SDCC 2013 : Marvel and DC (Really?) Movie Updates Galore

While we give San Diego flak for not being a true comic book convention any more, one can’t help but be excited about Hollywood giving us the scoop on its latest comic book offerings in the movie business. It’s the bread and butter of their money-making and this year we saw that trend continue with these announcements from the big two:

DC Comics


Other than a Man of Steel 2 announcement that came just as the original movie was coming out, the DC movie front got scary after that. In one sense, you couldn’t blame them – Green Lantern didn’t give DC much hopes of a successful franchise outside of Batman and Superman.

That was when the above logo was displayed at a DC panel. 2015 will see the two icons unite for a big-screen offering. Henry Cavill is set to reprise his role. It’s well-documented though that Christian Bale is done with the cape and cowl – thus a search will commence. David Goyer will be back writing the script and looks like Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan will be back to direct and produce respectively. Too early to tell what the storyline path will be, though Snyder has discussed bringing aspects of The Dark Knight Returns into the mix.

Things got even more exciting when DC announced plans for a Flash movie in 2016 leading into the much-anticipated Justice League movie in 2017. Yes, it absolutely is copying the Marvel movie approach with Avengers, but how else could you have done it?

Marvel Comics


Marvel continues the Phase 2 path of its movies with its next onslaught of movies. We already “Thor : The Dark World” has a fall release, followed by “Captain America : The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” next summer. Concept art of the GOTG team was released to showcase what we might expect of the characters’ appearances.

Joss Whedon set the stage for the completion of Phase 2 – releasing what the full title of his Avengers sequel will be. “Avengers : Age of Ultron” is set to come out May 1st, 2015. The sub-title immediately brought concerns to the comic fanbase, knowing that the Marvel event recently ending in their eyes in a whimper and wondering how such a crossover can work in a 2-hour movie. Of course, I’d highly doubt it goes this route considering the larger populace not knowing who Ultron is yet nor his creator, Hank Pym.

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