Last week, comic enthusiasts, film lovers and cosplayers descended on the San Diego Convention Centre for the annual international Comic Con, a celebration of the best of comic book geek chic.
From the big hitters Marvel and DC to surprise appearances from certain directors, exclusives on exciting new projects and a highly stylised Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, Comic Con 2014 had something for everyone.
Here we round up the coolest news (minor spoilers follow).
1 | The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer
The last we saw of Rick & Co, they were locked in a freight car at Terminus, without their weapons or much hope.
Luckily, the first trailer for season 5 debuted at Comic Con to reassure us that they don’t just spend the next 16 episodes being locked in the dark. From what we’ve gleaned season 5 might just be the show’s darkest yet, with the “Termites” of Terminus joining forces with Rick’s gang and heading to Washington in order to find a cure for the zombie epidemic. Expect gunfights and expect very, very grisly deaths.
The Walking Dead returns in October
2 | Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’
First it was on, then a script leak caused Tarantino to shelve his new post-Civil War Western The Hateful Eight, with talk of releasing the script in print instead. Now, Tarantino has confirmed the bounty hunter film will indeed ride again and production begins soon.
Fans of Django need not feel left out either as the director confirmed plans for his Django / Zorro crossover comic, revealing that it will take place before the Civil War and that Zorro will take on an Obi Wan Kenobi role to Django’s Luke Skywalker.
3 | Chris Nolan's Comic Con debut
The most enigmatic director in the business and everyone’s favourite true detective turned up unannounced at this year’s Comic Con for a special panel discussion of their forthcoming sci-fi epic, Interstellar. It was Nolan’s first time at the convention and the occasion was celebrated with the first full-length trailer for the film. It’s not available for us all to watch yet, but early reports suggest Nolan has something spectacular on his hands, with McConaughey calling it “by far the most ambitious film Mr. Nolan has ever directed”.
Interstellar is released in November
4 | Batman V Superman V Wonder Woman
Another surprise visit came in the form of DC’s two biggest hitters, Batman and Superman – or rather the men behind the masks, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavil. They were also joined by Wonder Woman Gal Godot and director Zach Snyder.
After teasing a few images of Batman, Superman and now Wonder Woman (looking very Amazonian), Snyder screened the very first footage from Dawn Of Justice. Reportedly, the first clip showed Batman dressed in the armor from Frank Miller's seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns as he scans the skies of Gotham for a belligerent Superman. Fingers crossed we’ll get a full trailer soon, but until then you can find a description of the new clip over at Superhero Hype.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is released on 28 April
5 | The Avengers teaser and poster
Clearly not happy with DC and Warner Brothers having the big reveal, Avengers director Joss Whedon showed up to screen footage from the forthcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Again, this was a Comic Con exclusive, but the early word is that the usual cast of heroes were seen having fun with Thor’s hammer before facing up against their latest enemy (which we’re presuming is Ultron, the sentient robot created by Iron Man). Hopefully, the teaser will be available for us none superheros / comic-con attendees soon. Until then, we'll have to make do with the first official poster (above).
Avengers: Age Of Ultron is released May 1 2015
6 | Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
We haven’t even seen the first film yet (it’s out this week, and here’s why it's going to be great) but Guardians Of The Galaxy has already got a sequel in the works, as Chris Pratt announced at Comic Con. The main cast are all set to return, but if you think this means they all survive the first film, think again. We haven’t seen it yet, but judging by the trailers, Guardians is set to be so bizarre we wouldn’t bet against anyone coming back from the dead.
7 | Godzilla Vs A three-headed dragon
This year’s Godzilla reboot intitially looked very promising but somewhere (around about the time Bryan Cranston’s character bit the bullet) it lost its way. Fans will be pleased to learn that in the planned Godzilla sequel, the titular kaiju will be facing off against a trio of new monsters, a moth-like character called Mothra, the Pterosaur-esque Rodan and the three-headed dragon Ghidorah.
8 | Game Of Thrones meets The Last Of Us
Sam Raimi is hard at work on adapting what was quite possibly Playstation’s finest hour, The Last Of Us. For the post-apocalyptic survival the director is reportedly talking to Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams (who hung around the convention dressed as Spider Man) for the main role of Ellie, a teenage girl that may hold a cure to the virus that has all but wiped out mankind. Basically, think an feature film adaptation of Arya and The Hound’s roadtrip meets The Walking Dead and you’re somewhere on the money.
9 | Tusk
Remember when Kevin Smith retired? Well it turns out it was a load of nonsense (as we suspected). The Clerks director is back with Tusk. Inspired by a real life Gumtree advert, if follows a journalist played by Justin Long who is kidnapped by a man obsessed with walruses – and promptly begins to turn him into one. With shades of The Human Centipede, this could just be the film that gets Smith back on form.
Tusk is released this autumn
10 | The Sand Snakes Of Dorne
Game Of Thrones spoilers were revealed at Comic Con with news that The Sand Snakes of Dorne are in the process of being cast. Oberyn Martell’s illegitimate daughters, the Sand Snakes will travel from Dorne to seek revenge for their father’s death at the hands of The Mountain. So far Jessica Henwick, Rosabell Laurenti Sellers and Keisha Castle-Hughes have been announced (all relatively unknown actors who are sure to become household names playing fan-favourites).
Also of note at Comic Con was the GoT season 4 blooper reel. Watch it above to tide you over until we return to Westeros in spring.
Game Of Thrones season 5 will air in April 2015
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