say it sucks regardless of how it really is.  Don't be one of those people.


Other than that, we got news on Arrow.  Ra's Al Ghul will apparently be the big bad this season.  I'm for that; he's been name dropped throughout the first two seasons and we've seen members of the League of Assassins.  Given the mess Starling City has been left in at the end of each of the first two seasons, it's ripe for the kind of, ahem, urban renewal, that Ra's and the league are known for. We're also getting a new Count Vertigo and more action involving ARGUS.  The flashback scenes will now shift to where Oliver ended up after getting away from Slade and waking up in China.  Roy Harper gets to suit up now in full costume alongside Oliver now, and there will be some more new allies and adversaries for Oliver in his quest to clean up the city.

And then there was the Marvel news.  We got a panel with the full cast from Avengers: Age of Ultron, and we got the news that Gardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released in 2017. We also got some footage from Age of Ultron and the upcoming Ant-Man film. And that's where the questioning came in.  With Guardians 2 joining Ant-Man, Cap 3, Thor 3, and Doctor Strange, phase three seems to be full.  Which means that if you were looking for a Black Panther or Black Widow movie, even just a hint of news, you weren't very encouraged by what you saw.  There was a still photo released of a broken Captain America shield, which comic book fans know is a suggestion that someone may need to make a trip to Wakanda to get some vibranium, but that's it.  The silver lining to this, of course, is that Marvel has plans for several years out and there's no reason to think that as the Cap and Thor solo series finish up (although Cap may continue with Bucky taking over), there will be space for new series to start up.  But I do wish they'd done Black Panther sooner; no one outside of the most hardcore comic heads are clamoring for an Ant-Man film.  Dr. Strange and Guardians are interesting characters, and the Guardians have real breakout potential for younger viewers, but hearing that they're going on Guardians sequel before the first movie even hits theaters is somewhat deflating.  Marvel has earned our trust so far, but it looks like they're cashing it in early.  If the movies are good, then we'll be good but if they hold off movies people want like Black Panther and Black Widow just to put out a bad Guardians sequel or Ant-Man film there could be some trouble.

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