Freedom was the word of the day at Image Comics' I Is For...Ideas panel. A literal smorgasbord of talented creators hit the stage including Brian K. Vaughn, Josh Williamson, Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Joe Kelly, Kyle Higgins, Becky Cloonan and Ivan Brandon.
Moderator David Brothers kicked off the panel by leading a round of applause for all the cosplayers in attendance, thanking them for their continued passion and interest in their properties. From there they began with a quick reveal, as Williamson announced that none other than Brian Michael Bendis will be appearing as a character in an upcoming issue of Nailbiter. After showing some character art, the writer teased that we'll soon learn that the Nailbiter is a comic fan, one perhaps none too pleased with Bendis killing off Peter Parker.
Starz had a big premiere at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend for this upcoming series Outlander. The book and its sequels have an enthusiastic fan base, and the pilot episode of show is sure to please existing fans as well as intrigue newcomers. Some may give Outlander a shot because Battlestar Galactica's mastermind Ronald D. Moore is executive producing -- Bear McCreary composes and adds an additional BSG connection -- or because they've become hooked into sweeping epics thanks to Game of Thrones. Those are valid reasons for watching Outlander, but you only need this one: the series presents an enchanting world with characters who wrap you around their fingers in an instant.
On Saturday, San Diego Comic-Con held its highly anticipated DC TV extravaganza, featuring appearances from Arrow, The Flash, Gotham and Constantine. In addition to screening the pilots for The Flash and Gotham, the panel revealed a few surprises during its massive Hall H event including cast and crew members from all four shows.
However, the biggest news to come out of DC TV's presentation was for Arrow. After screening the two pilots, Arrow star Stephen Amell introduced the Season 3 trailer that debuted earlier this week -- along with an extra 15 seconds that confirmed what fans had been anticipating for a long time: Ra's al Ghul will make his debut in Season 3 of Arrow.
Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman were tight lipped as usual during their annual trip to SDCC, though an intriguing trailer hinted at some of what's to come. Team Machine has gone underground and assumed new identities in an effort to hide from the other (almost) all-knowing, all-seeing super computer Samaritan. Reece is shown flashing a police badge, while Shaw is shown working at a shopping mall make-up counter, and enjoying that as much as one would think.
Plageman described the major theme of Season 4 as all-out war between the old Machine and Samaritan, which is now in control. What exactly Decima intends to do with such power will be another of the season's priorities. Jim Caviezel said that despite having none of the resources they've previously had, Reece is still looking for ways to "survive and advance" and help others along the way. In reaction to a fan's question, he described Reece as a kind of "sin eater", often killing bad guys so that other less damaged people don't have to get blood on their hands.
As the lights dimmed at the onset of WGN America's Salem panel at Comic-Con, fans in attendance were treated to a big video package featuring memorably gruesome moments from Season 1, along with a few foreboding words for Season 2. Words spoken by Janet Montgomery's Mary Sibley, ending with "Welcome to Salem, Welcome to Hell."
(Note: I'll post the video here as soon as WGN America makes it available online)
Season 2 is being called "Witch Wars," and as co-creator Brannon Braga explained, "Think of it as a Mafia story."
"Mary has completed the Grand Rite and there are other covens in other places that sense that the Grand Rite has been completed. And so Mary Sibley is like Michael Corleone and gets pulled back in. All the other covens want to know how Mary pulled it off and they want a piece of the action."
With the country now firmly in the grip of the Samaritan AI surveillance program, Reese, Finch, Shaw, and Root have been forced underground. Which is to say, they've had to take on normal ordinary citizen identities in order to "hide in plain sight."
So how can they possibly mount an attack on a force so dominating? That's the core of the new five minute Season 4 trailer that aired at Comic-Con. Check it out...
"Imagine if the world had utterly changed and no one had noticed a thing..."
During the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and director James Gunn appeared via taped segment at the very end of the presentation to announce the release date of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
We learned this week that Gunn would return to write and direct the sequel to Guardians, and now we know when fans can go see it: July 28, 2017!
The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie opens August 1. And it's awesome.
The cast of HBO's True Blood (everyone except star Alexander Skarsgard really) appeared at Comic-Con today to bid farewell to their fans. With the show ending in a few weeks, this was their last Con - a fact that brought actress Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) to tears on several occasions.
At the end of the panel, and after many cast members shared their fondest True Blood memories, the fans were treated to a trailer for the final five series episodes. Check it out...
Sookie's out to find Bill a cure for his Hep V, Sarah Newlin mentions the word "antidote," Tara appears again to Lettie Mae, Violet takes revenge on Jason, and - hey! - Hoyt's back in town. Also, Arlene gets with Vampire Keith, and Bill says the line "I want to set her free."
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige rocked San Diego Comic-Con once again today, as has become an annual tradition for the superhero studio. With the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron coming next summer, Marvel assembled the cast for the squealing Hall H crowd.
The panel kicked off with a highlight reel of all the Marvel films to date before moving onto Ant-Man (which you can read more about here). The reel culminated in a reveal of Thanos -- the villain glimpsed briefly at the end of the first Avengers, but now seen here in a full-body, fully-seated-in-his-trademark-floating-chair shot. And he spoke too, in Josh Brolin’s voice (the actor was cast recently to voice the character, who also appears in Guardians of the Galaxy).
Marvel Studios kicked off their Comic-Con presentation today with Ant-Man, where studio boss and producer Kevin Feige, director Peyton Reed, and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll gave fans their first look at the latest Marvel superhero to hit the silver screen.
Even though principal photography doesn't officially commence until August 18 in Atlanta, the gang brought some footage they shot with Reed so they could have something to show fans at SDCC.
The sequence starts in an empty lab as we hear the voices of Douglas' Pym talking to Rudd's Scott about how "superheroes are a goddamn joke" that just cause a lot of mayhem and destruction. But he needs Scott to take on the mantle of Ant-Man to handle "a small job." The camera snakes through the lab over all this until it finds the silver Ant-Man helmet on a table.
During the Cup O' Joe panel at Comic Con, Marvel Comics announced that they will be releasing three Star Wars comics in early 2015: Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Vader, and Star Wars: Princess Leia. All three will take place after the events of Episode IV: A New Hope.
Star Wars is the flagship title and will star Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. As part of the Rebel Alliance, they will try and capitalize on their victory at the Battle of Yavin, but of course Darth Vader won't let that happen. It will be written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and drawn by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men) and is slated for release in January 2015.
DC Entertainment brought a slew of DC TV shows to San Diego Comic-Con this year, Constantine among them. And while the series' leading man, Matt Ryan, may not be as "flights and tights" has his cohorts Arrow or Flash, he's definitely not without his own exciting and twisted story to tell.
As DC Comics fans well know, the series follows John Constantine, a master of the dark arts and a morally challenged character who doesn't come down on the side of either good or evil... but ultimately he might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond.
The first trailer for Robert Kirkman's brand new movie AIR debuted today, and we have a first look. The film stars The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus. Watch below:
Air is about two custodians who struggle to hold onto their sanity living in an underground bunker with cryogenically frozen people meant to re-populate society.
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With Batman turning 75 years old this year (this past Wednesday being Batman Day), DC's has been focusing plenty of attention on the history and legacy of the Caped Crusader at various comic conventions. That was certainly true at Comic-Con. Their final Batman-themed panel of the show featured an eclectic mix of DC creators and producers - voice actor Kevin Conroy, Batman: The Animated Series producers Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee, Hollywood Babble-On co-host/Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet co-writer Ralph Garman, and DC Animation Senior Vice President Peter Girardi.
As with many of the 75th Anniversary panels this year, the panelists were grilled on their favorite Batman villains. Dini went with Riddler, calling the villain a "perfect counterpart" to Batman and citing Frank Gorshin's performance in the 1960's TV show as one of his favorites. Girardi also brought up the '60s show, though he gravitated towards campier villains like Egghead. Johns said that he has an attachment to Killer Croc, as he was the villain in the first Batman comic Johns ever bought (Croc will also be appearing in Johns' upcoming Batman: Earth One Vol. 2 graphic novel). Jim Lee, a man who drew nearly every major Bat-villain in Batman: Hush, picked Catwoman because of her more sympathetic nature. Conroy picked Joker, in large part because of the performance of BTAS co-star Mark Hamill but also because of Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight.
Look, I’ve only been waiting 29 freaking years for a new Mad Max movie. So today’s Warner Bros. panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con was no big thing. Oh, wait. It was a huge thing because director George Miller’s long-awaited sequel to the classic apocalyptic series, Mad Max: Fury Road, was on hand.
Mel Gibson is long gone now, but if you’re going to replace Mel, you couldn’t do any better than to go with Tom Hardy, who is reinventing Max Rockatansky in Fury Road. Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also star in this return to the Wasteland!
The studio also had Jupiter Ascending on hand, the latest sci-fi film from Lana and Andy Wachowski which stars Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis. Tatum plays Caine, “a genetically engineered ex-military hunter” who comes to Earth to find Kunis’ Jupiter Jones, “a young woman whose genetic signature marks her for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.” Oh yeah, and Tatum has pointy Spock ears!
BioWare revealed that the Mako vehicle from the original Mass Effect will be making its return in the next installment in the series.
During the Mass Effect panel at Comic-Con 2014, the studio put up an image of the iconic vehicle, stating that it will now be more agile, but no longer have a cannon attached to it.
The Mako was a source of contention amongst fans of the original Mass Effect, partially due to the vehicle's wonky physics. During the panel, BioWare's Mike Gamble assured that the same problem wouldn't happen again, saying, "We're playing around with a bunch of different physics for the Mako. The thing that we have to do is make sure it is as responsive as possible. We've learned a thing or two over the years."
Superman's status as a hero and and his enduring legacy were the main topic of discussion in today's Superman: The Man of Tomorrow panel. Multiple creators were on hand to discuss the characters impact and continued relevancy, including John Romita Jr., Aaron Kuder, Ken Lashley, Eddie Berganza, Charles Soule, and late entrant Geoff Johns.
Moderator Bill Wayne, DC's SVP of Sales, kicked off the panel by asking Romita Jr. to describe his initial thoughts working on the book. The artist likened it to "getting on the freeway on a tricycle." He acknowledged feeling a bit daunted tackling the Superman character after working on a book like Kick-Ass, stating that it wasn't till he finished the double page spread in Superman #32 that he felt like he was back to where he wanted to be.
A venerable who's who of DC writers were on hand in today's DC Comics: The Weeklies Panel, effectively promising that the company's weekly assault on your wallet won't lessen anytime soon. Bob Wayne, DC's SVP Of Sales, led an esteemed panel featuring Batman Eternal scribes Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, and James Tynion IV, Futures End writers Jeff Lemire and Dan Jurgens, and Marguerite Bennett and Daniel H. Wilson of the upcoming Earth 2: Worlds End.
Talk started with Batman Eternal, with Wayne asking if Snyder ever sleeps. "I wish." Snyder spoke of how he and Tynion IV first started discussions on crafting an event big enough to affect the entire Bat universe. They stated that the goal was never to create something that only existed in some small corner of the universe, but rather something that affects all of the DCU continuity at large. Snyder revealed that with Zero Year now over, the next issue of Batman will come back to a Gotham rocked by the events of Eternal. As Snyder put it, "My feeling is I've been in the past for so long...now it's time to come back and really see what we can do changing Gotham, celebrating the fact that it's so elastic and so many stories have come about when we've put it through the wringer..." Snyder promised many consequences to these events, stating that they'll have ramifications across multiple titles.
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