The Buzz Out Of Comic-Con: 3 Things You Should Know

For years now, Comic-Con National has been the domain of big name movie and entertainment franchises, sometimes overshadowing its origins of comics and sci-fi super fans. But the fact is that Comic-Con is now big business and everyone from major studios pushing new franchises to long-standing TV shows use the convention as an epicenter of fandom from which to make big announcements. After all, if you announce it to your biggest fans, you know they’ll create buzz about it. This year’s convention wrapped on Sunday, and we’ve combed through the news to pick out the tidbits that young consumers are talking about. Here are three Comic-Con things you should know:


1. The Last Season of How I Met Your Mother Is Already A Big Deal
How did five friends who hang out in a bar beat out superheroes and zombie killers to become the most talked-about act on social media after their appearance at Comic-Con? How I Met Your Mother is entering its ninth and final season, and its clear that fans are clamoring for information and eager to talk about what’s coming up on the show. The entire season will take place over the course of one weekend— with their patented flashbacks and flash-forwards included of course. The CBS show used their moment in the spotlight at the convention to poke fun at their long run with a special clip of Ted’s kids very angrily complaining about the long wait to hear the reveal about how their dad finally met their mom. They missed college thanks to his rambling story-telling style!
 
2. Superman VS. Batman Could Be Coming To A Screen Near You
Superhero films have become Hollywood mainstays, with barely any time passing between reboots and retellings of comic favorites. (There were only five years between the Tobey Maguire Spiderman flicks and the more recent Andrew Garfield…

 
 

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