London Film Comic Con 2016

London Film Comic Con took place this weekend and it was full of cosplayers, a few photos shoots, plenty of celebrities who you can have your photo taken with (for a price), cars from films and lots and lots of geeky stuff to buy. Sounds like heaven doesn’t it? Well, unfortunately it wasn’t.

I went full of anticipation, only to feel a little bit let down, perhaps I should have done my research. I suppose it was never going to be as good or as big as SDCC but it just feels like you go inside to empty your wallet and that’s mostly it. This is me very much nitpicking but there seems to be a very empty atmosphere when you walk around certain areas of Olympia London. Inside there were stalls selling comics, artwork, DVDs, replicas and so on but there are huge wide open spaces where you could fit more or have somewhere to sit rather than the floor. I don’t know why this bothers me but it made it feel quite sad in places.

Now this isn’t to say it was all bad. There were plenty of opportunities where you can take your photo for free. For example with any of the cosplayers and a few of the cars, plus there was a really fantastic Suicide Squad section which I really loved! But being told off for taking a photo of one of the many famous faces around is a joke! Yes they need to make money, no we don’t all want to be ripped off for the “privilege” of being in the photo with them.

What you can buy inside is truly amazing, and surprisingly not a rip off! Plenty of offers and cheap decent items to fill your nerdy desires. The artwork was fantastic, a really eclectic range when it came to framed and printed art, lots of incredible replicas, pieces being auctioned, comics being sold, collectors items including pin badges, buttons Pop figures and such for sale. I even saw Stromtrooper armour for sale. It’s an amazing range to see, but that is mostly what it is. Stalls to buy things from.

The best part of going? Seeing my friend Charlie and meeting her friend Hollie. Both awesome, both geeks. So I suggest, if you ever go to something like, go with people who are similar to you, those who might enjoy it, those who are geeky enough for you to get your geek on.

My haul from the day, not bad!

My haul from the day, not bad!

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SDCC 2016: A Roundup Of Trailers and Posters

The Holy Grail of nerdy / geeky fandom took place over the weekend. SDCC, as ever, delivered a plethora of trailers and posters from up and coming films that we’re all eagerly awaiting. Amongst them, highlights include the Kong: Skull Island trailer, The Lego Batman trailer and a surprise addition from the Justice League. With a few out this year and the rest out next year, we’ll be spoilt for choice when we head to the cinema (and watch our TVs) for quite some time.

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One day I hope to go myself and enter the legendary Hall H but for now this will do.Take a look at the latest trailers from some great looking movies (and the pointless sequel to Blair Witch) and see which is your favourite.

The Justice League trailer came out of nowhere and blew a lot of people away. Its introduction of new characters seemed to work well, plus an added dash of humour is something that’s needed in a film like this. Maybe this will right the wrongs of Batman v Superman.

From one Flash to another. The Flash Season 3 trailer was released as well. Basically DC have put out a lot! We’ll see what’s in store for The Flash this time around, but so far, the TV show has been very good. We’ll see who plays the character better though, Grant Gustin or Ezra Miller.

Wonder Woman poster

The Wonder Woman trailer looks like we will finally get a strong female-led superhero movie. It’s been attempted before but unfortunately they have fallen short. Wonder Woman was one of Batman v Superman’s saving graces, she was powerful, interesting, badass and likeable. It looks like the film will live up to its expectations.

One too many trailers for Suicide Squad now. It’s out on 5th August, less than two weeks away. We did not need this trailer, once again far too many trailers and clips have been released for a film. Stick them altogether and you’ll have most of the film. Anyway, I’m still looking forward to this film, even if we have seen more than we should have.

Blair Witch sequel. Just fuck off.

King Arthuer

King Arthur by Guy Ritchie looks like blokey, gritty, dirty movie.  So, pretty typical Ritchie, which is never a bad thing. Charlie Hunnam, of Sons of Anarchy fame, takes the lead as King Arthur along with a couple of Game of Thrones actors. Due out next year.

Kong

Kong: Skull Island looks considerably better than I would have expected, it’s what the King deserves. The ever-awesome Tom Hiddleston, along with Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman, pretty impossible to be shit with that cast. A truly stunning looking King Kong which is leading up to Godzilla vs. Kong!

Lego Batman

Back in black and yellow, he’s here and with a sidekick son who he adopted. Yeah. The Lego Batman movie was announced a while ago and they very quickly released two very short trailers. We finally have a full-length trailer to salivate over. It’s wonderfully funny and Will Arnett is a perfect Batman. 2017 can’t come quickly enough.

From The Lego Batman to pre-Dark Knight. Gotham’s season 3 trailer has been released and it’s a long one. Plus it features the new DC logo, I prefer the old one but oh well. The show has received mixed reviews but the latest trailer is looking great!

The Walking Dead season 6 ended on the biggest cliff-hanger in the shows history. Negan brought the gang together in a cruel and twisted way. They are currently on their knees, awaiting their fate. When we will find out who caught the end of Lucille is anyone’s guess (we know what the show’s like, leaving us hanging as they did when Glen fell into that crowd of walkers, cruel!) But it’s not too long to wait, with the seventh season the premiere in October.

And the Harry Potter fandom continues. The latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was shown to the Comic Con audience this weekend. It’s what you’d expect and more from the creators of one of the world’s biggest movie franchises. Eddie Redmayne is the playing lead character Newt Scamander who, in the Harry Potter universe, wrote the book from the book. Confused? Good.

Whilst I’m not sure about his accent, I’m certain that Benedict Cumberbatch will bring it as he always does. He stars as Doctor Stranger, in the second trailer for Marvel’s next film part of their MCU. It’s looking like a Nolan-esque movie with elements of Inceptions and Batman Begins seen in this and the first trailer. Check it out here.

Defenders

The Defenders consists of Dare Devil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. It’s like an Avengers TV show but with a much better female character. And darker. It’s interesting how Marvel have gone dark for their TV shows but kept their movies relatively light. Either way, it’s working. Luke Cage is brilliant in Jessica Jones and rightly so getting his own show. Iron Fist says it all in the name. Yet another Game of Thrones actor moving from one franchise to another. I’m really looking forward to this, it’s yet another smart move by Marvel to develop these characters and bring them together on the small screen instead of more movies. We’ll see how these go.

The long-awaited X-Men live action TV series is finally coming and it looks alright. Not great but we’ll see. Always have faith in Marvel. Starring Aubrey Plaza and Dan Stevens, yet another TV show from Marvel, which is due out next year.

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Marvel have launched several posters and one image of upcoming MCU movies we can expect to see in the future. One of the biggest pieces of news comes in the form of Captain Marvel. Brie Larson from Room has been announced to be taking that role. She will feature in Infinity Wars and have her own solo movie after that. Footage was shown from Thor: Ragnarok but hasn’t been released any where else just yet. The above image shows concept art of Spider-Man going toe to toe with The Vulture, confirmation that he will be in the new Spider-Man film. With these plus Black Panther, Guardians 2 and several other projects in the pipeline, it looks like the studio isn’t slowing down.

I’ll leave you with their newest intro for Marvel Studios.

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How The Batman v Superman Teaser Should Have Ended

For those of you who actually got to see the teaser footage of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before it was taken down, I’m sure you would have been just as excited as me. It was brief being a teaser, also very grainy seeing how it wasn’t supposed to be online (well done to the person who somehow filmed that!) and it didn’t tell us much. However whilst it looked very intriguing, I for one am still yet to be convinced that Zack Snyder is the right man for the job. There was something lacking in Man of Steel, it was good but not great. Anyway, the release date of this film has been changed a few times and it currently sits on the timeline at 25th March 2016, so there’s still a lot of waiting for this one.

How The Batman v Superman Teaser Should Have Ended

Not being ones to shy away from the controversial (we were never supposed to see this footage so soon!), the guys at How It Should Have Ended have given us their satirical insight into how they feel the teaser footage should have really ended. I love their work, and this is yet another great creation from them. Check out their personalised version of the title at the end.

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The Simpsons and Family Guy mash up footage

The Simpsons and Family Guy mash up finally has some footage! We have a video here from the San Diego Comic Con where they have released a few small snippets of the upcoming collaboration which was announced back in May.

Here we see the Griffin family getting lost and finding themselves stumble upon Springfield. Then the two heads of each family meet for the first time, they bond at Moe’s tavern and towards the end, have a fight through the town, à la Peter and the Chicken’s running gag in Quahog. We also see Stewie and Bart making prank calls to Moe with Stewie’s call being a little, shall we say, darker (funnier) than Bart’s.

It’s brief but funny encounter with a few insides jokes to boot. Unfortunately, we’ll be waiting until September to see the full one hour special but it looks like it’ll be worth it! I’m personally surprised at how funny it is, usually mash ups and collaborations don’t go that well but this looks like it could work. Assuming this is a one time episode. We’ll just see…

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News from Comic Con: The superheroes are still coming.

Comic Con news just in: new Marvel Comic films are on the way, including second installments of Captain America and Thor, both of which have foregone the usual numbers and opted for full titles. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be with us on 4th April 2014, whilst Thor: The Dark World will be out on 8th November 2013. The rest include Ironman 3 which is out on 26th April 2013, Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on 1st August 2014 and Ant-Man does not currently have an official date as of yet.

So lots on the way for comic book fans, we’ll see if they can live up to the hype, especially Ant-Man which has had some footage shown at Comic Con. It starts with two agents at the end of a long white corridor, from which we pull back behind an air vent to reveal Ant-Man. Tiny, red and black suit, a mask. Simple. He jumps through the vent, runs along t he corridor and zaps into a normal size. The agents draw their guns. Ant-Man changes back into his small self and leaps into the mouth of one of the agents and knocks him out. He then grabs the tie of the other, flips him through the window and changes back to normal size. He enters an elevator and shrinks back down again.

We’ll see what this holds and how the others do against the magnitude of comic book films that are also in production right now, which includes two more Garfield Spidermans, Man of Steel with Christopher Nolan’s creative input as producer and more from The Avengers. It’s going to be a fun geek-filled few years.

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