The Impact: October 28th – November 3rd 2012

Published on November 3rd, 2012

Hey Guys, I hope you all are having a great weekend. This was a busy week in the comic community so lets get right to this week’s all new installment of The Impact.

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion Dollars.Internet Explodes.

While this is not technically comic news it is a story that is very important to geek/pop culture as a whole. This Tuesday the Internet darn near cracked in half when it was revealed that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm for the sweet sum of $4.05 BILLION dollars. As part of the agreement Disney announced that it will be releasing Star Wars Episode VII in 2015 with subsequent episodes being released every other year. Half of that will be paid in cash half and Lucas will be issued 40 million shares of stock. According to the official press release,

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

The current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy will now become the President of the company and serve as executive producer of the new Star Wars films which George Lucas will serve as a creative consultant. Lucas, who is the sole owner of Lucasfilm will take mostly all the profits from the deal and donate them to charity.  Which is a truly generous and just…really cool. Below is a video of George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy talking about the deal.

So what do you guys think? New Star Wars? More than more Star Wars I want an Indiana Jones Captain America WWII animated crossover film. The Rocketeer can stop by to as well if he wants .

Disney Releases Larger Image of the Mandarin

Check out a larger version of the previous released picture of the Iron Man 3 villain the Mandarin. This is a better pic where you can actually see the ten rings. Iron Man 3 hits theaters  May 3rd 2013.

Jamie Foxx Cast as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Variety reports that Jamie Foxx has been cast as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While speaking at an event promoting the Amazing Spider-Man Blu-Ray release director Marc Webb played it coy. “Look, Jamie Foxx is a genius actor, and I think he’s electrifying. That’s my standard quote right now,” Webb told me, with a laugh. “But I think he’s a brilliant actor. From his work back in In Living Color to Ray to what he did in Ali, he’s just one of the great character actors of our generation.”  I think Foxx is a really good choice and look forward to seeing what he would bring to the character.The Amazing Spider-Man 2has a May 2, 2014

Bryan Singer OFFICIALLY Confirmed for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Comingsoon.net confirmed a story from last week  from last week that Bryan Singer was on deck to replace Matthew Vaughn as director of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Vaughn will stay on the film solely as a producer.  X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters July 18, 2014,

New Teaser Poster for The Wolverine.

This week we got our first look at the official teaser poster for The Wolverine. Directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman The Wolverine is based off the critically acclaimed Chris Claremont and Frank Miller run. In a Q&A with Mangold and Hugh Jackman, Mangold spoke about where this film falls is the X-Franchise continuity,

“This film situates itself essentially after the three X-Men movies that exist,” the director said, “and finds Logan at a point when the X-Men are gone, Jean Grey is gone, a lot of the ties he had to the world are gone.”

I really love this poster it’s simple, elegant, and kind of badass. It reminds me a lot of David Aja/Alex Maleev. The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013.

Guillermo del Toro To Helm a Justice League Dark Film??? Locke and Key Trilogy at Universal???

Latino Review reported this week that Guillermo del Toro wants to direct what is the equivalent of a Justice League Dark film. Warner Bros. is so happy with Pacific Rim that they are essentially offering him whatever he wants. The project, dubbed Heaven Sent would feature DC’s supernatural heroes (Deadman, The Spectre, Swamp Thing, Constantine Hellblazer, Phantom Stranger, Zatanna, Zatara, and Sargon as well as Etrigan the Demon) uniting to save the day.

The site also reports Universal is looking to develop the Joe Hill comic Locke and Key as a trilogy of films.

Comic Con to Stay in San Diego Through 2016.

Los Angeles Times  confirmed this week that Comic Con would be staying in San Diego through 2016 as part of the deal the city agreed to a $520-million expansion of the convention center. SDCC is a massive boom to the city’s economy, in 2012 the convention and it’s 133,000 attendees added $68 million of revenue. SDCC 2013 takes place  July 18-21.

First Look at The Huntress’s First Appearance on Arrow.

Okay I may be in the minority but boy I am enjoying CW’s Arrow. Sure it’s flawed, but boy is it fun. I am a fan of the fact that it is a costumed hero show that is not ashamed to be about a costumed hero. I also appreciate all the nods to the DC Universe. We’ve already met Deadshot and this coming week we will me Deathstroke, soon we will even meet the Huntress and Entertainment Weekly has the first official picture.

DC Announces More Before Watchmen.

On Friday we learned that DC would continue to expand their Before Watchmen event with Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill. The one-shot focusing on the doomed by his cape Minuteman, will be written be Len Wein and feature art by Steve Rude. Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill hits comic shops January 30, 2013.

Marvel Reveals Art Adams FF #1.

This week Marvel released a “fantastic” homage cover for Matt Fraction and Mike Allred. Nothing really to add I just think this is a great cover. FF is a book I’m really looking forward to checking out.

Two New Marvel Now! Teasers.

This week we got two new teaser teasing the latest Marvel Now! titles. The first was just the word “Fearless” and the names  Cullen Bunn (Venom, Wolverine) and artist Will Sliney (Farscape, Star Wars: The Clone Wars). No word yet on what this book will be but stay tuned as I get the feeling we will learn sometime in the next week? The second teaser was a lot more overt simply the word Uncanny with the names Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo. This pretty much confirms Bendis is going to dominate the X-Men francise for the foreseeable future with him being on both All-New X-Men and  Uncanny X-Men. Stay tuned for more information.

In other X-News Seth Peck and Paul Azaceta will be taking over X-Men with their first two-issue arc focusing on a team-up between Daredevil and Domino. Well there you have it, I will be at Long Beach Comic Con this weekend so if you see me come up and say “hi.”

Matt Todd

matthew@comicimpact.com