Miss any big movie news that came out of Comic-Con this past weekend? I’ve got you covered! It was certainly an exciting con this year, so let’s jump right in!
Rumor: Colin Trevorrow to Direct Star Wars Episode 9
It’s cool that the final movie in the new Star Wars trilogy may have a director, but am I the only one who’s not exactly thrilled about this? I feel like Trevorrow did well with the action of Jurassic World, but not very good with the characters. Granted, this is the only movie from him I’ve seen, and I generally liked Jurassic World, but I feel like he could have done better with it. My main concern is with the characters in the story. The weakest part of Jurassic World was the characters. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vincent D’Onofrio are all terrific actors, but none of them did very well in Jurassic World, which is a sign of poor direction.
Ben Affleck to Direct, Star in and Co-Write Standalone Batman with Geoff Johns
Now THIS is the kind of stuff I like to see in my news feed!! What else can be said here? Affleck is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter AND director, so it only makes sense that this is a thing that will happen. For those who don’t know, Geoff Johns is closely associated with DC Comics, and he’s written some fantastic storylines for Batman like Earth One and Gotham Knights. He’s also worked on several episodes of Arrow and The Flash. This is a spectacular move by DC, and I can’t wait to see Batman back on the big screen by himself again!
Darth Vader to Appear in Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One
Anytime we see Darth Vader is a win. The way Vader’s role is described, he sounds like he’ll be like Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, which will still be great. He’ll be “the man behind the curtain” as it were, not unlike Palpatine was in the original Star Wars trilogy. Rogue One is shaping up to look like a dark spy thriller, and that is awesome.
NEWS FROM THE CON
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Panel and Trailer
As many of you already know, I’ve posted the trailer and written about my thoughts on it here (spoiler: I freaking loved it). From the trailer, you can kind of get a grasp on the plot, how Batman and Superman start fighting, and even a little bit of how Lex Luthor comes into play.
But we also saw a short panel from Zack Snyder and the cast of BvS. In this panel, we learned that Gotham and Metropolis will act as sister cities in the movie in the same way San Francisco and Oakland are sister cities. Also, what was Christian Bale’s advice to Ben Affleck on becoming Batman? “Make sure you can piss in that suit.”
Check out the full panel here.
Suicide Squad Panel and Footage
Shortly before the BvS panel started, David Ayer walked out on stage to present some footage and bring out the cast of Suicide Squad. They didn’t stay for long, but it is pretty cool to see them on stage. You can find that panel below, and you can check out the Comic-Con footage (+ my reaction) here.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel
Now this is where stuff really went down! There wasn’t technically a trailer that dropped here, but J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan did bring some behind the scenes footage, which included scenes we haven’t seen yet. That footage can be found below. Of course, the cast of the movie then came on stage. The cast present included John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson.
In this panel, like several before it, we didn’t learn a whole lot more about the movie except for two pieces of information. Domhall Gleeson is confirmed to be a bad guy named General Hux of the First Order. His character will be the commanding force at the First Order’s main base: Starkiller Base. It’s a nice nod to Luke Skywalker’s first name mentioned in original drafts of Star Wars, Luke Starkiller.
After learning this information, both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamil walked out on stage and talked about their experience returning to the franchise. And then…Harrison Ford walked out on stage. This was his first public appearance since his plane crash in March. To everyone’s surprise, he seemed pretty happy to be there. Finally, at the end of the panel, all of Hall H (over 6000 people) were invited out to a surprise Star Wars Symphony complete with lightsabers and fireworks. Sadly, I couldn’t find a video of that. Check out the panel footage here.
Fantastic Four/ Deadpool/ X-Men Apocalypse Panel
Here’s the thing…the only thing that was officially released from this panel was a new trailer for Fantastic Four, which will be out in a few weeks. The panel didn’t reveal any new information, and from what I hear, it was kind of a drag. Here’s that new trailer though!
But then there was the Deadpool panel. Like I said, they didn’t release the footage they showed at the panel. But from what I hear, it was raunchy, violent, and 100% Deadpool. A PG-13 trailer will likely run in front of Fantastic Four when it hits theaters August 7. In the meantime, the video of the panel itself was posted online legally, and that’s a spectacle in and of itself that had people laughing hysterically. Here’s the panel, but please remember this is uncut and fairly R-rated.
To finish off the day in Hall H, Hugh Jackman walked out on stage and officially confirmed that the next standalone Wolverine movie will be his last. That’s kinda sad to think about, but by the end of his run, he’ll have been playing the character for 17 years, which is unheard of. Jackman then stayed on stage to see in the cast of X-Men Apocalypse. We didn’t really learn much new about the movie, but in case you wanted to watch it, you can find the panel here. Bryan Singer did share the first official look of Oscar Isaac’s villain, Apocalypse, which you can see below.
Were you satisfied with this year’s Comic-Con? What was your favorite thing you saw from the con?