Crossovers

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In the past, with very few exceptions, anything that wasn’t in the live-action movies did not make the cut as canon so far as Star Wars was concerned. But in today’s franchise-heavy climate, if you’re not divesting your IP you’re leaving cash on the ground because fan service equals money in the bank (theoretically). So what about the future? Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD, which is set between the two movie trilogies, has brought in characters from both Star Wars eras, but could the reverse also be true? Might Rebels show up in future Star Wars movies or TV series in a live-action capacity? Well, according to the two men behind Rebels, the answer is a definitive maybe. (more…)

 

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Attack On Titan and the Marvel Universe couldn’t be more different from each other. One’s an exceedingly popular anime title that seems to be gaining more steam by the day. The other’s the Marvel Universe, and if you need a breakdown of that, then leave this site immediately. Either way, one couldn’t be more different than the other. Marvel’s superhero vs. supervillain plan is a simple one: one fights the other. Attack On Titan is a bleak Japanese series where humans live in fear behind giant walls as protection against humongous monsters trying to eat them. Exactly what kind of gumbo are they trying to cook up by mixing these two entities together? I don’t know, but it’s gonna be effing badass because both are on one hell of a roll. (more…)

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Paramount is apparently so pleased with the exceptional performance of GI Joe: Retaliation, the long-awaited follow up to the somewhat lackluster GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, that the studio has already greenlit a third installment. Comic Book Movie claims the cast was very enthusiastic about another adventure for the cinematic Joes when they spoke to them at the London press conference. Plus, Variety‘s Andrew Stewart weighed in with this comment on Twitter:

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We’ll be sure to keep you informed about any developments concerning this film.

 

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In other Real, American, and Heroic news: A crossover between the GI Joe and Transformers universes COULD end up being more than the fodder for a comic book miniseries, or the fevered dreams of legions of fanboys. Cinemablend discussed the possibility with Retaliation producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura:

I guess it’s possible. I don’t know. I think I probably at this moment, I resist it. I don’t know necessarily why, but I just think there’s so much that’s so rich in the mythologies that I don’t think they need to draw from the other. I think, I didn’t rule it out for me and I think those things have somehow for me, sort of in the past, they made me feel like a little bit cynical exercises in just drawing money out of something.

It’s not to say you couldn’t do it well, but both these properties have such rich mythologies with so many characters, that you could go a lot of movies before you start running out of ideas of what to do. But it’s not to say, if we found the right… I’d hate to set out to do that, but if I heard a story where we went, “Oh my God…,” I could see a story right now about machination, machination of war and that could lead you sort of intrinsically to a Transformer.

Given that both properties are owned by the same company, and their film franchises produced by the same studio, it certainly seems logical that one day they could share a movie. And there’s certainly precedent – films like the Alien vs. Predator franchise, and Freddy vs. Jason have proved the marketability of the concept. Fan support is, of course, beyond any doubt (as long as Jon Chu makes the flick – not Michael Bay).

Sources: Comic Book Movie, Blastr

Dream Star Wars Comic Book Mashups

 

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Hey kids, wanna see something neat? Here’s a dose of some cool comic crossovers that could only live in a bizarro world where intellectual properties were allowed to co-mingle more freely.

Brian Cronin from the Comics Should Be Good section over at Comic Book Resources put out a challenge in honor of the now departed Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie and some brilliant artists answered the call. Check it out, share it, and let us know what you think. These are, of course, mere requests, but if you’ve come this far and don’t, it sorta makes you an epic tease.

ABOVE: Since the Deadpool movie keeps moving further and further away from the realm of possibility, I say Marvel trades Wade Wilson to Lucasfilm for Asajj Ventress and a Wookie to be named later, then, at least, this could happen. As for the drawing, I’m split on which is my favorite part, Bounty Hunter fist-bump or the Deapool “Shh, don’t speak” to carbonite Han. What do you think?

This one is by Marco D’Alfonso, here’s his website.

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Batman Teaming Up With Scooby Doo Again

In what could be called the greatest April fool’s day joke ever, the 1970’s are gonna be making a comeback in the form of a Batman/Scooby-Doo team up. Take a look at your calenders though, it’s still March and Mystery inc. and Gotham’s Dark Knight haven’t teamed up since 1972’s “The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair”. Watching Batman and Robin work together with the antics of Shaggy and Scooby must have blown more then a few minds in the decade of peace and love. Strap on your utility belts and get out those Scooby Snacks because it looks like 2011 is the year the band get back together one more time.

It’s 106 miles to Gotham, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of Scooby snacks, it’s dark… and we’re with Batman. Hit it.

On April 1st, 2011,  fans of the cowardly dog and the masked hero will have their television set to Batman: The Brave and The Bold for the crossover of the year. As part of the episode ‘Batman’s Strangest Cases’ Batman and every annoying, all-powerful Bat-Mite (Paul Reubens) takes us through some weird alternate realities. The Scooby doo portion is part of a larger scheme, done in the style of early 1970s Hanna-Barbera animation. Jumping alternate realties and only using the best mystery solvers next to Batman himself is pretty weak but it should be worth it in some way. Please use Adam West in the Hanna-Barbera universe, pretty, pretty please.

Via: io9

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Comics Alliance has come up with a great idea to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Marvel vs. DC crossover by commissioning an insanely action packed battle between Marvel and DC characters, with a few Amalgam characters thrown in for good measure. Ulises Farinas created this mind blowing mural that’s packed with hidden characters and items to find “Where’s Waldo” style.

Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to find the Invisible Woman, cleverly hidden somewhere in the mural by Ulises Farinas. No Joke, she’s in there somewhere. To enjoy the full effect of this piece of art I recommend you click through the jump to the high-res version to appreciate the level of detail involved, find all of the lost items on the checklist, and just bask in the pieces artistic glory.

Don’t ruin it for anyone else by commenting on where Invisible Woman is in the comments section, but do stop by and tell us how you did. Did you find it all? What was the hardest or the most cleverly hidden? How long did it take you?

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