San Diego’s Comic-Con Festival pulled out all the stops, with surprise appearances from stars and tantalizing glimpses of new footage from Wonder Woman 1984, Fantastic Beasts, Aquaman, Shazam and more.
"I hope we can keep it in this room," director Patty Jenkins told fans in Hall H as she prepared to show them early footage. TBD if fans will comply, but according to Vulture, the footage shows Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman fighting off gunmen in a mall food court until she notices a little girl, whom she super-hurls (grinning gamely) into a pile of teddy bears. Then she’s back to fighting bad guys and running at super-speed.
Jenkins remained mum on other details but did tease fans with the mystery of the resurrection of Chris Pine’s character and why she chose 1984 as the setting: "It was mankind at its best … and worst. It’s us at our most extreme."
"I never want to do more of anything for the wrong reason," Jenkins said of choosing to make a sequel. "I don’t even want to go to that place in my head of how you keep it going and cash in. I want to make great movies in my lifetime … we can make a whole new movie about something completely new, and as unique in its own right as the first one."
JOHNNY DEPP IS A BEAST
Johnny Depp surprised Hall H at the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald panel at by coming in character and delivering a villainous rant. In the Harry Potter world, Depp’s Grindelwald character is a cross between Hitler and Mussolini.
Depp, who was not one of the famous faces slated to make an appearance, strolled onstage halfway through the presentation to deliver an anti-Muggle manifesto.
"I do not hate them. I do not," said Depp. "I say the Muggles are not lesser. Not worthless, but of other value. Magic blooms only in rare souls. It is granted to those who live for higher things."
He then left without acknowledging his costars. Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard (who appeared on a panel for Aquaman) reportedly did not cross paths. Depp has had more than his share of personal and professional troubles of late, as he fights numerous lawsuits and reports continue to emerge of his lavish spending and excessive partying.
JASON MOMOA GETS WET
James Wan’s vision for Jason Momoa as Aquaman is due this winter.
"I wanted to create a superhero film that we've never quite seen before. I wanted our film to be more unique," Wan said. "My movie plays more like a science fiction fantasy film than a traditional superhero movie."
Heard, Patrick Wilson and Dolph Lundgren also co-star, and Nicole Kidman makes an appearance. It’s wet, it’s wild, and fans are eating it up. Less than 24 hours after the trailer’s debut, it had already been viewed on YouTube more than 9.3 million times.
SHAZAM KEEPS IT LIGHT
No darkness or doom here! Shazam! debuted a bold and bright trailer and fans got their first glimpse of a bullied boy who transforms into a superhero (Zachary Levi) just by yelling the titular word.
"There are very few characters who are just stoked to have their powers," Levi said. "Since I still am waiting to wake up one morning and fly, to do that, I just got to be me. I got to be a genuine part of myself ... I love that there's still an optimism in him."
DAVID LYNCH SENDS HIS REGARDS
Twin Peaks creator David Lynch failed to show, but he did send his regards through the show’s exec producer, Sabrina Sutherland. She read a series of texts from Lynch: "I am working with Phillip Jeffries to see if I can get there. Twin Peaks fans are the best fans. I got my days mixed up and I’m going to be there yesterday if not sooner. It’s slippery in here. In the Red Room, special agent Dale Cooper has already won the Emmy."
Castmembers were on hand to discuss the Showtime revival of the cult hit, and while they didn’t drop any major revelations, Chryta Bell said of Lynch: "There’s art just pouring out of every pore in his body. I love the idea of being creatively involved with this person and with all the people that were on this program. It was tremendously arousing, as was said, and also just so fulfilling to be with a group of people who just loved what they were doing and were all so grateful to be a part of the process. It was truly magical, super-special."