San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Highlights: The Good, The Bad and What’s to Come
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has finally wrapped up. The fan-filled convention ended on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Read on to learn more about the highlights of the said event.
In a report from Deadline, Paramount’s panel showcased a “Hot Tub Time Machine” sequel and the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” But what really made the fans roaring is the arrival of The Rock. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson went onstage to tell the crowd he had reserved three theaters for free screening of “Hercules.” Paramount then takes out Matthew McConaughey along with “Batman” trilogy director Christopher Nolan in his first ever visit to the con, showcasing for the first time the trailer for his upcoming sci-fi masterpiece “Interstellar.”
Legendary, on the other hand, comes out with Guillermo del Toro, who unveiled the footage of “Crimson Peak,” reminded he will do “Pacific Rim 2” and then asked the audience to poll whether his next project will be “Hellboy 3” or “At the Mountains of Madness.” Legendary, now being home to giant monster movies, unveiled a “Godzilla 2” video and a prequel for an upcoming “King Kong” movie, Skull Island. A “Warcraft” teaser and the Paris catacombs thriller “As Above, So Below” were also showcased.
Warner Bros. just set the standards for the con as it showcases high when Hall H turned the dark as curtains covering 450 feet down where transformed into a wraparound multimedia that gave an immersive aural and visual experience to con attendees. Warner Bros.’ panel has unleashed its heavy hitting upcoming titles for 2015 and 2016, such as Zack Snyder’s awaited “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” where he introduced stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot and unveiled clips and photos of the film. Warner Bros. also release their explosive trailer footage from “Mad Max: Fury Road” featuring Tom Hardy. Another Warner blockbuster hitting the screens is “The Hobbit: The Five Armies,” where it revealed an exclusive trailer for attendees, making “LOTR” fans jump for joy.
The must-see Marvel panel retaliates by introducing their newest addition to their superhero all-star cast for the upcoming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Marvel wows the audience as Robert Downey Jr. introduced his” Avengers” co-stars Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, along with newcomers Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Paul Bettany as The Vision, James Spader as the voice of Ultron and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Sadly, Scarlet Johansson was not able to attend due to her pregnancy. Marvel also introduced its upcoming titles such as “Ant-Man” who have added Corey Stoll and Evangeline Lilly to the cast and revealing a planned “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel for 2017.
Disney, on the other hand, took this year off. With their title, “Maleficent,” grossing $700 million, Disney did not have much to talk about. Many fans hoped for some action on the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel “Star Wars” film, only to be disappointed to no avail. Maybe next year?
Daniel Radcliffe, in his first con attendance, came to promote his upcoming supernatural film “Horns.” Radcliffe also took time to tread and check out the halls of comic-con by putting on a Spider-Man costume.
Dreamworks Animation panel was filled with screams as “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch graced the hall with his presence. Cumberbatch showcased the upcoming animated “Madagascar” spinoff film, “Penguins of Madagascar,” where he lends his voice to a character named Classified.
Lionsgate released “Hunger Games” sequel “Mockingjay – Part 1” trailer.
Sony showcases its upcoming alien film “Pixels” starring Adam Sandler and “Goosebumps” headed by Jack Black.
Meanwhile, AMC showcased a panel for hit TV series “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones,” bringing stars from the franchise and sneak peeks of what is to come for the upcoming season. NBC’s “Hannibal” revealed spoilers for the upcoming season. HBO’s “True Blood” panel bade their farewells as they are in for the last season of the series.
Other panels included FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” The CW’s “iZombie” and BBC’s “Orphan Black.”
A setback occurred during the convention when several people watching and marching in ZombieWalk parade last Saturday were hit by a car driving through the intersection. A 64-year-old woman sustained serious injuries in the arm, while two others had minor injuries.
And that’s a wrap for the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. For more updates about upcoming movies adnd TV shows, stay tuned here on Movie News Guide (MNG).
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