What's The Buzz With Comic Con 2016?

No time to explain completely, but to simply put, I will paraphrase a famous line from Mad Max: Fury Road, "What a lovely day!". And what a lovely day it was indeed, especially if you are a comicbook reader such as us. Recently, the annual San Diego Comic Con, or the SDCC, made a lot of noise with a handful of interesting movie news bits. Dateline Movies will make a recap on the most important movie trailers, and some interesting updates, plus some speculation, previewed in this particular event. This post would be really helpful for those like us who have sadly missed all of the action.

Suicide Squad (2016)

When mysterious creatures began popping-out somewhere, special agent Amanda Waller, with government operative Rick Flag and Flag's bodyguard and compatriot Katana, assembles the world's vilest criminals, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, Slipknot, and El Diablo, in a bid to be free from their incarceration. Unfortunately, they stumble upon not just hordes of said mysterious creatures, they also run into the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker, as well as the famous crime fighter, Batman and a powerful sorceress known as The Enchantress.

Recent speculation includes The Enchantress being the primary antagonist, Scott Eastwood as either of the superheroes Nightwing, Arsenal or Nemesis and a potential cameo by Lex Luthor.


Wonder Woman (2017)

The entire globe is gearing-up for the First World War (which is coincidentally our previous lesson in history class), and a handful of sinister forces are making use of the crisis for their own ends. In the middle of the chaos, Diana Prince of Themyscira stumbles upon a downed fighter pilot named Steve Trevor, who crashes onto Diana's homeland. Hearing about the war, Diana suits-up as Wonder Woman, hoping to help end the crisis.


Justice League (2017)

With the world left unguarded after the death of Superman at the hands of a creature named Doomsday, and its creator Lex Luthor, the newly resurfaced Batman makes use of Luthor's data to assemble a team of his own. Now, the combined might of Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman must come face-to-face with an extraterrestrial force in the form of Steppenwolf, an agent of Apokolips who is seeking the all-powerful Mother Boxes. In addition, they will encounter the return of a recently murdered friend.

Recent confirmations include the return of Superman, a currently unidentified actor entering final negotiations to be Steppenwolf, and the lighter approach compared to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

From the same team behind the smash hit animated film The Lego Movie, the Lego Batman is back, this time with a new sidekick in the form of the Boy Wonder, Robin. While he does prefer to do his mission solo, his trusty butler Alfred Pennyworth makes him take care his recently adopted colleague. Now, Batman and Robin must work together when The Joker decides to cause mayhem, and maybe even meet other heroes along the way.

                                       Doctor Strange (2016)

After a car accident rendered both of his hands useless, Dr. Stephen Strange journeys to the sanctuary of The Ancient One, an ancient magic-user, to heal. Along the way, he learns that he gets more than what he bargained for when The Ancient One decides to teach Strange the many arts of the magical world, and decides to use these new found abilities to save the world from supernatural threats, including the recently turned sorcerer Kaecilius. To do this, he must join forces with Wong and Baron Mordo, and must learn to reconnect with the life he once left behind, including a "lynchpin to his old life", Christine Palmer.

Recent confirmations include the casting of Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Benjamin Bratt in a currently unknown role.

Recent speculation includes the appearance of the Time Stone as Doctor Strange's artifact, the Eye of Agamotto.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

After helping to stop Ronan The Accuser from blowing half of the galaxy into oblivion, the Guardians of the Galaxy, composing of Peter Quill or Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax The Destroyer, Rocket Raccoon and Groot are sought by the mysterious Ayesha, the leader of the Sovereigns for their assistance. With a new cosmic threat abounding, they form an unexpected alliance with Gamora's stepsister Nebula, and newcomer Mantis, while also discovering the identity of Peter Quill's real father, the omnipotent Ego, The Living Planet?

Recent confirmations include the castings of Kurt Russell as Ego, The Living Planet, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan as Taserface and Pom Klementiff as Mantis, and Michael Rooker's updated look resembling more comic-accuracy.

Recent speculation includes Taserface becoming the potential antagonist, possible appearance of Adam Warlock, who was teased in Thor: The Dark World, and the appearance of an Infinity Stone, either the Soul Stone or the Time Stone.


Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

After being bitten by a genetically-altered spider, high school genius Peter Parker becomes Spider-Man, and uses his powers to fight crime. After being personally recruited by genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, Iron Man to be more involved within the superhero community, Peter experiences the many struggles of being a superhero who is forced to keep his true self a secret from everyone close to him. In the midst of an upcoming homecoming dance, Spider-Man must contend with a new threat in the form of The Vulture.

Recent confirmations include the casting of Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, and Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, as well as the appearance of The Vulture.

Recent speculation includes the involvement of salvaged Chitauri technology from The Avengers movie, and the appearance of both Miles Morales and The Tinkerer.


Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Years after discovering a potential threat that has ties with the Infinity Stones, Thor is caught in an Asgardian war as Loki has assumed the role of King of Asgard after managing to disguise himself as Odin. Hulk, on the other hand, is forced to do gladiatorial battles in an intergalactic stadium by an unknown figure. Both the God of Thunder and the Green Goliath have to unite when both Asgard and the rest of the universe is threatened by an all-powerful force known as Hela.

Recent confirmations include the castings of Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, and Karl Urban as Skurge The Executioner, as well as the appearance of Thor villain Surtur.

Recent speculation includes the appearance of an Infinity Stone, specifically the Soul Stone.


Black Panther (2018)

With T'Chaka, the former king of Wakanda, dead, due to the actions of Helmut Zemo during the Civil War between the Avengers, his son and superhero T'Challa, fighting under the mantle of the Black Panther, is forced to fill-in the duties of being a responsible ruler. Things do not go smoothly as various villains are attempting to take over Wakanda not just for the rare metal known as Vibrainium, but for the Wakandan throne as well. Now forced to do battle against the cunning Erik Killmonger, the Black Panther must seek the aid of some government agents, and his trustworthy allies in the form of the Dora Miraje members Nakia and Oyoke.

Recent confirmations include the castings of Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Oyoke.

Recent speculation includes the appearances of Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross.


Captain Marvel (2019)

United States Air Force officer Carol Danvers works as part of a security officer for a secret military project, while working alongside unknowingly with an alien scientist disguised as a regular human genius. One fateful day, which involves Danvers and the scientist who is later revealed to be the Kree superhero Captain Marvel being caught in an explosion, Danvers' DNA is merged with Marvel's, giving her superpowers. With her newfound abilities, Carol Danvers will do everything to fight intergalactic threats with the same name as her savior, Captain Marvel.

Recent confirmation includes Brie Larson as Carol Danvers or Captain Marvel.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016)

Many years before the events of the Harry Potter books transpired, young and aspiring "magizoologist" named Newton "Newt" Scamander encounters a mythical briefcase that houses the world's most fantastic and the most dangerous beasts known in both the magical realm and the seemingly normal world. Unfortunately for him, all hell breaks loose when the contents of the briefcase escape and cause massive mayhem. Determined to redeem himself of carelessly setting the monsters free, Newt joins forces with a band of colorful characters, as well as escaping the clutches of the enigmatic New Salem Philanthropic Society.


Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Set in the 1970s, many years prior to the events and set in the same universe as the recent and latest Godzilla reboot, a group of explorers band together in search of somethings that are both mystifying and all around potentially life threatening. Their expedition unexpectedly (or predictably in this case) takes a turn for the deadly when said adventurers are trapped in the beautiful landscape of the island, not knowing that they are being stalked by the king of the jungle. The largest alpha male everyone knows and loves. The eighth wonder of the world, Kong! Forced to rely on their wits and what remains of their weaponry, these madcap team of adventurers must fight for their way out of the island.


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Inspired by the all too familiar legend of the same name, an average nobody named Arthur is unknowingly a man destined for greatness, who is employed as a lowly worker in the back passages of Lordinum. However, he soon discovers that he is meant much more when he is able to wield the sword known as Excalibur. Discovering his true path, Arthur sets-out to reclaim what was lost, and avenge the death of his family by hunting down their murderer and unite the lands to free themselves of their kingdom's tyrant, who is also the killer of Arthur's family.

Man, this post was very tiring to write, and it took me about a week to write about it, given that I have to go through a landslide of homework since that exams are just two weeks from now. On the bright side, here are the most important updates and teasers straight out of the recent San Diego Comic Con. Up next, and hopefully we will be able to do the rest of these ideas, we will be reviewing all the films that are part of the filming world that DC Comics is always good at. Yep, their animated original movies, and this will replace our initial Marvel Phase 1 reviews. In addition, we might have to delay much of our cancelled movie posts, since it is very time consuming to read all of them. As such, we will be replacing them with various ideas that slip through our minds that is hopefully easy to write about. 

Stay tuned for more Dateline Movies!


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