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Comic-Con '12 Preview: What To Expect From Nerd Bonnaroo This Year

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist July 10, 2012 at 1:17PM

If you're expecting to hear news about tiny indie projects and foreign auteurs in the latter half of this week, you may be disappointed. Tomorrow night is the kick-off of San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest such event in the world, and one that, over the years, has become a major part of the marketing calendar for some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. While we still wonder about how effective if it is (see our recent piece), and several studios are skipping this year, including Paramount and Universal, there's still some big-name guests and unveilings taking place between Wednesday and Sunday, and it'll undoubtedly be the major story of the week, movie-wise.
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10:00 a.m., Room 6A - "After Earth"
While Fox as a whole skipped this year, one of their big hopes for next summer, M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth," will have a presence, albeit a low-key one. Neither the director nor stars Will and Jaden Smith will be there, but screenwriter Gary Whitta will host a panel that promises to focus as much, if not more, on the comic-book spin-offs and prequel novels that will precede the apocalyptic sci-fi film's release. Here's hoping there'll be some kind of footage regardless.

11:30 a.m., Hall H - "Django Unchained"
A movie-centric day in Hall H gets underway with a hotly-anticipated panel for Quentin Tarantino's latest. The director and unconfirmed cast members will be there -- we'd wager Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, but probably no Leonardo DiCaprio -- and the footage is promised to be exclusive, so it won't be the same stuff that screened at Cannes. Even if it was, it's sure to be pretty entertaining.

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12:45 p.m., Hall H - Open Road Films
Relative newcomers Open Road must be hoping that fans staying in Hall H to ensure seats for later on will be won over by what they have to show, as they're not exactly bringing out the heaviest hitters of the weekend. The company will have footage from two fall releases: promising semi-found-footage cop movie "End of Watch" with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena (who'll both be there), and "Silent Hill: Revelation," the belated and unnecessary 3D sequel to the video game adaptation. Maybe director Michael Bassett can whip up the crowd for the latter, although the absence of his star, "Game of Thrones" actor Kit Harington (sidelined after breaking his ankle) won't help.

1:00 p.m., Room 7AB - A Conversation With Bryan Fuller
A smaller-scale panel that could be a pretty interesting hour, Bryan Fuller is a talented veteran TV writer ("Dead Like Me," "Pushing Daisies" among others) who's having a bit of a moment of late -- he's behind two of the more intriguing TV projects out there right now, 'Munsters' semi-reboot "Mockingbird Lane" with Eddie Izzard, and "Silence of the Lambs"-inspired "Hannibal," with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen as Lecter. Fuller's also writing "Pinocchio" for Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr., and might end up spilling some beans on that project.

Man Of Steel
2:30 p.m., Hall H - Warner Bros & Legendary Pictures
Probably the biggest ticket of the weekend, this sees Warners eschewing the chance for a last minute push for "The Dark Knight Rises" (like it needs it) in favor of the first look anywhere at next summer's big superhero film, Superman reboot "Man of Steel." We'd expect director Zack Snyder and star Henry Cavill to be there, but not executive producer Christopher Nolan. Elsewhere, Comic-Con vet Peter Jackson will be bringing new footage from "The Hobbit," and Guillermo del Toro will unveil his massive blockbuster "Pacific Rim" -- expect footage from that, as well as more than a few motherfuckers from the potty-mouthed Mr. del Toro. Rumors have also been flying that the "Godzilla" reboot from "Monsters" director Gareth Edwards will be there in some form, and given that the panel is scheduled to last a whopping two and a half hours, we wouldn't be surprised if there were more surprises in store too. "Cloud Atlas" seems to be a good bet, and we could see some kind of DC Comics announcement too..."Justice League" would be sure to bring down the house...

Guardians Of The Galaxy
6:00 p.m., Hall H - Marvel
With a handy hour-long gap for fans to change their underoos, things pick up again with the Marvel panel. The only thing officially announced to date is "Iron Man 3," which having been filming for a few months now is certain to debut some kind of sizzle reel, but it's widely expected that the studio will be announcing some of their post-'Avengers' plans, so expect news on "Thor" and "Captain America" sequels, "Ant-Man," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and whatever else may be up their sleeves too.

7:15 p.m., Hall H - Kevin Smith
Film-director-turned-full-time-self-publicist Kevin Smith is another Comic-Con staple, and if there's one man with an ego healthy enough to follow Superman, Godzilla and Iron Man, it's him. He'll be hosting a Q&A, where he'll be sure to take tough questions like "Why are you so great?" and "How did you become so great?"

This article is related to: Comic-Con, Man Of Steel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Pacific Rim, Oz The Great And Powerful, Dredd, Elysium, Total Recall, Looper


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