“Aquaman” Debuts Stunning New Poster

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Its been awhile since we heard news about director James Wan’s DCEU film “Aquaman.” Today, Warner Bros released the film’s official teaser poster, in time for the long-awaited trailer release this week.

Starring Jason Momoa as the title character “Aquaman” follows the events of last year’s Justice League. The new poster shows the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis holding a trident while surrounded by sharks and whales. “Home is Calling,” it says on the poster.

Wan is clearly hard at work for the trailer, set to make its debut at this weekend’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

“Working overtime to put the finishing touches for this coming week!!” Wan posted, along with an epic shot from the film from inside the editing room.

Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman co-star in film. Aquaman will be in theaters December 21st, 2018.

Alcon Media Group and Titan Publishing Forge Blade Runner Co-Publishing Alliance

Alcon Media Group and London-based Titan Publishing, a leading force in genre and pop culture publishing, are partnering in a new co-publishing venture initially focused on the Blade Runner universe.

In a joint statement by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, and Titan’s co-founders, Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung, the partners stated that the companies will develop and publish a variety of both fiction and non-fiction print media. The program will feature new, in canon comics and graphic novels that dive deeper into the Blade Runner world as well as a variety of publications focused on the visual and technical sides of the production process.

Editorial duties will be handled by Titan’s David Manley-Leach, and Alcon’s director of publishing, Jeff Conner.

States Kosove and Johnson, “In partnering with the exceptional Titan Comics and Titan Books, we’re confident that the world of Blade Runner will continue to organically grow in a way that refuses to sacrifice the quality, tone and high standards of this beloved property.”
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Its Official: Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Is Happening

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Joaquin Phoenix will be playing the iconic character for Warner Bros. origin film, Variety is reporting.

The “Walk the Line” actor finalized the deal recently with shooting set in September of this year. Todd Phillips of “The Hangover” films is said to be directing and co-writing the script.

Phoenix has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, twice as lead actor for The Master (2012) and Walk The Line (2005), and once as supporting actor for his role as Commodus in 2000’s best picture winning film Gladiator.

Some might wonder about Jared Leto, who recently played the role in 2016’s DC Comics antihero ensemble film Suicide Squad. Well, that is apparently also moving forward. A month ago, Variety also reported that his own stand-alone film based on his version of the character from Suicide Squad is in development.

How the two films will co-exist in some form remains to be seen, though Phoenix’s Joker film, said to be a more “gritty crime drama,” could potentially kick-start a new cinematic universe that is different from its current DC Extended Universe.

Warner Bros. has a slate of upcoming films based on the DC Comics including James Wan-directed Aquaman later this year.

Fantastic Four #1 Honors the Great Mike Wieringo With Never Before Seen Art

This August, 57 years to the day of the FANTASTIC FOUR’s original debut, Marvel’s First Family returns as the Fantastic Four make their dramatic homecoming to the Marvel Universe.

In celebration of the much-anticipated launch of FANTASTIC FOUR #1, Marvel is excited to reveal an existing piece of art from one of Fantastic Four’s best known artists, the late Mike Wieringo—never before seen as a cover until now.

“It’s so exciting to see Mike’s work gracing another Marvel cover after 10 years,” said Mike’s brother, Matt Wieringo. “The Fantastic Four was one of his dream assignments, and I’m sure Mike would have been pleased to participate in the return of Marvel’s first family. And, as Mike’s biggest fan, it’s a genuine pleasure for me to see his art on the stands again.”

“As the artist of my favorite run editing FANTASTIC FOUR, it’s especially nice that the late, great Mike Wieringo can make a contribution to the launch of this new one,” added SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. Don’t miss the epic return of Johnny, Ben, Sue, and Reed on August 8th, when FANTASTIC FOUR #1 hits your local comic shop.

Gundam Live-Action Film In The Works

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Get ready, Mobile Suit Gundam is about to get a live-action feature film treatment, as Legendary and Sunrise are teaming up for the production, Variety is reporting.

The collaboration to produce the first ever live-action film of the popular mecha anime was announced at Anime Expo 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The multibillion-dollar Gundam franchise is massively successful, having grossed over $5 billion in retail sale, animated films, models and books among others.

The original Mobile Suit Gundam debuted in 1979 and was set in a fictional universe Universal Century wherein human space colonies wage war against earth for their independence. It is here where we saw mobile suites, a new type of humanoid weapons.

Recently, one of the more popular Gundam mecha made a special appearance in Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s science fiction adventure film which references various pop-culture characters. It was a crowd pleasing cameo which sees the character battle against Mechagodzilla and possibly aided the film’s box-office success.

The film’s plot has not yet been revealed, and no actors or director is currently attached.

Legendary has a new film set for release this month in the form of Skyscraper, Dwayne Johnson’s latest action-thriller.

“FROM THE BRIDGE,” a feature doc hosted by George Takei to be unveiled at SD Comic Con

Writer/Director Spencer F. Lee presents a star infused panel moderated by Greg Grunberg

Executive Producer George Noe is pleased to announce the San Diego Comic-Con debut of the sci-fi documentary, From The Bridge. In this film, fans will be treated to a whirlwind cinematic journey chronicling the evolution of sci-fi, horror and comic book fandom as recounted by some of the biggest names in these genres. Host, George Takei (Star Trek) will guide us through never-before-seen archival footage featuring creators like George Lucas and never before aired interviews with the likes of Gene Roddenberry, Leonard Nimoy and many more. This is a first look at this groundbreaking feature which will, assuredly, set the pace for the largest Comic-Con ever in the San Diego Convention Center’s 4000 seat Ballroom 20 on Thursday, July 19th beginning at 10am. Sneak peek: https://youtu.be/o_Lh9o8j49k

From The Bridge features original interviews with Stan Lee, Nichelle Nichols, Gene Simmons, Joe Dante, Tom DeSanto, Adam Nimoy, Bryan Fuller, Neal Adams, Doug Jones, Rod Roddenberry, Howard Roffman and many more including Super Fans. This groundbreaking documentary feature is set for a theatrical run in late summer 2018 and will be released on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray in November. North American distribution will be handled by Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios company.

Comic Con favorite Greg Grunberg (Star Trek: Beyond), often nicknamed the “Mayor of Comic-Con”, will serve as moderator for the panel featuring writer-director Spencer F. Lee, Nichelle Nichols, Rod Roddenberry, Kerry O’Quinn, Tom DeSanto, uber cos-player Cecil Grimes and special guests. Following the debut clips which will screen at the start of the Thursday, July 19th 10am panel, Grunberg will lead a spirited discussion and Q&A on the evolution of science fiction, fantasy, comic book and horror fandom and the positive impact each has had on popular culture.

“When I created ‘From the Bridge,’ I set out to tell the amazing, awe inspiring story of the many iconic artists and visionaries who helped shape a historic movement that, today, is collectively known as ‘Fandom.’ To the non-fans who might not know this rich history and may believe it is defined by crazy, cool costumes, the heart of this movement is a celebration of acceptance of the diverse and unique things that make each of us human. It is my honor to be able to share the history of these groundbreaking innvators and historic fans’ stories with everyone,” says Spencer F. Lee.

DEADPOOL 2 Announces Original Motion Picture Score Picture Disc Vinyl

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Fans of the Deadpool 2 Original Motion Picture Score (released via Sony Music Masterworks) can get excited for its official vinyl release on August 17, 2018. Pre-orders for the 180-gram single-disc picture vinyl record are available via Amazon at https://sonymasterworks.lnk.to/Deadpool2Vnyl-PR.

The first ever “parental guidance” labeled score album features music from award-winning composer, Tyler Bates (John Wick, Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen) and contains popular explicit numbers such as “Holy S*** Balls” and”Make the Whole World our B****”. Billboard shared that “the score…matches the smart-ass spirit of the franchise.” The album is currently available to stream or download digitally. Please be sure to follow @SonyMasterworks to be the first to find out about news and upcoming releases.

Directed David Leitch, and written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds, the movie stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand and Jack Kesy.

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Rising Star Tini Howard and Chris Sprouse Deliver a Cap and Bucky Team Up in Captain America Annual #1!

This September, rising star Tini Howard (best known for her work on Rick and Morty and Power Rangers: Pink) makes her Marvel debut alongside superstar artist Chris Sprouse (Black Panther), giving fans a glimpse into the past with CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #1.

The World War II-era story finds Captain America and Bucky protecting the greater good on the front lines, when they come across a group of concentration camp escapees during a scouting mission – and make it their duty to protect them until the Allies can come to the rescue.

“Alanna and I are both huge Captain America fans, and she knew from my work on The Skeptics that I was also a big fan of historical fiction and period pieces. I’ve also long been an advocate of seeing more women writers take on these tentpole superhero characters – as a fan, it’s mind-blowing to get to put words in Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes’s mouths,” said Howard. “At the same time, we’re working with a time period that’s been often distilled into action stories that fail to recognize some of the realities. One of the great things about historical fiction is the ability to go back and amplify perspectives that may have been silenced – everyone deserves stories.”

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Dive into the Silver Surfer’s Past with Ethan Sacks in Silver Surfer Annual #1!

Ethan Sacks and André Lima Araújo team up to bring you a story about the Surfer’s mysterious past.

The dark and tragic past of the SILVER SURFER…it’s all been a mystery until now. This September, the Surfer’s story is finally given the spotlight in SILVER SURFER ANNUAL #1, as Old Man Hawkeye writer Ethan Sacks and Thanos Annual artist André Lima Araújo bring you a tale told the Mighty Marvel Manner – with suspense, mystery, and adventure.

“When I was a kid, I used to marvel at how sleek and cool the Silver Surfer looked leaning forward on his board as he traversed the universe,” said Sacks. “So in a sense, the chance to write him is a childhood dream come true. But seeing the fantastic way André draws him, I have to confess, I don’t think he’s ever looked sleeker or cooler.”

Searching for a world that is worthy enough to satisfy Galactus, the Surfer comes across the perfect planet – but can he really doom an entire civilization to save his own? Join the cosmic journey this September, when SILVER SURFER ANNUAL #1 hits comic shops.

The Origin of the Very First Ghost Rider Revealed in AVENGERS #7

Jason Aaron and Sara Pichelli team up for a special story about the beginning of the Marvel Universe.

You know his name…you know his face…and you know the flaming woolly mammoth that he rides into battle. Last year, MARVEL LEGACY introduced Odin and his Prehistoric Avengers to critical acclaim, with their story becoming the number one comic in the industry—and now, Marvel invites you to witness the origin of the very first Ghost Rider! Superstar artist Sara Pichelli (Fantastic Four, FCBD Avengers) joins Avengers writer Jason Aaron for this special “one and done” story that takes you back in time to 1,000,000 BC.

“Fans have been intrigued by the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC and the story they represent since Jason first introduced them in the MARVEL LEGACY one-shot last year,” said SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “So this issue represents the first peeling back of the onion to reveal a little bit more about who they are and what they’re about. And it’s a cool and affecting story all by itself, even if you know nothing about the Avengers of 1MBC.”

It’s a deep dive into a period of Marvel history that has never been explored…until now! And this is a story that no Marvel fan will want to miss! It all starts this September, when AVENGERS #7 hits comic shops.

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