This year’s Comic-Con International allowed fans the chance to see unreleased footage of forthcoming blockbusters and get glimpses of their favorite stars.
By the end of the four-day convention, one thing was definitely clear and that’s that the whole thing is about and for the fans.
Here are the top 10 highlights:
1. The Deadpool trailer.
The first trailer for Deadpool, his R-rated superhero pic, received a long standing ovation at Comic-Con, along with “One more time!” chants from the buzzing fans in Hall H. Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller, looking genuinely stunned, gave each other high fives as they took their seats to watch it again.
While it hasn’t been released online yet, check out some of the footage from the panel.
2. Zack Synder drives up in the Batmobile.
The Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice director pulled up to the Comic-Con venue with a police escort, hopped out of his slick ride, and started tossing T-shirts into the sea of people. People lost their minds.
— BATMAN (@Batmancanseeyou) July 11, 2015
3. X-Men: Apocalypse cast surprise appearance.
A total of 16 cast members, including Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, took part in the event which began with a video homage to the X-Men franchise. Hugh Jackman introduced the retrospective, which included his own Wolverine audition tapes.
4. The Muppets crash Comic-Con.
Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and more beloved Muppets characters crashed the San Diego Comic-Con panel for their upcoming ABC sitcom, The Muppets. The audience was first treated to never-before-seen test footage that the creators pitched, which introduced the show’s hyper-meta concept.
5. A new Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer.
A new trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was shown off during the panel and later released online. It provides a first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and also sets up the reason Batman is Mad Batman and not Sad Batman.
6. The original cast of Star Wars reunites.
The slow reveal of the Star Wars cast at the panel was a well played move by director J.J. Abrams. The panel started, went on for a while, bringing out some of the new cast members, than came Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. That appeared to be it. There was no empty seat left on the panel. Then this happened:
“How do you think Harrison would feel about all of this?” moderator Chris Hardwick asked Lucasfilm president Kennedy, before interrupting her. “Oh, hell, let’s just ask him ourselves.”
Enter Ford, and the room exploded.
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) July 11, 2015
7. The Walking Dead season six trailer debuts.
Rick Grimes may have officially lost it. Judging by the trailer, this is going to be one intense season.
8. Game of Thrones reveals audition tapes.
The originals! Check out the original cast auditioning for their roles. Oh I we miss most of them.
9. Supernatural fans honor Jared Padalecki’s bravery.
The CW series ended its panel with the packed audience of more than 7,000 fans holding up candles for star Jared Padalecki‘s Always Keep Fighting campaign. Padelecki recently opened up about his battle with depression, and started the Always Keep Fighting campaign to help people struggling with depression, self-injury, addiction and suicide. The surprise candle moment came about in support of his AKF campaign.
“I’m holding the candle in my pocket right now, I can’t let go of it,” Padelecki told E! News, right after the panel. “At first I didn’t know what it is. I thought people were holding up their iPhones or something. And then someone handed me the note explaining it and I found out what was really going on. It took everything in my power not to cry.”
10. A sneak peak at the Suicide Squad trailer.
After showing the latest Batman v Superman trailer, DC went one step further to show some footage from their upcoming supervillain movie featuring Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot and Jared Leto’s Joker.
The leaked footage has a very dark tone, and ends with Leto’s Joker starring into the camera, saying: “I’m just going to hurt you, really, really, bad.”