/warner-bros-comic-con-2014-lineup-includes-the-hobbit-and-mad-max-fury-road/Earlier today, Warner Bros. announced its full Comic-Con 2014 line-up which includes upcoming blockbusters The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending and even an entire screening of Into the Storm. While that sounds like a decent enough presentation, many fans were disappointed to see that there was no mention of Warner Bros.' biggest upcoming movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the schedule. Nor were any future DC Comics movies teased in the tiniest way. But does that mean fans won't see anything from Warner Bros.' upcoming DC line-up at this year's Comic-Con?
That's highly doubtful!
All we have to do is look back to what happened last year, and realize that when it comes to DC Comics, Warner Bros. and the Con, the studio likes to play it close to the vest, saving any hint of an announcement for their actual presentation in Hall H. It's all about the element of surprise. And anyone who was around in 2013 may remember that no DC Comics movies were announced before the Con began, with Warner Bros. revealing a similar schedule to what we see happening this year, touting only their non-superhero movies.
But right at the end of their big Hall H presentation, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder (who was not scheduled to be there) and one of that movie's stars, Harry Lennix, took the stage to announce that Man of Steel 2 was going to feature the first big screen pairing of Superman and Batman when it hit theaters in 2015. And the rest was history (some of which has changed dramatically, like the 2015 date and the fact that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is no longer a sequel to Man of Steel).
Here is that groundbreaking announcement:
What we can take from this is that Warner Bros. and DC Comics probably have another big Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice surprise waiting in the wings. What will it be? Our first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman? Our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? Or will DC and Warner Bros. truly announce their rumored line-up that was said to include Shazam! and Wonder Woman stand-alone movies, the Sandman adaptation, the super hero ensemble Justice League, a never before heard of team-up featuring The Flash and Green Lantern and the true Superman sequel Man of Steel 2?
Last year, the surprise Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice announcement was leaked a day early. Before the news slipped out, no one expected any kind of announcement at all. This year, we're all expecting something big. Especially since this is 'Comic'-Con, emphasis on the Comic, and Batman and Superman are two of the biggest superheroes of all time. With their new movie now in production, the first big screen team up in their history, it would be highly disappointing if at least one tiny new detail didn't emerge. But maybe we're expecting too much?
Disney may be pulling a similar tactic with Star Wars: Episode VII. They've gone out of their way to make sure we know the J.J. Abrams directed sequel won't have a presence at this year's Comic-Con. The difference between Disney and LucasFilm, and Warner Bros. and DC, is that Disney and LucasFilm have proven that they mean what they say by refusing to bring Star Wars: Episode VII to any of the past events where it was suspected to have a presence.
Bottom line, we'll definitely see something new from DC and Warner Bros., even if its as small as Laurence Fishburne's new Perry White wardrobe. Star Wars: Episode VII on the other hand? Any new piece of video or a photo of any kind would come as a complete shock.
We also have to keep in mind that on Saturday Night, DC and Warner Bros. are planning their 'all DC Entertainment night' in Hall H, which finds Warner Bros. Television treating attendees to a three-hour special event designed specifically for DC Comics fans and featuring some of DC Comics' greatest characters. The event will feature the world premiere of the highly anticipated new drama series Gotham, followed by a screening of the complete pilot of The Flash, and exclusive video presentations from returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. While this is solely focused on the TV side of things, it's possible that the DC Cinematic Universe could get a mention. Though, if we are to look to past Cons, its been pretty obvious in the past that DC and Warner Bros. want to keep their film and TV properties separate. Unless they are finally ready to announce a merging of these small screen and big screen worlds, which would set The CW's Arrow and The Flash up for an appearance in Justice League. Is that at all a possibility? Who really knows?
What do you guys think? Are we going to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at Comic-Con 2014? No matter what this Warner Bros. press release says? We think so.