Before heading into Comic-Con 2015, fans had already seen two trailers and a number of posters and photos for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. So it's voice on the Internet might not have roared as loud as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Deadpool, Suicide Squad and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, all of whom came packing with new footage that ripped the roof off the convention center. But trending topics on Twitter tell a different story. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 actually beat Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the great Comic-Con Twitter Wars of 2015. And we haven't even seen the exclusive trailer that was shown in Hall H last Thursday.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 gets a little bump in excitement for being the final installment of the franchise (though more sequels may happen). It's clear that those using their social media platforms during the big event gravitated towards Katniss and her struggle to overtake D13 and assassinate President Snow. Twitter officially released their analytics, which solidify exactly which major film and TV properties where most talked about amongst peer-to-peer groups. And the results may surprises you. Especially when it comes to most popular male celebrity.
Comic-Con 2015 manages to generated an astounding 2.9 million tweets. And they were all aimed at some of Hollywood's biggest franchises ever created. Before the event, it was speculated that Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its various spinoffs would reach a close tie with Warner Bros.' DC Comics presentation. And while they ran neck and neck throughout the weekend, it was Jennifer Lawrence and her motley crew who proved to hold sway over the nerds and geeks at the San Diego convention center. And it was the fangirls, not the fanboys, who drove this conversation.
On the TV side of things, Once Upon a Time was the most popular. It surprisingly took the lead over extremely popular superhero series Arrow. And its DC Comics sister show The Flash didn't even make the list. Television also seemed to be ruled by the female demographic, with Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf all driving a strong social media conversation. One that you might not here in mainstream television reporting.
Possibly the most surprising aspect of this whole Twitter War was how weak the Star Wars: The Force Awakens conversation turned out to be, considering it went into SDCC with strong word of mouth and two very strong trailers. It didn't seem to matter that the entire cast arrived to talk about the experience of returning to this galaxy far, far away. Even Harrison Ford got in on the fun, with new footage shown during a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel that was made available to everyone immediately following the panel in Hall H. While there is certainly enthusiasm surrounding the sequel, it seems a lot of fans are taking a 'let's wait and see' attitude about the whole endevor.
While Star Wars is just getting started with its new trilogy and a series of Anthology movies, there is more of an immediacy surrounding The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 due to its finality as a franchise. But it must be noted that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 had a 24 hour head start on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which may be one of the reasons it beat the DC Comics movie in the conversation. Fans had more time to actively discuss what they were shown and how they felt about it. Here are the most tweeted about Movies, TV Shows, and Celebrities according to Twitter. And yes, we are estatic that Jared Padalecki and Jared Padalecki made the list!
Most Tweeted-About Movies:
1) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (@TheHungerGames)
2) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (@BatmanvSuperman)
Most Tweeted-About TV Shows:
Most Tweeted-About Celebrities:
Where did you stand in the conversation? Were you glad to see Katniss overtake both Batman, Superman and Han Solo? Or do you think someone needs to read the votes again? And are you surprised to see that the most popular male celebrity at Comic-Con is Jared Padalecki? Let us know who gets your vote in the great Comic-Con Twitter Wars of 2015!