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The films that stuck out at this year's Comic-Con

Director J.J. Abrams and more than 6000 fans enjoyed a surprise
Director J.J. Abrams and more than 6000 fans enjoyed a surprise "Star Wars" Fan Concert performed by the San Diego Symphony, featuring the classic "Star Wars" music of composer John Williams, at San Diego's Comic Con
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Comic book fans packed up their capes, weapons and superhero costumes after Comic Con wrapped up Sunday in San Diego.

The four-day convention covers comic books, TV shows and previews the most anticipated films in nerd culture. The trailer for "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," which was presented to fans at the San Diego Convention Center, has been viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube.

Batman v Superman trailer

Kyle Buchanan, senior editor at, was one of the 130,000 people in attendance at this year's convention and breaks down the films that were hits and misses: 

Interview Highlights:

Hall H, for those who don't know, is where about 6,000 of the most diehard comic book fans like to hang out, see previews for upcoming movies, and hear from filmmakers and actors who are part of the panels. We know that people camped out for days to see the "Star Wars" presentation. Was that you I saw sleeping overnight in your Hello Kitty sleeping bag?

That was me with the red lightsaber. The "Star Wars" faithful were amply rewarded. Harrison Ford was there. It's pretty marvelous to see him alongside Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, the original stars of the trilogy — especially because Harrison Ford seemed genuinely moved to be there. He has sometimes a contentious relationship with that franchise. It's very rewarding for the fans to get to see that.

Star Wars Behind The Scene

After the panel, they actually brought us to an open air concert of John Williams music and passed our free lightsabers. It was this really ecstatic moment for the fans to sort of exalt in their fandom.

The director of the film, J.J. Abrams, is very famous — if not infamous — for keeping things very close to his vest. I think if it were up to him he'd never even show his movies. He likes to keep them so under wraps. Did they show anything new or reveal anything about the movies?

Well, the thing is they showed a behind-the-scenes video that they immediately put on the Internet right after they showed it in Hall H. If it had only been that that they had showed, I think the fans would have had a case to build against this like, Come on you should have done more for us. But that concert was sort of a master stroke. It was a you-had-to-be-there-in-the-flesh moments.

Another movie that I'm really excited about is Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight." Did you get a look at that panel?

Yeah. He showed about seven minutes from the film, which is pretty significant. Tarantino is sort of an interesting figure at Comic-Con. He brought "Django Unchained" there a few years ago. You can hardly find a bigger movie geek than Tarantino, even if Westerns don't necessarily suggest Comic-Con. But his enthusiasm, his excitement for everything that is happening, and the fact that the first question was asked by someone dressed as Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill" suggests that he has found his home there.

So there are some movies — for people that have been going to Comic-Con long enough to remember — where they arrive and they are basically dead on arrival. I'm think of "Catwoman" in 2004. Was there any movie that didn't play very well [this year] in Hall H?

Considering the budget I think the makers of "Warcraft" should be worried. This is a big humans-versus-ogres fantasy epic and it's based on the massively huge computer game. Now, if everybody who plays that game goes out and buys a ticket, the movie could be one of the biggest video game blockbusters of all time. Honestly, the footage they showed was sort of impenetrable. It's one of those things where they really drilled down and left people sort of baffled. When the geek faithful are confused by what you're showing, that is cause for concern.

One of the other issues that has come up this year and in past years is that so many leaks happen with footage and trailers that Comic-Con ends up not having the exclusive sneak peek. Was that an issue this year?

Oh, more so than ever I would say. They're showing a lot of these trailers, scenes and clips very far in advance of when they plan to release them to the public. This year almost all the major significant trailers — the "Deadpool" trailer, the X-Men trailer, the "Suicide Squad" trailer, big Warner Brothers and DC properties — they all went online within maybe about hours after debuting at Comic-Con. I think it has got studios, who already worry about spending too much to preach to the people who will be seeing these movies anyway, thinking that they really don't need to go to this expense anymore.

Suicide Squad

By your count how many hours did you spend in Hall H? And how long does it take to recover from all that?

An absolute eternity, and I'll tell you when I have recovered — it hasn't happened yet.

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