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WonderCon 2013: Superman: Unbound (Movie Review)

Friday night at WonderCon, audiences got to witness premiere of the new animated Superman film, Superman: Unbound.  This is another entry in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies series, presented by Warner Bros., which has previously released films such as Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Wonder Woman.  For the most part, these animated adaptations of various DC superheroes and some of their most well-known stories have been pretty good, so I was excited to check out this new feature.  I say that in a somewhat surprising manner for myself, because Superman is not a character I tend to enjoy that much.  I only believe the character to be as interesting as the story that is written for him, so the fact that this film would revolve around Brainiac, one of Superman’s greatest foes, had my curiosity for sure.  Fortunately, this was a mighty enjoyable film, thanks to the work done by many involved.

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WonderCon 2013: Much Ado About Nothing

Following The Avengers, many were curious what the next thing for writer, director, and all-around geek icon Joss Whedon would be.  Obviously taking on a modern day retelling of a famous Shakespeare play was the perfect project to take on.  Okay, so maybe a Joss Whedon adaptation of the popular comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, was not the obvious choice, but that is what happened.  Whedon called up many of his friends and shot this film in a couple weeks, using his own house as the set.  At WonderCon, on Sunday, many fans of both Whedon and Shakespeare (presumably in equal ratios of course) showed up to the panel for this film and were treated to an expansive roster of panelists and some footage from the film that opens in theaters this June.  Read on to learn more about what doth happened during this presentation.

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WonderCon 2013: This Is The End

Recently, we have seen films like 2012, Melancholia, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and even Children of Men, to an extent, depict what it would be like to see the world come to an end.  Just to round things out, I guess, we now have the version of that story in a movie that stars comic actors Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Michael Cera, and many more.  WonderCon had a panel devoted to This Is The End, an apocalyptic comedy starring all of these guys as themselves, written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.  Read on to find out what went on at this hilarious panel. Now updated with new trailer.

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WonderCon 2013: Evil Dead

Many of my friends know that I love The Evil Dead trilogy, the cult horror films from director Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Oz The Great and Powerful) and star Bruce Campbell.  I watch all three films (The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness) back-to-back-to-back every year in October, involving as many people as I can in the process.  The idea of remaking The Evil Dead could seem like something that I would be entirely against, but I was willing to hear it out, as Raimi, Cambpell, and producer Rob Tapert were the ones that wanted to do it.  Essentially, if it had their blessing, I would be down for a new take on “The ultimate experience in grueling terror” (original tag line for the first film).  Fortunately, everything I have been seeing and hearing so far has me quite excited, which is why I was looking forward to this panel for the film, taking place a week before its theatrical release.  Read on to learn more about what went down at this WonderCon panel.

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WonderCon 2013: Pacific Rim

Saturday was considered the most important day for WonderCon, at least as far as movie geeks were concerned, but the presentation for the new film from director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), the giant robots versus giant monsters movie known as Pacific Rim, was easily one of the most anticipated events of the whole weekend.  While the no one from the cast made an appearance, people familiar with Guillermo del Toro should know well enough that he does not need a whole lot of help from others to really have him deliver an entertaining panel, given his charismatic personality, wonderful Mexican accent, and his hilarious use of swear words when talking about his passions.  Read on to learn more about what audiences were treated to as far as Pacific Rim is concerned, with its summer release date looming on the horizon.

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WonderCon 2013: The Conjuring

A quick introduction, as this is my first WonderCon 2013 article, I will have been in attendance all weekend for WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California and hope to bring plenty of cool info regarding several upcoming films.  First up is the new film from director James Wan (Saw, Insidious) called The Conjuring.  This film is a supernatural horror movie based on a true story and James Wan came to Anaheim to present his thoughts on the film and show off some footage.  He also brought with him the actual people whom this story is based on.  Read on to learn more about this upcoming horror film, arriving in theaters this summer.

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Looks like Dark Horse had a double dose of comic news to deliver, so here’s another WonderCon-related announcement.  Matt Kindt’s MIND MGMT is apparently a much buzzed about comic series and with various movie-related announcements coming its way it should also be known that this series is now set to run 36 issues, with a new arc starting in July.  For those unaware, MIND MGMT is the story is about Meru, a true crime writer who searches for the truth behind a mysterious airline flight and discovers a secret government agency of super spies, espionage, and psychic abilities.  It also concerns Henry Lyme, the former top agent, who has gone rogue and is working to dismantle the organization.  Read more to learn more about the new announcements regarding this series.

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Dark Horse has announced a new comic miniseries that I could potentially check out.  I wish I had the time to be deeper into comics than I currently am right now, but I do what I can.  With that said, this new miniseries sounds pretty intriguing.  A vampire buddy action comic, with inspiration coming from the likes of Lethal Weapon.  That sounds like the kind of fun I could get behind, were I to have the time.  Regardless, read on to learn more about Blood Brothers, a new comic miniseries that has a presence at WonderCon 2013, even though the full issues will not start hitting until this July.