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,
) 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:
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
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
) 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.)

The Avengers open May 4, 2012.

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