Kevin Smith previewed his new movie Killroy Was Here and the animated TV series Masters of the Universe: Revelation during his annual Comic-Con stand-up routine/storytelling hour on Saturday night. But the online Comic-Con@Home format presented some interesting challenges to the fan-friendly filmmaker and raconteur.
For one thing, perhaps due to the fact that anyone could theoretically tune in to Smith's pre-recorded presentation, his usually colorful language was heavily censored, with many of his favorite curse words bleeped into family-friendly oblivion.
Smith also didn't have an audience to play off as he does every year when he gives his talk in Comic-Con's Hall H, meaning that a lot of his jokes, asides, and stories did not get the kind of response that often makes his annual one-man chat so entertaining.
But what he did have was a full slate of content to talk about, including the premiere of a trailer (not "the" trailer, but "a" trailer, according to Smith) for his next movie, Killroy Was Here (watch it at 48:22 in his talk below).
A horror film based on the popular World War II drawing, Killroy was Here was made by Smith with the help of a group of students from the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, where Smith went to speak a few years ago.
Smith began working on the film with the students before he had his heart attack two and a half years ago, putting it on the shelf after he recovered while he worked on Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
But now he says it's "almost finished" and he hopes to take it out "on the road" sometime in 2021.
Originally written as a movie about the Christmas legend Krampus, Killroy was Here is described by Smith as an anthology movie "involving our monster Killroy and all these little stories that happen around him."
Special makeup effects wizard Robert Kurtzman created the "horrifying and goofy" monster for the movie, who Smith described as "kind of like a kid Avenger ... if you f**k with kids, Killroy will show up."
Smith also took a few minutes to promote Mattel and Netflix's Masters of the Universe: Revelation, an animated follow-up to the classic 1980s cartoon.
"It's not us reinventing it, it's not us going, 'Hey man, everything you knew about He-Man is wrong,'" Smith said about the series, which does not yet have a Netflix premiere date. "It's literally us telling the next story in that series of stories."
He continued, "When I took the job, I was like, 'Man, I hope we do it justice.' I've seen five animatics now — Powerhouse Animation is in control of that — phenomenal. I've watched the animatics over and over again. I get blazed and sit there and watch 'em."
Adding that the performances by the voice cast — which includes Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, and Sarah Michelle Gellar — are "stunning," Smith promised to have more images from the show ready for next year's San Diego Comic-Con, which hopefully will once again take place in person.
Smith spent the rest of his nearly hour-long stream talking about his numerous other projects, including the celebrity competition reality show Son-In-Lockdown, his paid subscription video service That Kevin Smith Club, a vegan podcast he's doing with his daughter Harley Quinn called Vegan Abbatoir, and the creation of his very own Iron Bob Funko Pop figure from Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
But the always garrulous Smith also acknowledged that he missed the Comic-Con live audience, saying, "Generally speaking, when I do the Q&A for the San Diego Comic-Con, part of it is like, 'I hope they laugh, I've got a roomful of people and I'd better make 'em laugh and stuff like that.' But here? I could literally just sit here and do therapy with you and talk about the saddest things that ever happened to me ... there's no pressure to be funny, which is kind of strange."
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