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Fans get First Look at Batman’s Cape and Cowl



batman-suit-sdcc-140724-00-618x400The cape and cowl that Affleck will don as the Caped Crusader is on display on the convention floor at SDCC this year.

Fans who showed up for Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con were lucky enough to see the cape and cowl that Ben Affleck will wear as he plays Batman in the upcoming film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” DC Entertainment had the suit displayed on the floor, allowing for some up-close and personal looks at two of the main aspects of the new suit.

The Batsuit is part of a mini-exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman’s debut in Detective Comics #27. Joining the new Affleck costume are those worn by Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney from the Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher series of films from 1989-1997.


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Star Trek Discovery – A New Frontier



Ever since news broke a few months ago that CBS were reviving Star Trek for the small screen, the place it really belongs, speculation has been intense about what era the show will be set in and just about everything else possibly related to a brand new Trek.

Now we know the title; Star Trek Discovery.

Showrunner Bryan Fuller announced the new show, along with a trailer that gives us our first look at the U.S.S Discovery (NCC-1031) and the design alone has Trek fans talking. Fuller explained the reason behind the new name,

“There are so many reasons why we settled on Discovery. But the chief one amongst them was that I couldn’t think of a more Star Trek-themed name for a ship than Discovery.”

Check out the trailer below.

While it keeps the familiar design of a circular main hull and two rear nacelle, the new triangular second hull is certainly different and is already dividing fans. However, the inspiration behind this new design is recognizable to a few that have studied Trek history, more importantly a project that was never actually produced.

The U.S.S Discovery has a striking resemblance to the redesign of the Enterprise done by legendary Star Wars artist Ralph McQuarrie in 1976. The design was intended to be used for a feature film titled Star Trek: Planet of the Titans. But it never went further than the script stage and a few glorious pieces of production art.

Here’s McQuarrie’s Enterprise.


And here are a few screengrabs of the brand new U.S.S Discovery.


There’s more than a passing resemblance there. Why they have gone back to that specific design, no one is willing say at the moment, it is certainly interesting and not what anyone is expecting. We should hear a lot more about Discovery in the next few months including casting and which era, although it is thought to be set between The Original Series and The Next Generation.

With Beyond hitting cinemas this week, a fourth film already planned that will reunite Chris Pine’s Kirk with his deceased father George Kirk played by Chris Hemswoth, and now Discovery launching in 2017, it has become a very exciting time to be a Star Trek fan.

Star Trek Discovery launches in January 2017 on CBS All Access in the USA and on Netflix in the UK and the rest of the world.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Set For 2017



MV5BMTAwMjU5OTgxNjZeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDUxNDYxODEx__V1__SX1217_SY602_“Guardians of the Galaxy” hasn’t even opened yet, but Marvel Studios announced  Saturday that a sequel is already green lit. Currently titled “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” the second installment of Marvel’s latest franchise will hit theaters on July 28, 2017. 

The revelation was made during a taped comedic bit featuring franchise star Chris Pratt (Star Lord) and director James Gunn that played during Marvel’s annual Saturday Comic-Con panel.  The duo recorded the announcement while doing press in London this past week. “Guardians of the Galaxy” may well turn out to be one of Marvel’s most critically acclaimed films.

Read our 5-star Review by Darryl Griffiths here

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Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey Surprise Fans at Comic-Con



christopher-nolan-matthew-mcconaughey-comic-con-interstellerComic-Con fans were reeling on Thursday afternoon as Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made their first-ever appearances at the San Diego fan convention, answering questions and offering a new trailer for Paramount’s “Interstellar” to the Hall H crowd.

“Thought it would be a fun thing to come down and see what all the fuss is about,” Nolan told the roaring audience.

“Interstellar” has largely been veiled in secrecy, but Paramount was looking to give fans what they want, putting footage front and center. The studio also showed footage from “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” found footage pic “Project Almanac,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water,” which will be a combo of animation and CG live-action.

The director of “Inception” and the “Dark Knight” trilogy explained that the driving force of the upcoming sci-fi drama was going to space.

“To be an astronaut was the highest ambition,” he said. “The idea to keep exploring space farther and farther… it (fell) off greatly. We are in a period of incredible technological change, (but it’s about) what’s in your pocket, your living room. I like the idea that we are on the cusp of a brand new era and we are traveling outwards more.”

According to McConaughey, it all began in Nolan’s living room: three hours, nothing about a movie, just Nolan and the Oscar-winning actor.

“I was like, what the hell was that about,” the actor quipped. “A week later, the script came out, I read it and I liked it quite a lot and I was in.”

So what is the film about?

Said the “True Detective” star, “Cooper is a pilot, an engineer, and a widowed pilot of two children where civilization is just sustaining. There’s food, clean water, but they don’t need any explorers, no new bright ideas. Then something happens and the dream of being a pilot again knocks on his door.” The chance becomes “the greatest mission” he’s ever taken on.

Nolan explained that the spaceship, its interiors and exteriors were designed to be as “realistic as possible for the actors.” That meant actual views out the windows, for example.

Paramount also chose to show extended footage and an additional trailer, roughly six to eight minutes in total, showing shots of Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine in character.

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