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.

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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.



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!


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.


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.


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. 



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!


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.



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.


Comic-Con 2013

San Diego Comic-Con is many things, one might say, if many actually meant the collision of two worlds; the small, intimate world of comic related art and those who relish in it and the massive commercial machine spearheaded by Hollywood and the major toy companies. You’ve probably heard it all before from people like me, or other journalists, who have ventured to San Diego on more than a few occasions – Comic-Con has changed, we say. It used to be better. Maybe so, but the beast that is Comic-Con shows little sign of slowing down, much less shrinking in size. Yet, if you long for the not quite lost days of the intimate experience, they’re there for you to search out. Sure, it might not be front and center on the Con floor. No, that is reserved for Hasbro and the untold legions swarming to grab and re-sell My Little Pony limited edition memorabilia. But the intimate experience is still there, if you know which corners to look in. I arrived in San Diego pretty late in comparison to other years. I didn’t get my badge until about 1:30 or 2:00 pm on Thursday, while many of my colleagues had been here nearly a full day ahead of me. Yet in just a few hours, I managed to experience both faces of the Comic-Con beast.


Superman and Batman

Breaking news out of Comic-Con this morning. Hero Complex is reporting that Warner Bros. will announce the sequel to this summer’s big DC Comics adaptation Man of Steel, with a big caveat: Superman will be meeting Batman in the sequel. According to sources with knowledge of the project, “director Zack Snyder is expected to reunite with screenwriter David S. Goyer and star Henry Cavill for the new film. It’s unlikely Christian Bale will step back into the bat suit, as the actor has indicated publicly that he has moved on from his days as Bruce Wayne.” Assuming this is true — we will know soon enough, as the Warner Bros. panel begins in about 45 minutes — it would fit in perfectly with Warner Bros.’ intention to lay down a path toward a Justice League film, just as Marvel did with its Avengers over the course of the past four years. The big question about Justice League is “how will they get there?” How will they bring all of their characters together in a way that feels fluid, on a time frame that is far more brief than what Marvel had to work with. Step one appears to be uniting their two biggest names: Superman and Batman. From there, the possibilities begin to unfold. We will be keeping our ears to the ground as more comes in from San Diego this afternoon. So buckle in, DC fans, as this afternoon could be a lot of fun. UPDATE: THR is reporting that The Flash could be getting a stand-alone movie […]


Agents of SHIELD

Footage being released online a day after a panel is one thing. The entire panel, in a way that appears to be sanctioned and not done on someone’s flip phone camera, is another thing entirely. That’s what we have with this version of the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel that took place yesterday at Comic-Con. Thanks to the folks at Emergency Awesome, we’ve got a great look at the entire panel, save for the pilot that was shown. Get a look at what Joss Whedon, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na and others had to say about the upcoming ABC show.


Veronica Mars

Despite all the ballyhooing about whether or not Kickstarter is right for people like Rob Thomas and Zach Braff, people still gave them plenty of money to fund their projects. And now the world has a Veronica Mars movie on the way. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: they are actually making it. And they are showing off footage to the world, beginning at yesterday’s Comic-Con panel. Less than 24-hours later, the rest of the world can get a look at what Thomas, Kristen Bell and a number of familiar faces have been working on. The first look featurette includes some talking heads, a few thanks-yous to fans who contributed to Kickstarter and in the last minute or so, a teaser full of actual footage from the movie. At first glance, it looks just like the TV show.



It wouldn’t be a bad bet to wage that there’s no one walking around Comic-Con with more muscles than Terry Crews. I’ve spoken with Crews before over the phone, but interviewing him in person is considerably more emasculating. Not only because the guy is a mammoth of all things brawn, metal, and steel, but because Crews is a guy with charm out the wazoo. I think I could throw some of the meanest insults at the guy and still see a smile on his face. Or he could crush me with his pinky. I sat down with Crews at Comic-Con to discuss his work in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the sequel to the 2009 animated surprise hit. Crews, playing officer Earl Deveraux, is filling in for Mr. T this time around, and while the actor said he had big shoes to fill, I’d say Mr. T couldn’t step into Crews’s boots.


trailer_amazing spider man

If there’s one common theme among tentpole films this summer, it’s the mentality that bigger is better. The sheer scope these blockbusters achieve is astonishing and, as some have speculated, has been hurting box-office numbers. When Steven Spielberg says there’s going to be an implosion in these type of $150M+ films, that’s something to take seriously. But if there’s one character that the “blow everything we see up” approach doesn’t suit, it’s Spider-Man. Speaking with producer Matt Tolmach about the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2, it was clear they didn’t set out to make one of those disaster films. Seeing Peter Parker struggle is what makes Spider-Man engaging, not seeing a whole city block torn to pieces. The first Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t that, and Tolmach intends to keep it that way. That doesn’t mean this sequel won’t go bigger, though.


Mark Millar

A few years ago comic book writer Mark Millar was gearing up to helm his directorial debut, Miracle Park. The project saw plenty of coverage back in 2009, but since then, there has been little heard about it. The film was described as a dark superhero story about a pack of animal rights activists who break into a laboratory set in modern day Scotland. Most likely, those hippies ended up getting into some sort of a freak accident, turning them into superheroes.



Here comes another great Comic-Con trailer that did not require you to wait for an extended period in line, in the sun, surrounded by people in anime costumes. Vin Diesel, director David Twohy and co-star Katee Sackhoff took the stage in Hall H and showed off some footage, including this fancy red band trailer for their upcoming film Riddick. Once again we plunge into the darkness and no one believes that Riddick is the most badass dude in the room. Something something machete to the head and off we go…



Imagine a chubby, pasty high school kid who, to my great embarrassment, wore a military-style Red Hot Chili Peppers jacket. Tacky, I know, but also picture him obsessively reading Ender Game‘s — Orson Scott Card‘s incredible piece of science-fiction – during his sophomore year. That kid dreamed of making a movie of it one day, preferably with George Clooney as Colonel Graff. Sadly, that boy’s dream is dead, thanks to director Gavin Hood. But Hood can’t be blamed for crushing a wonderful child’s will to dream. One thing is for sure, Ender’s Game is a big ambitious swing of a project for Hood. Card’s novel is not a sure thing of a blockbuster, and considering its source material, it’s a story that isn’t exactly suited for all kids. Hood’s past film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, felt watered down all around, but with this latest project Hood seems to have captured the spirit of a sprawling space adventure.


Kick-Ass 2

Didn’t make it into Hall H this afternoon to see the Universal Pictures presentation? Don’t worry about it. Not even in San Diego? Not even a problem. Universal has released this 4-minute extended NSFW Kick-Ass 2 trailer online, fresh off its Comic-Con debut. It features a much better look at the tone, the action and the personalities of the Jeff Wadlow-directed affair. It does a much better job off offering a tone closer to that of the Matthew Vaughan-directed predecessor and spouts off some choice language. One can’t help but think that it’s going to be a foul-mouthed affair, mostly considering the name of the film’s villain.



What a shocking headline, right? When Bill Paxton briefly mentioned Predator 2 during our discussion at Comic-Con yesterday, I could see him cringe with a self-knowing smile about it. He didn’t discuss that 90s classic in detail, sadly, but Paxton clearly lit up when discussing his directorial work. It’s unfortunate Paxton has only made two films behind the camera. Frailty is a terrific family-oriented horror movie, while his Disney “golf picture,” The Greatest Game Ever Played, was overlooked by both critics and audiences. The box-office performance of The Greatest Game Ever Played is probably a reason why Paxton hasn’t directed a feature-length film in eight years, but he’s been keeping busy, both acting and developing projects. When Paxton isn’t working, taking pictures with fans, gladly receiving hugs, or hanging with his daughter — who I mistook as his publicist, surely her dream job — Paxton took a few minutes discuss Seven Holes for Air with me at Comic-Con, a digital comic he’s presenting. Seven Holes for Air is drama about a sick man’s man often represented through the prism of a stylized spaghetti Western, written by John McLaughlin. It’s a story Paxton is hoping to adapt one day, but in the meantime, it’s out there for people to discover.


Before the Dawn

Tomorrow afternoon, 20th Century Fox will take the stage in Hall H of Comic-Con with several movies to show off. One is a movie that comes out next week and is already getting mixed reviews – The Wolverine. The other is a sequel to a critically praised rebirth of one of the most beloved sci-fi franchises of all-time. Yes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes appears to be the centerpiece of Fox’s presentation even if they do bring X-Men related surprises. This first banner is an artful tease of what Con attendees should expect in return for waiting in line for hours on-end. Stay hydrated, friends, as the Matt Reeves-directed sequel could be one of the more talked-about presentations of the entire weekend.

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