First and foremost, we hope you all had an amazing Comic-Con full of fabulous cosplay, fantastic after parties and super squee-worthy celebrity sightings. In case you missed anything because you were busy rubbing elbows with other like-minded people or snapping up some swag, we thought we’d round up the news and shenanigans that had us jumping up and down in joy. Excelsior!
Holy Schnikes, We’re Getting a Batman/Superman Crossover Movie! (via Comic Book Resources)
Perhaps the biggest news to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was an announcement from Warner Bros. that the next Superman movie would feature a brand-new, yet to be cast Batman! Because if people wanted anything from Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot it would be to make it even darker with the addition of Batman. Yeah, that’s it. The film is expected to be released in the summer of 2015 (aka a very long two years away) and we expect the big wigs at Warner Bros. are ready to roll in all that money like Scrooge McDuck.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Gets an Explosive New Trailer!!! (via The Huffington Post)
The first Catching Fire trailer was so-so but it didn’t really delve into the fact that Katniss and Peeta would once again find themselves as part of the Hunger Games. This brand new trailer focuses on both the upcoming revolution and the Quarter Quell, giving us glimpses of Katniss in her wedding dress turned Mockingjay costume, Katniss and Peeta’s entrance uniforms and some glimpses at the other former victors. Not to mention Caesar Flickerman’s amazing teeth. Oh man, those things are fabulous. To check out all the tributes, you can peruse the character posters over on Hypable.
“The Walking Dead” Release Their “That Doesn’t Look Terrible” Season Four Trailer (via Hypable)
We’re not the biggest fans of “The Walking Dead” television series what with the complete lack of payoffs for the viewer and all, but even we have to admit that the new trailer for season four looks really damn good. Probably because it’s full of Norman Reedus. Although sadly lacking in David Morrissey. The series has a completely new showrunner (yes again) so here’s hoping this one can give us some better female characters and kill our long-running joke that the show’s name should be changed to “Too Much Talking Dead.” Basically, we just want it to be as good as the comic.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman Weren’t at the “Sherlock” Panel But They Had a Hilarious Message Anyway (via Spinoff Online)
The stars of “Sherlock” were busy doing things that weren’t “Sherlock” and therefore couldn’t attend their panel, but that didn’t stop them from trolling the audience with a pre-recorded video. It features Martin Freeman dressed like Bilbo Baggins and Benedict Cumberbatch discussing, well at first he’s not sure what he’s discussing. Once he realizes he’s supposed to talk about “Sherlock,” he acts out how his character survived jumping off a building using exaggerated hand motions and stuffed monkeys. Except totally not because the sound “accidentally” cuts off. In summary, go watch it to see Benedict Cumberbatch troll all of Hall H.
Jason Momoa and Kit Harrington Won the “Game of Thrones” Panel (via Tumblr)
Sometimes the Q&A portion of panels are terrible and sometimes they’re wonderful. And two wonderful things happened during HBO’s “Game of Thrones” panel. First, Jason Momoa (who plays Khal Drogo) showed up to smooch Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke and yell “I’m not dead yet!” as a surprise to everyone. Video HERE. Then came Kit Harrington’s answer to the question, how would you like your character to die. You can see his answer to that above. Bravo gentleman.
Cobie Smulders Is Joining Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and Lucky Fans at SDCC Already Got to See the Pilot (via IGN)
In addition to the magical resurrection of Agent Coulson, Cobie Smulders who plays Agent Maria Hill will be joining the cast of Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on a semi-regular basis. She is finishing up the final season of “How I Met Your Mother” after all so we can’t expect miracles. The lucky people who were able to get into Hall H were also shown the entire pilot episode and from what we’ve heard on the internet it’s a witty introduction into the world of Marvel and how S.H.I.E.L.D. saves humanity from various threats. Which is just what we’d expect from Joss Whedon.
Marvel + Its FOX Owned Property ‘X-Men’ Had a Whole Lot to Share (via Wired)
For brevity’ sake, we thought we’d round up all the Marvel and X-Men related news in the same place. Minus the above “S.H.I.E.L.D.” news of course. In X-Men: Days of Future Past info, Peter Dinklage was officially announced as the villain Bolivar Trask who creates the fandom’s robotic nemesis the Sentinels and since Sir Ian McKellen is on the lookout for a new husband, he’s looking at you Michael Fassbender! Avengers 2 got a full title, Avengers: Age of Ultron which you can also expect to be full of robots, Guardians of the Galaxy shared a teaser trailer starring Rocket Raccoon and Karen Gillan (of “Doctor Who” fame) revealed she shaved her head to play Nebula in the series (35:40). And finally, Tom Hiddleston was on hand to share a Thor 2 trailer in character as Loki (03:17). Amazing.
In Addition to a Movie, “Veronica Mars” Is Also Getting a Book Series (via Cosmic Book News)
As you probably already know, “Veronica Mars,” the prematurely cancelled television show got a revival with a Kickstarter funded movie set ten years later at Veronica’s high school reunion. The movie has finished filming and now creator Rob Thomas (no, not that one but the YA novelist turned television writer) has announced that there will also be a book series set after the film which could lead up to a possible sequel. Congratulations fellow Marshmallows, it’s officially the year of Veronica Mars! Is everyone still Team Logan?
Neil Gaiman Makes Nerd Rock Band Paul & Storm Apologize to George R. R. Martin (via The Mary Sue)
W00tstock isn’t technically affiliated with Comic-Con but it took place the first day of it in San Diego with plenty of familiar faces so we’re including it in our round-up. Musicians Paul & Storm performed their song “Write Like the Wind, George R. R. Martin” at the event, about how GRRM needs to write faster when the man himself showed up onstage to break their instruments. Enter Neil Gaiman, who once instructed readers that “George R. R. Martin is not your bitch” to shame the duo for their song. Insert all the amazing.
Dave McKean Creates a Glorious Sandman Prequel Cover (via Entertainment Weekly)
Just in case the other covers revealed by Vertigo weren’t gorgeous enough, Dave McKean revealed the first cover for the Sandman prequel, Sandman: Overture 1 that matches his work for the original series. “There is something special about Dave McKean that makes it feel real,” Gaiman said of the cover, adding, “I get the same thrill I got 25 years ago seeing his covers…” You can see an interior shot of the comic over at Entertainment Weekly and find out just why Gaiman is worried about his return to the comic book world.
NOS4A2 by author Joe Hill is a terrifying Christmas story about a man who steals children away from their parents to take them to a sinister place called Christmasland (check out my review HERE) and it’s getting a prequel in comic book form. Which is incredibly exciting seeing as Hill’s current ongoing series Locke & Key is one of the best comic books out there. He will be joined by L&K co-creator and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez who will be in charge of the covers. If the one above is any indication, our hopes are super high.
The Upcoming “Dracula” Series Gets a Trailer That Pretty Much Just Tells Us Dracula is a Vampire (via Daily Dead)
NBC released the trailer for their upcoming series “Dracula” and well, it doesn’t tell us much about Dracula aside from the fact that he drinks the blood of women and everyone wants him to jump their bones. Which he will gladly do. You know, he’s just going to drink your life force after. According to the show’s premise, Dracula is posing as an American to take revenge on those who “cursed him with immortality” all while falling in love with a woman who may be his reincarnated dead wife. Okay then.
Even though Daniel Radcliffe will be in a Frankenstein adaptation and Benicio Del Toro is also working on one with his dream actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the producers of Underworld are set on putting out their own version called I, Frankenstein. In a strange twist of events, it’s set in a “dystopic present” where demons and gargoyles fight for power. Aaron Eckhart stars as Adam, a creation of
Maggie Walsh Victor Frankenstein who finds himself fighting the slayer stuck in the middle of their fight as the two warring factions struggle to discover his key to immortality. What the what?