In which, Andrew, Tracy, and Dude take on the news from SDCC, especially the trailers for new DC movies and the announcement of Brie Larson’s casting as Captain Marvel. They wrap up the episode with a conversation about whether or not the new Star Trek Discovery ship lacks the correct cool factor, and whether Chris Pine will ever play a character that is not Chris Pine.
Several months ago, I wrote a blog post discussing the ubiquitous references to Norse mythology in modern day pop culture, but Scandinavian folklore certainly does not have the market cornered. The wise King Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun,” and it certainly seems that way sometimes in media and entertainment. Tired rom-com plot lines are trotted out every year—sometimes with the same dialogue—and Adam Sandler doesn’t seem to be able to create an original story to save his life. However, Greek myths have a life all their own, and when incorporated correctly, they appeal to an ancient tradition that really enhances the story.
In comics, as with most entertainment, there are two ways to incorporate myths: either the artist can harken directly back to Greek stories by incorporating members of the pantheon directly into the cast of characters. Examples of this are Hades from the Lady Pendragon comics, various appearances of Artemis and Aphrodite in all manner of comics, or even Hercules as a member of the Marvel Avengers team. Alternatively, comic creators can sneakily refer to Greek myths or just steal inspiration without giving direct credit. A good example is in Aquaman, the not-quite-Poseidon character about whom Marvel is in the process of creating a movie.
Jason Momoa as Aquaman in the upcoming film.
The biggest news by far this week came out Wednesday with HBO announcing they would be starting a streaming service. I, like many people, have been getting more and more annoyed with the idiotic cost of cable TV, but continue to pay for it because it’s the only way to get HBO and get my Game of Thrones fix. Now that HBO is going to making their content available for $15 a month, I’ll be ditching cable. And while I don’t think this will be the end of cable TV as we know it, it definitely is stirring the pot a little bit.
HBO says they’re trying to reach the 10 million homes that don’t have cable, but I think all they’re going to do is increase that number.
Also on Wednesday, DC announced its film line up through 2020. While this lineup is on par with what Marvel has done so far, it does strike me as a little ambitious. DC’s track record for movies has been a bit more mixed than Marvel’s. Admittedly The Dark Knight Trilogy did very well, but Man of Steel wasn’t quite as strong, and Green Lantern was a complete box office disaster. On a positive note, the line up itself looks like good choices, with the exception of Suicide Squad. I love quirky Harley Quinn as much as the next person, but I’m just not sure that’s going to work on the big screen. Hopefully I’m wrong, though.
I’m also looking forward to Jason Momoa as Aquaman. That guy is a total badass.
Finally, NYCC has over taken San Diego as the largest comic book convention in America, at least as far as attendance is concerned. ReedPOP is reporting that 151,000 people attended NYCC over all four days. Last year the con was limited to 133,000 people, but the organizers were able to increase this number by selling more single day tickets to Thursday and Friday. Even with this increased number, the general feeling was that the convention didn’t feel nearly as much like bedlam as it had the last couple years, especially on Saturday. And while it may now boast a larger attendance that San Diego, NYCC still lacks some the big movie and TV announcements that fans have come to expect at SDCC.
I’m curious to see what San Diego does in response.