Didn’t geek out in San Diego last weekend? Don’t fret – you’ve come to the right place for a timely Comic-Con 2011 roundup. The convention is known to introduce the biggest film and television surprises, and this year’s party was no exception.
In the realm of film, there were loads of unexpected tidbits; among them, the first pictures from BOTH upcoming Snow White features. The pressure will be on when the two movies open: each one boasts an Oscar-winning Evil Queen: Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Hunstman (also starring Kristen Stewart as the titular character) and Julia Roberts in the as-yet-untitled Tarsem Singh version. Although the images introduced by the cast show two very different sides of Snowy, you’ll have to wait until next year to show your allegiance. Also in attendance: the cast of 2012’s much-anticipated The Amazing Spider-Man (not to be confused with the Tobey Maguire version – they’re totally different franchises), proving that the age of the superhero is nowhere near an end. The film’s star, Andrew Garfield, made an appearance (and a very sappy speech) as Spidey himself to present the first trailer. The ensemble cast and mesmerizing effects are sure to quiet any reboot skeptics. Finally, the fans saw a pair of hit-makers – Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg, to be exact – come together to present their labor of love, The Adventures of Tintin. The two showed footage from the production that blew away preconceptions of motion-capture filmmaking. Spielberg kept the spanners coming with an announcement that he’s working on Jurassic Park 4.
TV lovers certainly weren’t left in the dust, either. After last season’s ton-of-bricks finale, Fringe fans were left wondering about Peter’s (Joshua Jackson) fate. In a move that surely broke hearts in the audience, the producers showed a montage of possible Peter replacements (a must-see – it’s hilarious!) for season 4. In a twist of fate befitting the show, though, Jackson shocked the crowd by entering the room after the phony reel was shown to confirm his return to the show. 2011 proved to be Game of Thrones’ big year as the show was greeted with thousands of fans during the panel for special clips, interviews, and an appearance by author George R. R. Martin. Fan favorite and Thrones actor Peter Dinklage was especially celebrated for his role in Joe Lynch’s Knights of Badassdom. Former Comic-Con queen Sarah Michelle Gellar returned to screen her intriguing new show, Ringer, where she’ll play a dual role as twin sisters – one missing, one on the lam.