SAN DIEGO — Thousands of comic book and pop culture fans descended on the San Diego Convention Center for the 44th annual Comic-Con, the annual four-day confab of anime, science fiction, fantasy and “cosplay” culture.
Hollywood got into the superhero spirit, too, showing brand-new film trailers and trotting out the casts for upcoming movies and fan-favorite television series, resulting in packed celebrity panels, autographs and press rooms.
Previews for films such as “RoboCop,” “Enders Game,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Divergent,” “The Wolverine” and “Godzilla” were featured, along with a plethora of TV shows, including “Under the Dome,” “The Walking Dead” “Wilfred,” “Dexter” and “The Following.”
The Comic-Con scene at night featured parties including the Playboy-sponsored “Kick Ass 2.”
Attendees learned fun tidbits during the panels:
The audience was shocked when Andrew Garfield admitted the extent of his love for “The Avengers” franchise. “I'd love to see (Spider-Man) with The Avengers,” said Garfield, during the Sony Pictures panel discussion of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” “Wouldn't that just be awesome? Just saying.”
“Breaking Bad's” Bryan Cranston was enthusiastic about his next film, “Godzilla.” “Godzilla was always my favorite monster when I was young, because he was unapologetic,” he said. “I want to see destruction. I'm a boy.”
Terry Crews (“The Expendables”) has replaced Mr. T as the voice of Earl in “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2” When asked how he felt about that, Crews said: “The way I look at it, you got your George Clooney Batman, you got your Val Kilmer Batman; I'm gonna do my Terry Crews Earl.”