Now on its 45th year, the Comic Con International continues to draw comic aficionados, movie, TV and science fiction fanatics to the largest convention that celebrates the contribution of comics to arts and culture.
San Diego Comic-Con started in 1970 as a one-day mini conference at the Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. From only 300 atteendees back then, Comic-Com grew to be the largest pop culture gathering that attracted hundreds of thousands of fans in recent years.
The event is also an irresistible marketing platform to give fans exciting updates about their favorite contemporary movies and TV shows.
Here are some of the highlights so far:
Benedict Cumberbatch takes down the house
Benedict Cumberbatch mania took over Comic-Con. Fans dressed as Sherlock went see the British actor with a group of penguins.
Cumberbatch will lend his voice as Agent Classified, a smooth talking wolf in Dreamworks Pictures’ Penguins of Madagascar. He even outshined co-panelist, Academy Award nominee John Malkovich, who will voice the villain octopus in the animated movie.
When asked how he prepared for his role, Cumberbatch responded: “I worked in Yellowstone Park as a wolf for a while. I was accepted by the pack quite quickly. It got a bit hairy, no pun intended, when I became the alpha male. Eventually I realized that two of the other wolves were Christian Bale and Daniel Day-Lewis.”
First look at Mockingjay
The new trailer of Mockingjay Part 1, the third installment of the Hunger Games series was unveiled this Friday.
Holographic images of Peeta Meelark and Johanna Reyes welcomed visitors that lined up for hours to gain entry at the Lionsgate/Samsung gallery that was designed in all-white setting, inspired by President Snow’s Capitol.
Fans in elaborate, colorful costumes that symbolized Capitol fashion flocked the exhibition.
Mockingjay will hit theaters worldwide this November.
Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s most ambitious film
Fans were left wanting more because McConaughey refused to reveal details about the space and wormhole-travel movie. “I can tell you a lot, but I’m not going to,” the actor said at the Paramount Pictures panel.
The trailer showed McConaughey and co-star Anne Hathaway exploring a distant planet of water and ice.
“It’s by far the most ambitious film Mr. Nolan has ever directed,” McConaughey said. Interstellar is set for release in November 7.
New cast members for Games of Thrones
George R.R. Martin and the entire cast of HBO series “Game of Thrones” graced Comic-Con to answer fan questions and reveal the new faces that will grace the fifth season of the well-acclaimed fantasy.
Jonathan Pryce will play High Sparrow, “a devout and pious man who came to King’s Landing to serve the poor and the downtrodden — and quickly amassed a large following.
Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) was signed up to play Dorne ruler Doran Martell, brother to the late Prince Oberyn and father of Trystane.
Keisha Castle-Hughes will play the role of Obara Sand, the warrior daughter of Prince Oberyn. Jessica Henwick and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers have been cast as her sisters, Nymeria and Tyene Sand, respectively.
DeObia Oparei will play Areo Hotah, “the long-serving captain of Doran Martell’s palace guard, renowned for his loyalty and his longaxe.”
Nell Tiger Free will play Myrcella, Cersei Lannister’s daughter.
New cast members mean more characters to kill off in the hit fantasy series.
Holy trinity of superheroes
Zack Snyder has a release date for the DC and Warner Bros. star-studded superhero mashup ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.’
Coming to theaters on May 6, 2016, the first teaser trailer of the much-anticipated flick was revealed followed by a surprise appearance of the film’s main cast Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot at the Hall H panel.
Hypable released this description of the footage:
“The setting takes place at night, in the pouring rain, they’re on a rooftop with Ben Affleck as Batman – in a bulky armor almost military grade and his eyes are glowing as he pulls a tarp off the Bat signal. It shines into the sky, and then illuminated against the clouds, flecked with lightning, standing inside the symbol, is Henry Cavill’s Superman. He looks angry and his eyes are glowing red similar to what we’ve seen with his heat vision ray. The camera pans on Batman’s face as he looks angered and ready to fight and then it cut to black.”
Wonder Woman will finally get her first live action cinematic appearance as part of the superhero trinity.
The official look of Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious) as Wonder Woman was also revealed.
The action adventure also stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Scoot McNairy.