Comic-Con 2005: "V for Vendetta," "Harry Potter," "Futurama" and "Superman Returns"

by | July 18, 2005 | Comments

Lots of movie news coming out of Comic-Con 2005 and IGN FilmForce is there to bring it all back for those of us who couldn’t attend.

First off, the trailer for "V for Vendetta" made its premiere this past Friday with Natalie Portman and producer Joel Silver on hand for a Q&A session afterward. According to FilmForce’s Chris Carle, the trailer is "[f]illed with action" and appears to "stay true to the style and design of the graphic novel." The movie is based on a graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore (who has disassociated himself from the movie) and is scheduled for a November 4 release. Check out the Joel Silver interview to find out more about this issue.

The "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" trailer also made its debut at this year’s Comic-Con. Directed by Mike Newell ("Pushing Tin," "Mona Lisa Smiles"), "Goblet of Fire" is darker and more "action-focused" than the previous Potter movies, if the trailer is anything to go by. In the movie, Harry will face a Hungarian Horntail, have a fight with Ron, and, most frightening of all, will even dance with a girl! In a related note, the sixth book in the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," was also released this weekend.

Is "Futurama" making a comeback? According to Billy West, one of the voice actors for the series, a direct-to-video movie is in the works, with an option for a second one. "Futurama," the brainchild of "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, had a five-season run on network TV before Fox handed it its walking papers due to low ratings. Good news indeed, if you’re a fan of the show. Will these movies be the groundwork for the series’ return to network TV? Stay tuned.

Director Bryan Singer was on hand this past Saturday to present a clip of "Superman Returns" to a very appreciative crowd. The clip was so well-received that it was shown twice. The movie stars Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth and is scheduled for a June 30 release in 2006. Read the full report here.

"X-Men 3" screenwriter Zak Penn was on a film panel and he confirmed that Warren Worthington’s father will not be the antagonist in "X-Men 3." Most surprising of all, he said most of the "news" that appeared on a number of message boards and websites are completely false! Unfortunately, he didn’t clarify which.

Head on over to FilmForce for more Comic-Con goodness.