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Every year, our battle-tested warriors brave the crowds that descend upon San Diego to bring you the best and most interesting coverage from Geek Mecca, the comic, film, pop culture, nerdathon known as the San Diego Comic-Con.

Get ready to go without sleep from July 23 – 27.

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They Live Wonder Woman at Comic-Con 2014

It’s easy to hate Comic-Con. My view of things is probably a bit different from the average person, since I’m surrounded by people “in the industry” and it’s become cool over the last few years to use a tone of tired disgust when talking about the media explosion that takes place every year. More specifically, and you know this, we’re talking about San Diego Comic-Con, which over the years has become so big  that we just call it “Comic-Con” despite there being literally thousands of other Comic Conventions every year. Attendance at the event first eclipsed 100,000 individuals back in 2005. My first adventure was The Year of Watchmen, in 2008. By then, the crowd had ballooned to more than 125,000 people. This year it’s estimated that more than 130,000 people entered the exhibition floor. During the weekend it owns in July, it’s ubiquitous. You see it on Twitter, Facebook and every other social media sites. You read articles about it, and you sense it just underneath the surface of other articles. Dusted-off essays and tired tweets will make jokes about nerds and body odor, the smell of Thor’s leather underwear, the stank emanating from far too many layers and far too much wool in an unmercifully hot Southern California summer. Just as it’s easy to hate the hellacious line for Hall H or the semi-constant jostling from working your way through a crowd, it’s easy to make fun of Comic-Con, too. I’d never pretend to be anything other than a nerd at heart. Even […]

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Comic-Con 2014 Photo Gallery

Robert Fure gives you a tour of Comic-Con 2014 in a photo essay of his time spent in San Diego. Click here to check it out.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

After over a decade of trying, director George Miller finally got to make another entry in the Mad Max series…almost two years ago. The film began shooting all the way back in the fall of 2012, but it wasn’t until this year’s Comic-Con that anyone saw a lick of footage from Mad Max: Fury Road. The action-packed trailer impressed those in Hall H, thanks to plenty of practical stunts, muscular action, and a promising glimpse of a return to one of the coolest worlds and character ever put to film. Max is now played by Tom Hardy, who is of course a beast of a man that’s well-suited for the character once played by Mel Gibson. Will Hardy’s performance reflect Gibson’s iconic work as Max or is Hardy and Miller going in a different direction? That’s a question director George Miller answered in the press conference for Mad Max: Fury Road, a story that takes place “45 to 50 years after the opening of the movie.” Miller had plenty more to say, so we made sure to take notes. We also get our first look, which was released online today.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller wasn’t afraid to let it all hang out during the Comic-Con press conference for Mad Max: Fury Road. And by “it,” I’m of course referring to the legendary 67-year-old filmmaker’s wild ambition. Miller has been trying to make Fury Road for a long time. Hearing him speak at the Comic Con press conference, it’s easy to see why his heart has been in this sequel for well over a decade: it’s not your average summer movie. Mad Max: Fury Road is an almost nonstop chase. 80% of the movie is comprised of action. To make it sound even sweeter, Miller wanted to deliver stunt-heavy action that leaned on practical effects. Dangerous stunts and chases is what this series is all about, so, thankfully, the filmmaker hasn’t forgotten a part of what made his trilogy so special.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy

Within the past few minutes, Marvel Studios wrapped up their presentation at Comic-Con in San Diego. According to media in attendance, there was quite a bit of footage for Avengers: Age of Ultron shown to go along with the Ant-Man casting news that preceded it. And while there were not any major announcements about future films like Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel or anything into what could be considered Phase 3 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, they did confirm one project’s release date: Guardians of the Galaxy 2. In a pre-recorded video announcement from London, director James Gunn and actor Chris Pratt confirmed that Guardians 2 would hit theaters on July 28, 2017. This confirms the rumors from earlier in the week that James Gunn would be back to write and direct the sequel. Even though the first movie hasn’t hit theaters, Marvel and Disney appear to have more than enough confidence to greenlight a sequel. Based on early reviews, Guardians will more than likely have no problem delighting fans as the Marvel train rolls on. In the mean time, the rumor mill continues to churn for other Marvel projects…

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Marvel Ant-Man Test Sneak 3

Marvel’s Ant-Man is due in theaters July 15, 2015. It begins shooting in two weeks, according to the cast and crew who took the stage this evening at Comic-Con. Kevin Feige and newly installed director Peyton Reed took to San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H to talk Ant-Man with some of their cast, confirming a few roles along the way. The studio finally confirmed the casting of Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Corey Stoll (The Strain) and revealed their roles alongside the Comic-Con debuts of stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.

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Godzilla and King Kong

After Warner Bros. left the stage, having previewed their upcoming slate from Batman v Superman to the final Hobbit movie, their perennial partner in crime, Legendary Pictures took the stage at Comic-Con to show off what they’ve got planned over the next few years. Among their many previews were two big announcements that feature powerhouse monsters of cinema: King Kong and Godzilla. One is getting a sequel while the other is getting a prequel.

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batman-v-superman-logo

Warner Bros. took the stage this morning at Comic-Con in San Diego to show off some of its upcoming film slate, including a quick look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (yes, they are still serious about that title). According to reports from various media attending the event, Zack Snyder took the stage, fresh off a plane that came directly from the film’s set, to show off a short teaser trailer. He also welcomed the trinity of headlining cast — Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot — to the stage before also showing off some images of the cast in their costumes. After the break, we’ve got descriptions of the footage and a first (slightly blurry) look at Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman armor, complete with a sword.

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Marvel Studios

Updated: New posters are being released throughout the weekend. As they become available and form a larger poster, we’ll update this page. One of the studios expected to take this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con by storm, as they have in years past, is Marvel Studios. While other studios seem to be avoiding the convention and its droves of buzz-spreading fans — namely 20th Century Fox not bringing Fantastic Four or any new X-Men news — Marvel is doubling down on the place that seemingly launched its success (see: Iron Man in 2007). This year their big panel is the crown jewel of Comic-Con’s Saturday programming, but that won’t stop them from starting early. As they did for The Avengers, they have begun releasing character posters for Avengers: Age of Ultron that will probably all fit together nicely as one big spread. First up: Iron Man, Black Widow, Scarlett Witch, Captain America and a lot of Ultrons. A lot of Ultrons. There’s also a very cool Ant-Man poster, in case multiple Avengers isn’t enough for you.

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Shazam

Will he play the titular Shazam or will he play the nemesis Black Adam? That seems to be the question of the day for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who is either giving the world insight about an upcoming DC superhero role via his Twitter account or trolling everyone during the week of Comic-Con. It would be a nice, albeit cruel ruse to continue to talk about a big superhero reveal while Comic-Con is raging, especially on a weekend when you’re big tentpole Hercules hits theaters. We will likely know much more tomorrow afternoon when Warner Bros. takes the stage in San Diego to lay out their plans for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and beyond, but for now we’ve got these tweets from The Rock himself.

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General Atmosphere - Day 2 - Comic-Con International 2012

Today marks the start of the San Diego Comic-Con International, a 4-day celebration of the popular arts that draws north of 100k people to Southern California’s most lovely city. It also draws all the marketing power of movies, television, pop art, comics and just about anything else that can be classified as geeky or nerdy. As we do throughout the rest of the year, we’d like to point you in the direction of great reads around the movie blogosphere. But in the absence of many great longform pieces from Comic-Con, we’re just going to give you the Required Clicks — the images, videos and news you shouldn’t miss this weekend. Just remember to leave a tab open for us, as we will also be delivering all kinds of Comic-Con goodness this weekend.

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Comic-Con Hall H

This year marks my fourth visit to the San Diego Comic-Con. If I’ve made one rule for the convention, it’s this: stay away from Hall H. The line is long, generally smelly, and often unpleasant. Over the years the wait has become worse and worse. People just don’t wait for hours, they wait overnight. There’s an infinite amount of great stuff at Comic-Con and in San Diego, so why spend one’s time waiting in line? Most of these panels, including the teasers and the often awkward Q & As, wind up online anyway. Plus, most people live tweet the juiciest details from these panels. There’s not much to miss. There’s plenty of reasons not to go to Hall H, but there’s an argument to be made that the wait is worth it. However, before you can have your head explode from too much cool, you have to survive that never-ending line. Since nobody from FSR is going this year to do all that waiting, as we’ll be too busy giving you plenty of awesome coverage, we asked some of the Movie blogosphere’s finest on how they get through a night of waiting.

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Mondo at Comic-Con

Having chased them a number of times, I’ve gotten over the allure of Comic-Con exclusives. Most of it is toy fodder that takes up closet and shelf space, never to be opened, touched, sold or used in any productive way. But there is one thing — a more recent development for Comic-Con thanks to the rise of high quality movie-related art — the prints that Mondo releases during the convention. Of those who stopped by the Mondo booth this past weekend and picked up something awesome, I am a bit jealous. With that in mind, I’m convinced that I need for all of you to share in my pain. To see the absolutely stunning selection of Mondo art from Comic-Con and realize that most, if not all of it is completely sold out and well out of reach. With a few notable exceptions, this is all about enjoying the art.

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Batman vs. Superman

The image above has been circulating around the web all day, passing itself off as the official logo for the upcoming Batman/Superman team-up movie. The still-untitled, Zack Snyder directed project is in the writing stages and as far as we can tell, Warner Bros. has not officially produced any artwork. So it could be the creation of an excited, intrepid fan. Either way, it’s close to the logo that appeared on screen at Comic-Con over the weekend. All that aside, the world is already trying to dig into what this movie is all about. We don’t know what it’s called for sure — many are calling it World’s Finest, after the popular comic series — but writer David S. Goyer has started talking about his script and its potential titles.

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Community at Comic-Con

Dan Harmon is back. That’s the overwhelming sentiment of the Community panel at Comic-Con. There is plenty more that was worth watching, including just about every moment of Jim Rash’s existence. The full panel has now made its way online. You too can watch the likes of Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong and Mr. Harmon himself talk about their plans for the upcoming fifth season of the show. 

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Tim Bradstreet is a literal and figurative titan in the world of comic books, and if his current trajectory stays true, you’ll be seeing his name in the credits of movies, too. It’s become something of a yearly tradition to the stop by the RAW booth, home to Bradstreet and frequent collaborator Tom Jane, as well as visitors like Todd Farmer and creator of “The Crow,“ James O’Barr, who’s consulting on the upcoming theatrical version of his comic creation. Despite being the size and having the general appearance of a grizzly bear, Bradstreet is also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Our short interview stretched out to twice the intended time and veered wildly off course while a half-dozen or so well wishers and friends popped by the booth. A conversation worthy of the chaotic Comic-Con show floor.

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Marvel Studios Panel At Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con is a massive journey of discovery. Over the course of four days and five nights, people from all over the world converge on one spot to overload the tram system, punish the sewage system, hemorrhage hard earned cash for colorful plastic and printed pages, and take pictures of each other. In the midst of all that, we also find time to attend panels, catch up with creators, meet new people, reconnect with old friends, find the hottest upcoming trends, and get the early scoop on breaking news. This year the Film School Rejects were represented by two intrepid slack-jawed comic fans: interview specialist Jack Giroux and anger guru Robert Fure. We walked miles, spent hours in lines, followed CosPlay girls around the floor, and harassed the talent into giving us top secret information. After four days, two blackouts, a fist fight, and a cuddle session, here are our 12 favorite discoveries at San Diego Comic Con 2013.

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Roland Emmerich‘s Godzilla was somewhat of a disaster. Not in how it was another “disaster movie” from Emmerich, but in terms of pure banality. With such a wonderfully iconic monster, the end result wasn’t what it should’ve been. Even the design of the creature felt all wrong. It’s been 15 years since we’ve seen Godzilla on a canvas that big and, despite the box office success of Emmerich’s film, we (thankfully) haven’t had to sit through more of that Godzilla interpretation. With next summer’s reboot, director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) doesn’t want to simply make another piece of disaster porn. He’ll have Godzilla, and plenty of other monsters, roaming the world, but during the film’s Comic-Con preview over the weekend, Edwards appeared far more interested in the characters we’ll see played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Olsen. For Edwards, in addition some realistic camerawork, the three of them are what will ground this movie. If you want to know more about how Edwards grounded this monster pic and what to expect come next summer, here’s what Edwards and the cast had to say about the film at Comic-Con:

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RoboCop

RoboCop isn’t the first Paul Verhoeven remake Sony Pictures has showcased at Comic-Con. At the last two Cons they promoted Total Recall, a decent movie — and a pretty good Director’s Cut — that flat out bombed at the box-office alongside underwhelming critics and fans. Obviously, they’re hoping director Jose Padilha‘s remake of Verhoeven’s best film isn’t met with the same fate. With a cast this good — Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Abbie Cornish, and Jackie Earle Haley – if all else fails, at least they’ll have some mighty fine talent on display. We already know that it’ll be, no surprise, PG-13. The original RoboCop hasn’t aged a day as a nasty piece of violent cinema, and despite Samuel L. Jackson believing otherwise, it would remain an R-rated movie by today’s loose standards. But none of that matters at the end of the day. What matters is if Padilha and his cast make do something new with the character, and from what the cast and Padihla had to say at Comic-Con, that’s what they set out to do.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson in Cosmos

More than 30 years ago, PBS had a hit with Carl Sagan‘s often trippy Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, a show that brought the mysteries of the universe to life for millions. In fact, until 1990 when PBS debuted The Civil War, it was the most watched program in the history of public broadcasting. Space might never have been cooler, save for that time we first walked on the moon (which coincidentally happened 44-years ago this weekend). In the spring of 2014, now-famous man of science Neil deGrasse Tyson will produce and host a show that will carry on Sagan’s legacy, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The Fox and National Geographic-produced show will have a 13-episode first season run and will a modern version of Sagan’s spacecraft, modern effects and further exploration of our universe — from the molecular level to the deepest reaches of space. At Comic-Con this weekend, Fox debuted the show’s first trailer, which you can watch just after the jump.

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