Yeah, I hate it when stuff is only available thru streaming, e.g. Reacher, The Grand Tour, etc..With the statement that it's coming from WB Home Entertainment, I hope that means there'll be a physical copy; I love owning me a physical copy of entertainment I love.
Here's my report from the panel for those interested. Sorry for typos, I hate typing on my laptop.
JMS Spotlight report. Sorry not to have posted this last night but the trip wiped me out.
As always, it was a lot of fun. JMS had meant to have his Sizzle Real but the Video Guy was no place to be found. So he opened with with explaining that he wasn't consulted on the title of the panel, "Explaining the Inexplicable" So he riffed by telling a few jokes and a 'prayer' that he not screw it up. Also an interesting theory about the nature of universes and meaning.
Video guy showed up with a laptop and hooked it up and the latest version of the reel played after some hilarity getting the lights off. This one plays to the tune of "Wake Me Up When It's All Over" It's similar to the one that's been posted before but had some fun teases of things to come.
WB wouldn't allow JMS to bring the trailer but he was allowed to bring a few images from The Road Home. JMS spoke of bringing in actors to play the roles of the actors who've passed on and said that before this started, he'd sent out an email asking the remaining cast if they were okay with his doing that. If even one had said no, JMS explained, he wouldn't have don it. They all signed on.
The first image he showed was of Franklin, much as we saw him in SiL, with grey hair. In the story, Sheridan is traveling back and forth in time and alternate times and when he see's Franklin, he's popped into his own future for a moment and Franklin knows something at that point that Sheridan doesn''t.
The next image is of Lennier, Delenn and Sheridan, probably about the time they left B5 for the new Alliance headquarters on Minbar. Let me just say that these are ALL really, really good. But the image of Delenn is just stunningly beauriful. JMS talked about the animators rally working to capture the essence of the characters and I think they've succeeded.
The final image was - Zathras! Looking an awful lot like one of the Zathri but the slide wasn't up long enough to figure out which one.
While waiting for the Video Guy to pull up the image files, JMS showed the first cover for his first Captain America issue coming in (iirc) September.
After the Video Guy restored the lights (ouch) and left, JMS talked about how for many years there was one person at WB who wouldn't allow anything to be done with the show but virtually the day afer that person was gone, the CW approached WB about doing the reboot/reimagining. Soon after, WB Animation contacted JMS about doing The Road Home. B5 is one of only a few franchises that hasn't gotten new attention recently so it's now quite attractive. In both cases, JMS was given a free hand to write what he wanted without interference. The result is that we'll be able to see things we'd heard about but never saw in the show with images being improved and more interesting. JMS said it's the most authentically B5 thing since the original show.
JMS talked about doing the commentary with Bruce Boxleitner (who hadn't seen the finished movie) not long ago and Bruce asked him seriously to say how JMS thought it was and JMS assured him that it was as if no time had passed at all. When the film started, Bruce kept getting caught up with it and forgot to talk!
Regarding the reimagining, JMS said that it took 3-4 months to get the rights back from the CW after the CW sale. The started taking it out to buyers and there was some interst but then the Writer's Strike happened so it's on hold for now. JMS has a good feeling that it will end up happening.
JMS talked about taking over the Captain America title for Marvel. One thing about that character is that there's nothing said about the period between when his mother died and his becoming a soldier/Captan Rogers. Apparently he wa living on the streets during those formative years. That was the period when the American Bund was active and that was besically the Nazi party in the US. There was a huge rally in Madison Square Garden, for instance. So we'll see that effect on Steve Rogers in a flashback story along with current events. This will be an ongoing series, not a mini.
At that point JMS started taking questions. I'll review that part of the tape later on. A couple of othere folks from here were there and if I've missed something or they'd like to chime it, I'd love for that to happen.
ETA: I did try to take some pics of the images but I'm not 100% sure that I should share them. I'll try to clarify with JMS today.
It's commonly thought from thins JMS has posted online and in the script books, that the division that did B5 was seen as an upstart department. Which only makes sense when you add in the (at least then) WB culture of pitting their departments *against* each other rather than cooperating with each other. Thankfully that seems to be (as JMS said) blood under the bridge now.is it known why this WB exec had a grudge against B5? Clearly there is a lot of interest, so there’s money to be made. Normally execs would happily sell their own mother if it can make them money.
getting UnStuck In Time via Sector 14
These higher quality versions of the images look better than I was expecting. Like, I knew audience-level photos of a projection screen showing the images would lessen the quality of what we were seeing, but getting the source files, so to speak, makes me more intrigued to see the animation in motion.Same images as posted above but “officially” now and in better quality:
Sorry it's been a rough week! We should actually be getting the trailer this coming week. JMS said that the Big Announcement with trailer and info on how & when it'll be available will be made at mid-month. If the SDCC blurb for JMS is accurate, the movie may actually premier there.These higher quality versions of the images look better than I was expecting. Like, I knew audience-level photos of a projection screen showing the images would lessen the quality of what we were seeing, but getting the source files, so to speak, makes me more intrigued to see the animation in motion.
It's been a really bad, rough week for me, so I can't remember, do we know if we're getting a trailer during the San Diego Comic-Con?
There have been "alternate futures" with Sinclair's vision of B5 being overrun plus Ivanova's distress call at the beginning of WWE. Maybe the Techo Mages were up to something, but no credits listed for Galen so probably not.I've also been wondering if the events of "Babylon squared" and "War without end" would be the catalyst to this story.
But I am not so sure. JMS mentioned in one of his tweets that this movie would be understandable for people without prior knowledge of B5. I feel that for any story involving B4 to work, it would require a lot of background information.
I suppose there could be a 10 minute Star Wars-style text crawl to set up the backstory and characters?
This was a bit of a let-down. I thought this post last night was him hinting at the trailer being released today at this specified time. Turns out this post was hint about a statement today that the trailer will be released tomorrow.From JMS (9 AM Pacific = Noon Eastern and 5 PM UK):