A pop culture unlike any other, Comic Con has the ability to attract movie-goers from around the world, who are aching to know what’s coming up on the silver screen.
And while the name suggests it has more to do with ‘comic’, from the time of its conception, the founders of the event set out to include not only comic books that they loved but also other aspects of the popular arts that they enjoyed and felt deserved wider recognition, including films and science fiction/fantasy literature. With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years, in a convention center facility that has maxed out in space, the event has grown to include programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and the Eisner Awards, all taking place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego.
This year’s festival gave viewers some extremely high moments of ecstasy as well, that were in part, well mostly, pertaining to two major panels: Warner Bros. and Marvel, both of whom presented an impressive slate of upcoming films. Some of the major highlights of this year’s extravaganza were:
Wonder woman unveiled:
And no we don’t mean the character that actually appeared decades ago in American comic books published by DC Comics. Technically she turns 75 years this year, which just means that it’s taken three-quarters of a century to get the character to the big screen and over a decade for a big studio to put out any solo female superhero film. However better late than never and we are excited and pumped up to see Gal Gadot take up such a tremendous role that will certainly be one of the most exciting movies to look forward to in 2017.
Sherlock is back
Benedict Cumberbatch had been able to transgress into the role of Sherlock so smoothly that it’s always a delight to see him back in the role that made him famous. The star, much to the delight of his fans, joined the Sherlock creators at the Comic Con to release a teaser trailer for season four. It’s been a long time since the last full season was released and the trailer of the new season teased Sherlock shooting a gun, getting into a physical fight and looking genuinely puzzled. The panel said it will be the darkest season yet and we are all the more excited to know what’s coming up next.
Avengers, you’ve got competition
Probably one of the most exciting segments of the international event was the release of the first footage of superhero movie Justice League. Batman actor Affleck, who will direct and star in the film was joined on stage by his Justice League co-stars including Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, and Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot to present the film’s new trailer. The clip shows Bruce Wayne trying to recruit a number of superheroes including Aquaman and The Flash to form an “alliance” after warning that “an enemy is coming”. The DC Comics film, which is due for release in November 2017, was a far-cry in comparison to the heavily serious tone Batman had in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The comical touches are definitely something we are looking forward to.
Skull Island’s monstrous inhabitant gets another movie
And while we are very much excited about Brie Larson being announced as the ‘Captain Marvel’, it doesn’t compare to the excitement that came when the first trailer for Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated Kong: Skull Island was unveiled, starring the actress alongside an ensemble cast, including Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson. Director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts was chosen to helm the big-screen reboot of the iconic character with a story that takes place in the Vietnam era. The film will be released on 10 March 2017 and marks the second instalment in a shared universe between Kong and fellow monster, Godzilla, who had its own standalone film back in 2014. Godzilla vs. Kong is already scheduled to reach cinemas sometime in May 2020.
All Set for the Creeps
The most surprising trailer at Comic-Con was most probably the one that gave us a peek into the Blair Witch—a movie no one even knew about until it was announced at the event. Created by Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, whose last film was the excellent sci-fi actioner The Guest, the new Blair Witch stars James Allen McCune as the brother of Heather, one of the doomed campers from the original film. He and some friends return to the woods in an attempt to find her, and are soon haunted by all sorts of terrifying forces. Definitely ringing in the feel and chills of the nineties era of horror.