It’s that time of year again when I spend quite a lot of my time on the internet waiting for news from Comic Con, the biggest geekiest event of the year. This year has been a very good one. It started with a couple new J. M. Straczynski projects being announced. A comic based on the classic tv show, The Twilight Zone. Along with a new Terminator comic. I wouldn’t have given either of them a second thought if Straczynski wasn’t attached to them. Who, in my opinion, is one of the greatest writers going, it’s just a shame about his involvement in Before Watchmen and the Spider-Man arc “Sins Past”. His latest series, Ten Grand is turning out really well and I’m looking forward to Sidekick in the next couple of weeks. I will definitely be picking up the first issue of each of them.
The next big announcement I read about was the announcement that The Darkness, one of my favourite comics of all time, is being adapted into a film. This was a bit of a shock for me, considering the comic will be finishing in 2 issues time. The comic revolves around Jackie Estacado, a gangster who wields the power of the darkness, an ancient force that is past along from father to son. On top of this he is also in love with Jenny, a girl he met while living in an orphanage. Essentially it is a love story and has just gotten better over it’s near enough 15 year run. There is also the epic games. The first game was one of the main reasons I wanted to read comics. I can’t wait for this film and have really high hopes for it.
The next announcement that got me excited was that Zack Snyder is directing another Superman film, this one Superman/Batman, which was announced along side a quote from Frank Miller’s epic The Dark Knight Returns. Christopher Nolan is the executive producer and Henry Cavill is returning to play Superman. No word on Batman yet. There is so much potential for this and yet it can also go so wrong. I wasn’t a fan of Nolan’s last Batman film, and I don’t like a lot of Snyder’s films. Sucker Punch is one of the only films I’ve ever turned off half way through. That being said, Man of Steel was a surprise and much better than I thought it would be. While I’m not certain this will be a good film, it is in good hands and I will be seeing it as soon as I can.
Finally Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel to last years mega-blockbuster. Whedon is directing and it looks like the film is inspired by the recent story arc, Age of Ultron. I have no doubt that this will be excellent. The first Avengers film was very good and this one should be just as good. I liked the story Age of Ultron, and thought it would work as a stand alone film, it is a shock that this was announced as the next Avengers film,considering the comic arc finished, barely a month ago. Then again there might be no resemblance between the film and comic. Only time will tell. I do think it will turn out well though.
I know there were other announcements and I’ve read quite a few articles over the last couple of days and will continue reading them as they are published but these announcements are ones that have stood out the most. I will be reading an article about the Community panel (Probably my favourite tv show of all time. Currently on my 4th watch all the way through.)
Thanks for reading,