This Weekend in the Nerdverse – SDCC 15 Catch Up Edition

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This weekend in the Nerdverse a little thing called San Diego Comic Con happened. Have you heard of it? It’s kind of a big deal.

We’ve been running ourselves ragged trying to keep up with all the big news, releases, and updates that came out of SDCC this weekend. In case you missed anything, here are our favorite/most important stories:

Suicide Squad Comic Con Trailer Officially Released

Star Wars: Rogue One to Begin Filming This Summer

Bryan Cranston Mic Drops Like a Boss

Geoff Johns Announces Justice League: Gods and Men

Grant Morrison Continues ‘Multiversity Too’ and ‘Batman: Black and White’

Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson Sign on to Work on The Dark Knight Rises III: The Master Race

Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns will Co-Write a Stand Alone Batman Movie

Roche Limit is Being Optioned for a Movie

Trailer for Con Man Released

iZombie Co-Producer Wants to Write the Wonder Woman Movie

Chewbacca is Getting his own Marvel Comic

Teaser for the Sherlock Christmas Special Released

Joe Quesada Praises the New Spider-Man Suit

Batman/TMNT Crossover Coming in November 2015

The Killing Joke Will be Made into a DCU Animated Film

Ron Perlman Talks About Never Giving Up on Hellboy III

Season 6 Trailer for The Walking Dead Released

Green Lantern Corps Movie in the Works

New Trailer for Ash vs. Evil Dead Released

New trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Released

The Flash Season 2 Will Have a Family Reunion

Joss Whedon Announced Return to Comics with ‘Twist’

Joss Whedon Receives Icon Award

Arrow season 4: New suits, Anarky, and Mr. Terrific

Peter Facinelli Cast as Maxwell Lord in Supergirl

Trailer for Robert Kirkman’s Air Released

The Muppets will be a cross between ‘The Office’ and ‘The Larry Sanders Show’

Batman v Superman Promo Photo Released

Legends of Tomorrow Origin Trailer Released

Trailer for Robert Kirkman’s Outcast Released

Tales of Halloween Anthology Trailer Released

First Trailer for Fear the Walking Dead Released

Supernatural Fans Hold Up Candles for Touching Always Keep Fighting Moment

Fox Studios Hall H Panel features Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and X-Men: Apocalypse

Deadpool Comic Con Trailer Leaked

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Behind the Scenes Reel

Star Wars Comics to have Crossover Even with ‘Vader Down’

CW Seed Trailer for Vixen Released

Extended Trailer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Released

Milestone Media Coming Back to DC Comics

Whew! That is all folks! Enjoy!

SDCC 2015 – ‘Suicide Squad’ Trailer is Everything Harley Fans Want

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It is FINALLY here.

Sure we all saw the leaked version of the Suicide Squad trailer from this weekend’s SDCC, but the official release is here and it is glorious.

The movie has fans divided, but if this didn’t convince naysayers, I don’t know what will. It was brilliant to have Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller narrate the first half of the trailer. Her voice is so soothing and yet commanding. She will be a chilling character.

The creepy music and the clocks ticking in the background give the affect that this movie will be unlike any DC movie you have seen before, and I count that as a step in the right direction for the DCCU.

But the most important characters revealed here were Harley Quinn and Joker.

This preview honestly made it look like this is Harley’s movie, and I couldn’t be happier. I was afraid Margot Robbie would be too glamorous for this role, but from the first reveal of her hanging upside down in her cell playing with her hair to her “shooting” her baseball bat, I believe this Harley Quinn, the first live-action one (besides her back in Arrow) is exactly what I want to see in Harley.

And as far as Jared Leto’s Joker: he is clearly making it his. That voice, that face. It’s just great.

Can you tell I’m excited?!

SDCC 2015 – ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Will Begin Filming This Summer

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It has already been announced that the Star Wars Anthology movie Rogue One will be in theaters on December 16, 2016 and now our excitement in that fact has something to stay grounded in: filming begins in THREE WEEKS!

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that very fact in the SDCC Star Wars panel when she was asked about the future of the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars: Rogue One will take place between episodes III and IV and follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn will star in the movie and rumor has it Darth Vader and a certain Bounty Hunter may show up as well.

Source: Geek Tyrant

SDCC 2015 – Grant Morrison Confirms ‘Multiversity Too’ and ‘Batman: Black & White’

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According to the official press release:

During his “Multiversity and Beyond” panel at COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO 2015, critically-acclaimed writer Grant Morrison introduced fans to two of his upcoming projects for DC Entertainment.

Morrison revealed “MULTIVERSITY TOO,” a line of original graphic novels based on his groundbreaking and bestselling titles from “The Multiversity” series of monthly comics and his “MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK.” Fans will experience stories from throughout the 52 (or more?) worlds that make up Morrison’s Map of the Multiverse and whether it’s the further adventures of Earth-4’s PAX AMERICANA, the New Reichsmen of Earth-10, the female-led Justice Guild of Earth-11 or even one of the seven “unknown worlds,” everything is fair game!

The series begins in 2016 with MULTIVERSITY TOO: THE FLASH. But from which earth is anyone’s guess!

Morrison also provided early details on another series of graphic novels featuring everyone’s favorite Dark Knight in BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE. This continuing anthology series pairs Morrison’s original Batman stories with a rotating cast of some of the biggest art talents in comics, that will only serve to highlight Grant’s one of a kind perspective when it comes to comics in general and Batman in particular.

Hush Comics widely thought of Morrison’s Pax Americana as one of the best books of 2014. The announcement of additional Multiverses is exciting for fans of Morrison, the Multiverse, and DC Comics.

The new versions of Batman: Black & White are more my cup of tea. Imagining a new Batman every time with a rotating cast of artists has me excited to hear who will be working with Morrison each time.

We can’t wait for next year!

Source: CBR

SDCC 2015 – Geoff Johns Announces ‘Justice League: Gods and Men’

 

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Geoff Johns will be leading the new series Justice League: Gods and Men.

The series will be a six-part mini-series that focuses on the aftermath of the current arc “Darkseid War.”

Each issue will focus on the personal issues of a specific character after the war between Darkseid and Anti-Monitor.

The characters who will have a focus are: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Shazam!, and Lex Luthor.

Lex Luthor’s story seems very interesting; he is still evil and tries to get Darkseid’s power, but he also may be the only one to stop Superman when the Man of Steel gets god-like strength.

The first issue will be out October of this year, but there is no word on creative teams.

Source: CBR

SDCC 2015 – Extended Trailer for ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is only a few weeks away, so it was pretty likely SDCC would give us a longer look at the film. And boy, did they deliver.

Based off the 60’s television series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. follows Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents who are trying to stop a secret organization from upending the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. during The Cold War.

The extended cut trailer explains more about the plot and who each character is; something previous trailers would have benefited from. While I have been excited for this movie for quite sometime, I think the marketing for it to the general public could have been better.

SDCC 2015 – The CW Seed Trailer for Animated ‘Vixen’

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The first actual spin-off show of Arrow and The Flash is the animated series Vixen. The series will be on CW Seed, an online subsidiary of The CW.

Vixen is a DC Comics heroine who has been around since 1981, first appearing in Action Comics #521. She is DC’s first African hero, coming from the fictional African nation of Zambesi. Her family comes into possession of a totem (in this case a necklace) that gives the wearer the powers of the animal kingdom. Vixen has fought on the side of the Justice League and the Suicide Squad.

In the animated series, Vixen will be voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke (CSI: Miami), and also appearing will be Stephen Amell as Arrow, Grant Gusin as The Flash, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco.

Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim describes the show as the “magical” component. Arrow is very much about crime, The Flash is very much about science, but Vixen will be magic.

Two cutesy things I noticed:

– Vixen’s quip about “that’s the 52 million dollar question.” Gotta have that 52 reference somewhere!
– Cisco gets to name her. But of course!

Vixen premieres on August 25th.

Source: CBR

SDCC 2015 – ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Comic Con 2015 Reel

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Nothing makes me feel like a giddy child again like Star Wars.

I’m 30 years old which means, if you can do math, that I was not yet born to appreciate the original theatrical release of the original trilogy. I did however grow up watching them thanks to the power of our VCR and some blank tapes.

I remember the digitally enhanced versions being released to theaters and I was excited because I got to experience my favorite films as I was meant to experience them, and I didn’t care about the dumb CG monsters or the extra explodey Death Star.

I remember when they announced the creation of the prequels. I had just finished my 8th grade year when Phantom Menance was released to theaters, and I was blown away. Episode I, II, and III is my, our, generation’s Star Wars films. Whether you like it or not, you and I own Jar Jar Binks, and he’s the single most important character in the Star Wars universe. I know the prequels don’t hold a candle to the original films, but damn it they’re mine and yours!

All that being said, the combination of the most recent trailer and the just released behind the scenes reel from SDCC, I feel like a child again. Watching the actors I grew up on together again to continue the story I love literally makes my heart beat faster and my eyes well up. You can tell that this is a supremely important project to both the original cast and all of the new cast. Seeing just extras as Stormtroopers say that they can die now because they’re in this film warms my heart because it’s how I would feel.

Star Wars is an emotional experience for me.

Star Wars is important.

Probably the most important thing to take away from the SDCC Reel is the return to practical effects. J.J. Abrams understands the value in how things used to be done. Miniatures, animatronics, full-scale structures and freaking film! That’s how you make movies ladies and gentlemen. There is a certain something about watching an actor interact with a physical person or object or an actual something. CG can rob us of some importance of the film. Don’t ask me to explain that. Oh yeah, and Simon Pegg plays an alien! Is it December yet?

SDCC 2015 – ‘Deadpool’ Leaked Trailer Shows All the R-Ratedness We Hoped For

Deadpool#It was bound to happen, it’s Deadpool and it’s awesome.

Yes the video is on a camera phone and it’s shot from like 200 feet away so it’s not great quality but it’s clear enough that you should watch it probably right now.

All of the comedy and all of the R-ratedness you want is there. I could be wrong but someone totally says “Fuck Liefeld” in the trailer, and I don’t mean someone in the audience, I mean it’s a line in the movie.

While we can’t show the preview here, you can link to it through the good people at Dorkly. Take a look!

Source: Dorkly

SDCC 2015 – The Hall H Fox Panel Had All the Superheroes and Blew All the Minds

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Even if you’ve never been to San Diego Comic Con, you’ve probably heard of Hall H. It’s the big one – it’s where all the big guys go to make all the big announcements and Saturday was no exception. Enter the FOX Studios panel, which featured stars and Q&A sessions from upcoming movies such as Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and X-Men: Apocalypse.

The panel also featured spots on the upcoming Maze Runner movie and Victor Frankenstein, but let’s face it, our bread and butter is in the comic titles, so I’ll focus on that. If you’d like to read more on The Maze Runner and Victor Frankenstein click here to go to CBR for a full-er breakdown.

Okay, first things first Fantastic Four! The Fantastic Four movie we actually want and the one we deserve.

Josh Trank (director), Simon Kinsberg (writer) and the stars Kate Mara (Sue Sorm), Miles Teller (Reed Richards), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm) and Toby Kebbell (Victor Domashev) all took the stage to discuss their upcoming film.

Kate Mara said she was drawn to the movie because of the familial aspect of the characters that you don’t see so often. Miles Teller said Reed Richards was easy to approach honestly, because despite being a super hero, he is a real human. Michael B. Jordan admitted that filming the movie was like living out a childhood dream, and Jamie Bell loved the idea of Ben Grimm being an outsider who ultimately becomes the best kind of hero – one who fights to protect his friends.

Toby Kebbell enjoyed the chance to play Victor Domashev/Doctor Doom because of how relate-able villains are. Josh Trank was very excited to get on board with the project because he wanted to focus on the darker stories from Jack Kirby’s age, while Simon Kinsberg was initially hesitant because of the entire super hero genre.

Their portion of the panel came to a conclusion with the final trailer for the Fantastic Four movie, which hits theaters on August 7, 2015.

Next up: Deadpool bitches!

Ryan Reynolds took the stage first, followed by Tim Miller, TJ Miller, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carrano, and Brianna Hildebrand.

Immediately the jokes ensued, including Ryan Reynolds assuring the audience that babies would love the movie – despite its R rating. Not to mention no one kept quiet about the last time Deadpool appeared on screen and FOX had his mouth sewn shut in the all time stupidest thing ever.

The conversation continued, with discussions of Baccarin’s character being a bad ass, Hildebrand having a crush on Reynolds growing up and him being her Joey Lawrence (I don’t have time to explain who that is, if you were born after 1990 you’ll have to Google it) and how the Merc with a Mouth is there to annoy people 24-7, even though some of the jokes written by TJ Miller were just too darn mean to make the film.

The red band trailer for Deadpool closed out the panel, after airing twice due to a fan demand for an encore. I’ve seen the trailer, and it’s great. The best moments are easily the burn on Reynold’s appearance in The Green Lantern and his stupid CG suit, the Negasonic Teenage Warhead having the coolest name ever, and Deadpool’s non-masked face looking like an avocado fucked an older avocodo and like Freddy Krueger’s face fucked a topographical map of Utah.

And finally, X-Men: Apocalypse!

The entire cast hit the stage, including Hugh Jackman who, A) acknowledged how old he’s gotten and referred to himself as Old Man Logan and B) confirmed that this will be his last time playing Wolverine/Logan.

The panel confirmed that the four horseman will indeed be famine, death, pestilence, and war, and that those roles will be embodied by Angel/Archangel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender).

The first ever teaser trailer played, revealing that the film takes place ten years after Days of Future Past, and that the events of that film have thoroughly rocked the world and the mutants within it. The revelation of this has lead to an uprising of cults all around the world. Jennifer Lawrence said that this time around, her character is jaded and is Raven far more than she is Mystique. Michael Fassbender said that Eric Lensherr is trying to be on the right side of things in the beginning of the film, but eventually gets dragged back to his more morose ways, hence the whole him being a horseman of the apocalypse thing. The footage showed us our first glimpse of a bald James McAvoy as Professor X, and Nicholas Hoult admitted he was too excited after the Deadpool trailer to focus on anything.

That about wraps it up, except for one thing – an epic selfie with the most superheroes ever, taken by Chris Hardwick.

Source: CBR