Comic-Con heads back to San Diego beginning on July 23, with more than 120,000 geeks, cosplayers, and film and TV fans invading the convention center for comics, swag and first looks at some of their favorite upcoming films.
Most of the studios are planning to show off footage from the more genre-oriented part of their slates, bring some big stars to the stage and throw in a few surprises.
Here, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down all the film highlights hitting San Diego. Some of the information is official, while some of it is just rumor. Heck, even the official schedule says “TBD” under some studios’ entries. After all, flying in stars and making sure footage from movies that are still in production dazzles isn’t easy; thus studios sometimes find themselves juggling until almost the very end.
Check back for updates as the Con nears.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 (Preview Night)
Into the Storm Screening – 10 p.m., Gaslamp Theatre
Warner Bros. will also host a fan screening of New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow’s upcoming thriller Into the Storm, directed by Steven Quale.
THURSDAY, JULY 24
DreamWorks Animation – 11:30 a.m., Hall H
The DreamWorks Animation panel will feature Penguins of Madagascar and Home. Benedict Cumberbatch, attending for Penguins, is sure to get the Hall buzzing.
Sony – 12:30 p.m., Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront
Jack Black will appear on Columbia Pictures’ panel to talk about upcoming film Goosebumps along with the project’s director, Rob Letterman. Also, director Chris Columbus will be featured in a special video announcement regarding his upcoming video-game-oriented film Pixels, starring Adam Sandler. One Comic-Con badge-holder might win a chance for a walk-on role in the movie. Pixels will even sponsor an arcade center in the Gaslamp Quarter.
The Giver – 1:30 p.m., Hall H
Stars Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush, director Phillip Noyce, and author Lois Lowry will be on hand to speak about The Weinstein Co.’s YA adaptation, which took 20 years to make. New footage will be shown.
Paramount – 3 p.m., Hall H
The studio didn’t provide any details about its presentation, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will hit the stage. Anything from Interstellar or Terminator: Genesis would melt the faces off the geeks.
Batman 75: Legends of the Dark Knight – 3:30 p.m.
The panel discussion will feature veteran Batman creatives 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.
WWE Studios and Lionsgate – 7 p.m., Room 7AB
The presentation will cover the two upcoming films Leprechaun: Origins and See No Evil 2. See No Evil 2 directors Jen and Sylvia Soska — the twisted twins of American Mary fame — will be joined by WWE star Kane. Also in attendance will be director and VFX guru Zach Lipovsky (Tasmanian Devils), director of Leprechaun: Origins; and the star of the cult classic reboot, WWE superstar Hornswoggle.
FRIDAY, JULY 25
The Hunger Games
Lionsgate is skipping Hall H this year, but stars of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be at the Con to present the very first trailer from the third film in the hot YA franchise.
Horns, Everly – 3 p.m., Hall H
Radius-TWC will bring Horns star Daniel Radcliffe and co-star Juno Temple to the stage along with director Alexandre Aja and novelist Joe Hill for the world premiere of the Horns movie trailer. Salma Hayek will also take the stage to talk about actioner Everly. Radius is also promising a few special surprises.
Fox – 4:20 p.m., Hall H
Fox is bringing The Maze Runner, The Book of Life, Let’s Be Cops, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Hitman: Agent 47. The star-heavy presentation will feature Channing Tatum, Guillermo del Toro, Dylan O’Brien, Zachary Quinto, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, among others. The big question is whether or not the studio will show anything from Fantastic Four or bring that Marvel movie’s cast.
Tusk – 6:35 p.m., Hall H
Kevin Smith takes the stage to premiere the trailer to his first film in three years, Tusk.
SATURDAY, JULY 26
Warner Bros. – 10 a.m., Hall H
The studio‘s presentation will include The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road and Jupiter Ascending. Director Peter Jackson will take the stage to speak about the final installment in The Hobbit franchise, and director-writer George Miller also will be present to show off the first footage from Mad Max, which stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.
While Warner Bros. has made no official mention of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it seems likely that the studio will do something for the hotly anticipate film — at least bringing some of the cast to the stage. Currently shooting with Zack Snyder at the helm, the project stars Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck but won’t hit theaters until May 6, 2016, giving Warners two Comic-Cons to present footage.
Legendary – 12:25 p.m., Hall H
Universal hasn’t officially revealed it, but with Guillermo del Toro at the Con for his FX show The Strain, look for Universal and Legendary’s Crimson Peak to get a cool presentation. As Above/So Below directors John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle will also be on hand to present tidbits from their upcoming film.
Boxtrolls – 1:30 p.m., Hall H
Stars Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning, directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, and producer, lead animator, and LAIKA president/CEO Travis Knight will talk about the new 3D stop-motion project.
Endgame: The Calling – 2 p.m., Room 7AB
Author James Frey will speak about his new YA book Endgame: The Calling (out Oct. 7), while producer Wyck Godfrey will talk about the upcoming Fox movie. John Hanke, leader of Google’s Niantic Labs and creator of Google Maps, will discuss the augmented-reality game Google is crafting based on Endgame, and puzzlemaster Mat Laibowitz will talk about the puzzle in the book.
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – 2:50 p.m., Hall H
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller will speak on the Dimension Films and Aldamisa Entertainment sequel.
Marvel – 5:30 p.m., Hall H
Marvel has traditionally closed out Hall H with a rock ’em, sock ’em panel, but this year DC Entertainment and WBTV have staked out that closing spot with a giant TV presentation. While Marvel hasn’t revealed who they’ll bring to the stage other than Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, sources say that Avengers: Age of Ultron will loom large with much of the cast appearing and footage being shown, as well.
SUNDAY, JULY 27
Batkid: The Film – 10:30 a.m., Room 8
Dana Nachman will unveil her latest project, Batkid: The Film, which chronicles the making of the phenomenon that is Batkid. The panel features Patricia Wilson (CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area), Eric Johnston (Batkid’s adult Batman sidekick and inventor), Mike Jutan (Batkid’s nemesis, The Penguin, and Lucasfilm engineer), and Sue Graham Johnston (The Damsel in Distress and vp operations at Oracle).