So, a ton of news came out of New York Comic-Con over the weekend, but I'd hazard that no announcement was bigger than the return of Agent Coulson in the upcoming "S.H.I.E.L.D." TV show. As we reported here at CBR, actor Clark Gregg, Marvel TV grand poobah Jeph Loeb, Director of Communications Arune Singh and Joss Whedon -- via recorded message -- announced Coulson would be part of the series. "From before we made 'The Avengers,' we discussed whether there was a way for him to be a part of the Marvel Universe, perhaps a part of a TV show even after his death. … The fact of the matter is, as much as we love him, now that I'm really running Marvel, I like to keep a type of artistic integrity, which means we don't stretch the bounds of reality," said Whedon. Gregg teased a number of ways for his character to return including "Life Model Decoys," a few of the other theories bandied about on Twitter and even namechecking the Vision. The mystery around Coulson's return will give the show plenty of fodder for its first season.
But not all stories over the weekend came from NYCC. One item that lit up Twitter was the surprise removal of the DC Nation block from Cartoon Network's Saturday morning schedule. Spinoff Online noted the Twitter post from "Green Lantern: the Animated Series" producer Giancarlo Volpe, who wrote, "Apparently Cartoon Network preempted it in celebration of their 20th birthday. Their logic, not mine. I am very disappointed." After much gnashing of online teeth, Cartoon Network finally commented on the issue via their own Twitter account, posting, "Hey #DCNation fans! Have you heard?? DC Nation will return in January with all new episodes!" It's a curious situation, indeed, but as some have noted, Cartoon Network plays fast and loose with their scheduling and series often disappear without notice or any indication that they will return.
Airdate: January, 2013
Remember that trailer for the "Goon" movie? Yeah, it was awesome. Turns out Blur Studio, the guys behind it, need some cash to produce a feature length story reel to show potential big-buck investors the inherent radness of the concept. They've turned to Kickstarter to raise the $400,000 needed to complete this phase of the project. There's plenty of nifty incentive goodies at the usual Kickstarter funding tiers, but I say contribute anything you feel comfortable giving in the hopes that these guys can finally deliver a "knife to the eye" in every movie theater in the country.
Release date: TBA
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
Back on Friday, Disney released a plot synopsis for the film, which will feature Thor as he "fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all." Sounds pretty epic. I hope there's a little time for Thor to experience more Midgaard dining. Imagine him going to a Buca di Beppo or a Subway.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, release date: July 26, 2013
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
Meanwhile, rumors abound of the new female lead in the "Captain America" sequel. Various sites, including Spinoff Online, are pointing to some Hollywood scuttle that indicates Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the favored choice above the likes of Alison Brie, Emelia Clarke, and Felicity Jones for the part. Everybody seems to be assuming who ever signs on will play Sharon Carter, the niece of Cap's would-be love Peggy Carter. Wait, "niece?" Isn't there something like two generations between Peggy Carter and now?
Release date: April 4th, 2014
THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART 2
Returning to NYCC, producer Bruce Timm spoke to the comic-con crowd about the upcoming DC Animated Movie. As we reported, Timm explained why the story was split across two releases on their schedule. "In the case of 'The Dark Knight' if they had said it had to be all one episode it would have been a non-starter," he said. "It made our job easier -- we were able to add in a lot more of the source material." Also at NYCC, Warner Home Video announced two upcoming DCAM releases (via Superhero Hype): "Superman: Unbound" and "Justice League: Flashpoint." The former will be an adaption of Geoff Johns' "Brainiac" arc from a few years back, while "Flashpoint" will retell Johns's recent universe-upending crossover event.
Release date: 2013
THE WALKING DEAD
Did you watch "The Walking Dead" last night? If not, you might want to stop right here and skip to my endnote. For the rest of you, creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer Glen Mazzara offered a post-mortem on the Season Three opener to The Hollywood Reporter. On the issue of Andrea's illness, Kirkman suggests it may just be a flu, which is much tougher to treat in her situation. "It's important to remember that there are different things that can happen to people that did happen to people in the real world before the zombie apocalypse occurred. How would you deal with just being sick?" he said. "It's also a way to show that Michonne and Andrea have bonded a great deal over the course of their time together over the winter."
ARGO AND ADIEU
And so another short-run on the Reel ends for me today. I'd like to thank you all once again for reading. Also, if you haven't had a chance, go see "Argo." It's a great movie with plenty of curious geek shout-outs from "Planet of the Apes" to Jack Kirby. Steve will be back with you tomorrow and I'm sure we'll all be seeing each other again soon.