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The winners and losers at this year’s Comic-Con
Nikhil Taneja  2nd Aug 2014

The picture of Wonder Woman tweeted by Zach Snyder

vulgar display of all that is geek, from comics to video games to movies adapted from comics to fantasy-themed TV shows, International Comic-Con is a convention for the kind of people who aren't ready to give away their G.I. Joe collection even after they've birthed other people.

Here's a roundup of the best and the worst of Comic-Con 2014 in movies that would make fellow Indian geeks excited:

WINNERS

Avengers: Age Of Ultron

How to win Comic-Con: Have a cast that includes the who's who of big-ticket names such as Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) and Paul Bettany (Jarvis... yes, Jarvis) all turn up on one stage, with some of them dancing (and Downey Jr. throwing roses at the crowd). Then reveal some mad concept art for the movie scheduled to release on 1 May 2015, and an extended first look that includes Iron Man fighting Hulk, Captain America's broken shield, Thor crushing a tank, the appearance of Andy Serkin (without motion capture), and a devastating scene with some Avengers possibly dead.

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

Where Avengers was the most anticipated panel of the Comic-Con, the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice panel was Warner Bros' surprise gift to fans, and what a surprise it was: Director Zack Snyder brought DC Comics' superhero holy trinity in Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (Superman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) to wave at the crowd (no one was allowed to interact though), tweeted the first look of Wonder Woman on Twitter, and revealed a minute of footage of Batman turning on the bat-signal as Superman is waiting in the shadows with glowing "heat vision" eyes (the leaked version of the footage can be found online). 

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The Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice panel was Warner Bros’ surprise gift to fans, and what a surprise it was!

Interstellar

Another huge surprise that fans weren't expecting was the appearance of director Christopher Nolan, who made his debut at the Comic-Con two years after the end of The Dark Knight trilogy, along with Matthew McConaughey, the star of his next, highly-anticipated film, Interstellar, to see "what the fuss was about". A new trailer of the movie, scheduled to release on 7 November 2014, was shown to squealing fans, revealing firsthand the fuss to Nolan.

The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino was at Comic-Con to talk about an upcoming comic that's a crossover of his film Django Unchained and masked crusader Zorro, when a fan asked him whether The Hateful Eight, the film that Tarantino shelved when its script was leaked online by the website Gawker, would ever happen. Tarantino replied in the affirmative for the first time since the debacle, to loud cheers from fans, and within the next couple of days, also released the official poster for the film, set for a 2015 release.

Mad Max: Fury Road

With over eight million views for its YouTube trailer in less than seven days, one movie that fans all over the world are suddenly dying to watch, as a result of the buzz that its "sizzle reel" generated at Comic-Con, is George Miller's reboot of the dystopian Mad Max franchise, which first launched Mel Gibson as a bonafide star. Mad Max: Fury Road, releasing on 15 May 2015, stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron and promises the maddest, biggest and loudest stunts (including an incredible car chase sequence) we've seen in a long time.

LOSERS

Skull Island/Jurassic World

Another King Kong movie, you say? A prequel, you say? That may possibly have fan favourite Joe Cornish attached to it as the director? But for all the geeks who went for Legendary Pictures' panel at Comic-Con hoping to get a first look of Jurassic World, the "surprise teaser" that featured a jungle with an ape instead of dinosaurs, left everyone confused and slightly annoyed, because the reboot of Jurassic Park releases before next year's Comic-Con, so why had the geeks paid $200 for this kind of betrayal?

Let's be Cops/Fantastic Four

Another betrayal came from 20th Century Fox, who stabbed fans in the back by choosing to not showcase any footage from their Fantastic Four reboot, instead having a panel on Let's Be Cops, which is a flat out comedy, and has no comic-book or movie affiliations.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3

Instead of giving any kind of a first look related to the Spider-Man franchise or its various spin-offs in the works, Sony Pictures announced that the third part in the Amazing Spiderman franchise has been pushed to 2018 from 2016, and Sinister Six, its villain-centric spinoff, will arrive first in 2016. No news was given about The Amazing Spider-Man 4 that was originally scheduled for 2018.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill for

Unanimously called the dullest panel of the Comic-Con, even with stars such as Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba and fan favourite directors Robert Rodriguez and Mark Millar participating, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For generated little to no buzz at the convention this year. This could be because the film's sequel is coming nine years after the first one or because bigger stars such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis were absent from the panel.

Blackhat

Michael Mann made a surprise visit to Comic-Con to unveil the trailer of his new film, a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Unfortunately, the only reason fans at Comic-Con were surprised was because the film had nothing to do with comics. and Mann had no reason to be there.

 
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