Marvel are the undisputed kings of Comic Con and the Iron Man panels especially have a reputation for whipping the crowds into a nerd frenzy with messy fangasms occurring left, right and centre. In the wake of the Avengers smashing cinemas apart this year, the anticipation for the beginning of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe – Phase Two couldn’t be higher. With that, we come to the Hall H panel for Iron Man 3.
San Diego Comic-con is often the place to announce trailers, casting and sequels. It’s where people try to look forward to what the silver screen has to offer, and vary rarely dwells on the mistakes of the past.
300: Battle of Artemisia is the upcoming film which defies the laws of story-telling. Rumoured to be both prequel and sequel, and promising another few hundred naked men, we can happily announce that one set of bronzed pecks will belong to rising star Jack O’Connell.
Earlier this week, we brought news that Chronicle director Josh Trank will be behind the camera for the reboot of Fox’s Fantastic 4 franchise. Now, it is being reported that relatively unknown writer Jeremy Slater will pen the script for the movie.
Hyper-kinetic director and man-child Zack Snyder has, for some unfathomable reason, been put in charge of rebooting the Superman franchise. Quite why anyone thought that the man behind the loathsome Sucker Punch was an appropriate choice for the most iconic superhero ever is unclear, but in a panel at Comic-Con, Snyder unveiled his take on the character.
Lots of stuff and a poster after the jump.
Our review of Dredd is up now, and the good news is - well, I won't spoil it here, head over here to read what Tony Gringo thought of it.
2000AD will occupy a place in the affections of anyone with a love of British comics. The creative, disruptive, overtly political publication was an important part of my childhood. My younger brother was an early subscriber and it set him on the way to an enduring love of the medium that has grown stronger over the years. My engagement might not be as intense as his (it would be difficult to match it) but I sucked up the stories and characters through osmosis, and have fond memories of Rogue Trooper, Slaine, Nemesis, the ABC Warriors and all the rest.
And then there is Dredd.
Confirming the rumour that everyone had pretty much accepted as true anyway, a new promotional image for the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall shows Ben Whishaw as gadget guru Q.
David Slade has pulled out of the Fox reboot of Daredevil leaving the studio in a mad scramble to fill his boots. Why? The contract between Marvel and Fox has a clause that requires the film to be delivered in line with an upcoming deadline. If that deadline is missed, the rights will revert to Marvel and you can bet your bottom dollar that the upsart studio, flush with the gazillions it made in Phase One of its drive to establish itself as a major new player, will make its own film from one of its more interesting characters.
Set in the early 20th Century, Warlords of Atlantis was written by the well known Doctor Who writer Brian Hayles. Doug McClure plays deep sea shuttle engineer Greg Collinson. Peter Gilmore plays Charles Aitken, a man determined to follow his father’s research and find the lost city of Atlantis. The happy-go-lucky American Greg and stiff English academic Peter eventually find themselves brought to the underwater city.