As we gird our loins for this week’s San Diego schlep to Comic-Con–which is not my idea of a good time, just getting into everything is an enormous chore–the revelations are coming fast and furious. Yes, we will see Cowboys and Aliens and Captain America there, and Steven Spielberg is making his first appearance with The Adventures of Tintin–as is another veteran filmmaker, Francis Ford Coppola, with his indie horror film TWIXT. DreamWorks/Disney is promoting Fright Night, with Colin Farrell on hand. Universal is presenting a panel on Snow White and the Huntsman, which hasn’t even started shooting yet, but why miss an opportunity to highlight star Kristen Stewart, who’s there anyway for Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn?
EW offers a special Comic-Con preview and splashes Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man on the cover (inside are photos from the set). I often think these guys in tights, whether real or CG, look silly and this is no exception. Sony will try to break down my resistance by showing new material on the film to the fan hordes in cavernous Hall H.
This year, more indies are hitting Comic-Con: besides Summit, Film District is showcasing Drive and Guillermo del Toro’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, while Relativity offers an early look at material from John Cusack comeback bid The Raven, The Immortals and Steven Soderbergh’s kickboxing flick Haywire. Focus Features is promoting ParaNorman, its follow-up to Coraline.
TV is always strong at the Con: panels abound including Fox’s Fringe, HBO’s Game of Thrones and True Blood, AMC’s The Walking Dead, Starz’s Torchwood: Miracle Day, and Showtime’s Dexter and Shameless.
The two things I know I can get into are the ICv2 Conference on Comics, Media, and Digital on Wednesday, where I will moderate a panel called “Selling Comics in Hollywood–State of the Market,” as well as John Campea’s always packed Masters of the Web panel on Thursday at 4 PM–because I’m on it, along with Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta, Movieline’s Jen Yamato, FilmSchoolRejects’ Scott Beggs, Movieweb’s Sasha Perl-Raver, Screenrant’s Vic Holtreman, Moviefone’s Jenna Bush, and JoBlo’s Mike Sampson.