Another Comic-Con has come and gone. The funny thing is, I was in San Diego during it, and didn’t actually attend any of the festivities.
If you’re anything like me, then, the internet’s been a godsend for news. Here are some of the highlights that happened this weekend!
Warner Brothers & DC
DC continued to change face in the wake of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s lukewarm reception. The venerable publisher rolled out trailers for Wonder Woman and Justice League, showcasing both films’ humour and spectacle. They also showed off another trailer for Suicide Squad, which opens in ten days, and some new footage from Injustice 2.
Their parent company was no slouch, either. Warner Brothers debuted trailers for Kong: Skull Island and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. In addition, they showed off their latest Warner Brothers Animation project, The Lego Batman Movie.
All told, some solid offerings this year, with a lot to look forward to going into 2017.
Marvel Studios focused on television this year. No really major movie announcements came out of them, except for Doctor Strange getting a new trailer. We got our first looks at the Luke Cage and Iron Fist Netflix series. An ominous, grunge-fueled teaser for The Defenders was also debuted, and the Marvel/FX series Legion was also revealed.
Other than that, there were mainly just casting and design announcements. Kurt Russell will apparently play a planet with a penis in Guardians of the Galaxy. The 20-something Brie Larson will play the 30/40-something Captain Marvel, which is pretty bogus. At least we have Black Panther to look forward to, with an all-star cast that now includes Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
The company’s comics got more interesting news, all told. For starters, famed poet and activist Roxane Gay will contribute to the ongoing Black Panther series. This makes her the first African-American woman to ever write for Marvel.
Some promising new series got announced as well. Deadpool will be getting two new series, Merc of Menace and Back in Black. Doctor Strange and Punisher will be teaming up for a series, too. All told, a pretty solid batch of offerings this year… even if more movie info would’ve been nice.
While not a headliner, North American anime publisher Funimation had some pretty cool announcements this year as well.
The showstopper was their licensing of Shin Godzilla. This reboot of the legendary franchise is led by Hideaki Anno, director of anime classics Neon Genesis Evangelion and Nadia: Secret of Blue Water. While no release date has been nailed down, a theatrical release for 2016 was confirmed.
Cult classic Ergo Proxy will also be re-released this year. The brooding cyberpunk anime celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. No release specifics have been revealed. It’s safe to assume, though, that Funi will do something special.