Comic Strip: 'Guardians' Reveals New Footage, 'Constantine' Loses a Lead and Superman May Face Doomsday


ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, 'Guardians of the Galaxy' reveals a new trailer, 'Batman vs. Superman' may feature an iconic villain, and 'Ant-Man' hires new writers.

The Latest and Greatest From 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

If you're a regular reader of Comic Strip, you know the deal by now: let's get on with all of the new 'Guardians of the Galaxy' stuff!

We managed to make it our to a 17-minute IMAX preview of the film last week and rounded up all of the necessary details right over here. If you didn't make it to the theater or got shut out at the door, don't fret. A new trailer arrived on the heels of the preview and it'll certainly whet your appetite.

And if that's not enough for you, a new TV spot also popped up:

But if you're still greedy for new footage, there's always this featurette on Zoe Saldana's Gamora, which gives us our best look yet at the green-skinned warrior:

Meanwhile, Empire debuted a bunch of new images from the film...


...but USA Today got the real steal, giving us our first official look at Michael Rooker as the alien bounty hunter Yondu. Now just imagine Rooker's voice coming out of that make-up. It's going to be uh-may-zing.


Still, EW may win them all because it managed to sneak a baby raccoon onto its new cover with Chris Pratt.

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And finally, director James Gunn took to Twitter to declare that he had officially finished the film. Now all we have left is the all-too-long wait until August 1...

Batman vs Superman vs Doomsday?

In terms of quantity, this was a light week for 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' news. However, in terms of potentially earth-shattering-holy-crap news, it was biggie.

According to a (completely unconfirmed) report at Bleeding Cool, iconic Superman baddie Doomsday may appear in the film. For those of you who aren't quite up to speed on your DC comics lore, Doomsday is a hulking alien beastie who famously killed Superman in back in the '90s, instantly securing his place among the heaviest hitters in superhero comics. He has since popped up now and again to menace Kal-El and his allies. Considering that recent set pictures have suggested that 'Batman v Superman' will touch on the famous "Death of Superman" storyline, there's a strong chance that Doomsday will not only show up, he'll put Clark Kent in the ground ... until a sudden and miraculous resurrection, of course.

Oh, and Kevin Smith denies that he wrote that fake 'Batman v Superman' script, but who knows? We'd lie if Warner Bros. was writing us big fat checks.

Out With the Old and in with the New?

At some point, the current superhero infrastructure is going to crumble and these movies are either going to change with the times or die. The first signs came with the lousy box office for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' and it continues with the news that co-screenwriter Roberto Orci is fleeing the franchise earlier than expected. Although we knew he was breaking it off with longtime writing partner Alex Kurtzman, the early word suggested that he's hang on for at least one more Spidey adventure. But nope, it looks like he's leaping off this sinking ship ... and to be fair, he won't be missed. If the Spider-Man movies are going to survive, they need writers with more imagination than these guys.

So with a franchsie this big stumbling, what happens next? No, you don't put Andrew Garfield in 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron.' You've got to try something new. After all, we've got to something since we're living in the darkest timeline where 'Hellboy 3' is officially dead.

That something new could be 'Big Hero 6,' which remains mysterious despite its quickly approaching release date. By making an animated movie out of a c-list Marvel comic, Disney is actually doing something with superhero cinema that feels fresh. The possibilities with animation are endless and there is no shortage of Marvel concepts that would work great in the CG (or even hand drawn) realm. The film's official cast was announced and while the names aren't too big, there are enough talented people involved to make us optimistic. In any case, we're just happy that we're getting a movie where Scott Adsit voices a pudgy robot.

Speaking of Fresh! and New!, a rumor over at AICN says that an adaptation of Valiant Comics' 'Archer and Armstrong' is in the works. And why we'll hold onto a grain of salt or two, it makes perfect sense: DC and Marvel are already pretty heavily mined and the Valiant characters are currently going through a very popular resurgence on the comic stands. Cross your fingers.

'Ant-Man' on the Homestretch

Just when you thought the 'Ant-Man' drama was over, one more tiny bump appears in the road. With filming set to begin very soon, Marvel has hired two new writers to give the script one final polish before acting as on-set script doctors for whatever problems arise. Although we're unfamiliar with the work of Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer, the general consensus seems to be that they're solid writers who are a good match for the material.

On the outside, all of these last-minute rewrites and the necessity for on-set writers looks disastrous, but it's actually fairly common for big films like this. 'Ant-Man' is simply in the lousy position of having built up a lot of ill will over the past weeks. All of the dirty laundry that's hidden in most major productions is out in the open here.

Oh, and Michael Douglas went on 'The Late Show' and confirmed that he'll be at Comic Con, where he'll undoubtedly be very uncomfortable. Seriously, can you imagine anyone feeling more out of place in that place that Michael Douglas?

Turmoil and Triumph on the Small Screen

We've yet to see anything official from Marvel's upcoming 'Daredevil' Netflix series, but Latino Review managed to get close enough to the set to snap some photos and take some video. Apparently, the young man in the clip below is a young Matt Murdock, which means that the series will either begin with Daredevil's origin story or contain flashbacks. Considering the character's complicated relationship with his father and his neighborhood, neither would surprise us. Daredevil's past really is that important.

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