There are only a few events every year where you get to see sneak peeks and big reveals of some of the most highly anticipated geek properties of today. Thankfully, New York Comic Con is one of those events that sends geek hearts fluttering with its numerous panels on movies, television shows and comic books. With NYCC less than a month away, it felt appropriate to look at some of the biggest panels set to premiere at the Con.
As a fan of Daredevil, I’m eagerly anticipating any news about Marvel’s Netflix series based on Ol’ Horn Head’s gritty urban adventures in Hell’s Kitchen. With Daredevil’s Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) already set to appear at the panel, the possibility of getting an early look at some footage between the two mortal enemies seems like a good possibility. Daredevil’s producer, Steven S. DeNight (Spartacus, Smallville), has explained that comic book writer Frank Miller’s early work on the character will play a huge role in shaping the tone and look of the show. As any obsessive Marvel fan knows, Miller’s Daredevil stories are considered by many to be his best work for Marvel. Here’s hoping that the show will eventually adapt Brian Michael Bendis and Ed Brubaker’s award-winning runs on the character as well. The Daredevil panel will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11.
The Legend of Korra
The Legend of Korra has struggled to maintain a strong viewership on television, but that hasn’t stopped Korra creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino from already releasing details on Book 4: Balance. Supposedly the final season in Korra’s story, Balance will follow the young Avatar’s recovery after her confrontation with Zaheer and the Red Lotus, and introduce a new antagonist for Team Avatar to battle. Even with that tiny bit of information revealed, there is still so little known what Korra might possibly be facing in her final season, but both Konietzko and DiMartino have promised that storylines all the way back from Season 1 will be wrapped up. I’m still hoping we’ll see the return of the anti-bending Equalists in a new form. The Legend of Korra panel will be held on Thursday, October 9.
Originally supposed to be a series about a young Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Gotham seems to have transformed into a story about Batman’s rogues gallery and yet another re-telling of The Dark Knight’s origin story. Already placing emphasis on a young(er) versions of the Penguin, Riddler, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, Gotham has some Bat-fans nervous that it has already lost focus before the premiere of its first episode. In any case, Gotham producer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome) will be joined by McKenzie, Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), Robin Lord Taylor (Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin) and Erin Richards (Barbra Kean) on a panel for the highly anticipated Fox series. Superhero fans will get their first taste of Gotham when it airs its first episode on Sept. 22.
Based off of the critically acclaimed Vertigo comic book series Hellblazer, Constantine tells the story of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a chain-smoking Cockney-accented Brit whose greatest aspirations in life are to get drunk and battle evil supernatural forces. As many Hellblazer readers know, Constantine has already received a mediocre film adaptation starring Keanu Reeves as the title character. The series, which is set to premiere on NBC on Oct. 24, will follow Constantine as he protects the daughter of a fellow demon hunter and magician. Before then, the cast, along with series producer David Goyer, will be taking part in a panel to promote the show on Oct. 11.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
So, I’ll be honest. I’m not the biggest fan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but there are many who are, and there seems to be a lot of excitement about the second season. In addition to the shows returning cast, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be bolstered by the presence of Lucy Lawless as Agent Isabelle Hartley, and Adrian Palicki as Mockingbird. The show will also launch spin-off series Agent Carter, and feature an appearance by Haley Atwell as Peggy Carter herself. Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will most likely deal with the fallout from the first season, and figure out how Agent Coulson’s team deals with a world where S.H.I.E.L.D., at least in its original form, is no more. Hopefully this time around, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will spend more time expanding Marvel’s cinematic universe, and less time focusing on the painfully underwritten characters (I’m looking at you Skye!). S.H.I.E.L.D. fans can catch the NYCC panel on Oct. 10, along with a special screening of the first episode of Season 2.
Any particular panels at NYCC that you’re interested in? What revelations do you predict that we’ll hear from the con floor? Let us know in the comments below!