Check out these releases for 2011 – both comic releases and comic-based releases of other forms of media. Comics are difficult to predict what’s coming out for an entire year ahead of time. Everything moves so fast paced and we often don’t know what’s going to be new until it’s right upon us. What we are really able to see, though, is that in 2011 comics have absolutely infiltrated more mainstream venues. These are my ten examples of what I’ll personally be awaiting this year!
Comic Book Films –
Opens January 14, 2011. Directed by Michel Gondry. Starring: Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet), Jay Chou (Kato), and Cameron Diaz (Lenore Case). Here is the trailer
May 6, 2011. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and Rene Russo (Frigga). Here is the trailer
X-men: First Class
Opens June 3, 2011. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Starring: January Jones (Emma Frost), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Xavier), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Kevin Bacon (Sebastian Shaw), Rose Byrne (Moire MacTaggert).
June 17, 2011. Directed by Martin Campbell. Starring: Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern), Peter Sarsgaard (Hector Hammond), Mark Strong (Sinestro), Blake Lively (Carol Ferris). Here is the trailer
Opens July 22, 2011. Directed by Joe Johnston. Starring: Chris Evans (Captain America), Hugo Weaving (The Red Skull), Tommy Lee Jones (Col. Chester Phillips), and Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter).
Cowboys and Aliens
Opens July 29, 2011. Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring: Olivia Wilde (Ella), Daniel Craig (Jake Lonergan), Harrison Ford (Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde) and Sam Rockwell (Doc). Here is the trailer
(2012 will also be a good year. Here is a list of movies currently scheduled – Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Avengers, The Spiderman reboot, Batman Dark Knight Rises, Deadpool, Ant-Man, Sperman Reboot, Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sin City 2.)
Comic Book TV Shows
Includes some DC favorites like Batman and Robin, The Flash and Kit Flash, Aquaman and Aqualad.
The final season of Smallville
Smallville has been an extremely successful show on the CW for ten seasons now. Don’t miss the highly anticipated conclusion this May!
All Star Superman
Animated feature-film that I am including in the TV section b/c it doesn’t go to the big screen.
Green Lantern: The Animated Series
Of course Green Lantern stuff has been in demand lately with the new movie coming out. Personally being a cartoon fan, I will be checking this out to supplement my Green Lantern knowledge.
The Walking Dead Season 2
This has been one of the most successful AMC series of all time. The final show of season one received over 6 million viewers! Unfortunately it looks like all 6 million of us will have to wait until fall 2011 for season two.
Can you ever have too many Spider-man cartoons?
Locke & Key
Fox will be airing this tv show based on the graphic novel about a mysterious mansion and its magical keys. Speculation is that this show will begin airing in the summer, though no set date has been announced.
There are a bunch of rumored tv shows that would also be awesome if they came to fruition – Wonder Woman, Hulk, Cloak and Dagger, Moon Knight, Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage) Alter Ego (Jessica Jones)
July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center. Tickets are $37 from Thursday July 21 – Saturday July 23 and $20 on Sunday July 24. As usual, lots of big names will be present like Grant Morrison, David Finch, Ed Benes, Dave Gibbons, John Higgins, Steranko, Ernie Chan, Jo Chen, Alan Davis, and many more. Keep up to date on information as it comes out at www.comic-con.org. For a list of comic cons around the country this year, look here.
Fear Itself from Marvel
“Fear Itself” is a seven-issue crossover series to be published by Marvel Comics beginning in March 2011. The core of the plot will be written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Stuart Immonen, Wayne Von Grawbadger, and Laura Martin. A prologue book starring Captain America and Namor will be printed prior to the crossover in order to introduce the storyline. This initial peek into the plot will be written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Scott Eaton. Additionally, the “Fear Itself” storyline will be tied into several of the regular ongoing Marvel titles. Characters scheduled to star in the miniseries are Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Cyclops, Thor, and Iron Man.
Supposedly this is the ‘Big thing” of upcoming DC events. Will this be the ultimate showdown between the Flash (Barry Allen) and the Reverse Flash/Professor Zoom (Eobard Thawne), his mortal enemy from the future? Only time will tell if this will be as big as DC is hoping it is. In its favor, Flashpoint is to be written by Geoff Johns, who has a great reputation behind him.
FF 587 is scheduled for January 26, 2011. The wait isn’t long now! We’ve seen some of our favorite comic heroes come and go (then come back and go again) many times. Sometimes it is done in a heart-tugging, you hated it but you loved it at the same time kind of way. Sometimes you just sigh and begin the long wait for the character’s inevitable return, because the death didn’t seem necessary in the first place. Judge for yourself at the end of the month as the Fantastic Four becomes the Fantastic Three.
Age of X
Another miniseries by Marvel (helping to usher in the nicknamed ‘age of miniseries’). Age of X is an alternate reality series exploring the X-men from a different point of view. The story debuts with the comic book titled “Age of X Alpha” in January, and it will continue the storyline through the X-Men Legacy and New Mutants titles for several months. Basically this is Marvel’s “next big thing” before “Fear Itself” hits the shelves. This storyline will primarily be written by Mike Cary and edited by Daniel Ketchum. Some of the main characters scheduled to have starring roles are quite familiar, such as Rogue, Magneto, and Cannonball. Others have been around for a while, yet perhaps have not had the main spotlight, like Basilisk, Nightmare, Beserker, and Hellion. For more information check out this sum-up of information.
Through various incidents this show perseveres, though the opening night has been pushed to February 7, 2011. Here is the official summary of show details as seen on the musical’s website http://spidermanonbroadway.marvel.com/:
Broadway’s SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark features a new score by 22-time Grammy® winners Bono and The Edge of U2 and direction by Tony Award® winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King) with flying, stunts and breathtaking designs from an international team of artists from Broadway, Cirque du Soleil, the Beijing Olympics and the Spider-Man films. Drawing on over 40 years of Marvel comics, co-book writers Julie Taymor and Glen Berger spin a spectacular new take on the mythic adventure that’s familiar and fresh yet filled with unexpected twists and turns.
I admit, I don’t know much about this one, not being much of a gamer myself. But apparently Sony and Sucker Punch have formed an alliance with DC comics to bring this superhero game to the mainstream comics world in March of 2011. The point of the comic is to bridge the plot gap between InFamous and InFamous 2. The comic will run about $2.99 per issue, which is better than what a lot of series have been going for these days.
Comic Price drop for 2011
Ok, I know this isn’t a release of something new and awesome … but it is certainly something to look forward to! DC has vowed to drop their prices to $2.99 per issue in 2011. This is about a dollar lower than what the standard comic book issue prices have been in the past year. The hope is that other companies will see the price drop and follow suit. So if you have been throwing around the idea of picking up that bad habit of reading comics again (you know, the one you dropped because you realized you spent your lunch money on spider-man and therefore you were stuck eating Ramon noodles for a week) – this would be a good time to do it and encourage the industry to keep these prices at a reasonable rate.