SDCC: Friday Round-Up

Watching the Watchmen:

Friday’s highlight was without question the Warner Bros. panel in “Hall H” featuring the much-anticipated film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ immortal Watchmen. Director Zach Snyder and company did not disappoint. With his entire cast on hand–Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Comedian), Carla Gugino (Silk Spectre), Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach), Billy Crudup (Dr. Manhattan), Patrick Wilson (Nite Owl II) and Matthew Goode (Ozymandias)–Snyder presented new footage from the film and discussed its process; all with a humility, dedication to the spirit of the work and self-deprecating sense of humor that may have been surprising to some given his last film’s (300) criticism by some as mere “war porn.”

Like everyone else at the Con, I saw the Watchmen preview prior to seeing The Dark Knight–and Snyder knew well enough not to bring the trailer. Instead, he cut a series of extended scenes that elaborate on some of the clips in the trailer. The new footage was magnificent and, of course, we were not allowed to capture any of it. The discussion that followed, however, was what really made the panel. Every actor enthusiastically contributed–rare for this large a panel–and all seemed genuinely awed by the project, its themes and its scope. The Watchmen movie looks very promising; but don’t tell Alan Moore.

Above is the actual set-piece of the ship used in Watchmen. Below is the interior.

Not long after Watchmen let out came the Ghostbusters video game panel–at least that was when it was scheduled. Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz) and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zedmore) who voiced their respective characters in the game along most of the original cast were supposed to be there. Instead, the entire panel was canceled. So much for that. The game, however, didn’t look half bad.

I spent the rest of the day grabbing pics to help Dot with her costume review before taking off to see the 8:50 screening of Ralph Bakshi’s classic psychedelic animated feature, Wizards. Bakshi was there to introduce the film and announce plans for a sequel (one in which he swears Avatar will finally close the deal with Elinore). Bakshi figured the only people going to the screening–one even he hadn’t heard about until today–had to be real fans. He was right.

Fantasy Celebrity Sighting of the Day:

That’s Sergio Aragones, folks. Groo master. Counting his green.


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