Beginning next month, glossy-haired third generation overcompensating Sith Apprentice Kylo Ren will start appearing as a costumed character at both Disneyland and the Walt Disney Worlds.
He’ll be appearing in, of course, the new Star Wars areas, which were redeveloped within the parks as part of a Force Awakens branding. Kylo will be joined by Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, and “other Star Wars characters”, which hopefully means Maz Kanata will be popping up somewhere in order to flirt with anybody with a beard. Other TFA concepts to pop up at the STar Wars Launch Bay will include the First Order Star Destroyer and a hidden Resistance base.
For clarity, and because I can never remember either, Disneyland is the one in Paris and the Walt Disney Worlds are in California, Florida and Anaheim… whatever Anaheim is.
The 2012 movie adaptation of Judge Dredd, simply called DREDD, proved a critical success, with fans and critics both enjoying the tense lock-in thriller. However… there were not very many of them, which meant that the movie struggled to recover its costs and wasn’t a huge hit at the box office. Regardless, fans quickly took to the internet to register their admiration for the film, and to call en masse for a sequel.
Until recently, that petition called for the sequel to be a movie, Dredd 2, and had seen support from the actors involved in the movie, 130,000+ fans, and 2000AD themselves.
But, perhaps following a shift in perspective following the success of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the petition has now switched gears: the goal is now for Dredd to come to Netflix. Or HBO. Or Amazon Prime. Any online streaming service which could do the tone of the movie justice, in other words. Quoting 2000AD co-owner Jason Kingsley in the press release sent by 2000AD:
“What Frank and Brian have achieved over the last three years has been incredible – they’ve kept the fires burning and their decision to open out the campaign to include TV AND films is a sensible one. Who amongst us wouldn’t want to see a DREDD series from Netflix or Amazon? I wish them all the best and thank them for keeping the faith. In the meantime, we’ve been doing – and will continue to do – all we can to give the fans what they want, which is more from the incredibly rich world of Judge Dredd.
In news which had been predicted but never conclusively proven, Lego have officially unveiled a look at a new, 2,500 piece set based around the classic Batman ’66 TV show.
The set was first predicted following the release of Lego Batman 3, which prominently featured the characters and setting of the show as bonus content. And many of the characters seen there are also shown here, as the set is filled with minifigures! Not only do we have Batman and Robin, but also Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson (in fetching outfits), Alfred, Catwoman, Joker, Riddler, and Penguin!
Even more, the set comes with a Bat-Copter, the Batmobile, and Bat-Cycle. It’s a huge set, offering you pretty much everything you can expect. A video launched alongside the announcement explains more, but you can clearly see several brilliant details tucked in through the build. The iconic red phone is there (as it was in the previous Bat-Cave set) along with a bookcase in the study which slides to one side in order to let the dynamic duo slide down dual poles into the bat-cave itself.
The set is split into three sections: the study/cave entrance, a helicopter landing pad, and supercomputer. I’m not sure if it doesn’t look a little plain – that’s a lot of beige bricks showing up within the set – but it’s certainly a complete piece of work. It’ll be the Lego VIP option for February, with a wider release coming later in the year.
Star Wars Rebels, the CGI continuation of a CGI continuation of the third chronological Star Wars film, will feature a guest appearance later this year from one of the most beloved characters from the movies. The twist, however, is that the guest is NOT a character from the prequel movies.
The series is set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, meaning it focuses on the fallout of The Clone Wars and the attack which wiped out almost all the Jedi – the infamous Order 66. Only a few Jedi are left, and they’re in hiding, whilst the Imperial forces build up and consolidate their power. In the midst of everything, the Rebel Alliance begin to form up.
And on an episode which’ll air on Disney XD on January 20th, the show will get to bridge the trilogies for the first time, as none other than Princess Leia will make her first appearance in the new, expanded Star Wars continuity. Voiced by Julie Dolan, she’ll mark the first time any of the central three characters have appeared outside of the movies since Disney bought Lucasfilm and cut out the Expanded Universe from canon.
She also joins Darth Vader, who is now a recurring villain for the series, and Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated series which preceded this one. This is only planned as a one-off for the time being, but it’s another sign of Disney really consolidating the various Marvel properties, and tying them together in a pre-planned, careful manner.
Cosmic Boy, another of the forgotten members of the Legion of Super-Heroes, will be making his Lego debut this March. The minifigure for Rokk Krinn (which by the way is apparently his name) is set to be bundled in with the latest Lego DC Superheroes movie, which’ll be called Justice League: Cosmic Clash.
There he is! Adorable. He joins fellow team-members Superboy and Lightning Lad, although fellow team-founder Saturn Girl remains missing in action. You’d have to imagine she’ll be showing up later in the year to help round out the team – what other reason would there be for Lego to even bother with the Legion?
No Saturn Girl and we all riot, folks.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the upcoming film version of Paul Pope’s ‘Battling Boy’, but this week saw the announcement that writer Jason Mantzoukas is up to script the feature. Mantzoukas is best known as a comedic writer and actor (as well as prolific podcaster), which may well hint towards the intended tone of the movie, which’ll apparently also mix animation and live-action. He’s also a noted fan of comics, making this a really intriguing hiring move.
Published by FirstSecond, ‘Battling Boy’ was first released in 2013. It’s a fantasy following a young boy with godly powers who is sent down to another world in order to… well. battle a load of monsters, basically. It’s styled like Norse fantasy, with a lot of fighting, mythical concepts, and that heavy distinctive Paul Pope artwork.
Patrick Osborn will direct the movie once it leaves pre-production.
Following the Batman Vs Superman sets released at the start of the year, Lego have revealed a new DC Superheroes set which’ll feature Harley Quinn and Deadshot Vs Batman. Essentially, it’s a Suicide Squad set, as unexpected as that might sound, with Harley and Wade both wearing versions of their current New 52 outfits from the comics.
Officially known as the Batman Gotham City Cycle Chase (set 76053), the box art shows the new Batman model chasing down Harley Quinn on his motorbike, which must be at least the fifteenth one we’ve seen from Lego by now, whilst Deadshot flies overhead on his jetpack with a giant-sized gun (featuring the new click-fire system Lego have been making good use of over the last few months).
This marks the third version of Harley Quinn we’ve seen made the transfer to Lego, but the first version of Deadshot – who has the mask painted-on, presumably so people can pretend he’s either white or African-American according to their comic/film preference. The set is due for release in Spring 2016.