Sunday 23 October 2016

Comic Con: Edward Snowden, Rihanna and all the biggest news from San Diego

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 26/07/2016 | 15:04

Moderator Chris Hardwick (L) and actor Benedict Cumberbatch attend the
Moderator Chris Hardwick (L) and actor Benedict Cumberbatch attend the "Sherlock" panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(L-R) Director Ryan Coogler, actors Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan from Marvel Studios "Black Panther attend the San Diego Comic-Con International 2016 Marvel Panel in Hall H on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. ©Marvel Studios 2016 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
Hodor in Game of Thrones. Photo: HBO
Jared Leto, and Viola Davis attend the Warner Bros. 'Suicide Squad' Presentation during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Comic Con has come and gone, leaving us with a flurry of trailers, costume inspiration and casting announcements to get excited about.

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We look back on all the biggest news from San Diego.

Edward Snowden made his Comic Con debut

While Joseph Gordon Levitt’s accent in the upcoming biopic may be a cause for concern, the panel for Snowden offered plenty of thrills, including director Oliver Stone’s recollections of working with Donald Trump and a live video appearance from Edward Snowden himself, via a satellite connection from his apartment in Moscow. Stone also prophesied that Pokemon Go could usher in “a robot society” – maybe not the light-hearted fun we expect from Comic Con, but there’s nothing like a prediction of imminent doom to get the crowd fired up for the weekend ahead.

Studios touted more diverse superheroes


The impressive cast for the Ryan Coogler-directed Black Panther was unveiled, confirming that Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira would play opposite Michael B Jordan and Chadwick Boseman. Speaking about the casting, Coogler said: “As a black comic-book fan, I couldn’t help but to be excited about that. It’s really overwhelming to think about, honestly, but I’m really excited about us opening up the world a little more.”

Sherlock's next season will be its 'darkest' yet

While the showrunners remained tight-lipped about what we can expect from the fourth season of the hit BBC drama, Amanda Abbington, who plays Mary Watson, revealed: "It’s the darkest that Steven (Moffatt) and Mark (Gatiss) have written. When we read them, we were kind of overwhelmed by them because they were shocking and amazing." Toby Jones is set to guest star, and rumours began to circulate that Tom Hiddleston may join the cast as Sherlock's "other" brother when Gatiss, who plays Mycroft in the series, shared a photo with the actor captioned "Blud." Gatiss also mentioned that they are two weeks away from finishing filming, which hopefully means we can look forward to seeing it sometime early next year.

Rihanna dominated the festivities without even showing up


The pop diva is currently in Europe for the ANTI World Tour, but that didn’t stop her from stealing the show with two surprise appearances at Comic-Con. The first came in the trailer for Luc Besson’s hugely anticipated, mega-budget space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaaen take the starring roles, but Rihanna cameos as a dazzling space stripper dressed in full Cabaret costume. If that wasn’t enough, she set Twitter ablaze when it was announced during the panel for Bates Motel that she would play Marion Crane, the role made famous by Janet Leigh in Hitchcock’s Psycho, in the show’s final season.

Gal Gadot gave fans hope for Wonder Woman

While Batman v Superman may have been a box office success, the critical response was divisive, to say the least. There was a lot of pressure going into the panel for Wonder Woman, but the audience went crazy for the footage, and the film's leading lady, Gal Gadot, who gamely posed for fans and dissolved into giggles on stage.

Brie Larson successfully transitioned from low-budget indie darling to mega-watt blockbuster star


The Oscar winner is best known for her work in Room and Short Term 12, but she takes the lead opposite Tom Hiddleston in the live action King Kong film Skull Island, which brought her to Comic Con this year. However, that’s not all – during the Con, it was announced she had been cast in the title role of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first ever female-fronted film, Captain Marvel.

Hodor received a hero’s welcome


The Game of Thrones panel ended up underwhelming. Coming off of its strongest season, you’d expect anything to do with the hit series to be unmissable, but showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss revealed very little new information about season seven, opting instead to show a blooper reel. While the biggest stars skipped the trip to San Diego, fans were thrilled to see Kristian Nairn (Hodor), who entered to chants of “Hold the door!”

Viola Davis has had it with Jared Leto’s pranks


The Oscar winner made headlines when it was revealed that he liked to get into character for his role as the Joker with a series of gross-out pranks on his fellow cast members. But the cast have since grown tired of it, and none more so than Viola Davis - the How to Get Away With Murder star’s face said it all.

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