If you listen closely, off in the distance, you can hear the sound of nerds heading home from a weekend that is considered holy to them. This lovable (sweaty) group descended upon San Diego last weekend and were rewarded with sneak peeks and clips that could only be seen in person. Around that same time my inbox exploded with comic-con centric questions, so I decided to clear it out and answer all of your questions here.
Here we go...
What'd you think about all the trailers this year? Was there one that you saw several times?
- Kenneth (Houston)
The very unexpected Justice League trailer was not only surprising, but it was actually legitimately good. It shouldn't be that surprising that a trailer is merely "good", but after Zack Snyder screwed up the theatrical release of Bats v Supes so bad that it took a 3 hour long a directors cut for fans to finally say "you know it wasn't that bad when he added those extra 30 minutes". So the fact that this trailer is good at all and that DC appears to be back to making superheros fun again, instead of a complete drag, is very much a step in the right direction. Look, I don't totally agree that Batman would be the one getting the group together (he's the ultimate loner), but for the sake of getting them where they need to be (the studio not the JLA) I'll take it and it seems plausible from the trailer.
Why is it so important that they seemed to be having a good time? Excellent question person that I am talking to in my head that doesn't exist. At the core of comic books you will find two things..... The first is a group of special people that run towards danger instead of away from it because of an incurable moral obligation to help those that can't help themselves. The second is that being a superhero is actually kind of fun. It really is pretty simple that someone who can fly or has super strength might actually enjoy that from time to time. There are even several that have a terrific sense of humor (see Pool, Dead) and these comics with all of their "pow" and "bang" are meant to keep things lighthearted and fun. Sure they can be serious and cover serious topics, but nobody would connect with a character as much as we do if it was all just a "why did you say Martha" drag. I could not be happier that DC is headed in this direction and even if it took shooting more scenes to add some of that humor into Suicide Squad for them to figure it out, then fine.
What are you most excited about seeing after all of the SDCC dust has settled?
Josh (Fort Worth)
This year was the year of the trailer as several of them were dropped at the con and online.....and by several I mean all of them. All of the trailers are available to watch now, with the exception of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Out of all of those though, I am PUMPED about seeing Wonder Woman and that is something I would not have said this time a year ago. There were so many uncertainties around the choice of Gal Gadot, but she was one of the best parts of BVS and this trailer looks effing phenomenal. From Chris Pine, to the lasso glowing when she's using it, to that absolutely bad ass shield slide, this trailer kicked all of the ass. All of it!
If Suicide Squad proves to be good and Wonder Woman delivers and the promise of the Justice League trailer comes through, then DC will finally have what so many DC fans have been waiting on. A viable network of characters and a movie franchise that has a chance to rival Marvel. Ironman is fun and all, but he has never been able to hold a candle to the popularity of Batman or Superman and we have been waiting for the studio to get it right for years now. This appears to be headed in the right direction.
Is Jason Bourne the best action movie character of all time?
- Rebecca (Fort Worth)
This is my favorite question out of all the emails that I have received over the past few weeks. At first glance, I thought there was no way that it was possible for Bourne to hold that title, but the more I thought about it the more I was able to make a strong case for it. This will be the 4th Bourne movie in the last 14 years and the 5th if you count the fact that the studio loves this character so much that it made a movie with his name in the title and he didn't appear in a single frame of it. That is desperately trying to force the franchise to keep moving on without Matt Damon.
So 14 years shows longevity, but only 4 movies show that there is a certain quality surrounding the character that the star never wanted to force. Anyone else might try to crank out a new movie ever other year and ride the popularity right down the drain. That quality really shows in the movies too because every single Bourne movie is worth seeing in the theater, extremely well done, and will suck you in for hours if there is a cable marathon during the weekend. The fight sequences have all gotten better over time (not that they were ever bad) and Matt Damon has gotten better over time as well. That guy is seriously having a hall of fame career that is going to be stellar when he retires. Excellent movies, an excellent character, an Academy Award level actor, and nothing that has ever been over produced with giant stunts. That is a great resume, but it might not be enough to take the top spot. The deep dive answer we can get into at another time, but the fact that Jason Bourne is in the conversation with John McClain and John Rambo and Han Solo is exciting. More on this another time.
Who did Negan kill in The Walking Dead season finale?
- Ronnie (Arlington)
**long sigh** My spirit and patience Ronnie.....my spirit and patience.
Who would you choose to dress up as if you were going to cosplay at Comiccon?
-Zack (Flower Mound)
That is an excellent question Zack, but I would have a hard time narrowing the choice down to just one. Here are my top 3 choices in no particular order.
Steve Guttenberg from Cocoon...
Steve Guttenberg on the cover of Playgirl magazine from October 1986....or
Steve Guttenberg wearing a robe from Three Men and a Baby, which really is peak Guttenberg.
Have you seen the news that Nintendo is releasing the original gaming system, which will be pre-loaded with 30 games and have HDMI hookup? This might be the best news all year.
Jeremy, I don't want to overstate this in any way, but when I heard this news I felt like the world was going to be a better place and that we would survive as a society because this invention proved we have progressed as a people. I have this date marked on my calendar. I have this date written on a post it note on my desk. I may get this date tattooed on my back like people do with their kids birthday. This is what we have been waiting for! This is the day that technology has finally caught up with the wants of a culture. Candy Crush has came and went and I didn't look at it for a second. X-Box One and PS4 hit the market and I stood firm. Pokemon Go has collectively taken over a nation and I haven't even been curious. But when this hits stores in November, it will be my Woodstock!
I went to breakfast with Becky (the lovely Ms. Soapbox) to our friend Nick's house a few weeks ago and he had an original Nintendo that still worked and a huge stack of games to go with them. He hooked up Mike Tyson's Punch Out for me, which happens to be the greatest game ever made, and I immediately started ignoring everyone else there and punched my way to King Hippo in about 12 minutes flat. It was at this point that Becky very politely asked me to rejoin the party.
Translation: I do not want to be here with a boyfriend that is playing video games from the 80's and ignoring everyone else, including me, so if you would like to continue having a girlfriend you should knock that shit off.
I happily complied since she is the best, but I briefly contemplated seeing if I could get away with trying to make it to the 2nd Bald Bull, who is a beast, without causing a scene by yelling at the TV or getting voted off of Becky Island. I think I choose wisely, but yes Jeremy I am more than a little excited for this to hit the shelves in a few short months.
Quick tangent......Nick is someone that I met through Becky, but I didn't know him very well when we arrived at that party. We had met a few times and he was very cordial and personable, but when you meet at other places with other people, it's hard to get a sense of someone. So while I was certain that I would have a good time and that he would be cordial to me again, I wasn't prepared for what actually took place.
When I arrived at his house for breakfast, he gave me alcohol (yes it was the morning, stop judging), let me play his original Nintendo, had cooked for 20 people, and had a pillow with Jean-Claude Van Damme's face (!!!!!!!) on his couch. I can't think of 4 things that a person could do the first time you go to their house that would top that. Literally nothing. He went from cordial/nice guy that I had met a couple of times to someone that I wanted to be best friends with and get matching samurai swords with Randy Jackson's autograph. Those four things were right out of the gate. That is what I walked into, and I immediately started thinking of the single women that I know whom I could introduce him to, but none of them seemed good enough. I felt like Charlie and Nick was Willy Wonka. If you can think of 4 better things, then please let me know because I've been trying and can't. Nick set the bar crazy high!
Stephen Balding is the founder of Cinema Soapbox. You can reach him at email@example.com