Comic-Con: A Review
There were a lot of things that happened at Comic-con these past few days, and I guess I’m going to try to summarize four days of non-stop media palooza into this single blog post.
We’ll start with the beginning, that being the antics of Conan O’Brien to commence the four day event. The comedian and talk show host started his on-location show with a video of his trip to Comic-con. Conan, instead of taking a plane or train, decided to take the scenic route and drive his “Mad Max: Fury Road”-style truck, equipped with flaming guitarist (O’Brien himself). The video upped its humor with repeated stops for directions, as the truck’s driver, Andy Richter, couldn’t hear the GPS over the sounds of Conan’s guitar.
The show continued with the stars of the “Hunger Games” franchise, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, specifically with Lawrence busting out her singing ability with her own rendition of Cher’s “Believe”. Lawrence wasn’t taking anything too seriously, laughing off her rendition along with the host and her co-stars.
From talk shows to panels, we move on to the much-anticipated Star Wars panel. The director of the newest installment in the storied science-fiction franchise, J.J. Abrams, was at the panel, along with several stars from the original trilogy, including Harrison Ford in his first appearance since his plane crash in March. The others on the panel included Carrie Fischer and Mark Hamill, who played the unknowing siblings Leia and Luke Skywalker in Epsiodes 4-7. The panel also revealed special behind the scenes footage, unveiling the techniques used for production and just some of what is to come from the film.
Underneath the Disney umbrella falls Star Wars and out next topic, Marvel. Everyone seemed most excited, and probably most surprised by, Ryan Reynolds and his newest feature, “Deadpool”. The movie, his second foray into a solo superhero movie (his first being the god awful “Green Lantern”) was extremely well received in its trailer premiere. The movie, which is rated R, was a profanity laced, violence laden action comedy that everyone in Hall H seemed to love. So it seems like Ryan Reynolds may actually be able to redeem himself from the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad movie that was “Green Lantern”.
Staying with Marvel, the X-Men panel showed off a large cast and clips from the newest movie, “X-Men: Apocalypse”. The cast on the panel included Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, and James McAvoy. The clips from the new film included shots of James McAvoy in full baldness for the first time, and Oscar Isaac as the new villain, Apocalypse.
Ever in the ensuing battle for fandom, DC enjoyed a lot of great press at comic-con this year. One of the most anticipated panels was that for the movie “Suicide Squad” the star-studded super villain movie hitting screens next year. Apparently, the cast (missing the newest Joker, Jared Leto), was only in San Diego for around 3 hours, as they are still in the process of shooting the movie. But fans were able to see an early trailer, depicting much of Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith). The film premieres summer 2016, about four months after the upcoming feature, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
The upcoming Marvel film, featuring “Man of Steel”‘s Henry Cavill and new Batman Ben Affleck, also had a panel at Comic-con. The two were there, along with co-stars Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), and Jeremy Irons (Alfred). The trailer clearly defined what the film was to be, and set up the colliding conflicts well for greater anticipation until it premieres next year.
Included in the list of Henry Cavill movies at Comic-con was “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”. The spy movie, directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch), also stars Armie Hammer and premiered the trailer at Comic-con.
Not just for superhero movies, Quentin Tarantino and the cast of “The Hateful Eight” also had a panel at Comic-con. While they were there, the director and cast (minus Samuel L. Jackson), discussed the film and its poignancy, especially considering the events in Charleston.
Comic-con is also a place to debut upcoming horror projects, especially from someone as beloved in the realm as Guillermo del Toro. He unveiled the trailer to his newest film, “Crimson Peak”, along with a cast that included Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Thomas Hiddleston. The film is a telling of a gothic horror story with strong female characters, something del Toro had wanted to do after being influenced by his wife and daughter.
Although this may be just a small snippet of the action that occurred at Comic-con this past weekend, it does start to capture the magic and enormity that can exist in one place or so many people.
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