On Saturday July 14, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures debuted new footage for upcoming movies at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 inside the famous Hall H panel room. Thousands of fans camped out between Friday night and Saturday morning to catch sneak peeks for: Pacific Rim, Superman Man of Steel, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The panel kicked off when the curtains inside Hall H pushed out towards the audience revealing two additional projection screens filling the entire front of the room. Fans screamed in excitement as the lights went black and the three screens started displaying graphics simultaneously to introduce the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures logos. After the epic introduction The host of Talking Dead, Chris Hardwick was introduced to the stage to moderate the three hour panel.
Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo Del Toro was up first on the movie line-up, and after graciously being welcomed on stage Del Toro immediately introduced an exclusive Pacific Rim movie trailer for panel attendees. The trailer essentially describes Pacific Rim to be a sci-fi, futuristic movie where robots, piloted by humans, battle against monsters to save the earth. The robots are piloted by two people, each person operating one-side of the robot’s “brain,” an analogy to the human brain’s anatomy. When the movie trailer finished Del Toro introduced the cast of Pacific Rim: Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikiuchi, and Ron Perlman, the question and answer portion followed soon.
In addition to Pacific Rim, monster movie fans were in for a surprised treat when Legendary Pictures screened another brand-new teaser trailer for Godzilla. Yes, it was confirmed that the giant green monster would return to the big screen in epic proportions. The teaser played a montage of ruined cities covered in sandy debris and a radio broadcast describing the end of the world followed by Godzilla moving through cloudy debris howling his famous scream.
As the Legendary Pictures portion of the panel concluded Warner Bros. surprised fans when actors/comedians, Will Ferrell and Zack Galfianakis jumped on stage to promote their new movie The Campaign. The stars of the film brought along an extended movie trailer to advertise next month’s big comedy. Will Ferrell plays the movie’s incumbent Congressman Cam Brady, while Zack Galfianakis plays Marty Higgins, both men will be “campaigning” for this movie over the next couple weeks. San Diego was the first stop in their “campaign tour.”
The biggest highlights coming out of Warner Bros. panel was the debut teaser trailer of Zack Synder’s new movie Superman: The Man of Steel, the reboot film to the Superman movie franchise, and footage of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The debut trailer for Superman: The Man of Steel is very identical to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. The tone of Synder’s Superman movie matches the tone Nolan’s Batman franchise as we see:
-A young Clark Kent running through the cornfields of Smallville wearing a red cape.
-Clark saving a school bus from a flash flood.
-An older, bearded Clark residing close to the North Pole, maybe he’s living in Alaska.
-Clark entering his fortress of Solitude and meeting his father Jor-El, played by Russell Crowe.
-Superman flying in the clouds.
-Superman fighting the army.
-Superman pushed against a wall.
-Clark Kent changing into a suit and donning his iconic glasses.
-Superman fighting against another Kryptonian, possibly General Zod.
In short, Superman: Man of Steel is a new origin story for DC Comics’ flagship character. From the audience perspective the movie could be about Clark Kent running away from home after learning he has unique powers, after years of solitude he learns his alien origin, and emerges as an understood hero. The short plot prediction parallels to Batman Begins as Bruce Wayne leaves Gotham for many years, and then return as Batman.
After playing the teaser trailer Zack Synder introduced Superman himself, Henry Cavill up to the stage for fan Q&A. Two highlights from the Q&A were Henry Cavill drew his interpretation of Superman from the Death and Return of Superman story and Zack Snyder hinting a Batman/Superman movie crossover or Justice League movie is possible depending on how well Superman: Man of Steel performs. Hopefully, the movie becomes as successful as Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise, Nolan is a credited producer for Superman: Man of Steel. Furthermore, Hans Zimmer will compose the film’s musical score. Zimmer has previously composed the music for Nolan’s Batman movies.
Finally, the climax to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures panel was the highly anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey segment. Fans who camped overnight and waited in-line for hours were rewarded with an extended behind the scenes video to the SECOND installment of the The Hobbit. Director Peter Jackson and a few of the film’s stars: Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Lord of Rings star Elijah Wood, and last but not least Sir Ian McKellen, were marvelously welcomed by Comic-Con attendees. Aside from the behind the scenes footage, Peter Jackson brought along twelve minutes of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey featuring Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves meeting inside Bilbo’s house, Bilbo meeting Gollum, and an extended movie trailer.
In the end, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures met fan expectation and everything shown on Saturday will definitely be the most talked about movie news coming out of Comic-Con 2012. Aside from Marvel Studios which will be explained in another article…
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