The greatest moments of San Diego Comic-Con 2015

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San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has come and gone and left in its wake a plethora of announcements, trailers and tantalising hints for a host of geek properties across film, TV comic books and more. It’s a big show so we’ve trawled the web to bring you the best of the news from the show.

1. “It’s not every day you get to build an X-wing”

With Marvel Studios deciding not to attend Comic-Con this year, many assumed that this was more proof that Hollywood was falling out of love with the convention. After con favourites like Scott Pilgrim Vs the World and Tron Legacy failed to live up to box office expectations, the prevailing wisdom was that the geek crowd might not be worth the cost. Luckily Marvel’s Disney owned stable-mate Lucasfilm was on hand to blow that idea clean out of the sky boasting a panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that began with film-makers Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Lawrence Kasdan,  showed off a practical puppet alien character by the name of “Bobbajo”, reunited Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford,  and added new cast members John Boyega Daisy Ridely and Oscaar Isaac to the Universe,

Despite Kevin Smith’s USD$10,000 bet that new footage would be shown at the panel, fans weren’t quite treated to a new trailer but were instead shown a behind the scenes reel that will melt the heart of the hardest Sith.

As the sun was setting outside J.J. Abrams lead the 6,000 plus strong Hall H crowd outside, where they were given light-up toy lightsabers and presented with a free live concert featuring the best of Star Wars music over the years,  introduced by the maestro John Williams himself. You can get a taste of the show in the following clip.

The whole panel is available it here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in cinemas on December 18 2015.

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The new Suicide Squad HD trailer is going to hurt you bad

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After so much image teasing and rumours, plus a major online leak, we finally have it here – the HD trailer of Suicide Squad that debuted at SDCC 2015. Despite their pleas to the fans not to record the exclusive trailer during the panel session, someone did and the world has its first potato quality video of the trailer minutes after it is shown. Making a U-turn on their policy, Warner Bros decided to let out the HD version out earlier than expected.

The official statement by Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution:

Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”

David Ayer couldn’t contain his disappointment with this tweet:

First,  The Bee Gees music “I Started A Joke” started in a haunting manner.

Viewers will be struck by the heavy focus on Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith) in the three minute trailer with snippets of Ben Affleck’s Batman in action and a mention of Superman in the passing. We also go to see the mysterious Katana (Karen Fukuhara) plunging her supposedly soul absorbing sword into herself, living up to the name Suicide Squad. Not only that, a quick shot of Enchantress (Clara Delevingne) emerging from water looking confused, hinting that we might got to see her origin story in this movie. El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) is literally playing with fire, hinting a supernatural aspect in the movie.

Then the money shot is the appearance of Jared Leto’s The Joker who wants to hurt people really bad.

via Youtube  & Deadline

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We have some updates on the Warcraft movie from SDC 2015

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At SDCC 2015, fans of Warcraft were treated with two awesome images that gave the hint of what kind of movie this feature will be. Blizzard Entertainment has very tight control over its creative process which accounts for about eight years in making; since it is first announced back in 2005.

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Now, Legendary Pictures have released two exclusive posters for SDCC 2015 – one showing a human knight Sir Anduin Lothar (Travis Kimmel from Vikings) and the other one featuring the orc chieftain Durotan (Tony Kebbell from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) in their full glory. We are pretty sure these two will be the protagonists for the film.

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In the game story, Durotan is fighting the corruption within his race as well as battling humans at the same time. Whereas the mournful looking Lothar is surrounded by ashes, perhaps hinting the coming destruction of the human empire in the movie.

Statue of Ogrim at SDCC 2015
Statue of Ogrim at SDCC 2015

Writer/director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) stressed that the film is not making the humans the heroes of the story or vice versa, rather, the story is providing insights into the war from both sides. The heroes and villains are everywhere in both sides of the conflict, perhaps the story is going for realistic shades of grey here.

Confirmed Warcraft cast are Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Dominic Cooper (Agent Carter), Ruth Negga (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Ben Foster (Lone Survivor), Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), and Clancy Brown (The Flash).

In his Twitter, Duncan Jones said the world will get to see the trailer soon in November. The movie is set for an epic war on 10 June 2016.

via io9

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Jay Garrick is speeding towards Season Two of Flash

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Season One of The Flash ends with a bang and we get hints of Jay Garrick (Flash from Earth-Two) making an appearance. That same winged helmet shows up in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow too, building a crucial connection. We do know that the alternate universe theory will be the bedrock of the second season of Flash since Barry himself runs into a vortex that threatens to create a space rift above Central City.

In SDCC 2015, Teddy Sears (Masters of Sex) is confirmed to be playing role of Jay Garrick and another new face is Shantel VanSanten playing the role of Detective Patty Spivot, new partner of Detective Joe West. The principal villain of the new season will be Professor Zoom and Wally West (Kid Flash) is going to show up in the upcoming season too. Executive Producer Greg Berlanti hinted that the story picks up a few months after the events of Season One finale.

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Meanwhile Reverse-Flash or Dr. Harrison Wells might be sticking around for Season Two, after all the story involves the multiverse so it is possible the characters will meet another version of Dr. Wells from another world. The actor of Flash hinted:

Wells and Barry won’t be interacting at all, right out of the gate. Wells is on the show, but we’re introducing the multiverse concept so that’s why he still exists somewhere.”

Actor Grant Gustin also hints that his character will have a new mentor (most probably Jay Garrick) and Flash will discover a new ability while pushing for ever greater speed in the process. The actor is being playfully vague about it:

I mentioned he’ll have a new mentor in Season 2. In the second episode they’re already working together and in the second episode, Barry does something new with his powers that is really exciting to me. We’ve never done it before. It’s pretty different than anything else we’ve done.”

When asked about the new powers, he answered, “It involves lightning.”

The series is set for a speedy return on 6 October 2015.

via CinemaBlend

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Nostalgia is strong in behind the scenes footage of The Force Awakens

The Star Wars panel at SDCC 2015 did not show any new trailers or video clips of the movie. But gave us something more magical, the behind the scenes footage of the film. J.J Abrams kept his word that practical effects will be used for The Force Awakens and it shows here.

From the flaming wreckage of TIE Fighter to the full cockpit of Millennium Falcon, audiences will have a sense of scale and tactile feel which is sorely missing from the big summer blockbusters like Jurassic World recently. The physicality is strong and even the best CG cannot equal to that feel.

We have snippets of an aged Han Solo but he still looks commanding , a first look at Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia (or General right now), a close-up of Nien Nunb, marking his truimphant return to Star Wars universe. A surprise for the fans is to see Simon Pegg shows up as some alien character, looking giddy to be part of the universe. And fast cut of Maz Kanata’s actress in motion starring Lupita Nyong’o plus many, many more.

The movie is set to awaken the cinemas on 18 December 2015.

Via Youtube Link 1, 2 , 3

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Updates on X-Men: Apocalypse

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SDCC 2015 has revealed a few new clues about the principal baddie and his cohorts would be like in the upcoming X-Men movie. Bryan Singer even hinted how bloody and messy it would be in his Instagram video:

The poster below shows how Apocalypse or En Sabah Nur will look like in portrait view, he does not differ very much from the comic version of him. Below the portrait is what is left of Xavier Institute too, hinting of things to come in the movie.

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According to Oscar Isaac who is playing the role of the villain, the character will be a mix of practical and digital effects, complete with some robotic technology. He teased :

He has total control over the molecules of his body, enabling him to alter his form as it suits him, such as allowing his body to become extremely malleable and flexible or change its size, enhance his physical abilities, transform his limbs into weapons, wings, or jets, regenerate from fatal injuries, adapt his body to apparently any disease or hostile environment, and give himself virtually any physical superhuman power.

Movie concept art of Archangel
Movie concept art of Archangel

We also find out who will be the Four Horsemen in the movie. The very symbol of Death, War, Pestilence and Famine in movie will be Angel/Archangel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Magneto (Fassbender). Oscar Isaac said that Apocalypse greatest ability is to persuade other powerful mutants to work under him. The X-Men will definitely have a formidable challenge in the epic struggle that is set to be shown in cinemas on 27 May 2016.

via Blackfilm

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Phantasy Star Online 2 is getting an anime adaptation for 2016

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SEGA recently announced in an event in Okinawa last weekend that in commemoration of the Phantasy Star Online franchise’s 15 anniversary they are making an anime adaptation for the game. They have even opened up a dedicated site for the animation.

The Phantasy Star universe is one of SEGA’s more well known IPs, with the franchise having spawned two MMORPGs, a PlayStation Vita release as well as and Android and iOS release for mobile. This is on top of the countless other standalone games and expansions they have released across the PC and PlayStation platforms.

The game has also inspired a stage play that took place last December in Japan.

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As of yet they haven’t released any more information besides the potential year of release, but they did mention that Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation Series (yes, that’s what they’re calling it) will have a completely original story that would take place on Earth in the near future. That means no revisiting Ragol (the planet we were tied to in the first Phantasy Star Online) but it is likely that the story would involve the ARKS fleet in some way or other.

An origin story on how everyone ended up homeless and in space perhaps? We hope they’ll drop some details soon because we’re dying to know.

via Anime News Network

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III zombie mode revealed at SDCC 2015

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San Diego Comic-Con 2015 just saw the debut of Call of Duty: Black Ops III zombie mode. It is titled Shadows of Evil.

In this setting, players will assume four different roles in 1940’s film-noir setting. The Magician, The Female-Fatale, The Cop and The Boxer is having a personal battle with The Shadow Man. They will “experience masterminded by the mysterious Shadow Man” and tries to make sense out of it.
Confirmed voice actors are Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, Independence Day), Heather Graham (The Hangover 1-3, Californication), Neil McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger, Band of Brothers), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate SG-1).

Treyarch studio boss Mark Lamia commented that this game’s zombie mode will be a “totally different setting” and features its own player progression mode back in April. He also commented, “Treyarch has crafted a totally unique and face-melting gameplay experience for our loyal Zombies community, with Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Zombies – Shadows of Evil. The development team has packed Shadows of Evil with more gameplay and fun than any other experience before it, and has an appropriately twisted and deep narrative, performed by fantastic acting talent, that will keep our fans spinning.

The game which contains a cooperative campaign mode and some crucial key changes to the competitive multiplayer mode is set to battle on 6 November 2015 at PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. The studio is working on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions which will have a different release date.

via Youtube

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Check out the official trailer of Batman v Superman as shown at SDCC 2015

Now we can see the reasons why both superheroes decided to fight each other in this SDCC 2015 trailer. Few important points here stressed by the panel:

Snyder: “Batman V Superman is Not The Dark Knight Returns

Gotham and Metropolis are sister cities, like Oakland and San Francisco – but Gotham is the “lower class city. Batman Mech Suit is for self preservation, not an enhancement to his own strength. It buys him time”

He’s going to get pummeled like a piñata.”

Gal Gadot on Wonder Woman: “I’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to show the strong, beautiful side of women. I feel very privileged.”

Few key quotes that hints what kind of movie will be:

Superman: “This Bat vigilante is a one-man reign of terror.”

Batman: “Twenty years in Gotham. How many good guys are left? How many stayed that way? He has the power to wipe out the human race, and I must destroy him.”

Martha Kent: “People hate what they don’t understand Clark. Be their hero, be their angel, be their monument, be anything they need you to be. Or be none of it, you don’t owe this world a thing. You never did.

Some fans were a bit taken aback by messy pacing, as seen in the trailer while the trailer itself has generally been well received. The movie will be unleashed in the cinemas on 28 March 2016. In the mean time, you can check out the full SDCC 2015 panel below.

Source: Youtube

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Looks like its game over for Kojima Productions

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Akio Otsuka, Japanese voice actor of Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid series confirmed what we have been fearing all this while – Kojima Productions is dead.

In his bittersweet Tweet, the actor said:

Kojima Productions was forced to disband, but it appears that the work that the team has been putting their utmost effort into is nearly complete. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I expect it will become their greatest masterpiece. I couldn’t help it. I just wanted to say ‘Kept you waiting, huh?’ (Laughs.) But even if this is the end, Metal Gear Solid is immortal!

We did not hear anything official from Konami or Kojima Productions, perhaps this is closest thing we can get to official stance for now. We do hear rumours that staff of Kojima Productions are working Metal Gear Solid V as contractors, not as permanent employees and Kojima himself is planning to say goodbye to Konami with the rest of his upper management team. The latter part is said will happen after the contract expires in December this year.

This is a sad ending for such a glorious franchise indeed.

via Twitter

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