Wowed by Warner Brothers at WonderCon

Hi Readers,

Last weekend I was at WonderCon for the first time, and despite being treated like the middle child of conventions, it in no way disappointed, especially when it came to what Warner Brothers brought on Saturday. Even though they kicked off the day in the arena, their panels were still on my mind after Fox presented theirs. Continue reading “Wowed by Warner Brothers at WonderCon” »

Eisenberg and Irons, DC’s Latest Casting Choices

Remember that time that DC cast Ben Affleck and nerds got angry when they found out it wasn’t a joke, or when there were casting rumors that Cranston had been cast as Lex Luthor, and nerds rejoiced? I still wish that they’d cast a different Batman, however I’m much less disappointed that Cranston isn’t Luthor and, I have a bit more hope for the Batman side of this movie, with DC’s latest (and official casting choices).

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Revisiting Harlan County

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Tomorrow night¬† is the beginning of Justified’s 5th season, and I find myself pondering how somehow simultaneously, there’s been incredible storytelling, without a whole lotta change. Let me see if I can explain why this is so special, and why it makes Justified one of my favorite shows. Finally my thoughts will rest on what I think I can expect from the show’s final two seasons, if previous TV greats are anything to go by. Continue reading “Revisiting Harlan County” »

SKREEONK! Godzilla Breakdown

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If you haven’t heard the insane SKREEONK or roar online this past week regarding Godzilla coming out in 2014, then don’t stress because this blog will cover what you need to know and then some. Below is the terrifying trailer, and below that is a breakdown of some tidbits that Warner Brothers and Legendary seem willing to let go of through their viral site www.mutoresearch.net.¬† The breakdown includes some screenshots from the trailer (while just in case of copyright issues, I’ll plainly state, in no way do I own the images in this blog. They’re directly from the trailer… or the M.U.T.O. site) and I’ve put the screenshots in the order of how I think they actually fit in the movie chronologically, along with some predictions about the film. Continue reading “SKREEONK! Godzilla Breakdown” »

Super Saturday Part 5 MARVEL!

MarvelSo here it is, my most exciting part of the entire con, and it took me forever to blog it… part of it was busy-ness, part of it was laziness, and part of me felt that since I’d already blogged about (in my opinion) the most exciting part of the most exciting panel… where was my motivation for the rest of MARVEL? Well after reviewing the photos, I was reminded of how much fun the rest of it was.

So, the MARVEL panel of course started with Loki’s takeover, which I’ve posted at least three videos of in various places… because let’s face it, it was amazing, and unexpected, so major kudos to MARVEL for shocking fans, which is something that they’ve been doing for a couple of years now (something I’ll address further down), and good for them, most fans in Hall H are there because they’re already fans of these characters and story lines, and it can be hard to balance keeping things fresh, AND staying true to source material, which gives me hope for Avengers 2… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Loki... with a book... you don't think the fanbase they're trying to appeal to is nerdy fan girls... do you?

Loki… with a book… you don’t think the fanbase they’re trying to appeal to is nerdy fan girls… do you?

So there was Loki’s takeover (did I mention yet that Loki was in Hall H? Ok, sorry that’s the last time I promise) which was used to introduce a new longer trailer for Thor 2, I’m assuming it’s the same trailer that this teaser, to the left is referring to, but we’ll see tomorrow when it premieres on Geek Week. If it’s not the same trailer then later, closer to the film I may explain something which happens in it, which could be a total game changer, but it feels so spoilery that I almost wish I hadn’t seen it, but anyway we saw the trailer, and right after that we had the panel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

Just like with Thor 2, we got a trailer, and it was awesome. The best part of the trailer was what a friend of mine has referred to as “an epic elevator throw down”, but what I enjoyed most about it is, even for those of us that already have some very solid expectations about the story, and the personal obstacles of being a man out of time that Steve Rogers has to go through, I don’t feel like the trailer was over promising in any way ( remember the last time MARVEL over promised… yeah I’m talking about The Mandarin…) which I think is the right way to go about it.

Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson

Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
Photo credit: Beth Riley, of Geek Shot Photography

After the trailer, we got an actual panel!The panel was relatively brief, but they hit on the plot points, without really giving anything away

Also, while it wasn’t discussed a lot, as the photo below shows, Black Widow and Agent Hill play important roles in the film.

Cobie Smulders & Scarlett Johansson

Cobie Smulders & Scarlett Johansson
Photo credit: Beth Riley, of Geek Shot Photography

This should hopefully show off the fact that women can also make an impact when it comes to saving the world.

Though it’s still a long way away from film just for a MARVEL heroine… when are we getting Ms. Marvel???

But I digress, the point is, I’m definitely looking forward to April 4th next year!

After that, going by MARVEL’s master planned time frame we can begin getting excited for Guardians of the Galaxy, which was the next panel after Captain America 2.o-GUARDIANS-OF-THE-GALAXY-570

Now I’ll begin this portion of the blog by stating outright that I’ve never even picked up a Guardians of the Galaxy comic, which may actually be a good thing, because just like with any film made based upon widely loved source material, there’s a certain level of expectations that the fans have, and I’ve decided to not read any, so that I can go into Guardians of the Galaxy without any expectations, except for two things, one that it looks like it’ll be a really fun block buster… especially with the cast they’ve got
Guardians of the Galaxy

Karen Gillan & Michael Rooker

Yeah, it’s hard to tell who looks better bald, Karen Gillan or Michael Rooker, because she still looks gorgeous even without the hair!
Photos: Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker, above. Karen Gillan, right. Credit to Beth RileyGeek Shot

and that Karen Gillan will be bald! Yeah, that’s right BALD! She started the panel with a wig as seen here: Karen Gillan

Being the spunky Scottish girl she is though, when asked about the fact that her character is bald, she not only took off the wig, but getting carried away in the moment, threw it to the audience, before realizing that she needed it back! She did get her wig back after the panel, though in a slightly disheveled condition.

The trailer we saw gave us an idea of the types of characters to expect, and since the audience did a lot of laughing and cheering (myself included) I have to assume that they did well by the characters.

Now, on to the last bit of the MARVEL Panel… Joss Whedon came out with an announcement about Avengers 2. The teaser we got let us know two things, first that it’s going to heavily include Tony Stark, which really comes as no surprise, but add that to the fact that the official subtitle is: Age of Ultron (of which I know a tiny bit about) it has several fans ranting that Ultron was created by Hank Pym (AKA Ant-Man), and Ant-Man (again hats off to MARVEL for their planning) isn’t slated to come out until after the second Avengers movie, in November of 2015 (man time flies when you plan it out based on film releases) .

So as one fan I know (who has much more Ant-Man and Ultron knowledge than I do) has stated “if Stark creates Ultron… why are we getting an Ant-Man movie after, or even at all?”

Here’s my two-cents on the issue, as I stated above MARVEL has twice now, pulled the wool over fans eyes, at least that I was present for. The first being the Iron Man 3 panel last year, where they made The Mandarin out to be the ultimate villain… and he wasn’t, but I spent a whole other blog griping about it, so what I will do here though, is commend their creativity and execution. The second would be (and I know I promised, so I’m sorry for bringing it up again) Loki’s takeover, and fans completely missing the fact that an entire panel (Thor 2) was actually missing from the lineup, and I’m going to go out on a limb here, for a third unconfirmed surprise, because I did an entire blog focusing on the fact, that despite MARVEL’s love of Loki, that I think he won’t survive Thor 2.

So what does all of this add up to for me? That I think it’s possible that Hank Pym may actually be in Avengers 2, and may still create Ultron, and that MARVEL is keeping it well under wraps, I may be wrong (and eventually may have to create a blog section on this page just for theories) but until that theory is debunked I’m going to have faith in MARVEL to make Avengers 2 awesome, fresh, and hopefully stay true to their source material as well.

 

Thanks for reading this excessively long blog, if you have any thoughts about the panels or MARVEL’s planning please post them in the comments! :)

Super Saturday, Part 4 20th Century Fox

So the next three panels were awesome, but two of them more so than the other, and I’ll let my readers decide the levels of awesomeness for themselves.

The first panel for 20th Century Fox was for Dawn of Planet of the Apes, which was brief as panels go, but the footage was awesome, and just like with Hunger Games, now I feel like I need to see the most recent installment to be ready for this one, especially because as Andy Serkis (who was there) spoke, it seems that this film will really revisit the social and psychological roots that contributed to the first film, and in addition to that it was hit upon that eventually (possibly with this film) the franchise will finally wrap itself up by ending where the original set of films began, which can be both challenging, and hopefully awesome.

Also, when you add the fact that Jason Clarke (who I had loved in the short lived Chicago Code), Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Judy Greer are all in it, yeah, I’m pretty stoked!

The second panel was definitely more exciting though, we got to see footage from The Wolverine, and then we got to see the man himself Hugh Jackman!

Hugh Jackman

The first thing Hugh Jackman did was thank the fans there in Hall H, saying that he wouldn’t be there without their support, so yeah his humility only makes him more awesome!
This photo was used with permission from Beth Riley, photographer for Geek Shot photography.

He then moved on to talking about the film and how excited he was for how it focused on the journey that Logan goes through. Coming soon is my review of the film, which I’ll say now, at the very least met the expectations set by its trailer.

Finally the epic-ness increased, because the third panel was for X Men: Days of Future Past. Now I have a lot to say about this panel and film, both good and bad, but staying on Hugh Jackman for a moment, this series of shots and statements were what Jackman said during the Days of Future Past panel

Yeah that happened!

Yeah that happened!

Now to give an idea of how amazing it was, we had a stage full of mutants, and here is a slew of Beth Riley’s photos (courtesy of Geek Show Photo) of the stage:

X-Men: Days of Future Past

From Left to Right: Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Bryan Singer, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender (yeah in the white cat mask), Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, and Evan Peters
Photo used with permission from Beth Riley of Geek Shot Photography

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen

Anyway, onto the film itself, as some one who owns (with great pride I might add) X Men 142, as well as the re-print of 141 &142 together

Days of Future Past. Yeah it's awesome :)

Days of Future Past. Yeah it’s awesome :)

Let me just say that it’s an awesome story arc, even if it’s only 2 issues (unless you count Days of Future Present, which isn’t X-Men, but is actually Fantastic Four). Having said that though, and having also seen the trailer be prepared for some SPOILERS below:

If you read on from here, consider yourself warned:

So in the comics it’s Kitty Pryde, (but based on the film footage, it’s Wolverine) who (from a different timeline… I may have to do a whole blog just on the wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey oddness of the type of cross dimensional time travel that goes on in the comics) mentally goes back in time to her (his) younger self to save the X-Men, as well as Senator Kelly from being killed by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Because when they and Senator Kelly are killed, it opens the door to a lot of not so good things for mutants, namely mutant extermination enforced by the Sentinels created by Trask Industries.

Now I have four things to say about all of this, first I’m annoyed anything doesn’t stay true to the source material, but out of that statement comes the other three.

Of those other three, 1st I don’t like that they changed it from Kitty Pryde to Logan, I’m not against Wolverine, in fact I liked the most recent movie, but there’s no reason to change things… other than publicity… you’re welcome 20th Century Fox….

The 2nd thing is the sentinels themselves, the picture below shows the difference between the new sentinels for the film, versus how they looked in the comics:

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and for a height reference, here’s director Bryan Singer with one of the new ones:

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Now the height is impressive, but what’s with the fan and all of the plastic??? The older sentinels looked intimidating, and again the height is awesome, but they just look like one punch from a mutant… any mutant and they wouldn’t stand a chance, but we’ll see how they look in the movie.

Now on to Trask himself, and as an extension of him, Trask Industries. Despite the fact that as I stated above, that I tend to dislike any divergence from source material, the fact that they’re using Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask is something I find awesome, I love Peter Dinklage, and I think it’s great that 20th Century Fox chose an actor completely on his abilities and not appearance!

For Trask Industries, let’s just say they have an awesome marketing department:

So I’m hoping that the movie will be awesome, the star studded panel certainly was!

Thanks for reading, I plan on finally wrapping up all of my Comic-Con fun tomorrow, along with a blog just for Doctor Who and who the new Doctor is!

Super Saturday Part 2 Lionsgate

So after the excitement died down from the epic announcement of a Superman/Batman film to come, Lionsgate began their hour of panels, starting with “I, Frankenstein”.

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Both Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski were at the panel, and they talked about the major themes in the film, which centralizes on the concept of immortality and the burden it can be. Visually the film has the same kind of feel that the Underworld films have, and the fact that Bill Nighy is also in it doesn’t hurt.

Also, because the film is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Gevioux, it looks like I’ve some reading to do before it comes out in January, and since Mr. Grevioux did the screenplay as well, I have hopes that if I enjoy the graphic novel that the film will also be awesome!

After that panel wrapped, I got to find out why everyone LOVES Jennifer Lawrence, because the next panel by Lionsgate was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Now, before I dive into the panel, I hope you’ll indulge me as I provide a bit of context, this panel wasn’t even really on my radar for Comic-Con 2013. I had read The Hunger Games, and it felt like a simpler version of Battle Royale, which I had really liked. Now while I didn’t *dislike* the book per se it didn’t feel that unique, and the only things that stood out to me against Battle Royale were because there were fewer competitors the killing didn’t feel like old news after the 7th person bit the dust, the relationship between Katniss and Prim really touched me because I’m a big sister, and I could relate to Katniss’ choice at the beginning, and finally the relationship between Katniss and Peeta was interesting, but I kept waiting for Peeta to wise up at the end of the book, only to be crushed at the end, and then it just felt kind of sad how oblivious each character had been the whole time… All of that being said, having had some prior knowledge about certain things that go on in the second book, the trailer for the second film blew me away, and one particular scene with a particular dress, brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my arms! (and that’s all I’ll say for those who haven’t read the book, or seen the trailer which is below)

Ok, I’ll say one more thing, I’m definitely going to watch the first film now, and read the second book by November 22nd!

Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Jennifer Lawrence

If I could caption this photo it would be “the looks on the actor’s faces as I ate my words that I didn’t think Hunger Games would be that awesome of a franchise”
Photo used with permission from Beth Riley, photographer with Geek Shot photography

Now onto the panel itself, the most enjoyable part of it, and not just because she’s the star of the movie, was Jennifer Lawrence! I now completely understand why everyone loves her.

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence

Proof that being a celebrity hasn’t gone to Jennifer’s head!
This photo was used with permission by Beth Riley, photographer with Geekshot Photography.

She’s completely down to earth and when she and Josh Hutcherson were asked how “hot” the kissing is in Catching Fire, she got excited to tell a story about SNOT, and no that’s not a typo. So all that remains to be said, is that between the sequel to Thor, and the sequel to The Hunger Games, November is going to be AWESOME!