Fantastic Movies and Where to Find Them
If businesses could grow at the pace of San Diego Comic-Con, International, there would be record job numbers and poverty would be a thing of the past. Sadly, that’s not the case, but thankfully, we do have our geek convention to turn to and it’s bigger, better and stronger this year than the last.
On years when Disney’s D-23 takes place, up the road a couple of hours from the San Diego Convention Center, SDCC tends to have a lower level of key ingredients, such as Marvel movies, Disney presence and our beloved film clips and character releases. (Look for Disney on an upcoming episode of “Hoarders”.) Irregardless, D-23 is not in competition for fandom’s time, energy and vacation money this year, so San Diego’s convention floor will be flooded from Ballroom 20 to shining Hall H.
Motion Picture companies, such as 20th Century FOX, have lightened their exposure due to a claim that pirating the promotional features (trailers, film footage, behind-the-scenes photos) during the panels has cost them money. Not something I understand, but if they don’t want us to know about their movie, it’s fine. Publicity is a different beast than it was five years ago.
All of that being said, there are movies being promoted at the convention. Some have piqued my interest, others have made me wonder why.
Thank God for Warner Brothers. They’re going to own the convention with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” this year and fans will, in turn, reward them with our hard-earned dollars. See how that works?
There will be footage released and perhaps some members of the cast from the film, which stars Eddie Redmayne, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterston and Ron Perlman (a convention favorite).
As if that weren’t enough, Warner Brothers is also bringing Suicide Squad, Kong: Skull Island and The LEGO Movie. All three will be strongly promoted in Hall H as well as on the sides of buildings and streetcars throughout the city. Exclusives on the convention floor will offer a short supply of figures, posters and other great take-aways from the convention. Suicide Squad will also be featured on Conan on TBS.
Lionsgate is bringing its highly anticipated “Power Rangers” film, which may-or-may-not mean another epic appearance from Bryan Cranston, who wore a Bryan Cranston mask while in attendance not long ago. Along with their morphin magic, look for their horror film, “The Woods” to be center stage at an exclusive screening for attendees, similar to the “X-Men: Rogue Cut” that was done pre-released last year.
Marvel’s presence WILL be felt this year with “Guardians of the Galaxy II” and “Dr.Strange,” two of the most highly anticipated movies on their docket. If you saw the first Guardians, you probably fell in love with the film, as it was one of the most amazingly told stories in quite some time. Dr. Strange comics are, well, strange. Marvel has its hands full making this movie easy enough for a wide audience to follow.
Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakening will be there, bringing all the fear and…well, it will be there and will be a party waiting to happen. Let’s just hope Stacey Dash is there promoting it and telling us all how awful we are! It may be an even wilder party! There is a serious lesson to be learned here in how to promote, because this movie will make a fortune and there will be sharks all over San Diego to remind you to watch.
Star Trek Beyond is going to rock the convention with the might of a thousand starships. Last year, the Star Wars fans were boldly rocking the convention, this year, we’re boldly going where they never went, before.
Not to be outdone, 20th Century FOX and Dreamworks is sending their $120M animated movie, “Trolls,” which I’m assuming is a carryover from the success of the ogres from Shrek. The movie is about a set of trolls, played by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake. While I love everyone lending voice to the film, I think 20th Century FOX will have their wish of making sure no one pirates a single second of their promotional footage.
One of the most highly anticipated geek-related films this year will be DC’s “The Killing Joke” with Kevin Conroy! The realest of the real Batman stories (from my standpoint) that paved the way for hyperrealism in modern comics, now is made into an animated feature film that holds true to the original story. Yes! This is what true fandom has been waiting on.
Over the coming few days, there will be more announcements made and more emails sent to us, giving us information about movies, television series and DVD features to look forward to. We’re expecting a full convention this year and hope to bring you tons of stories!