It’s nearly impossible to encapsulate San Diego Comic-Con 2015 in a single post with mere words. As it’s always been, you have to be there to fully understand what it’s all about and how it affects a person. No matter what you go to San Diego Comic-Con for, what you get is almost always not what you expect. Here are some of the biggest movie and television moments from San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
Do you love Star Wars? Then San Diego was the place to be last week. The Star Wars cast and crew came and delivered the biggest moment of the week with a surprise concert behind the convention center just moments after a panel that featured appearances from the Force Awakens cast, including the recovering Harrison Ford, in his first public appearance since his plane crash a few months ago. The panel also featured a nearly 4 minute behind the scenes clip that’s so chock full of goodies that it made grown men and women cry in their seats. The rest of us have spent the last few days picking apart the entire thing frame by frame. Now you can too.
Need I say that you just need to visit StarWars.com to get all the latest bits on what’s to come in a galaxy far, far away?
When he wasn’t moderating panels in Hall H, late night talk show host Conan O’Brien was shooting his own show down the street at the Spreckels Theater for 4 nights straight, featuring the casts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and X-Men: Apocalypse, as well as special appearances by Elijah Wood, Chris Hardwick, Seth Green, and an escaped Killer Whale that was doing its best to blend into the Comic-Con crowd. For fans lucky enough to score a ticket, each of them received an exclusive Funko Pop collectible Conan toy in one of 4 variations, that would then get resold on eBay for hundreds of dollars each moments after each show ended. I was lucky enough to be in the studio for 2 of the tapings and it was a thrill each time to see Conan and his crew immersed in the Comic-Con craziness. The whole week was fun, but you can see how there was no other talk show host that fit Comic-Con better than Conan by simply watching how he kicked off his first show.
You can watch Conan weeknights on TBS or catch up on everything that happened during his Comic-Con shows at TeamCoco.com
DC V MARVEL MOVIES (sort of)
With Marvel Studios stepping out of this year’s Comic-Con (likely to make their big reveals at D23 Expo next month), DC upped their game and showed off not just the latest Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, but also our first look at the new Suicide Squad trailer. For DC fans, there was no better way to start off a Saturday after sitting in line outside the convention center all night. Remember a few years ago when everyone complained that the wholesale destruction seen in Man of Steel was just too over the top. Well, it looks like Superman is being asked to take responsibility for his actions, not just by the government, but by Batman himself. But whose side is Wonder Woman on?
But it was the end of Saturday, normally Marvel’s slot, that once again upstaged DC’s generous offerings. Fox stepped in to fill the empty slot with first looks at the Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, and the one-and-only Deadpool. The latter featured an obscenity-laden teaser that was 100% faithful to the comic book’s inappropriate humor and hyper-violent action. Next year, Deadpool is on track to quite possibly become the most beloved comic book movie anti-hero of all time! While grainy and mostly inaudible bootleg footage has been posted online, only a full red band trailer release will help you understand just what we’re in store for next year. Look for all of these movies in 2016.
If you didn’t already know, any time you can surprise the Doctor, it leads to nothing but trouble. Well, the reveal at the end of this season 9 teaser had not only Doctor Who fans gasping and squealing with joy, but also a few million fans of a certain girl from Westeros. Doctor Who returns September 19, 2015.
Is there anything at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 that caught your eye? Anything you wish they had shown off to geekdom assembled, whether you were there or not?