This summer's final Comic-Con panel for The Hobbit trilogy from Peter Jackson featured a special treat in that it was hosted by J.R.R. Tolkien fanatic and late night faux political pundit Stephen Colbert. It featured a passionate speech praising and appreciating what Jackson had done with Lord of the Rings and has attempted to continue with the preceding story of The Hobbit that will conclude this winter with The Battle of the Five Armies. But what was Colbert doing the rest of the time at Comic-Con when he wasn't hosting the Middle-Earth film panel? He revealed his hilarious antics from San Diego last night. Watch!
Back in July at Comic-Con, we were given early access to the Legendary Pictures booth where we tried out a cool new Oculus Rift experience inspired by Pacific Rim, followed by an exclusive tour of the Crimson Peak Gothic Gallery led by director Guillermo del Toro himself. Due to the intimate nature of the tour, it was hard to capture any quality video of the tour, but Legendary has now made a video available so you can see what we saw, complete with commentary from del Toro himself. And while the experience isn't quite as cool without wearing the Oculus, the Pacific Rim portion is featured too. Watch!
"There's a Comic-Con in all of us," my driver said as we headed toward the airport in San Diego on Sunday afternoon. It's true. As I head home from my ninth year returning to the Comic-Con International in San Diego, I have been reflecting on the experience that is this ambitious comic book convention turned geek madhouse. ~160K people descend upon San Diego every July to spend five days waiting in lines, squished together, tripping over each other, in hopes of getting their hands on some exclusive toy or product or look at a trailer or their favorite movie star. From the outside looking in, it seems crazy. Who would do this? Why do people subject themselves to this madness every year? Because we are passionate about what we love.
With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hitting theaters this weekend, this year marked the final Comic-Con for Peter Jackson to bring J.R.R Tolkien's Middle-Earth to the masses. The teaser trailer show during the film's panel has already been unveiled today, but the hour-long panel with Jackson himself and the cast of the concluding chapter of The Hobbit was thoroughly entertaining and is available online in full. The panel was hosted by Stephen Colbert, who actually arrived in full wardrobe as his Laketown spy cameo character in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. You'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger Tolkien fan, and he gave a lovely speech full of his love for the films and had tons of fun. Watch!
One last recap of another Hall H presentation at Comic-Con - this time for Warner Bros, who brought quite a show with big screens and big footage. Not only did they kick things off with a very special, short, but exciting tease for Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman, they continued with a very nostalgic discussion about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies moderated by Stephen Colbert, and a look at Jupiter Ascending and the big breakout of Comic-Con 2014: George Miller's long-awaited returned Mad Max: Fury Road. Everything about this Comic-Con panel was impressive and compelling, and we had to take a moment to talk about everything on Saturday night after emerging from Hall H. Check it out below.
From our Comic-Con coverage this year, you might have already seen the cool vehicles that were on display from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. But there was also a panel for the film hitting theaters next month, and directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller debuted a new red band trailer for the graphic novel adaptation, not to mention planting a seed of hopes for Sin City 3. But of course, since it took nine years to get this follow-up off the ground and into theaters, we won't hold our breath. But still, if you've been waiting that long to see this new story set in the seedy underbelly of Basin City, this saucy, bloody trailer certainly brings the goods. Keep an eye out for Miller and Rodriguez making cameos in the trailer too. Watch below!
We may be finished with Comic-Con 2014, and while the big Marvel panel was Saturday evening, that didn't stop the comic book studio from giving fans a couple more surprises. Earlier this week, several intriguing items from Marvel's cinematic universe hit the Marvel booth (like Loki's staff and Black Widow's slick new motorcycle), but today, the studio actually showed off a few pieces from The Avengers: Age of Ultron. One was the fist of Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor used to keep the big guy in check when he gets a little out of control. And another is the early version of Ultron, a drone cyborg created by Stark himself gone rogue. And there's one more that may be a little worrisome for Captain America fans. Look!
Another year, another Comic-Con, another exciting Marvel Studios panel to end three days of madness. This time it was the return of the Avengers. A few years ago, Marvel brought the entire Avengers cast down to Comic-Con and it was a historic reveal to have them all there, all on stage, for the fans to
scream cheer at. This year they tried to do that again, bringing most of the cast from Joss Whedon's follow-up Avengers: Age of Ultron. Whedon couldn't make it, but they did show us footage from Avengers 2 as well as another promo reel for Peyton Reed's Ant-Man made specifically for Comic-Con. After exiting the panel we took a moment to record a quick video blog with our thoughts and reactions to all the footage we saw today. Enjoy.
The big show in Hall H for this year's Comic-Con is all done, and the day closed out with the signature Marvel panel. While no new projects were announced, we did get some tasty footage from The Avengers: Age of Ultron (more on that in our Marvel video blog coming soon). But everyone is already on board with the superhero ensemble sequel, and Marvel really needed to make some waves to show the crowd that Ant-Man could stand on its own. In order to win over the crowd, they brought the charming Paul Rudd and veteran Michael Douglas, not to mention confirming two stars who weren't officially announced yet.
It's time for Marvel to show the rest of the world how to bring down the house, once again, at Comic-Con 2014. Wrapping up three days of movie presentations in Hall H, Marvel Studios is ready to continue the MCU and take us into the next phase with James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Scott Derrickson's Dr. Strange. Four years ago they brought the entire cast of The Avengers on stage, will they do that again? We're about to find out what big surprises and announcements they have in store in 2014, and I'm very excited to see how Marvel is going to make everyone go wild again this time.
While many were hoping for some footage from Jurassic World to close out the Legendary Pictures panel at Comic-Con today, instead the audience was treated to a surprise teaser trailer for a project that we hadn't heard of at all before. Now that Legendary has successfully brought Godzilla back to the big screen in a successful way, their new home at Universal Pictures wants to use their power to inject new life into King Kong. The teaser shown soared through choppy waters and to a rainy island while an ominous voiceover alluded to a dark, mysterious place. And that's when the monstrous ape appears, roaring and thumping his chest before the title Skull Island appears. So what the hell is this surprise at Legendary?
Two years ago was when all the hype for a remake of Godzilla started with a teaser trailer that played for Comic-Con attendees in Hall H only. And when Legendary Pictures returned this year, head honco Thomas Tull and director Gareth Edwards (busy with a small indie sci-fi project) thanked everyone with an amusing video. But then they showed a viral video from Project Monarch revealing that there is still one more secret that hasn't been revealed. There are more monsters. And with a long history of various creatures who have faced off against the King of Monsters before, just which ones will appear in the sequel?
The next big Hollywood panel on Saturday at Comic-Con 2014 that we're covering live is the presentation from Legendary Pictures. This is the first year Legendary has their own panel in Hall H, which makes us think they may be going all out. While no movies have been named or announced in advance, we expect Duncan Jones to bring something big from Warcraft, and Guillermo del Toro to take the stage to preview his new gothic romance Crimson Peak (which we already highlight from the showfloor). More surprises and reveals are expected during the 45-minute panel, so follow our coverage of the presentation live below.
Warner Bros. blew the roof off Comic-Con immediately by bringing director Zack Snyder out to Hall H, introduced with some awesome concept art in motion from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The footage shown was a teaser that seemed shot specifically for the convention with Ben Affleck decked out in a bulky, metal batsuit reminiscent of Iron Man, turning on the bat signal. And that's where Superman (Henry Cavill) shows up in the sky, floating down to a rooftop, flaring his heat vision eyes. But in addition, we also got to see a quick shot of concept art of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and she looks great. Look!