Sneak Peeks at ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘John Wick’ and ‘Iron Fist’ Highlight Biggest Reveals at NYCC 2016
Entertainment| | By Matthew D'Onofrio
Even if you attended all four days of this year’s New York Comic Con you still probably missed some huge announcements from your favorite TV shows, movies, and more.
NYCC 2016 revealed the first looks at upcoming films War for the Planet of the Apes, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, John Wick: Chapter 2 and Power Rangers, as well as Netflix’s upcoming series Marvel series and AMC’s The Walking Dead. Here’s a full recap of the biggest announcements from NYCC.
War for the Planet of the Apes
There was a goose-bumpy teaser trailer for the next installment of the Planet of the Apes, franchise, along with a release date.
In the third chapter, chimpanzee Caesar and human Colonel go to war, pitting their respective species against each other. The conflict, egged on my Caesar’s thirst to avenge his kind’s suffering caused by mankind, will decide the fate of both humans and apes as well as Earth.
The movie, directed by Matt Reeves, will be out in theaters on July 14, 2017. The cast includes Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Judy Greer, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, and Terry Notary.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
The official trailer for the final installment of the Resident Evil franchise is here and action-packed.
Six movies later, Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, returns to The Hive in Raccoon City where the infamous Umbrella Corporation is preparing its final attack on the last survivors of the zombie apocalypse. Following the previous Resident Evil: Retribution, she is the only survivor of mankind’s last stand against the evil creatures and their maker.
The film, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, will make its way onto the big screen on January 27, 2017. In addition to Jovovich, the cast features Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, Rola, Lee Joon-Gi, William Levy and Iain Glen.
First Power Rangers Trailer Released
The 2016 New York Comic Con was huge for fans of Saban’s Power Rangers franchise. The convention played host to a star-studded panel that kicked off promotion for the 2017 reboot, simply titled Power Rangers, into high gear.
The biggest takeaway was the first teaser trailer, which mainly focused on cast members Dacre Montgomery (Jason Lee Scott), Naomi Scott (Kimberly Hart), RJ Cyler (Billy Cranston), Becky G (Trini Kwan), and Ludi Lin (Zack Taylor) as the Rangers before they get their powers. The look into their lives reveals a darker, more “realistic” tone than the original lighthearted TV series.
There is a hint of the supernatural thanks to a chilling scene from Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa. Notably absent from the trailer are any scenes of the morphed heroes, their giant robotic zords, or Bryan Cranston and Bill Hader as the duo of Zordon and Alpha 5.
The panel also revealed several interesting tidbits, the most notable being that the villainous Goldar will appear in the film, that the cast did most of their own stunts, and that the zord footage was shot on “roller coaster” like cockpits to make the actor’s reactions as realistic as possible.
Power Rangers, which director Dan Israelite described as a “grounded, character-driven origin story that was always set to the backdrop of this fantastic adventure,” at the panel is scheduled to be released March 24, 2017.
John Wick: Chapter 2
Keanu Reeves appeared at the John Wick: Chapter 2 panel at Madison Square Garden to help reveal the official teaser trailer the second installment.
“I really liked putting this suit back on,” Reeves said at the panel. “And getting to do what John Wick gets to do. The action, the passion. And the guy who is fighting to be free.”
The film takes place four days after original movie, which is a revenge story about a hitman whose dog, given to him by his late wife, was killed.
Bound by a blood oath, Mr. Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild in Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.
It is set to be released on February 10, 2017 and Reeves will be joined by a cast of Common, Riccardo Scamarcio, Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Bridget Moynahan, Lance Reddick, Franco Nero, John Leguizamo and Ian McShane.
“Guns, knives, just meat and potatoes stuff. You gotta know how to make an omelet.”
Sigourney Weaver to play Netflix/Marvel’s Defenders Main Villain
A familiar face will play the main villain, of which is still unknown, whom will fight against the Defenders (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist).
Sigourney Weaver, of Alien and Avatar, joins Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones in the upcoming original Netflix series Defenders. This is the first time all the stars were together in public, let alone just the heroes.
Defenders, which features the four heroes teaming up to fight yet another threat, premiers sometime in 2017.
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Speaking of Iron Fist, Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones) got another sneak peek as well.
The Netflix original series Iron Fist, by Marvel, comes out on March 17, 2017.
The Walking Dead Season Seven Teased
Ever since The Walking Dead concluded it’s sixth season with a shocking cliffhanger, fans have been desperate to know who was on the receiving end of a beating from the villainous Negan and his barb wire-covered baseball bat “Lucille.”
At the show’s annual panel, this time held in New York’s Madison Square Garden, the stars and producers were tight-lipped on any spoilers. However, a sneak-peak video of season seven gave at least one answer: It was not Rick who was murdered. Instead, Andrew Lincoln’s protagonist is reduced to a catatonic mess looking over the remains of Negan’s victims.
Things go from bad to worse for Rick, when a hatchet-wielding Negan drags him off while talking about having a “right hand man.” For fans of the comic, this set off immediate alarms as it hints as to how the series may adapt Rick losing his hand. Of course it could also be a fake-out for that very reason, as the show has done numerous times before.
Most, but inevitably not all, of these questions will be answered on October 16 when The Walking Dead premieres on October 23.