The Impact: October 15th -20th 2012

Published on October 20th, 2012

Hey guys. How are we all doing this weekend? I am still recovering from all the announcements and news made last week at New York Comic Con. I hope you all dug the extra large Impact last week.

Warner Bros. Retain 50% of Superman in Latest Court Ruling.

Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. On Wednesday a California court granted Warner Bros’ request for a summary judgement in the legal dispute over the ownership and control of Superman between the studios and the heirs of Joe Shuster.

The judge ruled “that the 1992 Agreement, which represented the Shuster heirs’ opportunity to renegotiate the prior grants of Joe Shuster’s copyrights, superseded and replaced all prior grants of the Superman copyrights. The 1992 Agreement thus represents the parties’ operative agreement and, as a post-1978 grant, it is not subject to termination.”

This means that potentially, Warner’s has been granted permanent ownership of Shuster’s share of the copyright. Siegel’s rights will be reverting to his heirs sometime next year. You can read the entire ruling HERE.  Not coincidentally enough on Thursday the Los Angeles Times  revealed that Warners is aiming to release their Justice League movie the summer of 2015 just in time for Avengers 2.

Marvel Releases LeBron King of the Rings

Courtesy of CBR. On Friday Marvel revealed that it would be collaborating with ESPN to publish a short 10-page comic showcasing NBA superstar LeBron James.  LeBron: King of The Rings will be a full-color, ten-page comic and be available exclusively in ESPN The Magazine’s NBA Preview which hits stands October 19th. Written by Christos Gage and featuring art by Mike Deodato, Scott Eaton, Greg Land, Terry Dodson and a cover by Adi Granov.

BOOM! Studios Cancels Higher Earth. DC Cancels Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E

Courtesy of Bleeding Cool.  Coming out of New York Comic Con. Word from creator and writer Sam Humphries Higher Earth has been cancelled. No word yet on which issue will be it’s final one.

On Monday we learned that January’s issue (issue 16) of Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E will be the last.

Official Iron Man 3 Synopsis

We are just days away from the release of the first official trailer for Iron Man 3 (Tuesday October 23 at 12:01 AM) in the mean time here is the synopsis for the eagerly anticipated sequel.

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of Tales of Suspense (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with The Invincible Iron Man (#1) in May of 1968.

Iron Man 3 is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

You should go to the official Iron Man 3 Facebook Page if we get the likes up to 100% we will get a sneak peek of the movie.

Hollywood Reporter Reveals Potential Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spoiler.

Last week we learned that Descendents actress  Shailene Woodley will be playing Mary Jane Watson in the Amazing Spider-Man 2. This week we learned that Woodley would also be attached to the adaptation of the novel Divergent which shoots at the same time. The Hollywood Reporter explained and in the explanation we learned some potentially BIG spoilers for the next two films. Consider yourself warned.

Woodley initially had scheduling issues as an obstacle to the dealmaking, having had offers to play both Mary Jane and the Divergent lead. But the Mary Jane role is proving to be only a very small part in Amazing Spider-Man 2 but blossoms into an integral lead for the planned third movie as the studio seeks to build to the classic “Death of Gwen Stacy” story.

There you have it. I wonder if we will finally see the alluded to but never seen Norman Osborn in the sequel. Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters May 2, 2014

Mark Millar Talks X-Men Days of Future Past.

Courtesy of This week comic writer and 20th Century Fox Marvel Film consultant Mark Millar talked about the sequel to X-Men: First Class. The sequel, will be based on the popular “Days of Future Past” storyline.

“Vaughn is going for a big sci-fi style thing with X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Millar said. ”It’s X-Men meets The Terminator, You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes – it’s got everything in one film.”

Well if that doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will. The film is scheduled to start shooting this January and hit theaters July 18, 2014.

Ant-Man Gets a Release Date

This week it was announced that Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man will arrive in theaters on Nov. 6, 2015.

Well there we have it guys, sorry it’s a little light this week everyone is still in a NYCC cool down. I hope last week’s massive update makes up for it.

Matt Todd