The real summer of Comic Book Movies is here!
is out... and it's excellent! Go see it!
is a loose adaption of an extremely popular manhwa... and I've been trying to get someone to come see it with me, but no luck so far. From a non-cerebral, "woah, that's bad-ass!" perspective, it looks woah, pretty bad-ass.
X-Men: First Class
hits on June 3rd, and fan reaction to the trailers and information so far has been mixed. I think it looks awesome, though, and will probably be the best entry in the franchise since X2.
bows on June 17th, and some preview footage from Wondercon has managed to turn early opinions of the designs and CG work.
Captain America: The First Avenger
is coming on July 22nd. I think a lot of us were expecting this to be pretty underwhelming, but every trailer so far has suggested that this could be the best feeling of the lot. It looks to have a wonderful atmosphere, and it's directed by the guy who made The Rocketeer, so that's something!
Cowboys and Aliens
is based on a comic that is based on a movie pitch that is based on an ashcan comic designed to solicit a movie pitch! Complicated! It looks to be fan-bait as much as it was studio bait. Head to the theater July 29th for Bond, Dr. Jones, and Quorra to team up to fight some CG dudes! And listen for the part where Harrison Ford wants his son back!
Seriously, I am damn near sure this is the summer with the most comic-adaptions of all time. I may even be missing some TV stuff.
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
is the next in DC's line of features. It uses the same character models as First Flight, but it's in a different (movie?) continuity. Six famous GLC short stories sit in a frame involving a throwdown with Krona. A unified animation style and a frame will make it a much better work than Gotham Knight. Contributions from everyone awesome that you can image: some of the shorts are adaptations of the classic Alan Moore stories, and scripts come from Dave Gibbons, Geoff Johns, Pete Tomasi, Mike Green (movie writer), with the frame story provided by DCAU legend Alan Burnett. Ohh, and Hal is voiced by Nathan Fillion, Kilowog is Henry Fucking Rollins, and Rowdy Roddy Piper is Bulphunga. Seriously, this can do no wrong. Out June 7th, go preorder it right now.
Thor: Tales of Asgard
is the last of Marvel's DTV movies with Lionsgate. That on its own is reason to be hesitant. But it has a solid director (Sam Liu, who has done many of the DC films), and the story is from the usually good Greg Johnson. If you need more Thor in your life, consider it. It hit this week.
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
is a hit around here. It started out a bit slow, but word around the forum is that it's grown into a behemoth that has started adapting nearly every major Avengers story and Marvel U status quo. Chris Yost is the showrunner, and he alway does a great job in comics and animation. The previews for season 2 look downright incredible, and I can't wait to check this show out. Look for it on Disney XD.
crafts an entirely new universe in the DC multiverse, and showrunner Greg Weisman is bringing the same obsessive-compulsive eye to detail that made his dearly departed Gargoyles and Spectacular Spider-Man such massive hits with the fans. After the sidekicks strike off on their own, Batman organizes them into a recon/shadow ops team to gather info on threats and conspiracies while the League, who appear generously, battle the cosmic world crushing foes. The show has been fantastic so far, but it's suffered from some horrible production delays, which have resulted in inconsistent air dates. Look for it to return to Fridays on Cartoon Network in June.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
is about midway through its final short season. Hurry and catch it on Fridays, or pick up the DVD sets! Rumor has it that it will be replaced in 2012 or 2013 with a darker CG series, but maintaining showrunner and DCAU alum James Tucker.
is coming in 2012, with Bendis, Man of Action, Paul Dini, and Jeph Loeb behind the scenes. It looks like a lot of fun. Watch for it on Disney XD. Here's some shakey-cam of a preview:
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
is also headed our way, most likely with a pilot movie in the fall and the full series following in 2012. Bruce Timm is heading, with his style adapted into clone warsy 3D. Plot is Hal and Kilowog vs the Red Lanterns. Enjoy more shakey-cam, followed by a short clip that's been airing on Cartoon Network recently.
So a lot is coming up in the world of Animation. Note that Netflix is beginning to host all of Marvel's previous animated works, including the recent Marvel Knights motion comics and the 1960s Filmation series. Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes is set to be added sometime in the summer.
I will update this OP a bit later with notable Videogame info.