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.
The History of Comic-Con – For those wondering, “What the hell is all this?” Here’s a history of Comic-Con in 4-minutes:
20 Cool Things I Spotted on the 2014 Comic Con Show Floor – Peter from /Film goes hunting for goodies.
Last night was preview night at the 2014 edition of San Diego Comic Con International. I snapped some photos of some of the coolest promotional and product displays on the show floor. After the jump you can see the best of the Comic Con show floor photos.
Affleck’s cape and cowl revealed – The ScreenRant team found the new cowl from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:
A few things stand out here. First, the cowl has much more of a comic book feel to it than previous cinematic costumes, particularly the sculpt of the eyebrows and the cheekbones. In fact, the Batfleck costume generally looks quite a bit more like it comes from a comic book than, say, the hyper-realistic costume from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. This isn’t too surprising, considering the design of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen costumes, which were also very comic book-esque.
That’s a big poster for The Hobbit – Geeks of Doom shows us the poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.
A tour of Guillermo del Toro’s Gothic Gallery – The filmmaker is on hand to promote Crimson Peak. Collider filmed a tour:
Finally, Mad Max – The first poster. Oooh…