In #Trending I’ll highlight and offer my opinions on any comic-related news that occurred during the week. This will included news about comic books, comic-related movies, TV shows, video games, etc. while also highlighting various Comic Book Cosplay (one female and one male). Let’s begin:
Eisner Award Nominations For DC & MarvelThe Eisner Awards nominations were revealed this week and DC managed to only grab three: Best Cover Artist (J.H. Williams III for Batwoman and Yuko Shimizu for The Unwritten) and Best Coloring (Dave Stewart for Batwoman). Better luck next year DC… Marvel, on the other hand, snagged seven: Best Continuing Series (Hawkeye), Best New Series (Hawkeye), Best Publication for Kids 8-12 (Road to Oz), Best Adaptation from Another Medium (Road To Oz), Best Writer (Matt Fraction for Hawkeye and Casanova: Avaritia), Best Penciller/Inker (David Aja for Hawkeye and Chris Samnee for Daredevil), and Best Cover Artist (David Aja for Hawkeye). Hawkeye deserves each and every one of those awards, in my humble opinion!
The DC Movie UniverseWe started off with some news regarding Man of Steel when its director, Zack Snyder, revealed that: “I’ll be honest with you, there’s no Kryptonite in the movie.” No Luthor, no Jimmy, no “Kneel before Zod”, and no Kryptonite? Oh well, it still looks great as the third trailer that just came out can attest. Then Warner Bros. Picture’s President Jeff Robinov had this to say about Man of Steel: “I think you’ll see that, going forward, anything can live in this world. Batman was deliberately and smartly positioned as a stand-alone. The world they lived in was very isolated without any knowledge of any other superheroes. What Zack and Chris have done with this film is allow you to really introduce other characters into the same world. We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making.” Notice the plural in the word “movies”? Finally, rumors are circulating that actor Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) is being used as the basis for various Flash concept art floating around Warner. Could this signify he is on the fast track to securing this role? Is this for Justice League? Or perhaps…a solo Flash movie? More on this is sure to follow in the weeks to come!________________________________________________________
(#1) The main villain of the previously announced new video game, Batman: Arkham Origins, was confirmed as being non other the Black Mask. The creative director, Eric Holmes, had this to say: “We realize that Black Mask is not necessarily as prominent in people’s minds as some other classic Batman villains, so we realize we also need to do work to explain why he’s really cool and make him felt in the game. It’s not something people bring a lot of baggage to when you see the Black Mask, so we have to do the work to make him scary. His thing is torture. That is what gets his rocks off. And he’s really good at it.” They also revealed that it would be taking place during Batman’s second year on the job around Christmas time. October can’t come soon enough!
(#2) Apparently, Warner Bros. Interactive is envisioning their new video game, Injustice Gods Among Us, as merely the start of a new franchise. I played the demo, thought is was great, and from what I’ve seen of the story, it looks to be an epic addition to DC’s video game library. Bring on more, I say!
(#1) Marvel revealed their new Epic Collection line of trade paperbacks: “Each super-sized volume in the Epic line presents a heaping helping of Marvel’s greatest heroics in one handy, affordable and self-contained package. What’s more, each Epic Collection TPB is also a piece of a grand puzzle: When all is said and done, the Epic volumes will fit seamlessly next to one another on readers’ bookshelves, presenting a complete and unbroken run of each title! We’re getting out stories that we want to see in print and haven’t necessarily been in print yet (because that would just be repetitive), or long runs that have never been collected together in one volume. And importantly; None of the other lines will be adversely affected by these new volumes! So for example, we won’t get rid of titles like Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle or Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt once those runs are within one of these Epic Collections.” Each Epic Collection is going to run about 450 pages from $35 to $40. I’ll be down for those Amazing Spider-Man ones when they hit!
(#1) The official runtime of Iron Man 3 was revealed to be 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 22 seconds. That is 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 22 seconds of pure awesomeness if what we’ve seen already is any indication.
(#2) Due to Halle Berry‘s pregnancy, Halle herself stated (in regards to X-Men: Days of Future Past): “Storm probably won’t be as badass as she was going to be because we won’t be able to do any fighting or flying or things like that. She’ll be different than we originally planned her to be but I still think she’ll be an integral part of this new X-Men movie.” I’d be alright if they just eliminated her completely considering how large the cast is getting…
(#3) Michael Bay‘s Ninja Turtles movie cast their Splinter. The actor portraying him is none other than Danny Woodburn (Mirror Mirror, Watchmen). Never would have anticipated this casting. Neverless, all that remains is the choice of Shredder. May I suggest: Ian Anthony Dale?
(#4) Joss Whedon spoke about Avengers 2: “We should start shooting I think in February… I didn’t think I was going to do the second but I had an idea for it before I’d figured out the first one. You go into a movie not assuming there’s going to be… I’ve seen plenty of movies that were the first part of the trilogy that never happened and it’s terrible. You don’t save anything for the trip back. Having said that, though, I did sort of know, ‘Well, if they were to come back, I know what’s going to happen… It’s going to be awful.’” In Whedon we trust!
(#5) The Walking Dead’s Merle Dixon will be popping up in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Well…the actor that is. Michael Rooker will be portraying the character of Yondu Udonta. He is a blue-skinned alien mystic who is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant while also being a highly skilled hunter and tracker. I have the feeling this will be a smaller part but you never quite can tell.
(#6) Fantastic Four director Josh Trank announced that principal photography of the reboot will commence June 17th. This year. Yep, I’m not joking. I expect some casting announcements anytime now if this is the case as so far we haven’t heard of anyone actually starring in the movie.
(#7) Rumors are floating around that Marvel is looking at Justin Theroux (Your Highness) for the role of Doctor Strange. I’ve never actually seen him act in anything so I can’t say either way if he’d be a good choice but an interesting fact is that he wrote the screenplay for Iron Man 2.
(#8) When asked if “powers” would ever appear on CW’s Arrow, series producer, Andrew Kreisberg said: “No powers for now but never say never.” Interesting statement. I’m down for some powers but I’d rather not see people flying around on this show. Count Vertigo getting powers next season is a must though.
And that concludes #Trending. Thoughts on any subjects discussed? Anything else worth mentioning? Comment below!