San Diego Comic-Con 2016 has just wrapped up and with it came tons of announcements. Specifically here, I’m going to recap the big ones as it relates to movies and television and only from Marvel and DC Comics.
DC Comics – Television
The CW is chock full of DC Comics adaptations, especially now that Supergirl has moved from CBS to the CW. They released teasers for all of their shows, minus Supergirl.
So what do these mean?
Let’s start with The Flash. This is probably my favorite show from this roster and this next season looks to be just as incredible, putting a spin on the classic comic book arc “Flashpoint,” which imagines an alternate world and Flash slowly starts to uncover why and how this timeline came to be (in a nutshell). Exploring things like this via the television show opens up the possibility to bring back dead characters or explore alternate versions of the characters we love, which is always cool to see.
Over on Arrow, we’re struggling a bit. The last two seasons of Arrow have been a little lackluster, which is a bummer considering how good the first two seasons were. One of my big complaints was that there are too many heroes in the mix (everyone has an alias and an outfit now it seems). I don’t think adding more vigilantes to the show will solve this, so I’m hesitant about this next season.
Lastly we have Legends of Tomorrow, which is a bit of an odd show to begin with. They’re out of space and time, so they’re also able to explore alternate histories and alternate futures. It looks like season two will even more wild than season one, as we get nods to several new heroes and villains that we likely wouldn’t see on any other show.
And while we didn’t get a trailer for Supergirl, they did talk about the reveal that Clark Kent/Superman will be joining the show starting with season two. This is an interesting choice, meaning that Superman now exists in this world (and brings up questions of where he’s been this whole time).
Lastly, we have another series not on CW but instead on NBC. This stars Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, and Alan Tudyk. It’s premiering midseason (so not Fall) and will focus on the normal average people that live in the larger DC world. It likely won’t connect to either the CW shows or the movies, so expect it to kind of live in its own little world.
Marvel Comics – Television
We have quite a few things here to discuss, as Marvel has shows across all sorts of different networks.
Let’s begin with Netflix, which is home of The Defenders. This is the Avengers of the small screen, where we’ll get four independent franchises that all come together for an epic teamup season.
We’ve already gotten two seasons of Daredevil and a season of Jessica Jones but Marvel unleashed trailers for both Luke Cage and Iron Fist, as well as a teaser for The Defenders.
This is the first that we’ve seen Iron Fist in anything, so that’s super exciting. Luke Cage looks great but we got quite a bit of his character in Jessica Jones so it’s not as unknown.
The big question now is if Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle will appear and how his recently announced spinoff series will tie into The Defenders.
Now let’s move over to ABC, home of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Their big announcement for season four was the arrival of a new character, Robbie Reyes (aka the latest iteration of the Ghost Rider).
As you can tell by the picture, this Ghost Rider is very different (most notably because he drives a flaming car instead of riding a flaming motorcycle). It’s actually a smart move to use Robbie, as it can introduce some magical elements into Agents of SHIELD but they can still do a series about one of the more popular Ghost Riders later. It’s unsure if he’ll be a reoccurring character or a one-shot kind of thing.
The last tidbit we got from Marvel was a trailer for a show not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The FX series Legion focuses on a mutant with some extraordinary abilities, starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Guest). It’s unsure if the series will connect to the X-Men franchise or be standalone. In the comics, our lead character David is the son of X-Men leader Charles Xavier.
DC Comics – Movies
And here we go to the good stuff. DC Comics has some big stuff coming up. Suicide Squad is opening soon, so we got some basic info but there’s not too much to show. The big news here is a full trailer for both Wonder Woman and Justice League.
Let me start by saying that both of these trailers are awesome. In hindsight though, I also thought the Batman v Superman trailers were great. The trailer for Wonder Woman intrigues me more, especially the fight sequences of her in the trenches of the first World War. The trailer for Justice League is full of great imagery, but that’s what Zack Snyder does, so I’m still hesitant that these cool moments will be connected with a coherent story. The humor looks refreshing though and I’m starting to really buy into Ezra Miller’s The Flash.
And Jason Momoa as Aquaman? Best casting choice in years. I’ve been rooting for that guy since he was on Stargate: Atlantis. Wait a minute… Atlantis? It’s been in front of us this whole time!
Marvel Comics – Movies
Now Marvel has a lot coming up but they didn’t release much to the public but I’ll try to recap what we learned.
First off, we did get a new trailer for Doctor Strange, focusing much more on his magic and other abilities.
We also got a bit of Black Panther news, as director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) brought up the four main cast members. We already knew about Chadwick Boseman as the title character, but we got confirmation on the others. Michael B. Jordan is the villain Erik Killmonger (what a name), Lupita Nyong’o is an obsessive villainess named Malice, and Danai Gurira (Michonne from The Walking Dead) as one of the Panther’s bodyguards Okoye.
While audiences got some looks at Guardians of the Galaxy 2, that footage hasn’t been released online (yet). The big takeaway is the reveal of Kurt Russel’s character. He’ll be playing a role called Ego, which in the comics was a giant sentient planet. Director James Gunn assured us that in the context of the movie, it’ll all make sense.
There were a few other panels, including one for Spider-Man: Homecoming which confirmed that Michael Keaton was playing the villain Vulture, but the biggest announcement of the night came when they announced who would be playing the lead in Marvel’s first female-centric movie Captain Marvel.
Brie Larson, if you’ve somehow not heard of her, is the most recent Oscar winner for Best Actress for her role in Room.
It’s an exciting time to be alive! That’s all I can say!