Monday, July 28, 2014

Comic-Con 2014 Recap

This weekend, the dumb sci-fi action film Lucy defeated Hercules at the box office. Many people, including myself, were unaware that Hercules is a loose adaptation of a graphic novel written by Steve Moore, until insane comic book legend Alan Moore (no relation) brought it up two weeks ago, as part of his plea for the American public to boycott the picture. A possible omen? Too hard to tell right now. Regardless, Hollywood made sure to debut a lot of their future at the San Diego Comic-Con. Oh, and gave some time and space to the comic book industry.

This is what I wrote during my recap of last year's event: DC may have stolen the thunder but it looks like a bad storm coming ahead. Well guess what happened this time around?

The biggest news-story of the entire weekend took place right during DC's Hall H panel. In the middle of the huge push for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where a test clip was shown, director Zack Snyder uploaded an image through his Twitter account, namely a photoshopped pic of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Sporting a shit brown outfit and high heels (!), the look has been decried for it just being a costume pulled out of the storage units for 300, or at least an alternate outfit for Xena. As for the brief clip, it just had both heroes standing around and brooding.

In other DC movie news, Oscar-winning screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo) has been reported to be be the lucky/unfortunate one to scribe the upcoming Justice League movie.

Meanwhile, over at Marvel, the studio showed early footage and teasers for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Josh Brolin then stormed the stage, holding the Infinity Gauntlet, flat-out confirming that he will playing Thanos, the galactic tyrant that had confused every normal viewer of The Avengers. It was also announced that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will have James Gunn returning as director and will come out in 2017.

Ant-Man Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll's characters were made public, as Hope Pym and Darren Cross respectively. Who, you may ask? Hope is an original movie character, the daughter of Michael Douglas' Hank Pym. It's pretty obvious to everyone that this love interest for Paul Rudd's Scott Lang/Ant-Man will be the future Wasp. Darren Cross, on the other hand, is a generic evil industrialist in the Marvel Comics universe. Further complicating matters is that Cross is to be the supervillain Yellowjacket, aka one of Hank Pym's many identities, most infamously known as "The Wifebeater Outfit". But it wasn't all good news for the troubled production to spin: Amid the festivities, Patrick Wilson and two other actors left the project, largely due to the on-going changes with the troubled project's script.

Also, casting rumors were rampant, as many trades announced that Joaquin Phoenix is currently being considered to headline the Dr. Strange movie. Benedict Cumberbatch and his legion of fans were left crying.

Godzilla 2 is a go, but not till Gareth Edwards' Star Wars spin-off is in the can. To much fanfare, Big G's good ole punching buddies Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah will be popping in the sequel. To conclude the ceremony, Legendary Pictures floored everyone with the announcement of Skull Island, a new reboot of King Kong.

Mad Max: Fury Road had a strong showing, largely thanks to its gorily insane teaser trailer. Looks pretty cool.

Other movie news: Quentin Tarantino confirmed that he will be giving the green light to The Hateful Eight; Sam Raimi made waves with the video game community, announcing that he is producing the live-action film adaptation of the PS3 game The Last of Us; Guillermo Del Rio gave a sneak peek at Crimson Peak; Michael Mann showed some footage for his new film Blackhat, which will come out at the end of this year; and the title animation for Warcraft debuted (hooray?)

Once the convention closed its doors, a couple of trailers premiered online: a small teaser for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and a red-band cut of next month's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

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