NY Comic Con: Guillermo del Toro on the greatness of Comics

Similarly to del Toro's film, the New York Comic Con can also present visitors with evidence of supernatural acts or miracles if they are attentive enough to find them. At the Legendary Comics panel last Friday evening, which included presentations from Scottish superhero comic book creator Grant Morrison and Guillermo del Toro, fans were able to see the British actor Idris Elba resurrect to life in the 2013 film Pacific Rim after American audiences had already seen his character violently executed at the end of season three in HBO's The Wire. Fans of course had seen Elba come back to life before on NBC's The Office, but the transformation was never so antagonistic. While he played a greedy, unethical drug family underboss in The Wire, del Toro's Pacific Rim video clip presented him as a robust community-focused hero.


The new Pacific Rim poster, at seen at NY Comic Con 2012.

"Today, at the end of our hope, at the end of our time, we've chosen to believe in each other," said Elba with a booming British accent on video while dressed in black armor. While the video was too short to give substantial story details beyond Pacific Rim's colossal "Monsters v. Robots" theme, the mood of the clip was definitely in tune with the overall atmosphere of the convention. Del Toro had described earlier that his motivation for making the film was to present a genuine adventure story where the objective of each battle was not to obtain money or fame, but to reconnect with a deeper sense of humanity. And in a way, Pacific Rim seems like it might be able to pull off that romantic sensibility. The pilots of the robots look more like worn knights with clunky medieval-like armor instead of the modern chic outfits worn by the aeronauts in other sci-fi and space travel films. Del Toro also explained that his pilots have much more at stake because they are psychologically and physically connected with their robots, suffering every scratch and dent that they encounter in combat. Fans of Pacific Rim, the director announced, will be able to appreciate a fuller background story in the prequel comic scheduled to be published in June 2013.

Even though a city like New York is not the most opportune place to look at the world through the armored visor of a knight, Comic Con showed visitors that good adventure stories, like fantasy and horror, can teach us knightly virtues of patience, courage, and tolerance; as well as appreciate the circumstances that make us feel different.

And by understanding how someone feels as an individual, it will compel us to empathize with the needs of others.

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