Comic-Con 2015: Ryan Reynolds shows off Deadpool trailer

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Comic-Con Reveals How Hollywood’s Next Crop of Superheroes Could Step out of Marvel’s Shadow.

The annual Comic Con took place in San Diego over the weekend, which means it’s time for some blurry audience-shot vertical videos of screened trailers. San Diego Comic-Con has become one of the world’s biggest celebrations of pop culture and a major marketing opportunity to build hype for film and television shows.SAN DIEGO — In the end, it was not even close: “Deadpool” from 20th Century Fox won Comic-Con — and one reason behind its success here should make studios nervous.

Fans were so excited about the new footage that Reynolds, who was presenting with director Tim Miller and the rest of the cast, showed the trailer twice. Ryan Reynolds introduced the first proper trailer for Deadpool at a panel, which is a reworking of the hugely popular test footage that kick-started the project back into life, cut together with some insight into the superhero’s backstory.

The convention, which began in the 1970s to celebrate comics, has branched out to become four days of star-studded panels, featuring a host of celebrities promoting new blockbusters and celebrating cult favourites. Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Oscar Isaac led the fifteen main cast members of next year’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” each hinting at where their respective characters are in the new film. Revealed during the publisher’s Women in Marvel panel Sunday morning, the new Blade is Fallon Grey, the sixteen-year-old offspring of Eric Brooks, the original Blade — not that she knows that when the series opens. You’d have thought the studios would have learned to have the full HD versions prepped to go online by now, given the inevitability of someone filming the trailers from the back of auditoriums at Comic Con, but it looks like we won’t be seeing anything other than this appallingly-shot version for a few weeks. “As much as I want the #deadpool footage from #SDCC officially released, the VFX shots aren’t done yet. Director Bryan Singer said “Apocalypse” was set in the 1980s, 10 years after the events of 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” While the world is more accepting of mutants, they themselves are still coming to terms with their powers and intentions, and deal with new evils.

Sometimes there is only scattered applause, signaling a looming box-office disaster. (Example: “The Host,” Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” follow-up.) But typically all of the trailers and montages shown by studios get at least solidly polite clapping. In it, we meet Reynolds’ Wade Wilson, a man who accepts his cancer diagnosis as fatal, until an organization promises to heal him and turn him into a superhero. We have something for you in 3 weeks,” Ryan Reynolds tweeted from the event. “(It’s) the most faithful adaptation of a comic book to a movie I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I’ve only ever done one other proper—actually not proper—superhero movie [The Green Lantern].” Along with Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, Deadpool sees Marvel go down a more comical, self-referential route, sending up the genre and laughing at its tropes. Jackman, who has played Wolverine in every “X-Men” movie since 2000, said he’ll be hanging up the claws after 2017’s “Wolverine” sequel, hinting at the possibility of seeing an older version of his character in the final film.

Studios (home of DC Comics) and Twentieth Century Fox (home of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, Marvel characters not owned by Marvel Studios proper). Illustrated by Logan Faerber, the series will be written by Tim Seeley, a man with lots of experience in supernatural stories starring teen girls, thanks to his long-running independent series Hack/Slash.

The very R-rated trailer features Reynolds’ Deadpool mouthing off in all sorts of hilarious ways, something the actor said was a “miracle” to accomplish. “I think this character inhabits a space in the comic universe that no character can or will ever inhabit,” Reynolds said, according to MTV News. “I think it’s an absolute miracle that a studio let us make ‘Deadpool,’ let alone a rated-R Deadpool.” The highlight of the Star Wars panel was the surprise appearance of Harrison Ford, who reflected on returning to the films, and the character that launched his career. And rarely has the crowd here responded like it did late Saturday to footage from “Deadpool,” a coming comic-based movie starring Ryan Reynolds as an extra-witty, extra-violent, extra-foul-mouthed Marvel superhero. “Deadpool” received an instantaneous standing ovation in Hall H, a rarity, and there was immediate chanting to play it again, which the studio did.

Over the course of those two panels, it became more evident than ever that WB and Fox know they can’t beat Marvel at their own, highly lucrative game. (As opposed to Sony who, in loaning the character of Spider-Man back to Marvel, seem to have adopted an “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” attitude.) Disney-owned Marvel built their brand on family-friendly heroes like the squeaky-clean Captain America and Thor. Fans were treated to a clip of behind-the-scenes footage which showed explosions, robotic creatures and intricate sets, before being “escorted” by Stormtroopers to a live concert of composer John Williams’ Star Wars score at a nearby venue. Twitter lit up with positive feedback, as did fan blogs. “There is no debate who won Comic-Con on Saturday,” wrote Gregory Ellwood on, noting that “Deadpool” got a hotter response than Warner’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” How “Deadpool” will ultimately be received by rank-and-file ticket buyers when Fox releases it in February is still anyone’s guess. Also announced during the panel were a second series for Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and an audio adaptation of the critically-acclaimed Ms. Fans also got a first look at the film highlighting a band of anti-heroes including Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot and Jared Leto’s Joker.

Reynolds has a troubled history of filling seats. (Example: “Green Lantern.”) But the enormously positive response from hard-core fans reveals something Hollywood may need to note. The series, adapted from Suzanne Collins’ novels, tells the story of Katniss Everdeen’s battle to survive in a reality TV-style life-and-death game in a post-apocalyptic future state.

Fans were also shown exclusive footage of upcoming gothic drama “Victor Frankenstein” and dystopian young adult adventure “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.” Set in a Wyoming haberdashery, this explosive group of bounty hunters, lawmen, outlaws and veterans — played by the likes of Kurt Russell, Tim Roth and Walton Goggins — take shelter from a blizzard and try to keep the peace.

Tarantino also hinted that he might continue to make movies, despite previously pledging to only make 10 films, because “directors don’t get better as they get older”. Actor Bill Murray stole the show in his first appearance at Comic-Con, promoting his film Rock the Casbah, making a rockstar-like entrance before leading the crowd in song. Murray, who had long-resisted the idea of appearing in a third movie, said he approved of the all-female cast for the reboot — starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kat McKinnon. And it’s no secret that Warners plans to continue in this gritty direction as two of the most famous superheroes of all time will spend the duration of Snyder’s sequel Batman v Superman hating and beating on each other. Snyder promised the Comic-Con crowd that Batman—who Ben Affleck described as “at the end of his rope” and “a burnout”—would get “pummeled like a piñata” by Superman.

Director David Ayer made it clear that his super villain team-up film is a direct reaction to Marvel’s brand. ”All this good vs. evil shit is kind of played out right now,” Ayer told the hyped-up audience, ”It’s time for bad vs. evil. I don’t want to start no East Coast/West Coast feud with Marvel comics now, but hey, someone’s gotta say the truth.” With the immense popularity of TV shows like Empire and Game of Thrones, it’s pretty safe to assume that modern audiences have a thirst for schemers, bad guys, and violence. His co-star Kate Mara called their film “really grounded and raw and maybe darker than what people are used to” while Kebbell explained that the allure of villains is that they are human and “very relatable” as opposed to the platonic ideal of Captain America. And while Marvel may excel at heroes, with the exception of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki or Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin, they haven’t quite mastered the art of the relatable villain. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman unveiled some key art for his final Wolverine movie which showed his famous character Logan with one solitary middle Adamantium claw extended.

And while square-jawed white guys were still in the majority on the Fox and Warner Bros. panels, some of the biggest star power came from players like Suicide Squad leading man Will Smith and X-Men star Jennifer Lawrence. Jordan told the crowd that being able to play the usually-white Johnny Storm was like “living out a childhood dream.” And despite the general fervor around Jared Leto’s Joker, it was Margot Robbie’s unhinged Harley Quinn who took center stage in the first Suicide Squad trailer. But since Marvel hasn’t even announced who is playing their first lead female superhero, Warner Bros. and Fox just gained a lot of points with audiences who’d like to see themselves better represented in blockbuster films. Marvel’s Shadow Still Looms: It wasn’t just David Ayer’s fighting words or Stan Lee’s appearance that reminded the Hall H audience that Marvel is, for now, still the true king of Comic-Con.

During the Fox panel Ryan Reynolds cracked wise about his time as DC superhero Green Lantern calling that poorly received 2011 movie “not proper” comic book fare. That joke found its way into the Deadpool trailer when Reynolds’ character Wade Wilson says, “Just promise me you won’t make the supersuit animated or green.” So now it’s Fox vs.

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