LA’s inaugural Wonder Con was a raging success this past weekend. Along with panels on comics, film, TV, and video games, there were celebs, swag, and cosplayers galore. While I wasn’t able to be everywhere at the same time, I was able to compile some of the highlights for all of you who couldn’t make it to the City of Angels!
• Netflix premiered a teaser trailer and introduced the cast of its new original series VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER. Debuting June 10, DreamWorks Animation is reimagining the classic show about five teenagers who become pilots for five robotic lions in an effort to protect the universe from evil. Check out the teaser here! And check out the cast below!
• Speaking of teasers, New Line unveiled a new one promoting THE CONJURING 2, which will focus on the Enfield poltergeist, which is considered England’s Amityville. Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson return as ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren and are joined by Frances O’Connor (A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE), Franka Potente (ANATOMY, RUN LOLA RUN), and Maria Doyle Kennedy (BLACK ORPHAN). As part of a Twitter Q&A, director James Wan explained the reason for choosing the Enfield poltergeist as the follow-up to the original CONJURING: “We wanted to mirror the story of Amityville. They are two of the most documented paranormal cases in the world.”
• Warner Bros. threw a party celebrating Robby the Robot’s retirement, after 60 (!) years of service. The beloved man of metal made his debut in 1956’s FORBIDDEN PLANET and has been making appearances in film and in real life ever since. He’s earned his retirement!
• Megan Fox gave her thoughts on returning as April O’Neil in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 and it sounds like the role is going to be juicier: “I think the first movie spent a lot of time on April being ambitious and trying to achieve a lot career wise. This time it focuses more on her relationship with the turtles and a sense of family. It’s more focused on the character and less focused on April’s job.”
• On the iZOMBIE panel, star Rose McIver revealed that she wants to do a musical episode of the comedy-horror show: “I’ve been wanting that since Day 1. I did XENA when I was little, and they did a musical episode on that, and I was like, ‘That’s so fun!’” Show creator Rob Thomas added that there was actually a scene of McIver and Rahul Kohli (Ravi) duetting on the Waylon Jennings classic country cut “Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.” Sadly, it had to be cut, but Thomas promises it will show up on the DVD extras!
• On the JUSTICE LEAGUE VS TEEN TITANS panel, producer James Tucker explained the inspiration for the film: “We went to the old TEEN TITANS TV show. It kind of set up the character relationships. Then it was just messing around with them to fit our continuity. But it’s hard to top that show!” He adds, “The Titans will hopefully have their own movie after this!”
The flick drops tomorrow and you can get it here!