Oof. This one’s late. But it’s no surprise. I spent all of last night from Friday 5pm onward in line for Hall H, which is the 6500 seat main panel room with all of the biggest movie panels at the show. I got in line Friday night 16 hours in advance to get into the Saturday Hall H panels and I was seated nowhere near the front. With the introduction of the new wristband policy, everyone panicked and lined up a lot earlier than usual, so it forced my hand, putting me in line with a few friends throughout the night, sleeping mere feet from the San Diego Bay waters, but surrounded by a fun group of people.
Once in Hall H, from start to finish, the panelists blew the roof off the dump. The show started with Warner Bros/DC giving us a quick peek at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and had Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot wave from the stage. Director George Miller made his first appearance at Comic-Con to show off a stunning reboot of Mad Max. Sir Ben Kingsley joined the cast of Box Trolls for his first time at Comic-Con as well. Stephen Colbert moderated the Hobbit panel in costume from his bit role in the film as the leader of the Laketown spy network. Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez brought out Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, and Jessica Alba to show off footage from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Guillermo Del Toro shared his return to gothic horror with Crimson Peak. The women of Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story, Orphan Black, Sleepy Hollow, and Game of Thrones filled out the funny and thoughtful Entertainment Weekly “Women Who Kick Ass” panel. And, of course, Marvel finished off the day’s programming with our first look at Ant-Man, featuring new director Peyton Reed, and stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. They followed up with our first senses-shattering look at Avengers: Age of Ultron along with the entire cast (minus a pregnant Scarlett Johansson). And they finished the entire day off with a video clip of director James Gunn and star Chris Pratt announcing the release date of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (7/28/2017).
Here’s our triple bonus-sized 5 Geeky Minutes on Saturday in Hall H. Too much happened to cram into just 5 minutes!
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