Movie Magic and Mayhem Take Center Stage at Comic-Con
Hollywood Studios Thrill Crowds with Previews and Exclusives
Hollywood once again moves to Comic-Con for the weekend, and
with the blockbuster results fans have come to expect from the show.
This year marked the inaugural session of the new 6,500-seat auditorium,
Hall H, and even with the additional seating programs were jam-packed
with attendees eager to hear more about their favorite projects and
Cillian Murphy (The Scarecrow), from the new Warner Bros. film, Batman Begins
Warner Bros. kicked off the comics-to-film presentations by
offering the first convention discussion about the upcoming Batman
Begins, starring Christian Bale. Comics author and
Batman Begins screenwriter, David S. Goyer, was joined
by actor Cillian Murphy, who's playing the Scarecrow in this
latest installment of the Batman franchise. Super cool Batman Begins
pins were also handed out to Comic-Con attendees during the weekend.
Keanu Reeves, star of Constantine based on the VERTIGO comic, Hellblazer
Another Warner release generating intense heat was Constantine,
based on the VERTIGO comics series Hellblazer. Stars Keanu
Reeves and Djimon Hounsu and with director Francis Lawrence
were on hand to tackle questions from fans. The audience was also
treated to the world premiere of an 18-minute reel featuring scenes
from the 2005 release.
Comics creators also made their way into the grand hall to discuss
their latest film projects. Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
spoke about MirrorMask, the live-action/CG animated
film from the Jim Henson Company that Gaiman wrote and McKean directed.
MirrorMask follows the story of Helena, a 15-year-old girl
who goes on a fantastic journey filled with magic and illusion. Similarly,
writer/artist Frank Miller was on hand with co-director Robert
Rodriguez to preview exclusive scenes from the eagerly anticipated
Sin City movie. The duo brought actors Rosario Dawson,
Jamie King, and Jessica Alba, and for those who saw the presentation,
Sin City's 2005 release date can't come soon enough.
Jamie King, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba were on-hand to promote the eagerly awaited Sin City
Stars Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds were on-hand
to discuss Blade: Trinity
From New Line Home Video, actors David Wenham (Faramir) and Billy
Boyd (Peregrin 'Pippin' Took), along with producer Rick Porras, offered a first
look at The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Special
Extended DVD Edition. Then from New Line Cinema, actors
John Cho and Kal Penn got on stage for their film, Harold
& Kumar Go To White Castle. Later, director David S. Goyer
and actors Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds wowed the
crowd with a presentation on Blade: Trinity.
Stars Jude Law and Bai Ling of Sky Captain
and the World of Tomorrow
Paramount Pictures stunned attendees outside the Convention
Center when they inflated two giant robots for the release of Sky
Captain and the World of Tomorrow. And if that wasn't enough,
inside Hall H the studio brought actors Jude Law, Bai Ling, Giovanni
Ribisi, producer Jon Avnet and director Kerry Conran
to answer questions and show clips. Then on a more humorous twist,
Paramount later brought down South Park creators Trey Parker
and Matt Stone for a preview of their new film Team America,
which uses puppets ala Thunderbirds for the main cast to skewer
all things political.
Three of the new Fantastic Four. At left, Ioan Gruffudd (Reed
Richards) and Jessica Alba (Sue Storm) share some behind the scenes
moments with fans. At right, Emmy award winning actor, Michael Chiklis
(Ben Grimm), 'toys around' with his alter-ego (The Thing).
This summer also marked the release of some long-awaited sequels,
and 20th Century Fox didn't disappoint fans. They brought stars
Sanaa Lathan and Lance Henriksen of Alien vs.
Predator as well as creature effects supervisors Alex Gillis
and Tom Woodruff Jr. The studio upped the ante with a special
clip reel for Elektra, introduced by the film's star,
Jennifer Garner. And just when fans couldn't ask for more,
Fox chose Comic-Con to introduce three of the four stars from the
eagerly awaited Fantastic Four movie: Michael Chiklis
(Ben Grimm), Jessica Alba (Sue Storm), and Ioan Gruffudd
(Reed Richards). Director Tim Story was also on hand to answer
Jennifer Garner, star of Elektra, introduced a sneak peek of the film
Surprise appearances are a mainstay at Comic-Con. For example...
Rick McCallum, producer (left) and Hayden Christensen, Anakin Skywalker (right),
from Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Some of these appearances were last-minute surprises. While fans were
quick to post reviews on the Internet, nothing can take the place
of being an attendee and seeing those stars and creative forces first
hand. So plan accordingly for 2005; you might not know until the weekend
who's going to be there, but trust us, you won't be disappointed.
Creator Joss Whedon and the cast of the film
based on his Firefly TV series
Other Movie Moments at Comic-Con 2004:
- Con favorite Joss Whedon brought the nine-member cast
of Serenity, his movie based on his cult-favorite
TV series Firefly.
- Director Mick Garris and star Jonathan Jackson
talked about the new Stephen King adaptation Riding the
- Screen Gems showed scenes from Resident Evil: Apocalypse.
- Rob Zombie previewed his new movie The Devil's
- Lions Gate Entertainment offered a sneak peek at Open
Water, their summer hit about two people stranded in shark-infested
- Director Richard Kelly talked about the re-release of
cult hit Donnie Darko.
- Actors Jennifer Tilly and Billy Boyd spoke about
Seed of Chucky.
- Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg and
Edgar Wright chatted up their horror/comedy.
- Disney/Pixar gave an exclusive look at The Incredibles
with director Brad Bird, and the fan response predicted
what came true: Another huge hit!
Sarah Michelle Gellar made her first Comic-Con appearance promoting her
film The Grudge
Paramount Pictures placed two gigantic robots outside the Convention Center
at Comic-Con 2004 to promote Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Djimon Hounsou (Midnite) gave fans a glimpse of Constantine
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean introduced MirrorMask
Jessica Alba introduced not one, but two films, to Comic-Con fans, Fantastic
Four and Sin City
South Park creators Matt Stone (pictured) and Trey Parker gave
audiences a sneak peak at their newest wacky creation Team America
Actors Billy Boyd (Peregrin 'Pippin' Took, above) and David Wenham (Faramir,
below) offered a first look at The Lord of the Rings: The Return of
the King Special Extended DVD Edition
Actors John Cho and Kal Penn got on stage for their film, Harold &
Kumar Go To White Castle
Stars Lance Hendricksen and Sanaa Lathan gave fans a behind-the-scenes
peek of the eagerly awaited Alien vs. Predator
Seed of Chucky star Jennifer Tilly introduced this newest addition
to the Child's Play saga
Open Water stars Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis shared their
experiences of filming in open waters with live sharks
Jonathon Jackson discussed his work as star of the film adaptation of
Stephen King's Riding the Bullet