Now that Comic Con is in the history books. Here are a few thoughts about the offerings of the big films from the big studios.
Years and years ago, Comic-con was a small little get together of comic book dealers and collectors. Then something happened and "The con" became the movie capital of the world for four days a year.
The small gathering became international. The movie studios started throwing money at the convention of the year and before anyone knew what happened, Hollywood took over much of the space on the dealers room floor.
Some of the biggest films of the last couple of decades had panels. The biggest stars of Hollywood showed up to support their films.
Nothing goes along with a panel like a sneak peek at some Comic-con exclusive trailers. Fans of the past were treated to trailers of "Harry Potter" all of the installments. It's interesting to note that Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe, didn't appear at The con until just this year. He was there in support of his new film "Horns."
From the "Twilight" movies to the mondo popular Spider-man and Superman films have all strutted their stuff in front of screaming fans. But, not so much this year.
TV was king of The con. Why? I will only be speculating here, but in my opinion, it's all about ..... Money. Maybe not all, but a lot.
The big studios that were there had television on their minds. In particular, shows with some supernatural story lines attached.
- Under the Dome
- Sleepy Hallow
- The Walking Dead
- The Leftovers
All of the above shows had a presence, in some instances a large presence at the convention.
Someone mentioned on Facebook the other day that the days of paranormal reality shows are over and that's pretty close to true. In its place are many TV shows with excellent actors and plots that most fans of para-reality will enjoy.
Cost, oh the cost of films is in the hundreds of millions of dollar range these days. It ain't cheap to do a TV show either, however, there seems to be some real money to be made in TV for the studios.
A TV actor gets whatever he is contracted to get. Depending on the popularity of the show due to that actor. Said actor might get a bigger slice of the pie. Next time you watch "Bones" check out the executive producer's credits, they are the same as the two co-stars, Emily and David. What does an executive producer do? I just shrugged my shoulders because I'm not sure. I am sure that a lot of other people aren't sure either.
TV offers a lot of opportunities to make money. Let's talk studio because it's a bit clearer on that level.
A studio buys a TV show. They might buy it pilot made or do the pilot on their own dime. They might like what they have and run with it. They are just as likely to either start from scratch with new actors or, sadly, put the show in the bottom of someone's draw.
This isn't how it always works. Since FOX became a powerhouse, a kind of indie station, the way was paved for the CW and all the other channels on basic and better cable This is a huge explanation that I learned by hanging around in fancy places during a glass of water with my ears on full alert.
Where have all the movies gone? Hopefully next year's Comic-con will bring an answer and some movies.
Check out the history of SDCC.