By Billy Peck
While no one from Underground Inc. was actually able to attend San Diego Comic Con, just like all of you, we were glued to our screens waiting to come across some news in regards to our favorite nerd subject. We know that we can't cover every facet of news that was released but we will certainly try and talk about a lot of the main points that came across our news feed.
Let's start off with what DC brought to the table. On the TV front, They talked some about Legend's of Tomorrow, which takes characters from both Arrow and The Flash and as the writers at the panel put it, "All the ideas we decided were too crazy for ‘Flash’ or ‘Arrow,’ we put in this". Not a lot really stuck out about their television properties though, other than this...
For upcoming DC movies, they announced that we will officially be getting a Green Lantern Corps film. No news who the villain will be or who any of the cast may be but we can assume that means we're not only getting a movie about Hal Jordan or only John Stewart. Instead, it could be integrating multiple characters in more prominent roles. Some might be saying that they're skeptical about a Green Lantern movie after the Ryan Reynolds version "bombed". All of us at Underground Inc. really love that movie. It was actually the first comic film we as a group bonded over together. Anyway, that's all for another time. Back to SDCC.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yep. That trailer was incredible. Probably the best trailer to come out of the convention. Some question DC's darker tone. Some feel it's trying too hard to contrast what Marvel is doing and that some of their characters don't deserve the dark treatment. Heck, I even agree with that. This movie though, has a reason for it and I think we're all going to be in for a surprise. I've always trusted Zack Snyder's vision as a filmmaker. Spanning all the way back to 2004's remake of Dawn of the Dead, that him and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) made. His other comic adaptations, 300 and Watchmen are both widely regarded for their faithfulness to the source material. I am not a fan of Superman and have never really liked any movie pertaining to the character other than Steel (yes, that one), until his Man of Steel was released. Jeff even seems excited for it and he's the one that's difficult to impress. Speaking of a surprise. This picture went by quickly in the trailer. Shows that Batman has maybe been retired for awhile and that The Joker is a known, previous villain of his.
The big one that everyone was REALLY questioning was Suicide Squad. Mostly over the picture that was released some months ago depicting a questionable looking Joker. I, like most, was not a fan of the look. I'm still not. Not once though did that ever deter me from thinking Jared Leto would portray the character poorly. After the teaser trailer was shown, everyone went nuts over it. From the few seconds you see Joker on screen, people's opinion's changed completely, saying that this could be our best Joker yet. It may still be too early to tell that but it just goes to show... You judge something too quickly either way, you're either setting yourself up for disappointment or you're missing out on something really special.
As far as DC films are concerned and where I stand on them, I've liked most of their movies. What I've never trusted about them, is that they have had a hard time trusting in themselves. Their shared universe has been in the works for many years and they've made films attempting to later connect them, only to lose track of where they were going and give up. Let's hope that isn't the case this time.
Also, they really brought it in their film used costumes department. Having outfits from their upcoming movies, TV shows and past films (Watchmen) on display.
Onto the Marvel front of things. TV is moving forward as expected with Agents of Shield and Agent Carter. Other than that, the Marvel/Disney presence this year was minimal. We already know what's happening with their upcoming slate and they've proven to deliver a worthy product, so they kind of didn't feel the need to make a big impact this year. I can't really blame them. They don't need the Comic Con machine to push their product and there's the chance of getting lost a little bit in the shuffle. Besides, in another couple of months, I'm sure they'll hold their own event that showcases a whole lot of new things and then they get the spotlight all to themselves.
Taking Marvel/Disney's place this year and in a big way, baby... Was the Marvel/Fox connection. They talked the new Fantastic Four and how they're not going to do a post-convert to 3D. Thanks for that! Shoot it in 3D or don't use the medium. They showed some new footage which seemed to make people feel a little more hopeful. The producers really seem to be pushing the modern family element and how important it is.
There was a clip for X-Men: Apocalypse. It doesn't show anything too exciting but more so we get a better look at the style of film and the look of some of the new characters. Seems like them may be hold things back in order to not give too much away.
The big comic excitement coming from the weekend was Deadpool! It is certainly the most fun thing shown there. Fans demanded a Rated R film and they're getting it. Ryan Reynolds also talked about how he'd like to be included in an X-Force film and that it's possible to work him into an X-Men film but it's a little tricky to make both parts work. You have slightly darker dramas in the X films and a zany, 4th wall breaking character. At what point do the two things not work well together? Time will tell if it will happen and how it feels on screen.
To end the Marvel/Fox panels, they brought all the cast out from Fantastic Four, Apocalypse, Deadpool and then none other than Stan Lee, Hugh Jackman and our new Gambit, Channing Tatum. This was said to have probably the biggest and most fun reaction of the entire show, letting people know what I've always known and have been very happy about... Fox is here to stay and they are moving forward with potentially, some of their best movies yet.
We've got the main comic book movies out of the way but what about comic books? We'll just leave this here for you. Needless to say, Jeff (Batman) and I (Ninja Turtles) could not contain our nerd boners.
We're also big fans of Funko and they had some really big Funkos there!
Moving from comics, here's a little bit of Horror news. Ash vs. The Evil Dead is a new TV show coming to STARZ and it will be premiering on the best day of the year, Halloween! Bruce Campbell says that with him coming back to the franchise officially, leaves the door open for connecting his character with the 'remake' of Evil Dead, which is pretty fund news.
Star Wars did something. Here's a trailer and a picture that might make sense to fans of the franchise.
Then there's this. Breaking Bad's Brian Cranston, because it's funny.