Oscar Issac in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Marvel Comics’ four-issue miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire has come to an end, and it doesn’t really tell us much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But it does end with some questions which I wanted to dive into. For instance: what does that tree at the end of the story mean for The Force Awakens and the future of the Star Wars galaxy? What does the comic book series suggest about Oscar Isaac‘s character Poe Dameron? Letls try to unlock the mysteries of that Shattered Empire tree and figure out what it might all mean.

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Coming off of Force Friday, this week has been relatively light in terms of Star Wars news. I do have a bunch of Star Wars tidbits for you today. Here is what we’ll talk about in today’s Star Wars Bits:

  • Get a high resolution look at the new Star Destroyer from Star Wars: the Force Awakens.
  • When will Star Wars Land begin construction?
  • More information about Jakku from Star Wars: Aftermath.
  • See a few pages from Star Wars: Shattered Empire Issue 2.
  • Star Wars is coming to the new Apple TV.
  • A new Star Wars Battlefront image reveals a new game mode called “Drop Zone”
  • Star Wars: Shattered Empire writer Greg Rucka talks about his intentions with the characters at the core of the comic book mini series.
  • Disney and Funko’s new bi-monthly subscription box for Star Wars fans called Smuggler’s Bounty
  • See previews from a new book called Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.
  • Star Wars Uprising is now available for your mobile devices.
  • Find out how you can bid (for charity) on a Star Wars: the Force Awakens teaser poster signed by the entire cast.
  • A $28,500 limited edition Star Wars watch from Devon?
  • A video of some lovable kittens playing with Sphero’s BB-8
  • The header image: it is now 98 days until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters. Yes, we’re a day late — The image was tweeted yesterday by artist Jerrod Maruyama.

All that and more in today’s edition of Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace!

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Yet another comic book series is being adapted for television, but this one isn’t the typical superhero fare. Legendary Television has picked up the rights to Lazarus, Image Comics’ dystopian sci-fi series by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark.

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Whiteout Trailer Revealed at Comic-Con

WhiteoutJoel Silver was at Comic-Con to premiere the first trailer for the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel Whiteout. The clip began by showing Antarctica. A helicopter flies by some snow filled mountains.

“The most isolated land mass on the planet.”

“No official government, No official population, because when the winter comes the sky turns black and stays that way for 6 months at a time.”

“Glacial winds gust to 200 mph, and the snow is so white that you cant see six inches in front of you.”

A bunch of people in parkas struggle during an intense snowstorm.

“No horizon, No shadows. There is only white.”

“Nature never intended for you to survive here, but next year nature is the least of your worries.”

We see a death and a montage of quick clips that went by to fast, I was unable to fully take it in.

“This isn’t jusrt a murder, it’s the first murder in Antarctica!”

It was a well cut teaser that makes you want more. But at the same time it shows and reveals very little. I think I might try to find some time to get onto the show floor to pick up the graphic novel. Creator Greg Rucka insists that the film is even better than his book.

“They’ve taken the best of what Steve Lieber and I created,” gushed Greg Rucka. “There are things Steve and I wished we could do on the comic book page but just wouldn’t have worked on the page.

He insists that there are moments and scenes in the film that made him jealous. There is stuff that he wished could have been included in the graphic novel. And while a big potion of the movie is faithful to the book, there is unfortunately some character changes. Lilly is not in the film. She is replaced by a character named Price. Rucka explains that there are not many women in the Arctic, and that is why she has been replaced with a male character.

The movie was filmed in Winnipeg in (at times) minus 40 degrees. The actors endured countless hours in the freezing cold. Driving to and from the set they would always see at least one car that crashed because of the snow.

A fan asked Kate Beckinsale about the difference between doing Underworld and Whiteout, which she joked “It is different, I slept with the director way fewer times [on this one].” Beckinsale is married to director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard).