With the time difference and the fact that Preview Night doesn’t start until about 9 PM Eastern Time, there’s not a lot to report from Wednesday’s news feed.
Movie War Update:
I’m seeing on Yahoo News that DC unveiled the latest Batsuit, but that will have to wait for tomorrow’s feed.
Sony blinked, pushing back the release dates for Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2018 and 4 from 2018 to “in development”. Their claim on Free Comic Book Friday (the first Friday in May, now the traditional start of the Summer blockbuster season) for 2018 was vacated, and Marvel swooped in, adding another day to an already bloated calendar! They control that Friday from now through 2019! (Although there is a fight brewing in 2016, with Batman v Superman vs Captain America 3.)
Here’s the revised scorecard as of 6pm Wednesday evening. I’ve listed all superhero dates, as well as Disney and Pixar animated features.
|5/1/2015||The Avengers: Age of Ultron||Marvel|
|6/19/2015||The Fantastic Four||Fox|
|11/25/2015||The Good Dinosaur||Pixar|
|3/4/2016||Untitled Disney Animation||Disney|
|May 2016||Batman v Superman||DCE|
|5/6/2016||Captain America 3||Marvel|
|11/23/2016||Untitled Disney Animation||Disney|
|May 2017||Justice League||DCE|
|6/16/2017||Untitled Pixar Animation||Pixar|
|July 2017||Wonder Woman||DCE|
|7/7/2017||Pirates Of The Caribbean 5||Disney|
|7/14/2017||The Fantastic Four 2||Fox|
|11/22/2017||Untitled Pixar Animation||Pixar|
|Xmas 2017||Flash and Green Lantern team-up||DCE|
|3/9/2018||Untitled Disney Animation||Disney|
|May 2018||Man Of Steel 2||DCE|
|6/15/2018||Untitled Pixar Animation||Pixar|
|7/13/2018||Untitled||Fox / Marvel|
|11/21/2018||Untitled Disney Animation||Disney|
Wow… a year until Ant-Man. Doesn’t look good, although the con movie poster does.
Also, Disney announced a release date for Pirates of the Caribbean V.
The American Library Association and the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation presented the 2014 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant to the Lewis & Clark Library during the annual ALA conference in Las Vegas.Accepting the honor were Lewis & Clark Library teen services librarian Heather Dickerson and information desk assistant Eric Walliman, who worked together on the grant application.
Fifteen years ago in San Diego, IDW wasn’t publishing comics and Comic-Con drew about 45,000 people.How times have changed.The company that Ted Adams co-founded in 1999 with three fellow comic industry veterans has evolved into one of the top four comic book publishers, competing with 22-year-old indie innovator Image Comics for No. 3, albeit well behind superhero stalwarts Marvel and DC, both at least five times its age. Last year, IDW sold more than 1 million graphic novels. And the pop-culture phenom of a convention it shares a city with? A long-ago sold-out crowd of 130,000 is expected this week.
*ABC and Pixar have announced details about the next Toy Story Halloween special.
Created by Mike Mignola, “Toy Story That Time Forgot” will be “Toy Story’s” second TV special. The poster offers an illustrated version of what Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen) and Sheriff Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) will face in the special.
If you only rent your place once a year for fewer than six days, there are no taxes or fees you’re required to pay to the city of San Diego, according to the Office of City Treasurer. But those rules can change from city to city.
Building on their already established relationship, the companies today announced a co-production partnership for a series of CG-animated movies to be directed by Will Vinton. Vinton is, of course, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Claymation. Launched last year by CEO Darius Kamali, animation and social gaming production company Gnosis Moving Pictures will team up with Vinton Entertainment for a slate that will include the previously announced last year The Quest. The Monty Python-esque comedy that Vinton co-wrote is set in outer space and features the voice of an actual Python, John Cleese. Other pics in the works include Jack Hightower, a comedic action adventure based on the Dark Horse graphic novel about a macho secret agent who’s shrunk to the size of a hotdog and Moby & Dick, a tale about the bond between fathers and sons, inspired of course by the classic Harold Melville novel. There’s also Nicholas, a mix of 3D stop-animation and CGI, an action-adventure story based on L. Frank Baum’s novel The Life And Adventures of Santa Claus.
Technologist Jeff Hammett put in a public records request for information related to the San Diego Police Department’s “Operations Secure San Diego.” It turns out that SDPD never wrote the privacy policies it promised were in place when it launched the program four years ago. Luckily, Hammett was able to obtain the list of cameras so Comic-Con fans can avoid (or show off) for them.
* Vulture argues the case for shelving “The Dark Knight” and “Batman: Year One” by Hollywood screenwriters, as there are many other stories to use.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with Miller’s twin Batman epics. But there is something creatively bankrupt about studios focusing on them so monomaniacally. As Miller himself once said, “There are 50 different ways to do Batman and they all work.” Our fate is sealed for Batman v. Superman, but we have to imagine a better future. If an ambitious filmmaker wants to make a truly innovative Batman movie, he or she needs to put Frank’s hard-boiled sagas back on the shelf. Luckily, there are more than enough other Bat-tales to devour.
CBS reports on the surge of female fans.
To put these percentages into perspective, if 13 percent of San Diego Comic-Con attendees have unwanted comments of a sexual nature made about them this week, that would be around 17,000 people. And if eight percent of SDCC attendees are groped, assaulted, or raped, that’s over 10,000 attendees suffering harassment.
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