TC.com team member Tim headed to San Diego, California, this weekend to take in, absorb and revel in the 43rd annual Comic Con. We’re telling you the obvious here, but he had an absolute blast! Here’s his recap of four days in Comic Con paradise.
FROM ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS as a small gathering of comic-book nerds looking to buy collectible issues, Comic Con has exploded to become Hollywood’s premiere event for releasing new information on upcoming television and cinematic releases, particularly those related to the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Fans of Tom Cruise films like War of the Worlds, Minority Report, and his upcoming sci-fi epic, Oblivion, would have a blast wandering the exhibit hall and taking in all the mind-bending magic.
Up Close And Personal
This year was the first year I attended Comic Con on all four days, and it was awesome. On the first day, I went from booth to booth in the exhibit hall looking at all the amazing displays that movie and TV and comic book companies set up. Some of my favorites included the Warner Bros./Legendary booth. They not only had on display the new Superman suit from the upcoming film Man of Steel but they also had Catwoman’s motorcycle from The Dark Knight Rises, which comes to theaters this week.
WarnerBros/Legendary didn’t stop there, though. The Hobbit was out in force as well. The studio showed clips from the set of the cast and crew having tons of fun, and the movie posters of the main characters were in astounding 3D. But the The Hobbit had its own booth as well, with life-size models of characters like Gandalf and Gollum, but the most impressive display was the giant trolls. Everyone in the exhibit hall wanted to take his picture pretending to be trampled by the trolls, and Comic Con had to provide staff to help keep the flow of traffic steady and safe.
Impressive weapons and vehicles from Elysium, Looper, and Total Recall were on display, as well, along with the opportunity for fans to experience their own “Rekall” and collect an ID badge. Lionsgate had displays for The Hunger Games and handed out dog tags for Expendables 2.
For a poster of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, you had to stroll through a small western town set up by the studio outside the convention center, but there were also people walking The Con, as it’s known, with cowboy hats who would hand you a coin redeemable for a free t-shirt if you said the line, “The D is silent.”
James Bond turns 50 this year and is as suave as ever. He had his own booth where fans could take their pictures with some of his impressive vehicles. In celebration of Bond’s Golden Anniversary, MGM had on display the complete collection of 22 movies on Blu-Ray, which will be released in September along with a book of images and stories from the past 50 years of Bond. The next installment, Skyfall, comes out later this year.
From The Source
But the blockbuster movie previews weren’t just about the booths. Fans lined up long before the crack of dawn, many camping overnight, to see panels of casts and directors in Hall H. Movies like Twilight, Expendables 2, Wreck-It-Ralph, Total Recall, and Elysium all had panels on Thursday and Friday. But the big day for movies was Saturday. The morning started with Django Unchained and a panel made up of Jaime Foxx, Walton Goggins, Don Johnson, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, and Quentin Tarantino himself. The director and actors analyzed their creative processes explaining what they felt made their characters intriguing and fascinating.
Warner Bros. and Legendary also had a series of panels showcasing their upcoming titles. While everyone was anticipating Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, and The Hobbit, the studios surprised the audience with a brief teaser of a new Godzilla movie directed by Gareth Edwards, who was so happy to be there he almost cried. Such is the draw of The Con that Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis even came out, told jokes, and promoted their upcoming movie The Campaign.
But going big is what Comic Con is all about, and few things go as big as giant robots fighting giant monsters, and that’s just what Guillermo del Toro promised his fans Saturday with Pacific Rim. The director detailed the process he and his team went through designing every monster and machine in the movie. He started from the internal gears and skeletons and worked his way out to create the most believable behemoths for next summer’s sci-fi blockbuster. If that failed to excite anyone in the room, they probably didn’t have a pulse.
The next highly anticipated movie was Man of Steel, the latest Superman reboot, and director Zach Snyder and star Henry Cavill came out on stage to talk about how they modernized him. Their goal was to make the super hero as human and relatable as a super-powered alien from a far-away planet can be. Fans of this DC Comics hero had to be chomping at the bit after this talk.
WB and Legendary’s last panel Saturday was easily their most hotly anticipated. Director Peter Jackson, co-writer Philippa Boyens, actors Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, and Elijah Wood presenting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The panel showed a Comic Con exclusive Production Vlog from Peter Jackson and more movie footage than any other panel before it. Scheduled for a December 2012 release, The Hobbit should turn Bilbo Baggins in the cause celebre of the Holiday season.
The last movie to have a panel on Saturday was Iron Man 3. Robert Downey Jr. danced out from the audience up to the stage, convincing everyone that every day he becomes Tony Stark more and more. The panel and footage released some awesome details, including the identity of the movie’s villain. Marvel also made some other announcements, including the titles of their upcoming films: Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
This year’s Comic Con has built up a lot of hype for upcoming movies. There is so much to do and so many things to see and the celebrities that come out for this extravaganza are amazing. Some stars like Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion even greeted the people lining up at 2 in the morning for their panels later that day. I had so much fun this year and look forward to everything coming out in the next few months—and even to next year’s Comic Con. Can’t wait!
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