Comic-Con 2013: Batman/Superman, MF’N ULTRON & More Brandon Caldwell July 21, 2013 Comics, TV/Movies If you thought Hollywood’s newfound adoration for big budget comic book movies was over, 2015 is coming to basically do the Diddy dance all in your face. As we learned over the course of Comic Con, Marvel & Warner Bros (DC) will stop at nothing to take your eyes and everything out of your pockets. How did Warner Bros do while discussing a bunch of their upcoming titles from 300: Rise Of An Empire, Godzilla, World Of Warcraft (seriously, that’s happening) and more – they dropped the bomb on everybody: Batman/Superman is coming in 2015. Let’s break this down shall we? Easily the most successful superhero guy ever in film (Batman) has to deal with Clark Kent and all of his issues about being the “World’s Greatest”. And hey, Man Of Steel director Zach Snyder is going to be behind the lens and the film is going to be scripted by David S. Goyer. You know, one half of each respective franchise. I have no idea how nuanced its going to be without Christopher Nolan but something tells me he’s going to have a hand in something with this picture. You want one awesome quote from the film? Here you go: “I want you to remember Clark, in all the years to come. In all your private moments. In all the years to come, my hand at your throat. I want you to remember, the one man who beat you.” Now, there’s no real idea on what we could be talking about in terms of storyline, no idea if this is going to touch the holy grail of Batman comics, Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns or something else but we only wonder at this point. Oh, and out of all the things Warner has cooked up for the future, I’m more excited for Lego: The Movie than anything else. Sue me. ULTON, YO So, remember during the end of The Avengers where we got a big ass reveal of Thanos with no real hint towards the Infinity Gauntlet? Just a giant smile and wink to every comic fan boy in the audience and a big “zuh?” to everybody else who just knew about The Avengers, Loki and that’s it? Well apparently his involvement in The Avengers sequels will have to wait just a bit because Joss Wheldon looked at DC, saw Batman/Superman and dropped Ultron on everybody and walked out. Well, not really walked out but he left a ton of people with their mouths open. Slated for a May 1, 2015 release, the second installment of The Avengers will be titled Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Which means if you hadn’t already read the Age Of Ulton mini-series with every Marvel superhero worth a grain of salt all coming up with ways to avoid getting demolished by Ultron and Wolverine’s midget ass discussing talk of killing Hank Pym in the past to prevent Ultron ever being invented in the first place – time to start reading. Hell, I don’t even know all that much about Ultron aside from my comic nerd friends so I’ll either have to read up or scoop game from them. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST We know The Wolverine is set to land in theaters in a week or so but the X-Men series is about to put its foot into the race of new age multiple major superhero pics (even if they did start it, their other Marvel brothers came and knocked down their tower swiftly). We know Bryan Singer’s attached to the latest full fledged X-Men pic, Days Of Future Past but after the Tumblr site leaked original images of the character costumes (one word: BISHOP) and new additions (SENTINELS~!), the Comic-Con panel divulged plenty. Like, the entire cast was there. From Jennifer Lawrence to Peter Dinklage to Ian McKellen & Michael Fassbender. They opened with footage of Wolverine travelling back in time to give James McAvoy’s version of Professor X “a little hope” before stabbing a ton of people because like Mark Henry – that’s what Wolverine does and the storyline is going to come straight from the comics so that should appease more than a few. Still, do you know how long X-Men fans have been waiting for Bishop to be involve? Or Cable or the damn Sentinels who pretty much were the worst things imaginable when it came to X-Men video games growing up or the cartoon series? Yeah, Bryan Singer, the ball’s in your court sir. Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Happening … Yes, It’s Happening What both franchises (DC & Marvel) have been trying to do for the past few years is intergrate their lesser known characters into films. Marvel especially. Since The Mouse bought them to the tune of $6 billion back in 2009, Marvel has gone full blown in making almost every character in the universe worth a damn. That includes the upcoming Ant Man movie. So when Guardians Of The Galaxy was announced at last year’s Comic-Con, folks were skeptical and this year with more information out about the film, we can see why some might be leaning towards taking in the film when it lands next year. For starters, there’s no real big name attached to the film with Chris Pratt, best known for his role on Parks & Recreation playing Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Dave Bautista as Drax The Destroyer all involved. Apparently John C. Reilly and Benicio Del Toro are involved here as well with Del Toro playing The Collector which sounds like some badass villainy and somehow Thanos is involved here as well. Expect this to drop next August, which pretty much isn’t the greatest month for new movies if you’ve ever studied how movies work in certain months. 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