SDCC 2015 – First Official Trailer for ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Released

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Fear the Walking Dead may have the WORST title of any TV show ever, but after the release of the full trailer at San Diego Comic Con, it has a lot of momentum behind it.

Fear the Walking Dead comes from the brain of zombie genius Robert Kirkman, and it is a prequel that will eventually catch up to the current time line of The Walking Dead. The series takes place at the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse and walks us through exactly how everything fell apart.

The new trailer makes the series look suspenseful (see trailer at 1:40) and terrifying. You can watch the new trailer to make a judgment for yourself, but I should tell you now it is an excellent sell on a TV show I was on the fence about to begin with.

If you had any questions about what happened before Rick woke up from his coma, this is the show for you. It looks suspenseful, dark, and like at times the gore may be hard to handle. In fact, it actually looks like what the World War Z movie should have been, instead of whatever the hell it was.

Fear the Walking Dead premieres on August 23, 2015 on AMC.

SDCC 2015 – ‘Tales of Halloween Anthology’ Trailer Released

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If you don’t consider yourself a big horror fan I may have the perfect movie for you. Sometimes if the genre seems too overwhelming in itself a compilation of short scary stories can be the most fun thing too watch. Not too scary, not too much gore, and likely a good amount of comedy will be included.

The trailer for Tales of Halloween premiered at San Diego Comic Con this weekend and the movie already seems likely to be a hit at the box office. It hits theaters on October 16, 2015 and features a series of short stories, all of which take place on Halloween.

The film feature cameos from many notable actors, including horror golden boys John Landis and Joe Dante as well as Booboo Stewart and Sam Witwer. The whole thing takes place through ten stories, all from different directors, that all take place in the same town on Halloween night.

Tales of Halloween is a very welcome departure from the typical horror movies we see – there are no The Strangers-esque psychopaths in this one, but instead the true monsters and ghoulies that made Halloween scary in the first place.

You can check out the trailer below.

Tales of Halloween hits theaters on October 16, 2015.

Oh, and Halloween is officially only 111 days away…

SDCC 2015 – Robert Kirkman’s ‘Outcast’ Trailer Released

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Image via Cinemax

Another Robert Kirkman comic is on its way to the small screen. Based on the comic by Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, Outlast tells the tale of a man with an extraordinary amount of bad luck; Kyle Barnes’ entire family has a nasty habit of being possessed.

The Cinemax show will feature Patrick Fugit as Kyle and Philip Glenister as Reverend Anderson. It looks more straight up horror than The Walking Dead’s apocalypse tone.

It is due to release some time in 2016.

 

SDCC 2015 – ‘Batman v. Superman’ Promo Photo Released

If you wanted more Batman v Superman out of San Diego Comic Con this weekend, you got it. Warner Bros. just released a sick new promo photo specifically for SDCC and it looks awesome.

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Following the trailer that was also released at SDCC this weekend, fans are super excited to see even more BvS promotions.

An epic, shrouded by darkness stare down features Ben Affleck’s Batman glowering at Henry Cavill’s equally pissed off Superman.

The film will be directed by Zack Snyder. It will feature Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.

Batman v. Superman will be in theaters March 25, 2016.

Photos by Warner Bros.

SDCC 2015 – Robert Kirkman’s ‘Air’ Trailer

There’s been buzz around the internet for a while that Robert Kirkman’s upcoming movie, Air, would be getting a full trailer during SDCC after last year’s teaser; fans were not disappointed.

All I needed to know was that The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, was producing a movie starring Norman Reedus (Daryl from TWD, ya dummy!) and Djimon Hounsou. The premise of the movie is simple: there has been a nuclear winter in the world, leaving the atmosphere above uninhabitable. Two engineers (Reedus and Hounsou) are left in charge of the facility that houses the cryogenically-frozen remains of Earth’s brightest hopes. Things proceed to go badly. They run out of… air.

Air comes to theaters this August 14th.

SDCC 2015 – Arrow and Diggle Get New Suits, Anarky and Mister Terrific

Let’s welcome the all new, Green Arrow to the fold!

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It’s taken until the beginning of Season 4, but Oliver Queen is now The Green Arrow. Sorry, Olicity fans; it looks like that ride off into the sunset will be short-lived. The new duds, which Amell took center stage to show SDCC attendees, are a more militaristic approach than before. The gauntlets remind me of his New52 outfit, and the shoulder pads and chest armor give him a more tech-savvy look; could this suit be designed by Cisco?

Diggle also looks to have a new costume, taking Ollie’s advice to heart. The costume won’t be one of his own, however. Diggle will become The Guardian, a character born in 1942 and created by Jack Kirby. Ironically enough, the first Guardian in the books was trained by Joe Morgan, the same guy who trained both Wildcat and the first Atom (Al Pratt).

That brings us to the bad guys. Damien Darhk has been cast. It will be Neal McDonough (Mob City, Dum Dum Dugan from Agent Carter/Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – not exactly the same baby-faced guy we know in the comics, but still an agent of H.I.V.E. Batman villain (Jesus Christ on a cracker, Arrow, get your own bad guys…) Anarky will be another villain in Season 4 – think Occupy Wall Street meets the Joker. He started as kind of a lame character, but his roles in Arkham Origins and the new Detective Comics (start with #34) really made a modern iteration more relatable.

Tech whiz Mister Terrific will be setting up shop on Arrow, serving as a tech partner to Felicity. I’m a bit less excited about this news; hopefully he has more of a role than tech support since he had such a major part to play in the Futures End event. No notes on who is playing Mr. Terrific, but this “version of Mister Terrific happens to be gay.”

Arrow Season 4 will come to the CW October 7, 2015.

 

 

SDCC 2015 – Joss Whedon Returns to Comic Books With ‘Twist’

 

Image via Dark Horse Comics
Image via Dark Horse Comics

Joss Whedon announced yesterday at San Diego Comic Con that he is writing a comic called Twist. He described it as a “Victorian, Female Batman” story.

The series will be six issues.

This is the first time since 2008 that Whedon has written an original creation; Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog.

There were no other details about the story given, other than the heroine, Twist, will be more like Willow, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I am VERY excited about Whedon’s new venture. I would be thrilled to read a Victorian Female Batman story with or without Whedon, but this being his creation makes it that much more enticing.

Grr. Arg. (but like, in a really high-pitched excited way)

Source: Screen Rant

SDCC 2015 – There Will Be a Flash Family Reunion in Season 2

This weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, fans of TV’s The Flash are in for a treat, as appearances by Patty Spivot, Jay Garrick, and Wally West are all scheduled for Season 2.

Remember that epic fight scene Barry had with Reverse-Flash at the end of Season 1? Well, the helmet that flew out of the time machine was that of Jay Garrick, the first Flash. Garrick’s part will be played by Masters of Sex star Teddy Sears. Given that Sears isn’t even 40 years old, it’s safe to assume that he will be time displaced from whatever or whenever Multiverse he came from.

Garrick won’t be the only member of the speedster family to join the show. Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg also confirmed that Wally West – those who grew up watching the animated Justice League may now scream – will be making his debut. Current canon has Wally West as a troubled teenager, related to Iris, that Barry takes under his wing. It’s unknown whether or not this Wally has speedster skills, too.

Professor Zoom is also set to make his debut as the big bad. This is a bit confusing, as Eobard Thawne’s alter ego in the comic books is Professor Zoom; however, comic book canon says that there are several Reverse-Flashes/Zooms, so who knows who the TV version will be?

The final announcement came in the form of Barry’s new love interest and Joe West’s new partner (RIP Eddie), Patty Spivot. She’ll be played by The Messengers’ Shantel VanSanten. It’s said she’ll be more obsessive over metahumans, but won’t know Barry’s identity (right away, at least). Hopefully, she’s more of a contributing character than just another way to get Iris jealous, but who knows.

The Flash returns to the CW October 6, 2015.

Source: CBR

SDCC 2015 – New ‘Batman v. Superman’ Trailer

You didn’t think you could make the whole SDCC weekend without some new Dawn of Justice material, did you? The new 3-1/2 minute trailer debuted today, and it’s chock-full of goodies.

Here are some of the things we noticed in the new trailer:

Bruce Wayne’s involvement/intervention/hatred for Superman comes from a personal tragedy suffered from what looks like a 9-11 style attack on downtown Gotham where Wayne Enterprises is located. It could actually be the aftermath of Man of Steel. Bruce Wayne is a billionaire; it’s not unlikely to assume he has business in Metropolis, too.

Wayne receives some manic messages from who we can only assume to be The Joker. Jared Leto might be making an appearance in BvS, if just to tease Batman’s involvement in Suicide Squad. One of the messages is painted on what looks to be a Robin outfit (2:02). Could this allude to a post-Jason Todd era Batman? Todd was murdered by Joker in Death in the Family.

However, Batman looks new to the game. Or at least new to people knowing he’s in the game. He has Batarangs, and he brands the bad guys he corrals with the Bat-symbol – a bit more S&M than we’re used to.

Clark Kent, in whatever weird scale of morality he has, thinks that Batman is a menace and ought to be stopped. This is interesting since Superman, albeit creator of soooo much collateral damage, has stepped into the light and into the court of law to be judged.

We really get a sense of the “False God” perception that was painted on Superman’s statue. People worship him, and he is prophetic in nature. It’s a nice touch. Martha Kent still serves as a lightning rod for Clark’s morality, which will be great as he deals with infamy.

Finally, a look at Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor! He’s a bit neurotic, more befitting to his own personality than the Lex we grew up with. Kryptonite also makes it’s debut here. It’s beautiful. Sexy Lexy thinks so, anyway.

Oh, and there’s Zod’s dead body. Has it just not decomposed yet, have his remains been frozen, or is this movie taking place that soon after the events of Man of Steel?

Wonder Woman is looking FIERCE in this trailer. All the Gal Gadot haters must be so embarrassed. We get an early sneak at Diana Prince (2:03)

Batman lights up his own Bat-symbol. This isn’t standard Bat-protocol, as Jim Gordon and MCU (Major Crimes Unit) get that honor. He’s also doing it in his armored suit, which still can’t look any cooler.

Here’s where it gets weird – there is a major fight scene between Batman and some Superman soldiers? If this doesn’t scream Injustice, I don’t know what does. All I know is that Bats looks silly in a pilot jacket and cargo pants.

Above all, there are going to be some terrific action scenes between Batman, Superman, and even Wonder Woman.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.

SDCC 2015 – Batman’s ‘The Killing Joke’ to Get DCU Animated Treatment

Bruce Timm just loves making fans happy. During the premiere of Justice League: Gods and Monsters at San Diego Comic-Con, Timm, in response to a fan’s question, said that Alan Moore & Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke would be the next animated adaptation for the DCU.

For those not familiar with The Killing Joke, it’s one of the darkest and most profound stories ever written about Batman… or anyone, really. The story is about how one REEEEALLY bad day can turn even the sanest person crazy. Some of Batman’s most popular lore is portrayed in The Killing Joke – even though it isn’t part of the Batman monthly series. Joker’s origin story, Barbara’s paralysis, and the intimate relationship between the Joker and Batman are all explored here.

DC Animated has gotten more and more brazen with their animated films, which have increased in violence and adult content since 2008’s Justice League: The New Frontier. If DC wants to stay true to the source material, and so help them they better, they’re going to have to break a lot of the unspoken rules about their animated movies; nudity, torture, and nude torture are all apparent in The Killing Joke.

Also announced were:

“Batman: Bad Blood” — An original Batman story that features the introduction of Batwoman to the new line of animated films.

“Justice League vs. Titans” — Another original story and the first of the DC Universe Original Movies to feature the Teen Titans.

Mark Hamill (who has “retired” the Joker… then lied about it and returned to Arkham Knight) has taken it upon himself to campaign to play the Joker in this adaptation via Twitter. Who wouldn’t want to see he and Conroy team up for this classic tale?

The film won’t be released until sometime in 2016. While you’re wiping the drool off your chin, remember that DCUA’s next film, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, will be released in just a few short weeks (July 28th).