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.”
During the “X-Men: Days of Future Past” panel, Hugh Jackman talked about how he walked around Comic-Con in his Wolverine outfit only to get criticized by fans. “I got dressed up in my full Wolverine costume. Not one person stopped me,” Jackman said. “One guy goes, ‘Eh, not bad.' And another one said, ‘Whoa. Way too tall, buddy.'”
Expect “True Blood” to get bloody better this season. Said newly appointed showrunner Brian Buckner during his panel: “I feel like this show is ultimately about the relationship between vampires and humans and it's about this town. I want to bring it in a little bit. I feel like at times we've hurt ourselves,” he said. “My goal is to get all these people living under the umbrella of one story and one threat ... and make it about this small town we've all come to know and love.”
“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage isn't thinking about what is going to happen to his character in the future. “In four or five years when this is all over, I think that I will go back and read all of the books and reflect upon it. I don't want to know what is coming. I want to know what has happened. But I don't want to know what is coming, so I stray from reading too far into the future.”