WB Announces Comic-Con Film Panels, But Where is ‘Batman v Superman’?

By July 8, 2014

Warner Bros. has released its film panels for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (via THR), but the studio’s most anticipated movie is mysteriously missing from the list: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t on the official schedule for the Saturday, July 25th presentation. More on that in a bit.

The films that the studio does officially plan to promote at the upcoming geek mecca are The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road and Jupiter Ascending. Peter Jackson will be there to talk about the last movie in his Hobbit trilogy (and presumably his last involvement with anything relating to Tolkien on film), while writer/director George Miller will take the stage to show off the first footage from his long-brewing Mad Max sequel. The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending will also be highlighted, presumably in an effort to win over the tough crowd who is almost certainly aware that the film was bumped back from an initial release date of this summer to February of next year. No word yet on whether stars Channing Tatum or Mila Kunis will be there, or if any cast members from The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies or Mad Max: Fury Road will attend, but it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll be seeing some big names at that panel, regardless of who is officially announced.

Batman vs. Superman

Speaking of which, even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t on the schedule, I’d bet huge money that director Zack Snyder will show up with at least a little sizzle reel of footage cut together. When the first Captain America movie hit Comic-Con back in the day, Joe Johnston had only been filming for a week or two and he at least brought a piece of a scene with him to show the crowd. BVS is a huge deal for Warner Bros. and DC in their battle with Marvel, and even though the movie doesn’t open until May of 2016, they’d be foolish not to “surprise” the crowd with an appearance by Affleck, Cavill, and Gadot, which would be the first time Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman would take the stage at Hall H. That’s a moment too big to miss out on, and the fans will go nuts when it happens.

And speaking of Batman, since it’s the 75th anniversary of The Dark Knight, fans of the Caped Crusader will be happy to know that he’ll be getting some love at Comic-Con this year. Along with displays of the film series’ costumes set up at the DC booth, artist Jim Lee will join Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, current series writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns for a Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight panel discussion on Thursday, July 24th at 3:30pm. Sounds like something Bat-fans won’t want to miss!

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