2016 might have witnessed a fair amount of upheaval, but one thing remained constant: Hollywood’s love of superheroes is as strong as ever. While DC sat out 2015, Marvel saw three of their properties in theaters; this year The Big Two had six combined. Next year that will edge up to seven. In addition, geek-favorite franchises Star Trek and Star Wars continued their multi-year missions through galaxies far, far away. Almost all of them raked the ticket sales (analysists were divided on whether Star Trek Beyond fell short of breaking even or turned a modest profit). Either way, neither profit margins nor quantity of films produced equal quality. 2016 was a very mixed year in terms of artistic merit, as fans could be forgiven for experiencing whiplash when trying to create a double bill for some of these movies. Some films excelled by being able to break new ground, while others entertained with well-executed tried and true formulas. Some were an utter mess (and not simply in their murky CGI sequences). It could have been worse; viewers were denied anything quite as terrible as last year’s Fantastic Four. Then again, that is placing the bar quite low.
The NBC Podcast is back with our 25th giant size episode one year in the making. Listen to hear Alex, Dean & Patrick talk the best series of the last year, DC Rebirth, comic film and television adaptations, what they’re drinking, the NBA Finals & hear an original song by Alex. So grab a drink, kick back and enjoy the weekend with the NBC mind squad.
Fox Studios takes the X-Men spin-off Gambit starring Channing Tatum off its October 7th, 2016 release. No new date has been set, but two more dates have been reserved for other (presumably X-Men related) films in 2017.
Marvel Comics will be launching an official five issue adaptation of the Star Wars The Force Awakens film by writer Chuck Wendig, interior art from Luke Ross of Mighty Avengers & cover’s from Secret Wars artist Esad Ribic. In addition, Marvel will also launch a five issue miniseries by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker of Thunderbolts with Gwenpool Artist Danilo Beyrut titled Deadpool vs Gambit. Details for The Force Awakens Adaptation at CBR & Deadpool vs Gambit at Comicbook.com