All nerds, dorks, and geeks can agree on one thing: San Diego Comic-Con is better than any holiday during the year. It’s that wonderful time when fans of anything remotely geeky or cult-ish can come together, wait in massive lines, and watch actors, writers, producers, artists, etc. talk about their favorite television shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels, video games, novels and anything else. Fans can also ask questions during many panels or line up to meet the stars in signing events. For those of us who–tragically–could not attend SDCC this year, we get to watch the interviews and panels online either through sites that provided a live stream or after the fact when a kind soul has videotaped an event and posted it online. (In all seriousness, I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who records the events for the rest of us poor, unfortunate souls.)
Since SDCC is easily the biggest event in geek culture each year, those behind the scenes of all our favorite geeky projects usually take this chance to release special footage or make big announcements. This year was no different. Before the con, the makers of Divergent and Legend of Korra teased that they would show some exclusive footage during their panels, and the movie studios usually make some big announcements. The Marvel Studios panel is one of Comic-Con’s biggest attractions and they promised to screen some footage from their upcoming films–Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy–but as an additional treat, they released the title for the next Avengers movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Although it was difficult to pick the best announcements, sneak peaks, and trailer releases from the convention this weekend, especially because I still feel slightly overwhelmed by all the amazing information that came out, here’s what made me scream with fan-girlish joy.
Exclusive Divergent Footage & Photos
The first look at the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent was shown during the Ender’s Game & Divergent panel on Thursday. Roth’s dystopian young adult novel is just one in a slew of many being made into films following the success of The Hunger Games. Personally, I’m extremely excited for Divergent because it is one of my favorite dystopian YA novels–yes, I read YA dystopian fiction. However, unlike other footage that was also made available online, I cannot find the Divergent clip, which seems ridiculous given the number of people who film the panels. So I have resorted to reading descriptions of the footage on sites like Hypable. From what I’ve gathered, the excerpt from the movie gives a brief rundown of Tris’s induction into the Dauntless faction from her jump off the roof to a montage of training scenes. In addition to the footage, a few photos were released–and can be found online–that show some tension between Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as well as a first look at Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews. Still, I can’t wait until that clip is released for those of us who could not attend the panel. Divergent will premiere in theaters on March 21, 2014.
Teen Wolf 3A Trailer
If it’s not extremely apparent from my blog, my Teen Wolf live tweets every Monday, and my Teen Wolf reviews on TV and Film Review, I am a huge fan of the MTV drama about a bunch of teenaged werewolves. Although SDCC falls in a weird hole in the Teen Wolf schedule where 3A is almost over and they haven’t begun filming 3B, creator Jeff Davis did not disappoint fans with a lack of exclusive footage. They released a fantastic sneak peak at the last five episodes of 3A. Like all the previous Teen Wolf trailers, this one showcases many scary and tense moments yet to come: from Stiles slapping an unconscious Derek to Chris Argent coming out guns blazing. However, there was one part of the trailer that fans seemed to be happy about and that’s the kiss between Stiles and Lydia. The two characters have had an interesting relationship since the series premiere and there’s no doubt that this kiss will have ramifications–plus, fans of Teen Wolf really need something good to happen for once. The next episode, “Visionary,” airs tonight on MTV at 10pm EST.
At the end of the DC Panel Saturday night–and it was confirmed via press release on Saturday as well–Zack Snyder took to the podium to tell the crowd that he would be making a sequel to Man of Steel. To tease the film, and explain a bit about what the story will be like, Harry Lennix read an excerpt from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Rises in which Batman says to Superman:
“I want you to remember, Clark, in all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember your hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”
While Snyder made sure to be clear this is not an adaptation of Miller’s story he said it is something to help them bring the characters of Batman and Superman together into one movie. No one mentioned who might play Batman in the upcoming film, though the press release confirmed Henry Cavill, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams, and Diane Lane will return. The movie also does not have a title, but there is a logo that’s gotten fans of comic books and superheroes extremely excited.
Catching Fire Trailer
Although I wasn’t a huge, huge fan of first film in The Hunger Games series, after watching the trailer for Catching Fire, my hope is restored. I enjoyed the book of Catching Fire more than The Hunger Games because the story dives more into the dystopian society and how their way of life is beginning to break down. There are a lot of small moments of rebellion that sort of snowball and become a full out revolution, which I’m excited to see on screne. In particular there’s the part where Katniss’s dress for the interviews turns into a mockingjay costume–it’s one of those things that’s hard to imagine but will look great on film (and in the trailer it looks awesome.) So I’m excited to see those scenes come to life and I have faith in the writing and directing team, which has completely changed since the first flick. Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn adapted the screenplay and Francis Lawrence directed Catching Fire. It’s set to premiere on November 22.
Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirits Trailer
In addition to reading YA novels I also watch some children’s shows. (Who can resist the mathematical exploits of Finn and Jake on Adventure Time?) Avatar: the Last Airbender is easily the best children’s show I’ve ever seen, so of course I watched the follow up series, Legend of Korra. It was darker, more modern, and the characters were a little older. The creators of ATLA and Korra have always been good to the fans during their Comic-Con panels so I knew we’d get a good first look at the second season of Korra. What I was not expecting was the screening of the first episode. Now, I know I won’t be able to find that online for a while, but those of us who weren’t at the panel at least got a trailer for season two, which premieres on Nickelodeon in September. From the subtitle of the season, Spirits, it’s no surprise that we’ll be seeing a lot more of the spirit world within the Avatar universe as Korra learns to be more spiritual. Thankfully, September isn’t too far away.
Veronica Mars Movie Trailer
Marshmallows, we have been waiting for this for years, six years to be exact, and many of us gave money to the Kickstarter project in order to make this whole movie thing possible. Yes, I did donate, and yes I will be receiving a VMars t-shirt (can’t wait!) So it was especially rewarding to see the fruits of my hard-earned donation in the form of a half-trailer half-behind-the-scenes look at the Veronica Mars movie. I don’t know what I loved most about the trailer: seeing sneak peeks of my favorite characters years later, Piz (played by Chris Lowell) calling Neptune a Hellmouth (who can resist the reference to another show about a tiny blonde superhero,) or the fact that Logan Echolls and Veronica still have a chance at their happily ever after. I don’t think there has ever been a project where the fans, the cast, and the crew all want it to be as awesome as possible. I seriously can’t wait for the Veronica Mars movie, which is set to premiere in early 2014.