This week we talk about Aquaman, Detective Pikachu, the CW DC TV crossover and the sad passing of a legend in geekdom!
Stan "The Man" Lee Passes Away
Yesterday, the main creator of the Marvel universe in print, has passed away at the age of 95.
Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922, in Manhattan New York City.
Stan started his career in comics in the 1950s, when the superhero formular was dominated by DC Comics. Lee then went on to create his own versions of superheroes, but injected a lot more flaws into their characters than what was usually done in that time and age. Obviously his way of creating and writing became a huge success and he went on to co-create Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, Hulk, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Black Panther and more. He introduced a more sophisticated writing style for comics in the 60s and even challenged the infamous comics code authority in the 1970s, leading to them updating their very outdated policies.
Lee never felt fully comfortable as a comics writer and editor until later in his career, because he felt that other writers didn't take him very seriously. In the last decades of his life he came to love his standing as Marvel comics figurehead and enjoyed a lot of fan attention, even having small cameos in all Marvel movies. You can check a supercut of all of Stan's cameos in the video above and according to rumors it won't be the last time you've seen Stan the Man Lee cameo in a Marvel film, as Marvel Studios has already filmed up to 8 other scenes for him.
Goodbye Stan, thanks for all the amazing things you have given us and excelsior!
DC TV Elseworlds Trailer
The CW DC Comics TV shows Arrow, Supergirl and the Flash will crossover this year, starting in December! The crossover will remix the characters and heroes of the shows in a typical Elseworlds comics tradition, which is what the whole event was named after. The three night, three hours long crossover event will also reintroduce CW's Superman Tyler Hoechlin, his Lois Lane and Ruby Rose's Batwoman (including Gotham City) into the CW DC universe! The scenes for Gotham and Wayne Enterprises have been shot on location in Chicago (Christopher Nolan's Gotham) and will add a new look and feel to the CW universe which I am excited about. Also, Ruby Rose's appearance will lead into her own solo TV series on the CW in 2019!
You can check out the first, very Arrow and Flash heavy teaser trailer for the crossover above!
Detective Pikachu Movie Trailer
Yup, you read that right. A Detective Pikachu trailer... Pikachu being voiced by Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds... and... it actually looks really cute and fun! I am quite flabberghasted by this, but damn, do I wanna see this! Check out the really quite stunning trailer above!
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.
James Wan Talks Aquaman
DC Comics and Warner Bros. only DC Film of 2018, James Wan's Aquaman, will swim into theatres in December! The movie looks quite frankly fantastic and I cannot wait to see what such a talented director like Wan will do with such a imagenative property.
James Wan now talked a little about the film with Entertainment Weekly and they asked him about a photo that shows Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry standing in the midsts of a giant tidal wave at the coast.
"The context of that photo is basically the Atlantic coastline is being hit by tidal waves and it’s not actually an attack from Atlantis but a warning sign of what’s to come. It’s basically a message from King Orm [Patrick Wilson] and he’s throwing our warships and waste back onto the land."
"The trailer and images don’t really do it justice. The crazy part is there’s so much movie, what’s out there has barely scratched the surface. That’s the crazy thing is that one long take shot that everybody seems excited about in the trailer, that’s only half the shot. And it doesn’t have the context of how it comes to play."
I cannot wait for this one!