Well everyone, this weekend was the most popular convention this year, Comic-Con 2013. This year was filled to the brim with exciting news in various entertainment outlets, including film, television, gaming, and of course, comics. Here are the biggest highlights from the convention.
Some big announcements came to the convention for fan favorite shows. The cast of Arrow was there to announce the arrival of new characters, including claw-wielding assassin Bronze Tiger and possibly Black Canary, along with the amazing Summer Glau as a CEO at odds with Oliver Queen. The action packed trailer showed off new gear for Oliver and a willingness to become more than just a vigilante, with a new name to accompany it, and a tagline which states, City of Heroes.
News poured in from all networks about their shows and the new plot twists to come, but the CW really dominated this year, with big plans for their shows, including one spin-off show already airing and another spin-off show in the works. The Vampire Diaries, Nikita, Supernatural, and more arrived at the convention, with news on The Originals coming out and a possible Supernatural spin-off show in the works, and needless to say, fans were alight with delight at the news from the cult shows.
Marvel studios had a ton of announcements come out this year, including the panels from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Footage of Captain America fighting an elevator full of thugs in his new costume and speaking with Nick Fury and Robert Redford’s character. Fans also got a look at The Falcon, played by the brilliant Anthony Mackie, in full gear and sporting the Falcon wings. Tom Hiddleston showed up in full Loki gear and character, addressing the crowd in full demigod mode and showcasing new footage of Thor and the battle against the Dark Elves in the second film coming later this year, and then Jame Gunn and his crew arrived with the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and Benicio Del Toro as the villainous The Collector. Also announced was the character Ronan the Acusor, which is a villain associated with the infamous Kree Empire. Concept art for Guardians of the Galaxy was released, showcasing the unique cast of individuals who must become heroes against a cosmic threat.
The biggest announcement came when Joss Whedon came on stage, and showcased the new logo for The Avengers 2, which will have the subtitle, Age of Ultron. Ultron is one of the biggest Avengers villains to date, having been created by Ant-Man hero Hank Pym to be a force for good, but instead overwriting it’s programming to become a killing machine hellbent on destroying the world. This announcement was an unexpected surprise, and we cannot wait to see the new origins of the villain and how the Avengers will have to battle the threat.
Another epic announcement came from FOX Studios and Marvel when the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future’s Past came on stage. Bringing together every X-man character in the cinematic universe together once again and even adding new characters like Bishop and Peter Dinklage’s character, which we believe is Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels. Seeing this massive cast together was amazing, especially when the newer cast from X-Men: First Class joined the rest of the group and we saw the best at what he does himself, Wolverine, join the stage, it was a true work of art in the making. 2014 is going to be an amazing cinematic year.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 showed off an amazing look at Jamie Fox’s Electro, a being of pure energy who clashes with Spidey this time around. The bold new look mixed with footage of a comic, at the top of his game Spider-Man making jokes as he fights thugs made for an awesome panel. Looking to feature Paul Giammati briefly as The Rhino, Chris Cooper as Norman Osbourne, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osbourne, and of course the beautiful Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, this film has been given a breath of fresh air by the amazing performance of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, who captures the youthful and jokeful spirit of Spider-Man while bringing heart and soul to the tragic circumstances of Peter Parker’s life.
While details remain scarce, DC and Warner Bros. had the upper hand this year, when three titles were announced for the upcoming years. The sequel to Man of Steel, much to every fans delight, will feature a Batman/Superman story. Taking a quote from The Dark Knight Returns comic book arch, actor Harry Lennix, along with director Zach Snyder, announced that Batman would be facing off against Superman when the film begins. This makes perfect sense to us, because although both are heroes and will surely become allies in the end, each one of them inhabits the opposite ends of the hero spectrum. Superman is the embodiment of hope and light, while Batman uses fear and the dark to strike terror into his enemies. While details remain scarce at this time, we hope we also see the likes of Lex Luthor, along with a possible Batman foe such as Joker, Riddler, or even another Superman foe such as Brainiac. Many have suggested Darkseid, but he would best fit in a Justice League film, which it was announced is slated for a release in the next few years, along with a film about superhero The Flash. Despite the lack of details about casting or plot, DC won the year at Comic Con with the announcement of their two biggest heroes sharing the spotlight for the very first time in cinematic history. This has been every fans dream for years, and with the amazing job done in Man of Steel, we cannot wait to see what the future holds in store for Superman and Batman, which will surely lead into the path of a Justice League team-up.