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 23 – 27.

We’ll be there. Will you?

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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The Wolverine

When director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman took the stage for their Q&A with “a few clips” at Comic-Con, they had some baggage to confront. Jackman, especially, acknowledged the many, many, many shortcomings of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Mangold and Jackman discussed wanting to deliver the Wolverine, hence the title, The Wolverine. Fans have been waiting for the essential Wolverine tale and, for the most part, the two have succeed in giving it to them.

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After another long day at San Diego Comic-Con we’ve collected a smattering of pictures for your viewing pleasure. Earlier we showed you The Wolverine’s Silver Samurai and now we’ve got The Wolverine’s Cosplay Imitator! Who looks pretty good, and for fans of the classic X-Men, we’ve thrown in a comic book Nightcrawler too! Prop fans can find James Bond’s pistol, John Rambo’s knife, and Judge Dredd’s Lawgiver, while movie buffs can revel in a whole bunch of Captain America outfits, a look into Elysium, and more! We’ve got Cosplay! We’ve got crowds! We’ve got it all!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Right at the end of their Comic-Con panel — just after Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy topped them both — Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige brought out a familiar face for a brief, special announcement. When Joss Whedon took the stage, the buzz around the room and all over Twitter was electric. Marvel had saved something for last. As it turns out, it was a teaser that showed Iron Man’s helmet morphing into that of Ultron, revealing the title for the planned Avengers sequel: Avengers: Age of Ultron is due in 2015. Get excited.

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Zero Charisma

Chris Hardwick might be taking over the nerd world. Which is fine, for the most part, as long as he continues to be a force for good. Firmly in the “force for good” category is getting into the film distribution business and bringing SXSW Audience Award winner Zero Charisma to audiences around the country. In partnership with Tribeca Film, Nerdist Industries will distribute the directorial debut of Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews, which follows the story of Scott (Sam Eidson), a table-top game enthusiast whose quest to lead his friends on Dungeons & Dragons-esque quests comes with a bit more off-table drama than he’s equipped to handle.

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Edge of Tomorrow

Earlier today, Warner Bros. previewed some footage for its upcoming sci-fi adaptation Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. The story revolves around an untested military officier (Cruise) who is dropped into combat and subsequently is killed by a large alien. His problems don’t end there, as his contact with the alien throws him into a time loop. When he wakes up, he must relive the day of his death over and over again. Think Groundhog Day meets District 9 or Starship Troopers. But with more wicked technology. The latter of which is on full display in two new Comic-Con exclusive posters and photos from the Convention Center show floor. 

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Ahhh Comic-Con, that most wondrous time of year when we nerds can let our freak flags fly, our dork capes flutter, and our fanboy loin clothes not cover nearly enough. It is very hard to convey exactly what Comic Con is with words, you’ve really got to see it to believe it and since you’re reading this, you’re likely not here to see it. No worries, friend, as we’ve meandered the massive convention center, pushed our way past Boba Fatt (cheap shot!), squeezed a little too closely past Slave Girl Leia, and gawked all over the collectibles for you – while holding a camera! So grab yourself a popcorn and settle in for part one of our San Diego Comic Con photo experience! Inside you’ll get a taste for sprawling convention via pictures of the Sentinel design for the newest X-Men film, you’ll take a ride on a pedi-cab with Archer, find some Deadpool Deadpoo graffiti, see the hottest new toys, view 75 years of Superman costumes, and catch a glimpse of a Galactus sized cosplayer. Then make sure to come on back for our other installments, featuring more costumed fans! Silver Samurai! Battlestar Galactica!

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Catching Fire: Katniss

Unlike some of the earlier teases for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, this theatrical trailer seems intent on showing you some action. It opens as the first teaser did, with a lot of political talk. In the wake of the events of the first film, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has become a symbol of hope for people around the country, the spark of a coming revolution. So Donald Sutherland must get rid of her in a spectacular, not-at-all suspicious manner. The solution: have a big 75th anniversary Hunger Games with the most deadly previous winners they can find. In the middle of it all: Katniss. Will she overcome the plots against her? Will she lead her people to revolution? Will her family pay the price? Will Stanley Tucci’s character ever stop going to whatever bizarro hair salon he obviously frequents? Are there more ridiculous character names in the third book than what we’re going to see in this one? I’m looking at you, Cashmere, Beetee, Wiress, Enobaria, Finnick, Gloss and Johanna. Wait, not that last one. Readers of the books know the answers to these and many other important questions, but the rest of us will have to wait for the movie. For now, lets enjoy the setup for one of the most anticipated sequels of the year.

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Gravity

As the afternoon rolls on in San Diego, the Warner Bros. presentation has been the marquee event for the 120,000+ attendees of Comic-Con. With a great deal of announcements expected — some coming a bit early — about the future of DC Comics adaptations, WB has also been showing off movies that are not only announced, but will actually screen for audiences before the end of the calendar year. One such tale is Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, which hits theaters October 4. The Children of Men director took the stage in Hall H to provide attendees a first look at what it’s like to experience his 3D space thriller, explaining that he wants people to feel what it’s like to float in space. According to reports from the ground in San Diego, they are not only feeling the floating sensation, their nerves are being tested. We’ve culled together a group of some of the initial reactions to the footage shown. Warning: you are about to enter the hyperbole zone.

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