Day 2 (Friday)
Brad & Christian at Comic-Con, July 2008
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It's Friday and that can only mean one
thing-- the Watchmen
preview and panel. The line to get in has no end in sight; easily the most
anticipated comics-related event at the show, as fans can't wait to get a
brief look at the movie many said was simply "unfilmable".
(Here's a quick movie clip of the line
to get into Watchmen-- it snaked across a whole park (and this was only the
first 1/3rd of the line!) A total of 6,500 people attended the
screening-- it easily wouldv'e been more but the room can't hold more than
6500! My plan was simple: suffer thru the long line in the morning,
get into Hall H, and plant my butt in a seat for the entire day.
The Watchmen panel started at 11:55AM. The clip shown was short but it was
met with almost universal approval. The fans are counting down the days until
the film's release on March 6, 2009!
The Cast of "Watchmen", onstage at Comic-Con:
Billy Crudup, Actor "Dr. Manhattan"
Dave Gibbons, original artist of "Watchmen" & Malin Akerman, Actor "Silk Spectre"
Carla Gugino, Actor "Sally Jupiter" & Jackie
Earle Haley, Actor "Rorschach"
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Actor "The Comedian" &
Patrick Wilson, Actor "Night Owl"
Zack Snyder, Director of "Watchmen"
Following the Watchmen session, we were treated with 45 minutes worth
of trailers & previews of upcoming films. Then a short panel on
the upcoming Wolfman film-- yes, the classic monster movie (originally
starring Lon Chaney Jr.) is BACK, with Benicio Del Toro in the starring
role. I have to say that I wasn't very interested in this film, but
after seeing the clips they showed, it looks pretty darn good.
Benicio Del Toro
The legendary Rick Baker, special makeup & effects artist supreme
Next up: The Spirit. The Spirit is one of my all-time favorite
comics, and the work of writer/artist Will Eisner is considered the
Gold Standard by many comics fans. This new film is helmed by Frank
Miller, a comics legend himself. But the buzz on this film is very
skeptical, and I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. This preview &
panel discussion made me feel a little better about it, but I still have
Frank Miller (Director), Deborah Del Prete (Producer),
Samuel L Jackson (Actor, "The Octopus")
Samuel L Jackson, "The Octopus"
Gabriel Macht, who plays "The Spirit"
Following The Spirit was a Lucasfilm panel discussing the new Star Wars
video game, the Clone Wars animated movie and the new Clone Wars
television series. I'm kinda burned out on all things Star Wars, but the
Clone Wars looked interesting enough that I'll certainly TiVo it.
Then came The Visionaries: Filmmakers panel, featuring 3 of the
most popular comics-related directors-- Kevin Smith, Zack Snyder and
Frank Miller, plus the current king of geek comedies, Judd
Apatow. No real news made here at this panel, but it was a lively
discussion between four guys with unique & different visions and
Kevin Smith, Judd Apatow, Zack Snyder & Frank Miller
Directors Kevin Smith and Judd Apatow
Directors Zack Snyder and Frank Miller
My day in Hall H wrapped up with the preview & cast panel for Kevin Smith's
upcoming film, Zack & Miri Make A Porno. In typical Kevin
Smith fashion, the session was rowdy, rude and a lot of fun. Most of the cast
was present, including stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, plus
cast members Justin Long, Ricky Mabe, Katie Morgan, Traci Lords,
longtime Smith cohort Jason Mewes, and producer Scott Moser.
Suffice it to say the film will be inappropriate and hilarious.
The cast of "Zack & Miri Make A Porno"
Ricky Mabe & Justin Long, actors
Katie Morgan (yes, THAT Katie Morgan) & Traci Lords
(yes, THAT Traci Lords), actors
Jason Mewes, Seth Rogen & Elizabeth Banks, actors
Then it was time to remove my backside from the
seat I'd been occupying all day (don't worry-- Hall H has it's own bathroom
inside the hall, along with it's own food kiosk, so all our bodily functions
were catered to.)
I met up with Christian (he left after the Watchmen panel to do his own
thing) and we walked the Exhibit Hall for a while, then the Gaslamp District
a bit, and then back to the hotel for a late dinner.
Then to bed-- we had a early morning coming up: Heroes & Lost panels