Thursday, July 25, 2013

SDCC 2013: San Diego Comic Con News Round-Up

SDCC 2013 FeatureIf you’re not aware, last week there was a little gathering of people from the wide-world-of-comics in San Diego. For those unfamiliar, the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC of short) is a yearly event that has grown exponentially in size and importance since 145 people in 1970 to over 130,000 attendees in 2012. From comic books the show has expanded to include video games, movies and television, attracting big announcements and stars from these industries. Some argue that SDCC has outpaced its comic book roots, but there is no denying the importance of this event to the comic book industry.
We’ve gathered a number of the biggest announcements in the list below as well as a video run-down in more detail in order to give a central location for your SDCC news. Please feel free to leave any comments below the article if we missed anything as we’re more than happy to continuely evolve this article to include as much relevant information as possible.
From the Movies coverage of SDCC we’ve decided to break it down by comic book affliation rather than production company:

SDCC Movies

Movies

  • DC Comics
    • Arguably the biggest announcement of SDCC 2013 was that the follow-up to the 2012 Summer movie Man of Steel with be a Batman vs. Superman movie slated for 2015. Zack Synder and David Goyer from Man of Steel return to head the project, and while Henry Cavil will donning the Superman suit again there is debate to who will/should be playing the role of the dark knight.
    • Flash Movie was announced, slated for 2016.
    • The Justice League Movie, long awaited, has been rumored to be pushed back to 2017.
  • Marvel
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past, the follow-up X-Men: First Class, has been slated for 2014 and there were a number of cast members on the panel with a few characters confirmed to be making an appearance such as Bishop. A general plot has been discussed involving time travel and Wolverine.
    • Captain America: Winter Soldier (April 2014) continues to look amazing with more art and screen shots shown.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy will be making it’s way to the big screen August 2014 and while only a few concept images have been shown so far it has garnered some fan attention at SDCC so far.
    • The big news from Marvel at SDCC 2013 was the announcement of the Avengers sequel title: Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. While Hank Pym will have his own movie later, it has been confirmed Ant-Man won’t make an appearance in this movie and Ultron will instead has a new origin story – much to some peoples apprehension/glee.
  • Vin Diesel will be returning to the role of Riddick in Sept 2013 in simply titled Riddick movie as well as a motion comic prequel.
  • Many many more movies were discussed such as Kick Ass 2, 300: Rise of an Empire, Robocop, Godzilla, and Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

SDCC TV TV

  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had it’s pilot episode shown, and while the mystery of Agent Coulson’s return was hinted at it wasn’t explained. Viewers reactions have been very positive so far. The show will air on ABC on September 24th.
  • The cast of The Walking Dead gathered in a panel to discuss the next season, though not much details were discussed – rightfully so, surprise is a big draw.
  • Game of Thrones had it’s own panel with a large number of characters who have met their end showing up to montage of death scenes.
  • The Simpsons announced two crossovers: Family Guy and Futurama.
SDCC Games

Video Games

  • Batman Arkham Origins had a number of announcements and some confusion at SDCC, but in the end it summed up: Robin and Batgirl won’t be in the game and while Copperhead was announced the character has undergone a remake (that we like) along with a trailer.
  • It was confirmed in Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season 2 that Clementine will return much to everyone’s joy.
  • Lego Marvel Superheroes continues to expand the roster of announced characters and trailers!
SDCC Comics

Comics!!!

  •  Image Comics celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The Walking Dead with the promise of even more violence and conflict to come.
  • Dark Horse Comics announced a number of things at SDCC:
    • A new Terminator series from Stracynski
    • Gail Simone will pen a new Tomb Raider comic
    • Black Beetle will return in a second series
    • A new Halo comic set after the events of Halo 4 was announced
  • The end of the Marvel’s Ultimates Universe might be coming as Galactus kicks off the “Cataclysm Event” in Marvel’s next arc.

We also have a video format of all this SDCC news!

Again, please feel free to let us know if we missed anything from SDCC 2013 that you would like to see added to this article (we’ll credit your addition) in the comments below
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