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San Diego Comic Con 2014: Just the Good Stuff

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San Diego Comic Con is the biggest of its kind. So big that it really needs to change its name, as it is less about the comics and more of a mass marketing tool for movies and TV programs. Comics are not a priority at this gigantic pop-culture convention. But movie scoops are fun! Here are some of the major announcements from the Mecca of all things terrific and nerdy this year, filtered and truncated for your pleasure!

Thanks to /Film and Badass Digest for the comprehensive Comic Con coverage this year.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The winner of Comic Con this year goes to Warner Bros. and their upcoming DC Comics blockbuster Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The first massive news was the reveal of Gal Gadot in full costume as Wonder Woman. Feast your eyes!

Xena Warrior Princess

It’s Wonder Waitaminute…

Oh, shit! I got confused. Here you go:

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Truth be told, that is a badass costume and a badass picture. My only complaint — a large complaint; one I shared with Superman’s Man of Steel costume — is the desaturation and lack of colour. Someone needs to tell Zack Snyder that a little colour will not affect his ‘much gritty, such serious’ approach to these movies. An iconic outfit has been homogenised into something generically cool. Oh well.

The crowd in Hall H was also treated to some early footage of the film, and my goodness does it ever produce goose-bumps:

It’s night and raining heavily. Batman is shown wearing bulky armour with glowing eyes as he throws a lever that turns on a massive Bat-Signal. As the camera swings around, we see Superman floating directly the path of the symbol, eyes ablaze as Batman and Superman have the world’s most EPIC STAREDOWN.

The influence of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is obvious (as it has been with most of Batman’s big-screen adaptations, but this is the most literal yet), and this particular scene featuring the Bat-armour and the World’s Finest showdown is straight from Miller’s seminal comic. What an amazing choice of clip to churn up a fan-frenzy!

This will happen... OMG!

This will happen… OMG!

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel Studios — previously the kings of Comic Con announcements — had to take a back-seat to DC this year, but still had plenty to show off. Most of the ballyhoo surrounds next year’s Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, and it will feature new characters Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany — upgraded from the voice of JARVIS), as well as bad guys Ultron (James Spader) and Thanos (Josh Brolin). The addition of Vision to the line-up has me incredibly excited.

There's Vision on the top-left. Yes!

There’s Vision on the top-left. Yes!

Because of Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man a couple of months ago, Marvel seemed to be doing more damage control than actual promotion, but I think they did enough to alleviate most people’s concerns with where the film is headed. Here’s hoping that there will be remnants of Wright’s brilliance in the final product.

In a nutshell, Marvel played it pretty safe, as they had already revealed a lot of information on their projects throughout the year. Many were anticipating a casting announcement for Doctor Strange, but that did not happen. The only major announcement was a Guardians of the Galaxy sequel to be helmed once again by James Gunn. This shows great confidence in the as-yet unreleased Guardians of the Galaxy, they must know they have a winner on their hands.

It has nothing to do with Marvel Studios or Comic Con, but in the last few days there was leaked (and quickly pulled) Deadpool test footage available online. It features a mostly CG Deadpool (with Ryan Reynolds or someone who sounds very similar as the voice) taking out some villains on a busy freeway, cracking wise all the while. After seeing it, all I can say is Fox needs to go ahead and MAKE DEADPOOL PRIORITY ONE ASAP.

Legendary Pictures

A couple of big announcements out of the Legendary Pictures panel were plans for King Kong prequel Skull Island, set for 2016, as well as Gareth Edwards announcing his eventual return for a second Godzilla after his Star Wars sabbatical. The major news was that Legendary revealed they are interested in incorporating Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah into the sequel. Make it happen, Legendary. Make that shit happen!

Things To Get Excited About

– Guillermo Del Toro’s horror film Crimson Peak is looking the business, and Del Toro always has my attention.

– Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey both made their Comic Con debuts to show off Interstellar, which is due later this year and looks incredible. Only Nolan can hitch a massive IMAX film camera to the front of a fighter jet!

– Jack Black will star in a Goosebumps movie, which surely has to be better than the cheap Canadian TV series (have a look, it has aged terribly).

– A couple of months ago, Fox announced the highly anticipated(?) crossover of The Simpsons and Family Guy. Here’s the tease:

– Last year’s hit video game The Last of Us will be getting the big-screen treatment from Sam Raimi and with direct involvement from game developer Naughty Dog, so it will at least be true in spirit to the game.

– Speaking of Sam Raimi, he will also be busy producing an adaptation of his horror masterpiece Evil Dead for TV. Bring back Bruce Campbell or GTFO! Interesting news, nevertheless.

– There’s plenty to get excited about if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, and Arrow. The new DC Comics TV series Flash and Constantine also show potential.

– I’ll finish on the amazing teaser for Mad Max: Fury Road:

 

Certainly there were many more things that happened at San Diego this past weekend. What did I miss that you’re excited about? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to leave a comment on Facebook or send me a tweet @SorryImLateLM.

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