By Emily Moulder. After years of UK geeks bemoaning the lack of a San Diego Comic Con equivalent, we finally got to experience the same heat, crowds and sweaty nerd love this past weekend at the first ever Kapow! Comic Con.
By Emily Moulder
After years of UK geeks bemoaning the lack of a San Diego
Comic Con equivalent, we finally got to experience the same heat, crowds and
sweaty nerd love this past weekend at the first ever Kapow! Comic Con. Kick-Ass and Wanted writer Mark Millar
is the man behind the event and he pulled out all the stops as there was
something for everyone; comics (a lot), movies (big ones) and games (um, there
was an IGN section, does that count?)
Anywho, Team FilmJuice, clad in our geekiest attire, joined
the thousands of people headed to the Business Design Centre in sunny
Islington. While the nerd herd
queued up outside, we floated through the doors, slapping security guards aside
with our VIP passes.
You remember the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Factory where the doors to the chocolate room first open? That’s what we were hoping it would be
like but unfortunately, due to the total lack of air conditioning and the venue
being packed to the rafters, we walked into a heaving mass of
We took solace in the overwhelming amount of comic book
stalls that were selling everything from the latest output from giants like
Marvel and DC to tiny independents, pimping out their hand drawn leaflets. After roaming for a bit, we hit up the
big movie event of Day 1: The Green Lantern. We were first treated to a trailer for the upcoming
game Green Lanten: Rise of the Manhunters. It’s a great looking advert but as we know from experience,
the game will never live up to the trailer.
Following that was Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, an
animated feature available on DVD and Blu-Ray in June. It’s basically Green Lanterns 101 for
newbies and a must-have for fans.
It features a wide variety of characters, emotional and interesting
stories as well as stunning animation.
To finish off
the section we were treated to the latest footage from the upcoming movie. It had already appeared at WonderCon
but since we’re not concerned with sloppy seconds, we loved every second of
it. Ryan Reynolds is a more
serious Hal Jordan than most people will be expecting but after his performance
in Buried, that should be a bonus.
The CGI looks first rate and though it will be in 3D, something which
often drags a film down, this one looks like it could be worth the ticket
Next up we hit the Thor panel to see over twenty minutes of
the film and to enjoy the company of Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, and his
brother Loki, Tom Hiddleston. The
film clips were well received and we even got the first glimpse of Jeremy
Renner as Hawkeye. There’s also a
surprising amount of humour in Thor; who knew the God of Thunder could be so
funny? Hemsworth and Hiddleston
took to the microphones afterwards and fielded questions from the crowd, most
of which were Avengers based. Fans
were eager to know what the future of Thor is when it comes to teaming up with
the other Marvel heroes but Hemsworth dodged them easily, unsure of what he was
allowed to say on the matter. We
forgave him because he’s just as pretty in real life as he is on screen.
Day 2 of Kapow kicked off with the Momentum showcase. First up was the world’s first look at
the new Hammer release, The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Since the footage was only forty
seconds long all we can say is that it’s weird to see Harry Potter with
sideburns. The director, James
Watkins, talked afterwards about the film for fifteen minutes but somehow
managed to be less interesting than the forty seconds of footage we had just
seen. The team behind Insidious
however, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, lifted everyone’s Sunday morning
lethargy by chattering away like monkeys about real-life ghost stories and what
really scares them. Unfortunately,
Insidious looks like a fairly predictable ‘scary child’ movie starring Patrick
Wilson and Rose Byrne.
After seeing a trailer for Aussie Western/thriller Red Hill
which appears to be fairly decent, we finally saw the trailer for Norwegian
creature feature Troll Hunter. It
blew our tiny minds. Yes, it’s a
bit too much like Blair Witch and no, it probably doesn’t have the best
graphics but by God it’s got trolls in it; it’s definitely a guilty pleasure to
watch out for.
Up next was the FX showcase which kicked off with a
pre-recorded interview with Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln. He described his positive experiences
working with Frank Darabont on the show and his excitement over Stephen King
penning an upcoming episode.
Following that was the world premiere of Steven Spielberg’s latest show,
Falling Skies. Part War of the
Worlds, part Torchwood, the show looks interesting but feels far too familiar
and classic Spielberg fans will most likely be bored.
Finishing off the day for films was the Secret Movie. There had been much speculation with
rumours flying about what it could be.
And then it was unveiled in all its demented glory: James Gunn’s
Super. Easily the most divisive
film of the year, Super is deranged, hilarious, bizarre and mesmerising. Rainn Wilson plays Frank, a loser whose
drug-addict wife (Liv Tyler) runs off with her dealer (Kevin Bacon). With a little inspiration from God,
Frank takes the law into his own hands by hitting criminals in the head with a
wrench and calling himself The Crimson Bolt. He soon takes on psychotic, hyperactive Libby as his
sidekick, Boltie. Mayhem ensues.
If you liked Kick-Ass then you may be able to handle the mad
hilarity that is Super. If you
hated Kick-Ass then stay away, far away because this movie will hit you square
in the face…with a wrench.
So, in summation, Kapow was a success but hopefully the
kinks in the event can be ironed out.
Two words: air conditioning.
And possibly mandatory deodorant checks.