Comic-Con news roundup

A cosplayer at San Diego Comic-Con, after taking a break in the crowded event hall, re-enters her Sonic the Hedgehog costume. Photo: Heather Beschizza

Hollywood Reporter tallies the winners and losers at this year's convention in San Diego. I hope you like superhero comics!

Fascinating and divergent views from the New York Times: Comic-con is a Hollywood-infested marketing event for derivative superhero flicks. But amid the hype, "small tribes" are beginning to reassert themselves: "knots of fantasy, science-fiction and animation aficionados … are stealing energy from the vast Hall H movie promotions that had become the convention's defining events."

Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager in the early years of their success, is to be immortalized in graphic novel form. [Spin]

USA Today covers plans for the Batman+Superman franchisefest movie announced at the show. Henry Cavill will reprise the role of Superman, and Snyder will direct. No confirmation of who's playing the Bat.

Doctors Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt meet as the 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary trailer wows San Diego Comic-Con faithful [SPOILERS at New York Daily News]

Real heroes: Kick-Ass 2 stuntmen pulled a woman from a 14th-floor balcony at a Comic-Con after passers-by spotted her hanging off the railing.

More on the comic-con Doctor Who meetup from Kevin Wicks: "People lined up as early as seven hours ahead for the mid-afternoon event at Block 16, a roomy, multi-tiered bar not far from the convention center, which had a stage and full movie screen that allowed for performances and an astonishing video mash-up of 50 years of Doctor Who."

Director Joss Whedon revealed the title of the Avengers sequel: "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

Best of all, the show can't hide its raunchy roots: "You might want to close your eyes, SpongeBob. There's something across the aisle that will be hard to unsee."