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After ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ trailer leaks, are studios reconsidering SDCC?
Could this year’s trailer leaks make studios less likely to screen exclusive footage at future Comic Cons?
Many SDCC trailers don’t appear in public for months, and some—for example, early edits that were screened before the addition of visual effects—are never shown again. This means Hall H’s security is punishingly strict, with audience members forbidden to film anything shown on the big screen.
Of course, that didn’t stop three of the biggest trailers from being leaked this weekend. Shaky handheld videos of the Deadpool and Suicide Squad trailers went viral within hours, while the X-Men: Apocalypse teaser reel surfaced on Reddit on Monday morning.
Warner Bros. and Fox are not happy about these leaks, to the point that they might “carry consequences” for future Comic Cons. Could this mean fewer exclusive trailers being screened for the Hall H crowd?
Warner Bros. representative Sue Kroll told Deadline, “We have no plans currently to release the Suicide Squad footage that leaked from Hall H on Saturday. It’s unfortunate and ultimately damaging that one individual broke a long-standing trust we have enjoyed with our fans at the convention by posting early material, which, at this point, was not intended for a wider audience.”
When someone leaked the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron (unrelated to SDCC) last year, Marvel Studios responded by releasing the official version… and then subpoenaing Google to identify the leaker. The studio’s public reaction was to shrug off the leak with a funny tweet, but Marvel was noticeably absent from Hall H this year.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014
To a certain extent, it makes sense for studios to express frustration at SDCC’s failure to crack down on trailer piracy. But it seems a little odd in the case of Deadpool and Suicide Squad. Deadpool wouldn’t even exist without the massive online hype caused by leaked test footage, while most people have only heard of Suicide Squad as a result of leaked on-set photos of Harley Quinn and Batman.
Screengrab via Flicks and the City/YouTube
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Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor