On Monday I got all of the updates from San Diego Comic Con on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, there are non-MCU properties that also get to announce fun things at SDCC. Here are some that I found interesting.
So with all of the Marvel news, what is going on with DC stuff? Well, the plan is to leave the days of the Snyderverse behind us, with the only remnants left being the upcoming The Flash movie that they didn’t even mention. Instead, we are starting over with Shazam and Black Adam being the face of DCEU.
So Black Adam was originally announced to be the villain of the Shazam movie, and here he clearly states he’s not a hero, but also going against a bigger villain, called Sabbac, who has the powers from Satan, Any [sic] , Belial, and Beelzebub, Asmodeus, and Craeteis. in the same way that Shazam has powers from Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, or that Black Adam is the Egyptian version of Shazam, with the powers of Shu, Heru, Amon, Zehuti, Aton, and Mehen.
Also, in Black Adam we have the introduction of the Justice Society of America, with Hawkman, Cyclone, Atom Smasher and Dr. Fate, each getting their own comic as a tie-in to the upcoming movie.
Then, of course we have the second Shazam mvoie.
Then, not related to the Cinematic Universe, DC has been having really good success with their TV shows lately (Peacemaker, Doom Patrol, Watchmen, Arrowverse) and a new Neil Gaiman (Good Omens, American Gods, Lucifer) has also been on a role, so it seems likely that this show will be great.
Lastly from DC, we have an update on the Gotham Knights video game, which follows Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood in Gotham after the death of Batman.
Of course, one of the things I’m most excited for is the upcoming D&D movie!
We have a Tiefling Druid that turns into an Owlbear! That is so cool! Now, if you try to hit me with the “Druids can’t turn into Owlbears, they can only turn into Beasts, and an Owlbear is a Monstrosity” then I have two things to say to you.
- In Third Edition, Druids could Wildshape into any animal, and was bound by the size, not the Difficulty or the type of animal. Each edition tries to balance rules based on the other rules in the system, and the rules are a representation of your abilities in the world, not a direct restriction. Every rule has an exception, and editions are not universal.
- Shut up! Just shut up! Why can’t you just be excited that we are getting a big-budget D&D movie with a real movie star? Stop trying to be such a buzzkill and just be happy! I don’t want to hear how they ran from a Displacer Beast who was using attacks it “doesn’t have” into a Gelatinous Cube even though that would “do more damage.” You are a disappointment to the hobby! Don’t make “D&D fan” have the same reputation as “Star Wars fan.” We don’t need that energy here.
We also have more for the Lord of the Rings series on Prime coming in September!
We are getting some great big-budget high-fantasy nonsense right now, and I am HERE FOR IT.
Prime doesn’t stop there though, they also have The Wheel of Time that has had one season so far, but is so confident about it’s success that they’ve already announced a third season to be made. I haven’t actually watched any of this show, but that kind of confidence makes me think I should. Not only that, but they are also making an animated companion series (makes me think of The Boys: Diabolical) called The Wheel of Time: Origins. Again, I should probably check it out.
If you’re a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, we have had some inconsistent follow ups. the Live Action movie was hot garbage, Legend of Korra was good but inconsistent, and we were excited for the Netflix Live Action series when the original creators were involved, but now they aren’t, and we are all getting nervous. However, a new feature length animated movie is coming soon that shows the GAang as young adults. It was previously announced that there would be three films, but until now we hadn’t actually heard anything about it.
If you enjoyed the Nic Cage movies National Treasure, then we have some good news. Disney+ is making a show, and though it won’t have Nic Cage, it will have that other guy who was good with computers. So that’s cool.
Also, remember that one time Brad Pitt was a vampire? We are also getting a tv spinoff of that movie, Interview with the Vampire, too!
Man, there are a lot of Star Trek shows right now. Five, to be specific.
Picard, which is all about Old Man Jean-Luc and Co., Discovery, which takes place ten years before The Original Series, Strange New Worlds, the new one that’s a spinoff of Discovery, Prodigy, the kids Nickelodeon show, and Lower Decks, the animated comedy that reminds me of Rick and Morty.
Interestingly, Strange New Worlds is going to have a crossover episode with Lower Decks. Usually when something like that happens, the whole thing is animated. But nope! This time, they are going to take the animated characters from Lower Decks and put them on the live action series, played by their respective voice actors.
The Walking Dead
Is this show still going? Apparently it is, with the third part of Season 11 being the finale of the original show.
Then we still have Fear the Walking Dead going, and now we are getting Tales of the Walking Dead.
Not to mention there is the upcoming Isle of the Dead, starring Negan and Maggie, a Daryl spin-off, and a Rick & Michonne spin-off. The Rick & Michonne one was originally going to be a movie, but now they are going to do a six-episode miniseries instead.