The Splash Page Blog: June 9th 2015

On this edition of The Splash Page Blog; Lego Marvel’s Avengers takes on the Battle of New York, Archie has some variants including a comic-con exclusive, Marvel is skipping Comic-Con, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt updates us on Sandman.


In the first trailer for “LEGO Marvel’s Avengers,” which will debut at E3, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye must save New York from Chitauri invaders.

The trailer may reimagine the battle of New York sequence from the first “Avengers” film, but the game will allow players to relive some of the most iconic moments from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A tease at the very end of this first trailer hints that much more recent developments will be included in this followup to “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.”

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With the relaunch of Archie Comics’ flagship series a month away, the publisher has revealed the covers for over a dozen new retailer-exclusive variants for “Archie” #1. The issue — which features the new creative team of Mark Waid (“Daredevil”) and Fiona Staples (“Saga”) — will see the first relaunch of the series, which has run continuously since 1960 and recently published issue #666.

The slate of 17 variants feature work from 16 industry veterans and fan favorite artists and will be sold at 15 different retailers. You can check out the covers below and the full list of retailers in the following press release.

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This year’s installment of the always-massive annual Comic-Con International in San Diego is now less than a month away, and CBR has the exclusive first look at a new Fiona Staples-illustrated variant cover to the upcoming “Archie” #1, which will be offered as one of Archie Comics’ convention-exclusive offerings.

Staples — the Eisner Award-winning artist of hit Image Comics series “Saga” — is set to illustrate the first three issues of the July-debuting “Archie” relaunch, alongside regular series artist Mark Waid.

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Marvel Studios To Skip Comic-Con, Warner Bros. To Have Significant DC Comics Presentation

Confirming long-standing rumors, Marvel Studios will skip Comic Con International: San Diego this year, opting not to present Captain America: Civil War and its other 2015/2016 films in Hall H, Deadline reports.

Warner Bros., on the other hand, will take advantage of their crosstown rivals’ absence by amping up their DC Comics presence.

This year’s D23 Expo takes place in August, almost exactly a month after Comic Con. Between Comic Con weekend and the start of D23, Marvel’s Ant-Man will hit theaters on July 17.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Developing ‘Sandman’ as Spectacular Action Without Cliches

Anyone who has ever read Sandman, the comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by a variety of artists from ’89 to ’96 knows that a movie adaptation is tricky business. Gaiman wove together myth and legend, horror and family drama, and a a superb cast of characters to tell stories that were powerful on an individual level, and pleasantly overwhelming when read in toto.

How does anyone make a movie out of that story of the Endless, six (ok, seven) personifications of aspects of living experience, without selling them short, or gutting the core of the story like a root-canal-crazy dentist? Good questions! Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is producing and potentially appearing in the film, is one of the people trying to figure out the answers. He was recently pressed for a Sandman movie update, and at least one comment is good: Morpheus, the title character and personification of Dream, isn’t going to punch anyone.

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