Based purely on the stories that have flooded my RSS Subscriptions over the weekend, it seems that this year’s Comic-Con was a particularly mellow one. It seemed to be lacking that singularly great moment that would have movie sites posting headlines in all caps and dominate 5 of the 10 U.S. Twitter trending topics. However, that is not to say that nothing happened. News, trailers, and photos came out of the event that should excite even the least comic-friendly movie fans.
For instance, there was the news from Steven Spielberg himself that Jurassic Park 4 is in development and should be ready in about 2 or 3 years. There was Ridley Scott comparing his upcoming Prometheus to his other film Alien and explaining why he will never work without 3-D again. Despite Marvel Studios having less of a presence than they have in previous years, there was still the reveal of the characters posters for The Avengers. The first glimpse of test-footage from Steven Spielberg’s upcoming mo-cap film Tintin was well received. The team behind The Amazing Spider-Man rallied against the negative response to the trailer by arguing that a reboot was totally necessary (I’m still not convinced).
Several trailers were also premiered at the festival to varying levels of buzz. One of the more well-received trailers belonged to the Knights of Badassdom, a film that screened at the Con. Every year there seems to be a film that goes from complete obscurity before Comic-Con and becomes a sensation afterwards. It seems like Knights of Badassdom might be that film for 2011. Check it out below, courtesy of Film School Rejects.
Steven Soderbergh keeps claiming that he is retiring as a director, but he still manages to line-up amazing casts, as he has done for his latest film Haywire. Michael Fassbender, Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Michael Angarano, and Michael Douglas all make-up this film that appears to be full of action movie tropes. The cast alone is enough to get me excited, and the trailer just fuels the fire. Check it out below:
Finally, a trailer for a film or animated television series that will never actually exist, but still brings me excessive joy. Conan O’Brien crashed the “Green Lantern: Animated Series” panel to show the trailer for his superhero cartoon “The Flaming C.” I think it’s just his response to Jim Gaffigan’s “Pale Force.” Check out the trailer below, courtesy of First Showing.
Were you at Comic-Con or watching it from afar? What were the highlights that you saw?