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10 things we’ve learned from Comic Con 2008

1) Fat people should not wear spandex. Or any tight-fitting costumes.

Ironman does like Burger King

Ironman does like Burger King

2) Kids in costumes are very cute, as are whole families dressing up.

The family that dresses up together, stays together.

The family that dresses up together, stays together.

Although some are just creepy.

I know a doctor who might be able to help you.

I know a doctor who might be able to help you.

But either way, there will probably be therapy issues later in life.

3) Terminator Salvation may be okay.

Full Throttle

The tragic results of excessive exposure to Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

Read how McG wowed the Comic Con crowds here. News that Jonathon (brother of Chris) Nolan is the “lead” scriptwriter is encouraging.

4) Hugh Jackman knows how to work a crowd. And is still hot even with shaggy hair and beard.

Hugh Jackman shakes hands with Len Wein, creator of the character Wolverine

Hugh Jackman shakes hands with Len Wein, creator of the character Wolverine

5) Comic Con girls dress slutty. But we like it.

Evil cheerleaders

Evil cheerleaders

6) Twilight fans are INSANE. And scream too much and too loud. And Robert Pattinson’s hair is ridiculous.

Robert Pattinson's silly hair

Robert Pattinson's silly hair

You can watch the video below, but Correct Opinion are not responsible for any loss of hearing incurred. You have been warned.

7) Turns out San Diego doesn’t actually mean “whale’s vagina”.

We want to believe...

We want to believe...

8 ) There is a very good feeling about Watchmen.

Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II), Zac Snyder (director) and Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschack) presented well-received new footage

Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II), Zack Snyder (director) and Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach) presented well-received new footage

9) Ray Stevenson looks great in a suit. But that still doesn’t mean the new Punisher will be any good.

Titus Pullo scrubs up pretty well

Titus Pullo scrubs up pretty well

10) Some people get way into their costume. But it’s all cool. Geek cool.

You'll believe a man can wear baby blue

You'll believe a man can wear baby blue

Go on...admit it...it looks fun...right?

Go on...admit it...it looks fun...right?

For more photos, blogs and videos direct from the event, check out Empire’s Comic Con coverage here.

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Who watches the Watchmen trailer?

Empire have the exclusive on the first trailer for Watchmen, the Zac Snyder-directed movie adaption of the brilliant graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. You can watch it here or on the no-doubt-soon-to-be-removed youtube version below.

(EDIT: the Empire online link has been removed for now. The article (here) clearly went up too soon, although AICN are linking to it too.

EDIT #2: Empire seem to have lost their exclusive. It’s up all over the net, and Apple trailers has the glorious HD version here.)

The film itself isn’t due out until March 2009, but to say it’s eagerly anticipated doesn’t even begin to describe the fans’ expectations.

Set in a parallel 1980’s set world, Watchmen tells the story of a group of costumed superheroes, who are now outlawed. They have to renew their association, though, when one of their own is murdered and the whole group appears to be targeted.

Snyder’s film version has cast Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhatten, Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, Patrick Wilson as Niteowl, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the Comedian, Matthew Goode as Ozymandias and Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II.

The trailer is fab. The comic-to-film comparison is very impressive, without appearing too comic-y. For the special effects on Dr. Manhattan to be this good so early in the process bodes well. Although he does appear to have been given a pair of hide-his-modesty briefs at 1:38 – let’s hope that’s just the trailer! We’re still not quite buying into Matthew Goode as Ozymandias, but the others look the part (well, as much as you can tell at this stage with the masked Rorschach).

And a comment on the choice of song used: the Smashing Pumpkins’ The Beginning is the End is the Beginning. Not The End is the Beginning is the End, as used on Batman and Robin – nice cheeky touch! Hopefully it’s Snyder’s way of telling us that this won’t be shit.

The Minutemen

This is the first official shot of The Minutemen, the group of superheroes who preceeded the Watchmen, and subsequently disbanded, for several shady reasons. The attention the detail is impressive, and every still image release so far has been pretty great. So it all depends on whether or not director Zack Snyder can bring his A-Game the film itself, and not just the publicity stuff, something that he partly forgot about when big-upping 300.

Fingers crossed.

Also, if you’re a fan of the graphic novel at all, this should get you a little excited:

One Year To Midnight: First Look at the Watchmen.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan as The Comedian:

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Matthew Goode as Ozymandias:

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Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach:

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Malin Ackerman as The Silk Spectre II:

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Patrick Wilson as The Nite Owl:

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They’re still keeping Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan, but considering he’s naked and blue for the whole movie, its not difficult to understand they want to keep some surprises for closer to the release. Only 365 days left till we get to see what all the fuss was about.

Things you may not have known about the Watchmen movie.

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– One of the screenplay writers, David Hayter, also wrote the screenplays to X-Men and X2. However, he also wrote the screenplay to The Scorpion King.

– The other writer, Alex Tse? This is his first feature screenplay.

– Director Zack Snyder (Dawn Of The Dead, 300) has already stated that the film’s ending will differ greatly from the graphic novels’ controversial climax.

– The full Watchmen cast list is as follows: Carla Gugino (Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Comedian), Patrick Wilson (Nite Owl), Billy Crudup (Doctor Manhattan), Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach), Matthew Goode (Ozymandias) and Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre II).

– It was originally due to be directed by Paul Greengrass, who dropped out to make United 93 instead. Other previously attached directors include Terry Gilliam (dropped out to make The Brothers Grimm) and Darren Aranofsky (left for The Fountain).

– Writer of the original graphic novel Alan Moore has hated all cinematic incarnations of his previous works, including The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, V For Vendetta and Constantine.

– Original graphic novel Watchmen was included in Time Magazine’s Top 100 Books Of All Time.

– Its due out March 6th, 2oo9.