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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?