Comic-Con 2014 Recap – SR Underground Ep. 154

Published 9 months ago by , Updated September 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 pm,

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The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode one-hundred fifty-four of the Screen Rant Underground podcast.

Join host Ben Kendrick, fellow SR editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw as we recap Comic-Con 2014, Batman V Superman and Avengers: Age of Ultron footage impressions, as well as the biggest surprises and disappointments.

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Screen Rant Underground: Episode 154 - Comic-Con 2014 Recap

We recap Comic-Con 2014, Batman V Superman and Avengers: Age of Ultron footage impressions, as well as the biggest surprises and disappointments.

[0:00] Comic-Con 2014 Recap: Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios Hall H panels and footage impressions, Godzilla 2 and King Kong prequel (Skull Island) announcements, new trailers (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and Jupiter Ascending), DC Entertainment TV pilots (Constantine, The Flash, and Gotham) as well as our favorite moments and behind-the-scenes stories.

[3:17:05] Twitter Handles and Contact Information.

Hosts: Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw.



Next Week: Guardians of the Galaxy

Last Week’s Official Box Office Battle Reader Winner (The Purge: Anarchy opening): Sal reports an unprecedented 6-way tie with scores of 11 and equal tiebreakers. With no further ado, the winners are: Chris B, The Prince That Was Promised, Jones, PeterGecko, Roderick, and Troy.

Opening in theaters this week (Wide):

  • Get On Up - 2,000+
  • Guardians of the Galaxy - 3,800

Opening this Week in Theaters (Limited):

  • N/A

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  1. Cannot wait to listen to this a little later tonight, this is always my favorite podcast of the year from you guys.

  2. Whoever said less is more doesnt know what they’re talking about! This is always the bright spot of my week!

  3. I’ve been looking at the Comic Con Schedule for WB, but there is no mention of DC. WB only had Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max and The Hobbit.

    No wonder that DC section felt quick, they weren’t scheduled to be there

    • Keep in mind, surprises or announcements are never scheduled though on the official listing. The Avengers were not scheduled for the Cap/Thor panel of 2010 and X-Men: Days of Future Past was not scheduled for last year and it was the biggest panel.

      This year, Legendary didn’t “Schedule” anything but had an hour’s worth of presentations.

  4. Listening to it right now! No complaints about the length here. It be awesome if they were all this long.

  5. WB have never been ready to publicly commit to announcing a long term plan for their DC movies because it would put more pressure on them to release these movies in time and would only be seen as a letdown if they can’t. The DC plan has always been fluctuating and there aren’t even necessarily scripts written or directors locked down etc. So why would DC announce these movies that are still uncertain? So maybe they let The Rock tease the idea of him as/in Shazam but not fully announce it, since they are likely still working on the script etc. And maybe leak a long term plan to someone like NIkkie Finke and other outlets, if that schedule is even real at all.

    • Also, I was watching “Justice League: War”- what if Shazam/The Rock is introduced in the Justice League movie first? As a member?

      • The justice League movie would be the priority and after that, then we get the offshoots- the solo movies of the members like Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Shazam etc. WB have to see how JL goes and how the public take to the characters first before committing to anything else ie. solo movies.

        • If that rumoured list turns out to be real after all, Shazam was set to release AFTER Batman V Superman but BEFORE Justice League.

          We got the rest of summer plus New York Con if they plan to announce more by the end of the year, otherwise, they’ll wait until 2015.

          • Oh, right. I am doubting that list more and more, especially after Comic Con. It would be nice, though.

            • Elements seem to be true but only if you buy into rumours.

              The Rock will definitely feature in a Shazam film but how about Scott McNairy as Barry Allen/The Flash? Just rumour for now (and quietly mentioned over the weekend and not yet picked up by Screen Rant for obvious reasons aka unproven rumour) but yeah, it would be nice if it were true.

              • McNairy as The Flash I can see it.

      • If Dwayne Johnson is playing Shazam, they won’t introduce him in the Justice League movie. It would not make sense to cast that big of a star and to relegate him to back up character duty. Just make Shazam movie by itself and have a end credit scene with Billy Batson just playing around with things in his bacyard or something and all of a sudden just “Shazam” and we see Johnson standing there. Could be a great end credit scene for BvS

      • I severely disliked Shazam’s and Cyborg’s inclusions in Justice League, they didn’t really belong with the likes of the other veterans. They didn’t really ‘earn’ their spots as founding members of the Justice League. Hell, Robin or Batgirl should be more of a founding member than those two. It’s not that I don’t like those characters or their powers, just don’t like them being founding members. Eventually, sure, they should be Justice League members, but not the first. It was just Cyborg in New 52; Shazam was tacked on in the cartoon.

        I’d rather it be trinity, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Flash. Don’t think they’re going to try and do Martian Manhunter. But alas, all that want is moot point since they’ve already cast Cyborg. I really hope they don’t use a slightly varied version of New 52′s Justice League. That was a terrible way to introduce Darkseid and the beginnings of the Justice League. All my opinion, of course. I do like the more cohesiveness of the development of the Justice League in the cinematic universe, how they’re starting off with Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman. Feels more organic.

  6. sooooo looking forward to hearing this while driving to work..

    One burning question…

    Who won the comic con? Bat vs supes teaser or avengers 2?

    • According to social media experts, Batman V Superman won with Avengers 2 coming 5th on the “Most Talked About On Social Media” chart (Game Of Thrones, Teen Wolf and The Walking Dead were more talked about on the internet last weekend than Avengers 2 was).

  7. I Had that in mind I guess it was Rob Keyes that mention WB/DC will announce at San Diego Comic Con 2015 lineup of the highly anticipated DC characters in the near future, once BATMAN V. SUPERMAN trailer comes out. BVS is the key for future installments

  8. I am disappointed. I assumed that this entire podcast would be a series of anecdotes about me.

    • If they did that, the podcast would still be ongoing. Time constraints and all that.

    • We included a number of Easter Eggs. You’ll just have to re-listen to all 3 hours again.

      • Tea does cool you down.

        • It’s true.

  9. Is there any reason to pick my movies this week

    1. Guardians of the galaxy
    2. Guardians of the galaxy
    3. Guardians of the galaxy
    4. Guardians of the galaxy
    5. Guardians of the galaxy
    10. Tammy

  10. Skull Island would be cool if its an origin about him being the last of his kind and having to survive against all the other creatures to become king.

    [EDITED: SPOILER WARNING for Snowpiercer]

    I also watched Snowpiecer since last podcast, what a dumb ending, I cant believe Anthony sides with the train, yeah chris evans character is and idlot but still.
    Also what was with the asian characters, they felt like they belonged in a whole other movie, also love how they just give up on the horrible translator.

    • thanks for the spoiler warning.

      • I didnt spoil anything about the plot Mikey

        • That’s foolish & patently wrong. Boy, you must be a real handful live & in person.

    • What the? I didnt spoil anything. YOu guys talked more about it on the podcast than I did.
      Also maybe the line, I watched Snowpiecer shouldve been a clue that I was about to talk about it.
      But If you want real spoilers…

      • Not judging either way. We just put in a spoiler warning in case someone was sensitive about it.

        • I wouldnt care if Mikeys comment didnt have a passive aggressive way to go buddy you ruined the whole movie im entitled to a spoiler warning from everyone and not responsible for myself crybaby tone.
          Or had I not been specifically careful not to say anything spoiler…-_-

          • I think people are just extra sensitive to spoilers for Snowpiercer. Frankly, I get nervous every time Anthony mentions the “siding with the train” thing on the podcast.

            Part of what I enjoyed most about the movie was not knowing anything going in. Still, I understand that you were being careful.

            • So then please be careful. I mean c’mon man.

              Had I not seen it, I ‘d be screaming “Head!” & guess which…
              Working for SR, you lead by ex., for one. It’s another thing to lead a reader/poster to thing it’s cool to let cats out of the bag.


              • From what little I could understand of your comment, if it was referring to me.
                I didnt spoil thing, sheesh.
                All I said was how I felt about the movies end and how the two asian characters didnt fit well with the other characters.
                I didnt say how it ended, what role the asian characters have, what they do, who they are or anything that would be spoiler-ish
                All of you need to calm down, the movie isnt even that great.

  11. Can someone explain the mysterious director jail person?

    • I dont know but I looked this up

    • Just list the number of directors you can think of who have had repeated failed movies in the last few years, then ask yourself: Which studio is going to keep paying them to do so?

      When you can’t get work… you’re in “Director Jail.”

      • Can we have a clue?

        • I’m thinking maybe Brett Ratner

          • Maybe but didnt kofi say it was a movie earlier this year on the podcast and ratners not….bad? with what hes given.

  12. I’m with Ant on the Legendary thing. The multiple monsters thing does feel like a gimmick that’ll get old really fast despite having different monsters, seems like a monster of the week type of deal. lol, agree about how they’d essentially use the same city set-pieces and just insert a different monster, going through the motions. I think Legendary should branch out to do something more than just ‘monster fights’.

    I think they should adopt some fantasy series, like the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. This has monsters, it even has ‘superheroes’ in a way, has a cohesive story, has their own Greek pantheon of gods even, and other things. It can tap into all of those elements that are currently very popular now in movies in one singular unit (redundancy here, I know) and build a cinematic universe. All it would need is a good screenwriter to add some emotional punch, some more varied characterizations, and more budget-conscious writing.

    Looking forward to Gotham. I like the journey that they could do here. Show how the city crumbles (through the lens of Gordon) and gives rise to the Batman. Show how Gordon compromises his initial idealism, basically go through hell and back. I wouldn’t mind seeing a young Bruce Wayne go around the world gaining all those skills and expertise that will culminate in Batman, sorta like what Arrow is doing right now.

    Flash looks cool. He got control of his power too quickly, in my opinion. I get they want to show him in the suit and step up to the mantle of a hero right away. But I think they could’ve done better by doing a slow buildup and a gradual process of him learning his new abilities (like Smallville in a way). Sure, they might do that throughout the rest of the season, but I guess I’m saying they could have done a slow process to just even the control he established in the pilot.

    • Dude, he only barely got his powers under enough control at the end to counter W. Wizard’s cyclone. We’ll be seeing him get his powers really under control, discover their range & extent, all under the supervision & cooperation of STAR Labs & the mysterious Doctor with the Future Room.

      I Cant Wait!!!

      • I was thinking more like his mind unable to process his body’s new speed capabilities or his body unable to align with a speedy mind. I mean more baby steps, learning to walk all over again. It came a bit too easily to him. I can’t think of a proper comparison for the distinction but try this: the difference is like that of a baby learning to walk as opposed to being a track athlete and learning to breathe and pace oneself. I don’t know if you will understand what I’m trying to convey through that. I would have preferred him to go through that primordial stage of his powers, rather than off to a running start (pardon the pun) with minor hiccups.

        I’m looking forward to the show too despite all that.

  13. If this SDCC showed me anything, its that DC will never catch up with Marvel if they don’t start DC Studios as fast as humanely possible. Finish up this slate of films with WB and then part ways. DC could then take over full production of all of its intellectual property. It would give them 100% control and a FAR bigger chunk of money at the end of the day. While WB’s is a great studio, they just have way too much other stuff on thier plate. The faster DC follows in Marvels footsetps the better. Its a big move, but one that would pay off a hunred times over if done right. DC has a MUCH stronger line up of characters than Marvel does. DC studios is the only way to go at this point. They would be fools to stick with WB any longer than they have too.

  14. Just gonna reiterate what other listeners have already said: this is always one the most highly anticipated (and entertaining!) podcasts for me. This year did not dissappoint! Thanks for all your hard work screenrant, these podcasts are one of the highlights of my week. Keep up the awesome work and if I ever make it out of Missouri to Comic Con I would love to buy you guys a beer, or maybe just run into Vic for late-night/early-morning pizza :)

    Also, thanks for the reminder about Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo’s press outtake video from last year, never fails to bring tears of laughter.

    See you next week for Gaurdians!!!

  15. Ben, why do you apologize for the longer podcast?

    Like I said before: as long as you guys are willing to do so, go on as long you can. Please don’t stop on our account. You’ve rushed a few topics in the past and going longer would have given them the due attention. This isn’t a TV show nor is it a radio show that would have to adhere to a fixed time slot. There is no time limit other than what you guys set yourselves.

    If some people complain about the podcast being too long you can give them instructions on what a “Pause” button is or how that timeslider/time code works. Listening to the podcast in increments is not rocket science… ;)

  16. Was wondering if they clarified that it is indeed Hope Pym? Believe during the panel she was introduced as “Hope Van Dyne”.

    • Y! Janet will be already dead. :-(

  17. Any Update on when the videos will be posted on Podcast cant wait to see Mandroid lol

  18. Said it before n I’ll say it again. This film will suck.

  19. Maybe it’s just me, but I always thought Ben was the positive one out of the bunch lol. Listened to the whole podcast all the way through and loved it. Glad y’all liked CC, but I have to say I’m glad I decided to wait to go until next year’s since it doesn’t seem like there were that many nerdgasm-worthy moments. I’m with Rob when he says next year’s Con is when WB/DC COULD drop the curtain on the DCMU. Then again, it seems like DC would rather ease fans in bit by bit throughout the year dropping casting announcement and movies, rather than cannonball at the con by revealing their decade-long lineup. I want to see DC strut at least once!

  20. Lucy Lawless wants her outfit back!

  21. Hey, where is this Paul Young Robot video?