TV shows at 2016 Comic-Con

It feels like 2016 is just flying by, because we’re just over three weeks away from San Diego Comic-Con. We’ll be in the heart of all the pop culture craziness as usual, and it looks like fans are going to have their days packed pretty full if they plan on seeing everything that Warner Bros. Television has to offer. The TV studio is bring 21 shows to the convention this summer. That includes comic book favorites like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and a slew of other geek friendly shows with large, loyal fanbases.

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Marvel 2016 Comic-Con

Last year, much to the dismay of comic book movie fans, Marvel Studios decided not to attend San Diego Comic-Con. Instead, Marvel chose to show off what they had coming soon at Disney’s D23 Expo. Thankfully, this year it appears Marvel Studios won’t be sitting out the hype machine that is the biggest pop culture convention in the world.

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson appears to be hinting that Marvel Studios is bringing a tease of this fall’s release of Doctor Strange to Comic-Con. In addition, a quick little exchange with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn seems to indicate that the cosmic Marvel sequel will also have a presence in San Diego. Find out more about the Marvel 2016 Comic-Con presence after the jump. Read More »

Star Trek Beyond Comic-Con

Last night the latest Star Trek Beyond trailer debuted online after screening at a special fan event with director Justin Lin and some of the cast in Los Angeles. And along with all the new footage in the trailer, a big announcement was made that will please fans who are headed to San Diego for a certain comic book convention this summer.

Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot have revealed that the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond will happen at San Diego Comic-Con with Justin Lin and cast members in attendance, and fans in the area will have an opportunity to attend. Find out more about the Star Trek Beyond Comic-Con premiere below. Read More »

comic con

San Diego Comic-Con International’s Hall H is the stuff of geek legend. Every summer, nearly 7,000 fans pack this convention center hall for the promise of seeing their favorite filmmakers, actors and creators showing a sneak preview of some of the biggest and most anticipated films. For example, James Cameron showed up at the Hall in 2009 to give fans an unprecedented first look at Avatar.

But as technology has gotten smaller and harder to detect, piracy has become a huge problem for movie studios exhibiting at Comic-Con. You see, most of the footage they show at the event is super early and unfinished, not meant for the masses around the world — certainly not meant for blogs like ours to do frame-by-frame breakdowns of (note: we never publish pirated footage). And now 20th Century Fox is apparently not coming to Comic-Con 2016 because “the studio feels it cannot prevent the piracy of custom trailers and exclusive footage.” Hit the jump and I’ll explain why Fox skipping Comic-Con is not the right way of handling this issue.

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Comic Con 2018

Comic-Con International is launching their own SVOD platform May 7 called Comic-Con HQ. They used the recent WonderCon convention to launch their alpha, and that’s where we spoke to Executive Vice President and General Manager of Comic-Con HQ, Seth Laderman. The big question is: Could Comic-Con HQ stream Hall H panels for people who don’t get in, or aren’t even in San Diego, to see?

“That is the big question,” Laderman said. “The short answer is yes. We’re going to be working with every single studio, every single panel host to be able to take the content and put it on our platform. We’re not going to be live streaming anything because we really don’t want to take away that experience of people who are the first to see and be there for it, but we can put things up shortly after.”  Read More »

‘Supergirl’ Struggles to Take Flight [Review]

Supergirl

Note: Supergirl premieres tonight on CBS. Below is our original review of the pilot, which ran in July during San Diego Comic-Con.

In a TV landscape littered with superhero shows, Supergirl stands out in a couple of ways. For one thing, it’s the rare superhero show that’s about a superheroine. For another, whereas most of those other dramas tend toward the dark and brooding, Supergirl is mostly bubbly and upbeat — just like its plucky heroine Kara, played by the radiant Melissa Benoist.

But for a show to succeed, it can’t just capture the audience’s interest, it has to sustain it. On that front, Supergirl unfortunately struggles by prioritizing plot over characterization.   Read More »

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Bryan Singer premiered X-Men: Apocalypse footage at Comic Con this year, and the footage immediately leaked online. The film is still shooting (they’re just a bit past the halfway point now) and barely features any finished effects; the footage debut was almost entirely character stuff that isn’t likely to go online in an official way any time soon.

So the low-quality bootleg leak was how some people first saw Apocalypse, just as with footage from other high-profile projects such as Deadpool and Suicide Squad. In the wake of those leaks, I’ve seen conversations that assume such leaks are built in to the Comic Con plan as part of the marketing scheme for these movies.

I was on the X-Men: Apocalypse set this week, where I spoke to producer Hutch Parker. He was a Fox studio exec when the first X-Men films were made, and has worked as a producer on The Wolverine, Days of Future Past, and now Apocalypse. I asked him about the leak, and about how it fits into any overall marketing plan. Read More »

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