There's so much happening on the show floor at Comic-Con every year that it's hard for us to catch everything. Even though we're trying just as hard as the rest of the fans to get cool t-shirts and posters from all the studio booths, sometimes you just miss out. That's what happened with this stylish poster for The Last Stand, the first lead role for Arnold Schwarzenegger (he's a supporting character in The Expendables 2), as part of his return to the big screen. It almost feels like a Mondo poster, but we're not sure who designed the art at this point. Hopefully some lucky fans got their hands on this poster. Check it!
"These cool visuals can be informed by the world we live in." I will fully admit that Neill Blomkamp is one of my favorite filmmakers working today. His visual style, his sci-fi sensibilities, his unique characters and socio-politically tinged stories. He broke out big in 2009 with District 9, now he's back again in 2012 with his second feature film, another original science fiction titled Elysium, starring Matt Damon. Those lucky enough to be inside Hall H on Saturday got a first glimpse of footage, but in the meantime, I met up with Neill for a video interview discussing Elysium, his career, and how he comes up with brilliant sci-fi like this.
As is my tradition, I usually make one last run through on the Comic-Con showfloor on Sunday, primarily because it's the only other time I can actually make it on there besides Preview Night, and because I love snapping a few extra photos of any cool stuff I can find before the doors close until year. Tired as always, I still made my annual trek over to the showfloor yesterday one more time to find what I could and snap some photos. I stopped by Marvel's booth again for that new Iron Man armor, plus Sideshow Collectibles, as well as the Bond booth, and I found a pretty good Bane costume/mask. Our final set of SDCC 2012 photos below.
One of the best Hall H panels I have ever attended in my 7 year history at Comic-Con happened yesterday in San Diego. Warner Bros, giving us a look at four or five of their biggest projects coming up, rocked the convention center and Hall H full of nearly 7000 fans with some of the most exciting footage we've seen and entertaining Q&As non-stop. The panel ran two and a half hours, covering Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, a reveal for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel, and of course, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. It was this event where many of us emerged very impressed by what we saw.
Yesterday we attended Marvel Studio's presentation inside of the massive Hall H at Comic-Con 2012 to watch and learn about Marvel's upcoming slate. They not only announced titles for their upcoming sequels Thor: The Dark World (in 2013) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (in 2014), but also confirmed that a Guardians of the Galaxy movie is coming up in 2014. Finally, they showed Edgar Wright's unfinished Ant-Man test reel and a very fresh, very exciting sizzle reel from Iron Man 3 with Robert Downey Jr., which only just started shooting under the direction of Shane Black. It was an exhilarating panel overall.
As expected, Marvel brought the thunder for their movie panel in Hall H, and the news came flowing like a dam had just exploded at Marvel Studios. Stay tuned for our news on the Thor and Captain America sequels, but when it comes to their new ambitious property, Guardians of the Galaxy, we finally have some real news. For those rabid fans who have been waited with bated breath to hear about this cosmic comic book adaptation, the time has come for you to learn the full line-up. Groot, Drax, Gamorra, Star Lord and yes, Rocket Raccoon, are your Guardians of the Galaxy. And we have our first good look below.
The final big, potentially huge, panel of Comic-Con 2012 comes from the other comic & cinematic masters - Marvel Studios. The panel is listed in the schedule as specifically for Iron Man 3, which just started shooting with Robert Downey Jr. and Shane Black at the helm. We expect both of them to be here today to talk about and, hopefully, premiere some footage. We've also been hearing rumors about news related to Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man that will be announced today, but we don't know any solid details. One thing is for sure - we can expect some big surprises. Follow our live updates from inside Hall H below!
So far only a first look photo and a dark logo for Man of Steel have been revealed, but hot on the heels of some stunning footage from Zack Snyder's new take on The Big Blue Boy Scout (check out our video blog for our reaction), the first official teaser poster for the film has finally surfaced. This poster was handed out at Comic-Con and signed by Snyder and Superman himself, Henry Cavill, but you'll just have to settle for the poster on its own. It's got Superman in some film noir style lighting, and it echoes the surprising subtlety from the footage shown at Comic-Con that we're not used to seeing from a Zack Synder film. Look!
It's time. After waking up at 7AM, waiting almost 3 hours to get in, 4 hours inside of Hall H, it's time for one of the most anticipated panels at Comic-Con 2012 (follow more of our coverage here). Running for a full two and a half hours, it's time for Warner Bros big presentation on at least three of their major upcoming projects: Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, and finally Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, the new Superman movie. There may be some more surprises and other big reveals today, and we're here in Hall H covering everything live as it goes down. Let's get this show on the road! Updates here.
We've gotten an official shot of Tony Stark's growing sets of armor as the sequel Iron Man 3 is in production. Some official concept art debuted just last week and is being handed out here at Comic-Con, but today Marvel made a big debut of the newest set of armor at the Marvel booth. We're currently waiting in Hall H for the Marvel panel (with plenty of surprises in store), so we'll have a lot more from the sequel coming soon, but this new shot of the armor should hold you over. Honestly, I think it doesn't have enough red, but this might be a suit Stark uses in the middle of the movie before getting a better one. Check it out!
Three years ago, South Africans Neill Blomkamp and Sharlto Copley won over Comic-Con with District 9, which went on to become a huge theatrical hit and even earned a Best Picture nomination. Blomkamp and Copley are back again this year with their new movie Elysium, starring primarily Matt Damon along with Jodie Foster and Copley, and it looks awesome. As a huge sci-fi fanatic, I couldn't wait to see our very first glimpse at footage, and Blomkamp brought 7 minutes of raw, unfinished footage to show us. It has the same brilliant but gritty sensibilities as D9, but much bigger in scope and scale and with its own futuristic story.
Disney brought Wreck-It Ralph to Hall H at Comic-Con this year, and as the film ventures into the world of video games, there was much more than 8-bits of fun. Director Rich Moore brought about 10-minutes of footage of the film, and despite the fact that the animation wasn't done, it was a hilarious and exciting journey into the world of video games, complete with charming fictional video game characters like the titular bad guy in the middle of a mid-life crisis (voiced by John C. Reilly), an outcast, candy sweet little girl (Sarah Silverman) and a hard-ass futuristic military leader (Jane Lynch). But we got new info too!
One of my most anticipated presentations at Comic-Con 2012 is Warner Bros' Hall H panel on Saturday, partially due to The Hobbit getting a big show. It's obvious this (Comic-Con) is the perfect fanbase for Peter Jackson to bring footage to and introduce his cast to, but apparently it's not the crowd for 48FPS. As we all know, when Jackson revealed the first 10 minutes of 48FPS Hobbit footage at CinemaCon earlier this year, reactions were very negative (even I agreed, unfortunately). I was looking forward to seeing how this crowd would react to 48FPS and if it looked any better now. But, it looks like that will not be happening.
Don't worry, we'll have some photos to share with you tomorrow morning. But for now, here's the details. While we've heard confirmation that nothing for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises is actually happening at Comic-Con (no screenings, or surprise appearances, etc.) there are a few rumblings of other actives. Warner Bros recently hinted at a "big" contest at the Con, where a few select winners would receive a "hometown screening" (next week) of TDKR. We didn't know much about it, but picked up a sticker of the chalk Bat symbol from the movie and it links to a Bat Signal twitter connecting all of these events together.