Comic Con, Comic Con, Comic Con: Weekly Round Up

Comic Con

So, it was Comic Con this week, and while it was a slightly unusual affair given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, as has become custom for the convention, us movie fans got a whole lot of movie news out it. So, this week I’m going to be rounding up the stories I found most exciting and interesting from Comic Con 2020.

First up, Keanu Reeves has had a busy one. 

Although he’s perhaps best known for his role as Neo in The Matrix trilogy, Reeves has appeared in a lot of iconic roles throughout his career, and it doesn’t get more iconic than his role as Ted Theodor Logan alongside Alex Winter’s Bill S. Preston Esq. in the comedy sci-fi film series Bill & Ted.

Well, for fans of the franchise (of which I am one) we got ourselves a new look at the hotly anticipated threequel, Bill & Ted Face the Music, which is to be directed by Dean Parisot, of Galaxy Quest, and sees much of the original cast returning alongside several new faces, in the form of a brand spanking new trailer! And, I know I’m biased as hell since the first two movies were my childhood, but I can safely say that it looks “excellent”.

Alongside the trailer, we also learned that the film is going to be released on video on demand as well as with a limited theatrical run on September 1st of this year. While the move might be due to COVID-19, it actually makes a lot of sense and will undoubtedly open it up to a larger audience than it perhaps would have had in a more usual period of time.

The film’s cast had a lot of interesting things to say about the movie, including how it came to be after so many years between releases. This one remains one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and the comic-con panel only served to heighten that anticipation!

But Bill & Ted wasn’t the only thing Reeves was there to discuss, as he also joined a special panel celebrating the 15th anniversary of comic-book adaptation Constantine.

Despite the movie being met with poor box office takings and a pretty negative critical response upon release, the Reeves starring Constantine has grown a strong and loyal cult following over the last fifteen years.

During the panel Reeves discussed his fears over being cast in the movie, given how much the actor differs from the original comic-book character (who is blonde and from the UK). He was also joined by the director of the film, Francis Lawrence, and producer Akiva Goldsman, and during their discussion all three expressed their interest in potentially returning for a sequel.

If that seems unlikely then just remember that the possibility of a release for the fabled Zack Snyder cut of Justice League looked pretty unlikely a few months ago, and now that movie is currently in its own form of post-production ready for a 2021 release! Given Constantine’s growing cult popularity over the last few years, coupled with Reeves current relevance thanks to John Wick, perhaps a sequel is something that we could very well see in the not too distance future.

And, talking of Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League, the director dropped by the fan event Justice Con with a couple of big bits of news regarding his movie.

He revealed that the world would be getting their first look at his vision of the film during the free online event DCFandom, which is taking place on August 22nd in the form of a teaser trailer. Snyder also confirmed that his movie will feature none of Joss Whedon’s footage. This has been seen largely as a positive by fans of the Snyder-led DCEU. Whedon was famously brought in to “lighten” Justice League, but the end result wound up being a muddled, confused mess rather than the darker, more serious epic that has been set up by Snyder’s first two entries into the franchise.

During the even Snyder also explained that he will reveal, during the event, whether or not his movie will be a single film or chopped up into episodic installments.

He then teased fans with a short snippet from the film showing Henry Cavill’s Superman in a black suit. The scene featured on the Justice League home release but had been cropped out of its IMAX format and Cavill’s suit was the standard red and blue.

And finally, we got some rather tantalizing news about the up-coming Guillermo del Toro produced, Scott Cooper directed horror film Antlers.

I’ve been rather excited about this one for a little while anyway, and so I was disappointed to learn that the film had been pushed back to April of next year. But del Toro and Cooper, both of whom appeared on the panel, had some interesting things to share with us while we wait.

Perhaps most curiously was the revelation that rather than simply featuring another incredibly designed del Toro monster – which, truthfully, was one of the big reasons I was so excited for it anyway – the film will in fact feature a del Toro designed God!

During the panel del Toro said, “I remember it very clearly, I was working with Scott and Guy Davis, and later with everybody at Legacy, creating the creature. I said, ‘You have to remember, we’re not creating a creature, we’re creating a God’,”. Whatever that means, you can consider me sold on this one. I eagerly await further information.

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Alex Secker is a writer/director/editor. His debut feature film, the micro-budget thriller Follow the Crows, won Best Independent Film at the Global Film Festival Awards, while his stage-play, The Door, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Swinge Festival.


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