It’s time to get your geek on

2014-07-26 00:00

WEEKEND WITNESS takes a closer look at some of the big drawcards at this year’s Comic Con.

MARVEL MAGIC

With Avengers: Age of Ultron due out in May 2015, Joss Whedon’s film will definitely be one of the hottest draws.

In the new movie, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Samuel L Jackson (Nicky Fury) return to battle the sentient robot known as Ultron.

New to the franchise are Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and his sister Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen. Fans also believe the Marvel will tease another project, Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.

MIDDLE-EARTH MOMENTS

With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies due out on December 17 this year, director Peter Jackson will be in San Diego to talk about the final instalment in his trilogy.

In an interview with USA Today, screenwriter and producer Philippa Boyens said the series would be brought to a close with “huge clashes and heartwrenching losses for the J.R.R. Tolkien faithful”.

The second instalment, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, ended with the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) heading to Lake-town to destory its inhabitants.

Jackson is expected to hold a panel discussion and most fans are hoping to see some of the film’s stars as well.

SUPERHERO STARS

Batman is celebrating his 75th birthday this year, but he shows no sign of slowing down.

The character will appear in the forthcoming television series, Gotham, and the new movie, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring Ben Affleck as the caped crusader and Henry Cavill as Superman.

During the convention a panel of bat-artists and writers, including the current Batman creative team of writer Scott Snyder, artist Greg Capullo and DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns, willl also speak to fans.

There is also a display which gives those attending the convention the chance to see Affleck’s costume for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The film is expected to hit cinemas in May 2016.

FAMOUS FACES

Among the famous faces headed to Comic-Con 2014 are British actors, Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe.

Cumberbatch, the star of Sherlock, Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Hobbit, is voicing the character, Classified, a “super-duper-smooth” secret agent, in the new animated adventure, The Penguins of Madagascar.

Harry Potter star Radcliffe will be on hand to talk about his new horror movie Horns, which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Based on the Joe Hill novel, it centres on Radcliffe’s character, Ig, who gains unusual powers after he is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

WHO WON’T BE THERE?

News from Comic-Con is that J.J. Abrams won’t be in San Diego to speak about Star Wars: Episode VII, but fans will be able to find out more about the new animated series Star Wars Rebels, which will premiere in spring 2014 as a one-hour special on both Disney Channel (DStv channel 303) and Disney XD (DStv channel 304) and will be followed by a series on Disney XD.

In the new show, it is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire rules with an iron fist.

Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, but a small group dares to defy them: the clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost.

Star Wars Rebels follows their antics and adventures, as they battle the Empire and help the citizens of their world.

SOURCES: herocomplex.latimes.com; masslive.com; independent.co.uk; screenrant.com; Wikipedia; Walt Disney Company South Africa; IMDB; USA Today.

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