Though “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” brought the San Diego Comic-Con crowd to life to start off Saturday, Warner Bros. had more up their sleeve. First was “Jupiter Ascending.”
Channing Tatum was on-hand to introduce a new extended trailer filled with space battles and Mila Kunis. Kunis couldn’t make it to Comic-Con due to her pregnancy, while the Wachowskis, who direct the film, are off shooting a TV show.
Next up was “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Director George Miller made his first Comic-Con appearance to talk about the movie and show the first publicly seen footage, which delighted the Hall H audience to no end. As the tweets below will attest, the footage looked insane.
Hitfix sums up the teaser best, saying: “It begins with a long shot of [Tom] Hardy in the distance. We hear him say, ‘My name is Max. My world is fury and blood.’ In a montage he’s chased and then captured by someone with freaky white skin and a mask of teeth covering his mouth. Cut to [Charlize] Theron’s striking character (in case you forgot she shaved her head) who appears to be protecting three beautiful girls. Hardy, as a captive, gets caught in a huge chase which falls into an electrical sandstorm.”
Finally, it was time for “The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies.” It’s the last movie in the series, and the last “Hobbit” panel at Comic-Con. It seemed only fitting that there be a special moderator, who turned out to be Stephen Colbert in cosplay as a Hobbit.
Colbert introduced a blooper reel for all of the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films thus far, loaded with Ian McKellan joking around and actors having trouble opening doors. He then brought out Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Elijah Wood, Luke Evans, director Peter Jackson and writer Philippa Boyens. Sadly McKellen and Martin Freeman were both filming out of the country.
Of the bits learned during this segment of the panel, it’s most intriguing that Wood still hasn’t read the “Lord of the Rings” books. Lilly, on the other hand, is a huge Tolkein fan who refuses to read the last 20 pages because she doesn’t want it to end.
They then showed a quick teaser, which will hopefully be released online soon. Finally, before letting the audience ask questions, Jackson noted that he hopes to one day hopes to open a museum that will house the various costumes and props he’s acquired over the course of six movies.