‘Star Wars,’ ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Batman v Superman’ all expected at Comic Con

Redesigned Stormtroopers appear onstage at the kick-off event of the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, April 17, 2015. — Reuters pic
Redesigned Stormtroopers appear onstage at the kick-off event of the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California, April 17, 2015. — Reuters pic

SAN DIEGO, June 20 — Comic Con in San Diego, the biggest convention for any self-respecting comic and pop culture geek, will take place July 9-12. The event, one of the most popular in America, will be the perfect occasion to learn more about upcoming big and little screen blockbusters.

Every year, Comic Con is where studios choose to present the juicy tidbits that their fans crave. Whether it’s a photo, a trailer or a poster, they all find a way to garner attention and generate online buzz.

Next month, Disney will be the center of attention when it presents new images from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the feverishly anticipated seventh installment in the saga which hits theaters December 18. A panel will be organized for July 10, with director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and special guests present. Fans are eagerly awaiting a trailer that would finally show Luke Skywalker, or the new characters played by Andy Serkis and Lupita Nyong’o.

Reports indicate that Marvel, unlike in years past, will not go to San Diego. This is most probably due to the fact that the studio’s next film, Ant-Man, comes out July 14 and the next, Captain America: Civil War, scheduled for a July 2016 release, is still filming.

Superhero lovers will still get their fix from Warner Bros. though, as the studio is expected to reveal new information about its next blockbuster, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, due to hit theaters next spring.

The Hunger Games team will also be at Comic Con, for the last time. On July 9, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, also known as Katniss, Gale and Peeta, will be on hand to promote the last film in the series, Mockingjay: Part 2.

Comic Con isn’t exclusively about movies, and every year, studios use the event to promote their series, especially those debuting in the fall.

The convention will host screenings of the full pilots for DC Entertainment’s Super Girl (airing on CBS), as well as The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow and Fox’s Lucifer, comic book adaptations that will all debut during the 2015-2016 season.

The high point should be the American Horror Story panel, with creator Ryan Murphy and stars Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Sarah Paulson all on hand to present the upcoming season, Hotel. Ryan Murphy will also use the stage to present his new series, Scream Queens (Fox). — Afp-Relaxnews