Bill Freakin’ Murray. There is no better way to start off Comic Con in Hall H than Bill Murray strutting down the aisle to Smoke on the Water, followed by a panel of him talking about his new film, Rock the Casbah. During his first ever Comic Con appearance, he awakened a slightly sleepy and numb crowd of about 7,000 people, most of which had been camping out all night to get into Hall H the next morning. It was truly a treat and a pleasure to have Bill Murray kick things off at Comic Con this year.
Following Bill Murray, was the panel for Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. It started off with a bang, quite literally. The opening video was prefaced by a live drumlins performance of drummers dressed in all white, similar to the District 13 uniforms shown in the video. It was quite lively. The panel that followed was amusing to a lot of people, but for me, it was quite painful to watch Jennifer Lawrence struggle through answering some very basic questions. It is charming for a little while that she can’t seem to form her answers, but after a while, it is very dull and annoying. Conan hosted the panel, which again, a lot of people loved but I don’t understand the appeal of his humor.
At Comic Con, there is a program called Trailer Park and it is where they will play different trailers for movies that are coming. I can say, there were way too many this year and none were super exciting. It began with Ant-Man, followed by Batman v Super, Fantastic 4, Agent 47, The Peanuts Movie, Zootopia, Shaun the Sheep, Star Wars, The Visit, Pixels, and a few others that don’t spring to memory right away. Perhaps the most memorable moment was not the trailer itself, but the fact that most of the crowd booed at the end of The Visit trailer, when M. Night Shyamalan’s name came up. Hilarious.
Next, we had the Doctor Who panel, which marked Peter Capaldi’s first appearance at Comic Con. This seemed to be what most of the fans were camped out for the night before. We saw some awesome cosplay for Doctor Who that day. Peter Capaldi even came the night before to greet fans waiting in line. In addition to Capaldi, fans got to see Jenna Coleman, Steven Moffat and Michel The panel was hosted by Chris Hardwick, who was my least favorite part of the panel, because he was talking too much and not allowing the panelists to speak. The audience was even treated to a clip for Series 9 and announced the premiere date as September 19th 2015!
Overall, the day in Hall H was as it usually is, exciting, hilarious and a bit awkward at times. Stay tuned to We Live TV Shows and We Live Film for your updates on all the happenings at Comic Con 2015!