What We Loved (And Hated) At Comic Con 2014

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(PCM) Trust us, there was a lot to love at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, but with all major events there is bound to be a few things that left us a tad bit disappointed!

Here is our list, in no particular order of the things we loved the most:

1. Although we have to wait until 2015 for any new episodes, the Game Of Thrones casting news and video was surely a highlight of the weekend.

2. The surprise, unscheduled appearance from director Christopher Nolan and actor Matthew McConaughey to promote their upcoming film “Instellar”. Getting to see some more footage of this sure to be epic film was definitely an added treat.

3. During the press conference for his film “Kingsmen: The Secret Service” actor Samuel L. Jackson picked up a random reporters cellphone that had begun ringing by accident in the middle of the conference. Listening to Jackson have a hilarious phone conversation with the unknowing person on the other end of the line was priceless!  This man can do no wrong!

4. The abundance of TV trailers, clips, and pilots that were screened during this year’s convention was fantastic. We got our first looks at shows such as Constantine, Gotham, The Flash and more!  Epic trailers were revealed from both The Walking Dead, Arrow, and Sons Of Anarchy and attendees were left hungry for more!  The fall of this year, into early 2015 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for television!

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5. The amazing panels for both The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The ravenous Hall H crowd was overjoyed by both the footage show from both films, as well as, appearances by the talent. Both films are incredibly highly-anticipated and audiences are starving for any information they can get their hands on!

6. We scored an invite to the hottest party at Comic Con this year, which was A&E’s Bates Motel/Playboy party!  It was epic, so epic in fact that several celebrities looking to attend were turned away at the gate, due to fire marshals regulations not allowing anymore people to enter the venue. We had a blast enjoying the Bates Motel themed cocktails, noshing on food truck delicacies, and dancing our hearts out with cast members from Bates Motel, of course, as well as, Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, Grimm and so many more!  When it was time to relax, there were several comfy beds, set up to look like Bates Motel guest rooms, to chill out on!  It was very well-done!

7. Cosplay, Cosplay and more Cosplay!  Seeing everyone’s absolutely amazing costumes at this year’s SDCC was incredible. The sheer amount of time and effort that people put into creating some of these outfits is mind-blowing!  Be sure to check out our gallery coming soon!  Some of my favorites were whole families that got in on dressing up, it was great to see everyone so involved and getting into the Comic Con spirit together.

8. While it was absolutely heart-breaking, attending the final Hall H panel for the beloved FX series Sons Of Anarchy. It was not easy to watch series creator Kurt Sutter break-down and cry on stage, the amount of love and respect that this cast has for one another is incredibly inspiring and it was a beautiful moment to behold.

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Now on to some of what we hated at this year’s Comic Con (it’s not a very long list)

1. Lines, lines, and more lines!! It seems as if everywhere you turn there is another type of line that you have to wait in. There were so many that we often times had to give-up and move on to the next event or panel, as we would run the risk of being stuck endlessly waiting all day long. For some this may not be a problem, but for those of us on deadline, it became increasing frustrating throughout the course of the weekend.

2. We were definitely hoping for some news about Jurassic World, Doctor Strange, and The Fantastic Four. While there is still quite a bit of time for all of those titles to make their Comic Con appearances, we were holding out hope for a couple of answers, but alas none were given.

3. The very silly and completely non-relevant questions posed by fans during the Q&A portions of several of the panels. Also, as a side note, due to time constraints many of the fan Q&A sessions were cut down by quite a bit, leaving many fans disappointed.

4. Individuals bum-rushing the booths on the floor to get their hands on every exclusive possible, and purchasing multiples. There were times where I felt that I was getting completely mowed over just making an attempt to walk through the exhibition floor. It was a little bit scary.

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That’s about it for our complaints!  Again, we had an absolutely wonderful year at San Diego Comic Con 2014 and we absolutely can’t wait to be part of the Comic Con craziness again next year! Let the countdown begin!

 

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Creator Rob Liefeld Explains Leaked Deadpool Test Footage

Rob Liefeld's Deadpool

Rob Liefeld’s Deadpool

(PCM) It did not last long. In the course of hours, while many YouTube accounts re-broadcasted the Leaked Deadpool Test Footage from 2012 with Ryan Reynolds voicing Deadpool – it was all over. Gone, vanished. Fox put the kibosh on everyone. Well, everyone that didn’t download it like the leaked Deadpool movie script.

The footage was ideal. It was all CG, but it captured Deadpool accurately. It was R-rated, it was violent, it was irreverent and yes, Deadpool broke the fourth wall (when an actor or character addresses the audience). Watching Deadpool kill and make you laugh in the same breath is scarily Grand Theft Auto’ish. You feel guilty enjoying such mayhem.

Fox was quick to pull the leaked Deadpool test footage

Fox was quick to pull the leaked Deadpool test footage

The two minute short was first uploaded in grainy cam footage from Comic-Con 2014. Then it was up on Vimeo in full digital HD! Inside six hours it was all over. If you didn’t watch it quick. You have really missed out. Of course some smart and Internet savvy people downloaded before it vanished. Maybe you will find it bit torrented in weeks to come?

Wade plays with Crayons while waiting on baddies

Wade plays with Crayons while waiting on baddies

But as this all transpired the creator Rob Liefeld commented to keep it all in perspective.

“To ALL who have enjoyed seeing the DP footage, enjoy it for what it is. Test’s are done for films all the time and you have glimpsed process… But I hesitate to encourage your hopes on behalf of the fact that ALL Studios are run to the sound of their own particular drum… What would be more important to the bean counters at any studio are the spread sheets of the enormous Deadpool licensing Marvel generates… There is no doubt that a DP film would OPEN to an impressive number and be profitable. This is NOT Scott Pilgrim or Kick-Ass.

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Ryan Reynolds voices Leaked Deadpool Test Footage

“DP is One of Marvel’s TOP 3 popular characters of the last 20 years AND a prominent member of the X-MEN library-My 1 kernal of optimism… Is that DP will happen eventually, 5-6 years, and as frustrating as that sounds it would still be faster to screen that Spidey, X-Men and FF… Please just manage expectations, thats all I’m saying in regards to Deadpool. Nothing moves fast in Hollywood…. Except Divergent.”

Okay, let’s assume you never see the leaked Deadpool test footage shot in 2012. It’s impossible to spoil, here is a summary.

Deadpool is sitting on the ledge of an overpass outside New York City’s Manhattan skyline. References to the Hudson Parkway and the GW bridge are noticeable on green highway advisories. Deadpool immediately breaks the fourth wall introducing himself while occupying himself with crayons and rapping to Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl on his transistor radio. “Oh, hello there. I bet you’re wondering why red suit? Well, that’s so the bad guys can’t see me bleed.” Deadpool looks off camera and calls out as if trying to gain someone’s attention. “Hey!”  Deadpool turns back to the viewer, “Let’s hope these guys are wearing their brown pants.”

He drops 50 or so feet with Angle of the Morning  sung by Juice Newton accompanying his fall through the sunroof of some thugs in an SUV escorted by a motorcycle guard. He proceeds to kill all four inside while making jokes. They are Spanish in appearance so he begins in Spanish, then cuts to English, “There’s no easy way to say this.” Soap opera suspense music interjects, “I’m pregnant Trevor.”  The fighting begins.

Deadpool pops a seatbelt and shoves an assailant out the door. His leg is caught on the belt momentarily and forces his body back under the vehicle and is violently run over.

At one point a backseat thug presses his face into the seat cushion. “Rich…Corinthian leather…”

Using his ability to self heal, Deadpool purposely rolls the vehicle. The motorcycle guard takes notice of the wreck occurring.demonstrating superhuman agility by stopping and drawing his weapon with ease to machine gun the rolling SUV which quickly rolls towards him. In slomo the open sun roof exposes Deadpool casually holding up a crayon picture of himself cutting off a man on a motorcycle’s head complete with helmet. At this point the SUV is suspended in air over the guard and returns to normal speed. Deadpool slashes his head off and we cut to the SUV resting still with an open passenger window. The helmet rises up out of the window then suddenly shakes as it’s suspended from Deadpools fist.

Keep in mind, Liefeld saw this footage two years ago and he’s had to suffer longer than anyone knowing how good something is yet so far out of reach. The best you can really do is just keep reading the comic. It’s damn good, it’s strangely original. And it gently immerses you into the Marvel universe if you are a reluctant comic book reader.

Ryan Reynolds voices Leaked Deadpool Test Footage

Ryan Reynolds voices Leaked Deadpool Test Footage

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Leaked Deadpool Test Footage from Comic-Con gets official release!

(PCM) Why should everyone at Comic-con get all the fun? First the leaked Deadpool test footage was put up on YouTube with all its bad cam glory for anyone to enjoy.

But Marvel knew that if you can’t beat em’ join em’.

Here it is in full digital HD!

If you are a true Deadpool fan that you’ll forgive Marvel (actually Fox has rights) for getting Deadpool so wrong in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

From the test footage we can see it’s completely computer generated (CG), with Ryan Reynolds reprising the role from X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Prior to Wolverine’s release, Ryan swore he was meant for the part and really got “Deadpool”.  Here he proves it.

If you’ve played the Deadpool video game, you may be used to Nolan North’s voice. It seems Ryan may have even modeled some of his inflections and attitude based on North’s approach. That’s not true, you see the footage was shot in 2012, and the video game was released in 2013.

As for the segment, it too captures the essence of Deadpool in all his R rated glory.

Fans have been lamenting openly on the Internet for the past few years that Marvel and Hollywood would never have the guts to deliver Deadpool as he should be. R-rated.

Could it be that Hollywood producers finally had the guts to say, “R is the only way to do this character, so let’s do it right.”

Well, the producers of this short may think that way but ultimately it’s not been put into production because violence and humor at this level is too risky.

The question is now, will Deadpool be just as R-rated for the X-Force movie?

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Comic-Con Showcases Gal Gadot Wonder Woman

(PCM) There’s the print universe and there’s live action. Wow does live action do something illustrations can’t… Check out Wonder Woman!

DC’s Batman V Superman: “Dawn of Justice” has lead to questionable choices such as Ben Affleck portraying Batman, but there is no doubt Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is a winner.

Gal Godot in her Wonder Woman costume revealed at Comic Con 2014

Gal Godot in her Wonder Woman costume revealed at Comic Con 2014

Comic Con 2014 in San Diego California was bound to roll out many secrets to the Dawn of Justice film such as a leaked trailer with both Batman and Superman sharing screen time, but this Wonder Woman image trumps grainy footage (taken off YouTube as fast as users post it) by far.

What do you think? Will the addition of Wonder Woman, Aquaman and others muddy up the Dawn of Justice film or do you think DC will make a play to compete the quality of the Marvel film universe?

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