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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.



When it comes to grabbing the attention of the 120,000+ attendees of Comic-Con, movie studios will do just about anything. It isn’t just about showing up in Hall H and showing off a sizzle reel for your film, you have to lure them in with unique experiences. This year has seen even more of these offsite marketing pop-ups, including a Godzilla experience and an Ender’s Game fan experience. Both of these, large monster included, pale in comparison to what Film District has done around their upcoming release, Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. There is no building with Godzilla graffiti, no Harrison Ford interactive war game, just girls with umbrellas, ready to serve you. For those who have seen the original Oldboy, this might just make your skin crawl.


Did you hear that this weekend is Comic-Con? It’s true! It’s weird that no one told you. Fortunately, this week’s show features a visit to San Diego where our sentinels Robert Fure and Jack Giroux will tell us all the crazy stuff that’s happening on the ground there in geek paradise (which happens to be a hotel room that’s missing a bathroom door). Plus, Geoff and I disagree wildly in our reviews of the new season of The Newsroom, and we prepare for the possibility of Spike Lee’s retirement by discussing his legacy and forcing him to autograph old football paraphernalia. You can follow Robert Fure (@robertfure), interviewer Jack Giroux (@jackgi), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) for more fun stuff on a daily basis. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Download Episode #25 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes



Part of the upcoming buzz around Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is the inclusion of a few new, long pined-for characters from the mutant universe. Chief among the fan wish list are the Sentinels. Products of Trask Industries and Doctor Bolivar Trask (played in the film by Peter Dinklage), the Sentinels are designed to keep mutants under control. This sort of thing always comes with some sort of marketing campaign, so there’s also propaganda involved. Said propaganda has made it’s way to the streets of Comic-Con, where a Sentinel head has been put on display and various posters have been handed out. It appears that Trask Industries has been busy. It also appears that 20th Century Fox may be tipping their hand as to what their promised “surprise” movie will be when they take the stage this weekend with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Wolverine. But that remains to be seen.


Electro at Comic-Con

Comic-Con 2013 is underway and the stream of things, interesting and otherwise, has begun flowing from the ground in San Diego. In and around the Convention Center, people are assuredly bumping into each other, fighting for scraps of Clif bars and already lined up for panels on Sunday. Here at the Reject HQ Compound in Austin, TX, we will be monitoring the news all weekend as our agents of chaos, Jack Giroux and Robert Fure, will check in periodically from the Con. Up first is a promising teaser for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which seeks to solidify its presence at SDCC. As this short teaser explains, Electro — the film’s illuminated villain played by Jamie Foxx — will be making an appearance in Hall H on Friday afternoon. For now we get a quick look at him as he begins to introduce himself.


Godzilla Remake Poster

Everybody knows what Godzilla looks like, and it’s been pretty clear that Gareth Edwards and the rest of the minds behind the upcoming remake won’t be straying too far from the big guy’s iconic design. Even so, any glimpses at the newest incarnation are sure to leave monster fans shaking in anticipation. Today we can begin the shaking. The official Twitter account for Godzilla just gave us a look at a new poster for the film, and it’s more than a little impressive. Just from the tail we can infer the sheer size of the beast, and how utterly unconcerned he seems with a trio of helicopters moving in for the attack. It’s quite literally a tease of the new Godzilla design, taunting us all by keeping the juicier details just out of view.


Edge of Tomorrow

All You Need is Kill is a pretty aggressive, albeit fun title. So it comes with little surprise or fanfare that the film version of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s manga that at one point was called We Mortals Are, more recently was All You Need is Kill and is now officially (we hope) called Edge of Tomorrow. Either way, it’s a mech-warrior apocalyptic invasion film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Based on this new Comic-Con exclusive poster, it looks a lot like Elysium, Starship Troopers and Jack Reacher (based solely on posture) mixed together by a marketing department. But with Doug Liman in the director’s chair and a quality bit of source material, this crazy idea just may work. Good thing we’re not talking about how movie audiences have apocalypse fatigue or anything…



If you’ve watched cable television at any point over the last decade or so, chances are you’re familiar with what Movies on Demand is. They’re the company that’s teamed up with all the big cable companies, like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications, RCN, Mid-Continent, and MetroCast, to bring one-click access pay-per-view movies to everyone’s cable boxes. Anyway, Comic Con is coming up, which means we’re starting to see cases of corporate synergy popping up all over the geek sphere, and the latest promotional deal is bringing quite a bit of comic book movie-related content to all of us non-cord cutters’ living rooms, including free supplemental features, coverage from the Comic Con floor, and more opportunities to rent geek-friendly movies than you can shake a stick at.



The Predator franchise has fizzled in recent years, but like anything with even the slightest amount of name recognition, the next reboot is always right around the corner. Now, it seems that the corner the next Predator film is hiding behind can be found at Comic-Con. Over the weekend, 20th Century Fox released a new image onto the Facebook page for 2010’s Predators — an odd place to start building hype, but it seems to have done its job. The image (seen above) shows San Diego from the point of view of the Yuata’s (Predator’s) thermal vision, alongside a quote from the original film: “There’s something out there waiting for us, and it ain’t no man… We’re all gonna die.” Followed by a new hashtag. 

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