By Ryan J. Downey
Face front, True Believers! Unable to attend San Diego Comic-Con this year? We've got you covered. What follows is a list of our five favorite things that were revealed at this year's event.
We posted an extra long look at the Season 1 premiere of the brand new "ThunderCats" series and Comic-Con attendees were treated to the first showing of the entire thing!
The reboot of the popular '80s series about the adventures of a group of catlike heroes led by Lion-O will begin airing half-hour-long episodes following next week's televised premiere of the hour-long special, which was shown in advance in San Diego. If more studios and creative types get into the spirit of showing entire programs like "ThunderCats" and "Batman: Year One" at Comic-Con, we certainly won't complain about it. Joss Whedon, Chris Nolan ... we're talking to you!
Nicolas Cage has promised a much darker take on Marvel's motorcycle-riding, flaming-skull-sporting, hellfire-equipped antihero, and the footage we saw from "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" at Comic-Con certainly appeared to back that up. "Ghost Rider" was an origin story lambasted by film critics but the reboot-ish sequel (set for February 2012) promises to take Johnny Blaze to new places.
Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the director/ screenwriter/ camera operator team behind "Crank" and "Crank: High Voltage," are running the show this time, based on a story by David S. Goyer ("The Dark Knight") and television-writers-turned-screenwriters Scott Gimple and Seth Hoffman. Cage has said this take on Blaze is filled with more sarcasm and alcohol. Also of note is that Cage is actually shooting the scenes as Ghost Rider himself vs. relying on stuntmen and CGI like last time.
Slash Film declared that "Spirit of Vengeance" "may not suck" following the footage shown at Hall H at Comic-Con. "I'm happy to report that the ["Crank"] duo have successfully brought their special brand of crazy energy to the film," Devindra Hardawar wrote. "So much so that I can't wait to see the finished product."
Earlier this month we posted the trailer for DC's animated adaptation of Frank Miller's classic "Batman: Year One" story but at San Diego Comic-Con the film's producers unleashed the entire darn thing!
As the title suggests, "Year One" follows the exploits of the Caped Crusader during his first year wearing the cowl. Supporting characters like Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" next year) and future police commissioner Gordon are depicted in their early variations as well. Like Miller's early '80s futuristic masterpiece "The Dark Knight Returns" (which centered on an aging Batman), "Batman: Year One" set the stage for the darker take on the costumed vigilante that we've seen more or less ever since in comics and onscreen.
Benjamin McKenzie ("The O.C.") voices Bruce Wayne/ Batman in the animated movie, which received a raucous response from Comic-Con attendees. Buffy-verse alum Eliza Dushku dropped by MTV News' San Diego HQ to tell us about her role as Catwoman. "Batman: Year One" also stars Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") as Jim Gordon and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica") as Sarah Essen. The non-Comic-Con public will be able to watch it starting October 18 when it's made available on Blu-ray, DVD and on-demand.
"The Walking Dead" has been a strong presence at Comic-Con for a while now and this year was no exception. We're not talking about cos-playing zombies or overly exhausted journalists, of course, but rather the AMC drama based on Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard's comic books.
It still makes us giddy to think about the mere fact that there's a television series based on a post-zombie apocalypse-centered comic book on the airwaves. Crazier still is that the show is a success with the general public beyond the boundaries of us Splash Page types. And it's great to boot!
We debuted an exclusive photo from October's Season 2 right here on Splash Page. Series regulars including Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies and Andrew Lincoln traveled to Hall H (and came to talk to MTV News at our Comic-Con HQ as well!) to field fan questions and debut the brand new trailer for Season 2, which is now available online, as well. It's nearly five minutes of frantic feeling, shotguns, climbing and crawling zombies and much more.
OK, yes, we realize that the trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man" leaked online shortly before Comic-Con, but this year's geek festivities in San Diego were the occasion for the trailer's official release. Andrew Garfield has paid his respects to the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy and talked openly to MTV at the Con about his appreciation for the look of the "Ultimates" version of Spider-Man, as well.
But other than those photos of him in costume and the like, this trailer offered the first real look at what the tone and style of this version of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will be all about. We get a lot of family moments and backstory, Peter Parker talking with Gwen Stacy, a few glimpses at Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Conners, who astute Marvel Universe fans know will become the Lizard.
We get to see Peter Parker doing some wall crawling inside a subway car (awesome!). We see him sewing up the costume for the first time. Best of all, we get these amazing (pun intended) POV shots as Spider-Man leaps across rooftops and does his patented web-swinging around New York City.