A Mixed Gift Bag: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 (Day Two)

cc2From day two of San Diego Comic-Con, it’s a whole new host of things to react to. Here’s what I found most interesting from Friday’s events:

Universal – Kick-Ass 2

For Universal’s panel, followed via ComingSoon.net, author Mark Millar, artist John Romita Jr., director Jeff Wadlow, and a host of actors from the film came to talk about the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s 2010 superhero comedy. I liked, did not love this first film, mostly because of how dark and tasteless it became in its third act. I can only hope that this new film doesn’t fall victim to same problems.

The panel proceeded without a hitch, bringing in Hit Girl actress Chloe Moretz via satellite, and later showing a new trailer for the film:

Courtesy Official Kick-Ass YT channel

While Wadlow did briefly mention taking on X-Force for Fox soon and downplayed talk of Kick-Ass 3, no fan questions were yielded, and the panel ended up being rather unremarkable.

Afterward came Vin Diesel and Co. discussing the new Riddick, of which the biggest news was the hint that Diesel will likely be announced this Saturday to be one of the new players in a future Marvel movie. A fan asked him, “What is your VISION for the future of Marvel movies?” a tongue-in-cheek way of reciprocating Diesel’s own hints at playing the Avengers character the Vision. Diesel couldn’t answer, but said there was some “very big news coming at the end of the month.”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Following ComingSoon and Marvel’s liveblogs, Marvel hurried into its coverage of the new show by quickly introducing Jeph Loeb of Marvel TV, Joss Whedon, and several other actors, writers, and producers involved with the new show. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” takes place post-Avengers, dealing with a new team of minor superheroes led by the resurrected Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg). Marvel confirmed the appearance of Avengers alum Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and also screened the show’s pilot episode to a thrilled audience.

I hate to be the buzzkill here, but I still don’t see what exactly is so thrilling about the show. It’s coat-tailing off the inexplicable popularity of Coulson, who is neither a fully-fledged character nor a particularly interesting one. I like the idea of using the show to usher in lesser-known Marvel superheroes, but if they’re going to be regulated to cameo/hero-of-the-week appearances, what’s the point? And you’d think that with an entire universe of great characters at their disposal, Marvel would go for something infinitely more exciting than Coulson and his brigade of low-budget, D-list “Heroes” rejects.

Not to mention, the ever-grating fanboys, who yet again littered Marvel’s liveblog with their infinite toolishness, posted comments like, “This is already my favorite show and I haven’t even seen the pilot!”

“Agents” premieres September 24th on ABC. I’m sure Whedon’s devoted TV fans will better enjoy the writer’s new series, but I’ll be hoping for something a bit more Marvel-ous.

Sony – RoboCop

Inexplicably, Sony and Sceen Gems have brought their entire palate of projects to Comic-Con, followed via CS’s liveblog, including Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the wordy Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the latter of which I know only as that movie whose trailer plays in front of every damn movie I go to see. The more fitting Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a panel I cared not to participate in, for reasons made clear in my tweets and previous posts about the first film. I’ll say this, clearly the level of quality in casting hasn’t changed.

That left me with the RoboCop remake, a curious little project whose script is reportedly terrible (I have it, but haven’t read it myself). The panel divulged the film’s political overtones, commenting on drone usage in other countries, and how the US doesn’t use machines on home soil. Interesting approach; it’s been years since I’ve seen the first film so I can’t comment on how well that idea stacks up against the original’s satirical edge. At least the crowd seemed to enjoy the footage; color me skeptical at best.

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World Premiere – Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Even though this was the film’s official “world premiere,” let’s be honest, we all know where we can find these animated DC movies long before release. Flashpoint Paradox is admirable for spotlighting Flash over the usual JLA, Superman, or Batman, but since Superman Unbound, the animation on these direct-to-DVD adaptations has become increasingly cheap, like a Japanese anime circa 1990. At least there’s a great premise and some solid voice acting to liven things up.

To be continued…

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