Frank Miller Talks SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, the future of 300, Reincarnating Robocop, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, and More at Comic-Con

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Though he is not exactly a household name, Frank Miller is still one most singular and influential storytellers of the last 40 years.  His miniseries The Dark Knight Returns redefined the character, allowing for more cerebral and experimental efforts like Grant Morrison’s phantasmagoric Batman: Arkham Asylum Coupled with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns helped pave the way for a whole generation of adult-oriented and serious-minded graphic novels.  These novels served as the template for the gritty, hard-edged superhero fare that has dominated cineplex’s for almost a decade.  And it has seeped deeply into films featuring no spandex at all.  Without Miller, Tim Burton might not be an A-list director.  There would certainly be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy.  No Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles either, for that matter.  And if we are to include the technological advancements of Robert Rodriguez and Zack Snyder’s respective adaptations, Miller might well be more influential to the future of filmmaking than he has been to comics.  So all things considered, I think we can agree that Robocop never had any sequels and Holy Terror! exists only as an Onion article penned by David Mamet during his Andy Kaufman period.

Collider sat down with the perpetually-fedora-adorned author and artist at Comic-Con to talk about his long-awaited Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.  During our exclusive one-on-one,  Miller talked about adapting his own work, original material added to the sequel, the importance of trusting actors, why he never writes a comic with the movie version in mind, the future of the 300 and Sin City franchises, the possible return of Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and more.  Hit the jump for the full transcript. 

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Prop Images – Marvel Unveils First Look at Ultron, Cap’s Broken Shield, Hulkbuster Armor, and Black Widow’s New Ride

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This year’s Comic-Con was chock-full of peeks at upcoming films and TV shows, but one of the highlights was seeing the first footage from Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The film looks to be quite ambitious in nature, especially when it comes to the villain Ultron, played via motion capture by James Spader.  While it will be a while before the general public gets to see any footage from Joss Whedon’s sequel, Marvel unveiled some props at its Comic-Con booth, offering the first look at Ultron Mark 1, Cap’s broken shield (ominously alluded to in the footage), a piece of the Hulkbuster Iron Man armor, and Black Widow’s new ride.  All of these played a significant role in the teaser footage we saw from the film.

Take a look at the Avengers: Age of Ultron prop images after the jump, but for full context with regards to how they fit into the movie, be sure to read Matt’s extensive panel recapAvengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Comic-Con: Quentin Tarantino Talks DJANGO MEETS ZORRO Comic, KILL BILL: THE WHOLE BLOODY AFFAIR and a Potential Future Science-Fiction Feature

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In 2005, Dynamite Entertainment was founded with the intent of publishing adaptations of pre-existing properties into comic-book form. Under the label, they’ve printed an eclectic number of adaptations from Terminator to Dracula to Xena: Warrior Princess.

In honor of the company’s ten-year anniversary, CEO Nick Barrucci premiered their newest comic — the first ever sequel to a Quentin Tarantino film: Django Meets Zorro. Eisner Award winning writer Matt Wagner and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino himself were on hand to discuss how this collaboration came about, what the storyline of the sequel will be and what previously thought-dead character will return for the comic. In addition, Tarantino discussed his favorite scene(s) from his entire film oeuvre, the status of Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair and his idea for a science fiction film. Also gleaned from the panel, we previously reported on Tarantino’s announcement that The Hateful Eight will be his next picture. Hit the jump, for the panel highlights.

Over 35 Marvel Comic-Con Panel Images, Featuring the Casts of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN

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As you can tell by the absolutely massive amount of Comic-Con content on the site at the moment, it’s been a whirlwind last few days here in San Diego at Comic-Con 2014.  The festivities are winding down, and while we still have a fair amount of SDCC content yet to post, this Sunday we thought we’d bring the large majority of people that were unable to attend the convention a little closer to arguably the biggest panel of the convention: Marvel.  This year, Marvel Studios showcased Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man during its Saturday night Hall H panel, and while the lack of surprises made the proceedings a tad underwhelming, it was nevertheless an entertaining affair.  If you haven’t already, be sure to read our full Avengers: Age of Ultron panel recap and Ant-Man panel recap.

After the jump, you’ll find __ Marvel Comic-Con images from both panels, featuring Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Douglas, Chris Hemsworth, Evangeline Lilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Stoll, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Bettany, James Spader, director Peyton Reed, and Thanos himself Josh Brolin

Comic Con: Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg Talks about the Debut of The CW’s New Superhero Series THE FLASH and Season 3 of ARROW

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When you’re at Comic Con, it’s all about the superheroes. Even when waiting on line at a nearby Starbucks, there via a flat-screen above, Batman plays on a continuous loop. They are omnipresent. And while everyone here ponders DC’s planned film-verse and how they can possibly fit Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman into one film, DC has quietly proven these queries moot albeit via a completely different medium. On television, DC has crammed a plethora of Justice League characters – The Green Arrow, Black Canary, The Flash – all onto its flagship show: Arrow.  This year, DC attempts to further its monopolization of the CW Network by spinning off The Flash as its own series.

At a group roundtable for Arrow and The Flash, I spoke with Executive Producer/Writer Andrew Kreisberg about what to expect on the third season of Arrow, the series game plan for The Flash and how Buffy the Vampire Slayer influenced crossovers between the two. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Comic-Con: Stephen Amell Talks ARROW Season 3, When His Character Will Become ‘The Green Arrow,’ and Being Tired of Talking about ‘Justice League’

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The consummate under-dog, CW’s Arrow quietly staked a claim in the periphery of the DC-verse at the outset of the 2012 TV season. I don’t think anyone expected much from the show – and early episodes struggled to balance its comic-book aspirations under a TV-friendly budget. But over the course of its first season and especially in its second year, Arrow slowly came into its own, deftly balancing sci-fi heavy tropes within a surprisingly grounded moral quagmire. It became clear that Arrow himself wasn’t the prototypical hero he or the audience initially believed. As the dark nuances of the titular character were explored, the show grew by result. Much of the credit to the show’s qualitative success can, of course, be laid at the feet of star Stephen Amell. Amell has since become the poster-child for the DC Television verse – and with his dapper looks and sharp stare it’s not hard to see why.

In the following round table interview with star Stephen Amell, he discusses just when the character will finally become ‘The Green Arrow’, his relationship status on the show, and why he’s sick to death of talking about The Justice League. For the full interview, hit the jump.

Comic-Con: Cast and Executive Producer of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Talk Season 6 Time Jump, Relationships, and Stefan’s New Journey

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Before hitting the Ballroom 20 stage for their panel on Saturday, the cast of the CW’s The Vampire DiariesPaul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Matt Davis, and executive producer Julie Plec, sat down with press for round table interviews.  During our conversation, they discussed the new threats in Season 6, the emotional state of the characters, and the excitement of new relationships.  Hit the jump for more.

ARROW Comic-Con Panel Recap: Stephen Amell Reveals Ra’s Al Ghul to Be ARROW’S Season Three ‘Big Bad’ Plus Another New Addition

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Last Night Hall H held its first ever late-night panel: a three-hour preview of Warner Brothers/DC’s current slate of television programs – Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, and Arrow. The pilots of The Flash, Gotham and Constantine screened (reviews of all three will be posted later) – but the big news out of the panel concerned Arrow.

The Green Arrow himself (Stephen Amell) moderated the panel – and he revealed just who the secret ‘Big Bad’ of the upcoming third season will be (drumroll): Ra’s al Ghul. Hit the jump for more highlights (including one other additional character being added to the Arrow-verse).

Comic-Con: GOTHAM Cast and Creator Talk about Gotham as Its Own Character, What to Expect from Their Characters, and the Importance of the Penguin

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Television shows based off comic book superheroes and franchises are nothing new.  With the recent booming successes of the Marvel and DC world, we now have shows like Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carterand The Flashall building on heroes and worlds we have already seen.  Fox’s new show Gothamhowever, may be one of the most ambitious attempts yet, choosing to focus not on the central character of Batman, but to explore the origins of the city itself and the insane cast of characters it has created, both good and evil. At the center of the show is Ben McKenzie as a young Detective Jim Gordon, who comes onto the force to work with veteran Harvey Bullock, played by Donal Logue.  Main antagonists that emerge are Jada Pinkett Smith as an original character, Fish Mooney, and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepott, the man who becomes the Penguin.  Balancing out the cast are Erin Richards as Gordon’s mysterious fiancee Barbara Kean,David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, and Sean Pert as Alfred Pennyworth.

Collider was able to speak with Logue, Pinkett Smith, Taylor, Richards, and series creator Bruno Heller while they were at Comic-Con.  Hit the jump for some highlights. 

Comic-Con: AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Cast and Producer Reflect Back on the Latest Installment and Tease AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW

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Comic-Con welcomed the cast of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story:  Coven for the first time since the anthology premiered on October 2011.  The hour opened with a video presentation that highlighted the season in its entirety before the cast was brought on stage.  Those in attendance were executive producer Tim Minear and cast members:  Angela BassettKathy BatesSarah PaulsonEvan PetersEmma Roberts, and the newest actor to join the AHS family, Michael Chiklis.  The FX drama is known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to violence and horror, and based on what was discussed in Saturday’s panel, the next installment will be taking that up a notch or two.

The laughs abounded among the cast members and the audience as they thought back to Coven’s most memorable scenes.  And while Bates joked that Murphy is quite difficult to work with, the consensus was that the experience had been a wonderful one.  There were also some tidbits given of what we can expect from this fall’s next chapter, American Horror Story:  Freak Show.  Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Comic-Con Panel Recap; New Footage “Got No Strings” but Plenty of Action

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This was the one.  There had been good panels on Saturday, but Marvel is always the one that drives people crazy.  They know how to put on a show.  People were hungry for this panel.  It was supposed to start at 5:30pm and when it started getting later, people were chanting, clapping, and at one point even attempted to do the wave (they failed miserably at that last one) as a way to pass the time and keep up energy until the panel.  There was a ridiculous amount of good will in this room, and eagerness for news.  At the very least, they would be getting some sweet, sweet new footage from one of 2015’s biggest films.  And yet that turned out not to be enough as the studio’s Comic-Con marketing backfired.

Hit the jump for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con panel recap.

ANT-MAN Comic-Con Panel Recap: Paul Rudd Takes the Hall H Stage to Introduce a New Addition to the Marvel Universe and Preview Footage

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There’s a reason that Marvel Studios is always the last panel of the day on Saturday at Comic-Con.  It closes out the big movie panels of the week with a bang, and this year’s convention was no different.  The studio is no stranger to uphill battles (ie. launching Iron Man, convincing audiences a Cinematic Universe would work), but they faced a curious challenge in Hall H this Saturday by touting Ant-Man months after incredibly talented filmmaker—and Comic-Con favorite—Edgar Wright left the project.

Nevertheless, Ant-Man is still moving forward full-steam ahead, and Marvel brought out new director Peyton Reed and cast members Paul RuddMichael DouglasCorey Stoll, and the now-confirmed Evangeline Lilly.  In addition to revealing a bit more about the film’s story and the roles the aforementioned actors will play, Marvel also unveiled some new footage that gave us a better idea of how Ant-Man will be actualized on screen.  Read my full Ant-Man Comic-Con panel recap after the jump.

THE BOXTROLLS Comic-Con Panel Recap: Getting Lost in the Lovable, Grimy World of Underground Scavengers

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The Boxtrolls is one of my most-anticipated films of the fall.  LAIKA is one of the most exciting studios working today because they’re the only one wholly committed to the beautiful art of stop-motion animation.  But beyond their medium, they’re telling rich, interesting stories about weird outsiders traveling through strange worlds.  The Boxtrolls looks like their most ambitious yet, and today’s Comic-Con panel made me even more eager to see this strange, gorgeous movie.

Hit the jump for The Boxtrolls Comic-Con panel recap.

BLACKHAT Comic-Con Panel Recap: First Look at Michael Mann’s Cybercrime Drama Starring Chris Hemsworth; Plus New Image and Logo

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Michael Mann knows his crime dramas.  Heat is one of the most celebrated crime flicks of all time.  He’s a director who wants to find that kind of drama in different kinds of criminal acts, periods, and settings.  Now he’s turning his attention to the world of cybercrime with Blackhat (formerly called Cyber).  It was a surprising part of Legendary’s Comic-Con presentation because it’s not a fantastical story.  It’s disturbingly close to reality.

Hit the jump for the Blackhat Comic-Con panel recap.

CRIMSON PEAK Comic-Con Panel Recap: Guillermo del Toro Reveals Promising First Footage from His Gothic Romance; Gauges Audience Interest in HELLBOY 3

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Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is a Comic-Con favorite.  Films like Hellboy and Pacific Rim went over extremely well at the massive convention in the past, and he’s also just an incredibly likeable guy—he loves movies, monsters, and has no filter when it comes to speaking on the Comic-Con stage.  However, at this year’s Legendary panel in Hall H, del Toro brought a very different kind of film that just may end up being a highlight of his oeuvre.  With the gothic romance horror pic Crimson Peak—which stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Charlie Hunnam—del Toro is aiming to meld the artful and more adult-geared tone of his Spanish-language films (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone) with the colorful and pop nature of his English-language features.

During the film’s Comic-Con panel, del Toro unveiled the first incredibly promising (not to mention gorgeous) footage from the pic and talked about his approach on this feature.  Additionally, del Toro took the opportunity to do an unofficial poll of the audience as to their interest in seeing Hellboy 3 and At the Mountains of Madness.  Read my full Crimson Peak Comic-Con panel recap after the jump.

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