NY Comic Con 2008 - Saturday IGN Theater Panel Recap

So I spent the better part of the day Saturday camped in a front row seat at the IGN Theater for the movie related screenings. Well worth the camping I say. First off, Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Guillermo del Toro is an awesome director. He showed some footage from Hellboy II: The Golden Army, but a lot of it was what we've already seen in the trailer. During the Q&A, a kid mentioned to del Toro how much he loved him as a director, and del Toro offered to put up a "behind-the-scenes" piece on his website so everyone could see how it was done, and also offered to exchange emails with the kid. Just a great guy all around (and a big fan of the f word). The rest of the panel included Mike Mignola, Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair and Luke Goss, just being entertaining and portraying one big happy dysfunctional family. When asked if a Silver Surfer movie was in the works, Doug Jones responded that he "didn't have any news for fans to masturbate to." Well played good sir, well played. After the Hellboy II panel, Warner Brothers essentially hijacked the theater. First, Paulie Litt came out (to a relative unawares crowd) and announced his role as Spritle in the upcoming Speed Racer film. Same trailer we've seen before, so nothing new there. But after that, fans were treated to the presence of Paul Levitz, President and Publisher of DC Comics. He mentioned that he was happy to be there, and as a special treat from DC Comics and Warner Brothers, everyone there would be treated to a special preview of The Dark Knight. Holy shit! The crowd literally went ballistic. And let me tell you this. After seeing the new trailer (which debuts in two weeks, presumable before Iron Man), I cannot stress enough how awesome this movie is. I'm not overstating the fact either. This movie is going to be THE movie to see this year. This wasn't announced or on the program, so it was a complete surprise that was well worth it. I'm not going to outline the trailer for you because I was asked to just enjoy it by Mr. Levitz, and enjoy it I did. After coming down from the adrenaline high a bit, the panel for The Incredible Hulk started up. Louis Leterrier (director), Tim Roth and even Lou Ferrigno showed up to scream "Hulk smash." We were shown clips from the film and were also shown the new trailer that will also be debuting in two weeks (once again, presumably with Iron Man). This movie really does look good. Roth is going to be playing the perfect bad guy to tango with Edward Norton, and there on-screen chemistry is going to be insane. Frank Miller and Eva Mendes were present to promote The Spirit by Will Eisner. The panel discussed Miller's love for the source material and the movie generally has the look and feel of Sin City. Fans were treated to a brief teaser trailer for the film, and then the Q&A began, which degenerated to fanboys begging and pleading with Ms. Mendes to hug them or give them her phone number (sadly). And believe me when I say, but Ms. Mendes is gorgeous and can read, contrary to public opinion (she's a big fan of Ayn Rand). And below is the trailer.