San Diego, California: This year’s Comic Con International a.k.a. the San Diego Comic Con a.k.a. SDCC wrapped up on Sunday leaving fans exhausted, but incredibly thrilled and excited.
The biggest and most anticipated panel was The Lucasfilm panel late Friday afternoon at Hall H (the biggest space at the San Diego Convention Center, able to hold about 6,500 fans, or what Screencrush calls “the worst line in fandom”). I stood in line to get Thursday afternoon to get in on Friday—a bit ridiculous but I was with a group of 12 who took shifts protecting the spot, getting food, going to the bathroom, camping out, power napping, going to the toilet.
Prior to the Star Wars panel were panels for AMC’s The Walking Dead, the new Fear The Walking Dead, and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Both with a huge fan base.
The much awaited Lucasfilm panel introduced executive producer Kathleen Kennedy, and director JJ Abrams who treated the audience to a behind the scenes video. They talked about bringing back practical effects to the film after which they brought out live animatronics of a creature called Baba Jo. Then out the new cast of The Force Awakens came, starting with the light side, then the dark side. (Adam Driver’s character Kylo Ren was under wraps for so long, now everyone knows he is Sith).
To get people to even crazier, the original cast showed up: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
As if that wasn’t enough for the hapless fanboy, director Abrams invited everyone in the hall to a free Star Wars concert party after the panel. Everyone in the audience also got a free souvenir lightsaber to wave around!
If every sundae needs a cherry, the whole shebang was topped with a grand display of fireworks courtesy of Disney (accompanied live John Williams’ musical scoring).
Another exciting reveal happened Saturday morning with the Warner Brothers panel—showcasing Man from U.N.C.L.E., PAN, the DC films line up (Aquaman, Green Lantern Corps, Wonder Woman), and Suicide Squad (with trailer and full cast.)
Warner’s finale for their 2015 juggernaut was as expected Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice. Director Zack Snyder, Holly Hunter (mysterious US Senator), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jessie Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Henry Cavill (Superman), and Ben Affleck (Batman) were all on board for the show. Jeremy Irons (Alfred) followed after the moderator forgot to introduce him!
They showed a new trailer for the film—and people went nuts. Those people who weren’t keen on Ben Affleck as Batman were cheering him on especially after hearing his anecdote about meeting Christian Bale in the Batman section of a toy store and getting his blessing (“You better not pee in the suit.”)
This is just the astounding tip of the Comic Con iceberg—there are hundreds of things going on, events and panels galore. SDCC is not just limited to the convention center anymore, it is now a “campus” involving nearby hotels and establishments.
Everything your fanboy, fangirl and geek heart desires is here, in massive, fantastic truckloads: cosplay, comic book art, merchandise, actors, creators, fans—about 130,000 in attendance.
The 46th Comic Con was crazy, tiring and fun and among the most common words spoken at then end? “See you next year.”