San Diego Comic Con 2015 Recap

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One of the items on my “things to do before I die” list is attend the San Diego Comic Con. This event is attended by thousands and thousands of film and genre fans every summer and pulls out A-list talent on an unprecedented scale. As a film aficionado, this one convention represents the holy grail of new and exciting movie news. While I once again did not have the pleasure of attending this year’s event, I was able to keep up with much of the news via the wonders of the internet. So here is my run down on San Diego Comic Con 2015 (SDCC15).

*Minor spoilers for several films and TV programs to follow*
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My Top Comic Book Movies!

This year, in honor of Free Comic Book Day, I started thinking about comic book movies. I myself have only read a few full-length graphic novels, and even fewer long-running series, so my knowledge of the comic book world is mostly dependent on which comics wind up adapted as movies or TV series. My absolute hands-down favorite will always be The Crow, which laid the aesthetic groundwork for every urban gothic film from Blade to Underworld, but it’s not really the kind of movie I think of when I think “comic book movie.” With that in mind, here are just a few of my other favorite comic book movies.

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Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Check out the movie here.
Check out the comic here.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the most cartoonish live-action movie I’ve ever seen. This adaptation is not only astoundingly faithful to the original comics by Brian Lee O’Malley, it looks very much like a comic book come to life. Director Edgar Wright–a seasoned favorite of the nerd crowd–uses split screens, exaggerated computer graphics, and videogame sound effects to create a world where life is literally a game. Sometimes you even get a second life! This type of nostalgia-driven wish fullfilment fantasy is the sort of thing that will only appeal to an audience base that either lived through the era being lampooned onscreen, or the younger generation who wishes they had. It’s a fun, silly, energetic love letter to the 2-bit gaming culture of the late ’80s and early ’90s, and a great ride even if you don’t get all the reference jokes.

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Building Worlds and Universes

If you had told me 20 years ago that there would a film that had Iron Man, Hawkeye, Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk and Thor in one film, I would have said that you were dreaming. In fact, I WAS dreaming of just such a movie. In the comic book wasteland that was the mid to late 90’s, a film like this was truly unthinkable. Not only did different characters belong to different movie studios (which is still the case for some franchises today) but few directors were willing to tackle the world of comics.

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Perhaps the best thing that has happened for comic films in the past two decades (and maybe for comics in general) was the bankruptcy of Marvel Comics. This was the impetus that resulted in creation of Marvel Studios and the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Continue reading “Building Worlds and Universes”