Is it just us, or did the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego (SDCC) seem a little tame compared to the previous years?
While Hall H – the room reserved for the biggest events and panels of Comic-Con – still served up some exciting news and exclusive footage, there was nothing that was particularly earth-shattering in the vein of the Batman/Superman reveal from 2014.
Part of it could be due to the absence of Disney – and most crucially, Star Wars – from the panels this year, the latter having already revealed most of its biggest news in Star Wars Celebration Europe recently.
Fortunately, the lack of major revelations doesn’t mean nothing was happening at Comic-Con.
On the contrary, there was still plenty of geeky goodness for us to savour, including the Star Trek 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Aliens 30th anniversary panel, new teasers for Game Of Thrones, The Walking Dead and a whole lot more.
And we haven’t even got to the comic book stuff yet.
To cover all that would take a more than one page, so instead, here are the eight biggest news and reveals from Comic-Con that really got our geeky little hearts pounding.
1) What a Wonder
Did we say there were no earth-shattering news this year? We take that back. The Warner Bros’ (WB) Hall H panel did have quite a few of those, and one of them was, quite frankly, pretty wondrous.
Ever since Wonder Woman made her debut as one of the few bright lights of the otherwise dour Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (BVS), fans have been hankering for more footage of her 2017 solo film, and WB didn’t disappoint. There is only one word to describe the new trailer they unveiled at Hall H: Wow.
Featuring scenes of Gal Gadot’s Amazonian Princess in full flight (we can’t wait to see that Lasso Of Truth in battle), it’s looking increasingly likely that Wonder Woman could very well be the fledgling DC Expanded Universe’s (DCEU) first great movie (sorry, BVS), though Suicide Squad might beat it to the, er, punch.
2) The true dawn of Justice
Speaking of the DCEU, the big one, of course, will be next year’s Justice League, which will bring together some of the DC universe’s biggest names. WB debut footage from the Zack Snyder-directed movie in Hall H, and it features Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne meeting Jason Momoa’s Arthur Curry, Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen, and Ray Fisher’s Victor Stone to get them to join his little club, which also includes Gadot’s Diana Prince.
In comic book speak, that’s Batman recruiting Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg to join the Justice League formed by him and Wonder Woman. If you don’t understand how awesome that sentence was, you’re probably not geeky enough.
From this first footage (it’s not exactly a trailer), it looks like Snyder has learnt his lesson from BVS, and made Justice League a little less darker, and even funnier (we like Miller’s Flash already). Heck, even Batman cracks a joke.
3) Marvel brings the mystic
Compared to WB, Marvel’s Hall H presentation seemed rather tame, but it still brought some exciting news about the upcoming 2017 Marvel Cinematic Universe films, including Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (GOTG2), Thor: Ragnarok, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
There was also the announcement that Sylvester Stallone will be in GOTG2, and that Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, in 2019’s solo Captain Marvel film.
The one that has us buzzing, however, was the new trailer for this November’s Doctor Strange, which gave us a lot more footage of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sorceror Supreme learning about magic, and trippy Inception-like reality bending scenes.
With Scarlet Witch already firmly established, the expansion of the mystical realm within the MCU could be a game-changer, and lead to the introduction of the Marvel multiverse.
4) Marvel rocks TV
While Marvel Studios was content with not showing much footage, its TV arm was busy making fans excited with footage and news from the latest Marvel/Netflix shows (Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders), which are arguably the most hardcore and gritty superhero shows currently in production (sorry, Arrow), and gives us a grittier and more grounded look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Meanwhile, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which introduced the Inhumans into the MCU in a big way last season, will be featuring another familiar name for its fourth season – Ghost Rider!
But wait, this isn’t the Ghost Rider you may be familiar with (the Johnny Blaze one that Nicolas Cage played in two rather disappointing movies); the newest incarnation of Ghost Rider – Robbie Reyes, drives a muscle car instead of a motorcycle!
5) Done in a Flash
Not to be outdone, DC’s TV shows (Arrow, Supergirl, Gotham) were also full of surprises. The biggest one will be The Flash’s Season Three which will see a “Flashpoint” event that alters the entire timeline after Barry goes back in time to save his mother.
The biggest reveal? Barry won’t even be the Flash when he gets back. Instead, Wally West is!
6) All hail the American Gods
Bored with superheroes? How about some Neil Gaiman-related news then?
The adaptation of the rockstar writer’s best-selling American Gods novel showcased its first trailer at Comic Con, and it will definitely give fans goosebumps. And as if the show couldn’t get any geekier, it’s even got Gillian Anderson in a Marilyn Monroe getup as one of the new “American gods”, Media!
7) Gotta catch ‘em all!
No, this is not about Pokemon, but the upcoming Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them film which debut a brand new trailer at Comic-Con. The trailer reveals a lot more about the movie’s plot, which features Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arriving in New York with a briefcase full of magical creatures that, unfortunately, escape, and wreaks havoc on the Muggle World.
8) Bring the Brick Bats
The standout character of 2014’s The LEGO Movie now has his own movie, The LEGO Batman Movie. He now has a son he “accidentally” adopted – Dick Grayson, aka Robin! GASP!
Judging from this trailer, if you can only watch one Batman movie next year, watch this one.