It’s all kicking off at the San Diego Comic Convention this year, as Warner Bros’ DC Comics franchise goes head-to-head with Disney’s Marvel universe for the attention of the 100,000-plus comic book, film and TV fans attending.
This Saturday, Warner Bros will attempt to dazzle Comic-Con attendees with teasers and clips from their upcoming films. Among the films in their featured line-up are Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, King Arthur and the hotly anticipated Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (due out in November).
Fantastic Beasts’ film director David Yates emphasised that the main reason for why movies get made is because of the love and devotion that fans are willing to give to a story. He went on to promise that Potterheads will get to “participate in a moment of magic” with the cast of the fantasy, which includes Eddie Redmayne.
Away from J. K. Rowling’s magical world, King Arthur’s lead actor Charlie Hunnam said he hoped the film based on the mythical leader would engage the convention’s more “well-versed” movie fans.
“Nobody really knows what we’re doing so there’ll be a little more emphasis on education for what we’ve gone out to achieve,” Hunnam added.
Entertainment Weekly senior writer Anthony Breznican said in an interview that Warner Bros will need to put in a lot of work if they want to gain back the trust they lost from viewers after Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice drew near-universal criticism after its release in March. Noting that Marvel doesn’t have the same problem, Breznican said “[Warner Bros] has to win over the people about the rest of this universe going forward.”
Disney on the other hand, has not been as open on what will be presented at Comic-Con but is expected to bring news of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange to excited fans.
Other studios and TV networks will also be hosting panels for their films and shows. Dreamworks’ Trolls, Oliver Stone’s Snowden and sci-fi adventure Valerian are putting on celebrity panels, while R-rated animated comedy Sausage Party will have a screening party hosted by its creators, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg.