Early Comic-Con 2009 Buzz: Who and What to Expect!
by Alex Billington
June 15, 2009
The 2009 San Diego Comic-Con kicks off in 37 more days (on July 22nd). That means geeks everywhere are starting to get very excited and we've started planning our coverage. While it's expected that Comic-Con won't officially announce all of their panels and presentations until sometime in July, we've heard some early details on who might show up. For those who thought it might not have been a good year - just wait until you see what could be there! There may only be one superhero movie next summer - Iron Man 2 - but that doesn't mean Hollywood isn't bringing some of their other highly anticipated movies to San Diego!
Remember: unless otherwise specified, most of this is unconfirmed. We'll let you know once it's official!
» It has already been confirmed (by the NY Times) that Peter Jackson will be in attendance this year in support of District 9 with director Neill Blomkamp as well.
» Producer Frank Marshall mentioned that Miyazaki's Ponyo will have a big presence at Comic-Con. But does this mean the master filmmaker himself, Hayao Miyazaki, will be at Comic-Con? We hope so!
» Disney will be bringing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as their centerpiece. It's also likely that Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland will show up and that Pixar will bring Toy Story 3.
» Word leaked out earlier this year that Disney would debut an official Tron 2 trailer at Comic-Con.
» Warner Brothers' presentations will include Sherlock Holmes with Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. as well as our first look at Jonah Hex with Josh Brolin and probably Megan Fox.
» In addition to Sherlock Holmes, Downey Jr. will also be helping Jon Favreau promote Iron Man 2. They'll be back again to blow away fans with what could end up the most exciting panel this year.
» We've heard that Fox may be going all out with Avatar. So if you're attending, this is where you'll be the first to see any footage from the movie (in 3D) and it's likely James Cameron will show up as well.
» Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly confirmed already via MySpace that he'll be there to show off his new movie The Box with Cameron Diaz and James Marsden most likely in attendance as well.
» Sony's presentation will definitely include 2012 and maybe Phillip Noyce's Salt (so claims the LA Times, although it's not official), which means we could see John Cusack and maybe Angelina Jolie.
» We haven't heard anything from Universal, but it's likely they'll have another panel on The Wolf Man, since it was delayed until November, and we hope they bring Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim as well.
» Word is that Mike Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat will be screening to kick off its road show.
» We've heard that James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin may also be screening early (via SlashFilm).
» Zack Snyder will be in attendance to do a Blu-Ray Live showing of Watchmen one of the nights.
» Derrick Comedy's feature film Mystery Team will not only be screening one of the nights, but the entire cast will be part of a Ballroom 20 panel with Paper Heart and they'll have a booth on the show floor.
» We've heard there will NOT be anything from Michel Gondry's Green Hornet, Martin Campbell's Green Lantern, or Christopher Nolan's Inception. But there could be things from Where the Wild Things Are.
So there you have it! As I said, this is looking like a great year, even if there aren't that many big comic book movies due out in 2010. I already can't wait to get down to San Diego. Comic-Con is one of the greatest times of the entire year and for five days straight we all get to live and work in geek heaven. Not only are there screenings and presentations and panels but there are plenty of parties and meet-ups and other great events. It all kicks off on July 22nd and runs through July 26th. Unfortunately I think all of the passes are sold out, however you can check the website for more information. See everyone down in San Diego soon!
Reader Feedback - 34 Comments
Besides the smelly fat people/people with mad BO, little rascal kids running around knocking things around, your occasional rude people, and not don't forget the nerdy anime/scifi-fantasy geek Comic Con is something that should be experienced once in your life.
Ken Masters on Jun 15, 2009
There are several rumors surrounding Heroes. One says that there will be no Heroes presence. Another states there will be no panel. We're waiting till we hear something more official till we post at HeroesARG.com
Frank on Jun 15, 2009
cant wait for prince of persia
nelson on Jun 15, 2009
I hear rumors that there may be an official trailer for the new Tron 2 movie they are working on? That'd be cool.
Dan Walimaa on Jun 15, 2009
I wanna go!
Caitie on Jun 15, 2009
Can't wait until July 22nd (Preview night!!). I just hope the security people are a little less rude this year. Give them an inch of power and they take a mile! I hear Depp may be there - I'll wait all day in that line!!
cindy on Jun 15, 2009
#6 Last year was one of my worst experiences with fellow attendees in all of my years of annually attending Comic-Con. The 'Twilight' fan girls were mostly very rude and abrasive. I hope security and staff learned a much-need lesson this time around.
Ivan Jaime on Jun 15, 2009
I cannot wait for this year's CCI. This will be my first year off attending all four days and Preview Night! 37 days left: I hope my fellow nerds have all of their travel accommedations set!
Ivan Jaime on Jun 15, 2009
Joan Fett on Jun 15, 2009
Yea i have to agree, the "Twilight" fan girls and moms are very protective and can be rude. Do watch out as there will be a camp out all Wednesday into Thursday as the panel is rumored to be then. ~ I've got the four-day pass and thank goodness! its my 3rd year and each year is better and better. Nerds raise your hands to the air!!!! woo-hoo!
Christine on Jun 15, 2009
They need to rename the event. It hasn't been about comics in about 10 years.
Scott on Jun 15, 2009
All about AVATARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
REAL6 on Jun 15, 2009
Can't wait to go to San Diego! See you there Alex!
Jeff Olson on Jun 15, 2009
Yeah...nothing I read there had anything to do with comics really. Comic movies, so yeah, you could argue it, but seriously? Sherlock Holmes? Tron? Avatar? WTF do these have to do with anything?
w00t!!! on Jun 16, 2009
Wanna go right now .!! see you there .
led screen on Jun 16, 2009
I am hoping Gerard Butler will show up for Gamer. What do you think? A sci-fi and video game movie.
Donna on Jun 16, 2009
@ 11. The only reason they are talking just about the movies on this website is because IT IS A FILM WEBSITE, NOT A COMIC-BOOK WEBSITE. There is still a beyond MASSIVE Comic-Book presence at Comic-Con. I was in attendance last year and sat through a breathtaking presentation by Grant Morrison for one. Pretty gutted I am not going this year, had the time of my life last year but it is so expensive flying from the UK to San Diego every year, but i will defo return in 2010! Comic's & Films for life!
Stuart Mellor on Jun 16, 2009
SAW 6 Please SAW 6 I need the trailer hell I'd settle for a test screening! I believe they trailed 4 and 5 at previous comic cons.
link1983 on Jun 16, 2009
Way back in the day, it was nothing but comic books and that was fun too but it was a lot quieter. I never stood in lines of any kind for panels then - you just walked in when the time came. There was no Hall H - that was a parking lot. It is much different now but I like it better. Much more exciting.
cindy on Jun 16, 2009
Comi-con sounds a bit lame this year. I think I will give it a miss.
masteryoda007 on Jun 16, 2009
Always have wanted to go, this year I will do my best to make it. any suggestions for my first time going to Comic-Con? 🙂 thanks! (things that are a must, etc...)
chris on Jun 16, 2009
If you're only coming for movie stuff stay home please and read about it online instead (no lines). It's crowded enough already without you.
Andy on Jun 16, 2009
1-7 on Jun 16, 2009
JEFFREY on Jun 16, 2009
Ogar on Jun 17, 2009
To those of you talking shit and calling us nerds - First, absoloutely we are! We spend a week of our lives doing nothing but basking in the glory that is Comic Con:) It is absolutely geek heaven and it is a beautiful thing:) Second, if you dont care about Comic COn, why did you read the article then take the time to post? Losers. To the rest of you, Ill see you there! I promise Ill be wearing deodorant and bathing every day and I would appreciate it if you did the same;-)
Rush on Jun 17, 2009
Glass on Jun 18, 2009
What happened to the New Moon panel?
Brenda on Jun 21, 2009
OK OK - I'm wondering what everybody else is wondering .. IS BOB STENCIL GONNA BE THERE?!
Nick Sears on Jun 26, 2009
Ogar - RIGHT ON!! Why would someone read this article just to insult Comic Con fanatics. I have been going for years - I take the entire family - and I just don't notice these "nerds" of which they speak LOL. Actually, I see them but, seeing as I'm pretty much a fringe nerd myself, I don't see them as out of the ordinary. They are so much fun to be around - the people they call nerds don't carry airs about themselves and just enjoy the simple things in life. Everyone there is having a great time and we get to see a lot of interesting people and San Diego is AMAZING! 23 days until I leave! I'm starting off in Vegas and then we are driving down to SD for the big show!
Cindy on Jun 26, 2009
I'm sorry - I meant to direct that to RUSH, not OGAR - Ogar is the problem here LOL
Cindy on Jun 26, 2009
I truly can't wait for this.
Fisherr on Jun 29, 2009
Fuck all of you fucking losers, you are pathetic and worthless. You are not even human fucking beings and you disgrace the very ground you walk on with the imprint of your foot. You are fucking lowlife garbage and I'm going to go out now and stomp a nerd's ass dry.
Chris on Jul 24, 2009
I am looking forward to see the Prince of Persia.
Catastrophic health insurance on Sep 17, 2009
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