Another year, another New York Comic-Con (NYCC) comes to a close. It's always an exciting occasion at NYCC, not just because it's a great opportunity for fans around the world to unite over their love of all things comic books, film and television, but also because the venue serves as a great source for announcing and introducing some new material on the horizon to fans. It's safe to say that NYCC spoiled us this time around and now we have a ton of information to uncover. Here are some of the most exciting highlights from NYCC 2016.
War for the Planet of the Apes
Hail, Caesar! Ahead of the convention, 20th Century Fox revealed an incredible motion poster of the upcoming Matt Reeves-directed sequel. The poster captured Caesar preparing for the most intense battle of his life, and just from that one image alone, we got a sense of where Caesar's motivations may lead him now that war has already begun.
The exclusive footage that was screened at NYCC featured a smaller character moment featuring the apes in an interesting situation. Although the clip shown had unfinished effects, it conveyed a terrific image of what's to come for Caesar and the apes. Not to mention, Reeves ensured that much of this film will be a brutal war movie, so after two fantastic blockbusters exploring Caesar's character development, this third chapter will have spotlight on his internal conflict between his own kind and the humans. You can read an in-depth description of the footage here.
War for the Planet of the Apes will open in theaters on July 14, 2017.
Fans were finally given the first official look at the much-buzzed about Power Rangers reboot when the first trailer before its NYCC presentation (you can check it out here). The footage took me by surprise because we only got a small glimpse at the mighty-morphing suits towards the end, but I found myself really enjoying the coming-of-age aspect of this story. It looks like the actors have good chemistry with each other, and it reflects the exciting sense of awe that films like Chronicle captured - particularly when you discover you have these incredible abilities. If nothing else, Power Rangers looks like a solid piece of entertainment.
Power Rangers will open in theaters on Marcy 24, 2017.
John Wick: Chapter 2
The first John Wick was such a richly-entertaining revenge shoot-em-up, featuring some incredibly-shot action, impeccable fight choreography, and a legitimately wonderful turn by Keanu Reeves. It also helps that the men he had to go after killed his puppy, so without getting into too much if you haven't had the privilege to see the film yet, let's just say that they got what they deserved.
The first trailer for the sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2 debuted at NYCC and it looks like the action has amplified to 11. I love how the filmmakers take advantage of the lighting in certain settings like a nightclub and create such a visually stimulating sequence. Also, how can you beat the closing moment of the trailer in which we see a Matrix reunion of both Neo and Morpheus?
John Wick: Chapter 2 opens in theaters on February 10, 2017.
There are tons of new material coming from the world of animation. For Marvel, Ultimate Spider-Man is coming to an end with a brand new series titled Marvel's Spider-Man premiering sometime in 2017 on Disney XD. Come to think of it, it feels like animated Spidey shows have rebooted just as much as the films have. Disney XD also announced that there will be special shorts featuring Marvel's Ant-Man. Perhaps this can be testing ground for a potential full-length series in the near future.
For DC, new footage of Justice League Dark was screened, and it featured Constantine, Batman, Zatanna, Deadman, Jason Blood and Swamp Thing in action. Out of all the upcoming DC animated movies, this is definitely the one I'm looking forward to the most - although I am still a bit hesitant of the addition of Batman, but then again you need to reach out to the non-hardcore fans somehow. Speaking of Batman, with the upcoming Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders animated film along the way, it was announced that Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner will be lending his voice talents to Two-Face. Given that these animated films are calling back to the classic 1966 television series, Shatner is a *perfect* choice. I can already imagine the Shatnerisms coming out of Two-Face's mouth, and it's leaving me quite giddy with excitement.
The Walking Dead
We are now less than two weeks away from the premiere of The Walking Dead season 7. Obviously, one question comes to mind: who fell victim to Negan and Lucille? Well, we will finally find out the answer to that question very soon, but thankfully fans were given an exclusive clip following the aftermath. Obviously, Rick survives, but who is this "right hand man?"
The Walking Dead returns on October 9 at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.
With production finally wrapped on Marvel's Iron Fist, the cast paid a visit to their NYCC panel. Rosario Dawson made a surprise appearance at the panel, revealing that she will reprise her role as Claire Temple in this series, and as hinted at during the season finale of Luke Cage, may be trained by Jessica Henwick's Colleen Wing.
Fans were then introduced to the second trailer of the upcoming Netflix series, and we finally get to see Danny Rand in action. The final Defender's series is shaping up to be Marvel's most effects-heavy shows in the Netflix world - at least until the ultimate team up...
All episodes of Iron Fist will be available to stream on Netflix on March 17, 2017.
Finally. After four series, five seasons and 65 episodes, the upcoming crossover event The Defenders is starting production very soon. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will unite together to defeat the biggest threat they've ever faced.
But who is strong enough to battle these four heroes? Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb had the answer: Sigourney Weaver. The queen of science-fiction will be the primary antagonist of the series, and although we are uncertain about the identity of her character, the fact that Weaver is now portraying a Marvel villain is what dreams are made of.
All episodes of The Defenders will be available to stream on Netflix sometime in 2017.
One batch, two batch, penny and dime. Let's not forget about Frank Castle. The upcoming Punisher series is now filming, and it is now official that Castle and Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) are going to reunite for the series. Both characters had some of the best interactions in all of the Marvel shows, and to see the progression from Daredevil season 2 advance into this series is all-the-more intriguing.
Plus, how cool is this picture of Jon Bernthal and Gabriel Luna? I can only imagine seeing the Punisher and Ghost Rider cross paths sometime in the future...
All episodes of The Punisher will be available to stream on Netflix sometime in 2017.
The world of superhero television continues to push the envelope, and from the looks of it, Legion will continue that trend. The upcoming FX series has significant tie-ins to the already-established X-Men universe, even with Dan Stevens, who portrays the titular role, teasing that the character is the son of Professor Charles Xavier.
And as for potentially tying into other Marvel projects, executive producer Jeph Loeb expressed that his presence suggests that bridges are being made. Of course, Loeb didn't make any distinct promises, but this comment is still quite eye-opening.
What do you guys think? Do you want Legion to be more intimately involved with the X-Men universe or do you think it's best for the series to be its own entity despite coexisting? Sound off in the comments below.
Legion will premiere on FX sometime in 2017.