Now that San Diego Comic-Con is over, let's take a look at how are the winners and losers from the entire convention. Many movie studios brought their best and brightest for 2014 and 2015, but somehow somethings just fell short.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
This was probably the shortest panel of the entire convention, while at the same time, it was the most satisfying. Warner Bros and DC went big with their presentation with a short 15-second teaser trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. After the teaser was screened, Zack Snyder brought out Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot on the Hall H stage. Although they didn't speak, their appearance in the convention hall was much appreciated to the thousands (including myself) who camped out for hours beforehand. Oh, and they ran the teaser again!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Although the Marvel panel started 20 minutes late, the footage screened for The Avengers: Age of Ultron for Hall H was spectacular. We got a good look at Ultron, the sequel film's action, and Tony Stark's Hulkbuster armor. The cast was a big draw for the first film, so it was very pleasing that Marvel decided to run a clip that featured the entire Age of Ultron cast hanging out trying to pick up Thor's hammer. We also got a better sense of the action and comedy the sequel would surely feature.
There were rumblings that Paramount was going to do something special for Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con and the movie studio didn't disappoint. While the footage screened for Interstellar was amazing, the appearance of Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan was surprising and unexpected. The best part of Paramount's presentation of Interstellar was that Hall H was half-full, so it made the event even more special for the lucky ones inside, like me.
Mad Max: Fury Road
This one was a big surprise because no one was expecting Mad Max: Fury Road to look this good. No one was also expecting Mad Max: Fury Road period. However, when the car scene footage was screened in Hall H, it was the talk of the convention. Leave it up to George Miller to cut together an amazing car chase.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
It seems that no one was itching for a sequel to the original Sin City and the people in Hall H seriously let the panel know that. Everything about this panel was tiresome and boring. The energy in Hall H during the presentation was really low and not even footage from the sequel film woke the audience up. Even with a mention of Sin City 3, the audience in Hall H were still uninterested in Sin City 2.
NBC poured a lot of promotion for the upcoming TV pilot for Constantine. You couldn't go anywhere in San Diego without seeing something from the NBC TV show. Sadly, after watching the pilot, we're not going to hear much from it after NBC cancels it after two episodes.
20th Century Fox
Some people were expecting Fox to show something for their sole comic book movie property in 2015, Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot. Instead the movie studio opted to show the good people at Comic-Con nothing. Not footage. Not a trailer. Not even a logo for the new film. Fox also showcased movies that didn't really belong to Comic-Con like Let's Be Cops and the weak sauce Hit Man: Agent 47, while the studio's YA offerings The Maze Runner didn't have a strong enough following to justify a Hall H presence.
A highlight was Kingsman: The Secret Service, but the panel itself didn't really highlight the film's impressive cast. Yes, they screened two scenes and an extended teaser, but why bring out the entire cast for a Q&A and not ask them any questions?