The Splash Page Blog: May 29th 2015

On this edition of The Splash Page Blog: Thieves steal 500 Comics, A Celtic Warrior will be in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Could Wonder Woman be “Pine”-ing over Captain Kirk, and James Gunn clarifies movie rights for two Marvel Villians.

Thieves steal 500 comics in Calgary smash and grab

Thieves broke into Alpha Comics in Calgary, Alberta, early Thursday, and took more than 500 comic books and trade paperbacks, stuffing them in a garbage bag.

Although no high-value comics were stolen, owner Chris Humphries told CTV Calgary the price for that many titles adds up, amounting to a loss of several thousand dollars.
“There was some really cool comics that got stolen, that were written and created by people who are trying to make comics better,” he said. “The dollar value of the individual comics is not very high, actually I sell comics in this store here at the suggested U.S. retail price, so per comic it’s not very expensive, but they took a lot.”

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A new photo from the New York set of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2” arrived Thursday via The Daily Mail, providing not only the first look at the live-action versions of familiar characters Bebop and Rocksteady but also apparently confirming the previously unrevealed casting for the latter villain. Pro wrestler Sheamus — one of WWE’s current biggest stars — is identified in the photo in the role of Rocksteady.

Notably, both Bebop (previously announced as played by Gary Anthony Williams) and Rocksteady both appear in human identities, rather than their more famous forms of a mutated warthog and rhinoceros. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t appear in the film in their recognizable forms — in the ’80s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” cartoon that introduced the pair, they first appeared as humans before mutating, leaving open the possibility that something similar may happen in the film.

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Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Wonder Woman” film looks close to adding a major name to its cast: Variety reports that “Star Trek” franchise headliner Chris Pine is “in negotiations” to join the production as Steve Trevor, the DC Comics icon’s frequent love interest.

Steve Trevor has existed in comic book history as long as Wonder Woman herself, both debuting in 1941’s “All Star Comics” #8. Created by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter, the character is a regular fixture in most versions of the character, traditionally depicted as a military hero. In the ’70s “Wonder Woman” TV series, the character was played by Lyle Waggoner.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Director Clarifies Who Owns Kang And The Shi’ar

Don’t expect to see arrogant birdmen or time travelling dictators in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, or at least not these specific ones. Director James Gunn has clarified that the movie rights for both the Shi’ar Empire and Kang the Conqueror are owned by 20th Century Fox.

“Shi’ar and Kang are both owned by Fox. All decisions about who is in GotG2 were made a long time ago.” – James Gunn

The Shi’ar are likely linked to Fox’s X-Men rights, since the avian empire was introduced in the pages of X-Men. They’re also intertwined with the mythology of the Phoenix Force, which has frequently taken possession of Jean Grey and other of Earth’s mutants. The original “Dark Phoenix Saga” culminated with an epic battle between the Shi’ar Imperial Guard and the X-Men, with Jean’s life hanging in the balance.

Kang the Conqueror has been a nemesis to both the Fantastic Four and the Avengers. He first appeared as Kang in an issue of Avengers from 1964, but appeared as Rama-Tut in an issue of Fantastic Four a year earlier. What likely solidifies him under the Fantastic Four film rights is the fact that his alias is Nathaniel Richards, and that he is a distant future relative of Reed Richards.

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