With Comic-Con a month away, the only panels really confirmed so far for the huge event happen to be select television ones. With attendees obviously wanting to get their planning out of the way soon, it should be only a matter of time before San Diego Comic-Con releases the full schedule. As for films, it’s unclear just who may show up after some companies opting to stay out of the media blitz last year. Now, early reports are beginning to reveal who fans might just get to see at this year’s gigantic convention, and there are some pretty big blockbuster names in the works for potential sneak peeks.
Variety reports that Disney & Marvel, Warner Brothers, Legendary Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Lionsgate-Summit are all planning presentations at this year’s Comic-Con. Among the studios, panels are expected to include Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Total Recall, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, The Expendables 2, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and more along with other surprises & announcements from each studio.
Among the sneak peeks said to possibly be revealed, Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, Wreck-It Ralph, Oz: The Great & Powerful, The Hobbit, and The Lone Ranger are all expected to show some sort of exclusive footage, though confirmation is lacking right now. Legendary Pictures would not confirm Pacific Rim, but it’s ultimately possible given the film’s high-profile status for next year. Also very much possible is an extended look at Total Recall, which hits theaters just weeks following the Con and Sony Pictures likely wants to push a larger audience by showing just what the remake has in store, along with a special look at M. Night Shaymalan’s upcoming sci-fi featureAfter Earth.
However, some may be disappointed with who won’t be appearing at the convention. It’s said that Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Relativity Media, DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation will all be skipping Comic-Con this year due to a real lack of projects to show that would entertain a massive crowd.
Paramount’s push of G.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Zleaves the studio without really anything exciting to show after playing their Jack Reacher hand at Cinema-Con. If the special effects development was more than simply in the early stages, they like would show off footage from Star Trek 2, but the sequel unfortunately won’t be making it. It’s said that the studio could change their mind before the schedule is announced, but it ultimately seems like a no-go.
Dreamworks’ delay of Steven Spielberg’s Robocalpyse pushes a major sci-fi card out of their hand, while Dreamworks animation has decided they’ll be pulling an all-animation day on Thursday instead of individual panels. 20th Century Fox has a couple high-profile sequels such as Taken 2 and A Good Day to Die Hard, but nothing quite genre-specific to show the crowd eagerly awaiting at Comic-Con. Instead, Fox will create a huge television presence to draw more viewers to the television set.
We’ll keep you updated on more information as it becomes available and concrete plans are revealed officially with the schedule.