Sunday, July 27, 2014

SDCC 2014 DC Comics & Marvel Movie & T.V. News


Okay, just in case anyone missed some of the announcements at San Diego Comic Con this year for DC Comics and Marvel Comics movie and T.V. news, here are the ones I've yet to report compacted in one post to make it easier to review. Quite some great announcements this year for the big and small screen this year.


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 ANT-MAN

Alright, Marvel Studios finally announced one of the villains for the Ant-Man movie and it appears that a character named Darren Cross is confirmed to be Ant-Man's nemesis. The character is from the comics, but it seems the movie is altering the character from page to screen. Not surprising since they seem to do that quite often.

So in the comic, Darren Cross is the CEO of Cross Technological Enterprises, a company that is a rival of Tony Stark's Stark Industries. In the comics, Darren Cross suffered from a rare heart condition and built a special pace maker to prolong his life. Unfortunately, this device somehow mutated Cross into a weird, disfigured creature.


Undergoing several illegal heart transplants that temporarily helped to keep him alive, Cross needed a more permanent solution, and when he discovered that a surgeon named Erica Sondheim developed a procedure that could save his life, he had his minions kidnap him. Scott Lang as the new Ant-Man battled Darren Cross and the stress on his heart caused Cross to die. 


In the Ant-Man movie, however, it appears the Darren Cross will be Yellowjacket. In the comics, Yellowjacket was but one of the many superhero aliases that Henry Pym took. It seems Darren Cross will steal Pym's Yellowjacket armor in the movie and go toe-to-toe with Scott Lang as Ant-Man. Kevin Feige confirmed that actor Cary Stoll from the The Strain will step into the role of Darren Cross as Yellowjackt.

Others have taken up the mantle of Yellowjacket in the comics. Three of them villains with Ultron even adopting the identity of Yellowjacket once. Darren Cross, however, never has in the comics.

Darren Cross and Cross Technological Enterprises first appeared in Marvel Premiere #47. The character of Yellowjacket first appeared in Avengers #59 volume 1.

It was also announced that the Real Steel actress Evangeline Lilly will play the daughter of Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne - Hope Van Dyne, Scott Lang's love interest. Whether the character will suit up as The Wasp is still yet unknown.



GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 

It looks like Guardians of the Galaxy may get a sequel already. James Gunn and star Chris Pratt seem to confirm Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in a video shown in Hall H at San Diego Comic Con. The slated release date is supposedly July 28th, 2017, and although this may seem a bit soon since the movie hasn't even opened in the United States, early reviews have been generally positive so far. 

Then again, the pair could've just been joking around to just mess with fans. Seems unlikely since the momentum of Marvel and Disney's movie properties are gaining speed and Marvel did announce 5 more "unannounced" movies. It looks like there could be 3 in the year 2017 instead of two.


AVENGERS 2: AGE OF ULTRON

Now for the big news, and most everyone was anxious to hear the announcements at SDCC concerning The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron! Marvel Studios did not fail to impress when they screened an early trailer and glimpsed of some things to be expected for the mega blockbuster sequel.

Can we say the Hulkbuster armor was present in this trailer? It sure was, and it seems Iron Man will be suiting up in the movie version of the Hulkbuster armor in this anticipated sequel. And, yes, the Hulkbuster armor was actually from the comic books and first appeared in Iron Man #304 from the volume 1 series.

Also, the reports of the casting of Josh Brolin as Thanos that circulated everywhere earlier turned out to be absolutely true. The well-known actor walked out on stage wearing a plastic Infinity Gauntlet on one arm as he joined the panel with fellow his fellow Avengers 2 co-stars! Thanos is in the house! Unlike 2012, no surprise confirmations of any new Avengers characters were leaked at SDCC.  



MORE DC COMICS ANNOUNCEMENTS 



ARROW

At the show's panel at SDCC, the first Arrow trailer debuted for Season 3 of the hit T.V. series, and it proved to have more DC Comic characters coming into the fold. Although not shown in the trailer, it seems that Katanna and The Atom will be debuting on the small screen in Arrow's Season 3, and Brandon Routh will be playing Ray Palmer (Atom).

One new character that did make an appearance in the trailer was that of the show's new villain. Actually, it's the new version of Count Vertigo, for an older version of the villain did already make an appearance on the show as a drug dealer.

It seems this version of Count Vertigo just may be rooted in organized crime like his comic book counter-part and was confirmed that the character is based off the recent incarnation of Werner Zytle from the New 52 comics. While fans are hoping for a full-fledged Count Vertigo who could alter balance and induce dizziness upon his victims like in the comics, the trailer made no reference to any super power. 

Peter Stormare will be playing the fan-favorite Green Arrow villain, and he is no stranger to villainous roles on-screen. Actually, he's quite great at playing them and played the devil himself in the Constantine movie. 


But things got even better when another full trailer was screened and more characters were dropped into the fold for Season 3 of Arrow. The first is Roy Harper, also known as Green Arrow's trusty sidekick Speedy. It appears that the character will be Arsenal for the series instead of his original and humble sidekick beginnings. Colton Haynes will play the role and SDCC even released the first look of the character Arsenal. 

The character of Roy Harper first appeared as Arsenal in The New Teen Titans #99.

The big surprise of the full Arrow Season 3 trailer was the extra footage that featured one of Batman's most feared foes - Rha's al Ghul!

Count Vertigo's first appearance in the New 52 line is in Green Arrow #22. However, if you're looking for the actual first appearance of Count Vertigo ever in comics, just click the blue link below to discover what comic that is.




GOTHAM

Probably the T.V. show that most are a bit worried about in terms of delivering is Fox's Gotham. There are quite a few concerns with fans, but the big one is: Without a Batman will the main hero of the T.V. series, Jim Gordon, be able to hold the attention of viewers?

A new trailer premiered at SDCC and teased the Penguin, and I think it looks great. Looks like it will be dark and gritty much like what Nolan established in The Dark Knight trilogy. You can watch it below if you missed it. 




Also, here's an Official Extended Trailer of Gotham released in May that teases the Penguin, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. Arkham Asylum was also teased as well. Both look great and the show seems to have a visual appeal that I think most fans just may like. Gotham premieres on Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8pm on Fox.





CONSTANTINE

A few details were revealed concerning the NBC show based on the DC/Vertigo comics Hellblazer but not all that much. It was confirmed that Papa Midnite will be in Season 1 of the show although no actor has been confirmed to play the part.

Also, the folks at NBC screened another trailer for the upcoming series that was met with mixed reviews by fans in attendance. Producer Daniel Cerone hinted that Jim Corrigan, more known as his comic book alias The Spectre, could make an appearance in Season 1 of Constantine. 

Also some minor facts were confirmed about the question of will the show depict John Constantine as a smoker like he is in the comics. The producers assured he will be a smoker, but apparently NBC will not allow the character to be shown inhaling. The show  can however show the character lighting up and putting out a cigarette. Constantine premieres October 24th on NBC.



BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

The most disappointing announcements at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con had to do with the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Looks like Warner Bros. are still keeping a tight lid on leaks for film, and while fans were hoping for any more possible villain confirmations, there was none to be made.


Instead of name dropping other possible villains, the Batman cape and cowl was on display and the first look at Wonder Woman was finally released. Also teaser footage was shown at the Batman v Superman panel, which basically featured Batman and Superman shortly. It did, however, show Batman in what appeared to be the Frank Miller The Dark Knight Returns inspired heavy armor.

Actors Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot and director Zack Snyder were on stage for the movie's panel. Looks like we're gonna have to wait to see which other villain or villains will join Lex Luthor. Seeing that Aquaman and Cyborg have already been confirmed to debut in the film, there has to be more than just Lex to cause mischief for these mighty heroes.


If you missed the announcement about what the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show dropped at SDCC, just click the link to check that out. Other than that, in terms of comic book related news concerning Marvel and DC Comics, that's pretty much the highlights so far. Some are pretty awesome and some are pretty blah. Thanks for reading and see ya next time.