San Diego Comic Con Highlights - 11 Things You Need To Know
The dust is settling on another whirlwind Comic Con weekend in San Diego, and unless you were glued to your computer screen, there's a good chance you've missed some of the biggest announcements, releases and surprises from the last 4 days. So, who won the weekend? Take a look at the highlights below and decide for yourself.
1) Marvel announces Guardians of the Galaxy sequel for 2017, gets a standing ovation for new Avengers: Age of Ultron footage, reveals animated series for Guardians of the Galaxy
Joss Whedon and Scarlett Johansson were missing from the Avengers panel due to injury and pregnancy, respectively, but the rest of the cast was present and accounted for, and there was no shortage of excitement. Over two minutes of new footage from the superhero behemoth was released to raucous cheers and a standing ovation, in which the Avengers take turns trying to pick up Thor's hammer, Thanos attacks, and all of the Avengers with the exception of Iron Man lying dead(!) on the ground, while the whole time a child sings "I Got No Strings" from Pinocchio.
(There was also a humorous moment in which Elizabeth Olsen began to talk about her role as Scarlet Witch, saying, "It's fun bringing magic to the game, there's mutated people-" and then getting shushed by the fans who were afraid of being spoiled.)
Before Guardians of the Galaxy has even been released, Marvel is showing a great deal of confidence in the franchise. They've already announced a release date for the sequel in 2017, as well as an upcoming animated series. Guardians of the Galaxy is released worldwide this week and is widely expected to be a resounding box office success.
Fans got to see Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck stare each other down in a short teaser clip from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film. You can try to view the footage here, although Warner Bros has been extremely effective at protecting their copyright. If that doesn't work, then the official description of the footage from AP is as follows:
"The moody, dimly lit footage began with a heavily armored Batman pulling off a tarp and turning on the Bat Signal on a rainy rooftop. With glowing eyes, the bulky Batman looked up to the sky to see a steely Superman - his heat vision just beginning to flare up - hovering within the light and looking down at the Dark Knight."
Zack Snyder also released the first photo of Gal Godot as Wonder Woman, there was a new photo released of Affleck as Batman, and Affleck, Cavill, and Godot all appeared to promote the film, to the delight of DC fans.
[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]
We've had some faux propaganda video and posters to introduce us to the fascism of the Capitol, but the first official teaser for the two-parter finale to the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay introduces us to Katniss as a bonafide hero. "No one else can do this but her," says the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles. Julianne Moore claims that Katniss can't handle the pressure, because the Hunger Games "destroyed her." But like it or not, the reluctant hero is "the face of this rebellion."
4) Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey surprise everyone with their first ever Comic Con appearances - new trailer for Interstellar released
Legendary Pictures released a brand new trailer for the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan film, Interstellar, in which images of foreign, icy planets can be seen. The footage has been described as "epic" and "majestic". The trailer is not yet available online, but supposedly will be very soon. During their interviews, Nolan claimed that Interstellar was "about what it means to be human" and about our place in the universe, while McConaughey made the startling claim that Interstellar is the "by far the most ambitious film that Christopher Nolan has ever directed."
HBO revealed nine new characters for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, most of whom are connected to the (spoiler!) recently departed Oberyn Martell, including his brother, Doran, Doran's son Trystane, Trystane's betrothed Myrcella Baratheon, and Oberyn's bastard daughters Obara, Nymeria, and Tyene Sand. They also released a hilarious blooper reel for good measure.
Warner Bros. released the first footage of the upcoming sci-fi Western at Comic Con (and this three-minute version online). SlashFilm said regarding the full footage, "It may not have much dialogue, and it really is a car chase… but saying it is 'just' a car chase is to wildly undersell what Miller has made. This trailer featured what appears to the the ultimate car chase, starting with the DNA of The Road Warrior, but then opening up into incredible vistas and blasts of action that go far beyond what Miller has put on screen in the past. It was incredible to see."
AMC released the first trailer for the upcoming season of the hit zombie apocalypse series, The Walking Dead. In the next season (spoilers!) a cure for the zombie plague has been found, but this only poses a whole assortment of new challenges for our survivors, as they cope with the primitive dangers of the undead as well as the manipulative evils of their fellow humans.
A pilot screening was scheduled for the upcoming Rob Thomas CW television series iZombie, but as a result of last minute casting additions and other behind-the-scenes debacles, they were only able to show a short clip. Fans were still excited, however, as Thomas has a built-in fanbase from his previous cult series, Veronica Mars. Be that as it may, Thomas claims that the heroine of iZombie is more reminiscent of another former WB heroine: "Veronica has a misanthropic view of the world that Liv doesn't. Tonally, we'll live in that world. 'iZombie' is dialed-up with more action; this is closer to Buffy [the Vampire Slayer]."
There is, unfortunately, no news of the cast reuniting for another movie or television series, but Browncoats can rejoice that the cast is at least coming back together to voice the Firefly online game. Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, and Ron Glass have already recorded their parts, while Jewel Staite, Gina Torres, and Summer Glau will add their voice acting to the mix very soon.
10) CW Airs Explosive Arrow Season 3 Preview Featuring Ra's Al Ghul!
Arrow is one of the best shows on TV right now, gathering fans from all corners of comic fandom. It's unsurprising then, that CW's Arrow announcements were one of the most-talked about of the weekend. However, nobody could believe their luck when CW aired a beautifully explosive preview for Season 3 which ended with a tease of none other than the legendary Ra's Al Ghul himself.
Tatiana Maslany, who plays the many clones of Orphan Black, paid homage to one of her favorite movies by recreating a famous shot from Shaun of the Dead. Maslany also caused a stir when she teared up after a fan told her that the show had helped her parents accept her queer sexuality.
BBC America also aired this clip of some of the funniest moments from the show so far.
And, in less happy news, women of Comic Con protest allegedly rampant sexual harassment.