Christopher Nolan acknowledges right off the bat that there are several other earlier projects (most involving a Bat) that could have drawn him to San Diego Comic-Con. He finally wanted to see what the hype was about, where the most intense discussions of pop culture take place.

When asked to elaborate on the thoughts that inspired Interstellar, he talks about how most kids in his generation grew up wanting to be astronauts. That was the chief aspiration, the sign that you had somehow made it. He told a heartwarming story about going to see Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey with his father in a theater in Leicester Square, and wanting to create – with Interstellar -- a similar experience for a new generation that no longer turns its eyes to the big screen in hopes of seeing wondrous, imaginative sights. (He also threw out Star Wars and Blade Runner as inspirations for Interstellar… a good way to earn cred with the Hall H crowd.)

More than anything, Nolan promised a journey to universes unseen on screen before, but adventures rooted in very human conversations about what makes us human and why do we explore in the first place. He talked about using IMAX to "show the biggest possible phenomenon in the universe, and for that we need the biggest canvas."

And then he showed a trailer to back up his claims.

I don’t want to give it all away. I want you to see it, and Nolan says that you all will – very soon. The first half of the trailer is similar to the one I included above. Mostly set up, explaining the sad state of the planet. We see Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) wrestling with having to leave his children – mostly his young daughter, Murph (Mackenzie Foy). And we see him promise, with tears in his eyes, that he will return.

From where? That’s the meat of the second half of this new trailer… and it is glorious. Space travel painted in scenes we haven’t seen in some time. Vast, picturesque imagery of alien galaxies. Wormholes, planets, stars – it’s a blur of scientific beauty. I can not wait to see it again.

The Paramount panel somehow started with Spongebob SquarePants and ended with a breathtakingly miraculous Interstellar trailer introduced by Christopher Nolan. Only at Comic-Con.

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