Warning: this post contains much squeeing
When M is old enough I aim to make a pilgrimage with her. That pilgrimage will take us to San Diego Comic Con, -the- geek calendar event of the year. It is the home of artists, actors, fans, cosplayers and first looks at the upcoming movie events of the next year. This year, I was excited for the trailers that could come out. Until recently, those who attended Comic Con were the privileged few, getting to see previews and trailers months in advance of the rest of us mere mortals. However, piracy has more and more found a way to ensure that those super secret nuggets get out to the masses. Understandably, movie companies, get very annoyed by this. Those previews are meant to be part of the Comic Con experience and they sure don't want everyone else's first look at the movies they've worked hard on to be crappy phone footage. This has made it more likely for companies to share their Comic Con footage after the event, to make sure the phonecams aren't speaking for their films and that the pirates don't get those crucial YouTube views.
Lucky for me though, it's meant that I didn't have to make my pilgrimage, or watch pirated footage to get the best out of this year's Comic Con.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Comic-Con Trailer
Warner Brothers were burned when they first previewed Batman v Superman. It was caught on phones and uploaded to YouTube. Millions of people saw it. It seems Warner Brothers learned, as this Comic Con, almost as soon as the Batman v Superman panel was over, Warner Brothers officially released the Comic Con trailer to the world. That was 5 days ago and it has amassed 31 million views since. Holy Dawning Justice, Batman! I am so grateful they did. The trailer was everything I had hoped for since the first official teaser was released in mid April. Superman was fantastically silent and god-like, still leaving me guessing. Is he going to be good? Is he going to be the Superman I've come to hate courtesy of the Injustice comic book series? It doesn't matter. He looked incredible hovering over people begging to be rescued; every inch the Man of Steel. And Batfleck! Yes, Ben Affleck has me convinced where at first I was a cynic. He looks like he's going to be a bloody brilliant Bruce Wayne and Batman. But what made this trailer for me, what actually made me well up and feel my soul, was the image of a deceased Robin's suit displayed in the Batcave.
"HAHAHA Joke's on you BATMAN". That image is my defining Joker moment. A Death in the Family. The death that haunted me, and still does. But now it's so much more. Earlier this year, a leaked image came out of Dick Grayson's gravestone. He was the first and most beloved Robin. Is it his suit? But, this suit is the result of Jason Todd's murder in the Death in the Family arc. But he was the second Robin. If it is his, what about Dick Grayson? And also, that suit is holding a weapon close to the one Time Drake uses. Surely they can't have skipped both Dick Grayson and Jason Todd? I don't have the answers, but I cannot wait to find out! Even better, it comes out just before my anniversary next year, so I know what that mini break is going to revolve around!
In case you haven't seen it yet, behold: Batman v Superman as shown at San Diego Comic Con 2015.
Suicide Squad - Comic-Con First Look
I was so cynical about Suicide Squad. My beloved comic book series. There have been a lot of pictures leaked thanks to a lot of outdoor filming. Everything was very colourful. Too colourful. Surely they weren't screwing up Task Force X? I had a feeling Warner Brothers would debut something at Comic Con as the movie is due August next year. I suspected it would be for attendees only and I was right. But of course, the footage leaked. It didn't leak quietly either. It had made such an impression that people were clamouring to see it. Was it really that good? I tried not to give in and watch the pirated footage, but Twitter was telling me that Jared Leto's Joker was to get excited about so I caved. Even the pirate footage made me very very excited. After that I was pretty much begging Warner Brothers to give in and share the footage in all its beautiful HD. And on Monday, that's exactly what happened. They were very angry about it, but they didn't want their movie spoiled by shaky hand cam. I now understand why all the leaked photos were so bright. It's filmed in the same muted tones as Nolan's Batman films, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, so for colours to show up the costumes have to be far brighter in real life than they end up being in the movie. It's like how in black and white movies everyone wore very heavy and contrasting makeup to ensure their expressions were visible on screen.
I now don't know what I'm more excited for, Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad. Task Force X look brilliant; their over the top comic visages have been muted and their personalities humanised. It looks like a lot of love has been give to get these characters right. I've even been won over by Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, which I was more worried about than Batfleck. But I think what surprised me the most was Jared Leto's Joker. I had been reserving judgement as I'd been very wrong about Heath Ledger, but as soon as he came on screen, as soon as I heard his voice, I started to smile. If the movie lives up to this trailer, it's going to be bloody amazing.
Again, in case you haven't seen it, here's the Comic Con trailer for Suicide Squad.
World of Warcraft
Word on the grapevine was that Blizzard would be debuting the Warcraft movie trailer at Comic Con. I was quite giddy and I should've known better. With Blizzcon in November, of course they weren't going to. That didn't stop me being disappointed. I've been needing to see my favourite universe represented on screen. They did release promotional posters and they are beautiful, but I really wanted to see if it was going to live up to my expectations. I feel sorry for Blizzard, in a way, there are so many of us with crazy high expectations and the feedback from those at Comic Con didn't seem wonderfully positive. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't brilliant. Maybe it wasn't the right crowd? But then the movie isn't just being made for people who've been playing Warcraft for years.
I guess I'm going to have to wait for Blizzcon, which is fine as they sell digital passes to live stream the whole thing. Eventually the footage did leak, but it wasn't really a trailer and the quality was awful, so I wasn't really interested in seeing it after about 30 seconds.
What I was happy to see, however, and more in the spirit of it being a comic convention, was the announcement of their Chronicles series. They are going to be volumes of work collecting all the lore in Warcraft's history. There is so much and I'm the first to say that I don't know most of it. If it's Blood Elf, I know it like the back of my hand. If it's Scourge, I know it too. If it's anything else I'm mostly confused to be honest, so this is definitely something I'll be picking up. Plus Chris Metzen is just so great at making me want to throw my money at Blizzard.
Here he is speaking about it in his own words. Take my money, Chris!
This is probably the Comic Con I've paid most attention to. I will admit to checking Twitter way too often for news, particularly on the Saturday. But you know what? I'm happy about that, as it's been a long time since I got so excited about something just from a trailer. They do have a lot to live up to contend with though. Not much is going to top Mad Max: Fury Road after all. Sincerely though, I hope Warner Brothers and Blizzard manage to, because those would be movies worth watching.
Comic Con, away!