This Week's Geek - October 9, 2015

Greetings, Citizens! This week is shaping up pretty well with some tasty tidbits being dropped from both Marvel and DC. 

First off, Marvel Studios has updated their Phase 3 slate of films. They've announced a sequel to this summer's Ant-Man. In 2018 we will get to see Ant-Man and the Wasp. I really like the simplicity of the name and am really glad they didn't go with something like: "Ant-Man 2: Rise of the Wasp", or something in that vein. Evangeline Lilly was very charming in Ant-Man, and (spoilers) I love that teaser of her taking up the mantle of The Wasp. Ant-Man and the Wasp will arrive in three short years on July 6, 2018.

With the announcement of the Ant-Man/Wasp picture, Marvel also moved some other projects around to accomodate. Black Panter will be moving up to February 16, 2018, and Captain Marvel will be pushed back to March 8, 2019.

The Marvel announcement didn't end there. Also revealed were three more dates for untitled films, all in 2020. These three films could be standalone hero films, or sequels to previous movies, but either way we'll stay tuned.

 

DC/Warner Bros. have released some new costume images and concept art (below) of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  It feels like we're weeks, if not days away from getting a final trailer for the movie. The movie has received a rating (PG-13) which means there's a final cut of the film. So now all we have to do is wait.

 

The last thing I want to share is the final trailer for the new James Bond film Spectre. I really like the direction the series has gone with Daniel Craig. Casino Royale is one of my favorite Bond films. Quantum of Solace, while not the best, is best viewed as a back-to-back sequel to Casino Royale, as it opens moments after the previous film ends. Skyfall is a beautiful film with a lot of great elements. I think one of my favorite aspects to Skyfall is that instead of getting bigger and bigger, the action and drama get smaller and more personal as the film closes. Anyways, I'm really excited about Spectre, and like The Force Awakens, I've kept myself fairly closed off to information in regards to them both. The trailers and official images are about all I've looked at so far, and I really want to keep myself in the dark as to the direction these new films are headed.

This Week's Geek - September 20, 2015

This week I wanted to talk about one thing. Bill Finger. Bill added so much to the world of Batman, or The Bat-Man as he was called then. We'll never know how popular Batman would've become without Bill. But, for the most part, the world largely didn't even know who he was, or that he had any connection to Batman. Bob Kane has been credited as the sole creator of Batman, and because of tricky legal reasons was credited as such. This week DC announced that they would be adding Bill Finger's name to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as the TV series Gotham. 

It is amazing to read just how much input Bill finger added to the character. For starters, the secret identity of Bruce Wayne was Bill's idea. Bill also provided Bruce Wayne with a keen scientific mind and extraordinary detective skills. As far as the look of Batman; Bill suggested Bob Kane's original sketch of Batman be altered (see original Bob Kane version below). Bill Finger recommended the domino mask be removed and replaced with a cowl, as well as removing the red and adding a cape instead of stiff wings.

Bill Finger created and/or co-created many other elements to the world of Batman. The Batmobile, Batcave, Robin's origin are a few of those elements. Even the name of Batman's city: Gotham was conceived by Bill. 

Villains such as The Riddler, The Penguin, Two-Face were in part created by Bill Finger as well. There's another villain who's popularity has, at times, rivaled that of the Dark Knight himself. The Joker was a collaboration of Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson. 

With all this being said, I also want to add that without Bob Kane, there would be no Batman. I do not believe that Bob Kane was an evil guy. But it wasn't until very late in Bob's life that he began to open up about how much influence Bill had on the creation and success of Batman.

The character of Batman has been a big part of my life. I realize how stupid that sounds. The very first comic book I ever owned was Batman #498. I saw it on a spinner-rack at the Osco Drug Store in Wanamaker, IN. and had to have it. The issue was released in August of 1993 (I was 10 years old), and was the next issue immediately after Bane broke Batman's back. I must've read that issue a hundred times (the issue itself looks like hell now). Batman is what started me down the road of comic books and have been a part of my life ever since. 

DC Comics has appointed September 26, 2015 as Batman Day. How should you celebrate? Go into a comic book store, or better yet; take a child into a comic book store, and pick up an issue of Batman (or any of the various Bat related titles). 

This Week's Geek - September 13, 2015

Hey there, Citizens. I wanted to start this off by thanking everyone who has tuned in and given our show a chance. We've got some really good episodes coming up for everyone to check out soon. Tomorrow we'll release our 4th episode which will cover the classic 007 film: Goldfinger

This week Marvel and Netflix released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming series Jessica Jones starring Krysten Ritter (link below). I'm slightly familiar with the character of Jessica Jones. I mainly know her from Brian Michael Bendis's run on New Avengers. Before that I know she was featured in her own comic book called Alias. After seeing what Marvel and Netflix were able to do with Daredevil, I have no doubt that this series will also be interesting and a nice introduction for fans of the larger cinematic universe Marvel is constructing. 

The DC camp seemed very quiet this week as far as film went. Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad are close to wrapping up and moving into the post production stages. DC/Warner Bros. did, however, announce that Wonder Woman will begin shooting this November. That will be an exciting film to keep an eye out for. It will be interesting to see what DC does with this character that so many people have been wanting to see on a big screen for years. One other item DC released this week was the first images of their Hawkman and Hawkgirl for the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow series.

In tech news, Apple just held its annual September event where, to no surprise, they revealed details about the next iPhone. But one of the most interesting pieces shown was the new iPad Pro along with the Apple Pencil. I'm not interested in getting either of these for myself necessarily, but I can't wait to start seeing videos pop up online of comic book artists like Rob Liefeld and Jim Lee getting their hands on them and sharing their sketch videos.

That's about all I wanted to share this week. I need to get back to work putting the finishing touches on the next episode: Goldfinger.