Comic-Con 2015 roundup: Everything you missed
Published Sunday, July 12, 2015 2:01PM EDT
Batman punched Superman, Han Solo kissed Princess Leia and Deadpool cursed like a sailor at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con International, the premiere pop culture extravaganza of the year.
The movie trailers, photo previews and celebrity appearances came and went faster than The Flash, but we've rounded up some of the most significant moments from the convention right here, so you won't miss a thing.
Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad
Warner Bros. stole the show at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, trotting out new footage from "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad," before introducing the primary cast members involved in both films.
Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and the rest of the "Batman V. Superman" cast remained on stage after the second trailer for the film was shown.
Director Zack Snyder was also on hand to discuss the hotly-anticipated movie, which is expected to lay the groundwork for future Justice League films.
The trailer revealed several significant characters, including Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Alfred (Jeremy Irons) and Gadot's debut as the first film version of Wonder Woman.
It also laid out the basic plot of the film, which appears to revolve around the destruction caused by Superman's city-destroying fight with General Zod at the end of "Man of Steel." In the trailer, Superman is called before a government committee to explain his actions, while Affleck's grey-haired Batman/Bruce Wayne talks about the threat Superman poses to the world.
"He has the power to wipe out the entire human race," Batman says. "We have to destroy him."
There is, of course, plenty of Batman-versus-Superman action, as the two caped heroes punch each other through buildings and rooftops at night.
At 3:40 in length, the trailer is jammed full of insider teases to excite comic book fans, including shots of kryptonite, hints at the Joker and a shot of a graffiti-covered Robin costume in a glass case, a reference to Batman's murdered sidekick, Jason Todd.
The "Suicide Squad" segment of the panel featured a surprise appearance by director David Ayer, who screened footage from the upcoming film, which is still shooting in Toronto. The footage was not made available online, but witnesses say it ended with a tease of Jared Leto's Joker threatening somebody.
Leto did not make an appearance, but co-stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie showed up, along with the rest of the cast, for the footage reveal.
"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" comes up on Mar. 25, 2016, followed by "Suicide Squad" on Aug. 5.
Friday's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" panel was one of the most talked-about events at Comic-Con, as the original trilogy's three main cast members reunited on stage to discuss their return to the franchise. Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) were expected to appear, but Harrison Ford (Han Solo) was a surprise addition to the panel. Ford has often been reluctant to embrace his "Star Wars" fame, yet he gamely participated in the panel and even shared a nostalgia-inducing kiss with his on-screen romantic partner, Carrie Fisher.
They appeared alongside newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson and Gwendoline Christie, with "Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy also on hand.
Abrams spoke at length about the practical effects that will be on display in the film, before introducing a reel of behind-the-scenes footage showing how those effects are achieved.
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" comes out on Dec. 18, 2015.
Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse
Fox played their cards close to the vest at Comic-Con this year, restricting their new trailers for "Deadpool" and "X-Men: Apocalypse" so only panel attendees would get to see them.
The brief "X-Men" teaser revealed the franchise's new big baddie, Apocalypse (played by Oscar Isaac), along with returning characters Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). The teaser also showed Alexandra Shipp as a younger version of Storm.
But most of the buzz out of the Fox panel surrounded the trailer for "Deadpool," the foul-mouthed superhero mercenary played by Canadian Ryan Reynolds.
Reynolds has been pushing for years to bring "Deadpool" to the big screen, and he'll finally achieve his goal when the film comes out on Feb. 12, 2016.
The R-rated film had a suitably R-rated trailer packed with crude jokes, swearing and gore.
After the panel, Marvel legend Stan Lee joined Hugh Jackman, Channing Tatum, Ryan Reynolds and the rest of the "X-Men" and "Deadpool" casts for a super-selfie.
"X-Men: Apocalypse" comes out on May 27, 2016.
(Fear) The Walking Dead
Television's favourite soul-crushingly bleak zombie series will return this fall for a sixth season, but this time, "The Walking Dead" will be joined by a spinoff, called "Fear the Walking Dead."
Both series casts were at Comic-Con this weekend to show new trailers and chat about the franchise.
The main series looks like it'll be casting Rick out into the zombie-filled wilderness again, as the group of survivors begins to fracture in the face of overwhelming zombie hordes.
But it's the spinoff series that could prove more intriguing. "Fear the Walking Dead" will be a prequel of sorts to the main series, as one family fights to survive at the very onset of the zombie epidemic. "The Walking Dead" opened with the main character waking from a coma to full-blown zombie madness, but "Fear the Walking Dead" will show what happened before humans lost control of their world.
"Fear the Walking Dead" debuts in August, followed by the return of "The Walking Dead" in October.
Ash vs. the Evil Dead
On the same day AMC revealed trailers for its two "Walking Dead" series, another zombie-themed TV show lurched into the spotlight.
Sam Raimi's gory, campy, comedic "Evil Dead" franchise has officially risen from the grave as a new TV series called "Ash vs. The Evil Dead." The Starz series will see B-movie actor Bruce Campbell return as Ash, the zombie-fighting hardware store employee from the cult-favourite "Evil Dead" films of the 1980s.
The series starts later this year.
On Friday, "Ghostbusters" director Paul Feig revealed a first glimpse of the new, all-female team in a photo posted to Twitter. The photo shows stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones outfitted in full ghostbusting gear, standing in front of the classic white hearse from the original film.
The revived "Ghostbusters" film is due out from Sony on July 22, 2016.
Most video-game fans would argue there's never been a great film adaptation of a video-game property, but anticipation is high that director Duncan Jones may finally strike gold with "Warcraft," based on the popular fantasy series from Blizzard Entertainment.
Judging by the response out of Comic-Con, the early returns look very promising. Fans were overwhelmingly positive about a brief trailer Jones showed off at the Legendary Studios panel, which reportedly showcased heroes from both sides of film's warring factions, the Alliance and the Horde.
The full trailer is expected to be released sometime in November, ahead of the film's June 10, 2016 release.
"Warcraft" stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton and Ben Foster.
Game of Thrones
"Game of Thrones" fans may be salivating to know the fate of a certain character at the end of last season, but we still know nothing after this year's Comic-Con panel.
The "Game of Thrones" panel featured many stars from the series, including Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark). However, Kit Harington, who plays the much-discussed Jon Snow, was nowhere to be found, and the rest of the cast played coy when asked about his character.
"Game of Thrones" has yet to begin filming its next season, so there was no new footage to show off.
However, the show's producers did unveil an amusing audition reel that shows several of the series' actors trying out for their parts.
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- Quentin Tarantino offered a Comic-Con exclusive look at his upcoming Western, "The Hateful Eight."
- During the Warner Bros. panel, the studio revealed in a teaser trailer that its upcoming Green Lantern movie will be called "Green Lantern Corps" – a title that strongly suggests black Green Lantern John Stewart might make his big-screen debut.
- Longtime DC animator Bruce Timm announced plans to adapt the classic Batman story "The Killing Joke" as an animated feature film. In the original graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, the Joker kidnaps Batgirl and cripples her, then tries to drive Commissioner Gordon insane before Batman can stop him.
- With "Ant-Man" set to come out next Friday, Marvel Studios was noticeably absent from this year's Comic-Con. There were a few announcements about Marvel's TV properties, but no news about "Captain America: Civil War," which is currently filming.
- The team behind "Arrow," "The Flash" and the upcoming "Legends of Tomorrow" teased several new additions to their growing DC TV universe, including the introduction of Jay Garrick, an early version of The Flash from the comics.
Hot on the heels of their third season, the cast and crew of "Orphan Black" took a humorous approach to their panel in San Diego. They shared three fake trailers for the next season, along with a blooper reel from the previous season.