Comic-Con: The 25 Most Interesting Things You Missed at the Convention

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Director Peter Jackson speaks during a panel for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" during the Comic Con International convention in San Diego, California July 14, 2012.

Now that Comic-Con 2012 has wrapped—the annual pop-culture convention began Thursday and ended yesterday—it’s time for those of us who did not attend to begin wading through the coverage to find the interesting news (and, almost more importantly, the best costume photos). But it’s also Monday and you’re probably busy, so we did the work for you. Here are the 25 most interesting tidbits to come out of San Diego this year. You’re welcome.

  • Contrary to rumors, the upcoming Peter Jackson–helmed Hobbit will be released as two movies, not three. The first part, “An Unexpected Journey” will be released Dec. 14 this year; “There and Back Again” is due Dec. 13, 2013. (via Variety)
  • Neil Gaiman is working on a comic book miniseries follow up to The Sandman, which will be released next year. (via Variety)
  • The next season of The Walking Dead will premiere Oct. 16, in its new Sunday at 9 p.m. slot—and the success of the first season means more wiggle-room for greatness, says creator Robert Kirkman. (via Hollywood Reporter [Correction: The next season of Walking Dead premieres Oct. 14. At Comic-Con, the show’s cast and creators were cagey about what to expect. (via Deadline)]
(MOREThe Walking Dead Preview: Michonne, the Governor and the Prison)
  • Wary Lost fans can rest assured that the folks behind upcoming J.J. Abrams show Revolution already know that viewers want answers, not just questions. (via Entertainment Weekly)
  • The trailer for Oz The Great and Powerful, which premiered on the festival’s first day, shows that the James-Franco-as-Oz movie follows the classic formula with color in Oz and black-and-white in Kansas. Watch here:
  • The next episode of Breaking Bad will take place in Germany. (via Deadline)
  • Comic-Con favorite Joss Whedon, who also said that he had not decided whether he would direct a second Avengers movie, announced that his beloved musical web series Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will get a TV broadcast this year on the CW. (via Deadline)
  • A new Dexter video game will be available in the fall, to coincide with the show’s Sep. 30 premiere. (via Hollywood Reporter)
  • The new Community showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port, who replaced Dan Harmon, promised fans to keep the show a “weird, wonderful gem” and “not…screw it up.” (via AV Club)
(MORECommunity Without Dan Harmon? Suits Axe Auteur, and Fans Lose)
  • One lucky Big Bang Theory fan is being sent into space by the show. For real. (via Deadline)
  • The band Coldplay released a comic-book-format companion to their concept album Mylo Xyloto. (via Entertainment Weekly)
  • Despite her real-life pregnancy, Claire Danes’ character will not be with child on the next season of Homeland. (via Vulture)
  • We might be in for Ted 2. (via Deadline)
(MOREIs Seth MacFarlane Getting Serious?)
  • Paranormal-FBI show Fringe, which is beginning its final season this fall, may live on with a movie. (via Deadline)
  • Moviegoers headed to see The Dark Knight Rises will get to see a trailer for the Man of Steel Superman movie. (via Vulture)
  • The next incarnation of Godzilla, a movie that made a surprise appearance at the convention, is going to be “realistic,” according to director Gareth Edwards. (via Entertainment Weekly)
  • The upcoming season of Glee will feature a second Britney Spears–themed episode. The new senior class Glee Club gang will share screen time with Rachel’s plot line in NYC and Finn’s arc in the army. (via Deadline)
  • The next season of True Blood will add three new romances to the series’ plot. (via Deadline)
  • Twilight author Stephanie Meyer told fans that she is “a little bit burned out on vampires,” while showing footage from her next movie, The Host, about a non-vampiric paranormal girl (via Variety)
  • The villain in Iron Man 3 will be the hero’s original comic-book nemesis The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. The film is out May 3, 2013. (via Deadline)
  • More Marvel release dates: the next Thor is set for Nov. 8, 2013, and the next Captain America for April 4, 2014. (via Deadline)
  • HBO revealed the premiere date for the next season of Game of Thrones: Mar. 31, 2013.(via Reuters)
(MOREGame of Thrones recaps)
  • The next iteration of the Halo videogame series, due Nov. 6, will include 50 new missions for players. (via AP)
  • Just one word needs to be said about the next season of Doctor Who: Dinosaurs. (via Deadline)
  • And, of course, the news you care about most: Arnold Schwarzenegger is working on a sequel to your favorite 1998 movie, Twins. (via Deadline)

Also worth reading, if you still have the energy, is Seth Stevenson’s take on how to flirt while wearing a cosplay get-up, over at Slate.

But take from all this what you will. As @nprmonkeysee, the NPR entertainment blog,  tweeted: