Comic-Con match-ups: Who won?

Mon Jul 26, 2010 1:46am EDT
 
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By Borys Kit and James Hibberd

SAN DIEGO (Hollywood Reporter) - The stakes are high at Comic-Con, the pop-culture marathon that took over the San Diego Convention Center -- and much of the surrounding town -- for the past five days.

On one side are the Hollywood studios, looking to win over the hearts and minds of geek tastemakers. On the other side are the self-proclaimed geeks, eagerly inhaling TV and movies but not quite trusting Hollywood to get all the genre fare right.

So who came out on top at this year's edition? Consider some of the epic matchups:

DC COMICS/WARNER BROS. VS. MARVEL

Both companies held forth Saturday, the biggest movie day of the convention.

Warners and DC kicked off their panel for "Green Lantern" with a series of quick shots from its tentpole about an Earthman who joins a galactic police force. Star Ryan Reynolds charmed the audience, but the presentation ran headlong into fan grumblings about the Green Lantern's costume, as depicted on a recent cover of Entertainment Weekly. "It is a work in progress and ... it will eventually look incredibly cool," director Martin Campbell, thrown on the defensive, promised.

Fans had lots of questions, but filmmakers fell back on "We can't tell you about that yet"-style responses. Not what the fans wanted to hear.

Marvel, by contrast, turned its presentation into a rock concert with music blasting over every actor's entrance, generating so much frenzy that the 6,000-plus crowd in Hall H was on its feet screaming for portions of the show.   Continued...