SAN DIEGO — The Sony panel in Hall H on Friday (July 19) ran the gamut of your typical Comic-Con genres. It started with animation before moving to YA adaptation, a sci-fi action flick, and a superhero movie. Check out the highlights!
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″
Photos of Spider-Man and Electro have covered San Diego for the past few days, amping up buzz around the sequel, and once the cast took the stage, the excitement was nearly electric. But there were a few people missing: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx.
As a stand-in for Garfield, the crowd was treated to a very special consolation prize: Spider-Man himself. The wall-crawler snuck into the hall at the last minute and sounded surprisingly like Garfield. Spider-Man then took a seat at the head table and awaited the others. Emma Stone couldn’t make it due to her filming schedule, which has her out of the country, but she sent a video message. “She’s hot,” Spider-Man said.
Jamie Foxx then walked out to Kanye West’s “Power,” and Spider-Man was slightly star struck. “I love Django,” he said.
An extended sizzle reel gave the fans a first look at mostly unfinished footage, including a look at the origin of Electro, who falls into a vat of electric eels. The reboot’s humor was once again present with a lot of focus still on the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. The crowd also got its first look at a sickly Norman Osborn, as played by Chris Cooper, as well as Paul Giamatti as a comical Rhino. It wrapped up with an Electro attack on Times Square, where the power was literally ripped from the billboards.
During the Q&A, the first question addressed Garfield’s recent comments about his character’s sexuality, and the actor stood by his insistence that Peter could be gay, even if he didn’t think it was possible for this iteration of “Spider-Man.”
Another fan asked Garfield which comic book storylines he’d like to see on screen. “I’d like to see him with the Avengers,” Garfield said to rapturous applause. “Just saying.”
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
In a year packed with YA adaptations at Comic-Con, “The Mortal Instruments” needed a big showing to make an impact in Hall H, and it was anything but mundane.
Director Harald Zwart, Godfrey Gao, Kevin Zegers, Robert Sheehan, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lilly Collins and author Cassandra Clare all took the stage to many, many cheers from the fans in the audience in the enormous room. The panel began with Collins and Bower talking about their characters. Collins spoke about how she was a fan of the books before ever signing on, and Bower called Jace “an arrogant bastard.” “I played him as a sassy bitch,” he added.
Another member of the panel talked about her role, but it wasn’t the one you might expect. Clare got to cameo in the film as a demon at Magnus Bane’s party, wearing metal cat ears. The ears were harder to remove than expected, and they resulted in an interesting trip through airport security.
A never-before-seen clip played after the first round of questions, and it was intense to say the least. The clip comes from the part of the movie right after Collins’ Clary first meets Jace. Clary’s mom, play by Lena Headey from “Game of Thrones,” gets attacked in her home while trying to warn her daughter not to come home. Unfortunately, she doesn’t follow directions and comes face-to-face with a Rottweiler demon that grew tentacles as he attacked Clary.
Until the room went dark in Hall H, the world had officially seen nothing from Jose Padilha’s “RoboCop,” but we were immediately thrown into a dark future. Samuel L. Jackson played a TV personality pushing for the usage of robot soldiers in American streets, accusing his opponents of being “robophobic.” The first clip was surprisingly political, as we’re dropped in the robot-patrolled streets of Tehran, where an insurgent attack soon breaks out and results in the death of a child.
The cast, led by Joel Kinnaman, took the stage right after to talk about how this version of “RoboCop” differs from the ’80s classic. To start, Kinnaman said that his character does not die in the beginning, but he’s amputated from the neck down.
The crowd was then treated to an exclusive look at a trailer for “RoboCop.” The preview opened with a look at Kinnaman’s character before his car exploded, leading to his change to his robotic alter ego. Early designs from Michael Keaton’s character mirrored the original Peter Weller version. Kinnaman then steps out decked in a sleeker black suit. From there, action took over as Officer Alex Murphy struggles with his remaining humanity. The action felt old school, while staying firmly set in the near future. Fans of the original films should be happy with the usage of practical effects.