San Diego Comic Con: Nerd alert no more
aintitcoolnews has a brief interview with Zach Snyder, director of the upcoming Watchmen:
Quint: Actually, we were sitting in this room talking about WATCHMEN last year at COMIC-CON. Now you have a cast.
Zack Snyder: Now I have a cast. I’ve got some sets built. I keep trying to make them spend money, because I figure the deeper in they are they can’t go back. (laughs)
Warner Bros. took an unusual step to draw attention to the latest re0imagined Batman film, The Dark Knight--
the link below leads to a wonderfully creepy pic of Heath Ledger as The
an odd move, Warner Bros. said nothing about "The Dark Knight" during
their Comic-Con presentation, instead relying on a publicity stunt
outside the convention center to get fans going. Coinciding with
WhySoSerious.com's urging this morning for new Joker recruits to look
up for the answer, a plane flew by with a phone number, 1-800-395-9646,
that, upon calling, gives you riddles to unravel along with the
WhySoSerious site. [/q] In other graphic-novel-related news,
A new website
launched for the extremely-long-awaited film version of The Watchmen,
set in a fictional 1980's America on the brink of nuclear confrontation
with the Soviet Union as a demented vigilante and his ex-superhero
associates try to solve the murder of one of their own.
UPDATE: In the grand tradition of revealing the best of sci-fi/fantasy/horror films to come at the Con, Tim Burton previewed the theatrical release poster for his upcoming film adaptation of Sweeney Todd last night. Thanks to playbill.com for the image.
Comic cons were once the sole domain of nerds and B-list stars. But with the increasing popularity of the paranormal and fantasy in the mainstream (something that began, I'd wager, with The X-Files) comic cons are increasing becoming something else entirely. This is especially true in San Diego, where the annual comic con has also become a launching pad for film companies, artists and comics creators to preview their coming works to an excited (and less nerdy than you'd think) populace.
With 20th Century Fox's Aliens vs Predator: No Peace on Earth coming to theaters this Christmas, plans are underway for toys already starting with amazing PROPS from Sideshow Collectibles. In this follow-up to the worldwide hit ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, the iconic monsters from two of the scariest film franchises ever, wage war in an American Midwestern town - with the residents caught in the middle.
The normally low key, laid back affair that was preview night seems to have morphed into an early version of whatever Saturday is destined to become. You see, the convention officially goes from Thursday to Sunday, but a few years back, they started Preview Night, when pre-registered attendees, the press, and the pros could quietly amble the wide aisles free of the congestion which normally occurs on the weekend. And for many years it was good. But this year, everyone and their mother, and their kids, and their friends and a couple of cousins descended on the San Diego Convention Center to get a early glimpse at the convention floor.
Of course, much of the fun of attending the Con is going to one or more of the panels happening during the four days of the show. This year, there's quite a few coming up that look interesting and will probably even provide a surprise revelation or two. For me, I always like to check in with the Mondo Marvel panel or anything X-Men related as well as any programming featuring upcoming movies like Iron Man, Star Trek or Indiana Jones. Plus, there's always something interesting happening during the Kevin Smith panel on Friday and I will be sure to see the Joss Whedon / Dark Horse panel on Saturday. That should be really cool.
Last night, my friend Xavie (he works at Petco Park) was telling me about a huge event for the movie 300 and its worldwide DVD release coinciding with Comic-Con this weekend. Street posted it this morning but didn't really go in to detail and since the "contest" to win ComicCon passes, airfare, and a chance to be in the final challenge is over, I thought I'd pass along what Xavie told me.
Comic-Con 2007 officially began with Wednesday's "Preview Night" or, as I like to call it, "Get the Lay of the Land So You Don't Get Trampled to Death by a Grown Man in a Pikachu Costume Night."
Over the next couple of days, I'll be covering panels featuring the casts of Lost, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica and a few of this coming season's most anticipated new shows - Pushing Daisies, Reaper and Chuck among others.