There are three big chunks of Doctor Who related news that you need to consume, digest and reflect on:
After six years at the helm Steven Moffat is stepping down as show runner for Doctor Who.
Chris Chibnall, writer of several Doctor Who episodes (42, The Hungry Earth, Cold Blood, Pond Life, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, The Power of Three, P.S.) and also the guy behind Broadchurch is taking over as the new showrunner.
There will be no new Doctor Who this year, leaving series 10 and Moffat’s big finale until 2017.
Later this year the books that are still around from DC’s big New 52 Relaunch five-ish years ago will hit their 52nd issues. Which is a perfect time for DC to clean house and have another big push at selling people a bunch of comics. Especially when you take into account the DC Cinematic Universe taking things to the next level with Batman V Superman.
I’ve always been a fan of what the New 52 stood for despite some of the more questionable changes it lead to. For me comics are at their best when big epic things and change happens. So teasing of a big relaunch always has me interested.
However I doubt that this will be a big reboot on the scale of Flashpoint to the New 52. More of a soft realignment of characters and stories that have gotten out of whack with the rest of the setting and maybe pushing the overall house tone and style to fit with the DC movies and TV shows a bit more. All of which I have no problem with what so ever.
Until we know more I will just have to enjoy the rage and collective gnashing of teeth from the anger side of the comics internet. Which is always entertaining!
If you like Visual Novels and in particular the Pheonix Wright games you really need to give Aviary Attorney a go! I love the aesthetic and humour that runs throughout the game. The individual cases that make up the story are also interesting to play though.
Today, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that Star Wars: Episode VIII, originally scheduled for release in summer 2017, will now debut on December 15, 2017.
The move follows the extraordinary success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was the first Star Wars movie to premiere outside the traditional summer blockbuster window and smashed numerous records, including biggest domestic and global debuts of all time as well as the biggest domestic second and third weekends, en route to becoming the highest grossing domestic release of all time with over $861.3 million and the third biggest global release ever with $1.886.7 billion.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII is currently in preproduction and will begin principal photography in London next month. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman will produce and J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski will executive produce. Stay tuned for exciting updates in the coming weeks.
It has only been pushed back a few months so the wait will not be too bad…I hope.
I’m guessing this is equal parts Disney & Lucasfilm wanting to get the second part of the new trilogy right, especially after the success of The Force Awakens. But also possibly a conscious decision to position the main saga films in a new December release window because well, did you see all that money VII made during its December release?! Hollywood is run on superstition and attempting to do the same thing again but a bit better. December worked wonders for The Force Awakens so it will do so again for Episode VIII.
Also other genre movies are going to stay clear of future Star Wars releases due to the massive audiences that have been to see The Force Awakens. The franchise is uniquely primed to make December its home just like Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit and a good chunk of the Harry Potter films.
I am a huge fan of Marvel’s new official cannon Star Wars comics. I love how they are filling in the narrative gaps between the movies and other cannon material like Star Wars: Rebels. Up to now the comics have mainly been focused on the space of time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back. So it is great to see the Marvel capitalising on the success and interest around The Force Awakens and releasing a new series focusing on Poe Dameron and his time with The Resistance leading up to The Force Awakens.
The creative team behind my soon to be favourite comic book is Charles Soule and Phil Noto. I love Phil Noto’s art (seriouslyitisbeautiful) so seeing him tackling the Star Wars universe again so soon after the excellent Chewbacca miniseries is great! I have also enjoyed Soule’s writing in the past year or so. In particular his work on the new Uncanny Inhumans and Star Wars: Lando series for Marvel along with Superman/Wonder Woman for DC.
Full details and PR fluff can be found at USA Today.
As for what will happen in the book, I am just interested in finding out more about Poe seeing as I felt he was the most underused out of the new characters in The Force Awakens. Also seeing as it is a series all about Poe it means I will get to see one of my favourite things in Star Wars; space ship battles and hopefully lots of them!
While fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are gearing up for Captain America: Civil War, us nerds in comic book land are prepping for Civil War II. We are just that cutting edge (and fickle). Today, thanks to New York Daily News we have got our first snippets of info in a surprisingly open look at the famed Marvel Creator Summit story building process:
“Civil War 2” writer Brian Michael Bendis and Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso break down the premise.
“A mysterious new Marvel character comes to the attention of the world, one who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy,” according to the synopsis. “This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime.”
That’s the surface level pitch but just like the original Civil War there are ties to the real world and how we live our lives,
“People’s personal accountability is the theme of this one,” Bendis explains to his peers of his project with artist David Marquez. “From the way cops are acting on camera, to the way people talk to each other online.”
So I am expecting a lot of reflection and viewpoints on how we collectively represent ourselves as a society. The original Civil War was all about the responsibility of power and should we let our governments control our freedoms even if it meant giving some of them up. This feels like it could be a response to the growing toxicity in our general discourse and how we are in general, very quick to jump on people, things and situations in terms of being “right” or “wrong.”
If you are interested in Marvel’s think-tank writing process the piece is really worth a look. It gives a lot of insight into the dynamics that come into play when Marvel’s top talent have to sit in a room and come up with the next “big thing.” Plus it is worth it just to see in black and white that nothing too bad will happen to Spider-Man this time around! (Although that could be Dan Slott being Dan Slott and prepping us Spidey fans for another fall!)