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Best moments from San Diego Comic-Con 2014
Among fans and nerds alike, San Diego Comic-Con holds a reputation as the most influential gathering of enthusiasts every year, and one that major entertainment entities use as an outlet for major announcement, teaser trailers and general marketing splendor that appeals to core advocates of niche products. Many save up all year, include some who earn extra money online with paid surveys from the comfort of their own homes, so they can make the trip to San Diego with the perfect cosplay costumes and potentially meet their favorite stars. If you didn't make it to the festivities this year, check out the highlights of the annual event!
Batman Day resonates with comic book fans
The eve of the first day of the convention happily coincided with a promotion major distributor DC Comics did for flagship hero Batman, declaring July 23rd "Batman Day" in honor of the Caped Crusader's 75th anniversary in print. Attendees of the convention were thrilled to receive free comics featuring one of the world's most popular superheroes, "Detective Comics #27," a luxury offered to fans at select comic book stores around the country, as well. According to Boston.com contributor Matt Juul, this honor bestowed to billionaire Bruce Wayne comes atop an existing month and year dedicated to him, but, hey - the fans certainly weren't arguing.
TV and movie panels dazzle and debut new material
The often live-streamed panels featuring the cast and crew of TV and film's hottest existing and emerging projects are often what gain the enormous exhibition so much attention. Here are some of this year's biggest announcements, according to entertainment blog Hypable:
- Marvel Comics mainly focused on marketing its existing film projects "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "Ant-Man," but also took time to speak on its most recent and slightly controversial release, "Guardians of the Galaxy." Though the film is only just being released at the end of this summer, the company announced that a sequel is already being planned for release in 2017 with the original cast.
- Warner Brothers followed up its DC-sponsored Batman Day promotion with a fair amount of exciting news - new footage from the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" was screened to a bevy of thrilled fans, and controversy was stirred with a new, muted take on Wonder Woman's traditional red, white and blue aesthetic. In addition, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy enjoyed a long question and answer panel that left viewers enthralled.
- Other projects like "Mockingjay" of "The Hunger Games" saga and upcoming release "The Maze Runner" were teased by major celebrity guests like Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Radcliffe, par for the course at such a major event.
Overall, media coverage generally regarded this year's convention a success, though not as earth-shattering and buzz-worthy as in years past. However, with plenty of exciting moments and announcements in place, 2014 certainly wasn't a shabby year for the geek's paradise event.
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