As the convention hall doors prepare to close on another sensory-overload edition of the most media-heavy nerd gathering in the known universe, we here at NBHQ thought it would be wise to take a quick trip down Recent-Memory Lane by recapping some of the craziest, zaniest, and most mind-blowing-y moments of SDCC15. As with all forms of public opinion, this list is not meant to be all-inclusive or definitive, but simply a gathering of some of the cool stuff that transpired. Enjoy!
1: Bill Murray Kicks SDCC15 Off in Style
Early on in the first day of the convention, the ageless wonder of Bill Murray lit the con up, making his first appearance ever at the annual mega-event. There to promote his upcoming film Rock the Kasbah, Murray wandered his way through the crowd to the stage and proceeded to hold what was reported as a “delightfully random” panel: he stayed in character (in the film, he plays a down-on-his-luck band manager) for the first few minutes before quipping his way through a Q&A session that saw him comment on the confederate flag and primadonna celebrities, among other topics. No definitive word on whether he was asked anything about the upcoming Ghostbusters film.
B: “Deadpool” Shines Brighter than a Chrome-Embossed Chimichanga
What many folks are referring to as THE high point of the convention, the Deadpool panel did feature a new trailer for the film that included several new bits of footage, all of it rather hilarious-looking. Ryan Reynolds and company were on hand for the panel, which featured Tim Miller tearing up when speaking about the character and the opportunity to make a “faithful” film. Check out this page for our very own Rush Urbalejo’s coverage of the panel – with a cool shaky-cam recording of the trailer in question! Click it before its gone, kiddos!
.Thirdly: The Walking Dead Season 6 Trailer Kills it
Few shows on TV right now inspire as much fan-passion as The Walking Dead, so fortunately the AMC powers-that-be decided to unleash an action-packed Season 6 preview on the San Diego crowd. Things look tense, people are fighting with both zombies and other people, and both fan favorites Rick and Daryl seem to be in very different but very tough spots. It’s safe to say that folks are excited for this show to return this Fall. Gosh, whatever will the fangirls do if Norman Reedus’ character dies?
.Fore: Batman Surprises: Batmobile Appearance, New “Superman vs. Batman” Footage, TMNT Crossover
In terms of sheer amount of new content being previewed across different projects, The Caped Crusader might very well be the biggest winner of all from this year’s convention. The panel and new footage from next year’s Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice looked pretty darn cool, but the Bat Scratch Fever didn’t stop there: before the panel even started, director Zack Snyder surprised many fans in line by rolling up in the heavily-armored, fat-tired, 7MPG (just a guesstimate there) Batmobile. Back in the world of the comic book (remember those, children?), it was announced that Batman will be crossing over with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles later this year. Which is awesome and waaay-overdue, as Batman has been involved with some of the craziest comic crossovers of all time, and I for one think it’s high time we get back to crossing over our comic book heroes. Spawn/Tick gets my immediate vote.
V: Bryan Cranston Delivers Epic Burn to Fan
Dudes and dudettes, just watch this video. While at an off-site panel for his new show “SuperMansion,” Cranston fielded a question from a fan about shooting “Breaking Bad” in Albuquerque, and… well, it’s just awesome. Behold:
Sex (tee-hee): Star Wars Goes Big
Everyone expected something HUGE to come about during the Star Wars panel – Kevin Smith even went so far as to throw down an standing bet of $10,000 that we’d get to see new footage from the movie – and I think JJ Abrams & Co. delivered, even if it wasn’t exactly in the way that most had imagined. The crowd got to see an amazingly-cool “behind the scenes” style video that shed new light on the upcoming film and its production without being “yet another upcoming movie releasing a new trailer at Comic Con” – AND the fine folks at Disney were kind enough to release the video on YouTube right after the panel ended so we didn’t all have to watch the shaky-cam versions appear online. Harrison Ford made his first public appearance following his plane-crash accident earlier this year, and he looked like he was back and ready to rock! Finally, Abrams invited all the fans to head over to a local park after the panel, where they were treated to a Star Wars concert and more appearances by the film’s stars.
And then: “Suicide Squad” Showed Everyone that It’ll be Good to be Bad
The popular opinion was that this was a crucial convention experience for DC Comics to show well at, especially on their film side, since they have many upcoming movies that will determine whether or not they can viably create a “cinematic universe” of their own. As the con is now wrapping up, the popular opinion is speaking, and it seems to be very positive for the company, with one of the biggest victories coming in how well the Suicide Squad panel and new footage played to the audience. NerdBasterd superdude Rush Urbalejo saw the panel and the footage live, and he talks all about it right here, so why don’t you do yourself a favor and click on it right meow! I’ll wait here until you return.
Ocho: Joss Whedon is an Original
Lest the true fan forget: before he got to steer the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the right direction by helming the two Avengers films and all the other cool junk he did with the comic company on screen, Joss Whedon is an amazing teller of highly original and highly captivating stories. If you don’t believe me, then I encourage you to go sample any of the characters and universes that he created: Buffy the Vampire Slayer… Dr. Horrible… Dollhouse… and of course, Firefly. In his panel, Whedon confirmed that he’s not only getting “back to his roots” of original creations with his new Dark Horse comic series “Twist,” but also that he’ll be helping to create new comic tales for both the Firefly and Buffy universes. These, my friends, will be items to put on your “Buy” list when they come out.
9: Biggest Superhero Selfie Ever?
Even though Marvel announced long ago that they essentially weren’t going to participate in this year’s san Diego Comic Con, that didn’t stop the folks at 20th Century Fox – cinematic “owners” of X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four – from heading over to the con to promote the heck out of the quintet of films on their upcoming slate: X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Deadpool, Fantastic Four (I refuse to pop the “4” in the middle of “Fantastic” like some dyslexic dodo), Wolverine, and Gambit. With much of the cast of all five movies on stage at the same time – joined by The Man Himself, Mr. Stan Lee – moderator Chris Hardwick seized the opportunity, gave Channing Tatum a selfie stick, and, well, the results speak for themselves.
Last but not Least: The King is Back, Baby!
Flying relatively under the radar, much like the original Evil Dead films did 30-some-odd years ago, Ash vs. Evil Dead, the new TV series from original creator/director Sam Raimi and legendary “everyman” star Bruce Campbell did drop the first trailer for the show at their panel, and horror fans around the globe lit up with excitement. The trailer effectively captures much of the excitement and wit of the “Evil Dead” film series, and with its premiere set for Halloween night this year, the Starz Channel likely will see a drastic uptick in its subscriber numbers before then.
That’s it, my Bastardly brethren – 10 talking points to hold us over until next year’s SDCC action! As I mentioned above, this list is not all-inclusive, so I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below: what did I miss? What was your favorite part of the coverage? Did you get to attend live or check everything out online? It’s your playground – let us hear you!