Wrestling fans have WrestleMania, Hockey fans have the Stanley Cup, and sweaty nerds have San Diego Comic-Con – and it is finally upon us! The news is coming in by the truck load and of course, I cant cover everything, but I’ll do my best to talk about the most important and fan frenzy items that happened in the last 72 hours. With that said, let’s talk Con.
Bat-ffleck Headshot Revealed
A new photo of Ben Affleck’s take on The Caped Crusader has been revealed, and all together, the naysayers all kept quiet and glued their eyes to their respective computer screens. Some people have pegged that the entire reason Warner Bros hired Affleck as Batman was because of the chin – a glorious chin it is, by the way – but that can’t be the case. Here we see a more weathered Dark Knight (maybe he saw the repair bill from the aftermath of Superman’s battle with Zod?). SPOILER! Not quite.
Now, for everyone who throws a fit over the small ears: have you read The Dark Knight Returns or seen any of the artwork? That’s classic Frank Miller design to a T. I’ve been Pro Bat-ffleck since day one and as far as appearance goes, he’s got my money in his back pocket. Keep in mind – Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t hit theaters until 2016, but the hype train is pushing through and you don’t hear me complaining.
James Gunn to return to Director’s Chair + Screenplay for GOTG Sequel
We’re now less than one week away from the release of Marvel’s wildcard Guardians of the Galaxy here in the states, and it currently holds a 100% “certified fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and already news of a sequel has been making it’s way through the grapevine. It was announced that director James Gunn (Slither, Super) would be returning to not only direct but write the screenplay to Guardians II as well. Good on Marvel to not only recognize true talent but keep it. I still haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m assuming I’ll fall in love with it: band of misfits fights evil in space? I’m sold.
Star Wars Episode VII starring Simon Pegg?
Smaug may have let the cat out the bag. Bad dragon! During an interview with MTV, actor supreme Benedict Cumberbatch was asked if J.J. Abrams and he had spoken about appearing in Star Wars at some point. These were his comments: “J.J. and I are friends, so yeah, possibly, but I think J.J. is very good at creating something original out of something known, and I think apart from his continuing use of Simon Pegg — and who can blame him, frankly — it made sense not to do it.”
Cumberbatch could have been talking about Pegg’s past work on Star Trek and Mission Impossible, both projects with Abrams at the forefront, but then again – if a cantina scene needs a bartender, get the guy who was in The World’s End.
Joaquin Phoenix eyed for Doctor Strange
Fans are foaming at the mouth, waiting for the Marvel panel to hear news on everything from Age of Ultron, a possible Iron Man 4, and the layout of Phase 3. The ever prevalent rumor mill has come out with this: Joaquin Phoenix, the acting prowess behind The Master and Her, is being sought after for The Sorcerer Supreme in a live-action adaptation. I’d buy it. Phoenix, of course, can handle the dramatic and tragic side of the character with ease and really blow audiences away, but can he pull off the wizard-mystic side as well?
A method actor always loves a challenge.
The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer: Who Will Survive?
All this movie talk and we have yet to get into any television shows, thus our segue into the land of zombies known only as The Walking Dead. It’s been a while since we’ve seen arrows going through rotting flesh and season finales that leave us either shouting at the screen with rage or laying on the floor in a puddle of your own tears. No more waiting, as October 12th spells the return of Rick and his people – and woah, what a trailer. We see a Rick Grimes that is both determined but desperate at the same time, basically telling his son he’s not safe anywhere. Greg Nicotero’s brilliant make-up effects are in full force, and it seems with every season he ups his game, so bravo to you, sir.
(SPOILERS) We always wondered what happened to Beth after her kidnapping and it seems she’s being held (against her will) to help other survivors (or hostages). One thing is for sure: Shocking Sundays are on the way once again.
P.S. – Almost forgot, we got an exclusive photo concerning Jurassic World. The star of Jurassic Park and The Lost World, Tyrannaosaurus Rex, WILL be returning to the franchise – and here’s a replica model of what he’ll most likely look like in the movie. The eyes are give and take for me, but other than that, he looks perfect.