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San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
Thanks for the read!!! Always open to critique! In 1992, an animated series focused on the DC comics hero Batman, debuted on television. After 23 years, and countless awards and praises, it’s still celebrated as one of the greatest cartoons to ever grace the small screen. Four years later in 1996, a spinoff of Batman: The Animated Series premiered that followed the adventures of The Last Son of Krypton. Superman: The Animated Series was a worthy follower to its DC animation predecessor as it faithfully depicted the Man of Steel. The DC animation train didn’t stop with these two powerhouses as Batman Beyond, The New Batman Adventures, Static Shock, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited all followed and ushered in a cohesive DC animated universe (Dcau). These shows not only set a precedent for animated superhero cartoons, but all cartoons as they exemplified great television. The person responsible for spearheading and »
He's recently been linked (though not officially) with the role of DC superhero Static Shock for a new Warner Bros. TV series. But while those deals are no doubt being wrangled, Jaden Smith has lined up a turn for Baz Luhrmann. He's joining Luhrmann's musical Netflix extravaganza The Get Down.Shawn Ryan, best known for shows like The Shield and The Unit, is teaming up with the Australian director to work on the series, which they first starting kicking around as an idea in 2013. The show is set in grungy, gritty, 1970s New York, a much tougher place to live than the law-abiding city it is today... In the South Bronx, a crew of teenagers who have no-one else to turn to find shelter and solace in each other, as they express their own musical abilities at a time when hip-hop, punk and disco are kicking off and pulsing through the culture. »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Superman Lives, Justice League Mortal, Arrow, Static Shock, Gotham, Supergirl, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Heroes Reborn and more…
Well, Suicide Squad just added another couple of hundred million to its box office haul, with the latest set photos from the film confirming once and for all that The Dark Knight is set to feature in next year’s DC supervillain ensemble. We’ll not get into any detail here for fear of minor spoilers, but you can check out the Bat-related set photos and video here, »
- Gary Collinson
With the possible exception of the Black Panther, no other black franchise has garnered as much “it’s going to be a major movie or TV show” hype within the fan rumor mill than Static Shock. Finally the Black Panther is going to happen. As for Static Shock … kinda.
In 2018 the Black Panther movie will be released from what is now the best superhero moviemaker bar none, Marvel Studios. Static will make his way to the Internet as part of Warner Bros’ Digital arm later this year.
I find that rather disappointing.
More than any other black property, Static pretty much already owns the Internet. The massive amount of love Static has on the net is nothing short of extraordinary. In the 22 years since Static burst on the scene the admiration for the character has only grown and at no point shows signs of waiving.
That’s simply remarkable and »
- Michael Davis
Will Smith is playing Deadshot in Suicide Squad. Jada Pinkett Smith played Fish Mooney on Gotham. Now the DC Comics world may have hooked another member of the Smith family. Speaking to Flicks and the City about superheroes, actor Tyler James Williams (Dear White People) noted how “it’s great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden.” We last reported on Static Shock back in October when Warner Bros. announced that its digital division would be developing series based on the DC Comics along with Mortal Kombat and Critters. Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin is taking the lead on the Static Shock series, which will feature Virgil Hawkins, aka the superhero “Static”, who has advanced powers of electromagnetism. [caption id="attachment_250342" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Sony Pictures[/caption] We should definitely take Williams’ comment with a grain of salt. It’s possible that a game of telephone has become a little screwy and that »
- Matt Goldberg
As his dad plays DC supervillain Deadshot in Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad, Jaden Smith may be gearing up for a DC project of his own. The younger Smith is said to have the lead in Static Shock, Warner Bros. upcoming live-action digital series. More on the possible Jaden Smith Static Shock casting after the jump. Actor Tyler James […]
- Angie Han
Static is an African-American teen superhero created by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan at Milestone Comics, who had a unique distribution deal with DC Comics for a time. They retained the rights to their characters (whose adventures existed outside the DC continuity), but DC published and distributed the comics. Milestone Comics became defunct in 1997.
Static lived on though, and was incorporated into the main DC universe. In 2000, Static got his own animated TV series, Static Shock. It ran for 52 episodes on The WB before being cancelled in 2004.
In recent years, rumours have linked Jaden Smith to the role for a live-action web series based on Static. These rumours began in October 2014, with the announcement that Warner Bros. were planning a live action show Static Shock show for the online realm, via their »
In the comics, Static (aka Virgil Ovid Hawkins) is a high school student who gains a variety of electromagnetic powers and becomes a costumed crusader against crime. At the time of the report, it was suggested that "After Earth" and "The Karate Kid" star Jaden Smith was likely to take the role.
"The Walking Dead" actor Tyler James Williams has seemingly confirmed that decision in a recent interview with Flicks and the City. Williams was discussing the lack of young black superheroes in an interview when someone in the crowd suggested Static Shock and Spider-Man.
Williams said: "I don't know...What you're talking about. But yeah no, it's great to see Static Shock is happening with Jaden." There's »
- Garth Franklin
Back in October, we reported that After Earth star Jaden Smith was rumored for the title role of DC’s upcoming Static Shock live-action digital series. Now, that report seems to have been confirmed, thanks to The Walking Dead and Dear White People‘s Tyler James Williams.
Williams was recently interviewed at McM Comic Con (via Flicks and the City), and was asked about any interest he might have in starring in a comic book adaptation. When he lamented that there “aren’t a lot of young, black superheroes,” someone in the crowd shouted out, “Static Shock! Spider-Man!” His response?
“I don’t know… [coyly] what you’re talking about. But yeah no, it’s great to see Static Shock happening with Jaden.”
Now, this is far from official confirmation, but it is a sign that Jaden is at least circling the role. We have yet to hear more news about the Static Shock series, »
- James Garcia
Welcome to the new column “Comics Issues” where two Sound on Sight writers debate a important or controversial comics industry topic. First up, we discuss whether the DC New 52 was a successful initiative or not. Feel free to post your opinion in the comments below.
Pro: “The DC Comics New 52 was successful.”
Overall, I think the New 52 was a successful initiative for DC Comics. The new #1’s attracted a lot of new readers (including yours truly) and made titles like Action Comics and Batman, which seemed inaccessible with issue numbers in the three digits. Speaking of Batman, the New 52 has been a time of creative renaissance for the character and his family of titles from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s soon to be legendary run on the title to artistically interesting books like Gotham Academy and Grayson. Other highlights of the New 52, include Grant Morrison’s metafictional event comic »
I’m a dick.
Or more to the point, a lot of people think I’m a dick.
Most times I’m of a mind to simply dismiss those clearly inferior beings, loudly and with purpose. Not so many years ago, nothing made me happier than to double down when those who opposed me dared call my conduct uncouth or outrageous and labeled me among other things, a dick.
I didn’t start off with the intention of being a dick. I didn’t even start off trying to be in comics Oh, my greatest wish growing up in the hood was to be a comics artist.
Technically, my greatest wish was to stay alive but being a comic artist was Right behind that. Well, technically it was right behind not getting hooked on drugs or getting a girl pregnant, oh and avoiding being shot.
Let’s just say this, »
- Michael Davis
It's speculation time! Reports are coming in that Franz Drameh (Attack The Block, Hereafter, Edge Of Tomorrow) has joined the cast of the CW's Arrow/The Flash spinoff show. His character has the good old fashioned alliterative secret identity name of Jay Jackson, but the DC superhero he's actually playing remains a mystery. Could it be Static Shock? Black Lighting perhaps? We do have some details on this Mr. Jackson, as according to the official press release he'll be a "former high school athlete, whose pro-career was derailed by injury. Now making ends meets as an auto mechanic, Jay will come to have a surprising affiliation to the S.T.A.R. Labs crew." That makes him sound a Lot like Cyborg, but with that character expected to make his big screen debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, is that likely? Whoever he turns out to be he'll »
While many DC Comics fans are directing their attention towards the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, The CW have been quietly building their own shared superhero universe on television.
After the spectacular ratings and attention received by the epic crossover between Arrow and The Flash, The CW are clearly intent on replicating this success on a long term basis. The currently-untitled companion series to both shows, has so far been met with an equal amount of curiosity and enthusiasm. The brand new series will collect together a team of fan-favourite secondary characters from both Arrow and The Flash, to form a weekly superhero adventure show unlike any other. The spin-off will (so far) star Brandon Routh as The Atom, Victor Garber as (one half of) Firestorm, Caity Lotz as (the currently deceased) Black Canary, Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and finally, Dominic Purcell as Heatwave. »
- Ben Read
While attending Planet Comicon in Kansas City this past weekend, Stephen Amell told fans that the plan for the currently untitled, Arrow/Flash spinoff is for the show to "launch midseason next year." Currently, the show is confirmed to star one-half of Firestorm (Victor Garber), Canary 1.0 (Caity Lotz), the Atom (Brandon Routh), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) with casting currently underway for three additional DC Comics superheroes rumored to 'Possibly' be Booster Gold, Static Shock and/or Fire. A second interesting revelation from Amell, was his statement that the coolest moment in the show's history will be the trailer for season 4 that will be released at Sdcc 2015. They haven't filmed it yet, obviously, but Amell knows the direction the show is heading. Said Amell to fans in attendance, "Without spoiling anything, I will say, I think the greatest moment in the history of the show will be the trailer that we »
There’s much more to this story at Bleeding Cool.
On January 21st of this year, the Washington Post broke the story of the return of Milestone. Missing from the Post and every article since about the new Milestone 2.0 was any mention of me. I’m a founder and co-creator of the original Milestone’s best-known property, Static Shock.
There was to be a statement from Milestone explaining my absence, but in the three weeks since the story broke, Milestone 2.0 has not issued any statement.
Because there was no statement, comic book fans, Milestone fans, and my fan (I had two, one died) took to social media speculating as to why I was missing. Missing from news stories and missing from interviews, which was curious. I was no longer a part of the new venture, but in all the interviews, I was missing from the history of Milestone 2.0.
When I »
- Michael Davis
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis didn’t just introduce the world to the New 52 version of Aquaman. It also gave us the first appearance of Superman’s Hammer of Justice, Steel. If you got up to use the restroom or checked your cell phone at the wrong time, you might have missed what could become a defining moment in the new DC Animated Universe.
In what amounted to under a minute of screen time, John Henry Irons wields a large hammer on what appears to be a construction site. Wearing a yellow hardhat, he defends his co-workers from an army of Atlantian attackers. Just as he is about to be overcome by his assailants, Superman swoops down and saves him. We are witnesses to the defining moment when the seeds of a new super hero are planted – Steel.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Part 1 of this series can be read at BleedingCool.com
Hollywood, I’m sorry. I’ve been wrong.
You’re not responsible for the overwhelming opinion the general public has of my industry being just for kids. Yes, Sdcc is our house, but our house is all fucked up. We deserve to be viewed as nothing but geeks, nerds, and children. We are not ready to play at your level, not even close.
We’re selfish, shortsighted, and stupid. Not all the time, but so often we’ve become a joke to the French and Japanese comics industries. Comics, one of the few original American art forms, are recognized as such by a country whose ass we had to save and a country whose ass we nuked. Yet we’re the joke.
And we deserve to be.
As an example, in about two weeks it will be a year since »
- Michael Davis
WB's new digital division, Blue Ribbon Content, announced last October that the flagship series from the new department would be a live-action Static Shock series which would anchor a first block of programming. Since that announcement details on the project have been scarce. However, in the wake of the surprising announcement that Milestone Media is being revived, the owners have shared a few details about the Static Shock project with Cbr. The Denys Cowan and Reginald Hudlin stated that they were initially skeptical of WB's desire to make Static the primary focus of Blue Ribbon Content (probably due to past deals between the two companies) but when WB used Static to announce Blue Ribbon, that essentially assuaged any apprehension. Said Cowan, an original Milestone founder, "....So we took the meeting, and Sam Register was very excited about it, and quite serious, and they made the announcement. Big picture of Static Shock. »
Milestone Media, started in 1992 and published comics starring African-American superheroes as an imprint of DC Comics in the early 90's. Since then, DC has absorbed a small contingent of the Milestone characters into the larger DC Universe (most notably Static Shock) but most of the Milestone characters fell into limbo. Today, The Washington Post has revealed that Hudlin, Denys Cowan and Derek Dingle will lead a relaunch of Milestone as a tribute to the late, great Dwayne McDuffie. Another aspect of the relaunch is a desire to satisfy the need to create, new African-American superheroes that have their own identity and weren't simply handed the mantle of an already established, white superhero [i.e. Falcon/Captain America, Power Girl, etc]. Milestone retains ownership over all of its original characters and hopes to have artwork to show at Sdcc 2015. What this news means for characters like Static Shock's continued existence in »
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