As June comes to an end, it means there are officially 20 days until the annual pop culture megafest known as Comic-Con. The entire HitFix team will be trekking down to San Diego once more, but we won't be the only ones. Probably one of the most intensely covered events in the United States, this year's Comic-Con International is expected to be more television focused, feature the dramatic return of the "Twilight" trio, the world premiere of "Cowboys & Aliens" and, as always, many surprises Hollywood's studios and networks are keeping as close to the vest as possible. With that in mind, here's a rundown of what some of us at HitFix are looking forward to as well as some of our counterparts across the world wide web.
I'm personally looking forward to seeing what surprises the networks and studios are keeping close to the vest. Many say they aren't coming or doing anything significant, but we've heard that story before. Dan Fienberg is curious just how empty Hall H is for "Sons of Anarchy" on Sunday (meanwhile "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood" are still inexplicably relegated to the smaller Ballroom 20).
Ryan Fujitani and Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes say, "So much to do, so little time. I want to get into the Cowboys & Aliens premiere. I want to hear fans thoughts on DCs Flashpoint initiative. I'm also going to go to the Marvel booth to demand to know why my MDCU subscription isn't available on the iPad comics apps."
The Screen Rant team had big hopes for Comic-Con 2011 - hopes that were a bit dashed when we learned that some big comic book films like The Avengers wouldn't be getting major presentations this year. We have our fingers crossed that Zack Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel" will have some kind of presence at the convention, but failing that, we're eager to see if "The Amazing Spider-Man" is truly a worthy reboot of the franchise.
Don Kaye from MSN's Parallel Universe says, "I'm looking forward to the big Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel presen -- oh, wait, those aren't happening. OK, then I'm really psyched for the Avengers panel in Hall H and -- er, I guess they're not showing up either. You know what? I'm just looking forward to being surprised by something -- like I am every year."
Ed Douglas of Coming Soon says, "As much as I want to see footage and hopefully hear announcements about future superhero movies, Comic-Con is one of the best socializing and networking places for people who want to write about movies or genre-fare, and more than anything, I'm looking forward to spending time with people I don't normally get to see year-round." The sentient robots and/or brain-in-a-vat that is io9 communicates, "The whole io9 staff will be in San Diego, covering the big new movies and TV shows, along with astonishing art, dazzling cosplay, and mindbending books. Check out the reviews, interviews, and previews on io9's Comic-Con 2011 page."
Jordan Hoffman of UGO wonders, "what exactly does a studio mean when they say they'll have a presence, but not a panel, at Comic-Con? I wanna see how The Avengers pulls this off, and I also wanna see Tarsem Singh dazzle the crowd with his comedy act during the Immortals panel. And I sure as hell hope I get in that elevator of two dozen women dressed like Power Girl like I did last year. . . or was that a dream?"
Josh Wigler of MTV Movies Blog states, Three words: Game of Thrones. Next season is based on "Clash of Kings," and with it comes more betrayals, more boobs and more blood. Very psyched for any and all new footage (Blackwater!) and casting announcements (Melisandre!) that HBO's bringing to Comic-Con this year.
Brooke Tarnoff and Breanne L. Heldman, Hit-Girls/Senior Editors of MTV's NextMovie.com, are heading to San Diego for cowboys, aliens and Cowboys & Aliens. In addition to catching Favreau's sneak preview, the ladies are most psyched to experience the record-setting decibel levels at the Twilight panel -- and will fight to the death, if necessary, to get their hands on Hunger Games intel.
Kristal Bailey will be trekking down to San Diego Comic Con for Gordon and the Whale. She's a long time attendee, but this is her first year as press. She loves the Hall H panels and Kevin Smith's long talk, but this year with so many big titles bowing out (see: "Superman," "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), she's most excited for the smaller movies she's haven't even heard of yet. "There's always a handful that blow me away and get me excited for the year of genre movies to come!"
Jim Littler of ComicBookMovie.com says ìWith the many of the major comic book movies bowing out this year (The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, The Avengers, etc.) ComicBookMovie.com's reporters are going to have some free time to browse this year ó and check out all the cosplayer hotties. Be sure to come by the site to see our massive gallery."
Rick Marshall of MTV's Splash Page says, I'm hoping to finally see some footage from The Amazing Spider-Man that isn't recorded on someone's cell phone, because I need something to wipe the memory of Spider-Man 3 from my mind. I'm also really looking forward to seeing the Locke & Key pilot at IDW's panel on Friday, since it might be our only chance to find out what we're missing.
Movies.com, under the new leadership of former Cinematical Editor-in-Chief Erik Davis, will be assembling a host of movie geeks like David Ehrlich, Todd Gilchrist and himself to storm the Comic-Con castle in the hopes of rescuing a princess... or reporting the same story everyone else is, only five minutes faster and with twice the big words, whichever is easier.
Chris Carle of IGN reminds us that, "It's TV's big year at SDCC and I personally can't wait to see what is happening with 'Game of Thrones.' This should be a huge, happy hug fest for fans, and a big 'We did it!' moment for creators and producers. Also, 'Fringe.' I'm jonesing to get a look at the revamped 'Beavis and Butthead,' and the new 'ThunderCats,' and curious about 'Locke & Key' and 'Alcatraz.' Despite a reduced movies presence, "The Amazing Spider-Man," "X-Men" reboot.
Film School Rejects is hitting the sunny beaches of San Diego to relax, drink fruity drinks, and occasionally see whether or not there's anything going on at the convention center. Their Comic-Con Hit Squad plans on setting up tents inside Hall H, pestering Steven Soderbergh for interviews (at least seven), and finding the most interesting angles on the best stories coming out of the Con. The succinct but lovable Mike Sampson of
JoBlo.com says, "I can't wait to see what 'The Amazing Spider-Man' looks like, especially in 3D. And with any luck, they'll officially reveal the villain..."
Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub at Collider.com is looking forward to hanging out with his fellow nerds and arguing about George Lucas, the Twilight fans, and what was the coolest footage in Hall H.
Danile Hubschman of Hollywood.com says "Many of the films I was most anticipating to see at Comic-Con will not be there at all, but luckily 'The Amazing Spider-Man' will. A first look at the new beginning of this beloved franchise will no doubt be the highlight of the Con, but I'm also giddy about potential small screen hits like Person of Interest and Terra Nova, in addition to blockbuster titles like 'Cowboys and Aliens' and 'Fright Night.'"
Katey Rich from CinemaBlend says, "I'm excited about all the potential for studios to plan something out of the ordinary this year, like the Cowboys & Aliens premiere or whatever Marvel is cooking up for the show floor. Hall H can be great, but it's time to change up the formula, and I'm hoping studios are planning a lot more unusual stuff than we know about so far."
Kellvin Chavez of Latino Review says "At this year's convention, with the absence of Marvel Studios, what I really want to see The Amazing Spider-Man and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance . . . which technically is also Marvel, so there will actually be a Marvel presence. I want to see the new take on Spider-Man and how crazy Ghost Rider will be with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor directing. And let's not forget The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1!"
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Comic-Con International 2011 runs from July 20-24 and the entire HitFix team will be providing 24 hour coverage of all the panels, exclusive interviews and more from the pop culture megafest.
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