Superhero Stuff 08/05

The DC/Marvel news of the past 24 hours

August 05 2014

By Tyler Hall

A fair amount of news has come out recently from comic book world so lets delve into a few of the bigger items. First up, a video of Ben Affleck on set as Bruce Wayne has appeared online. 

While not much, it is certainly pretty cool to see Affleck in his other persona, so far we have only gotten glimpses of the actor in a cowl. In other Batman V Superman news, Badass Digest reported this:

My sources indicate that when BvS opens Batman has existed for close to thirty years, which would place Wayne in his 50s (which is why I expected more grey in Affleck's hair). In this version Batman is still an urban legend, a creature of the night, and no one has ever taken his picture. But he's had plenty of adventures, and the Batcave includes a memorial centered around a tattered Robin costume. 

And went on to say Wonder Woman has also been established in this world and has been operating on a behind the scenes basis for some time. This information is all particularly interesting because it should be fairly invigorating to see an established, bad ass Batman in action. 

In other BvS news we also got another Star Wars mashup image from Zack Snyder:

Obviously setting up the real Justice League

In Marvel news we got a couple more tidbits on Spider-Man projects being developed. While it is unclear who it would be, Sony is apparently trying to push a female-led Spider-Man spinoff. It all seems to be working in accordance to the recent gender swap of Thor and the outcry that Marvel films and Kevin Feige have been facing over their lack of female leads. It isn't a dumb move on Sony's part, Lucy has been making a ton of money so female leads obviously can work, but it seems pretty forced. Spider-Man's side characters are not quite as interesting as making a movie about every one of them seems. The same report mentions that Venom's spinoff has also gotten a pseudo title attached now, Venom Carnage. These have always been two of my favorite villains in Spider-Man's rogues gallery ever since I was a big fan of the 90's show, but alas I don't even feel very excited about the idea. Both movies have a rumored 2017 release date but given Sony's recent Spider-Man track record no one actually seems to know or bother to care.  

Finally, in Marvel Cinematic Universe news the Russo Bros., directors of Captain America 2, revealed some details on The Winter Soldier follow up. 

Although the heart of the movie will be Steve Rogers’ complicated relationship with his childhood friend Bucky Barnes, the themes of politics and power will still be in play. “The character was invented for an explicitly political purpose. So it’s hard to get away from that nature,” Anthony tells Yahoo. It’s also important to the directors that Captain America doesn’t become another disillusioned antihero. As Joe sees it, “his morality is part of his superpower.

The coolest part of the interview is that the Russo Bros. mentioned that they will be directing many episodes of the Hayley Atwell led Agent Carter, an extension of Agents of Shield set in the original Captain America's timeline.