I’m Not at Comic-Con in San Diego

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While I wasn’t looking Comic-Con kinda sorta became the biggest event on the nerd-media calendar. You know, where everything happens and everything exciting gets previewed. I’m not there. Instead I’m stuck picking up dribs and drabs on the Internet like everybody else.

Said drabs include the trailer for Beowulf, which looks quite appealing. “300 with snow” would be one way to summarize it, though I think with Neil Gaiman writing the screenplay it’ll be subtler and funnier and more literary than 300 was. It’s shot in that weird semi-animated Polar Express-vision, which gives the faces a curiously inert quality, but probably allows for some rockin’ FX elsewhere in the movie.

And oh yeah, it’s in 3D. And Crispin Glover plays Grendel. Glover is terrifying in his human incarnation, so I can only imagine the emotions he inspires when in monster form. I once heard somebody suggest that the story of Beowulf and Grendel is really a story left over from the time when Neanderthals and Homo sapiens co-existed on earth — basically it’s a story about the last Neanderthals, and how the humans treated them as monsters. Food for thought.

Meanwhile, the Watchmen movie was cast. I don’t know who any of these people are.