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Kansas City Comic Con 2017 has been an event full of fun for both visitors and the creative guests the attendees came to meet.  One of the show highlights was a Green Arrow Quiver/Sounds of Violence reunion of writer Kevin Smith and artists Phil Hester and Ande Parks.  The trio delved into the impetus for bringing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow back from the dead back in early 2001 after the character had been killed off and replaced with Connor Hawke as the Green Arrow for a generation of readers.  “I was a big fan of the character going back to the day.  I loved Grell’s Longbow Hunters and I loved the book that followed Longbow Hunters.  It was like a Vertigo book, but wasn’t technically a Vertigo book, but it was very grown-up.”  When Smith was visiting the DC Comics offices discussing a Superman screenplay back around 1996, Smith said he popped his head into Green Arrow editor Darren Vincenzo’s office and said, “Hey, man, if you ever want to put Green Arrow in the Top 10, let me write the book.  I think I got a story.”  A year later when Smith was working on Daredevil, Vincenzo recalled the conversation and asked if Smith was serious about Green Arrow. 

Smith, Hester, and Parks had each worked with editor Bob Schreck, who had just moved to DC from Oni Press, where Schreck had been co-founder.  Schreck wanted Smith for the Green Arrow project idea and asked who he’d like for his artistic team, and Smith suggested Hester and Parks in part because of their work on Swamp Thing.  “I fell in love with it deeply,” Smith said.  The team was solidified and they moved forward with the project.  “Having these two dudes enabled me to go where I wanted to go,” Smith added.  Already established artists at the time with a catalog of works, Hester and Parks expressed gratitude to Smith for selecting them for the project and Smith said the collaboration with Hester and Parks on the project helped cement his position in the comic book industry as a creator who is now regularly tapped for insight into the comics industry in documentaries on comics, among other things.  “The only reason I get to be in that stuff is because I have credibility in the comic book community because of stuff like Quiver.  Quiver was the one particularly,” Smith said, further noting the book won national awards.

And speaking of Mike Grell, Grell was also a guest at KCCC this year. Always great for a conversation, Grell was busy working on sketch commissions for attendees this weekend.

Smith also discussed working with Dynamite Comics to bring together later projects with Phil Hester and artist Jonathan Lau on Green Hornet and The Bionic Man.  Hester said there was much back and forth communication in creating the story, and Smith emphasized the collaborative effort, “I used to be a guy that was like ‘oh, I just want to write it myself–I don’t want any input.  And then one day you work with people who add something, and then it’s ‘God, that’s incredible!'”  He used as examples contributions from Chris Rock in his film Dogma and Will Ferrell in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back–both actors who made contributions to the script but didn’t ask for or want any writing creditsand creator David Mandel in the animated Clerks.  When fans reference great lines that Smith didn’t write he said he makes sure to credit the writer.  “It’s important for collaborators to cite those people who are your collaborators.”  The panel was hosted by the Worst Comics Podcast Ever’s Jerry McMullen (shown above after the panel with Hester, Parks, and Smith).

Lee Meriwether and Doug Jones at KCCC 2017.

In the celebrity autograph area at KCCC 2017, a reunion and momentous meet-up involved actress Lee Meriwether and actor Doug Jones.  Both Meriwether and Jones worked together on the film The Ultimate Legacy, which also starred Raquel Welch and Brian Dennehy.  Meriwether and Jones are unique in that they represent contemporaries in acting but also represent bookends of a sort for the 51-year Star Trek franchise.  In addition to her many famous roles in series like Barnaby Jones, All My Children, and Batman, Meriwether played the character Losira in the original Star Trek series episode, “That Which Survives.”  Jones, an actor who has performed both as creature characters where he is often unrecognizable–a Lon Chaney of today as one fan referred to him–as well as more standard roles, has performed in more than 150 films and TV series (from one of the creepy Gentlemen in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode “Hush” to the creature in next month’s new Guillermo del Toro release The Shape of Water).  Plus Jones has appeared in 100 commercials, including as the classic McDonald’s moon-shaped mascot “Mac Tonight.”  And Jones currently plays the alien leading character Lieutenant Saru on this year’s latest Star Trek incarnation, Star Trek Discovery.

Gary Fisher and his family meet attendees at KCCC 2017.

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The seventh Batman movie since 1989 and the third starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader, The Dark Knight Rises, is currently in production and scheduled for release July 20, 2012, the week after next year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which will certainly mean a lot of last minute hype and cast appearances at the show.  With an entire year to wait, Warner Brothers just released an advanced shot of the sixth actress to play Catwoman, Anne Hathaway, in the new catsuit.  She looks good so far, and here is a closer look at her goggles, frequently seen worn in the comic books by the character:

Christopher Nolan will direct this sequel to The Dark Knight, the film that won Heath Ledger a posthumous Academy Award for best supporting actor for portraying the most psychotic look at the Joker to date.

Christian Bale will don an updated Batsuit, and will rejoin much of the principal cast, including Sir Michael Caine as Alfred, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.  Unfortunately, rumors that Aaron Eckhart might reprise his role as Harvey Dent/Two-Face did not pan out.  The original Batman with Michael Keaton featured Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back) as Harvey Dent, and Batman Forever featured Tommy Lee Jones in the role.  Eckhart’s role seemed to possibly pave the way for another film but the production confirmed Dent will stay dead for this movie.  Marion Cotillard will also appear in this sequel.

Earlier the studio revealed this creepy photo of Tom Hardy (Star Trek Nemesis, Layer Cake, Inception), playing the larger than life villain Bane:

It is difficult from the Hathaway photo to learn much about the new Catwoman, other than the suit seems practical, and without the cheesy glossy vinyl used with Michelle Pfeiffer, without the bizarre almost steampunk look of Jim Lee’s more modern incarnation in his successful Hush storyline, and without the cat ears of the old Catwoman comic book series.  The costume doesn’t seem to scream out “feline” so it will be interesting to see how the cat mythos is revealed.  More of her costume can be seen in other photos released from production–each of Hathaway’s stunt woman riding the Batcycle downstairs in some type of firefight:

This is the first time since Michelle Pfeiffer played the character in Batman Returns that audiences will see Selina Kyle aka Catwoman in the Batman film franchise.  Other actresses to portray Catwoman over the decades in movies and TV include: Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Halle Berry.

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