Ender’s Game Panel [Comic-Con 2013]
Ender’s Game is the long overdue adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s popular sci-fi novel of the same name. Starring up-and-coming actor Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggins, the film was the first big movie panel of this year’s Comic-Con. For the panel, Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist) moderated the panel with director Gavin Hood and stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and, of course, Harrison Ford. It consisted of introductions, an exclusive clip, and then a Q&A session.
Comic-Conners were understandably ecstatic about Harrison Ford’s appearance. In fact, they were so excited they couldn’t resist the opportunity to bring up Han Salo and Indiana Jones. I understand why they’d want to ask (and we all are curious what they’d say to each other if they met). However, it kind of took away from Ender’s Game. Oh well.
With that being said, the “exclusive” footage brought for Hall H was definitely the highlight. As arguably the biggest panel of the day, this was greatly appreciated even if there was some repeat footage from the trailer.
A quick breakdown for those not there: we saw bugger ships, battle rooms, and, of course, footage of Ender’s infamous game. Coming fresh off finishing the book (on the flight to Comic-Con actually), I was happy to see the scene with Ender and Valentine on the lake (one of the more quiet scenes in the book). I do have reservations about how they’ll advance time, and unfortunately that wasn’t addressed in the panel (or the Q&A).
In the Q&A, though, they addressed recent criticism brought on by Orson Scott Card, which they answered pretty gracefully. The other highlight was hearing Hood talk about the two things that drew him to the story: the atmosphere (specifically in the famed Battle Rooms) and moral complexity. I do have to agree that we see so many characters that are black-or-white, so it’s nice knowing they’re making the story more “gray.”
In conclusion, the panel gave us a fun (and funny) look into some really serious material. While the new footage does look very (very, very) sci-fi heavy, it appears the themes from the novel should resonate well in the movie adaptation.
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin
Release Date: November 1
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