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Comic-Con celebrates Batman's birthday


Comic-Con celebrates Batman's birthday

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Comic-Con, the annual comics and fantasy convention in San Diego, highlights all pop culture – film, TV, video games, comic books, costumes and everything in between. This year was Batman’s 75th birthday, and the event was celebrated in style with various film costumes on display.

There were also film previews of features including Penguins of Madagascar, which features Benedict Cumberbatch in his first voice over role, playing a wolf called Agent Classified.

He said that getting out of the role had sometimes been tricky: “It takes me a good hour in the morning to sort of, de-dog, you know. Otherwise I’m doing things you shouldn’t really do as an adult in public. So that can be kind of awkward around the breakfast table for example.

“And, yeah, it took a long time to learn how to re-use the bathroom. I had a lot of fun, I had a lot of fun playing him, it’s a good character. I just can’t wait to see the film.”

Jeff Bridges was also at Comic-Con to promote his film The Giver, a project he had originally worked on with his late father, Lloyd Bridges.

He said the project had been very close to both their hearts: “In someone’s garage is a version of the whole movie with my father. I directed my father. So it is bittersweet that my father isn’t here, but every time that I mention him I feel he’s right here right now. I feel him.”

The Giver stars Alexander Skarsgård, Brenton Thwaites, Taylor Swift, Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Odeya Rush et al. It is based on the young adult novel by Lois Lowry and Bridges now portrays the role he originally wanted his father to play.

Lowry and Bridges spent more than 15 years trying to film the 1993 novel, which was ultimately greenlit by the Weinstein Co and shot primarily in South Africa.

Both films, The Giver, and Penguins of Madagascar, will be on screens this autumn.

For more information about The Giver, see IMDB.

For more information about Penguins of Madagascar see IMDB.

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