What we're excited for at Comic-Con 2011!
Comic-Con is almost upon us. I say that with a feeling of both dread and excitement. That is because there is no time of year I both dread and look forward to with equal degrees of passion than San Diego Comic-Con. Every year I come back home to Jersey and it takes me longer and longer to recuperate from the four-day long event (we're actually getting into town on Tuesday so it's even longer for me). It's a lot of hard work but we decided to coordinate with some of our friends across the web to remind us what we love about Comic-Con and what we're really looking forward to seeing or experiencing.
There's been a lot of sturm und drang about SDCC '11 and whether it would be an "off" year. I don't see how Comic-Con, which attracts north of 100,000 people, could ever have an off year but I still think there are plenty of things to look forward to. I, for one, can't wait to get our first glimpse of 3D footage from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. And while Marvel won't have a panel in Hall H, I am privy to some of the surprises they have in store for Comic-Con in general and there will still be some fun to be had.
We talked to a bunch of our buddies across the web and this is what they're looking forward to. And as a final reminder, you'll be able to access all the JoBlo.com Comic-Con goodness right here at our SDCC hub so make sure to bookmark it! We might have some surprises of our own in store!....
A view from the Masters of the Web panel featuring myself, Garth Franklin, Brad Miska, Erik Davis and Quint
Ryan Fujitani and Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes say, "So much to do, so little time... I want to get into the Cowboys & Aliens premiere. I want to hear fansí thoughts on DCs Flashpoint initiative. Iím also going to go to the Marvel booth to demand to know why my MDCU subscription isnít available on the iPad comics apps.Ē
The Screen Rant team had big hopes for Comic-Con 2011 - hopes that were a bit dashed when we learned that some big comic book films like The Avengers wouldn't be getting major presentations this year. We have our fingers crossed that Zack Snyder's Superman reboot Man of Steel will have some kind of presence at the convention, but failing that, we're eager to see if The Amazing Spider-Man is truly a worthy reboot of the franchise.
Don Kaye from MSN's Parallel Universe says, "I'm looking forward to the big Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel presen -- oh, wait, those aren't happening. OK, then I'm really psyched for the Avengers panel in Hall H and -- er, I guess they're not showing up either. You know what? I'm just looking forward to being surprised by something -- like I am every year."
Edward Douglas of Coming Soon says, "As much as I want to see footage and hopefully hear announcements about future superhero movies, Comic-Con is one of the best socializing and networking places for people who want to write about movies or genre-fare, and more than anything, I'm looking forward to spending time with people I donít normally get to see year-round."
The sentient robots and/or brain-in-a-vat that is io9 communicates, "The whole io9 staff will be in San Diego, covering the big new movies and TV shows, along with astonishing art, dazzling cosplay, and mindbending books. Check out the reviews, interviews, and previews on io9's Comic-Con 2011 page."
Kellvin Chavez of Latino Review says "At this year's convention, with the absence of Marvel Studios, what I really want to see The Amazing Spider-Man and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance . . . which technically is also Marvel, so there actually will be a Marvel presence. I want to see the new take on Spider-Man and how crazy Ghost Rider will be with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor directing. And let's not forget The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1!"
Jordan Hoffman of UGO wonders, "what exactly does a studio mean when they say they'll have a presence, but not a panel, at Comic-Con? I wanna see how The Avengers pulls this off, and I also wanna see Tarsem Singh dazzle the crowd with his comedy act during the Immortals panel. And I sure as hell hope I get in that elevator of two dozen women dressed like Power Girl like I did last year. . . or was that a dream?"
Josh Wigler of MTV Movies Blog states, Three words: Game of Thrones. Next season is based on "Clash of Kings," and with it comes more betrayals, more boobs and more blood. Very psyched for any and all new footage (Blackwater!) and casting announcements (Melisandre!) that HBO's bringing to Comic-Con this year.
Brooke Tarnoff and Breanne L. Heldman, Hit-Girls/Senior Editors of MTV's NextMovie.com, are heading to San Diego for cowboys, aliens and Cowboys & Aliens. In addition to catching Favreau's sneak preview, the ladies are most psyched to experience the record-setting decibel levels at the Twilight panel -- and will fight to the death, if necessary, to get their hands on Hunger Games intel.
Kristal Bailey will be trekking down to San Diego Comic Con for Gordon and the Whale. She's a long time attendee, but this is her first year as press. She loves the Hall H panels and Kevin Smith's long talk, but this year with so many big titles bowing out (see: SUPERMAN, BATMAN, AVENGERS), she's most excited for the smaller movies she's haven't even heard of yet. "There's always a handful that blow me away and get me excited for the year of genre movies to come!"
Jim Littler of ComicBookMovie.com says ďWith many of the major comic book movies bowing out this year (The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, The Avengers, etc.) ComicBookMovie.com's reporters are going to have some free time to browse this year ó and check out all the cosplayer hotties. Be sure to come by the site to see our massive gallery."
Rick Marshall of MTV's Splash Page says, I'm hoping to finally see some footage from The Amazing Spider-Man that isn't recorded on someone's cell phone, because I need something to wipe the memory of Spider-Man 3 from my mind. I'm also really looking forward to seeing the Locke & Key pilot at IDW's panel on Friday, since it might be our only chance to find out what we're missing.
Movies.com, under the new leadership of former Cinematical Editor-in-Chief Erik Davis, will be assembling a host of movie geeks like David Ehrlich, Todd Gilchrist and himself to storm the Comic-Con castle in the hopes of rescuing a princess... or reporting the same story everyone else is, only five minutes faster and with twice the big words, whichever is easier.
Chris Carle of IGN reminds us that, "itís TVís big year at SDCC and I personally canít wait to see whatís happening with Game of Thrones. This should be a huge, happy hug fest for fans, and a big ďWe Did It!Ē moment for creators and producers. Also, Fringe. Iím jonesing to get a look at the revamped Beavis and Butthead, and the new ThunderCats, and curious about Locke & Key and Alcatraz. Despite a reduced movies presence, The Amazing Spider-Man has us intrigued; hopefully, it can follow in the footsteps of the X-Men reboot.
Film School Rejects is hitting the sunny beaches of San Diego to relax, drink fruity drinks, and occasionally see whether or not there's anything going on at the convention center. Their Comic-Con Hit Squad plans on setting up tents inside Hall H, pestering Steven Soderbergh for interviews (at least seven), and finding the most interesting angles on the best stories coming out of the Con.
Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub at Collider.com is looking forward to hanging out with his fellow nerds and arguing about George Lucas, the Twilight fans, and what was the coolest footage in Hall H.
Danile Hubschman of Hollywood.com says "Many of the films I was most anticipating to see at Comic-Con will not be there at all, but luckily The Amazing Spider-Man will. A first look at the new beginning of this beloved franchise will no doubt be the highlight of the Con, but I'm also giddy about potential small screen hits like Person of Interest and Terra Nova, in addition to blockbuster titles like Cowboys and Aliens and Fright Night."
Katey Rich from CinemaBlend says, "I'm excited about all the potential for studios to plan something out of the ordinary this year, like the Cowboys & Aliens premiere or whatever Marvel is cooking up for the show floor. Hall H can be great, but it's time to change up the formula, and I'm hoping studios are planning a lot more unusual stuff than we know about so far."
Greg Ellwood of HitFix is "on pins and needles to see whether Comic-Con will finally put some of the massively popular TV shows such as True Blood" or "Game of Thrones in Hall H. It's been too long that fans have to wait for hours to try to get into Ballroom 20 only to never had a shot in the first place. There are definitely some movie panels that would seem more packed in Ballroom 20. There is no reason they can't mix both halls up with TV and movie content."