One of the best reasons for going to the movies is to check out the previews for other upcoming films and before there is one single major preview shown at your local movie theater, it is first shown at a film festival in front of hundreds of fans & reporters alike. A comic book convention is such a festival where the director and lead actors appear to answer questions at a panel of reporters and fans. The largest and most popular comic book convention is the San Diego Comic Con, which has grown to over 130,000 guests across four days making it the biggest comic book convention in the country; in fact the fourth largest convention in the world; a great place for movie studios to showcase their films. However, there’s been some talk about the San Diego Comic Con losing its edge with Movie Studios seeing that so many of them in the last couple years have skipped the entire event all together… Last year, Disney, Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, & The Weinstein Company all pulled out. This year we have Fox, Paramount, DreamWorks pulling out, and potentially Universal who are undecided along with Relativity. But before we jump the gun and begin to assume that it’s the Studios that are losing their interest in showcasing their films at Comic Con, let’s think for a moment… Paramount, for example, appears to be having a horrible year! GI Joe Retaliation, World War Z, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters were severely delayed leaving Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise their only project that just so happens not to mesh with the Con or for that matter Tom Cruise who happens to be almost a foot shorter not to mention skinnier than the Jack Reacher we know in the novels, which just so happens to be 6’5” & 240LBs. I get it; who wants to answer awkward questions about why release dates were overshot or why actors only measuring 5’7” being casted to play the role of someone much taller and heavier is playing the part of someone much taller & heavier? Then there’s the golden child and one of my heroes JJ Abrams who has been said will not be making an appearance at this year’s Comic Con to talk about the Star Trek sequel. Well, let’s keep in mind that the movie has, in fact, been delayed and again, what genius would want to sit there and explain why he had to delay his masterpiece? In the end, I will wait for the film to be released like a good little boy and say, “it was worth the wait” because everything JJ Abrams’ done simply is. In the end, as you can see, the industry itself has been plagued with delays, which is why I cannot believe for one single nanosecond that Comic Con’s popularity for being at the epicenter of film releases is waning – No Way, Jose!
Now that I’ve cleared all the doubt from the room, let’s focus on who will be making an appearance less than a month from now at Comic Con (applause)!
*Disney/Marvel * Iron Man 3 (05/03/13)
*Disney: Wreck It Ralph (11/02/12) & OZ The Great & Powerful (03/08/13)
*Warner Bros.: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12/14/12) & Man of Steel (06/14/13)
*Legendary Pictures: Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” (07/12/13)
*Sony (All Confirmed): Total Recall (08/03/12); Premium Rush (08/24/12); Here Comes the Boom (10/12/12) & After Earth starring Will Smith (06/07/13)
*Lionsgate/Summit: The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn Part 2 (11/16/12); The Expendables (08/17/12) & Dredd (09/21/12)
If Universal decides to show up, we may see something from R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds (06/28/13); The Bourne Legacy (08/03/12) & 47 Ronin (02/08/13). I won’t bother mentioning Paramount as I doubt they’ll even show due to all the delays they’ve been having.
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