Saturday, July 23, 2016

SDCC 2016 - Day 2: Wonder Woman, Blair Witch, Ghost Rider, and More!

The second day of San Diego Comic-Con had a lot of cool news came out of it.  Here's some of the news in the world of film that stood out to me.  We got several poster reveals, some teaser trailers, behind-the-scenes news, and more.  So let's just dive into it.


Several new film posters were released yesterday at SDCC, one of which I'll talk about a little later along with it's teaser trailer.  The four remaining posters are for DC's Wonder Woman film and DC's The LEGO Batman Movie, the epic King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island, and the new King Arthur film, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.  Check them out below:

Wonder Woman

Here's the official synopsis for Wonder Woman:

"Wonder Woman" hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film is scheduled for release on June 2, 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 

The LEGO Batman Movie

Here’s the official synopsis for The LEGO Batman Movie:
In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The LEGO Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
Will Arnett reprises his starring role from “The LEGO Movie” as the voice of LEGO Batman, aka Bruce Wayne. Zach Galifianakis stars as The Joker; Michael Cera as the orphan Dick Grayson; Rosario Dawson as Barbara Gordon; and Ralph Fiennes as Alfred. “The LEGO Batman Movie” is directed by Chris McKay and produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. It is written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, with additional screenplay material by Jared Stern & John Whittington, based on LEGO Construction Toys, in association with LEGO System AS. Chris McKay also serves as an executive producer, alongside Ryan Harris. A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, “The LEGO Batman Movie” will open in theaters on February 10, 2017. It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Kong: Skull Island

Here’s the official synopsis for Kong: Skull Island:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar winner Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero. Vogt-Roberts directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly. “Kong: Skull Island” is produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Mary Parent. The executive producers are Eric McLeod and Alex Garcia. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, “Kong: Skull Island.” The film will be released worldwide in 2D, 3D in select theatres, and IMAX March 10, 2017, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Here’s the official synopsis for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword:
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to an original King Arthur epic, a sweeping fantasy action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam. Starring with Hunnam are Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Oscar nominee Jude Law, and Eric Bana. Ritchie directs the film from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram, story by Joby Harold. The film is produced by Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie and Steve Clark-Hall. David Dobkin and Bruce Berman are executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Weed Road/Safehouse Pictures Production, a Ritchie/Wigram Production. Slated for release on March 24, 2017, the film will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.


That's right, Ghost Rider is headed to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it's not the Ghost Rider you may be used to.  Marvel officially confirmed that Ghost Rider would indeed be appearing on their ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but that it would not be Johnny Blaze.  Instead, Marvel is opting to go with the most recent incarnation of the character, Robbie Reyes.  And don't expect to see the iconic fiery motorcycle in season 4, as Reyes actually drives a car instead.  

Check out the teaser trailer below:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on September 20th.


As some may know, three different script writers were brought on to work on the story for DC's upcoming Aquaman solo film.  Those three writers were Will Beall, Kurt Johnstad, and David Leslie Johnson (who was brought on by director James Wan).  Well, with the shake up that happened after Batman v Superman, Geoff Johns and James Wan got together and fleshed out the story for the film and have now brought back Will Beall to pen the official script as the film's only writer.

This isn't necessarily a reason to worry, as DC is determined to give fans the best possible film they can.  There's still plenty of time for Beall to write the new script, as the film isn't set to release until July 27, 2018.


One of the biggest shockers of the day for me was the announcement of a sequel to the film that started the "found footage" craze, The Blair Witch Project.  The filmmaker and the studio managed to keep this a complete secret, as the film was actually being talked about unknowingly by people under the name The Woods.  The new sequel, simply titled Blair Witch, will go back to the roots of the original, something the first sequel, Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, failed to do.

A poster (above) and a teaser trailer were released, as the film is just about ready for release (September 16th), similar to how 10 Cloverfield Lane popped onto the scene out of nowhere.  Check out the poster and trailer below:

Well, that's it folks.  Come on back tomorrow for more Comic-Con news!  And make sure to check us out and like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for all of our reviews, news, trailers, and much, much more!!!

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