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The Rough Cut 7/24/10: Comic-Con a major event

July 23, 2010 - Keith Frederick

 And the geek shall inherit the Earth.

OK, maybe that’s a bit extreme. But by the time you read this, the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con will be in full swing, and “Star Wars” freaks, comic book fanatics and sci-fi aficionados will be the toast of the town.

Comic-Con is the ultimate yearly exploration of all things dorky, geeky and nerdy. And if you think those words are synonyms, then you truly wouldn’t belong there.

Since the superhero movie boom began, Hollywood has turned its massive eye on San Diego like a Tolkien villain surrounded by dollar signs. In the past 10 years, the convention’s attendance has grown from a reported 48,500 in 2000 to more than 125,000 last year.

And more and more of those attendees are A-list celebrities, with this year’s event expecting everyone from Kenneth Brannagh (the director of next year’s “Thor” film) to Sylvester Stallone and a rumored appearance by both Angel­ina Jolie and Brad Pitt. (If I ever call them “Brangel­ina,” please kill me.)

So what should you look out for this year? What will we all be talking about when the show closes on Sunday? Here are a few things to keep an eye on:

* Comics. As usual, every important creator, writer and artist will be present at Comic-Con, from Marvel icon Stan Lee to today’s legends like Brian Michael Bendis and Geoff Johns. Expect big announcements from both major comics companies, including which characters will be the focus of the coming year. 

From DC, expect a lot of focus on Green Lantern — after all, Ryan Reynolds’ 2011 turn as the Emerald Icon may be the hottest subject of the event — and Green Arrow, whom DC has been pushing hard this year. At Marvel, the next year is all about The Avengers, as the company prepares the public for a series of movies starting with “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” next year.

* Movies. Comic-Con has become the beginning of the media blitz for all things action, sci-fi and horror in Hollywood. And if your trailer fails to impress here, you should probably start to panic.

As I said, “Green Lantern” is the big story this year, but it’s far from the only story. Other films to keep an eye on include: updates on “The Hobbit,” which has gone through a series of personnel changes in the past few months; “RED,” a spy tale based on a graphic novel with a killer cast that includes Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich; “The Green Hornet,” starring Seth Rogen as the radio serial hero; “Sucker Punch,” a girl power fantasy film directed by Zack Snyder of “Watchmen” and “300” fame; and a new trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

* Video Games. Like in Hollywood, video game developers have adopted Comic-Con as the beginning of the media blitz. At this year’s event, expect a big push for games coming later this year, including “Fallout: New Vegas,” “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II,” “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood,” “Marvel vs Capcom 3” and “Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.” 

Expect sneak peeks at games that are still in development, as well, including the return of the cult favorite “Twisted Metal” series and the latest installment of the “Fable” series.

Honestly, there’s too much to cover in total. If it’s dorky, strange, weird or creepy, it’ll probably be there. Expect big news today, which has been dubbed “Star Wars Day” and is expected to feature big announcements. 

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