It’s really hot and humid in Illinois. I’m having a great time speaking at camp, but I wouldn’t mind the cooler temperatures and nerd news of San Diego. This past weekend Comic-Con once again invaded San Diego and a lot of big news and big trailers made their way out of the infamous Hall H.
On this week’s episode of the podcast we addressed some of the early news about Luke Cage and The Defenders. However, Saturday was packed with news as DC and Marvel both held their panels. Here’s what we learned from the two comic behemoths.
Three years ago Warner Bros. and DC announced Batman v Superman. Last year they debuted a new trailer for their first big crossover. Based upon the reaction from all the panels over the years, Warner Bros. and DC thought they had a sure-fire hit on their hands. Then the movie came out and instead of raising their hands in victory, Warner Bros. and DC went into damage control mode. Warner Bros. hired Jon Berg and Geoff Johns to run DC Films, with Johns being the executive who has successfully led DC’s charge on the small screen. The studio also seems to be trying to win fans back with two trailers that released at Comic-Con.
I really dig the trailer for Wonder Woman. I don’t really know anything about Wonder Woman; I never read any of her comics. I know she’s an Amazon and wields the lasso of truth. I didn’t see her invisible plane in the trailer, but I don’t know if I would have. This trailer really gives a sense of the scope of Diana’s adventure and her awesome fighting ability. I feel about Wonder Woman the same way I did about Captain America. I never really liked Cap until I saw him in action; now he’s one of my favorite characters, both in the movies and the comics. This trailer gives us a great sense of Wonder Woman’s abilities and I can’t wait to see her kick some butt on the big screen.
Warner Bros. and DC also showed the first trailer for Justice League. Even though I gave away two copies of Batman v Superman, I’ve yet to actually watch the movie. The trailer still seems pretty serious and apparently Bruce Wayne talks like Batman now. I did enjoy all of the interaction between Wayne and Barry Allen but Aquaman seems a little dour, though if my super power were talking to fish I’d be pretty pissed too.
Marvel didn’t have as much to show as DC; it pretty much revealed casting and characters for its upcoming slate. Marvel did reveal a new logo and crawl for its movies, which incorporates footage of its heroes from the MCU.
Marvel had panels for Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to interview the actors and reveal characters. In Black Panther Michael B. Jordan will be playing villain Erik Killmonger and Lupita Nyong’o will be playing his henchwoman Nakia. Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa was one of the highlights of Civil War and I can’t wait to see Black Panther. James Gunn was also on hand to share some footage from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which revealed that Kurt Russell is playing Ego the Living Planet who also happens to be Peter Quill’s dad.
Marvel did release a trailer for Doctor Strange, which definitely gives us a better sense of the Sorcerer Supreme’s mind-bending magic. I do agree with many that it looks a lot like Inception, perhaps too much like Inception. However, I love me some Benedict Cimberbatch so I won’t be missing his turn in the MCU.
I was also very excited that Marvel finally confirmed Brie Larson will suit up as Captain Marvel. I love Captain Marvel and I can’t wait to see her in the MCU. Carol Danvers is a great character and Larson appears to have the acting chops to bring her to life.
- Bryan Fuller moderated the panel for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary and announced that his new Star Trek series would be titled Star Trek: Discovery. A trailer was also released showing an early look at the U.S.S. Discovery.
- A new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them showed us more of the American version of the wizarding world.
- Guy Ritchie is bringing us an amped up version of King Arthur in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
- I’ve never seen any version of King Kong, but that might change after this trailer for Kong Island.
- My favorite trailer from Comic-Con is probably the newest one for The Lego Batman Movie.
Every year I say that I need to get to Comic-Con next year. I would love to bring live coverage of Comic-Con to The Christian Nerd, but not if it meant waiting in line for over 24 hours.
What news from Comic-Con excited you the most?