Nearly 40,000 lovers of science fiction, fantasy and horror descended on Anaheim this past weekend for WonderCon, the celebration of comics, films, TV and pop culture that is the lesser sibling of Comic-Con International.
Not everyone came in costume, but those who did pulled out all the stops, as you can see in this photo gallery by KPCC visual journalist Mae Ryan.
Here are some of the most buzzworthy moments from the convention:
- Dark Horse to make comics based on original George Lucas screenplay for “The Star Wars”
Think you know everything there is to know about Star Wars? Dark Horse is prepping to visualize the original draft of George Lucas’ “The Star Wars.” It features “lazer swords,” Han Solo as a six-foot tall lizard and Darth Vader as “Jedi Annikin Starkiller.” This canted-angle approach to what the rest of us know about Star Wars is currently in the works; see a page from the book below:
- A giant robot hits a sea monster with an oil tanker bat in new “Pacific Rim” footage
In what director Guillermo del Toro said was a trailer that wouldn’t be seen again until the release of “Pacific Rim,” del Toro teased fans with new footage in his giant robots versus giant alien monsters from under the sea movie. The trailer culminates with the human-operated robot dragging a humongous oil tanker down a city street behind it, before picking it up and swinging it to bash one of the monstrosities it’s fighting. The trailer closes with the robot boxing the monster’s ears. You can see that footage in context this summer. Del Toro also offered details on a film he has coming down the line, “Justice League: Dark Universe,” a take on DC Comics’ occult characters.
- The real paranormal investigators behind “The Conjuring” make an appearance
James Wan, the creator of the “Saw” franchise, has a new scary story based on a true story. It tells the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators behind the case that led to “The Amityville Horror.” The footage shown to fans at WonderCon sent chills down the spine, with fans oohing and yelping along with the characters, as well as emitting nervous laughter at the characters moving increasingly close to danger. Lorraine took the stage, along with fellow family members and Wan, to answer questions about their own experiences.
- DC Comics debuts new “Superman: Unbound” animated film
DC debuted their new “Superman: Unbound” movie, which features Superman (voiced by “White Collar” star Matt Bomer) taking on Brainiac (John Noble, “Fringe”). It grounds the sci-fi action in the relationship between Lois and Clark, with the central dilemma of whether they should go public with their dating giving the movie some humanity. It also explores what it means to be teen superhero Supergirl, voiced by “Castle” star Molly Quinn, who was the real star of the film’s panel at the ripe old age of 19.
- Batman: Zero Year reimagines Batman’s origin story
Batman’s a character who’s been around for over 70 years, and while some elements of the character almost never change, some are about to. “Batman: Year One” by Frank Miller defined Batman’s origin since the ’80s, but following a recent reboot, some elements of that story no longer fit in with DC’s continuity. Star writer Scott Snyder is set to do an ambitious 11-issue story taking on those early days and looking to define them in a post-Christopher Nolan Batman world. It’s a high-wire act that he could fall from, with Snyder saying that he won’t change what he considers the very core elements of Batman, but that he’s also doing a story with a ton of new stuff that hasn’t been written in any form before.
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