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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Biggest Movie Panels at San Diego ComicCon 2014

Biggest Panels
The big panels tend to be movie focused and there was no shortage of them this year so lets dive into Hall H and see what happened this year.
Hall H is the mega hall where you have to stand in a separate line in the hopes of getting in.  To get into Hall H you almost have to dedicate your entire Comic Con to going only to Hall H.  Getting in there and getting the scoop there is a big deal.

Major Movie Panels
Avengers Age of Ultron
 I think this movie is going to be bigger than all of the rest of the movies here combined.  It is going to be huge.  The reasons are numerous:

1) It is the m#%$er f#$#ing Avengers Dude!
2) Marvel and Whedon have been doing so much right  Captain America the Winter Soldier was amazing, Guardians of the Galaxy looks amazing and Thor 2 had is faults but was still a very good movie.

3) New Characters and Easter Eggs for the future.  Marvel has been very smart in that their movies are more than simply the movie itself, they are about the Marvel Universe.  They interconnect everything they do.  It is a big Universe and Marvel always give us little peeks and these peeks make the movie larger than the sum of its parts.  This movie will be no exception and many including myself will spend TONS of time analyzing it to see where Marvel is going for Phase 3.  It means that I can not miss this movie.  We already have an idea of one crossover likely to happen with the movie Agents of SHIELD to Cross Over with Age of Ultron.

4) Ultron is one of Whedon's favorite villains and this story is the one he has been waiting to tell.  That is a very exciting prospect given how awesome Avengers 1 was.   In hindsight that movie may just be the foundation necessary to get us to this movie.  Avengers 1 was the meat and now it is time to feast on the desert.

'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Avengers Age of Ultron Promo Picture

Marvel brought along some interesting props to go along with their actors.
A model of Ultron Mark I was on display for the viewing public at SDCC.  This will the first version of Ultron that will likely be destroyed by the Avengers without too much fuss.  The problem with Ultron is that he always comes back, bigger and badder than before.

They also show cased a fist from Iron Man's Hulk Buster armor.  The Hulk Buster armor is designed to stand toe to toe in close combat with the Hulk.

Picture of Ultron Mark I
Iron Man Hulk Buster Armor

Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, and Cobie Smulders
Ruffalo, Hemsworth, Smulders, and Jackson

Chris Evans and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Chris Evans and Aaron Taylor

James Spader and Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Olsen, and James Spader

This movie has had some issues but it seems the movie about Marve's smallest hero is moving forward.
The 'Ant-Man' Team
Paul Rudd, Micheal Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll

Hobbit- The Battle of the Five Armies
I feel like the Hobbit could have been done in less movies and that the added material is taking away from so of its potential quality.  That said I am excited to see Battle of the Five Armies.
Evangeline Lilly and Orlando Bloom
Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly

Batman vs Superman - Dawn of Justice

Am I excited about Dawn of Justice.....Yes I am, but not as much as I should be.  Zack Snyder is at the helm and he tends to do a very solid job.  He is likely the right director to go for the serious, gritty tones that DC is going for.  However, anytime I talk about this movie I get lost in my own critisms.  I have a ton criticisms on casting alone.  Hopefully, they will surprise me and all my worries will be washed away when I see the actual film.

I love Batman and WonderWoman so I should be very excited about this movie but DC has hit some wrong notes so far on this one.  Given the option I would choose to go to an Arrow based panel with Stephen Amell over the Justice League one.  Why because that show is so good, Amell is a perfect Arrow and everything I see from this movie just feels off.    How do you mess up a movie with some of the biggest comic characters EVER!.  I'm not sure but we may find out.

All that whining aside here we have the panel and the major actors to their credit were all there.  Each of the actors is facing a legion of angry geek mobs so showing up is no small thing.
Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, and Ben Affleck
Henry Caville, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck
 We also see the first shot of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.  She does not look bad, the costume itself looks great (Though I'd personally be in favor of pants).  Her eyes are trying to drum up as much power as possible from her anorexic Italian run way model frame.  Lets just hope a strong gust of wind does not arrive and knock her over.  Still she looks better than I thought, maybe with lots of special effects Snyder can make a believable Wonder Woman out of her.  No matter what this is not the role model I would have given girls all over the world and no this is not the message I would  have sent using the biggest symbol of female power.  That said it is, what it is and it could be worse (Don't believe me? try rewatching Green Lantern).

DC did release some pretty cool pictures one of Wonderwoman and one clip with Batman with glowing eyes received the most attention.

Comic-Con: First Wonder Woman Photo Revealed
Someone please give me a Cheese Burger -Maybe a few hundred of them
 Affleck's Batman looks like it will be partially inspired by Jim Lee's rendering and I think that is a good thing.  Lots of talk on it will be stiffer than the Bale outfit much like the earlier outfits. 

11 Potential Surprises at This Year’s Comic-Con
Affleck's sad Batman

 Jupiter Ascending
Who the heck knows what is going on with this movie.  It could be cool, it could be terrible who knows.
Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum

The Giver
My teenage daughter loves this book and apparently Jeff Bridges does to.  He has gone to great lengths to make this movie happen.  I am optimistic that this movie will be something to watch out for.

The 'Giver' Author Cameo We'll Never Get to See

Frank Miller's Sin City A Damsel to Kill For:
This movie promises to be as bad ass as the original and I have high hopes for it.
'Sin City' Citizens
Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson
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