Comic Con: Day 2 – Steven Spielberg, Raven and Haywire

SSStageQuestionAfter the lessons learnt from Day 1, I spent the early morning of day 2 queuing to see Mr Steven Spielberg at Hall H followed by panels for the films Haywire, The Raven.

Anything worth seeing, queuing is almost a pre-requisite. Especially Hall H which is the largest venue at Comic Con which naturally tends to have the ‘bigger’ panels.

The Adventures of Tin Tin

The Adventures of Tin Tin marks Steven Spielberg's (E.T, Jurassic Park) first animated 3D film with special guest on the panel, Peter Jackson (Lord Of The Rings, King Kong) the producer.

I grew up watching the cartoon about Tin Tin and his intelligent dog as well as sidekick, Snowy who would solve mysteries together. It was bizarre yet nostalgic to see Tin Tin on the big screen with Spielberg breathing the same air.

The highlight of the panel was the Q & A. Where the last question was from a fan who simply wore this t-shirt which reads:

If possible I would love to meet Steven Spielberg just to shake his hand and say thank you very much
As I decided to take a video, these are the poor quality screenshots from it.

So yes he did get to shake Spielberg’s hand, he also got his photo taken with him by none other than Peter Jackson!


Haywire and The Raven

After having a decent vantage point, I stayed put in Hall H to watch the panels for the upcoming films Haywire and The Raven. While these films did feature stars, it was evident little was known by the audience and they definitely weren’t in the realm of the big budget fanfare films that is typically showcased at Comic Con, as last year featured Tron Legacy, Green Lantern, Thor and Captain America.

Haywire is an action/thriller that stars Gina Carano as Mallory Kane who is an operative working for the government. The clips shown were used to showcase her intense fighting scenes/skills. Mallory’s motivation? being betrayed and abandoned for dead.

Along with Gina, the director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) as well as co-star Channing Tatum (Dear John, Step Up) were the panellists. The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Douglas.

What makes this film unique, is that Gina can in fact actually do all her own stunts, and is trained in mixed martial arts as well as being on American Gladiator. Her skills were clearly evident in the intense hotel room fight scene (which was shown twice!) between her and Michael Fassbender where she can clearly fight like a man.

Next up was The Raven which has an interesting premise as it is the fictional story of the (non-fiction) writer Edgar Alan Poe played by John Cusack (Sixteen Candles, High Fidelity) of how a serial killer is basing his actions based on Edgar’s stories.

I’ve never been a fan of thrillers, but like (no-one) says ‘when in Comic Con.’ Plus the lure of John Cusack didn’t hurt.


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