It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s three hundred comic book geeks dressed like Superman! On July 9, The San Diego Convention Center opened it’s doors to Comic-Con, one of the coolest and popular traveling shows on earth since Ringling Brothers. Thousands of excited cosplay nuts lined for glimpses of Hollywood’s comic book Xanadu and were not disappointed. Fans rushed by the thousands to see glimpses of their favorite toys, movie trailers and Hollywood big shots who were just excited as their fans to be there.
Warner Bros blew fans off their seats as they released new trailers for their upcoming sagas, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Zack Snyder, the director of Batman v Superman, showed a new trailer of the movie set to be released in 2016, it explained the backstory of Batman’s mission “to destroy” the man of steel. The trailer showed Bruce Wayne running through the destruction caused by Superman’s epic battle with General Zod. The clip also showed the debut of DC Comic’s most iconic amazons, Wonderwoman. Gal Gadot is the first actress to slip on the Indestructible Bracelets and Lasso of Truth since Linda Carter. She was shown battling villains and possibly saving Batman and the crimson caped hero.
The teaser buzzed through the audience like Shazzam’s thunderbolt, but it is the surprises that make Comic-Con the must-see carnival in entertainment. The comic book venue could not possibly contain its toy box with one action packed showing. David Ayer, the director of Suicide Squad, unleashed his first trailer at the convention center’s H Hall, which is the X spot of showcases.The Suicide Squad, DC’s version of The Dirty Dozen, stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie as Comic-Con’s darling Harley Quinn, and Viola Davis who plays Amanda Waller, a government official who recruits a group of villains to save mankind, at least for the first ten minutes.
The trailer could not end without the creep of creeps, pale-faced menace, the Joker. Audiences roared as his squeaky chuckle echoed through the last minutes of the trailer. Oscar winner, Jared Leto stars as the iconic King of Chaos since the late Heath Ledger did in the Dark Knight classic. Comic-Con is not just your ordinary crate of comics, it is the coolest show on earth, especially when actors like Henry Cavill, who plays Superman and Michael Fassbender who plays Magneto in the X-Men franchise cross paths in the convention’s lobby.
If that was not enough for cosplay fanatics, Marvel showcased their roundtable of Stan Lee’s popular X-Men, and Ryan Reynold’s wise-cracking assassin Deadpool.
A standing room only crowd of fans roared as clips of the foul-mouthed gunman with a heart played for two short minutes. Reynolds added,”This is my first proper superhero movie.” He promised that the movie would be faithful to the head splattering anti-hero, which blasts its way into theaters in 2016.
The “Force” could not have been stronger for fans who packed the Comic-Con venue for glimpses of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Han Solo fans were flown across the galaxy and treated to thousands of free light sabers, yeah, free light sabers! The night was serenaded with John William’s classic Star Wars score. JJ. Abrams, the director of Force Awakens, sneaked in behind the scenes clips which wowed the legion of loyal fans.
Quentin Tarantino, the master creator of cult classics such as Pulp Fiction True Romance and Inglorious Bastards, sat at the panel and played his trailer of his long-awaited western The Hateful Eight. The Oscar-winning director turned the venue into a master class session as he explained his vision for the film that he shot in 70mm scope. The movie stars Kurt Russell, Samuel Jackson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Civil War westerners who seek refuge in a stagecoach stopover pass during a blizzard. “This is the funniest Western you will ever see,” said Tarantino. He promised that the bloody rendition would have a “cool” scope to it. Tarantino is a regular and fan at Comic-Con, because he knows just like his movies, that it is the coolest show on earth. Comic-Con makes its way to New York at the Javits Center October 8-11.
By Phillip Hernandez
Edited by Maurice Cassidy
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