San Diego Comic-Con 2012 is officially over, but the news keeps on coming! Sunday’s panels had some stiff competition after the amazing announcements on Saturday, but—though there are fewer revelations—there is still some cool details. It’s nowhere near the “full steam ahead” momentum of Saturday though. Here’s the highlights:
- The cast and crew of Fox’s Fringe had their final panel, which ended in a standing ovation. Details were released regarding the final season, which will apparently take place in the year 2036, where the Observers rule the world. We’re also going to find out why all the Observers are male.
- The Doctor Who panel, moderated by geek god Chris Hardwick, unveiled many tidbits about season seven. Expect to see the Doctor’s current two companions, Amy and Rory, leaving mid-season to make room for his new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, and adventures involving dinosaurs, the Old West, and a ton of Daleks.
- During the Supernatural panel, it was revealed that in season eight Dean won’t spend much time in Purgatory, and his time there will mostly be shown in flashbacks. The cast and crew also discussed expanding on the mythology in a more stable way, and the possibility of Sam getting a love interest.
- At the panel for M. Night Shymalan’s next film, After Earth starring Will Smith and his son Jaden, we were given our first glimpse at the film’s backstory via a Facebook timeline-esque viral video(above). Details on an upcoming prequel comic and “Bible” were announced as well. You can find out more info, including the films’ synopsis, over at the official Facebook page.
- There was a minor mention during Marvel Studios’ panel on Saturday that they had acquired the rights to Blade and Punisher again. Then the above short film—titled Dirty Laundry—popped up at Thomas Jane and Tim Bradstreet’s panel. In my opinion, this short is far superior to 2004′s highly mediocre The Punisher starring Jane(I, for one, loved Punisher: War Zone), but I just don’t see Frank Castle ignoring the rape/beating of a woman or the torment of an innocent child. Still, a pretty good short and I’d be all for giving Tom Jane another go as the Punisher. Love that Ron Perlman makes an appearance!