WonderCon Leaving Anaheim For L.A. In 2016
Comic-Con International and the City of Los Angeles have reached an agreement to relocate the annual WonderCon, the sister convention to San Diego Comic-Con, to Los Angeles in 2016. It brings an end to the convention’s four-year stay at the Anaheim Convention Center. Next year’s event will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, already home to the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo video game trade show.
Underscoring this agreement made official this morning is… Read
‘Birdman’ Michael Keaton Back As Batman (Sorta) For ‘SNL’
Michael Keaton has had a pretty outstanding past year, with his turn as a fading superhero movie star in Birdman earning him a Best Actor Oscar nomination and the movie a Best Picture win. But for many fans, like those rooting for another Birdman movie by his character, Keaton will always be known as Batman and/or Beetlejuice, two career-defining roles that just happened to have been in movies released more than a quarter-century ago, in 1989 and 1988, respectively.
Driver Charged In ZombieWalk Crowd Incident At Comic-Con
The deaf driver who hit and seriously injured a 64-year-old woman during Comic-Con in San Diego last July has been criminally charged in the matter. Matthew Pocci, 47, is facing one count of reckless driving with injury and one count of personal infliction of great bodily injury, according to the San Diego District Attorney’s office. He is expect in court for arraignment on March 9.
Pocci was driving through San Diego with two other deaf adults and his child in the back… Read
Marvel Cancels ‘Fantastic Four’ Comic Book Series Before Fox 2015 Movie Launch
What’s the old saying? With friends like these … Marvel announced at NY Comic-Con that it has cancelled (or apparently put on a looong hiatus) any further Fantastic Four comic books. This comes just ahead of 20th Century Fox’s launch of another film property based on the comic book next year. Why? We had heard that Marvel wanted to use the Fantastic Four characters in future Avengers films, so it could be a way for Marvel to put pressure on the studio. Or maybe it doesn’t… Read
New York Comic-Con: Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Unveils New Cast Additions, First Images
At New York Comic-Con today, Netflix series Daredevil, which stars Charlie Cox as the blind Marvel Comics superhero/lawyer, announced four new castings. Ayelet Zurer will play Vanessa Marianna, Vondie Curtis-Hall has been cast as Ben Urich, Bob Gunton as Leland “The Owl” Owlsley and Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley. During the panel — the first time the cast and creators have gone Con — the first images and footage from the series were revealed. Moderating the session was… Read
New York Comic-Con: PlayStation’s ‘Powers’ Series Unveil First Trailer (Video)
Here’s our first look at the new live-action PlayStation series that puts a superhero spin on the cop genre. The first trailer for Powers was unveiled today during the show’s panel at New York Comic-Con. We hear Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley) talking about how he used to be able to fly, “but I lost my powers, so they gave me a badge.” He is teamed Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), a “real” detective who wants to learn how a “Power” thinks.
Heyward was among the cast… Read
New York Comic-Con: ‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Premiere Date Unveiled
One day before the Season 5 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead, the blockbuster series’ EP Gale Anne Hurd announced at New York Comic-Con that the second half of its new season will premiere February 8. The international premiere will be February 9. The zombie drama typically splits its seasons, as AMC has done with Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick moderated the panel with Hurd, showrunner Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkland and Greg Nicotero. (Watch… Read
George Clooney Crashes ‘Tomorrowland’ Panel At NY Comic-Con
UPDATE 12:45 PM, with more details throughout: While San Diego’s Comic-Con mostly dwarfs New York’s confab, the latter has stepped up the star power as George Clooney just surprised fans by appearing onstage for Disney’s Tomorrowland panel. It was the opening panel of the weekend-long confab that drew thousands of spike-haired, caped superhero men and bewigged, barely-clad superhero women to the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side.
Clooney wasn’t scheduled to appear on… Read
Cinedigm Grabs Alpine Labs’ Genre-Buster ‘Fight Of The Living Dead’ For ‘Con TV
Cinedigm has acquired Alpine Labs’ hybrid competition reality series Fight Of The Living Dead, the first original series acquisition for ‘Con TV, Cinedigm's direct-to-consumer, streaming network targeting Comic-Con and pop culture fans. The announcement was made today by Cinedigm EVP Digital Networks… Read
Power Lifters: Five Brands That Got A Big Social-Media Lift From Comic-Con
So which films and TV shows got the biggest bump to their social-media accounts during Comic-Con? The Deadline Team already has delivered its verdict on Comic-Con’s big winners (and yawners) overall. And it’s a challenge to be definitive with social media given the dozens of participating properties and connected stars, behind-the-camera notables, superfans and the like.
That said, social-media consulting firm RelishMIX spotted five entertainment properties that hit… Read
So Who Comic-Conquered San Diego?
The fanboy Super Bowl is over. Who made the most of San Diego Comic-Con and who spit the bit? Here’s the view from Deadline staffers who endured endless movie and TV show presentations. We’ll start with features:
WARNER BROS: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
The best Comic-Con panels show fans things they’ve never seen before. From that standpoint, Warner Bros changed the game by making the… Read
Jack Kirby Heirs Blast “Indefensible” Marvel Over SCOTUS Copyright Petition
To quote the Thing from the Fantastic Four – "It's clobberin time!" Just two days after Jack Kirby was honored at Comic-Con, lawyers for the heirs of the comic legend have replied to Marvel and Disney with a pummeling brief filed at the Supreme Court. "Respondents, although called to respond, do not address the legal issues. Instead, they focus on the wrong questions and the wrong court," say lawyer Marc Toberoff and Tom Goldstein, a new attorney on the case, today. After… Read