San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Update
Its official; less than one month begins the single largest event held annually at the San Diego Convention Center – Comic Con! Of course there are other comic book conventions all over the USA filled with celebrity appearances, autographs, and cosplayers of all ages, but it’s in San Diego, CA where it rules supreme above the others. This is the place where we get the bombshells on casting announcements, new trailer drops, and Q and A’s usually involving everyone in the upcoming projects. It’s a paradise for film lovers and comic book enthusiasts. I myself got to attend Wizard World in Philadelphia this year and while it’s no where near as large as San Diego, the atmosphere was off the charts and tons of our favorite actors and heroes made their presence known to talk to the fans. So who’s going to be there? Now it was made clear a while back that Marvel does not plan on attending, which opens the door wide open for DC/Warner Bros., Universal/Blumhouse, Sony, and others. Here’s who’s coming to town officially in July!
WONDER WOMAN 1984
This picture right here says so much about what the anticipated sequel will hold for us audience members; Diana is no longer in the 1910’s. Technology has rapidly advanced since then. Obviously she has seen what the future holds because she was in BVS and Justice League but this reaction shot shows us that the times have indeed changed. Were now in the middle of The Cold War with Russia so maybe this is going to be on the lines of an espionage-type adventure with superhuman/ villain characteristics, much like Captain America The Winter Soldier. Speaking of that film, many people where shocked to see Buckey Barns back in play. And now we have Chris Pine/Steve Trevor back from the dead when we were lead to believe he blew up in a plane explosion. The recent shot that surfaced was Chris Pine in a mall environment looking confused with greyish hair. He looks way too good to appear the way he does, so I’m wondering if some kind of supernatural force saved his life right before the explosion and has sheltered him for years. He’s aged but not nearly as much as a normal human being should. Or maybe its a flashback? Either way Steve Trevor is back in some way and it’s intriguing. It’s also been announced that a special appearance will be made from someone in the film. Not sure who yet. Filming has begun already in DC and it’s slated for a November 2019 release. No trailer would make sense they just started. That’s why we have Aquaman coming, as it was made clear by James Wan the trailer will drop then. Photos of the production surfaced and they look awesome! We should also see a first trailer from Shazam! Principle photography wrapped in Canada last month so there’s that. DC has the chance to blow the door down this year. What else can they do? (Fingers Crossed for Christopher McQuarrie to direct a Superman Sequel. Henry Cavill has already asked.) Perhaps we can get more news of Matt Reeve’s and The Batman (New Batman casting announcement?) and also info on Todd Phillips’s Joker film.
When critics got a look at 2000’s Unbreakable, they were divided and said the twist wasn’t caliber with The Sixth Sense. I don’t know why. Comparing a film to something not canon because of an ending is not valid criticism. That film was genius! Quentin Tarantino said it best that this was one of the most brilliant ideas he ever saw.
What if Superman was in hiding and he didn’t know he was Superman?
Under the surface, this movie is in fact a comic book film. It’s even filmed like a comic book with side panels and giving our main characters a primary color pattern to show off their “costumes”. Unbreakable has also grown very well over time, becoming more popular. Then when we understood the ending to Split in 2017 (Spoilers), discovering that it was a supervillain origin story of James McAvoy’s character Kevin and a sequel to Unbreakable, it opened up a whole new universe. Glass is a nickname given to Samuel L. Jackson’s character Elijah Price because of his rare bone disease that does exist. Filming completed in Philadelphia this past January. I actually got a chance to be a stand-in for Spencer-Treat Clark who played Joseph Dunn, David Dunn’s (Bruce Willis) son and got to see some of the sets and read the script and its nothing short of amazing. What I can say is that David Dunn and his son run their own security store in the city during the day and David goes out at night looking for criminals to stop and conduct surveillance in the process for the police to make the arrest. What I can only speculate will happen is that Elijah is still in a sanitarium for the criminally insane and he wants to use Kevin, who is currently outside free and wreaking havoc on more innocent victims, to take out David Dunn and kill him. Universal should have a trailer up their sleeves. It comes out January 2019 but it could get an earlier screening.
Another entry for Universal / Blumhouse and another highly anticipated entry for the 2018 year. Next to MI: Fallout and Aquaman, this film is in my top 3 must see of 2018! Okay it’s not comic book related but Michael Myers is going to be there for sure. We’ve already got a taste from the trailer a few weeks ago and it was perfect. It had the feel of the original, its well filmed, and thank God it ignores the sequels, including Halloween 2 (Won’t lie, that was the best of the others). This film will take place 40 years after Michael killed three teenagers and was shot down by Dr. Sam Loomis. He was then taken into custody and spent 40 years behind bars. Now he comes back. The trailer blew me away, right down to the sound cues, scare set-ups, cinematography, and seeing Jamie Lee Curtis do it one more time was incredible. Her and Nick Castle as the Shape make their returns while introducing new characters in the process. Legendary horror film aficionada John Carpenter is back as an executive producer and conductor of the music and David Gordon Green is helming the film, fresh off the excellent film Stronger in 2017. There’s a lot riding on this filming, hoping it can bring back the terror of the Boogeyman-in-the closet feel the first film had and actually give this franchise closure. Good closure! if it succeeds, which I hope it does, it could lead to other horror icons getting a better send-off treatment. Maybe Robert Englund can play Freddy Krueger one more time for another good Nightmare on Elm Street film.
These are only a few films making an early splash at this years San Diego Comic Con. Who else will appear? Lets find out in July!