After Friday’s highlight of Blair Witch, I was glad to have a relaxed schedule on Saturday. If you’re looking for coverage of the major Warner Bros. and Marvel announcements and trailers from Hall H, look to the sites that do that well, with insight from people dedicated enough to wait all night for the chance to bring you the news. Instead, I decided to start off with a comic book panel.
Friday at San Diego Comic-Con this year was a light day for me, panel-wise, but not without its highlights, culminating in one of my all-time favorite SDCC experiences. I started off walking through the PetCo Interactive Zone, an offsite attraction mostly useful for the food trucks around which movie and TV studios have gathered in the hopes of gaining more precious inches of marketing real estate. Here, you can get your picture taken with the Ghostbusters car, walk through the cabin from Ash vs. the Evil Dead or visit something that I guess is supposed to be Walking Dead-related but also has a huge Jack in the Box logo on it. Me, I was mostly there for the food trucks. I got one of those burritos that has french fries in it. It was okay.
My Comic-Con experience started by simply waltzing right into Hall H. This is a very rare experience, even for a Thursday morning. I wasn’t very interested in what was happening in there, but I’ve come to believe that, if I can get into Hall H, I should, because I might never get the opportunity again. As I entered, we were already several minutes into the Dreamworks panel, during which we saw footage from Trolls and Boss Baby. And, of course, there’s no better follow-up to a couple of delightful, colorful animated family films than a discussion with director Oliver Stone! He, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zachary Quinto, and Shailene Woodley, was promoting his new film Snowden, about government whistleblower Edward Snowden. David Bax wrote in more detail about these panels here.
Much has been made of the fact that big movie studios are increasingly staying away from San Diego Comic-Con. As far as panels in the legendary Hall H go, it’s faster to list which studios are presenting material than which ones aren’t. Yet, despite the diaspora, I had a great movie-centric first day at this year’s convention.