Comic-Con International 2010: Mostly Underwhelming Weekend Highlights
At Comic-Con International 2010, the nerds kept multiplying overnight. This year, the panels were separated into two types: the must-sees and the if-I-get-a-chance-tos. Friday was a bit of the latter--and by Saturday, the stench of nerd BO had officially taken over the building. Aside from the stabbing, here are some announcements and other news that from the Comic-Con this year.
The Stabbing (Some Guy)
Let's get this out of the way first: On Saturday, two men started arguing over space in Hall H, just after the Resident Evil: Afterlife panel and just before the Paul panel. It is at this point one guy ended up stabbing the other guy near the eye with a pen. When news of the event quickly made its way around the Con, the only think that shocked me is that it doesn't happen more often. You've got thousands of antisocial people all huddled together, and at some point the nerd-rage is going to fly.
The Haunted Mansion (Walt Disney Pictures)
Guillermo Del Toro is slated to direct the new Haunted Mansion movie (not the one with Eddie Murphy). Although it will be based on the same Disneyland ride, the new version will have more of a classic horror feel to it.
The Walking Dead (AMC)
This was most definitely the biggest presence at the Con this year. You couldn't go any where without seeing a horde of zombies, or footage from the upcoming show, stopping people in their tracks--literally. At Friday's panel we saw some bloody amazing footage--the cinematography on this show is going to blow you way. The sparkly vampires and teenage werewolves have had their time in the sun--long live the zombies! (Can you say that about the undead?)
The Boys (Sony Pictures)
During the panel for The Other Guys, director Adam McKay (Anchorman, Stepbrothers) officially announced that he would be the directing the film adaptation of Garth Ennis' beloved comic book series The Boys.
Tron: Legacy (Walt Disney Pictures)
On Friday Flynn's Arcade had a movie tie-in for Tron: Legacy, located in the Gas Light district of San Diego. It's a fully functioning arcade full of classic games, as well as a few classic Tron titles, and the best part is they're all free to play. Once you've had your classic video game fix, you can move over to a holding area dressed to look like Flynn's workshop, and are so transported to high tech Tron bar. I've got to say this was probably one of the best exhibits at the Con this year. It also didn't hurt that they gave us an old school coin purse full of Flynn's Arcade tokens.
Tron: Legacy opens on December 17, 2010.
Saw 3-D (Lionsgate)
Saw 3-D, or Saw VII (whichever one you choose) will be the final chapter in the Saw series.
It opens October 29, 2010.
Green Lantern (Warner Bros.)
Thousands of people camped out all night just for the chance to get into the Green Lantern panel. On hand was protagonist Hal Jordan himself, Ryan Reynolds. Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, and director Martin Campbell were also in the panel. It wasn't overly flashy, but we did get to see a few minutes of footage in the shape of a trailer.
Green Lantern opens on June 17, 2011.
Chuck (Warner Bros.)
The original Sarah Connor is maker her return to television, but not with the Beast. No, this time she's going to be playing Chuck's mom on the hit NBC show Chuck.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Walt Disney Pictures)
At the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides panel, the audience received a special message for Captain Jack Sparrow himself. See it here:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
opens on June 5 2011.
Paul (Universal Pictures)
Teaming up again, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) play two buddies on a road trip who accidentally find an alien named Paul. Like every quintessential road trip movie, it has everything you need: a Winnebago, Comic Con, and a little green man.
Paul opens on March 18, 2011.
Cowboys & Aliens (DreamWorks)
For the first time in Comic Con history, Harrison Ford made his first Comic-Con appearance--and in handcuffs, no less! The handcuffs could have meant two things: that's could've been what it took to get him to his first Comic Con, or it was to make light of the stabbing that took place earlier in the day. Either way, the crowd erupted when they saw Han Solo walking to the stage. Cowboys & Aliens opens on July 29, 2011.
The Avengers (Marvel Enterprises)
The announcement that Mark Ruffalo would be officially replacing Edward Norton as the Hulk in the ultimate Marvel team-up movie The Avengers electrified the con. Plus, the cast of the forth-coming Avengers movie assembled in one place for the first time ever! (Watch the video, which says it all.)
open May 4, 2012.
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