Well, its another day at the San Diego Comic-Con, and news is kind of slow here. Nothing earth-shattering along the lines of The Sandman announcement yesterday has broken yet. The majority of the day has been about your favorite TV shows returning this fall. So let’s go with….
–As I’ve been saying in these last two posts about Comic-Con, there is a lot of TV show panels today, among them for returning favorites like Game of Thrones, who announced a lot of additions to their third season; Community, who were reassuring us the recent change in showrunners won’t wreck the show (fingers crossed there!); Breaking Bad, whose panel I regret not being able to see, if only for the image of Walter & Jesse in hazmat suits and Hank in drag; and Bones, whose panel, by NerdLush hostess Elizabeth Ann’s admission, gave fans some wonderful images burned into their brain courtesy of star David Boreanaz.
–On another end, Comic-Con dropped some big teaser trailers along with their panels for The Walking Dead’s new season and the final season of Spartacus. Just watched them and I gotta say, they’re “bloody good”! Wakka wakka! (cue groans)
–This one is brief, but important to note: besides some new footage from Resident Evil 6, The Last of Us (from Uncharted creators Naughty Dog Studios), and Beyond: Two Souls (from the creator of Heavy Rain and starring Ellen Page), there was also a date set for the Gears of War prequel/who-cares-what-it-is-as-long-as-I-get-to-cut-people-in-half-with-a-chainsaw-machinegun game Judgment. Get ready for more ‘roided out grittiness come March 19.
–The big thing going on tonight as this is being typed up is the Eisner Awards, which celebrates the best in comics today. A list of the nominees can be found here, and there are some really good books from the big companies and indies in the running.
–Joss Whedon was a busy bee today. Yes he’s now made one of the biggest grossing movies of all time, but he took time to pay tribute to his past as well. First, there was the Firefly reunion with Whedon and most of the cast, and then he appeared at a Dark Horse comics panel talking about the expanding Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics-verse, with a few miniseries in the making, starring Willow and Spike among others. But some non-Buffy related news caught my attention: his under-the-radar small film Much Ado About Nothing is finished, and being shopped around to film festivals. And, (take a deep breath), and this depends how serious the source is (remember, Joss Whedon once joked about following up Avengers with a jai alai version of Air Bud), a follow-up to Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog! Considering how busy the actors who were in the first one are these days, don’t expect that for a while.
–Nothing too big on this front, except the announcement of the newest Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost joint, The World’s End. Being a huge fan of Spaced, Hot Fuzz, and Shaun of the Dead, I’m expecting big from this. Also, some big sci-fi movies had some panels, like Total Recall (sigh), Looper (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as each other), and Elysium (director Neill Blomkamp’s long-awaited follow-up to District 9). From what I’m hearing, two of them are actually good. Guess which two. Go on, guess.
Tomorrow brings panels all over the place, which I’m sure will make my job a lot harder (its work getting the cream of the crop in Comic-Con news you know). So, until then…