Well, Comic-Con is done for another year. The San Diego Conference Center is currently getting a thorough hosing down, hungover cos-players have done their awkward walks of shame, and film press are returning to their various corners of the world longing, like ourselves, to watch and write about something difficult, European and subtitled.
While some studios skipped the four-day festival entirely, those who were there came out in force, with some of the biggest films of this year and next wowing the crowd, from Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" to Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." But not everything went down a storm, with a few films disappointing, or at least underwhelming, in Hall H and elsewhere. So what film and studios had a good Comic-Con, and who left San Diego with their tails between their legs? Read on to find out, and you can find links to most of our coverage from the past week below as well. And many thanks to our roving reporters Jeff Otto and Todd Gilchrist for their San Diego coverage; we hope they’re sleeping it off as we speak.
Animation was pretty much a home-run across the board this year at Comic-Con. "Dark Shadows" may have been a bit of a wash-out, but Tim Burton seems to be back on form with "Frankenweenie," which looks like his most complete and emotional film for a while, and went down well with crowds. You can catch up with the special Comic-Con trailer here. Disney's other big animation of the year, video-game pic "Wreck-It Ralph," was just as popular, unveiling an impressive ten minutes of footage that gave the impression that the Mother Mouse might actually outdo Pixar this year (although we'd like to hear reactions from a crowd that wouldn't give a standing ovation to a Zangief cameo before we're completely sold). Focus and Laika's "ParaNorman" perhaps suffered a little from coming a day after "Frankenweenie," but still got a warm reception, and could be a very pleasant little August surprise.
With genre shows increasingly crossing over to the mainstream on TV ("The Walking Dead," "True Blood" and "Game Of Thrones" are pretty much the biggest shows on cable at this point), more and more small screen offerings moved into Hall H, and drew crowds that could rival even the biggest movies. Few revealed anything particularly scene-stealing, but it's enough for fans of these shows (and "The Big Bang Theory," and "Glee," and "Community," the latter of which gave a little hope that the new season might not be a disappointment following the departure of the show's creator Dan Harmon). And few moments all weekend seem to have been more emotional than Joss Whedon's reunion with the "Firefly" cast, even if breathless reports of a revival are misplaced. It's clearer than ever that genre fans can get their kicks on the small screen, although it remains to be seen if any of the shows that debuted pilots at San-Diego, including "Arrow," "Revolution" and "The Following," can amass enough fans to fill Hall H next year.
Since most stuff unspooling in San Diego is based on existing properties, displaying more original sci-fi fare can come across as a breath of fresh air, and Sony certainly landed a win with footage from September's "Looper" and March's "Elysium." The former, Rian Johnson's film, is starting to look like a real cross-over hit, with a series of increasingly confident trailers and
Coming to Comic-Con with a western with no fantastical elements is a fairly ballsy thing to do, but when that movie is directed by Quentin Tarantino, you know you're playing to the home crowd, and
No one hit Hall H harder than Warners, and this year along with frequent genre partners Legendary, they unveiled three major hitters with one little surprise in there too. "Pacific Rim" seemed to be the big crowd-pleaser, as crowd-favorite Guillermo Del Toro unveiling footage
Perhaps more of a victory lap than a major push, Marvel followed Warners with a strutting confidence that comes with having just made one of the most successful films in history, and seemed like they knew exactly what they were doing. "Iron Man 3" footage was, by all accounts,