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On Request Magazine Comic-Con 2014 Highlights

Each year, we here at On Request Magazine like to highlight the best to come out of the annual Comic Con convention out of San Diego, CA. This year is no different, and we have quite a few great tidbits to talk about this year.

1) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealed a small teaser for fans at the Warner Bros panel at Comic Con this year, showcasing Ben Affleck as Batman, wearing some sort of power armor and standing atop a rooftop in Gotham on a stormy night. Batman switches on the bat signal, and as he does, the light reflects off of a floating Superman, glaring at Batman with his eyes glowing red. Batman’s eyes glow white, and the two stare one another down, until the footage cuts to black. The scene is very reminiscent of the classic story, The Dark Knight Returns, and is sure to promise one of the biggest moments in both Comic Book and Film history. Also on display for the convention, panel, and the public was the first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and while director Zach Snyder has confirmed he has yet to film any scenes of Gadot as Wonder Woman and that she is still working out to build her muscle tone, the picture shown gave fans a great glimpse at the Amazon warrior we are sure to see in the film, and although the color scheme is a bit darker in tone than expected, don’t be surprised if either during the course of the film or towards the time Justice League comes out, the costume gets  bit more color to match the more classic blue and red costume from the comics.

2) Marvel’s annual Hall H panel produced quite a few tidbits. While footage is yet to be revealed to the public and won’t be for quite some time, fans were given a glimpse at Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was announced that Evangeline Lilly would be playing Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll would be playing Yellowjacket, the main antagonist in the film Ant-Man. The cast was at hand to reassure fans and give a short glimpse into the films future, which showcased Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang using the Ant-Man suit to break into Pym’s company on behalf of Pym, in order to retrieve the suit designs taken from Yellowjacket during a hostile takeover of his company.

The biggest reveals came during the Avengers panel, where everyone except Scarlett Johansson was in attendance to showcase some new footage from the film. The footage showed the common humor that goes into a Marvel film, with a group of Avengers trying to lift Thor’s hammer, before Ultron arrives in one of Iron Man’s broken down suits, claiming that the only way to save humanity was to wipe it out completely. The footage showed a haunting scene that seemed to depict Iron Man, kneeling by Captain America’s broken shield and the rest of the Avengers lying dead all around him. The scene was haunting, and seems like death is coming for some of our favorite heroes.

Two big announcements came from the panel as well. The first was confirmation that Josh Brolin would indeed be playing the master villain behind the scenes, Thanos. The actor showed up wearing Thano’s Infinity Gauntlet and playing to the crowd with the Avengers in front of him. The second announcement came afterwards, when it was announced that Guardians of the Galaxy would be getting a sequel before it even opened in theaters, with the second film set for 2017. Not surprising given the amazing numbers coming in for it’s opening weekend.

3) The big winners from Comic Con TV came from DC, who not only announced that Arrow’s third season would feature heroes Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom, Katana, and Wildcat, but that the main villain of the season would be none other than ancient master assassin Rha’s Al Ghul, the leader of the League of Assassins. Also shown was new DC shows Gotham, which will focus on the years before Bruce Wayne became Batman, with a young Jim Gordon navigating Gotham as a homicide detective and the cities future villains paving their own origins. Also included was The Flash, which will showcased on of DC’s biggest superheroes and a Justice League founding member, and Constantine, DC’s first foray into their supernatural storyline and characters.

4) Also in attendance were the last panels and showings of shows like True Blood and Sons of Anarchy, which are currently or going to air their final seasons this year. True Blood previewed a bloody path towards their finale, while Sons of Anarchy promised a bloody path of vengeance for lead character Jax. For those of you who haven’t seen the last season’s finale, go watch it and see why he’s out for revenge, but know that the final season is sure to include the death of most of our favorite characters, and no one is safe, not even Jax himself.

Comic con was full of amazing trailers, pictures, previews, reviews, cosplay, hello’s and goodbyes. For more on the annual event, check out our website and this blog to see everything we covered during the event!


TV Show Reviews: Fall Update

Hey guys, it’s been a long time since we were on here reviewing the latest TV shows, but we are back and we are here to stay, so without further adieu, let’s take a look at the Fall TV Lineup with a quick word on each show.

Arrow: Season 2 premiered with a bang, showcasing the deterioration of Starling City after the events of the season finale, and showed a new path for Oliver as he begins his transition from vigilante killer to bonafide hero. Bonds between Oliver and his friends and family are both strengthened and broken as each character shows how they were affected by the earthquake that destroyed the Glades, and Oliver must find a way to not only save his family’s company, but his family as well.

Supernatural: Season 9 finds the brothers in trouble once more, as all of the angels in heaven have been booted and have fallen to Earth, and the demon Abbadon has risen from Hell and pronounced herself queen of hell. To make matters worse, Sam slipped into a coma and Dean had to help save him by having the angel Ezekiel bond to his body, healing both the angel and Sam, but Sam cannot know about it, otherwise he could reject Ezekiel and die.

The Tomorrow People: The new superhero drama follows a young man who believes himself to be crazy after he begins waking up in neighbors beds and he begins hearing a woman’s voice. However, he soon learns that he has inherited the same gene as his father, who left his family when he was just a boy. He has superpowers, and has found himself in the war between mutated people and a government agency looking to lock people  with powers up or kill them. Lots of drama, action, and a great storyline with strained family relationships.

Sons of Anarchy: The sixth season of the show finds Jax Teller struggling to keep his club and his family afloat. With Tara facing conspiracy murder charges and a former U.S. Marshall with plans for revenge breathing down their necks, SAMCRO tries to establish legitimate businesses and back away from guns after a school shooting where a child used a gun sold by the club. However, this proves difficult as the IRA has not intention of letting the club go without serious ramifications. Great story this season, with lots of action and a heavy emphasis on the moral balance of good and evil while Jax struggles to maintain his sanity while at the head of the table.

American Horror Story Coven: The third season of the show focuses on New Orleans and the inside look at witches. When a young girl learns that she is a witch and is sent away to a witch boarding school, she comes into contact with the seedy underworld of witchcraft, with an assortment of girls with various abilities and problems, and a Supreme witch, (Jessica Lange), who struggles with drug addiction and a need to retain her youth and beauty. With memorable performances like Kathy Bates as a racist witch from the 1800’s to Sarah Paulson as the daughter of Jessica Lange and the head of the school, this season looks to be darker, edgier, and more mystical than ever before.

That’s it for now. Look here for our highlights of the week and more entertainment news as it comes.