By Ryan J. Downey
If you weren’t able to keep up on all of the information we threw at you from San Diego Comic-Con, don’t worry. We’ve corralled our five favorite big reveals from the worlds of movies (and some television). It’s like you were here with us at the show! Take a look:
5. “Game of Thrones”
“Game of Thrones” hasn’t started filming season two yet, but there were a few juicy revelations of the non-footage variety as the cast made their first ever Comic-Con appearance in front of 4,000 people (with 2,000 more trying to get in), even with direct competition from “Prometheus”!
At the “Game of Thrones” panel, which was moderated by George R.R. Martin himself, it was revealed that season two will stay loyal to the books, whereas season three (if they make it there) will start to deviate. They were careful not to spoil anything (referring to one event from the books as “R.W.”) but offered up a great deal of excitement about executing more of the books’ moments.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke, plus producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, were all on hand and said that the season-one DVD will contain first-time auditions from all the actors before they were officially cast.
4. “Beavis & Butthead”
Maybe we’re biased (being MTV and all), but getting a look at the newly resurrected “Beavis & Butthead” cartoon was certainly a highlight for the MTV News team. This writer in particular has “Beavis and Butthead” action figures in his office, a well-worn Beavis keychain and fond memories of commentary about music videos from the likes of Pearl Jam, Morbid Angel (“Bow to me faithfully!”) and Death from the original run of the series, to say nothing of all of the classic story lines.
Mike Judge came by to dish some details on the new incarnation of the undeniably classic show, which for the uninitiated centers around two teenage ne’er-do-wells with a love for heavy metal and nachos, a disdain for education and pop culture, and a sophistication about their critical analysis somewhere beneath their obvious stupidity. As David Letterman once said, what’s great about them is that you can always rely on these characters to do the stupidest thing possible in any situation.
With the show’s video segments shifting to include clips of general television programming, the brand-new footage proves that nothing (including MTV!) is safe from Beavis & Butthead, with “Teen Mom” and “Jersey Shore” amongst the current crop of pop-culture phenomena to be eviscerated by the pair and their distinctive laughter. And we wouldn’t have it any other way!
3. Tintin – Spielberg’s Surprise
Stephen Spielberg is a legend in all pop culture and film circles and he’s made some particularly Comic-Con-centric fare. But 2011 marked his first appearance in front of the costumed throngs in San Diego, where he was on hand to promote “Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.”
For the motion-capture flick, which arrives in December, Spielberg teamed up with Peter Jackson, who made an unannounced surprise appearance at the “Tintin” panel. Spielberg is directing, Jackson is producing, and the dream team enthusiastically talked up the flick with longtime Jackson collaborator Andy Serkis.
The footage on display showed just how far motion-capture technology has come since “The Polar Express,” which was one of the references name-checked when the guys spoke to MTV News. Tintin is the start character of the movie, of course, but there’s quite an entourage supporting him.
“[Comic creator] Hergé created a group of very eccentric characters,” Jackson explained.
2. “The Immortals” Hall H Footage
San Diego Comic-Con Hall H attendees were given strict instructions to avoid grilling Henry Cavill about “Superman” during the “The Immortals” panel (well, they were told to avoid asking about anything other than the forthcoming epic gods-vs.-titans 3-D movie and we knew what they meant), but the film’s cast and producers came prepared with plenty for people to talk about instead.
Cavill, Kellan Lutz (who folks may have wanted to question on some other franchise too …), Stephen Dorff, Frieda Pinto, Luke Evans and director Tarsem Singh were among those on hand to answer questions and unveil some footage from “Immortals,” which included Evans (as Zeus) kicking a ton of butt in a savage fight scene and gave a glimpse at a visual style that Hitfix said “looks like a painting.”
Mickey Rourke, who plays King Hyperion, skipped the panel, but the rest of the folks were quite talkative about the film and their respective characters. Lutz referred to his Poseidon as the “god of wetness.” Did we mention that Zeus cuts somebody in half during that footage we saw? Mind-blowing.
1. “Prometheus” Footage
A new movie from Ridley Scott is reason enough to get fanboys salivating, right? So even if you weren’t at Comic-Con, you can probably imagine how footage of Charlize Theron doing pushups naked (!) in Scott’s “Prometheus” went over when it was broadcast to the people in Hall H.
Damon Lindelof moderated the “Prometheus” panel and told a hilarious story about nearly crashing his car when he heard that Scott wanted to get his thoughts on a script for the “Alien” prequel. Scott wasn’t in attendance at Comic-Con but spoke via satellite from the film’s set in Iceland, alongside Noomi Rapace, who the director cast after seeing her in “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
The Comic-Con montage opened with clips from several of the director’s greatest hits before transitioning into new footage, including the aforementioned Theron stuff, Michael Fassbender crying a single android tear and somebody getting set ablaze with a flamethrower. Theron told the crowd how the postponement of “Mad Max” allowed her to join the production. “For all actors, there’s that one Big One, the one you really want to work with, and for me, it was Ridley Scott,” she said.