The Splash Page Blog: August 20th 2015

On this edition of The Splash Page Blog; Roc Upchurch talks about his past year. Parker Industries is taking over what building?, The impact of Baltimore Batman, Tyler Bates is scoring GotG Vol 2, and Patrick Stewart talks about his Chair for Days of Future Past.


Last October, artist Roc Upchurch was arrested under the charge of “Battery-Family Violence, First Offense Misdemeanor” following a fight with his ex-wife on Halloween. In the wake of this personal incident, Upchurch spoke with Bleeding Cool, confirming the arrest and sharing that his relationship had faced turmoil for quite some time. In the weeks that followed, Upchurch left “Rat Queens” and pulled away from comics in general. While speculations were made about the incident, no one but those involved will ever know the true story.

Recently, Upchurch reached out to CBR News, expressing interest in speaking publicly about where his life, career and legal issues now stand. Over the course of an hour-long conversation, we discussed details from the domestic violence charge, his subsequent therapy and his plans to steer his life in a more positive direction.

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Peter Parker Buys The Baxter Building In All-New All-Different ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

Whether you believe the rumors of Marvel Comics turning their backs on the Fantastic Four or not, it’s hard to argue with the facts. Though the House of Ideas had nothing to do with the abysmal film from Josh Trank that is currently in theaters, the company has run the team through the ringer as of late. During ‘Secret Wars’ right now, Marvel’s First Family is in shambles. In Battleworld, Doctor Doom has made it so that Susan and Valeria are his family and Reed is currently being chased down by the Thor Corps. As for Ben and Johnny, they’re both in space. However, while the Thing is off with the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Human Torch is actually trapped on the sun. Following this crossover event, the company will begin its All-New All-Different Marvel initiative. They recently released the first wave of titles from that line and Marvel’s First Family is mysteriously missing their own title. And now to top everything off, it appears that they’re getting evicted from their home as well.

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As Baltimore Batman is laid to rest, another fulfills his promise

As hundreds gathered Wednesday outside of Baltimore to say farewell to Leonard Robinson, better known as the “Route 29 Batman” or the “Baltimore Batman,” 370 miles away, another Caped Crusader was keeping one of his promises.

Robinson, a Baltimore businessman who dressed as Batman and visited children’s hospitals in his replica of the Batman ’66 Batmobile or customized black Lamborghini, was struck by a car and killed Sunday night on his way home from SummerFest in South Charleston, West Virginia. Before he left that event, however, Robinson had a lasting impact on at least one little boy.
Punched by a bully at the bounce house, 8-year-old Jacob from Elkview, West Virginia, turned to Batman for help. “Batman takes Jacob under his arm, leaves kids standing in line,” the boy’s grandmother, Peggy Taylor, told WCHS TV. “They go back to the bounce house, where Batman confronted the bully. “And tells him, ‘Gentlemen don’t act that way. That’s not the way to settle your differences.’ They gave each other a hug and were best of friends the rest of the evening!”

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Tyler Bates Returns To Score ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2′

Collider confirmed the news today Tyler Bates would return to score Guardians of the Galaxy 2 which is officially titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Writer/director James Gunn has completed work on the screenplay for the sequel. The story is said to be “more emotional” than the first film, and we’ve heard that Chris Pratt cried when he read it. We know that the sequel will explore Star-Lord’s long lost father, who was teased but not revealed in the first film. Gunn has previously stated that Yondu, Star-Lord’s father figure, would feature more prominently in the sequel, as would Gamora and Nebula, whose adopted dad Thanos is currently tearing through the MCU.

One of the things that everyone seems to talk about after seeing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is the film’s score. While so much attention is thrown to the 1970’s/1980’s soundtrack of Star-Lord’s Awesome Mixtape, I the film’s score by Tyler Bates doesn’t get as much acclaim as it should. Many of the Marvel films lack an awesome theme, but if you ask me, Tyler Bates nailed it in his Guardians of the Galaxy theme where some of the other Marvel franchises were unable to.

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Patrick Stewart Had A Real Levitating Chair In X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past may have had tons of fantastical technology, but one of the film’s props was very much a piece of reality.

Professor X’s floating chair, which actor Patrick Stewart assumed in Days of Future Past’s dystopian future scenes, really did levitate as viewers saw on-screen.

“I loved my superhero costume and my flying chair in Days of Future Past,” Stewart recently wrote during a Reddit AMA. “The chair actually levitated, but only a few inches.”

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