If I had to pick one grotesquely obtuse metaphor to describe this year’s glamorous San Diego Comic Con, I’m pretty sure it would be moustachioed cowboy supernova that fuses hydrogen and glitter to make molten rainbows and vomits neurological organs.
Yeah, yeah I think that just about does it.
This was always going to be a wild card year, what with the absence of a Marvel presence save for half a dozen aimless cosplayers. But that wild card turned into a royal flush all too easily. We’ve picked out some of the best bits at this year’s SDCC, from teasers to trailers to screaming jokers. Here’s what we loved, in no particular order:
1. Warcraft posters and character reveals.
Having never gotten the proper vaccinations I’ve never visited the World of Warcraft – so I’m coming to the adaptation blind. What we got at the Con was a visual warning that Warcraft was a game adaptation not to be sneered at or underestimated. Characters Durotan and Lothar were pasted on posters that got everyone giddy over the coming war between man and orc and everything in between. Now all we need is some footage to seal the deal on this MMO puppy. Watch out for the trailer come November.
2. Deadpool trailer opens to shock and awe.
The main problem with articles based around SDCC is that so much of it is descriptions of trailers or footage that the reader can’t see. Perhaps the most promising and frustrating of these were reports on the Deadpool trailer.
Tales of wicked profanity and action to match flooded the forums, and there were just as many mentions of heightened audience response as there were footage details. As the underdog turned quarterback of Fox’s comic book team, Deadpool has a lot to answer for and just as much to deliver. I really need to see this footage.
3. The Joker crashes Gotham panel.
On the television side of things, audience members got something of a shock when a familiar bleached face took over the Gotham Q + A. Before being dragged off by security, the Joker let Detective Gordon know that it was all for him, leaving a delicious taste of things to come in the mouths of the show’s fans. The Joker was played by actor Cameron Monaghan, who portrayed Jerome in the first season, so this is unlikely to be the last we see of the Clown Prince of Crime. If you needed a reason to watch the show, this is it.
4. Batman v Superman trailer.
Well duh. This was always going to be a highlight of the convention, given the sheer volume of promises and teases stuffed into a generously long trailer. Characters like Jesse Eisenberg‘s Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons‘ Alfred got their big reveals, and Affleck and Gadot finally got to strut their stuff in some killer Batman and Wonder Woman action.
Postmortems have already been done on the footage and some very intriguing theories have come to light as they always do. With only 9 months to go until it’s release, what will be next in the Dawn of Justice media machine?
5. Joss Whedon is writing his own comic.
It’s weird to think that Joss Whedon is hanging up his Marvel hat for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean that he’s done with comic books altogether. The director announced that he’s going non-denominational and writing his own comic that will answer the question “why have we never seen a Victorian female Batman?”.
You probably saw that quote floating around a lot last week, and will most likely be pulled out a lot more in the future in reference to Twist, which Whedon will release with Dark Horse Comics. The director definitely has the CV to pull off a project like this, not to mention the imagination that will make it an engaging read. The only question is will Whedon direct the eventual adaptation?
6. X-Men: Apocalypse rolls out its villain and his horsemen.
From Oscar Isaac to Ben Hardy, from Sophie Turner to Olivia Munn, cast announcements for the X-Men: Apocalypse have been thick and fast up until now, along with some sneaky looks at some of the costume and character designs. So Fox used the Con to tie a velvet bow on the frenzy with a first look at Isaac as mutant villain and all-around douche Apocalypse. Granted it was in the form of propaganda artwork, but there’s enough there to get the juices flowing.
Not only that, but we got confirmation of Apocalypse’s four horseman and the mutants who will be enlisted to embody them. The panel named Psylocke (Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Angel (Hardy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) as the mutants Apocalypse will manipulate into serving his sinister purpose. While it wasn’t mentioned who would be playing War, Famine, Pestilence and Death respectively, all signs point to Angel as death, taking on the mantle Archangel. What will it take to lure these guys to the dark side? Other than Magneto who’s already pretty messed up.
7. Ash vs Evil Dead trailer.
Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are like an couple you know that drinks too much: you hate to imagine what it’s like when they’re alone together but boy are they entertaining! That fact is no less true with the trailer for Ash vs Evil Dead, the latest Evil Dead instalment that was showcased at the Con.
From the looks of the trailer there’s not a hint of a chip on Campbell’s shoulder as he’s ready revel in the ridiculousness of it all (cue the actor squeezing into a girdle at the start of the trailer). From what we can see there is no deficit of the madness and gore that made the other Evil Dead movies such an unholy riot. Keep an eye out for Ash vs Evil Dead come Oscar season.
8. Green Lantern? More like Green Lantern Corps!
Despite Ryan Reynolds‘ glorious prodigal comeback, we’re all still a little sore from Green Lantern. So we can’t be blamed for being more than a little sceptical about a new Green Lantern film. We also can’t be blamed for forgetting all that and going ape-crap crazy when the new movie’s title of Green Lantern Corps was announced. Rumours have been bombarding all over the place about multiple Lanterns appearing in the film, and the new title all but confirms such rumours.
While said rumours specifically promised more than one human Lantern, we’ll presumably get to see a lot more of the weird and wonderful creatures that make up the rest of the Corps. Or the name means nothing and there’ll only be one Green Lantern, one of the two.
9. Ennio Morricone will score The Hateful 8.
Sure, the Hateful 8 panel was the toast of the Con, and the 7 minutes of edited footage from Quentin Tarantino‘s new western is a gift of violent proportions. But the real news from that panel is that legendary composer Ennio Morricone will write the score for the movie. The composer has done a lot of touring over the last couple of years and shows no sign of slowing down a Herculean work ethic. Not to mention a number of his songs have been used in previous Tarantino flicks, so it’s a match made in cinema heaven.
10. Suicide Squad Trailer…Sorry David Ayer.
So remember what I said about people not being crazy about footage from the Con being leaked in real time? Case and point for 2015 is the trailer for DC’s Suicide Squad. After the grainy footage was leaked director David Ayer did some pretty spectacular damage control, working with WB to get an official trailer released online to replace the bootleg.
While fans all over the world were more than grateful Ayer made no bones about admitting he wasn’t happy with how things went down. Ayer tweeted “it’s unfair to the fans who waited in line, and not how I intended folks to see it”. A fair point – still, very grateful for the trailer. Did you guys see batman in there? That was crazy.
So all in all it’s been a hell of a year for the SDCC. Beaks have been wet, reels have sizzled and minds have been inoperably blown for an explosive selection of movies, shows and curiosities. There was no way we could possibly include all the insanely spectacular moments of the Con on this list, but hopefully a few of your favourites have made the list.
What was your favourite moment of SDCC?