Top Ten New Moon Facts Revealed at Comic-Con

What we learned about the Twilight sequel from panels, press conferences, and more.

by | July 27, 2009 | Comments

Having read the books, visited the set, and devoured everything the internet already contained regarding The Twilight Saga: New Moon, you’d think there’d be little left for a Twilight fan to learn. Thankfully, you’d be wrong. As we found while tracking New Moon‘s cast and director through last weekend’s Comic-Con appearances, the New Moon publicity machine is chugging as smoothly as Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner’s bare chests — two things which made our list of the Top Ten New Moon Facts Revealed at Comic-Con. (Catch up on our Comic-Con coverage here.) Read on for this week’s installment of New Moon Monday and check back each week for news, interviews, and more to keep your Twilight obsession blazing.


1. Summit Entertainment knows its audience, evidenced by the two scenes they brought to Comic-Con. Whether you’re Team Edward or Team Jacob, there was a shirtless scene for you. Who wanted to see the birthday party scene or the cliff diving scene, when they could get their first peek at Jacob Black hopping valiantly off a bike to strip naked to tend to an almost-drooling Bella? Or watch as Bella raced across Volterra in vain as Edward opened his shirt, stepping into the sunlight? It was such an amazing sight, Bella started running in slow motion. (Click above for more celeb pics from Comic-Con; full scene descriptions here!)

2. Director Chris Weitz will use a lot of dialogue straight from the book. This was one of the biggest points of contention with the first Twilight, into which screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg had written quotes directly from Meyer’s text — with varying results. (“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb,” to which non-fans groaned inwardly.) In both scenes shown at Comic-Con, the majority of dialogue was taken from the pages of New Moon and filmed quite closely to what we imagined. (Agree/disagree? Tell us below.)


3. Taylor Lautner is the press-friendly celebrity star that New Moon needed. Compared to his co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, Lautner has just the right youthful vigor and enthusiasm (read: he’s not jaded yet) to turn Twilight press events into, well, downright energetic press events. Deposited between Stewart and Pattinson in Thursday’s early morning press conference, Lautner picked up the slack whenever his co-stars trailed off; the kid’s been well prepared. I mean, have you seen that Sharkboy-era dancing video?

4. Kristen Stewart knows that Bella is a head case in New Moon. Critics who thought Bella was unhealthily dependent on Edward in the first Twilight film, or even that his behavior was borderline stalker-ish, will likely seize on her obvious psychological issues in the sequel. When those criticisms come, Stewart’s fully prepared. “This is a severely emotional movie,” she told journalists. “That’s the one big difference. This movie is not about discovery or falling in love, which is sort of just an intense emotion, but this is low and there high points for her, too. She’s a manic depressive, basically.”

5. A year later, Kristen Stewart’s life is just as crazy and her answers just as wry as they were during Twilight. The build-up to the first Twilight film transformed its stars’ lives into a constant media circus, with fans even stampeding a mall just to see Pattinson. Asked if life was any different with the sequel on the horizon, Lautner said now he was “really, really busy” and Pattinson noted that he walks down the street hoping not to be noticed. Stewart deadpanned that her only life change was the stylistic kind: “I cut my hair off.”


6. The New Moon kids like it when their characters suffer. Asked which scene in New Moon was their favorite, each star picked one in which their characters broke up with each other.
“I walk her up to her door and say goodbye to her and I’m going off to fight in the woods and she’s worried,” Lautner answered. “She’s scared for me. I thought that it was kind of cute, but I also like the breakup scene.”

“That’s my favorite scene in the movie,” Stewart said, her face lighting up. “We call it a breakup scene because he basically tells her that they can’t be friends anymore and he’s transforming. If you ever, ever treated me like that you would kill me.”

And Pattinson’s favorite scene? “I think my breakup scene was my favorite scene,” he said. “I mean, hopefully it’ll come off as having quite a few more levels than the relationship in Twilight. It was interesting. It was like a five page long dialogue scene. That didn’t happen at all in the first one and it’s quite an interesting little moment. It completely bypasses all the supernatural elements of the story as well, which I found quite interesting.”

7. Kristen Stewart can’t wait to have Rob Pattinson’s baby! (Just kidding.) When asked what scene she’s most looking forward to filming over the course of Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, Stewart let out a spoiler of sorts. “I can’t wait to get pregnant!” Stewart joked, referring to her character’s storyline. Pattinson’s response: “I can’t wait to perform the Cesarian.” Taylor’s most anticipated scene? The one where he gets to strip naked and cuddle with Bella in a sleeping bag, naturally.


8. If you post a New Moon reaction video to YouTube, Chris Weitz is probably watching it right now. During the panel discussion, Weitz revealed that he and the editing crew have watched many of your screaming, breathless fan reaction videos. He’s even thinking of making a reaction video to the reaction videos!

9. Twilight fanaticism was as strong as ever this year. While nothing could top the ear-piercing and unexpected sounds of thousands of girls at the Twilight panel last year — where fan boy culture’s hold on the Con was hijacked by a vampire romance, of all things — 2009 sure came close. And Twilighters were better prepared for the challenge of getting a coveted seat in Hall H for Thursday’s panel; a few fans camped out a full two days ahead, and by Wednesday morning, Twihards were Twittering from the line.

10. The anti-Twilight backlash finally has a name! You know your favorite fantasy property has really made it when entire Comic-Con costumes are created just to complain about it (i.e. the mostly-male Con attendees sporting “Twilight Ruined Comic-Con” signs).


That’s it for New Moon Monday! Check back every week for something new from RT’s resident Twilight expert in Jen’s Twilight Corner. (Have a suggested topic? Leave a comment below.)

Tag Cloud

Marvel Television dramedy 4/20 Nickelodeon San Diego Comic-Con Opinion Pride Month green book Elton John Star Trek Hallmark Christmas movies Hulu facebook game of thrones book Baby Yoda ghosts FXX films Arrowverse President nature adaptation Film Avengers A&E MCU 2017 cancelled TV shows PlayStation Mindy Kaling Awards Tour LGBTQ miniseries superhero richard e. Grant cartoon Polls and Games Ellie Kemper Kids & Family Syfy Binge Guide Teen Family ABC Family hispanic diversity BBC Election Turner 20th Century Fox OneApp 2019 politics comedies Calendar casting sequel 2015 hist anthology Funimation Bravo Sneak Peek FOX rotten movies we love VH1 Premiere Dates television LGBT Cosplay jamie lee curtis Hallmark Musical Disney crime thriller RT History asian-american indie Emmys Holidays award winner DC streaming service festival blockbuster TLC Sony Pictures renewed TV shows spinoff Esquire streaming Heroines discovery Comedy Central HBO Vudu zombie CW Seed spider-man Travel Channel Watching Series canceled stop motion historical drama social media sequels all-time Comedy Film Festival Cartoon Network TCA Winter 2020 Brie Larson Logo Box Office Ovation Action thriller Musicals adventure Rocky Captain marvel composers 21st Century Fox dragons AMC Britbox BAFTA 71st Emmy Awards Super Bowl Apple nfl football First Look First Reviews Valentine's Day TV Television Critics Association Comics on TV singing competition cops Biopics Classic Film SundanceTV crime Extras Sundance Now canceled TV shows unscripted Starz boxoffice Star Wars comics NBC A24 spy thriller Winter TV 2016 Toys TNT laika TV Land Endgame Tomatazos Marvel Shondaland Song of Ice and Fire TV renewals Freeform Oscars festivals die hard Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt DGA Certified Fresh universal monsters hollywood Podcast natural history romance ITV reviews ABC Showtime Quiz versus Dark Horse Comics obituary Western what to watch fast and furious foreign 2020 sitcom revenge Pop TV Winners Mudbound Lifetime Christmas movies Set visit Horror Superheroe Pirates mission: impossible indiana jones PaleyFest MTV Discovery Channel Mary Poppins Returns El Rey Pixar Creative Arts Emmys USA doctor who zero dark thirty breaking bad franchise Tubi Emmy Nominations FX on Hulu cancelled TV series Red Carpet Paramount USA Network batman Mystery BBC America Universal Lucasfilm Crackle Acorn TV cats Sci-Fi Food Network true crime Amazon 007 The Arrangement binge parents New York Comic Con docudrama RT21 series aliens YouTube Red Music documentaries 24 frames harry potter DC Comics CBS romantic comedy classics Interview 2018 rotten Spectrum Originals cooking Amazon Studios VICE Fantasy Sundance TV The Purge Fall TV Turner Classic Movies criterion Adult Swim blaxploitation dogs Academy Awards Crunchyroll cars National Geographic OWN zombies SXSW YouTube Premium NYCC name the review Lifetime Fox News medical drama disaster kids Chilling Adventures of Sabrina emmy awards cancelled television Reality Trailer anime Pop biography GIFs cults political drama Martial Arts CMT BET police drama video on demand Cannes Sundance SDCC christmas movies stoner Mary poppins The Witch Schedule ESPN 45 Christmas YouTube latino cancelled Women's History Month Country concert CBS All Access Superheroes Columbia Pictures Spike Amazon Prime Video critics comiccon Video Games movies 72 Emmy Awards Trivia Black Mirror Anna Paquin Tarantino joker news HBO Max children's TV Stephen King Warner Bros. dceu slashers werewolf space Nat Geo reboot period drama Spring TV Character Guide south america elevated horror American Society of Cinematographers serial killer free movies twilight Hear Us Out Best and Worst Marathons supernatural theme song Disney Plus mutant Rom-Com IFC Films toronto Walt Disney Pictures DC Universe Grammys WGN Infographic The Walking Dead Marvel Studios Animation animated mockumentary remakes screen actors guild Holiday Writers Guild of America robots Countdown Disney streaming service independent venice Netflix teaser HBO Go TCA video toy story transformers Apple TV+ APB cinemax BBC One TruTV justice league technology Mary Tyler Moore E3 travel screenings Photos finale YA Masterpiece TBS GoT Black History Month MSNBC Television Academy Disney Channel sports Ghostbusters Tumblr TCA Awards Reality Competition See It Skip It talk show halloween psycho based on movie DirecTV Rocketman X-Men Disney+ Disney Plus nbcuniversal History psychological thriller vampires GLAAD stand-up comedy Drama war sag awards Netflix Christmas movies CNN Rock Lionsgate documentary TIFF Comic Book The CW Shudder BET Awards spanish language E! Chernobyl VOD movie Awards FX PBS a nightmare on elm street witnail tv talk scorecard Summer Epix Pet Sematary quibi TCA 2017 Nominations child's play satire Amazon Prime best dc golden globes scary movies Paramount Network game show TCM Peacock Apple TV Plus directors ratings strong female leads chucky Trophy Talk crime drama comic science fiction spain IFC worst movies Year in Review dark crossover worst Thanksgiving WarnerMedia