'Ash Vs. Evil Dead' Footage, Chewbacca Comics and More Stuff You Might've Missed on Comic-Con Day 2

'Ash Vs. Evil Dead' Footage, Chewbacca Comics and More Stuff You Might've Missed on Comic-Con Day 2

Jul 11, 2015

It might seem like Comic-Con couldn't get any crazier after yesterday's big Star Wars event, but Saturday is typically the day when things go completely wild in San Diego – especially in Hall H, where the major movie studios vie to become the show's biggest buzz-generator.

Still, there was no shortage of Friday news coming out of Comic-Con, and as usual, some of it probably got lost in the mix thanks to all of the excitement around the Lucasfilm panel (and its musical aftermath).

Here are a few things you might have missed from Day Two of Comic-Con International in San Diego:

 

Max Landis Gets A Shot At Superman

After offering up a hilarious, drunken, and celebrity cameo-filled retelling of the classic “Death and Return of Superman” story arc back in 2011, Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis will have a more formal role in shaping the Man of Steel's backstory with the upcoming Superman: Alien American limited series for DC Comics. Landis will write the seven-part anthology series exploring various points in Clark Kent's life, marking his first major project for the publisher. (He previously wrote an issue of the online Adventures of Superman series.) The first issue of Superman: Alien American is scheduled to hit shelves in November.

 

The Omen Sequel Uses Comic-Con Protestors For Promotion

Anyone who's attended Comic-Con knows the event is not only well-attended by fans, but also well-attended by religious protestors who gather outside the convention center to remind convention attendees that they're absolutely, positively going to hell. The team behind the upcoming television series Damien, which serves as a sequel to the 1976 film The Omen, found a creative way to use those protests to promote A&E network's show about the grown-up Antichrist. On Friday, a group of black-clad people wearing Damien-related shirts joined the religious protestors to offer up a few chants of their own in support of the Antichrist, accompanied by picket signs with messages reading “The Beast Rises” and “There Is Only Damien,” among other slogans. The first trailer for Damien debuted Thursday, and the series premieres in 2016.

 

Ending The Hellboy Franchise Now Is “Not Negotiable,” Says Ron Perlman

While being interviewed about his upcoming series Hand of God, Ron Perlman didn't mince words when asked about the future of the Hellboy franchise he brought to the big screen with director Guillermo Del Toro. Along with reiterating that Del Toro envisioned the story of Hellboy as a trilogy, Perlman said at this point – even seven years after the release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army – he still feels obligated to finish Hellboy's story.

“We owe [fans] the result, we owe them the conclusion,” he told Comic Book Resources. “I don't want to go back and put on 4 ½ hours worth of f---ing makeup every day. I don't want to do that. I want to do that as much as I want a colonoscopy. But we have to! In my mind, it's not even negotiable.”

 

Chewbacca Will Finally Have His Own Comic Book

Just when it seemed like everyone in the Star Wars universe would get a solo adventure in some form except for a certain Wookie, Marvel Comics has announced that Chewbacca will indeed have his own comic book. Set directly after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, the limited series will have Chewbacca crash-land on a strange planet and make some new allies (and enemies) as he attempts to reunite with Han Solo and the rest of his pals. Chewbacca #1 will hit shelves in October, and MTV News has an interview with writer Gerry Duggan and a pair of cover images from the debut issue.

 

First, Groovy Trailer for Ash vs. Evil Dead

After years of rumors, false starts, uncertainty and no small amount of fan fiction, Evil Dead franchise hero Ashley J. Williams is officially back in action in the upcoming Ash vs. Evil Dead television series on Starz. The first trailer for the series debuted to a packed panel Friday, and it didn't disappoint. Grab your boomsticks, folks. Ash is back.

 

Agent 47 Gets A Prequel Comic

Movie preludes in comic-book form are all the rage these days, and the upcoming Hitman reboot Agent 47 is following that trend with its own, just-announced prequel comic. Hitman: Agent 47: Official Movie Prelude is scripted by F.J. DeSanto and serves as lead-in to next month's game-to-movie adaptation that casts Homeland actor Rupert Friend as the titular assassin whose origin is shrouded in mystery. Some of that mystery will likely be un-shrouded in the comic, which is available now ahead of the film's August 21 release in theaters.

 

Batman: The Killing Joke Gets Animated

With the recent success of their two-part, animated adaptation of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, DC Entertainment now seems willing to tackle more of their mature-reader fare, and celebrated animator/director Bruce Timm announced yesterday that Alan Moore's popular (and controversial) 1988 story Batman: The Killing Joke was next on the list of animated features in production. The dark, brutal story not only featured Joker shooting Barbara Gordon (the former Batgirl) and paralyzing her for the rest of her life, but also bringing both Batman and Jim Gordon to the brink of madness. The animated feature based on Batman: The Killing Joke will be released in 2016.

 

That's it for Day Two, folks. Come back to tomorrow for a roundup of things you might've missed on Day Three of Comic-Con!

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