2015 San Diego Comic-Con highlights

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

SDCC 2015
Fans love getting dressed up for Comic-Con with incredibly elaborate “cosplay” (costume play).

The biggest annual geek event went down in San Diego this past weekend, as thousands of comic book fans gathered for this year’s epic Comic-Con. DC Comics battled it out with its superhero archnemesis Marvel Comics, and the Star Wars team showed off some incredible behind-the-scenes footage for the upcoming Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Let’s start off with DC Comics. If anyone had any doubts about Jared Leto as Joker, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, the mind-blowing trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad made the crowds go wild. We definitely got a deeper look at why the Dark Knight wants to throw down with the Man of Steel, after the destructive climax of the first movie. And, there was definitely a hint of madness in Eisenberg’s Lex as he warned “…the red capes are coming!” like some kind of sci-fi Paul Revere. As for Suicide Squad, the supervillain dream team (nightmare team?) took on the baddest of the bad, and Margot Robbie showed off her wacky personality as Joker’s girlfriend, Harley Quinn.

Marvel Comics tried to steal DC’s thunder with a hilarious look at the ultimate wise-cracking rogue in the upcoming Deadpool. The infamous “Merc with a Mouth” is being played by Ryan Reynolds, who delivered some witty one-liners to draw mega laughs from the audience. Then, we found out that Hugh Jackman will be donning the adamantium claws one last time for X-Men: Apocalypse and a final solo Wolverine flick likely based on the Old Man Logan storyline.

For all you Star Wars nuts, the original trilogy’s dynamic trio of Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa) showed up along with plenty of new faces from Episode VII. The two stars of The Force Awakens, John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey), basked in the glory of hundreds of costumed Jedis and Sith Lords. Director J.J. Abrams revealed a behind-the-scenes reel, assuring fans that the 7th flick in the series will rely as much on real-life special effects as CGI. Then, they threw a surprise lightsaber-filled concert for fans, with a massive Star Wars symphony.

Images courtesy of San Diego Comic-Con.