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.
Anybody who is anybody knows that today is the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s newest cinematic epic. The film features Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord. But unlike Marvel’s previous films, the Guardians are all relative unknowns. Well Comics Alliance has provided us with a brief, humorous, and slightly helpful history of Star-Lord. I’d use this mostly for laughs, though I can strongly agree with them about needing to read the Abnett/Lanning run of Guardians. It’s a spectacular run that didn’t get enough credit when it was in publication. Also there is a Comixology sale going on, right now!
Go forth and educate yourselves!
Of course, with Guardians of the Galaxy coming out, the big question on everyone’s mind is “What will Marvel do next?”. Well our friends over at Yahoo have some theories of what Marvel should be thinking about. I’m not too keen on a couple of their suggestions, especially bringing The Sentry to the big screen, because all he does most of the time is go crazy or sit around all depressed. (Let’s be honest, real life is depressing enough. We watch superhero movies to forget that life is depressing.) I do, however, agree with X-Statix and Great Lakes Avengers (although they left out Squirrel Girl in their description). Marvel has a really deep bench of great material and they should start tapping into it more.
They can however skip over pretty much anything Rob Liefeld did, except for a potential Deadpool Cable movie. I’d be down for that.
And what kind of geek culture blog would we be if we didn’t mention at least something from San Diego Comicon? The US site for the British newspaper The Guardian takes a look at the long standing Black Panel at SDCC. They’ve got a great interview with the man who created and runs the panel, Michael Davis. I really love the way Davis runs his panel. He noted that in the past, similar panels tended to be all about bitching, and that he wanted to do something positive. The panel’s main purpose is the discussion of how to create characters and stories that feature African-American heroes, but it goes beyond that, and regularly involves prominent members of the black community in the discussion. The biggest take away I got was the very last paragraph. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a great way to look at things.
I really want to know what Shaq had to say about comics.
Unbeknownst to me until last night, today is the 20th anniversary of the series finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In honor of this, Yahoo sat down with Ronald Moore and Brannon Braga, who wrote that fantastic finale, to discuss exactly how it came into being. It’s a great interview that provides insight into the process as well as some hints of what might have been.
I remember watching this episode as a little kid and not quite understanding how good it was. As an adult, I have come to appreciate exactly how difficult a challenge it was for these guys to write such a fitting end to a much beloved series. As soon as I have two free hours, I’m going to rewatch it.
Those of you who love the superhero genre, which I expect is most of the people reading this, need to check out the teaser trailer for Disney’s Big Hero 6. Although it is sparse on plot information, the trailer is pretty amusing and I’m already hooked. It looks as though a kid designs his own superhero suit (à la Iron Man) but instead of putting himself in it, he squeezes a rather amorphous looking creature that reminds me of the Michelin Man with less definition, into the suit. The whole sequence is pretty amusing.
Between this and The Incredibles I love it movies that don’t take superheroes too seriously.
With San Diego Comicon fast approaching, Hasbro has announced this year’s SDCC exclusives. Included in them are an Infinity Gauntlet figure set with a wearable Infinity Gauntlet, as well as a second figure set featuring characters from the Thanos Imperative. It’s pretty obvious that these sets are intended to push Guardians of the Galaxy, which is making it’s debut in theatres this August.
Personally, I’d really love my very own Infinity Gauntlet, but I will not be making the pilgrimage to San Diego this year, so I guess it’s Ebay for me.