Comic-Con: Five big movie moments, from Bill Murray to ‘Star Wars’

14 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘I’m going to hurt you really bad': Jared Leto portrays a menacing Joker as Margot Robbie wields a bat in ominous first trailer for Suicide Squad.

The three-minute preview gave a little more insight into the mysterious project which stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Cara Delevingne among several others. The film, which follows a group of DC Comic supervillians, stars Jared Leto as the Joker, as well as Will Smith, Viola Davis, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney.Like a power-hungry supervillain, Hollywood long ago conquered Comic-Con International, turning what was once a local meet-up for San Diego’s comic book cognoscenti into a full-on marketing blitz for big-budget sci-fi, fantasy and superhero movies. The 43-year-old Oscar winner looked almost unrecognisable with pasty white make-up and neon green hair as he looked like he was administer electric shock torture on a victim.

Many of the top titles previewed inside Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center over the weekend debuted corresponding trailers online, while those that didn’t – X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool and Suicide Squad among them – saw pirated footage leak onto the internet shortly after their splashy presentations. (Suicide Squad responded to the breach by releasing its teaser on Monday; the Deadpool footage is expected in a few weeks.) But which commercials rated highest among fans? While some big-name studios sat out this year’s convention, including Marvel, Paramount and Sony, others were happy to fill the void with capes, lightsabers and the Murricane himself. The preview, which made its way online after debuting at Comic-Con, shows the green-haired goon holding a dastardly-looking tool and saying, “I’m not going to kill you. The clip begins with government agents talking over dinner including Amanda Waller, played by Viola Davis, who makes an interesting suggestion: ‘I want to assemble a task force of the most dangerous people on the planet who I think could so some good.’ ‘And if anything goes wrong we blame them, we have built them deniability.

I’m just gonna hurt you really, really bad.” The rest of the trailer sets up the plot for the highly anticipated flick, which is due out August 5th, 2016 and finds a band of baddies from the D.C. Getting people to act against their own self interest is what I do for a living.’ It quickly transitions to inside of a high-security prison, giving the first look of 25-year-old Robbie in her role as fan-favourite baddie Harley Quinn. According to data compiled by ListenFirstMedia, Batman v Superman had the most overall activity on social media platforms, nearly doubling Comic-Con runner-up The Walking Dead. (Game of Thrones did not release a trailer or feature during its panel, but HBO did put out an audition video. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday.

Bill Murray made his Comic-Con debut in memorable fashion Thursday, taking the stage to promote his upcoming music-themed comedy “Rock the Kasbah” in a character-appropriate outfit of aviator shades, floral-print bandanna and wide-collared shirt. Murray, who plays a washed-up rock tour manager stranded in Afghanistan, had the convention crowd eating ouf of the palm of his hand as he discussed such diverse subjects as his breakfast (bagels and tequila), his experience shooting “Kasbah” in Morocco, the Confederate flag controversy, his famous role in “Ghostbusters” and Miley Cyrus. The cast’s notable antiheroes include Batman staples Harley Quinn (played by actress Margot Robbie), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Deadshot (Will Smith) and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), among others. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. “We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”

Ben Affleck, who’s set to portray Batman in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (see that movie’s trailer here), will also portray the Dark Knight in Suicide Squad. Six years ago, Ryan Reynolds’ portrayal of the comic book antihero Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” left many fans with a bad taste in their mouths. The clip then shows the villains coming together as Harley Quinn sings the Bee Gees’ “I Started a Joke,” making for a fitting lead-up to Leto’s character. Let’s go save the world!’ Seen for a short period of time was Batman, portrayed by Ben Affleck, who is shown momentarily while clutching onto the top of Joker’s shiny pink Ferrari. Reynolds finally got some redemption at Comic-Con on Saturday when he unveiled a violent, profane teaser video for “Deadpool,” the spinoff movie that will return the character to his familiar roots.

Warner Bro.’s marketing chief Sue Kroll addressed the leak in a statement: ‘It’s unfortunate and ultimately damaging that one individual broke a long-standing trust we have enjoyed with our fans at the convention by posting early material, which, at this point, was not intended for a wider audience.’ The blockbuster movie derived from DC Comics is centred around a secret government agency who recruits imprisoned supervillains to perform missions swapped for clemency. J,” he wrote, referencing the 75th anniversary of the Joker’s first appearance in a comic book. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Returning to the setting where he first announced that he’d be making his ensemble western “The Hateful Eight,” despite a script leak, Quentin Tarantino tantalized Comic-Con with a seven-minute preview of the Christmas Day release.

With Marvel Studios nowhere to be found, this year’s Comic-Con didn’t feature a direct showdown between the Disney-owned blockbuster factory and crosstown rival Warner Bros., which is ramping up its own cinematic universe based on DC Comics characters. Trailers for the two DC-based movies (both of which are due next year) indicated a much darker, grittier tone than anything seen so far in Marvel’s own offerings (“Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “The Avengers”). The big questions are whether die-hard fans and casual moviegoers will embrace screen superheroes with a harder edge, and whether the glut of comic book-based movies will lead to diminishing returns.

There may be no need for Lucasfilm (also owned by Disney) to even bother promoting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” given how highly anticipated the seventh film in the space-opera franchise is. All that earned thunderous applause, but there was one more treat: The 6,500 attendees were invited outside the convention center and down the street for an outdoor concert of John Williams’ music, where free lightsabers were handed out.

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