Hundreds camped out and thousands waited in line for more than five hours just for a chance to be in the room for the spectacle that was the Warner Bros. panel at Comic-Con on Saturday. Those who made it in we’re not disappointed! As the lights dimmed, curtains pulled back to reveal huge screens in either side of the large hall’s front video screen giving audiences a more immersive experience for each film to be teased.
First up was the highly touted Pacific Rim. This massive-scale monster movie directed by Guillermo del Toro features humans of earth building giant human controlled robots to fight the monsters any way imaginable including hand-to-hand combat and heavy-duty artillery (think Power Rangers Megazords on steroids, powerful steroids!). Del Toro has not hesitant in showing visitors to Comic-Con an extended clip of the movie, exclaiming that if it was good enough for the industry it was good enough for these fans. Q&A revealed that there are several types of monsters, ranging from water-based monsters to airborne flying ones. The robots also get a bit of diversity with each one having a unique set of abilities. “Just when you think you’ve seen everything, they do something else you didn’t know about.” Actors Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman were on hand to speak and answer fan questions. Pacific Rim releases July 12, 2012.
Next up in the WB panel was a complete surprise to everyone in the audience. Shown on the screens was a movie held tightly under wraps until Saturday, Godzilla! The video, a teaser trailer for the film, showed massive devastation on an unnamed city. While showing the devastation, the camera pans over what appears to be a large monster laying on the ground. In the next shot, shrouded in dust, an immense Godzilla stomps his way through a city then turns to make a roar that threatened to unseat even the steadiest person in the audience. Then the title is revealed, “Godzilla.” Director Gareth Edwards briefly spoke about the movie, joking that he hasn’t worked this hard for something so short since he lost his virginity. No expected release date was given for Godzilla.
Next up on the agenda was also a surprise showing, the extended screens wrapping the hall were plastered with slogans for a fictional political race and an extended preview of the film The Campaign was shown to enormous laughter in the hall. Stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis arrived to take audience Q&A for the film all of which provided everyone tons of laughs. The Campaign opens in theatres August 10th, 2012.
Man of Steel
Man of Steel followed to enormous cheers, it was obvious the comic book fans in the crowd were more than a little excited for what’s sure to be a fresh take on what is probably the most iconic superhero in the world. Audiences were then treated to a trailer that showed Clark Kent as we’ve never seen him before. This movie seems to be doing to the Superman franchise what Batman Begins did to the Batman franchise, bringing back into the limelight and giving each character the life and humanity that each deserves. Of course the iconic representation of Superman is still intact, but director Zack Snyder says that he is making this film as if “none of the others ever existed.” Snyder and star Henry Cavill answered questions from the audience. Man of Steel opens to moviegoers June 14, 2013.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Finally, the film franchise that has always set the bar astronomically high for book-to-film adaptations returns once again with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first of two movies adapted from the bestselling book by J.R.R. Tolkien. First, director Peter Jackson showed crowds his last video blog entry featuring the last 5 days of filming on the two movies. Then he showed fans what they had waited the entire day (or even the entire previous night) to see, movie clips! Clips included in this montage included several scenes such as one with the dwarves and Gandalf meeting Bilbo in Bag End and probably the best scene shown was the first meeting of Bilbo and Gollum in the caves. The entire clip reel gave fans an incredibly nostalgic feeling, like seeing Lord of the Rings for the first time. These movies feel the same, but completely different. Anyone who enjoyed the Lord of the Rings series of movies will undoubtedly enjoy these movies. Actors Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, and Elijah Wood were on hand to answer questions from the audience. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives in theatres December 14, 2012.
What a panel! This was truly one of the most exciting things to happen at Comic-Con this year!