Last night, Universal Pictures threw an extra special surprise premiere for Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, based on the comics by Bryan Lee O’Malley, at San Diego’s Balboa Theatre. Although much of the press already knew about it, they deliberately kept the event low-key and under the radar, so that at the Hall H presentation for the movie earlier, Wright could surprise those in attendance by announcing that those who received a special “1-Up” button as they walked in would be able to see the movie that very night! We weren’t in attendance but apparently Wright then jumped off the stage and led the masses down 4th Avenue to the theatre like some sort of geek Pied Piper.
Clearly, Comic-Con was the perfect place to premiere the movie and everyone knew it, and the theater was packed presumably with some of Scott Pilgrim’s biggest fans to see what Wright had been working literally for years. (In fact, it first got out that Wright was going to direct a movie based on O’Malley’s work at Comic-Con in 2007!)
The movie was received with great fervor and thunderous applause–we’ll have a full and thorough review of it, hopefully by early next week–but if that wasn’t enough, the secret premiere culminated with a SUPER-secret performance by the band Metric, who kicked things off by performing “Black Sheep,” the song played in the movie by Scott’s ex-girlfriend Envy Adams (Brie Larson) and her band The Clash at Demonhead.
If you’re a fan of O’Malley’s comics, you should be thrilled about how much of them Wright got into the movie, as well as some of the cool things he did that weren’t in the comics, especially all of Scott’s battles with Ramona’s evil exes. (The battle of the bands between Sex Bob-omb and the Katayanagi Twins has to be seen to believed!)
ComingSoon.net has an exclusive video of the band’s performance of the song that you can watch below! Scott Pilgrim vs. the World opens on August 13, and look for interviews with Wright and the cast during the coming weeks.