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Sci-Fi Movies Monday: SDCC 2009 Edition July 27, 2009

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spockComic Con weekend brought big news on all the upcoming genre films. Below we have breakdowns, previews and more for Avatar, Tron, Iron Man, Avengers, Thor, Book of Eli, GI Joe and many more. Get your SDCC run-down below.



SDCC ’09: "Avatar Day": Watch 15 Minutes of Avatar For Free on August 21st
Near the end of the panel for "Avatar" director James Cameron revealed that on August 21st, 15 minutes of footage from the film will be screened for Free in "as many" IMAX 3-D and Digital 3-D theaters Fox can get into.  In addition to the free screenings, the worldwide launch of the first trailer for the movie will take place on same day on all screen formats and online.  You can read the full press release at this link. In regards to the panel, six scenes were shown, equaling about 25 minutes of footage . A video from the panel has been uploaded and you can watch it below. For full text impressions, head on over to Collider, ComingSoon, FirstShowing, io9 and /Film (and here). Here are some various other bites:

Footage from the panel

SDCC ’09: Iron Man 2 Footage Impresses Crowds
The footage of "Iron Man 2" screened at Comic-Con, which featured our first look at War Machine (played by Don Cheadle), brought the audience to its feet.  Cheadle was joined on stage by co-stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man/Tony Stark), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and director Jon Favreau and producer Kevin Feige.  Here are some highlights from the panel:

In a group interview, Favreau said "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and "The Empire Strikes Back" stand as the best examples of making a great sequel:

"There were so many others that didn’t feel as good as the first, but for those two, what we found was that it really gave room to explore the characters," Favreau said in a group interview. "The villain plotlines were very simple, but the stakes were very high. The less you get bogged down in complexity, the more you could really let the audience enjoy what they really like, which are the relationships. You go from Alien to Aliens, and then you want to show them the characters that they’ve invested in and how they’ve changed and change those dynamics by introducing new characters. Don’t just add to the action but throw the relationship into a little bit of a curveball."

Here’s some of what Favreau had to say about the film’s story:

"We’re dealing with an arms race," Favreau continued. "That’s what Iron Man has always been. The thing about an arms race is, when you stop, the world doesn’t. You have windows of opportunity to change the world in good ways while all the bad forces are paralyzed. What happens when those other superpowers emerge? It changes your tactics. Iron Man is dealing with as much as he can based on saying, ‘I am Iron Man.’ And what that has meant is to keep the world at bay with that new technology and who he was and how that changes now with the emergence of Mickey."

More from Favreau in an interview with IGN below.

And rounding out the coverage for "Iron Man 2" (in theaters on May 7, 2010), check out this interview with Sam Rockwell (Justin Hammer).

SDCC ’09: Tron Legacy Teaser/Concept Trailer Released

In addition to the title reveal and logo for "Tron Legacy" (shown above via AICN), the teaser/concept trailer shown during last year’s Comic-Con has been officially released online.  The test footage was shot by director Joseph Kosinski to prove his vision of the film to Disney. Just to note, none of this will be in the actual film (which is still dated TBA 2010). Watch it below.  For impressions of the panel, head on over to, Collider and FirstShowing, io9, SCI FI Wire and /Film (and here).

Teaser/Concept trailer

Flynn’s Arcade (re-created at Comic-Con)

New Light Cycle Reveal

Flynn’s New Light Cycle [more at AICN and SCI FI Wire]

Concept Art [more at io9]

SDCC ’09: Wanted 2 Starts Shooting in Eight Weeks
The script for "Wanted 2" is complete and Mark Millar (who wrote the graphic novel) says the film will begin shooting in eight weeks.  Millar revealed the news in an interview with Superhero Hype! and added that the sequel would revolve around the international group of assassins from issues 4 and 5 of his graphic novel.  Timur Bekmambetov will return to direct and he spoke [SPOILERS AHEAD] about how Angelina Jolie’s character could return:

We are working hard to wake her up. She was deadly wounded. The bullet’s still there (in her head), and now it’s a process of how to wake her up. There has to be a reason for that. We survive if we have a reason to live. She decided [to shoot herself], it’s her decision. And now we are trying to figure out what’s the motivation for her to resurrect. It’s happening. I think we will make it happen.

SDCC ’09: Gary Oldman Says Next Batman Starts Shooting in 2010
During the panel for WB’s "The Book of Eli" Gary Oldman, who played Commissioner Gordon in "The Dark Knight", said that the next film in the series will begin shooting next year, with a release expected shortly thereafter: “The next batman is next year, so I think it is two years away. But you didn’t hear it from me.” Oldman later backtracked a bit on his comments in an interview with AICN, claiming: “well, I’m sure they want to do another one… it might 2 or 3 years…”

SDCC ’09: The Hobbit Script Due in Three Weeks + LOTR Blu-ray News
Peter Jackson revealed that the first draft of the script for "The Hobbit" is just three weeks away from being delivered to the studio.  Jackson also debunked rumors surrounding casting, explaining that the films aren’t even officially green lit yet and they can’t begin the casting process until there is a budget and schedule in place.  Plans are still in place for the first ‘Hobbit’ to hit theaters in December 2011 followed by its sequel in December 2012.  In other news, Jackson confirmed that the first Blu-ray releases of the "LOTR" films will be the theatrical versions, with the extended version — perhaps including new bonus content — to follow the following year.  Read more of Jackson’s thoughts on other films, including "The Lovely Bones", at the source links.

SDCC ’09: Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks The Avengers Lineup, Thor and Captain America
We’re still a ways out before "The Avengers" gears into production, but Marvel is already beginning to shore up who they expect to be part of the film’s line-up:

Do you know what heroes are we going to be putting in The Avengers? How close are you to discovering who the core characters are?

Kevin Feige: I think we know. I think it’s going to be Iron Man and Thor, Captain America and Nick Fury. I think it’s safe to assume that there will be some members of the Hulk universe in the film as well. In terms of the additional I think Black Widow, sure. The SHIELD organization for sure. What’s exciting, for me, about The Avengers movie is seeing those four characters interact with each other. I think anywhere from the first issues of The Avengers to Civil War the dynamic between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark is just awesome, it’s fascinating. It brings out sides in others that won’t be brought out in the other franchises. Going forward with the mix is a whole other thing, I think it will be cool. So to pile on another 15 or 10, frankly more than four would be too many.

Feige also discussed more casting announcements for "Thor", saying that they’re "closing in on Odins and Heimdals and the Warriors Three," for the film, which begins filming in January.  The next film expected to begin production after "Thor" is "The First Avenger: Captain America" but Feige says he doesn’t expect an announcement on who’ll play Captain America for "a few months."  And finally, Feige described why they settled on Chris Hemsworth to play Thor:

"You know what, it’s one of those rare things that doesn’t happen often, but people like me always say it, so it probably sounds cliche," Feige said. "We auditioned a lot of people. We did a lot of screen tests. We put a lot of people on video, and one guy just kept popping out, and it was Chris. You realize, regardless of what he’s saying or how he’s saying it, you’re engaged with him. It’s that movie-star quality which I think he has, and, thankfully, looks like Thor, which is a good combination."

SDCC ’09: Zemeckis Wont’ Confirm Or Deny Roger Rabbit Rumors
During the ‘Christmas Carol’ portion of Disney’s 3-D panel, director Robert Zemeckis was asked to respond to rumors surrounding a possible sequel to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".  Zemeckis at first dodged the question, saying only that he could “neither confirm or deny" the rumors.  But upon being pressed further, Zemeckis offered:

“I will tell you this, if that ever does happen, the 2D characters from the original movie will remain 2D. They will not be dimensionalized. Not to say there wont be 3D [in the movie].”

In an earlier interview with AICN, Zemeckis spoke about how committed he was to advancing performance capture, and seemed to suggest it was only a matter of time before we’d see a sequel to ‘Roger Rabbit’:

"I’m really committed to getting this art form [performance capture] off of the ground, but of course I would and I’m never going to say never to anything, but right now though I really want to make sure that we get this out there so that younger filmmakers have these absolutely breathtaking tools that they can use."

Bob Hoskins is also keen on making a return to the property, and confirmed that it’s been on his and Robert’s mind lately:

AICN: Did you have any discussions with him about returning as Eddie Valiant?

Hoskins: Oh yes, he always has them with me. He loves Eddie Valiant and he would love to do it. We talk about it and it’s something we are thinking about.

For coverage and impressions of Zemeckis’ upcoming 3-D performance-capture film "A Christmas Carol", head on over to /Film.

SDCC ’09: Alice in Wonderland Teaser Trailer
The teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s 3-D "Alice in Wonderland" was released during Comic-Con, watch it below.

During the Q&A session with Burton, he revealed that the film is based not just off of Lewis Caroll’s books, but really "all of his material," including his poem "Jaberwocky".  Also revealed during the panel was that Stephen Fry is the voice of Cheshire the Cat.  For more complete impressions of the panel, head on over to First Showing, SCI FI Wire, /Film, ComingSoon and Collider.

Sam Raimi Will Direct World of Warcraft
Sam Raimi will direct and supervise the development of a film adaptation of the hit video game "World of Warcraft", Variety and AICN report.  Raimi will move into development of the project as soon as he completes work on "Spider-Man 4". “At its core, ‘Warcraft’ is a fantastic, action-packed story,” Raimi said in a statement.


Alice in Wonderland

Posters [more at SCI FI Wire]

Aliens in the Attic [more at IGN]

A Nightmare on Elm Street

First look at Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger [MySpace]

U.S. Poster [IGN]

Astro Boy [Wired]

The Cabin in the Woods

U.S. Posters [one more at ComingSoon]

District 9 [USA Today and SCI FI Wire–click for more]

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Unmasked Storm Shadow (played by Byung-hun Lee) [JoBlo]

Green Hornet

The Black Beauty [/Film–more at]

How to Train Your Dragon

Concept art by art director Pierre-Olivier Vincent [/Film]

Jennifer’s Body [CinemaBlend]

Ninja Assassin

U.S. Poster [MTV]

Pandorum [io9]

Prince of Persia

U.S. Poster [/Film]

First look at Jake Gyllenhaal as Prince Dastan [EW]

Character Poster Art [Empire and ComingSoon]

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

[more at SCI FI Wire and Bella & Edward]




Extended clip

Aliens in the Attic

Clip: "The Revenge"


Astro Boy

Kristen Bell discusses her role

The Book of Eli


G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Two new clips [Yahoo! Movies]

TV Spots

Two more: 1 || 2

Green Hornet

Footage of the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty

Green Lantern: First Flight

Watch the first four minutes

Hot Tub Time Machine

Red band trailer

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus


Two more: 1 | 2

Ninja Assassin

U.S. Trailer


Comic-Con Trailer

The Time Traveler’s Wife

TV Spots

Three more: 1 || 2 || 3


U.S. Trailer


San Diego Comic-Con Zombie Walk




Iron Man 2 [Video Game]


Nobody Watches the Watchmen

Rorschach meets his maker — Alan Moore!


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1. AJ - July 27, 2009

So far, Marvel has a successful “Iron Man” property and two clunkers with the “Hulk” franchise. I would think “Avengers” is a small un-greenlit gleam in someone’s eye until the cash is counted from IM2, Thor and Cap. “Thor” is a Mighty question mark with Kenneth Branagh directing, and Cap is an anachronism with limited global appeal.

And, from what I recall from my Marvel days (1970s-80s), Hulk was not an Avenger anyway.

Enough bitching. If they’re good, I’ll be there.

2. la'Hom Ho'neH jorDe' vestai-VamPyr - July 27, 2009

Comic-Con was Glorious!!

3. Brad - July 27, 2009

Thor is going to be Thorrible!!! It would be a writing miracle to make a Thor movie believable.

4. Xander - July 27, 2009

why is it that the admins here selectively delete posts and replace them with other’s?

What is the point in giving a contribution if its just going to be replaced?

I shant bother coming to this site anymore, its gone down hill very quickly.

5. Jeffrey S. Nelson - July 27, 2009

Good news about Tim Burton doing “Dark Shadows” next with Johnny Depp. Parade Magazine reported a few weeks back that original Barnabas Collins actor Jonthan Frid will do a cameo. Perhaps as Professor Stokes? Fangs for the memories!

6. Another Q - July 27, 2009

Short Review – Green Lantern: First Flight
Good introduction story, animation is like that of
Saturday morning cartoons, not motion picture
quality. More for adults though, quite a few cuss
words (I won’t let my 5-year-old watch it, although
every parent is different). Overall pretty good and
watchable if you’re a Green Lantern fan.

7. Khan was framed - July 27, 2009

Number 1, you are confined to quarters!

The Incredible Hulk made almost as much as Iron Man, do your homework!

And get recent, too! Hulk isn’t an Avenger, he’s the problem they have to stop.

I do agree however that a Thor movie is risky & since Americana is pretty unpopular these days, Cap better find a way to do a little less flag waving…nobody wants to see that!

8. tman - July 27, 2009

From what I’ve read, the Thor movie would focus on the back story of Thor, not on the same character in a modern setting. If they do that, I can imagine it working no less than Princes of Persia, God of War, etc. I don’t know what people here have against Branagh. I can’t think of Branagh ever trying to do an action film, so why assume he can’t.

9. Andy Patterson - July 27, 2009

3 ” It would be a writing miracle to make a Thor movie believable.”

I’m not putting it in their hands….I’m putting it in Branagh’s hands. I have had, and continue to have faith in this project.

Iron Man 2 still sounds killer. After Star Trek TOS on BluRay…the first Iron Man was my first BluRay purchase.

I remember Tron when it came out. It was really nothing more than a novelty to me at the time. The test trailer looks really cool!

10. Andy Patterson - July 27, 2009


I’m jealous.

11. Driver - July 27, 2009

“2012” director Roland Emmerich says that the film will be his last disaster movie.

Well, Duh!

12. Capt. of the USS Anduril - July 27, 2009

Hmph. Roland Emmerich says 2012 will be his last disaster movie? I call BS. He can’t seem to do anything right but those…and even those usually suck.

13. Jim Nightshade - July 27, 2009

Hulk was an Avenger back in the 60s lee/kirby and they also had to fight him since hes so hard to control–the two avenger cartoons had the same back story with the hulk–I loved Tron when it came out and the video game too-it was the very 1st computer movie and every movie after owes Tron the history of being 1st-way ahead of its time-also as an electronic oz of sorts it was a pretty cool storyline too–yah if kb makes Thor into a ppopular movie it would surprise me-like the ff i kinda think lee/kirby thor would be tough to translate to the movie medium–if they can pull it off-wow! Roland Emmerichs 2012 is based on a novel by whitely streiber as was the day after tomorrow,am i remembering that title right? Anyone interested in strieber for paranormal his most original website is think my two favorite websites are and

14. screaming satellite - July 28, 2009


Incredible Hulk made about 255m ww

Iron Man made about 570m

15. Dom - July 28, 2009

1. AJ

Bruce Banner is part of The Ultimates team in Marvel’s satirical Ultimate Universe equivalent of The Avengers. I have no doubt that The Ultimates will have at least some bearing on a new Avengers film.

The Ultimates proved that all these characters can still work. And the point of Captain America is that he is an anachronism! ;) That’s partly why Tony Stark and Steve Rogers have such an interesting interplay!

I presume they’ll have to call it Marvel’s (The) Avengers to differentiate it from the Patrick Macnee television series!

16. Dances With Klingons - July 28, 2009

Tron Legacy will be fun! Now if only Universal would reboot “The Last Starfighter” which was the better of the early CGI movies.

17. Shadowcat - July 28, 2009

I loved Wanted! James McAvoy was fantastic as Wesley Gibson. Okay, I have a horrible crush on James. IMHO the movie was much better than the comic. I was wondering when Wanted 2 was going to start filming. I figured the writers would find a way to bring Fox back for the next installment.

I loved Dark Shadows as a kid. I used to rush home after school to watch the show. I am curious about how Johnny Depp will portray Banabas Collins.

18. Electron - July 28, 2009

@11 and 12, Of course 2012 is his last disaster movie. He won’t be able to make any more because the world is going to end on December 21st, 2012. DUH!

19. AJ - July 28, 2009



The Tony Stark-Steve Rogers thing sounds interesting. I’ll look forward to it. To me, the Avengers was Ant/Giant-Man, The Wasp, Captain America, The Vision, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Thor, Iron Man, etc.

I share the skepticism that “Thor” could suck. I always enjoyed the sidetrips to Asgard as part of the traditional Dr. Blake/Thor in NYC storyline. But, focusing on his home-life could de-Marvelize the film into a Norse mythology flick/LOTR clone. I haven’t read a Thor comic since they cost 40 cents, so I’m way outta date.

20. Green-Blooded-Bastard - July 28, 2009

I liked the Ed Norton Hulk a lot. Hulk was an original Avenger, but I understand the need for a plot line so I have no issues with him being the catalyst for the formation of the Avengers, then him becoming one.

21. AJ - July 28, 2009

The review of “Avatar’s” SDCC footage reveal over on AICN was decidedly “meh…” from an FX standpoint.

22. sensor ghost - July 28, 2009

I really, really hope that it’s true that they’ll start filming the next Batman next year. Can’t wait much longer. *antsy*

Aliens in the Attic looks like the most insufferable garbage imaginable. Except for the yellow Camaro. Same color as mine but 4th gen. I like. <3

23. Captain Dunsel - July 28, 2009

Hmmm.. I rather like that Seth Rogen is basically staying with the “classic” Black Beauty design from the 60’s. I always thought that was a car that lived up to its name… a Beauty.

I’m still a bit leery of *him* playing the Green Hornet, but I like what I’m hearing him say about the approach to the material. And Cage would probably make a good adversary.

This one is moving from the “OMG, What The F?!” column to the, “Maybe we’ll wait and see” list.

24. Jim Nightshade - July 28, 2009

Hmmm Since NERO was the first Hulk, maybe STAR TREK: THE RETURN OF THE INCREDIBLE NERO could be the second movie…hes mad…hes green…after a gamma ray bombarbment from the collapsing wormhole Nero gets Mean and Green and goes mega on Kirks poor ass! If you thought Kirk got beat up too much in the first movie just wait! HEHEHEH

25. Kevin Rubio - July 28, 2009

Dances w/ Klingons-

Me thinks you remember things better than they were. TRON was soooo much better than TLS

26. Chadwick - July 29, 2009

WHAT!!!!!!! We don’t see Tron Legacy till 2011? What a buzz kill.

27. download dvd films - August 8, 2009

Tron Legacy will be fun! Now if only Universal would reboot “The Last Starfighter” which was the better of the early CGI movies.Thnx!!!

28. John - January 25, 2010

I love iron man and avatar had incredible special effects. There is never enough sci fi. I have always been an comic fan and will watch them all when they come out.

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31. surviving disasters - April 8, 2011

In a way he is rite, but after the tradgy that haiti went through i personally think everyone should of had a part
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