Movie buffs, comic book lovers and pop culture aficionados descended on San Diego this weekend for Comic-Con 2015, where the year’s hottest entertainment properties gather faithfully every year to hawk their progress and hopefully dazzle audiences into purchasing some tickets and merchandise.
This year’s showcase was especially stacked, with first looks at everything from the new X-Men: Apocalypse to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to the new Muppets TV show gracing convention hall screens.
HBO’s Game of Thrones cast members arrived at the convention center in a presidential-style motorcade, Playboy threw a party for a supposedly terrible movie, and everyone was dressed to the nines in their best costumes.
With so much going on inside pop culture’s biggest party, here’s a brief look at the top moments from San Diego Comic-Con 2015:
1. Harrison Ford Makes First Public Appearance After Plane Crash at ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Panel
Fans were treated to behind-the-scenes footage from the new film, set to be released this Christmas.
Ford said he was “proud and grateful” to have worked on the new installment and said the film was in good hands with director J.J. Abrams at the helm.
Quentin Tarantino wowed cinephiles during the panel for his new film The Hateful Eight by presenting a short history of 70mm film, on which he shot his latest Western. Approximately 100 theaters will show Eight in the expansive format, which was last used regularly decades ago.
Tarantino also confirmed that legendary composer Ennio Morricone, the man responsible for the music of such classics as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and A Fistful of Dollars, would compose the music for Hateful Eight. The score will be Morricone’s first original music for a Western in 40 years.
3. Bryan Cranston Burns ‘Breaking Bad’ Fan, Drops Mic
“How did you like [Albuquerque]? Did you have fun there?” the nervous young fan asked.
“Yeah, I’d go and visit your mother once in a while,” Cranston cooly replied before literally dropping his mic.
Warner Bros. gave fans their first look at next year’s Man of Steel sequel Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which features Henry Cavill returning to play Superman and Ben Affleck stepping into the role of the Caped Crusader.
During the panel, Affleck reportedly told an amusing story about meeting fellow Batman actor Christian Bale in a costume shop.
“Make sure you can piss in that suit,” Bale told him.
5. R-Rated Superhero Movie ‘Deadpool’ Trailer Drops, Fans Ask for Encore
The trailer for the Ryan Reynolds-fronted R-rated superhero movie Deadpool was so well-received that fans asked the star to play it again after its first go-around in the cavernous Hall H room.
While the studio hasn’t yet officially released the trailer, an intrepid fan captured the whole thing on video and posted it online:
(Warning: Strong Language, Sexual Content)
The movie is “a hard R,” producer Simon Kinberg told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo. You either commit to a truly outrageous boundary-pushing kind of movie or you don’t.”
Obviously, comic book fans are ready for Deadpool, which is set to hit theaters in February.