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San Diego Comic-Con 2015: Just the Important Bits

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Last weekend was the annual San Diego Comic-Con, which is increasingly less about comics and more about movie and TV studios pushing their slate of upcoming projects, while giving fans a chance to see their favourite actors and film-makers in-person at HUGE panel events. The big news for 2015 was abundant, so I picked a few of the tastiest morsels to focus on:

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

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The biggest buzz of San Diego Comic-Con this year surely came from Hall H during the much-anticipated Star Wars panel. With practically everybody in attendance — including wheeling old old-timers Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and post plane crash Harrison Ford — all cast and crew involved shared an evident enthusiasm for the project which infected the packed hall. While they didn’t reveal a new trailer, the following behind-the-scenes video actually does a better job at rekindling fond memories and selling the movie more than a new trailer ever could.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens makes its long-awaited debut this December.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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Just behind Star Wars (just), Comic-Con exploded with the unveiling of the amazing new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Man of Steel is not my favourite movie, the Comic-Con panel and new trailer actually did the unthinkable: I’m looking forward to this movie now.

Let’s hope we aren’t disappointed come March next year.

The Hateful Eight

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A new Quentin Tarantino movie is always something to get excited over, and last weekend’s The Hateful Eight panel revealed much to warrant that excitement. It’s Tarantino returning to the Western genre, it features an all-star cast of Tarantino regulars and the obligatory obscure casting, legendary spaghetti-western maestro Ennio Morricone will score the film — his first full western score in forty years, and the film will be shot in the marvellously (and rarely used) epic 70mm film.

The Hateful Eight will combat The Force Awakens at the box office this December.

Heroes Reborn

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So Heroes is coming back. The show that started so strong and ended with a fizzle a few short years later gets a second chance with a new 13-episode limited series Heroes Reborn. It consists of a largely new cast, with many original cast-members returning for guest roles.

This will be curious and will begin late September.

Suicide Squad

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Another surprising film that had everybody talking about DC was David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad, a film based around a ragtag bunch of second-string villains from the DC canon. I think many people were shocked at how much fun this actually looks, despite the dark tone. I also appreciate that the focus — in this trailer, at least — is on Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie. I mean, it also features The Joker and Batman for the first time on-screen together since 2008. So yeah, we’re excited — despite Joker’s dumb tattoos — but we have to wait for another year before we can see the entire film.

You know why this is a good trailer? Because ‘I Started a Joke’ is the best Bee Gees song. Try to ignore Jai Courtney.

The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead is back for a sixth season, and things are looking as dreary as they can ever be in a zombie apocalypse world ravaged by walkers. The Walking Dead is so damn popular that it has a spin-off program set to debut while the original is still on the air! Titled Fear the Walking Dead (that won’t cause confusion), the new series focuses on a different set of survivors in a different region of the USA. I predict Walking Dead over-saturation within a year.

Deadpool

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Last but not least, another big surprise shocker was Fox’s Deadpool from director Tim Miller, which has Ryan Reynolds returning as the titular Merc with a Mouth, and hopefully making amends for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The Deadpool panel was pretty simple, as Miller basically let the exclusive Deadpool highlight reel wow the audience in attendance. This footage as of yet has not been officially released online, but there are bootlegs going around which I don’t recommend as the quality is disgusting. Despite that, we just need to trust that this is finally Deadpool being done right and will be chock-full of violence, sweaing, and self-aware humour.

Deadpool is due for release in February so expect to see some official footage released very soon.

What are you looking forward to the most? What big announcement was made at Comic-Con this year that I missed? We also had big panels for X-Men Apocalypse The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Agents of SHIELD, and Fantastic Four, among others. Leave a comment below, or as always, hit me up on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to Birth.Movies.Death, /Film, and Heroic Hollywood for the extensive first-hand SDCC coverage this year.

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