Comic-Con

The Best Comic-Con Coverage

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 17 – 20.

We’ll be there. Will you?

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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The LEGO Movie

“The Lego Movie combines all your favorite pop-culture characters: Batman, Superman, The Green Lantern, (most likely) Hobbits and Harry Potter, all for one giant commercial for Lego!” Good thing for us, that’s not the animated picture directors Chris Miller, Chris McKay, and Phil Lord are making. A movie that literally has “Lego” in the title could easily be interpreted as just that, but at the film’s Comic-Con press conference, the three filmmakers stressed the actual movie is far from an ad. This was a project treated with a good deal of skepticism when it was announced, but after the trailer, it’s shown skeptics they’re not going to see the movie they were dreading. We learned plenty more about the film while in attendance at Comic-Con, so if you’re curious in how the film is more than a payed advertisement, read what the the three men had to say about Michael Bay, Morgan Freeman voicing a crazy wizard, and more.

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This is it folks, the moment you’ve been waiting for, the whammy of Comic-Con photo galleries: The Cosplay Heavy Edition! Inside we’ve got beautiful women, mutants, Star Wars, Super Heroes, and the cast of True Blood! Okay, so maybe I’m over selling you on this, but we do have some great looks at Steam Punk Star Wars and the sexiest Asgardians you’re likely to see this side of the Rainbow Bridge. If that doesn’t light your fire, we’ve thrown in some neat upcoming collectibles, and some giant balloons. No, really.

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Game of Thrones

Editor’s Note: Everything in this post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones season three. If you haven’t seen it all yet, what’s wrong with you? The Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con is never really about revelations. There is usually no news to report, mostly due to the positioning of Comic-Con throughout the year. Season three has just taken its bow (in spectacular, blood-soaked fashion) and season four hasn’t even begun filming yet, as it does not debut until next spring. So no, we don’t get any season four spoilers. Which is great, because there’s plenty of reflecting upon what has happened thus far. In the panel featuring show runners Dan Weiss and David Benioff, actors Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden, Peter Dinklage, Rose Leslie, John Bradley, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington and author George R.R. Martin, much of the talk was directed at the events of season three and the experience of making the show. A few things we learned (not all of which are true, obviously): Richard Madden cried on the plane on way home after wrapping episode 9. George Martin is not our bitch. Peter Dinklage will become a dragon. Khal Drogo, not dead. These and more can be found in the panel footage, which begins just after the show runners showed in “In Memoriam” for all the characters who have died thus far on the show. It’s probably best that we don’t get to see that at home. No one wants to see you crying in your cubicle. All the same, […]

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Cloudy 2

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs came out of nowhere. The marketing wasn’t exactly enticing, selling what appeared to be a fairly average animated adventure. The movie wasn’t that. At all. Phil Lord and Chris Miller made a shockingly nerdy movie. What other animated movie can you think of that has gummy bears and a Twilight Zone referenced packed together? Not many. When Sony announced the sequel, Lord and Miller had their hands busy with 21 Jump Street, making it impossible for them to direct. They ended up tapping the shoulders of Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, a duo who worked on the first film. Pearn was head of story, while Cameron was one of the senior artists. Although Lord and Miller are still involved with the project as executive producers, it sounds like Cameron and Pearn are staying true to the sensibility they brought to the first film. Here’s what the two filmmakers had to say about why food are people too and how Dances with Wolves inspired the film.

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Walter White

The cast and creators of Breaking Bad walked off the stage at Comic-Con just a little while ago and already the Internet has the trailer mash-up show during the panel. Thanks to AMC’s YouTube channel, we can now also experience what Comic-Con attendees stood in line for hours to see. With the exception of any new footage, of course. According to reports, the showrunners played the pre-credits segment of the next episode for the Comic-Con audience. And while we’ll have to wait until August 11 to see that, we can watch this awesome trailer that recaps the first four and a half seasons of one of the great television dramas of all-time. The evolution of Walter White is nearly complete. And as we see from the familiar moments in this trailer, it’s already been one hell of a ride.

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x-men

One of the surprise panels at this year’s Comic-Con was for David Hayter‘s directorial debut, Wolves. The panel didn’t come out of nowhere or anything, but it was for an original property. We don’t see a whole lot of original films highlighted at the Con, so to see Hayter’s picture have a presence was a pleasant addition to the festivities. It’s a movie Hayter’s been developing for the past six years, based on a script of his own. You know Hayter’s voice as Solid Snake, but you’re probably also familiar with his screenwriting credits: X-Men, X-Men 2: United, and Watchmen. Of course the first X-Men was a one of kind movie at the time. We hadn’t seen a superhero team onscreen yet, so it was far from a sure thing. The movie ended up a success, paving the way for more comic book movies like it. However, since then, a lot has changed. What worked best about those first two X-Men movies isn’t something we see very often now: simple, streamlined action. The second X-Men ends with a bang involving Jean Grey protecting the aircraft full of her friends, not William Stryker bringing a city to its knees and the X-Men having to save it. That’s what a lot of superhero movies have turned into, and sometimes, it’s somewhat of a shame. We sat down with Hayter at Comic Con, and since Robert already posted a rundown of what to expect from Wolves, we thought it’d best to save our discussion focused on Wolves for the film’s possible 2014 release. Until then, here are David […]

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Earlier in the weekend, we reported on the creepy ground-level marketing for Spike Lee’s upcoming American remake of Oldboy, which included girls with yellow umbrellas who would walk you to your hotel. We urged our readers to stay away, because as anyone who has seen the original Oldboy could tell you, there’s no way this works out in a positive manner. Yet as it turns out, no one listened and Film District is probably in possession of several sad souls at this very moment. That is, if they truly committed. It’s more likely that they just wanted some great photo-ops. So let’s give ‘em their photo-op, shall we? After the break, get your fill of ladies with yellow umbrellas.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Yesterday at Comic-Con, 20th Century Fox took the stage early in the afternoon with a massive task at hand: do something people will remember, even after they watch the Marvel Studios presentation in the evening. It took the entire casts of 2 X-Men movies and an aggressive army of talking apes, but they may have done it. The reactions were strong, including a number of attendees citing the scope of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the intricate nature of the apes’ development of communication. The photo above is the first released photo from the film, showing Caesar (played by Andy Serkis) leading his troops. After the jump, director Matt Reeves talks about what drew him to the project, what direction they took with the story and some chatting with the cast.

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Captain America and The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The First Avenger was an odd movie. For one, it didn’t take on the “realistic” aesthetic we see so many comic-book movies aim for. Secondly, how often are superhero movies that unabashedly sentimental and light-hearted? Steve Rogers was a genuinely great guy who believed that the right would always prevail. There was no moral ambiguity in the first film for him to question. You’re either a good guy or a bad guy. From the sound of it, that’s not the movie we’ll be seeing with the film’s sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Although that’s slightly disappointing to hear, speaking with actor Sebastian Stan, reprising his role as Bucky Barnes and taking on a new one with Winter Soldier, there’s a good reason for that tonal shift. The movie takes place in 2013, and showing Steve now a part of a less black and white world should make for an interesting direction to take the character in.

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My Little Pony at Comic-Con 2013

No matter how many times you go to Comic-Con, you haven’t actually “done Comic-Con” until you go through the effort to buy an exclusive offering. There are many exclusives offered every year, ranging from t-shirts to figurines wearing SDCC t-shirts to limited edition toys that are pretty much like any other toy except for a little sticker on it that says “SDCC Exclusive.” Some are harder to get than others. There may be fewer or there just may be a greater demand. The King of all exclusive dealers is without a doubt Hasbro, the license holders for Marvel, Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Star Wars, and a slew of others. Mattel is often a prized dealer as well, and players like NECA can draw crowds too, but nothing quite like Hasbro. Every so often I’ll get bit by the exclusive bug and head to the Hasbro booth to get a limited edition Transformer or G.I. Joe. These ones don’t often sell out, so I rarely make a big deal about getting them and if I don’t, oh well. It’s not the end of the world. This year, however, I decided to do a favor for a friend and to partake in an experiment. I was going to try and go the whole nine yards and get one of the most sought after exclusives year after year: an SDCC My Little Pony.

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Wolves

David Hayter might not be a household name, but he’s more than likely a household voice. A popular video game actor, he’s lent his vocal talents to characters like Metal Gear Solid‘s Solid Snake, several Star Wars characters in video games, and he was even the voice behind Captain America in the Spider-Man Animated Series.  If you’re not impressed yet, or if you’re just wondering why this guy suddenly has a movie, his first as a director mind you, consider his screen writing credits: X-Men, X2, and Watchmen, among others. So yeah, this guy is kind of a big guy, and I don’t mean that just because he’s 6’1. Oh hey, that’s something we learned, can’t spoil the article in the intro. Without further adieu, we present the 15 things we learned about David Hayter’s werewolf action flick  Wolves.

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Marvel Studios Panel At Comic-Con

We could write all about the Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel from yesterday. We could dig through Twitter and the coverage from other sites and our own chats with some of the Marvel stars (coming later today) and give you a list of things we learned. Or we could just publish this video of the panel and let you make your own conclusions. That second option sounds great, as there is no perfect way to explain what happened when Tom Hiddleston took the stage in full character and turned a 6,000 person Hall H crowd into an army of loyal followers. Apparently we all just want to be ruled. All that trouble in The Avengers for nothing. So sit back and enjoy the Marvel Studios panel from the comfort of your own home. You’ll get updates on the more medieval Thor: The Dark World, the S.H.I.E.L.D.-heavy Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the out-of-this-world Guardians of the Galaxy and a little update about something called Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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