Warner Bros at Comic-Con

Guillermo Del Toro with his ‘giant monsters vs. giant robots.’ Zack Snyder and his fresh take on one of the most iconic superheroes in history. Peter Jackson returning to Middle Earth. There’s a reason why fans stood outside Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center for hours-on end, many not getting in after waiting 9-hours in the sun. Today was the big day of movies at Comic-Con 2012, and the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures panel was its centerpiece. To get you up to speed with everything that happened, we take a tour around the web with our favorite blogfriends to see what everyone had to say about the high-expectation pieces and the big surprises alike.

Pacific Rim

As expected, Guillermo Del Toro was on hand to show off a film that had, until the recent release of its first poster, been running under the radar. Guillermo Del Toro is making another monster movie, we all thought. Cool. As it turns out, it’s a little more than another cool monster movie. “I wanted to make not a war movie, but an adventure movie, with a huge, romantic sense of adventure, a sense of grandeur, and operatic battles,” explained Del Toro to a Hall H full of famished, but ravenously excited fans. Reporting for /Film, Angie Han explains: “Based on the footage we saw, we’ve got high hopes that he succeeded. The promo opened with two people on a snowy landscape, scanning the area with a metal detector and digging into the earth. Their search is interrupted by a formidable Jaeger the size of a building rising up out of the ground — only to crash in spectacular fashion.”

As much as the rest of us would like to see the footage, Del Toro also noted to the audience that after this exclusive debut at Comic-Con, there won’t be any more footage shown for the rest of 2012. This movie’s trailer alone, based on the reactions we’re seeing from Twitter, is reason enough to hope that the Mayans were wrong.

Godzilla

Of course, there were also surprises from Warner Bros.

“The camera keeps moving and then we see something not very real world at all… A huge creature… segmented shell, multiple arms ending in claw and dead, dead, dead. Flies buzz around it and from a long way away we hear Godzilla’s iconic roar,” reports Eric Vespe at Ain’t It Cool. He goes on: “…then the big hero shot: huge hazy plume of smoke and dust as something moves inside… we see a clawed hand, camera tilts up as the big creature turns, his back scales causing shafts of godlight to filter through the haze (and these back scales are not spruced up… jagged, sharp… totally Godzilla) as the head turns in profile, letting out a roar.”

Says Vespe of the footage shown by director Gareth Edwards, “his was the first footage of the con that birthed goosebumps for me. Great, great stuff. If they can match the tone of this footage for a whole movie then this could be incredible. Truly.” The buzz around this one is now electric, whereas a week ago you may not have remembered (or have selectively forgot) that a new Godzilla movie was in the works. Well played on the part of Warner Bros.

Man of Steel

“One of the last things I would have expected before the panel began,” reports Drew McWeeny at HitFix. “Would be the amount of emotional impact that Zack Snyder’s ‘Man Of Steel’ presentation seemed to have on the fans who were assembled for their first look at this new version of one of the most famous superheroes of all time.” McWeeny goes on to provide a long-form description of the footage shown, including a bit of Clark’s backstory and some very unSnyder-like action (read: shown in real time).

As McWeeny explains after recapping the footage, Snyder won the crowd with his take on Superman. “I thought the footage was impressive, but of course, Snyder knows how to cut a great reel.  The success of this film will come down to how much audiences buy into Cavill as the right guy, and watching him today, as well as spending time with him last year when I moderated an “Immortals” panel, there is a very open, humble quality to Cavill that could make him a perfect fit for the character.  Yes, he’s preposterously good looking, but there’s nothing arrogant about him.”

Consider us on standby, hopeful that Snyder and Co. deliver something very cool on June 14, 2013. Warner Bros.

The Hobbit

Somehow — at least based on the buzz we were tracking throughout the day via Twitter — it would appear as if Peter Jackson and The Hobbit were upstaged a bit at their own panel. By the likes of Guillermo Del Toro’s giant robots and Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. Then again, the report from Jordan Hoffman at ScreenCrush absolutely gushes with excitment, including his description of the first of ten and a half minutes from the movie that was shown: “The twelve dwarves and Gandalf readying for adventure. Gandalf suggests that Bilbo Baggins is a good thief and should join them. Smaug the Dragon is used to the smell of dwarves, but not that of Hobbits. After some Bob Hope-esque comedy, Bilbo Baggins joins the team.”

On the whole, the message seems simple, summed up by Mr. Hoffman: “I can’t deny that I feel all warm and fuzzy thinking about a return to Middle Earth.”

Posters

In addition to all the footage seen by the lucky 6,500 Hall H attendees, Warner Bros. has given a few posters to the rest of us, including first looks at Godzilla and Man of Steel. Of course, there’s also the Pacific Rim and Hobbit posters, which we’ve included for good measure.

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