By Wes Smith
Saturday, the largest day of the annual convention, is well underway with a packed convention center and major updates from the entertainment industry.
Following a day featuring a Star Wars symphony and a surprise appearance by the Batmobile, Saturday started with just as much anticipation among the crowd. Panels for Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, and Fox teased upcoming films and shows for fans, while the exhibit floor had surprise appearances from Ben Affleck, Stan Lee, and Kirk Hammett.
Among the major trailers fans were able to glimpse were Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. The Legendary Pictures panel also had a nearly five-minute trailer for Warcraft introduced by Duncan Jones. Guillermo del Toro was on hand for Crimson Peak, which will also be featured for Holloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Joss Whedon, in a largely personal panel, was presented with the Comic-Con international Icon Award in front of a cheering audience.
Films weren’t the only focus of the convention, however, as thousands flooded the exhibit hall for toys, comics, collectibles, and test-runs of future game releases.
At the Stern Pinball booth, Director of Marketing Jody Dankberg discussed the growing state of the arcade market, as well as their newest KISS pinball release. The machine borrowed much from the original KISS pinball game in 1979, and even features work from the original artist, Kevin O’Connor.
“Barcades, tournaments, private collectors, they’ve all really come together in the community to help the market grow,” said Dankberg as we discussed the resurging popularity of arcades.
The evening will conclude with a television panel in Hall H featuring members from the DC Comics television slate.