Warner Brothers Pictures played for keeps at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego with a two hour long panel on Saturday in the convention’s legendary Hall H. Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman ’84 are anticipated for exclusive footage and looks, as well as future projects on the Warner Bros. roster.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald kicked off the panel with Eddie Redmayne leading through the crowd through an LED bracelet “magic show,” before the rest of the cast arrived on stage (sans Johnny Depp.)
The trailer for Crimes of Grindelwald featured scenes from both Jude Law as younger Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as Grindelwald as well as a closer look at the Wizarding World’s version of Paris.
Jude Law confirmed that this movie will be a “who’s side are you on story,” where the “wizards within the Wizarding World will be asked who’s side they’re on. The depths and the darkness of this story are some of the darkest this franchise has gone.” Ezra Miller chimed in “Definitely” in confirmation.
Law continued about his take on Dumbledore, “I love the fact that people keep calling him ‘young Dumbledore,” because I’m 45,” he laughed. “…There’s a long way to go between this Dumbledore and the one we see here. David Yates our director really let me free to establish him on my own here, but I hope he’ll have some familiar traits. He’s still mischievous and…he still has this ability to manipulate people.”
The panel was then surprise interrupted by Johnny Depp appearing in full costume, in character as Grindelwald giving an ominous speech. “It has been said that I hate the muggles, the no-mag, the can’t-spells, I do not hate them,” Depp said in character, giving fans an insight into Grindelwald’s personality. Depp immediately left the stage after his performance.
Lego Movie 2 was up next with the cast taking the stage in mini fig form first before their human counterparts came out to take over.
“How much of me is in Emmett?” Pratt said, “Oh my gosh, so much more than just my voice. When I was given the role, I was Andy on Parks & Rec,” he explained, “and by the time we finished our recording I was Star-Lord so that arc — it was one of those moments when I thought ‘oh, I’m living in a computer simulation, this is the Matrix.”
A fan asked Pratt if Star-Lord would be appearing as a cameo in the movie to which Pratt all but confirmed it would happen, “Don’t be surprised if you see another moment of art imitating life in this movie. Was that mysterious enough?”
The footage shown showcased a new character named Rex, also voiced by Chris Pratt, poking fun at Pratt’s roles in movies like Jurassic World.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters took the stage for a dramatic shift in tone, proclaiming “Long Live the King” with a quick look at footage.
“I’m still a kid playing with Godzilla toys, they’re just bigger more expensive Godzilla toys,” said director Michael Dougherty.
Millie Bobbie Brown hadn’t seen any Godzilla movies prior to her casting, but once she got her role in the film she “dove in, I had too, I had too.”
Dougherty confirmed that he set a sound system up on set to allow him to play the monster’s roars for the actors in their scenes since they would predominantly be acting against CGI and visual effects.
“We’ve got the crown jewels of the Toho Monster kingdom in this movie. Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, and a few more surprises along the way,” Dougherty confirmed.
“You’ll finally hear Godzilla classic’s classic themes, and possibly some other themes,” Dougherty said, “with composer Bear McCreary.”
Wonder Woman 84 then took over with the cast and direct Patty Jenkins. Chris Pine was, unfortunately, not wearing his fanny pack.
When asked about Steve Trevor showing back up in the movie, Pine laughed that he’s “not even really here, I’m just an aura of emotional support for my pals.” Gal Gadot the joked that Pine is now the movie’s “water girl, he asks if we’re hungry, he brings us water,” she laughs.
When asked about the setting, Jenkins said “It was mankind at it’s best and worst. We’re aware of things now that we weren’t in the 80s, there were some incredible and beautiful things in the 80s but at the same time there were some of the worst. It’s us at our most extreme.”
Fans we’re treated to a first look at the rough cut of Wonder Woman 84‘s very first footage featuring a moment of Diana saving a little girl from a pair of gunman in an extremely 80s shopping mall.
“The thing that I love the most about Wonder Woman,” Jenkins said, “is that she is us more than most superheroes. People find themselves in Wonder Woman more than other heroes.”
“The way we look at this is not a sequel, it’s a new chapter, it’s a new story,” Gadot explained when a fan asked how she planned on building from the first film’s success. Jenkins then jumped in, “I never want to do more of anything for the wrong reason…I don’t want to go to that place of ‘how do you keep it going and cash in?’ in my head. I have these characters that I love and this world that I love and we can make a whole new movie that’s completely unique and as strong as the first one? Of course I want to do that. But it’s not ‘more’ of anything, even though it’s evocative of everything that happened to the first one.”
Shazam! was up next. Zachary Levi arrived on stage holding a beer, strangely enough.
“This is complete wish fulfillment, this is 14-year-old me getting to put on spandex and fly around,” Levi laughed.
Aquaman closed out the panel with an epic entrance by Jason Mamoa. The cast and director James Wan took the stage.
“One of the big things I wanted to do was create a superhero world we’d never seen before,” Wan said, “This might in some ways play more like a sci-fi/fantasy film than a traditional superhero movie which I think you’ll see in the trailer.”
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II confessed that despite getting the role of Black Manta, he didn’t know how to swim. “I secretly went down to the hotel pool when we were filming with a kick board and taught myself how to swim in the mornings and evenings,” he laughed, “but then in the end I ended up not really having to do that much swimming.”
The first trailer for Aquaman then played for the hall to huge reaction from the fans. Prior to the end of the panel, more footage was shown exclusively for Hall H featuring extended fight and chase scenes with Black Manta and light hearted moments between Arthur and Mera. In addition to addition to the human (and humanoid) Atlantean characters, the exclusive footage also showcased various monsters that will be seen in the movie, including some massive crab-like creatures acting as an invading army.
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