SCDD '14My year opened up with San Diego Comic Com which was full of great things, per ususal!
Marvel revealed that they'd be bringing one of the Avenger's greatest foes to the screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will also see the team battle against Baron von Strucker and, eventually, gain two new members in Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch, and gave lucky viewers a tease of their Phase 2 films.
DC dropped their biggest bombshell in years with the announcement of Batman vs. Superman although lately it's certainly begun to look like it will be the Justice League with the addition of Wonder Woman and the rumors around Flash and other DC legends. While it remains to be seen how things play out for Batman vs. Superman, one thing is clear. The film, which will star Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, has generated a tremendous amount of buzz in the past 5 months. With filming starting on the project soon we can expect there to be a lot more to come and, since they're filming just 2 hours away, you can expect I'll do my best to get some set pics!
Live Action Comic Book TV Shows Begin to Takeover the Airwaves
With the CW's Arrow entering its second season, DC Entertainment went for broke and won. In addition to introducing DC legend Barry Allen into the mix and giving him his own show, the producers have had over a dozen cameos or name drops on the show including Ra's Al Ghul, Solomn Grundy and Metamorpho. The show has been absolutely phenomenal week in and week out and has completely erased my memory of a mediocre first handful of episodes to become one of my favorite shows.
In the wake of Arrow's success, DC Entertainment has aggressively pushed forward in the development of at least 5 more live-action TV adaptations of their properties. Of these shows, Gotham has the potential to be a huge hit given that it is a known commodity to some extent and will be a police show. DC has made some very bold steps in the past 2 years to solidify their stake in comic book entertainment.
Marvel's first foray into live-action TV has been an up and down affair to say the least. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived to incredible fanfare early on and while the show is being watched, especially by the DVR crowd, it has become a huge target for critics who claim that the show, which is set in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, has very little to do with Marvel. I remain hopeful that Marvel has a plan which they are just beginning to unveil and that this show really picks up in the second half of the season.
While fans are still lukewarm to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. their reaction to Marvel's announcement of a deal to bring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist to Netflix was incredibly well-received. The studio has revealed that Drew Goddard and Melissa Rosenberg will write Daredevil and Jessica Jones to kick off the 4 13-episode series which will culminate in a Defenders mini-series. This is a great move by Marvel, bringing a few of their iconic heroes to the small-screen with very little to lose. It also gives them the opportunity to include a few lesser known heroes out and test the waters for the public's desire to see more.
Sony and Fox Decide a Unified Cinematic Universe Must Be the Way to Go
Sony and Fox lay claim to the film rights to some of Marvel's most famous characters but, until recently, have not had anyone at either studio working with a cohesive vision or purpose to make the most out of their characters.
That changed in 2013 with Fox assembling a team of Simon Kinberg and Mark Millar to unite their Fantastic Four and X-Men into a unified cinematic universe. Fox it seems is going to be putting out a film every year over the next little while as they now have films in development for The Fantastic Four, X-Force, Deadpool and the recently announced X-Men: Apocalypse. While I continue to hope that Fox's Fantastic Four reboot hits the skids, especially after reading this potential synopsis, it seems that the company, for better or worse, is putting together a plan.
Sony also announced plans to create films based on other well-known characters from the Spider-Man universe and later let us know that we were in store for films about Venom and The Sinister Six. The announcement of the films was met with some healthy skepticism and concern, however, Sony has laid out a path which they intend to follow.
Rest of the Best
2013 also saw Paul Rudd be rumored, deny rumors and finally be cast as Ant-Man in Edgar Wright's 2015 Phase 3 film for Marvel. Rudd seems to be the perfect choice for Hank Pym and, for once, the majority of the internet seems to approve a casting in a CBM.
2013 brought us Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, Man of Steel and Thor: The Dark World, all of which I enjoyed despite their flaws. To be honest, after repeated viewings, I've really come to enjoy Iron Man 3 and absolutely love Ben Kingsley's character and I look forward to whatever it is they have in store for him next!
Plenty of other stuff when on this year as well but I can't be on here all day, kids! Before I go I'd like to thank everyone for reading and visiting the site. I'm still very new to this and I'm learning everyday but I am having an amazing time throwing things together and trying to inform an audience. I hope to do better in 2014 and hope that you guys keep coming back to visit! Here's a quick list of some of my favorite Brain Splatters of 2013:
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and Happy New Year and all of it. Enjoy whatever it is you all hold most dear!