As much excitement as there is over the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VII,” there’s just as much interest in the standalone — of spinoff — “Star Wars” movies that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg overseeing. Characters like Yoda and Han Solo have been rumored to be the subjects of the movies, but now a source is saying that bounty hunter Boba Fett will be the focus of the first.
“One of them is Boba Fett. It is. I know. I know for a fact,” Schnepp said. “I will never reveal my source, but it is the one written by Lawrence Kasdan.”
That would make sense, since Kasdan’s “Empire Strikes Back” first introduced the now-iconic character. And since Disney has confirmed that the standalone movies will be origin stories, a Boba Fett movie could focus on his early years as a bounty hunter.
The first “Star Wars” standalone movie is expected to be released in 2016, a year after “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
With The Avengers coming out today in the U.S., artist Jer Thorp had a look at character appearances, of which there have been 127 since 1963.
We can see a big cluster of major Avengers appearing in the first few episodes, with some other big names coming in the next few years (Vision, the Avenger with the 3rd most appearances in issues, doesn’t come along until #57). While there are a couple of major additions along the way (She-Hulk & Photon in 1982), we can see that the cast of characters for the team is defined pretty early.
Source: Nathan Yau, FlowingData
Each year, we blog about all of the exclusive products that will be at SDCC this year. Last year we blogged about 108 SDCC exclusives and expect that number to be even higher this year. The Con is all sold out and is scheduled for July 12th through the 15th. So we are just getting started with this year’s list but check back every few days to see what has been added.
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So stay tuned and we will keep you up-to-date on all thing San Diego Comic-Con.
WTFFriday, By Jesus Diaz
George Lucas Now Says That Han NEVER Shot First As He Shoves Star Wars 3D Down Your Throat
I hate history revisionists, but not as much as I hate George Lucas for making Han shoot last. Now, with Star Wars 3D coming, he’s now saying that the scene modification wasn’t a change. He claims that Han NEVER shot first:
The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.
George, how do you have the thermal detonators to try to rewrite history in this way? Do you think we are stupid? Wasn’t it enough to paint that stupid laser blast coming at a stupid angle from Greedo? Do you really think that, if Greedo shot first, he would have missed Han at point blank?
No, George, you can draw all the lasers you want and add all the wider shots you want, but you can’t rewrite history. If Greedo had shot first in that scene setting you directed, Han would be dead, period. Nobody can miss at that distance. Not even a stormtrooper.
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!
JOIN TOY ANXIETY FOR OUR ANNUAL TOY DRIVE AND SIDEWALK SALE EVENT
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If you have not attended this event in the past, you must check it out, and this year is going to be even better! We will have many Star Wars and other super heroes in costume on hand. Kids and adults alike will have a great time visiting and taking pictures with everyone in their awesome costumes!
In addition, as mentioned, this is a Toy Drive. We will be accepting Toy donations, which will be given to children at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as other children in need over the holidays and beyond. Toys are especially needed for younger boys and girls as well as teens. All toys should be new and in their
original packages (if applicable), but not gift wrapped. Anyone who donates a toy will be given a storewide SALE sheet for in store purchases of up to 75%
off*. Even if you don’t plan to purchase anything, any donations will be appreciated.
Also, anyone who donates a toy will receive a raffle ticket for which you can win a variety of great prizes. Drawings held often all day during the event, though you must be present to claim your prize.
*Sales do not apply to any consignment items or “No Trade” items and cannot be combined with other coupons or store discounts.
With the Bat-sequel now shooting, Christopher Nolan reveals the big bad who will square off against Batman
By Tim Kenneally
With production of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Batman flick “The Dark Knight Rises” now in production, the first scintillating glimpse of the film has emerged, in the form of this photo featuring “Inception” actor Tom Hardy in character as bad guy Bane.
For those unfamiliar with comic-book lore, Bane developed a bad attitude in the penal system of fiction Caribbean republic Santa Prisca, and derives his superhuman strength from an experimental drug called Venom. He also enjoys long walks on the beach — but hey, don’t we all?
“The Dark Knight Rises” is in theaters July 20, 2012. In the meantime, enjoy the advance look.