The “board game adaptation” Battleship hasn’t been getting the best buzz online. The idea of a big action film based on a board game is absurd, and it doesn’t help that the trailers have made it seem like a bad rehash of Transformers territory. That makes press events like WonderCon extra important, because the studio and filmmakers have the ability to appeal directly to the fans and prove through clips that there is validity in their concept. This is exactly what director Peter Berg tried to do with his WonderCon panel and, honestly, it kind of worked.
Berg was joined at the panel by stars Alexander Skarsgard and Brooklyn Deckar, but the real focus was on Berg’s surprisingly cogent explanations for the film’s existence and the lengthy clips he brought along. Berg began with the question that is probably most on everyone’s minds: why do this film and why do it under the Battleship brand?