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X-MEN BYTE: X-Men: Days of Future Past did not do as well at the box office as some of its predecessor movies at Fox. As a matter of fact it got beat on its opening weekend by a lackluster Transformers: Age of Extinction and a relatively unknown, but heavily marketed Guardians of the Galaxy. It was by no means a failure, but it did not do as well as some predicated. This has not deterred Fox from the flagship franchise. BingBing Fan who played Blink in X-Men: Days Of Future Past did an interview with TheStar.Com recently and may have let slip some information that we didn’t know.
“I am contracted to appear in the next four X-Men films and it’s going to be really amazing. In 14 years since the X-Men films started, this is the first time an Asian mutant is in the film. So, it’s going to be really interesting. In the comics, Blink is a Caucasian girl, so I was curious why Bryan wanted an Asian to play the role. He said that it’s time for Blink to make an appearance and, for her debut she has to be simply marvelous. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
There has been no further word about what those films might be about except for the already announced X:Men: Apocalypse that was teased in Fox’s version of the post credits scene. The Blink character is possibly better known in the comics from the Age of Apocalypse alternative timeline story from 1995 and 1996, which won’t likely have anything to do with the movie. She also appeared as a regular in three different Exiles series at Marvel Comics. Maybe one of these movies will introduce that strange time/space hopping team of heroes fighting through Quantum Leap-like story-lines. Nerd Bytes will keep you posted on the details as they become available.
DC COMICS / WARNER BROS. BYTE: Last week I posted the Marvel Studios upcoming movie schedule. This week DC Comics and Warner Bros. released a similar time-line. Unfortunately in this case they had precious little to announce. I’m really not sure why they even bothered. I’m presenting it to you along with some speculation and some outright wishful thinking. Please do not take my guesswork to be anything more than that!
March 25: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Aug. 5: Untitled DC Film (Sandman?)
June 23: Untitled DC Film (Wonder Woman?)
Nov. 17: Untitled DC Film (Shazam?)
March 23: Untitled DC film (Justice League)
July 27: Untitled DC Film (rumored Green Lantern/Flash feature)
Apr. 5: Untitled DC Film (Man of Steel 3)
June 14: Untitled DC Film (Wonder Woman 2)
Apr. 3: Untitled DC Film (Justice League 2)
June 19: Untitled DC Film (Earth 2/JSA) *Total wishful thinking but wouldn’t that be cool?
SCREEN ROUND-UP: A lot of noise has been made recently about Sony announcing that they “are on track to release a female lead superhero movie in 2017”. After the lackluster performance and reviews of Amazing Spider-Man 2 the studio seems to be taking a step back from the wall-crawler in favor of some other related properties namely the villainous Sinister Six and the enigmatic Black Cat. Sony seems to think that they can beat Marvel Studios and DC/Warner Bros. to the big screen with a female led superhero film. Marvel Studios has said that a Black Widow feature is in production and DC/Warner Bros. has planned a Wonder Woman film to be released after Dawn of Justice. I really don’t see this working. regardless of what either camp will say I think Black Cat is too close to Catwoman for the mainstream market to differentiate. If anything Felicia Hardy’s Black Cat persona would make more sense as a television show. The more we see of the Netflix Daredevil series the more we like.
E! Online posted a couple of photos of actor Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) on the set. As far as we know three has not been an actual Daredevil sighting as yet. In July showrunner Steven S. DeKnight stated that Daredevil was hoping to reflect Marvel’s depiction of Hell’s Kitchen in its early years.
I’ll just be happy if we don’t see any ninja fight scenes in the park, during daylight and out of costume. I still can’t believe someone thought that was a good idea. Hopefully Netflix and Marvel have smarter people in charge!
We tend to want to read volumes into every bit of information we hear about new and highly anticipate shows. CW’s latest superhero show The Flash is no different. Checkout the latest trailer for the show and you make the call. Does the statement, “Inside your body could be a map to a whole new world” intimate that Flash can travel between the worlds that make up DC’s multiverses, or is it simply predicating that more heroes could be possible based on Barry’s changes?
ANARCHY BYTE: Season 7 of the hit FX television series Sons of Anarchy will air in just a few short weeks. If series creator, writer, and former cast member, as the troubled Otto, Kurt Sutter is sure to have big and devastating plans for the final season. Here is an extended length trailer for the ending no one wants, but everyone can’t wait to see.
ELFQUEST BYTE: I have never met Wendy and Richard Pini, but they were responsible for hours of enjoyment in my youth. They were the creators of the adorable yet dangerous characters of Elfquest which they published at WaRP Graphics beginning in 1978. It was a complicated story described as;
“The world where the series takes place, eventually called Abode by its human inhabitants, but originally referred to as the World of Two Moons, superficially resembles Earth. The geography is marginally similar, there are some unusual prehistoric survivals among the fauna, and in early storylines Abode could have been described as Earth with two moons. As the story moves forward however, and Abode’s history develops, it becomes apparent that its human culture and technology is distinguished by the twenty thousand years of influence by the elves, who have left an indelible mark on human society, though their existence is unacknowledged and unofficially suppressed by the world government of Abode’s future.”
Marvel Comics (1985) and DC Comics (2003) each took a turn at publishing versions of the cult-hit series. Dark Horse Comics took up the reins in January with Elfquest: The Final Quest. This adventure continues with issue #5 on September 24th leaving you plenty of time to catch up. Elfquest arguably changed the way comics were made and sold in the 1980s and continues to be entertaining and innovative even now! See for yourselves in just a few short weeks.
NERDITORIAL: Marvel vs. DC. The squabbling has been going on for as long as I can remember. Comic book fans have chosen sides since the beginning and are very territorial and outspoken about their beliefs. Batman, a creation of DC Comics, is the greatest hero of all-time. It is a widely held belief, and one I subscribe to personally, even though I am a life-long Marvel-phile. Why, you ask? Well, among the many reasons three are a few that make this particular character stand out. First, he’s a normal human. Sure, he has trained himself to unbelievable capabilities and augments with state of the art technological toys, but he has no powers. Second, he’s the antithesis of all other heroes. Most heroes wear a mask to hide their identies from their enemies. For Batman, Bruce Wayne is the mask, Batman is his real identity. This contradiction resonates for me. Third, he is charismatic, caring, and loyal. He surrounds himself with highly trained family members and friends and puts them in positions to look after each other. He’s the ultimate patriarch. Even though DC Comics has the best hero, they do not have my heart. Marvel Comics does. Why? Simply due to what I refer to as the “Stan Lee Factor”. Lee introduced the ‘flawed hero’ to a market overflowing with perfect heroes like Superman. In his own words he explained;
“There’s nobody who doesn’t have a hard time. I mean, when we were doing those books, Kennedy seemed to have a perfect life, and he got shot. Everybody has problems and everybody has secret sorrows.”
Spider-Man was a teenager dealing with the problems of adolescence along with the guilt of his Uncle’s death. The X-Men were feared and mistrusted due to an accident of birth, despite their desire to make the world a better place. Daredevil was blind and you just wouldn’t like Bruce Banner when he’s angry. These heroes were so much more relatable than the perfect specimens that preceded them. In the early 1970s as a young boy I found a world of wonder in those characters and their stories
Today, I get the pleasure of reliving those days as an adult. People who know me either think I’m weird, or a nerd, or both at times, but I bet when they see my face as I watch The Avengers, Captain America, or more recently Guardians of the Galaxy, they feel just a hint of jealousy. They can see the little kid in my eyes once again, the wonder, the pure joy. Now don’t get me wrong three has been good movies and television produced by DC/Warner Bros. I loved The Dark Knight trilogy as it finally capture the Batman as I knew him. I also enjoy Arrow, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the Green Arrow I grew up reading, but manages to tell a great story that makes sense today. I’m not sure who is winning the war between Marvel and DC but I actually hope the fighting goes on for years to come. Joss Whedon, writer/director of Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, said this of the perception that Marvel, due in part to his efforts, has surpassed DC;
“I don’t think I would say that. I think that would be a little presumptuous of me. I think that both studios have kind of different agendas, different ways of approaching the superhero genre, and the ethos of the thing, and the esthetic. They go very dark and serious and sometimes it works amazingly, and Marvel tends to be a little lighter. Both have movies that I adore, and both have movies that I’m like… [pained expression]. Including bits of my own. I would not want them to do what Marvel does. I like what they do when they get it right. When you get a Heath Ledger, and Batman Begins, and those things that really grip you. That’s something nobody else is doing, and I like it. I want them to do what they’re doing.”
Well said Mr. Whedon. I’m with you on this. Let the battle rage on. These two companies, when at their best, are spectacular and we need more spectacular. As much as I love Marvel’s heroes, I still want to see an epic portrayal of the Justice League. I want Ben Affleck to embody the Batman the way Heath Ledger embodied the Joker. If both companies fuel each other to greater heights the real winners will be the fans!