Super Saturday, Part 4 20th Century Fox

So the next three panels were awesome, but two of them more so than the other, and I’ll let my readers decide the levels of awesomeness for themselves.

The first panel for 20th Century Fox was for Dawn of Planet of the Apes, which was brief as panels go, but the footage was awesome, and just like with Hunger Games, now I feel like I need to see the most recent installment to be ready for this one, especially because as Andy Serkis (who was there) spoke, it seems that this film will really revisit the social and psychological roots that contributed to the first film, and in addition to that it was hit upon that eventually (possibly with this film) the franchise will finally wrap itself up by ending where the original set of films began, which can be both challenging, and hopefully awesome.

Also, when you add the fact that Jason Clarke (who I had loved in the short lived Chicago Code), Gary Oldman, Keri Russell and Judy Greer are all in it, yeah, I’m pretty stoked!

The second panel was definitely more exciting though, we got to see footage from The Wolverine, and then we got to see the man himself Hugh Jackman!

Hugh Jackman

The first thing Hugh Jackman did was thank the fans there in Hall H, saying that he wouldn’t be there without their support, so yeah his humility only makes him more awesome!
This photo was used with permission from Beth Riley, photographer for Geek Shot photography.

He then moved on to talking about the film and how excited he was for how it focused on the journey that Logan goes through. Coming soon is my review of the film, which I’ll say now, at the very least met the expectations set by its trailer.

Finally the epic-ness increased, because the third panel was for X Men: Days of Future Past. Now I have a lot to say about this panel and film, both good and bad, but staying on Hugh Jackman for a moment, this series of shots and statements were what Jackman said during the Days of Future Past panel

Yeah that happened!

Yeah that happened!

Now to give an idea of how amazing it was, we had a stage full of mutants, and here is a slew of Beth Riley’s photos (courtesy of Geek Show Photo) of the stage:

X-Men: Days of Future Past

From Left to Right: Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Bryan Singer, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender (yeah in the white cat mask), Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, and Evan Peters
Photo used with permission from Beth Riley of Geek Shot Photography

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen

Anyway, onto the film itself, as some one who owns (with great pride I might add) X Men 142, as well as the re-print of 141 &142 together

Days of Future Past. Yeah it's awesome :)

Days of Future Past. Yeah it’s awesome :)

Let me just say that it’s an awesome story arc, even if it’s only 2 issues (unless you count Days of Future Present, which isn’t X-Men, but is actually Fantastic Four). Having said that though, and having also seen the trailer be prepared for some SPOILERS below:

If you read on from here, consider yourself warned:

So in the comics it’s Kitty Pryde, (but based on the film footage, it’s Wolverine) who (from a different timeline… I may have to do a whole blog just on the wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey oddness of the type of cross dimensional time travel that goes on in the comics) mentally goes back in time to her (his) younger self to save the X-Men, as well as Senator Kelly from being killed by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Because when they and Senator Kelly are killed, it opens the door to a lot of not so good things for mutants, namely mutant extermination enforced by the Sentinels created by Trask Industries.

Now I have four things to say about all of this, first I’m annoyed anything doesn’t stay true to the source material, but out of that statement comes the other three.

Of those other three, 1st I don’t like that they changed it from Kitty Pryde to Logan, I’m not against Wolverine, in fact I liked the most recent movie, but there’s no reason to change things… other than publicity… you’re welcome 20th Century Fox….

The 2nd thing is the sentinels themselves, the picture below shows the difference between the new sentinels for the film, versus how they looked in the comics:

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and for a height reference, here’s director Bryan Singer with one of the new ones:

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Now the height is impressive, but what’s with the fan and all of the plastic??? The older sentinels looked intimidating, and again the height is awesome, but they just look like one punch from a mutant… any mutant and they wouldn’t stand a chance, but we’ll see how they look in the movie.

Now on to Trask himself, and as an extension of him, Trask Industries. Despite the fact that as I stated above, that I tend to dislike any divergence from source material, the fact that they’re using Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask is something I find awesome, I love Peter Dinklage, and I think it’s great that 20th Century Fox chose an actor completely on his abilities and not appearance!

For Trask Industries, let’s just say they have an awesome marketing department:

So I’m hoping that the movie will be awesome, the star studded panel certainly was!

Thanks for reading, I plan on finally wrapping up all of my Comic-Con fun tomorrow, along with a blog just for Doctor Who and who the new Doctor is!

Super Saturday Part 2 Lionsgate

So after the excitement died down from the epic announcement of a Superman/Batman film to come, Lionsgate began their hour of panels, starting with “I, Frankenstein”.

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Both Aaron Eckhart and Yvonne Strahovski were at the panel, and they talked about the major themes in the film, which centralizes on the concept of immortality and the burden it can be. Visually the film has the same kind of feel that the Underworld films have, and the fact that Bill Nighy is also in it doesn’t hurt.

Also, because the film is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Gevioux, it looks like I’ve some reading to do before it comes out in January, and since Mr. Grevioux did the screenplay as well, I have hopes that if I enjoy the graphic novel that the film will also be awesome!

After that panel wrapped, I got to find out why everyone LOVES Jennifer Lawrence, because the next panel by Lionsgate was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Now, before I dive into the panel, I hope you’ll indulge me as I provide a bit of context, this panel wasn’t even really on my radar for Comic-Con 2013. I had read The Hunger Games, and it felt like a simpler version of Battle Royale, which I had really liked. Now while I didn’t *dislike* the book per se it didn’t feel that unique, and the only things that stood out to me against Battle Royale were because there were fewer competitors the killing didn’t feel like old news after the 7th person bit the dust, the relationship between Katniss and Prim really touched me because I’m a big sister, and I could relate to Katniss’ choice at the beginning, and finally the relationship between Katniss and Peeta was interesting, but I kept waiting for Peeta to wise up at the end of the book, only to be crushed at the end, and then it just felt kind of sad how oblivious each character had been the whole time… All of that being said, having had some prior knowledge about certain things that go on in the second book, the trailer for the second film blew me away, and one particular scene with a particular dress, brought tears to my eyes and goosebumps to my arms! (and that’s all I’ll say for those who haven’t read the book, or seen the trailer which is below)

Ok, I’ll say one more thing, I’m definitely going to watch the first film now, and read the second book by November 22nd!

Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Jennifer Lawrence

If I could caption this photo it would be “the looks on the actor’s faces as I ate my words that I didn’t think Hunger Games would be that awesome of a franchise”
Photo used with permission from Beth Riley, photographer with Geek Shot photography

Now onto the panel itself, the most enjoyable part of it, and not just because she’s the star of the movie, was Jennifer Lawrence! I now completely understand why everyone loves her.

Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence

Proof that being a celebrity hasn’t gone to Jennifer’s head!
This photo was used with permission by Beth Riley, photographer with Geekshot Photography.

She’s completely down to earth and when she and Josh Hutcherson were asked how “hot” the kissing is in Catching Fire, she got excited to tell a story about SNOT, and no that’s not a typo. So all that remains to be said, is that between the sequel to Thor, and the sequel to The Hunger Games, November is going to be AWESOME!