So much Comic-Con, so little time. As the Spike crew gears up to cover all things Comic-Con 2010, we’re here to give you a little taste of what's to come. Here are the top seven movies that are going to be making headlines over the next several days.
7. Cowboys & Aliens
Source: Platinum Studios Comics/HarperCollins
Little is known about the film adaptation of the unbelievable graphic novel series created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, but the cast, director and premise should be enough evidence that Cowboys & Aliens might deserve a little more attention than your average action-sci-fi popcorn flick. Directed by Jon Favreau, the cast alone for Cowboys & Aliens is just plain staggering. Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and Harrison Ford are just a few of the big names Favreau lined up with his trusty celebrity rolodex. Even though filming only began in June, I’m sure Favreau will be bringing a few clips of his new sci-fi Western for fanboys to drool over. He's a regular at the show.
Source: Troublemaker Studios/Hyde Park Entertainment/Overnight Productions/20th Century Fox
It’s seriously gonna be great to watch as Danny Trejo promotes his first lead role in a feature film. Thanks to the amazing fake trailer in 2007's Grindhouse, we'll get to feast our eyes on all things Machete from Comic-Con 2010.
Robert Rodriguez wrote Machete in 1993 as a full feature for Danny Trejo, but couldn’t get it made until 2009. Machete tells the tale of a federale from Mexico who gets hired to assassinate a political leader, but gets double crossed by his employers and is forced to take bloody revenge. Yes! Revenge flicks are as American as apple pie and this one is sure to be filled to the brim with over-the-top carnage. The Comic-Con panel of Robert Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, and Danny Trejo should be great, and due to an upcoming September 3 release, I’m sure there’s gonna be a ton of new footage from the film unveiled to fans lucky enough to make it in. Stay glued to Spike.com as we'll be delivering all the updates.
5. Green Lantern
Source: DC Comics
Comic book fans have been a buzz the past week due to the first images of Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern hitting the internet. What’s not to love here? First off, Ryan Reynolds is becoming one of the last few bankable action stars that both ladies love and dudes respect. Aside from stealing away Scarlett Johansson, we still all think he’s kinda hilarious. Another reason to follow Green Lantern at Comic-Con this year has to be the cast. Besides Reynolds and sexpot Blake Lively taking up most of the screen time, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong and Tim Robbins help keep things together with their undeniable skills as talented thespians. Did I also mention that Casino Royale mastermind Martin Campbell is directing this thang? Too much to handle, y’all.
4. The Expendables
Source: Nu Image/Millennium Films/Lionsgate
How could anyone not be excited to feast their eyes on this action extravaganza? I’ve come to the conclusion that any child of the ’80s will be physically and mentally unable to hold themselves back from taking in Sly Stallone’s upcoming testosterone bonanza. For those that don’t know, The Expendables tells the tale of a team of mercenaries that head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator. Simple story, badass action. Expendables stars Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Steve Austin in a conglomerate of ass kicking. It also features cameos by Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, and even The Governator himself. Hot. Damn.
Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin and Terry Crews will all be in attendance at the Con this year. Sh*t, seeing all of these legends on one stage will seriously be worth the price of admission.
3. Thor/The Avengers/Capitan America: The First Avenger
Thor is a total lock at Comic-Con this year, but the rumors floating around that all of the actors playing The Avengers will be showing up during the Marvel panel is enough to give any comic book fanboy a heart attack.
On Saturday, the stars of the new upcoming live action Thor flick will be on-hand to discuss all things Donald Blake. Again, after this occurs, there’s a seriously good chance that Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans and Don Cheadle will all be taking the stage to discuss the Joss Whedon-directed Avengers film. Another huge announcement that could come out of this event is the name of the actor that will be replacing Ed Norton as The Hulk. Reports last week confirmed that Norton would not be reprising the role and that the makers of The Avengers were on the hunt to find another big name actor to fill it. Mark Ruffalo, anyone?
2. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Source: Big Talk Films/Universal Pictures
Out of all of the films being promoted at Comic-Con this year I gotta say that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World might be the most underrated of the bunch. This is easily this year’s Kick-Ass.
The first piece of info that should red flag Scott Pilgrim as being a sleeper hit is that it was directed by Shaun of the Dead’s Edgar Wright. Edgar Wright also co-wrote Pilgrim. For those not geeky enough to know, Scott Pilgrim the movie is actually based on the popular comic book series by Bryan Lee O'Malley that started back in 2004. The movie is about a young musician who falls in love with a girl, only to find out he must defeat of string of her ex-loves to be with her. Set up like a video game with each ex being a boss, this flick is 100 percent unique. It's not easy to find these days.
1. TRON: Legacy
This movie is what Comic-Con is all about, people. It’s got the stars, mind-bending effects, and nostalgia.
At last year's convention fans got a small taste of the TRON reboot/sequel, but I’ve got the feeling that the studio and makers of the film are gonna blow a few fan faces off by unleashing never-before-seen footage with the help of some fancy 3D shades. Not only do Olivia Wilde and Jeff Bridges star, Daft Punk supplies the film’s freakin’ soundtrack. Can it get any better? The original TRON was groundbreaking for its time, and we have little doubt that TRON: Legacy will be no different. It should be the talk of the town at Comic-Con 2010. Seeing Olivia Wilde is never a bad thing.
Head on over to our Comic-Con 2010 page and bookmark it. We'll be covering the show around the clock with booth babe montages, interviews with all the hottest stars, the new trailers released during the show, CineMassacre, fun interaction with the fans, and much more!