COMIC-CON 2018 Coverage Continues…

 

Arrow season 7 Trailer

Years ago there was a script for a Green Arrow movie called Supermax that involved Green Arrow being arrested, framed for murder, and being sent to a Supermax prison. There would be cameos from big DC villains like Lex Luthor and The Joker,  but the story would involve Oliver Queen having to team up with some of the DC’s B- list villains to escape and clear his name. The way Arrow ended season six made me think they may use story elements from this canceled film. After seeing characters like Bronze Tiger and Brick locked up in the same prison with Oliver, I think at least part of the season will go in that direction. Take a little look:

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 4:

Right now Legends of Tomorrow is probably my favorite of the Arrowverse DC shows. It’s a lot of fun, it has great characters. The big draw for me this year is John Constantine is finally becoming a series regular on one of these shows. I think Constantine fits in perfectly with the rest of the Legends, especially after his excellent appearances in season 3. Check out the season 4 trailer below:

The Flash season 5:

There was a time when The Flash was by far one of my favorite shows on television, but sadly those days are long behind us. The show has a lot to make up for after what is without a doubt it’s worst season last year. But the trailer for season five has promise and I’m very curious to see who that villain is at the end.

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C’mon guys, did you really think I wasn’t going to included something from Supernatural throughout my Comic-Con coverage? I love this show!

 

 

COMIC-CON 2018! Check Back here For Coverage All Weekend… (UPDATED)

Hey Everybody,

COMIC-CON 2018 is here! All weekend World’s Best Media will be providing coverage here on the site and our Facebook Page: World’s Best Media. We will be constantly updating the site with all the new trailers, posters, photos, panel videos, new info and much more on all of your favorite movies, Video Games, TV shows, and comics as they get released! So keep checking back here throughout the weekend. This will be your one stop shop for all the coolness coming from COMIC-CON! Check out below for the latest updates…

Here’s the first trailer for TITANS from the upcoming streaming service DC UNIVERSE:

 

Here’s a new look at the upcoming third season of Young Justice: Outsiders. This shows some of the new characters we’ll be seeing, including a major DC villain that was a part of the season two finale cliffhanger. Check out the photo here:

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DC Comics has announced that legendary writer Grant Morrison will be taking over the Green Lantern book with artist Liam Sharp. The book will star Hal Jordan and focus on the idea of Hal Jordan as a “Space Cop”, with the story being like a space/sci-fi police procedural as opposed to the universe ending space epics of Geoff Johns’ run. DC has release some art from the new series which you can check out below.

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The animated series Star War: The Clone Wars has always had a big fan base. So many were dissapointed when the show was cancelled before the story could be finished. But today Disney/Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars is returning! Some of the series most believed characters are returning with it. Check out the trailer here!

UPDATE:

Spider-Man for PS4 Story Trailer

Sony has released a trailer for their highly anticipated PS4 game, Spider-Man and it is AMAZING.  Spider-Man comes out on PS4 on 9/7/18. Take a look…

 

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The Walking Dead Season 9 Trailer

I have a love hate relationship with The Walking Dead. When the series started, I thought it was one of the best shows on TV, but signs of trouble started as early as season 2. As of last season I swore I’d never watch the show again. The show’s terrible writing constantly resorts to cheap tricks to keep the audience invested, lazy filler writing, and unnecessarily drawn out storylines. I have a theory that with any given season of The Walking Dead, all you really need to watch are the season premiere, the mid-season finale, the mid-season premiere, and the season finale. Everything else is filler. Having said all that, I think this is an intriguing trailer and we’ll have to see if I give in and watch the new season which premiers on October 10th. It’s also notable that this is Andrew Lincoln’s last season as Rick, the shows main character, so it may be intersting to see how this plays out on TV. Especially when Rick is alive and well in the comics. Check out the trailer below:

 

Young Justice: Outsider Trailer

I was a massive fan of this show, so i was ecstatic when it was announced that the series would be returning for a 3rd season. This is one of the big ones for me and I love what I’ve seen so far…

 

Iron Fist: Season 2 Teaser

Iron Fist was definitely off to a rocky start in it’s first season, but his character is on the upswing. He improved in The Defenders and we got by far the best version of the character yet when he teamed up with his old buddy Luke in Luke Cage Season 2. I wish this was Season 3 of Daredevil though. Because Iron Fist Season 2 premiers September 7th, it’s unlikely we’ll see a 4th Marvel Netflix show before the end of the year. However, with Typhoid Mary (played by Alice Eve), Davos AKA The Steel Serpent, and the show moving forward with Daughters of The Dragon, I’m cautiously optimistic that Season 2 could be the Iron Fist series we’ve all been waiting for.

Below is some cool artwork that accompanied the Season 2 announcement …

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Batman: Three Jokers

Famed DC Comics creator Geoff Johns has two big comic book projects that received some attention at one of Comic-Con’s DC Comics panels. First, is the announcement of Batman: Three Jokers. This is a project that was first teased a few years ago during the Justice League story arc The Darseid War in which Batman cryptically found out that there were in fact “three Jokers“. There’s been a lot of speculation as to what that means exactly, but apparently the book will focus on how The Joker (or Jokers?) has affected the lives of Barbara Gordon, Jason Todd, and Bruce Wayne specifically. There’s no official release date but the three issue miniseries will be drawn by Jason Fabok and debut later this year.

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Next we have a much lighter book, Geoff  Johns is returning to SHAZAM! this November. Dale Eaglesham is set to draw the monthly series

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UPDATE:

Glass Trailer 

Fuck. Yes.

 

UPDATED (7/21):

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

I enjoyed the first Fantastic Beasts movie, but I hated the reveal of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald (especially when they already had Colin Farrell which would have been an infinitely better choice). I will say it looks like Depp he’s doing something that I thought was impossible… reigning it in. He seems to be giving a much more subdued performance here and from the trailer I’m intrigued. I love the idea that this war in the wizard world made Dumbledore the famous wizard that he is. Plus, a world war of wizards during our World War II just sounds like a cool fucking story. I don’t want to forget to say Jude Law is perfectly cast as young Dumbledore. So despite my issues I’ll definitely be checking this one out. I have the trailer right here :

 

SHAZAM First Trailer:

 

Aquaman First Trailer

More to come…

The MCU Needs It’s TV Characters To Start Appearing On The Big Screen

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately that the characters from the TV and Movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe need to crossover. It is long past time that the guys over at Marvel Studios, stop measuring each other’s dicks and get the heroes and characters from the Netflix shows to appear in the Marvel films.

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The head of Marvel’s film division is Kevin Fiege and all of the television and streaming content is overseen by Jeph Loeb. I have a lot of respect for Kevin Fiege. I think he’s the main reason the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the success that it has. He’s always believed that following the incredible stories and characters from the comics and translating that to film has been the key to their success. I’m paraphrasing, but I’ve heard him say that as he was coming up as a junior producer on other less successful Marvel films at other studios, he’d often wonder “Why don’t they just follow the comic book?”. It’s all right their on the page. MCU films aren’t shot for shot, panel for panel adaptations of the comics they’re based on. However they completely understand why something works in the comics and then adapt that to film in the way that makes the most sense. They get the core of the stories right by respecting the incredible stories from Marvel Comics. However, most importantly Marvel Studios understands the importance of character. Marvel has incredible characters and they’ve done an excellent job of translating that to film. Character, character, character: the secret to their success. Which Kevin Fiege understands perfectly.

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Jeph Loeb on the other hand I have a less high opinion on. He’s written some great comics in the past, but over the last 20 years he can be described as a hack at best. I’ve never been comfortable with him being the final word on all things from Marvel’s television division. He seems to be arrogant and egotistical. Possibly worst of all he seems to think he’s smarter than he really is. The guy wrote Commando with Schwarzenegger, he’s not exactly Shakespeare. Obviously I have a bias here. I don’t like Jeph Loeb. So even though I’m not 100% sure, I suspect he’s the main barrier that separates Marvel TV and Marvel Film coming together. This isn’t just based on my opinion. Most articles discussing when and if MCU characters from TV will make it to the movies, make it seem as if the guys making the films are more open to the idea. The TV folks, usually producers, are the ones who tend to down play the chance of a crossover. But maybe I’m underestimating Mr. Loeb. I can only judge his very uneven track record.

 

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This is very cool, but not the real poster for Spider-Man Far From Home. Just a fantastic piece of fan art.

Marvel finally got SPIDER-MAN in their movies, they can get Daredevil into one of their flicks. Tony Stark is aware of Peter Parker’s relatively unremarkable burgeoning superhero career in Civil War, when Peter’s only had his powers for 6 months. The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen and the bulletproof Hero of Harlem are major news stories. There’s no way some one like Tony Stark, The Avengers, the people behind the Accords, and what’s left of SHIELD aren’t aware of these guys. Hell, New York City was in more danger in The Defenders than some of the threats in the big screen Marvel films. It would be really cool of The Avengers took notice of this.

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The hero from TV I really want to see on the big screen is Daredevil (THIS Daredevil, Charlie Cox). Specifically, I’d love to see him in Spider-Man: Far From Home. I like the idea that, like Tony Stark in the first film, Peter has a hero mentor in each of his films that teaches him something new about being a hero and growing up. Daredevil is the perfect character for the second film. In the comics he’s the character Peter associates with most besides Johnny Storm who’s more of a peer than someone Peter looks up to. Peter’s also seen enough and been through enough at this point that he’d be ready for the more mature lessons he’d undoubtedly learn from a darker, street level character like Matt Murdock. He’s more of Peter’s world than Tony was and Matt could open Peters eyes to some hard truths about the way the world works in a way that Tony couldn’t.
I really think that eventually Marvel will break down this barrier and we’ll see crossovers between TV and Film. They’ve said time and again that PHASE 4 is something completely new. What better way to send that message than break some of their old, stupid rules and put Daredevil in the next Spider-Man movie? Here’s hoping…

-Paul

A Look At GLASS, M. Night Shyamalan’s Sequel To UNBREAKABLE!

Hey Everybody!

Paul here,

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I’ve often said that M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable is a massively underrated movie and easily one of the best superhero stories ever put on film. I’ve wanted to see the continued adventures of David Dunn and Mr. Glass for years now. When Split was revealed to be a quasi-sequel to Unbreakable fans like myself were understandably blown away. It was a fantastically creative and unique way to reintroduce audiences to this world Shyamalan created over 15 years earlier. Next January, Glass is hitting theaters as a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split. Finally reuniting Elijah Price and David Dunn with Kevin Wendell Crumb thrown into the mix. Below are some of our first looks at Glass with pictures put out exclusively by EW.com. Check them out below and I’ll share a few more of my thoughts as we go through them…

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After The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs, Shyamalan was being hailed as the next Hitchcock or Spielberg. Then he released The Village, an interesting failure which was crucified at the time for not living up to the monumentally high standard we’d come to expect from Shyamalan. It was all downhill for the director from there. For years, the man who was once being hailed as the next Alfred Hitchcock had become synonymous with terrible filmmaking.

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Is that Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) in the background?

Then the comeback began. First he did the very solid found footage thriller The Visit and he followed that up with Split. Shyamalan is on a comeback tour. If he’s able to stick the landing with Glass, he won’t be on a comeback, as far as I’m concerned, he’ll just be a great filmmaker again.

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I think this picture is really interesting. Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) was The Hoard’s captive in Split, so why is she visiting him in an institution? What larger roll does she play in the story’s narrative?

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Sarah Paulson plays a doctor who works at a psychiatric facility that’s a key part of the film.

Elijah’s mother and David’s son (both played by the original actors) are returning for this movie. How’ve there lives changed?

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That surly Ole’ son of bitch Bruce and buddy Night, behind the scenes. 

I’d say the thing I’m most looking forward to seeing is how David has developed and learned to use his abilities over the last 2 decades. Since this an original work, it’s not like there’s a comic book that we can pick up to guess where the story’s going. I love that we’re seeing these characters and this world again and I love that I have no idea how this crazy story will play out! As always, thanks for reading!

-Paul

Mini-Podcast: INDEPENDENCE DAY! … (The Movie, Um, Not The Day)

Hey Everybody!

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Paul here and I wanted to thank all of the loyal listeners of The World’s Best Podcast for so being patient with me. As you may know, I like to get a new podcast episode every Monday (sometimes Tuesday), but my Summer Movie Season film reviews have thrown off my episode release schedule a little. However, we’re back on track now with, not one, not two, but THREE podcasts dropping this week. Beginning with this episode here, in honor of the 4th of JULY…

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Roland Emmerich’s INDEPENDENCE DAY is a classic of the 90’s sci-fi/action films. The trailers were fantastic. The cast was great. I was still a kid when the movie premiered in 1996 and I could not wait for the movie to come out. When I finally saw the film, I loved it and through the years it’s become one of those movies that I revisit every summer around July.

In my opinion the film holds up well. In fact, I recently made a list of my top 100 favorite movies of all time and Independence Day easily made the list. To clarify this wasn’t a list of the 100 BEST movies of all time, but my personal FAVORITES.

It’s basically an unofficial modern day retelling of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds and it’s so much better than Spielberg’s abysmal crack at adapting that story. Anyway, you can listen here or subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes:

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/15194134

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-worlds-best-podcast/id1246038441?mt=2&i=1000415241820

Stitcher:
https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=55195565&autoplay=1

Thanks for listening!

-Paul

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New Pictures From Avengers 4 and DC’s Titans!

Hey Everybody,

Some really cool concept art from upcoming superhero projects has hit the internet today. Including our best looks at Captain Marvel and Robin from DC’s Titans. Most of this I found over at CBR.com, but first is the concept art that looks like it’s from the upcoming Captain Marvel film. The big giveaway being the look at a young Nick Fury, which is very cool. Check it out:

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Then we have a few cool concept art images that are definitely from Avengers 4…

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A few things to point out here include, Hawkeye is finally back (Yay!), Hulk seems to have a costume of some sort. Does this help regulate his transformation from Banner to Hulk and vice versa? Consider they had performance issues in Infinity War that could be a factor. This image of Thanos is interesting because he’s armored up and he has a gun. Why does he need all that if he has the Infinity Gauntlet? Is it working properly? Or did he blow its load killing half the Universe? SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!!

Finally, moving from Marvel over to DC, we have our best look yet at Dick Grayson Robin from Titans, the new series from the upcoming DC streaming service, DC UNIVERSE. Take a look…

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Cool stuff, huh? Anyway thanks for checking us out as always!

-Paul

Solo: Learning the Wrong Lessons!

 

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There’s a quote from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, “Once again you’ve put your keen and penetrating mind to the task and as usual come to the wrong conclusion!” said by Sirius Black to Severus Snape.  The quote is one of my favorites, and I cannot think of a place where it seems to apply more than Hollywood.

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If you somehow break through and make a movie about a woman who makes falls in love with a water balloon, the lesson that Hollywood would take from that is “water balloons are sexy” and you’d see some crazy slate of movies in which water balloons have sex with hot women, and drive fast cars, and airplanes, and stuff.  (Sorry about all the water balloons but I’m sitting next to a bag full of balloons, so it was the weirdest thing in eye shot.)CC061DFE-2E9C-46D1-9B5F-B81599E0CFA5We’ve seen Hollywood learn the wrong lesson from successes too many times to count, (i.e. all of the Jaws sequels, and Piranha movies and so many others).  But we also see them learn the lesson from failures.  This can be really upsetting to me personally, because it often means something is abandoned early due to the wrong reasons, and who likes their movie franchises ended early?

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The latest victim of this problem, seems to be Star Wars.  I wrote about Solo a few weeks ago, but let me catch you up.  The film seemed like a bad idea, but it was a good movie.  So now, almost a month after it’s release Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that they’re reconsidering Star Wars spin-offs due to its failure.

So let’s talk about its failure, and yes it seems it is undeniably a financial failure (although the budget hasn’t been released so it’s difficult to tell exactly).  First of all, you released 3 Star Wars 3 Decembers in a row, and they were all very successful.  Is that because the films were excellent?  I’ve liked them all, but there is a fair amount of debate on the quality of each.  A huge reason for their success was the fact that December doesn’t have much for general audiences, it’s prestige film season, which leaves the “blockbuster” crowd open.  That cannot be underestimated as a factor in their success.  Solo however, came out just 6 months after TLJ in May.  May was the traditional time for Star Wars in the previous 2 trilogies, but May’s were not as packed with action films in those years, and movies had multiple weeks (in some cases months) to rule the box office.  This year we had Avengers: Infinity War (also a Disney film, which should be a double no-no for packing them in the same 30-day period) which was the biggest film of the year (and has the potential to be the top of the decade) was released a month before, then Deadpool was released a week before, and just three weeks after Solo, came the Incredibles (again Disney, wtf were you thinking?  Spread it out more).

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So that’s the first problem, Disney put Solo out with the biggest films of the year, and even by Star Wars standards it shouldn’t have.  It’s far from the largest story, or the biggest impact in that universe.  The second problem is confidence.

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Solo suffered from a few pieces of confidence undercutting.  After the fact that many of us didn’t think the idea was a good idea, there were the production ‘issues,’ with Lord and Miller getting fired mid-production, Ron Howard having to take over and needing to reshoot (which involved recasting at least one role), and then lastly there was the rumors of Alden Ehrenreich needing and acting coach.  None of these would add up to confidence boosting, then we didn’t see a trailer until February which seemed very late in the game for a film of this size.  And lastly, TLJ, it’s a pretty split popularity, but when 50% of the audience thinks the film was a crap-fest, and think Disney has ‘ruined Star Wars,’ six months may not be enough time to cleanse their palettes.

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Let me offer an example of a time when the correct lesson was learned, and how it may benefit you to follow in those footsteps.  On November 23rd 1963, the BBC aired the pilot of Doctor Who, and it did really poorly in the ratings that night.  The executive in charge was on the side of canceling the show after the first episode, because obviously the whole thing was going to be a flop, but the creator was opposed to that.  She argued that the show had suffered from the whole world being consumed by JFK’s assassination the day before, and that if they reaired the pilot a week later, that would be a more realistic example of how the show would do.  She was right, and the show continued for 26 years before being canceled (and then rebooted, and now having 50 years, 3 movies, and 36 seasons altogether).  They realized that timing had been off.  Releasing Solo in the midst of the superhero frenzy was bad timing, don’t blame Solo for that.

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So I ask you this question, given all of those things could Solo have succeeded? Even modestly?  I don’t think it really could have.  But Disney is looking the box office and acting as if that means the movie is a piece of shit, which it wasn’t.  Please Disney, learn the right lesson. I get that you don’t want this to happen again, but if you learn the wrong lesson it likely will.  Please, I love Star Wars too much for it to become the DCEU (with all the second guessing and undercutting and ultimately not learning the right thing)…  I’m begging you.

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Written by Michael Cole

TRAILER: Creed II

Hey, Everybody

Paul here…

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One of the reasons I was so excited for Black Panther earlier this year was because Ryan. Coogler was directing and Michael B. Jordan had a major roll. I’m a huge fan of both of these guys, but I’ve been following Micheal B. Jordan’s career since his days playing poor, doomed Wallace on The Wire.

When Creed was announced my first thought was that this was going to be one movie too many. Rocky Balboa had been such a perfect send off for the franchise, why ruin it with another cash grab? But then I heard Ryan Coogler was directing and Michael B. Jordan was starring in the film, with Stallone returning as his mentor. Now they had my attention. Coogler’s first film was the excellent and tragic Fruitvale Station (also with Jordan as the star). Maybe this was going to be something interesting after all?

When they finally dropped the first trailer, they had me hook, line, and sinker. It looked fucking incredible. Somehow the final film managed to deliver and then some. I shouldn’t say “somehow” because I think it was the talent of the people involved that made Creed such an excellent film. Creed is arguably on par with the first Rocky film as the best of the franchise and this is coming from a lifelong fan of the Rocky series. To put into context how much I loved Creed, the film premiered just about a month before Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens and Creed was still my favorite film of that year.

Again when I heard Creed II was in development I was nervous. Ryan Coogler wasn’t returning (the new film is directed by Steven Caple Jr.) and I loved Creed so much I didn’t want an inferior sequel. It has a few things going for it behind the scenes, Cheo Hodari Coker the showrunner behind Netflix’s Luke Cage wrote the screenplay, so that doesnt hurt. However, once again the got me with the trailer. BIG TIME. I had no idea what the plot of this new was. Once the trailer reveals where the story is going, I dare any lifelong fan of the Rocky franchise not to have big old grin on your face.

This has definitely jumped to the top of the list of my most anticipated films of 2018. Check out the trailer here and see for yourself:

 

Look pretty fucking awesome, huh?

-Paul

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