Hello and welcome back to Hero Express, your stop off point for all superhero entertainment news. It has been a while since the last update and a lot of hero news has come our way so let’s crack on. Firstly, we look at what the Marvel Superheroes have been up to recently with some exciting news on the big and small screen.
With the success of Marvel properties being turned into movies (such as Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers) fans have been hungry for more. When ABC dropped the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it opened up new doors when the show became a modest hit. Seeing the increasing popularity of these Marvel-tinged movies and shows, Netflix has ordered four Marvel shows to premiere on their streaming service.
From the moment the Man of Steel sequel was announced as Batman vs. Superman, speculation began as to who would be next to don the legendary cowl. It seemed like every actor of a certain age was rumored to be Warner Bros.’ next “favorite.” Then it was rumored that Zack Snyder wanted Batman to be older, so a whole new batch of actors were rumored.
While seemingly every other actor in Hollywood was named in the Batman casting rumors, Affleck’s name was not one that was at the forefront by any means. However, the speculation has finally ended and we now know that Affleck with be going head to head with Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Man of Steel sequel.
No doubt there will be plenty of pissing and moaning over this choice, because frankly, we’ve seen Affleck as a superhero before and it wasn’t pleasant. Daredevil anyone? Nothing good came from that film, except maybe some hot Jennifer Garner/Ben Affleck chemistry but even that couldn’t save the sinking ship.
We can take solace in the fact that even Affleck himself didn’t like Daredevil. Plus, Hollywoodland wasn’t awful. Wasn’t great by any means but Affleck as the actor (George Reeves, of course) who played Superman wasn’t near as bad as the Daredevil fiasco.
So how do you like Ben Affleck as Batman? Can he be a convincing Caped Crusader? Do you buy him as the billionaire Bruce Wayne? Thankfully we have plenty of time to speculate on how great or awful the move is as Batman vs. Superman is not due in theaters until Summer of 2015.
Marvel Studios is running full steam ahead with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, planning 5 movies over the next 2 years featuring some already established characters as well as some new properties. We will be seeing Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, and The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015. Phase Three will launch with Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.
Marvel has recently announced 3 more release dates for undisclosed movies, which we can assume all fit into Marvel’s Phase Three. These dates are May 6th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017. The third date released is July 8th, 2016, keeping in line with Marvel Studios goal for two movies a year for the REST OF OUR LIVES. Not that anyone is complaining.
Welcome to Comic Rack! My pick of the top five comic news stories in no particular order…
Jeff Lemire Takes On Green Arrow.
If it’s not obvious from reading this column regularly, I’m a pretty big fan of Jeff Lemire. The man could doodle a Family Circus cartoon on a napkin and I’d still be happy to track it down and read it. Hearing he was stepping in to take on writing duties for Green Arrow was a bit shocking, because of all characters out there, I wouldn’t have expected him to choose this particular one to work on. I guess it’s good for Green Arrow fans and maybe I’ll even become one. Unfortunately, my fantasies of a Lemire run on Superman have yet to be fulfilled, but I guess that’s what dreams are for. Everyone needs something to hope for I suppose. All I know is if he did, I’d officially buy it in every single way possible: singles, trades, hardcovers, Absolute, digital issues, digital trades, over and over again. I’d love it that much. Until now, Green Arrow fans, you’re in for a treat.
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Scientist Finds Krypton! (Not really)
Notable astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who you may recognize from his appearances on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, or even old episodes of Attack Of The Show, has located Krypton, the home planet of our super powered savior, Superman. At least in the comic book anyway, as of Action Comics #14, which he guest stars in. The cool thing is that they apparently give out real coordinates for a real star that you can actually find and look at if you were so inclined.
You’ll have to read “Star Light, Star Bright” to find out just how Superman and Tyson pinpoint Krypton. For amateur astronomers who want to spot the real star LHS 2520 in the night sky, here are its coordinates:
Right Ascension: 12 hours 10 minutes 5.77 seconds
Declination: -15 degrees 4 minutes 17.9 seconds
Proper Motion: 0.76 arcseconds per year, along 172.94 degrees from due north
I have no idea what any of that means, but it sounds awesome and makes me want a telescope so I could figure it out and find it. Unfortunately if I do spot it, and an alien ship lands in my backyard I’d kill it. Immediately. There would be no way I’d raise that thing.
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Comic-Con Staying In San Diego Until At Least 2016.
It seems every year there’s talk about how CCI is getting too big for San Diego, and how it needs to move to a bigger place to accommodate the thousands and thousands of attendees it attracts each year. Having been to Comic-Con twice, back when it was still possible to buy 4-day passes online without a camp out by the compute on release day, people were saying this in droves. I can only imagine it has gotten worse over the years, and my attempts to go back again have been stifled not only by my lack of funds, but the sheer impossibility of getting passes. However, it seems to be a good thing for San Diego, and who can blame them? The whole city turns into one giant party that weekend, and no matter how you spell it, that’s revenue the city uses and needs. I hold out hope that one day it’ll move somewhere closer to me, so I don’t have to shell out at least grand for airfare/lodging/passes/merch just to go. When 2016 arrives, who know?
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Daredevil’s End Of Days.
An interesting concept that I always find intriguing to explore is the fact that all superhero stories don’t really have an ending. Despite all great stories needing an ending, the fact that superhero stories need to keep being printed keeps them from having a definitive, final story that wraps up their character once and for all. People have attempted this, most famously Frank Miller with Batman. For a while Marvel printed stories called _____: The End where the blank was the main characters name. They had Hulk, Punisher, and I believe even Wolverine. They were all pretty amazing and seeing this same concept applied to Daredevil is one that piques my interest. The idea behind it is to look into a “possible future” where we’ll see the last few days, and the eventual death of Matt Murdock. Frankly, the concept alone has me, and it’s something I’ll be looking forward to.
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Art For Sandy Relief.
Last but certainly not least, is the very real fact that Hurricane Sandy has devastated thousands on the East Coast, which is of course, home to nearly all of our favorite superheroes. The fact that so many have been so generous and supportive in this time is one of the few things these days that gives me hope for humanity. Along with that, is the average comic fans propensity for good, and Art For Sandy Relief is a great, if slightly silly sounding charity source that’s a win-win for everyone involved. This relief effort is led by Rich Ginter and Jim Viscardi, former and current Marvel employees respectively, who have started art auctions to donate to relief efforts. There’s a bunch of neat pieces you can bid on, and even if you’re not serious about buying, someone is and bidding does nothing but help raise more money for those in need. It’s a pretty great thing and a sign that the comics industry, and comics fans in general, still have lots of great human beings in their community. Be a part of that community why don’t you?
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