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Chris Hensworth as Thor; Anthony Hopkins as Odin

Surprise, surprise.
It isn’t unusual for a few folks with a phone camera to grab, at any obscure angle, a few minutes of a presentation while at a film festival or comics convention. At last week’s San Diego Comic-Con, it’s practically normal behavior. It is also not uncommon for a studio and/or distributor to ask that certain websites ake the footage down within a week or so.

Once again, the uber-nerds from the net come out swinging!

“How dare they do this! Don’t they know it’s free advertising!”

“Other films have let it go; let the film get more buzz”

“They are over-reacting!”

And my response to all this? Boo-Hoo- Hoo. Just because some studios, filmmakers and distributors allow things like leaked trailers from time to time doesn’t mean ALL studios, filmmakers and distributors do. ‘Thor’ will be distributed by Paramount Pictures, a studio, who in recent times, have been known to be very protective of photos and/or footage that are taken without permission and leaked on the internet. But it also depends more on the content. When it comes to Comic-Con and films that are a little over a year of being theatrically released, I don’t consider “the footage” shown to be “a trailer”. It could be a few filmed scenes or a teaser of a scene meant ONLY for a presentation.
It isn’t an official trailer.

There’s also the possibility that the studio may want such footage or “trailer” to be exclusive to that movie’s website; it can still be viewed but you have to go to that site. It may be a recent launch of a film’s site, or it may be the only content that they have at the moment.

I tend to stick up for the studios and the filmmakers on this issue. If they allow it, that’s great. But if they ask that no cameras be allowed to capture presentation footage, then the audience should respect that. As for the teaser trailer for Thor- the official one- it’s expected to be on the Iron Man 2 DVD and Blu-Ray; to which I can understand some frustration because it’s only a month or two away. I think the video of the presentation was up online for almost a week. I have NO problem with it being torpedoed in this timeframe. It’s enough to whet the fanbase appeal. Those who shot the footage at Comic-Con still have that footage for their personal viewing (an argument I never fully understood is why those who upload such videos to YouTube and other places get so knotted up over it being yanked offline; after all, they still have it in storage, don’t they? and if it is only a month or two before an official teaser trailer appears-? Are we really losing sleep over this? So the footage, or some of it that the studio wants to put in the official trailers, gets seen shortly anyway.

If a studio wants to control the content of a film, let the studio and/or filmmakers control the content of that film and stop your bellyaching fanboys.


Aiming to please but getting no respect: the biggest foes for 2011's The Green Hornet might be the hard to please uber-geeks.

Even if I had the extra cash to grab the airfare and dress up like Marvel Comics hero Daredevil or an Imperial Stormtrooper from Star Wars, I must confess that I had no real desire to ever attend the mecca of geekdom, the famous San Diego Comic-Con. Among the films hogging for attention are a few films about to open, namely the very impressive looking sequel TRON Legacy, a film which I already made up my mind I’m paying full price for. I’m also looking forward to the action films The Expendables and Machete, although I had already made up my mind long before the movie news reports from last weekend. The biggest news out of Comic Con, of course, was the upcoming slate if films based on DC Comics properties (Green Lantern, Superman, Batman) and Marvel (specifically Thor, Captain America and The Avengers) . I didn’t hear much about the upcoming Conan film, but I’m sure it was covered too.

But there is one film in question that had a presence at Comic-Con, and nobody really seemed to care. That film is The Green Hornet, which has appeared in various media for many decades, starting from radio and film serials of the 1930’s and 40s, to comics to -where the team of Britt Reid and Kato are best known- the 1960’s TV series and was played by Van Williams and Bruce Lee. The road to getting a Green Hornet film was a long one, and it took, of all people, Seth Rogen to be passionate enough to make it happen. It should be noted that before the project, one of Rogen’s recent films as an actor was the Kevin Smith comedy Zack and Miri. Kevin Smith has near deity quality at any comic-con big or small. Smith was also attached to write and direct a version of The Green Hornet in 2004. Smith’s script would later be slightly altered to appear as a Green Hornet comic book miniseries run. Smith didn’t actually say why the project stalled. But when I read the reports over what happened at this past weekends’ Comic Con, I remembered something Smith once said in an interview with Techland

“Why bother (making a superhero movie) after Chris Nolan made The Dark Knight? Every comic book movie is never going to measure up to that”

And that’s one problem with the upcoming Green Hornet at Comic-Con. Yes, it could be cool, but nobody wants to be late for the X-Men First Class panel or to know whether or not the Riddler will appear in the next Batman film, and then there’s the hoopla regarding Thor. These are not bad things, but with so many pop-culture icons arm-bending people for attention, it goes without saying that someone could end up wanting. And that’s just films that are based on comics properties. There are plenty of other movies and TV show panels and presentations.

Then there’s problem number two-my personal pet peeve never fails to rear its ugly head. Remember way back when in the late 80’s when Micheal Keaton won the role of 1989’s Batman? Or that big stink a few years back over Daniel Craig being “all wrong” for 007 because he had blond hair? Same thing applies to Seth Rogen. Continue reading