Comic-Con News and Notes: ‘Godzilla,’ ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Ant-Man,’ and More!

With every subsequent year I find myself less disappointed that I have not joined the masses in San Diego for the annual Comic-Con. My interest in actual comic books has never been as high as many of my friends and the involvement of movie studios in the convention seems to be decreasing. There are fewer actual movies screened each year as more time is dedicated to trailer premieres and news announcements. This year’s convention offered plenty of both.

The footage that sent every live Tweeter in Hall H aflutter was from Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming film Pacific Rim. Del Toro made a live appearance during the Warner Bros. panel to reveal some details about the film and show the first footage. The film features an epic battle between giant monsters (Kaiju) and giant robots (Jaegers) and del Toro describes it as one of the most ambitious projects he has ever undertaken. According to Angie Han, who reported on the film for /Film, del Toro says that “all of his monsters would be original inventions created specifically for the movie, rather than pulled from legend.” The first poster for the film premiered online along with the footage and it can be seen in the top right of this post. The film will come out in the U.S. on July 13, 2013.

Immediately proceeding the Pacific Rim footage came a surprise teaser trailer for the upcoming reboot of Godzilla from Monsters director Gareth Edwards. Several Twitter users described the footage from the movie as some of the most realistic carnage ever seen in a monster movie, with /Film again describing it: “There’s even a building that looks like a monster walked right through it, and we see the suggestion of a six-armed beast lying dead in rubble. Then the money shot: Godzilla, seen from behind, turning his head to the camera in profile before emitting the monster’s signature screech.” The film has a TBA 2014 release date.

Marvel Studios has a hefty slate of upcoming releases with between 1 and 3 on the way over the next several years. Among these are Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One of the most exciting announcements, however, is the adaptation of the superhero franchise Ant-Man that will begin with an installment from Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright. Wright revealed some test footage that is described over at The Playlist, who says “the look of Ant Man is very slick, sort of a modernized take on the classic comic look. Fans should be pleased.”

Superman returns to theatres after a surprisingly long absence with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and the director was in San Diego to tease some footage. Drew McWeeney from HitFix says that the footage “wowed” the audience and had a surprisingly emotional impact. He provides a detailed description of the footage along with his analysis and says: “it appears that Snyder is aiming to bring the classic iconography of Superman to hyper-real life instead of reinventing anything.” Man of Steel will be in theatres on June 14, 2013.

Check out Film School Rejects for some more details and posters on other movies at the Con. Which of these have you the most excited?

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  • Chance

    Godzilla holds a special place in my heart. I loved the Godzilla with Broderick and Reno when I was young. Obviously looking back it wasn’t a masterpiece. I’m excited for this new iteration though.

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