Marvel is preparing to release their new Iron Man series, following woman lead Riri Williams. While discussing the new alias for the character they settled on Ironheart. They didn’t like the idea of naming her Iron Woman, that it would come off as old fashioned and negative to some readers. The choice to go with heart seemed to fit for many involved with the project. As fans will know, saving his heart was the reasoning for Tony Stark to first start on the path to being Iron Man. While Riri’s backstory is obviously different from Tony’s matters of the heart will remain a central theme with the comics. Writer Brian Michael Bendis said that the alias seemed perfect to everyone involved when they thought of it, and readers will likely respond the same way as well. The first issue will be out sometime this fall.
The new Ghost Rider is being worked on, and is scheduled to release sometime this November. Tradd Moore who worked on the last installment of Ghost Rider will be returning to work on some backstory for the first issue of the new Ghost Rider. As this is Robbie Reyes story it will also continue with Ghost Rider being a muscle car driver, as opposed to a biker. This apparently coincides with the Agents of SHIELD version of the character. The muscle car version of Ghost Rider will also bring a few design changes, including the flames on his head being nitro-fueled exhausts. We know that Totally Awesome Hulk, and Laura “Wolverine” Kinney will make appearances in the comics. Sadly there is no other story information on the character, but we will bring you more news as it becomes available.
Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China, and Snake Plissken from Escape from New York are set to appear in a cross over comic from Boom! Studios. Both characters were famously played by Kurt Russell, and the movies they were in were directed by John Carpenter. The actual story for the cross over is unknown, but it is pretty exciting for fans of both comics and the cult films that will appear. John Carpenter himself gave the comic his blessing, however no word from Russell as to how he feels about the crossover. If you are interested in checking it out the comic will release in October of this year.
The extremely popular, but dark Batman: The Killing Joke has been turned into an animated feature. It will be shown at San Diego Comic-Con, but those that can’t make it will have a chance to see it in Theaters. Fathom Events will have a one night run of the movie at select theaters nation wide. Showtimes will be 7:30pm or 10:00pm (local time zone). As it will be treated as a special event in addition to the movie will be a behind the scenes look at Mark Hamill’s involvement with Batman as The Joker, and an introduction from Mark Hamill himself. Aside from comic fans being hyped to see The Killing Joke turned movie, it’s also gotten buzz for putting Bruce Timm back in the producers chair and bringing back Kevin Conroy as The Dark Knight himself. If you want to try to get tickets for the event check out Fathom’s Website where you can also sign up for an email reminder. For those unable to make the event the movie will release on Blu-Ray and DVD August 2nd 2016.
For those that don’t know Watership Down is a classic novel that follows the story of anthropomorphised rabbits and their adventures to establish their new home in the world. While a children’s book it features a lot of darker themes, including the cruelty of man, and a number of violent scenes. They might be bunnies, but they are bunnies as people have never seen them before. The book was first adapted in the 1970s into a movie. The movie received mixed reactions because of the level of violence it featured, despite being “a kid’s movie”. However Netflix and BBC are teaming up for a four part animated series for the book. While representative have said that the dark themes of the book will have their place in series, they will work to not make the new series as violent as some past adaptations have been. In addition to these announcements, it’s also been confirmed that John Boyega will be voicing Bigwig the rabbit. Boyega is of course most known for his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The series is set to premier on BBC One and Netflix sometime next year. We are actually really excited to hear about this new adaptation, and will bring you more news in the future.