All the news from Wizard Philly!!!

June 16, 2007

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I’m not covering Wizard Philly live. This makes me sad. But luckily for us, Newsarama and CBR are doing the usual bang-up job covering the event, and I still have opinions.

So here’s some round the clock punditry to match those great panel discussion summaries:

Mark Waid returns to Flash: Sad as I am to see Marc Guggenheim go, this is probably the right call. The reality is the Flash reboot with Bart Allen in the suit just didn’t take with most fans. The reasons are myriad: DC didn’t have the guts or sense to kill Wally West, so there was never a clean changevoer. The first arc of the new series was botched horribly. Aging Bart was a strange creative choice. I could go on, but why?

The bottom line is the guy who most people feel is THE defining writer of this book is coming back to it. Like most fans, I’m pretty pleased with this news. But I think it only increases the chances that we’ll see Barry Allen, NOT Wally West, back in the suit. Its hard to imagine that Waid has any more stories about Wally to tell; the only way he’d likely come back is to take on a NEW challenge.

One thing I’ve found strange is the lack of a fandom drive to bring Wally back. Most talk about Barry, even though really, Wally became a much more interesting character. Any writer that takes on Barry (who could be a bit boring at times) has a lot of work to do, but the fans will be pulling for them. I think this may be a sort of Hal Jordan side effect. For a while there, DC was dedicated to making a generational shift in their titles: Wally West as Flash, Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern, Conner Hawke as Green Arrow… I was a big fan of this direction for DC (the best use of it being Morrison’s JLA), and I’m sad to see it fall by the wayside.

Amazing Spider-Man goes almost-monthly: I liked this news. Instead of 3 Spidey titles, we just get AMAZING 3 times a month. This wil no doubt be a big sales boost to Marvel, too– plenty of fans only bought Amazing (well, or FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD for the anti-Stracynski set) and skipped the other two. That’s no longer an option, which means these folks effectively just added two titles to their weekly pull lists (or I suppose they could just drop Spidey all-together or go with ULTIMATE instead).

To my ears, though, this would’ve been a much bigger and more exciting move if they’d decided to just go weekly, maybe with some scheduled off-weeks to ease the burden. As ballsy as 52 was, it would be even bigger to see a company make one of their existing top titles weekly. If this Spidey move works, look for this to happen on other books, somewhere. Top candidate: X-Men, which has 3 titles now (Uncanny, Astonishing, and Adjectiveless) which see uneven sales currently.

Terry Moore takes over Spider-Man loves Mary Jane: This one warmed my cold heart up. Mary Jane has been one of my favorite books for a long time now, and I was very worried about writer Sean McKeever’s exit. But Terry Moore, of STRANGERS IN PARADISE fame, is far and away the best possible replacement. No word on an artist yet, but I’m hopeful they’ll stick to the manga style, its a huge part of the book’s appeal.

I’d like to take moment to interrupt this self-important pundritry and urge all of you to go out and pick up the digest versions of this book. With all due respect to ULTIMATE, or FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD, this is the BEST Spidey book you can find, and one of the best ever. I pitch it to folks as the SMALLVILLE/BUFFY version of Spider-Man, and people seem to dig that description. Really, just a wonderful book, and the art is gorgeous.

Now, onto some amazing artwork after the break…

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Marvel Movies Update: Avengers, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and More!!!

June 14, 2007

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Coming Soon got a chance to talk with Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige about the upcoming slate. Kevin must have been feeling generous, ’cause there’s some great new stuff here!

Read on for news about nearly ALL of Marvel’s upcoming movies, with Scramble Network insight and analysis!

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Wednesday Morning Round-Up: Potheads vs. Hellboy Edition

June 6, 2007

seth-rogen.jpgWe’ve got a release date for SETH ROGEN’S next starring vehicle, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS (which is gonna kick ass)– and it faces off directly with HELLBOY 2 and BRENDAN FRASER’S JOURNEY 3-D as of right now. Look for that weekend to get less crowded somehow.

Wow… congratulations to all the fans of JERICHO, who mobilized (by sending CBS freakin’ bags of nuts) and saved their show from cancellation. Eight new episodes will air midseason, and if they do well, obviously, we’ll see more.

We may see a biopic chronicling the life of MAD Magazine and TALES FROM THE CRYPT creator William Gaines, with the wonderful title, “Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines.” Sounds like a potentially great film, very much in the vein of ED WOOD. Look forward to hearing more. Here’s more on Gaines.

Wanna see previews of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #3? IRON MAN #18? How about MS. MARVEL #16, or UNCANNY X-MEN #487? Hit CBR.

Yahoo’s got a Q & A session with TRANSFORMERS director Michael Bay.

The site for Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN film is up and running. Movie opens August 31st.

MODOK has a blog. And its great. Seriously.

Over at AICN, IndustryKiller! has word from a test screening of IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, the new Paul Haggis film. If you liked CRASH, take it with a grain of salt.

A nice update on the ALIENS and HEAT video game projects.


Comic-Con makes Film & TV Announcement

June 5, 2007

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Here it is… the list of films that will be represented at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego! Superherohype makes a note that THE DARK KNIGHT was NOT announced… its pretty hard to believe that the Batman sequel WON’T be featured, so a later announcement will probably be made on that front. This is, after all, Comic-Con– the biggest event of its kind in the world, the place where studios roll out their movies to the core fanbase who help determine whether their project is the next 300, or the next CATWOMAN.

Here’s what we know you likely will see– I’ve bolded the panels Scramble Network plans to report from (there’s a lot of them!):

  • Alien vs. Predator 2: No Peace On Earth
  • American Gangster
  • Babylon A.D.
  • Balls of Fury
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Beowulf
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Coraline
  • Fred Claus
  • Get Smart
  • The Golden Compass
  • Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
  • Heroes
  • I Am Legend
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Indiana Jones 4
  • The Invasion
  • Iron Man
  • Lost
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Speed Racer
  • The Strangers
  • Stardust
  • Star Trek
  • Sunshine
  • Sweeney Todd
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Trick ‘r Treat
  • Wanted
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • White Out

Looks like a great year… expect plenty of news to be made in San Diego that week!


New Iron Man Footage!

June 1, 2007

Mtv has some AMAZING new Iron Man Footage that’s gonna blow you away… there’s a kind of terrible interview where you get to see plenty of the helmet… a great desert action sequence with a reveal of the first model helmet… and little bit of Tony arriving at a function of some sort (and having a little trouble with the ladies).

Every time I see a new clip, I just can’t get it out of my head: Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark! This really is going to be a movie that sets a new bar for the superhero genre!