Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are busy preparing for the much anticipated release of “The Dark Knight Rises” but they took time to head out to San Diego for Comic-Con International to drop some knowledge about some of their big-time releases coming up on their calendar, including “Pacific Rim”, “The Hobbit” and the Superman reboot, “Man of Steel”.
Pacific Rim (July 12, 2013)- Little is know about the top secret flick from director Guillermo Del Toro (“Hellboy”, “Pan’s Labyrinth”). He describes “Pacific Rim” as homage to the old Japanese monster movies. In the film, the giant monsters rise up out of the sea and wreak a havoc that threatens all humanity. To combat the monsters, a group of soldiers pilot giant robotic mechanical suits to fight off the attacking monsters. The movie stars Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi and Idris Elba. “Pacific Rim” hits theatres on July 12, 2013.
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Godzilla (2014?)- WB and Legendary have been vague about what if anything will be shown at Comic-Con 2012. Audiences in Hall H were treated to the first trailer but it doesn’t sound like it will be hitting the internet, at least legally, anytime soon. “Godzilla”, directed by Gareth Edwards, isn’t expected to hit theatres until 2014.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14, 2012)- Much like Frodo’s journey to Mordor, to destroy the One Ring, the road to getting “The Hobbit” to the big screen was filled with many twists and turns and at one point, it looked as if it may never happen. At one point, Guillermo Del Toro was set to direct before “Lord of the Rings” trilogy director Peter Jackson finally agreed to do it himself. Martin Freeman takes over the role of a younger Bilbo Baggins, while Ian McKellan returns to play Gandalf. Also returning to Middle Earth are Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and Orlando Bloom.
The decision was made very early on to split the book into two films. The first movie, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is set for a December 14, 2012 release; while “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” will hit theatres on December 13, 2013.
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Man of Steel: One of the most eagerly anticipated panels at Comic-Con this year is the “Man of Steel” panel to officially introduce the new Superman to the world before it comes out next summer. After the disappointment of “Superman Returns” Warner Bros. has been cautious about how to approach a new Superman movie. So they turned to “The Dark Knight Rises” helmer Christopher Nolan to serve as producer and writer David S. Goyer to bring the Kryptonian hero back to the big screen. Zack Snyder (“Watchmen”) will direct. This movie could be the beginning of an upcoming “Justice League” movie for DC and Warner Bros. The first “Man of Steel” teaser trailer was shown at the panel, as well.
The film is based on many story arcs throughout the history of the comics, but not necessarily one in particular. Henry Cavill is playing Kal-El aka Superman aka Clark Kent. Michael Shannon (“Boardwalk Empire”) will play General Zod, who was previously seen in “Superman II” played by Terrance Stamp. Also on board for the new flick are Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Amy Adams, Christopher Meloni and Laurence Fishburne. “Man of Steel” soars into theatres June 14, 2013. The teaser trailer will play in front of “The Dark Knight Rises”.
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