Sunday, July 21, 2013

THE WORLDS FINEST (Comic Con 2013, Marvel, DC and Fox)

When Avengers released we all shared the opinion that DC has fallen behind as Marvel was at full sprint building a shared universe of epic proportions.
This past weekend Marvel, Fox and DC had panels at Comic Con to showcase their latest projects and after 4, maybe 5 years of Marvel stealing the spotlight at Comic Con, DC and Fox Studios came flying out at full steam with their latest projects, Superman & Batman film, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, respectively.
Zoe Saldana at Guardians of the Galaxy Panel
Truthfully Marvel have nothing to fear, they have a SHIELD TV series that will be making its way to the small screen pretty soon, Thor: The Dark World will be releasing in November, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is constantly being touted as one of Marvel’s finest work, while Guardians of the Galaxy just looks like it will be some awesome crazy Sci-Fi fun.

The one big surprise that Marvel had was the announcement of the title for Avengers 2, now titled Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which was a pretty big deal confirming that the next story would feature Ultron as the main villain, with Vin Diesel possibly playing Ultron or Vision (if they decide to go that route). 

Tom Hiddleston as Loki at Comic Con
Ultron also hints at a possible appearance for Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, aka Ant-Man and Wasp, but we will have to wait and see if they will be in the film and if they will possibly suit up.

The other big surprise Marvel had was Tom Hiddleston coming to greet the Hall H crowd as Loki, in his full costume and character, which was pretty cool.

Fox on the other hand surprised the crowds by having a panel with the almost the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which included……

Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Evan Peters and Director Bryan Singer.

With an impressive cast like that, Days of Future Past could well be on its way to beating the Avengers and from the description that we read of the footage it could well be that Days of Future Past will be an instant classic! This was by the best Panel for fans and offered many surprises and was incredibly fun, you can catch footage of the panel on YouTube!

The Cast of First Class, Original Trilogy and the New X-men all in X-Men: Days of Future Past
Now onto the announcement that stole headlines all over the world, Zack Snyder announcing that the next Man of Steel film, will indeed feature Batman to finally put THE WORLDS FINEST on the big screen together!
This is an incredible decision by Snyder and Warner Bros. as they essentially just announced a Billion Dollar hit.

While this will not be the Batman from the Nolanverse, Nolan still keeping his name on the credits as an executive producer ensures us that Nolan has given Snyder his blessing for the most part!

This is an incredible move by Snyder will certainly have the world buzzing, for the simple reason that this is what people have been waiting since Superman made his way to the big screen in the 70’s. This is an event film by itself, with record breaking potential.

Henry Cavill as Man of Steel
Even though it wont be Nolan’s Batman, Batman is still a hot property, we have just witnessed one of the finest versions of Bruce that we will probably ever see, meaning that people could potentially be open to a new Batman as this time his first appearance will be with Superman instead of on his own. However, while The Dark Knight Trilogy was grounded in a pseudo reality that was made to mirror ours, this new Batman can take on some of those unwieldy aspects that wouldn’t work in Nolan’s films. We might get the detective, genius that we come to know Batman is in the comics.

We also know that Lex will probably be making an appearance, we also know that this film might bringing in Kryptonite and we also know that this film is drawing inspiration from The Dark Knight Returns, a comic written by Frank Miller. It tells the story of Bats coming out retirement to clean up the city, but his methods don’t go down well with Superman, and the two entire a battle of epic proportions.

We could see the film take a similar route, I for one think that we will see Lex publicly voice his concerns about Superman while Bruce publicly voices his approval of Superman, placing these two billionaires at each others throats, however as Batman, Bruce shares the same concerns that Lex brings up.

Who knows Batman might have been crusading in Gotham before Superman made his public appearance; Batman could even be the one investigating all these “Special” people from around the world. Batman might create profiles on all these heroes, who will eventually become the Justice League!  I’m just saying!! 

So while marvel resisting the urge to do team up films, as they want to prove that there characters are just as interesting on their own as when they are in a big ensemble film, DC looks like they may have a lot more fun building their Cinematic Universe, as THE WORLDS FINEST will prove.

Who knows maybe we get a Green Arrow & Green Lantern crossover film, The Trinity (Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman) and Teen Titans somewhere down the line. Who knows we will just have to wait and see.
All I know, DC is well on there way to make something that will be truly epic every step of the way, if Man of Steel is anything to go on by!

DC Starting to make fan wishes come true!

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