Comic-Con 2012 Movie Preview: ‘Man of Steel’, ‘Iron Man 3′, ‘The Hobbit’ & More

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm, This is a list post.

Comic-Con 2012 CoverageThe 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International is but a mere month away, and movie geeks are already starting to wonder what big tentpole films will be in attendance. As usual, Screen Rant will be front and center during Comic-Con 2012 to cover all the big Hall H movie showcases - as well as all the other breaking news and cosplay fun that you get with the convention.In an effort to start getting you guys (and ourselves) excited for the 2012 'Con, we've put together a preview of some of the big movies that will be featured this year, including Marvel's Iron Man 3; Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs. mech suits blockbuster, Pacific Rim; Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth with The Hobbit; DC Comics / Warner Bros.' Superman re-launch Man of Steel.Best of all: this list will only be growing as the convention gets closer, and more films get added to the schedule. So check back to our Comic-Con Coverage Page regularly.


 Disney at Comic-Con 2012 Oz Great Powerful Wreck RalphVariety reports that Disney will be making a return at Comic-Con 2012. Last year, the studio opted to save its biggest presentations for its own D23 Expo - though after the colossal failure of John Carter, I'm sure the Mouse House has learned a valuable lesson about ignoring the Comic-Con crowd. 'Con attendees will likely see material from the video game satire, Wreck-It-Ralph, which stars John C. Reilly as the villain of a classic arcade game, who tries to prove to himself and the world that he's more than just a big baddie. (Watch the trailer)Also expected is Oz: The Great and Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. James Franco plays a young, shifty version of the Wizard, who finds himself transported to Oz only to become embroiled in an epic drama between three witches played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. The film is directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man Trilogy).Still in question is whether or not Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp will be unveiling their new project, The Lone Ranger, at this year's 'Con. The film has had a notoriously troubled production - with new troubles having just recently been reported. If half of what is said is true, Disney may want to keep a lid on the film until it is in a better place.


Iron Man 3 Comic-Con 2012Iron Man 3 is already into production, and rumors about the film are coming fast. Director Jon Favreau has left the director's chair, and Shane Black - writer of films like Lethal Weapon and director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - is the new man calling the shots.Having only been in production for a short time, it's unlikely that Black will be able to show off anything big. Of course, having franchise star Robert Downey Jr. on hand usually proves to be entertainment enough. Appearances from big co-stars like Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, and (possibly) Gwyneth Paltrow would be icing on the cake; an appearance by Sir Ben Kingsley would likely bring down the house.Finally, it would just be nice for fans if they could see Jon Favreau (who will still play his character, Happy Hogan) up there on stage. In the meantime, expect tons of fanboy questions about the film's under-wraps plot.

Warner Bros. / Legendary Pictures

Pacific Rim at Comic-Con 2012There's suspicion that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures will show a preview of  Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. The story involves a future world where mankind battles giant monsters known as "Kaiju," using massive robots called "Jaegers," which are piloted by two people mind-joined by a "neural bridge." We call it: a perfect fit for the Comic-Con crowd; "Awe" would be an appropriate word for what we're expecting to get from the promo footage.A cast that consists of Idris Elba (Prometheus), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Charlie Day (It's Always Sunny) and Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (47 Ronin) would make a welcome return to the 'Con; Perlman and del Toro are practically royalty thanks to their work on the Hellboy franchise.

DC Comics / Warner Bros. / Legendary Pictures

Man of Steel at Comic-Con 2012Warners and Legendary will be showing off their big comic book guns by premiering the first footage from Watchmen and Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel. The studios have a lot riding on the film, as in recent weeks it has come to light that it could also serve as a launch pad for WB's DC Comics Movie Universe, which would include a Justice League team-up film, similar to Marvel's highly successful Avengers event. (Possible announcement about that endeavor could also come during the 'Con.)Man of Steel will also be bring the masses a revised version of Superman; the character was also recently relaunched on the comic book page, as part of DC Comics' "New 52" reboot.[Fan Poster from Shock Ya]

Warner Bros. / MGM

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 - The HobbitWarner Bros. is expected to close out their block with Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and will almost certainly bring fans some choice footage to enjoy (Watch the trailer). The movie hits screens in December, and will transport us back to the events prior to the epic Lord of the Rings saga, as we witness the tale of a younger Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who set out on a journey with his wizard friend Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a troupe of Dwarf warriors, to reclaim a stolen treasure from a fearsome dragon named Smaug.Along the way we'll learn key things like how Bilbo first found that fateful ring, and how he first ran afoul of a twisted creature known as... Gollum (Andy Serkis). The Hobbit is easily one of the most anticipated films of the year, and Peter Jackson has already proven himself (in 'Cons past, and beyond) to be a great showman. Should be a crowd pleasure.


Sony Comic-Con 2012 Total Recall After EarthSony is a bit of a wild card right now: Amazing Spider-Man will already have been out for a few weeks, and the best hints that Variety has are some kind of extended showing for Total Recall, which will hit theaters soon after the convention; the bicycle thriller Premium Rush, which has fanboy favorite Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Here Comes the Boom, a Kevin James marshal arts comedy (?); and After Earth, the new M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi film starring Will Smith and son Jaden Smith.At the risk of spoiling things, we'll simply say that After Earth revolves around a father and son (the Smiths) whose space ship crash lands on a mysterious planet, which they set out to explore. Shyamalan still has a bad cloud hanging over him after some of his less impressive films (The Happening), so Sony may want to get in the good graces of the film's primary base with some promising footage, and/or a panel headed by the big-name cast.


Universal Comic-Con 2012 Bourne LegacyUniversal's plans are still somewhat uncertain; prospective films that could debut at the convention include RED director Robert Schwentke's next comic book adaptation, R.I.P.D., about a dead cop (Ryan Reynolds) who joins an afterlife police department and tries to solve his own murder. Co-stars include Kevin Bacon, Jeff Bridges and Mary-Louise Parker, which is enough star wattage to draw a crowd.The Bourne Legacy has been floated as another possibility; the film does have ground to gain in terms of selling people on a spinoff story that doesn't involve Matt Damon's Jason Bourne, and star Jeremy Renner has much fanboy love thanks to his role in The Avengers. A brief presentation wouldn't be out of order. Also needing to gain back some ground is 47 Ronin, the Japanese samurai epic starring Keanu Reeves, which was bumped from a fall release to an ominous February 2013 slot. The studio could try to quell rumors by revealing some footage.

Also In Attendance...

Comic-Con 2012 Movie PreviewAs for the rest of the studios:
  • Summit will be back to clog the streets with Twi-hards who want one last go before Breaking Dawn - Part 2 finishes things once and for all.
  • Lionsgate will be on hand to promote The Expendables 2, with Sly Stallone, and his action throwback buddies on hand. Seeing Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris on stage together would certainly draw press (and tons of fanboy screams).
  • DreamWorks Animation will preview some of its upcoming works in a side panel, while the movie branch won't be around at all.
  • Paramount is looking questionable since the studio is re-tooling G.I. Joe: Retaliation, World War Z, and won't be showing anything from Star Trek 2 (fail!). Other possibilities are minor attractions (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters).
  • Fox is also questionable; sequel film The Wolverine likely isn't ready to show yet, and as far as "tentpole" films go, Variety notes that The WatchTaken 2Life of Pi and A Good Day to Die Hard may not be worth the trip to SDCC.
Be sure to check back to SCREEN RANT's COMIC-CON 2012 COVERAGE PAGE, where we'll be scrambling around San Diego trying to bring you the 'Con experience in its entirety.Source: Variety
TAGS: 47 ronin, After Earth, Comic-Con 2014, hansel and gretel witch hunters, iron man 3, pacific rim, ripd, superman man of steel, the bourne legacy, the great and powerful oz, the hobbit, the lone ranger, total recall, wreck-it ralph


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  1. Brandon Routh should be Superman, letting him go was a mistake

    • That’s re-intardation!

    • dude are you really that stupid Brandon Routh Destroyed Superman what christopher reeves done to make superman the best brandon ruined it in one film but praise the gods there is a new man who is gunna take Superman to new heights Mr Henry Cavill will be the new man of steel and is gunna bring Superman back from the movie Graveyard

  2. I remember last year studios were talking about cutting back their presence at Comic-Con.
    Silly Fools!!!

  3. Plz give us that MOS footage online the same way we got the Wondercon GL footage, ty.

  4. Seeing the MoS costume in a full frontal action shot, all I can say is…yuck. It looks dirty/dingy, the hip, leg and arm filigree looks out of place and he really really needs a red belt to break up that fugly grey-blue color.

    • I completely agree on the belt.

      • Yup… the only part that bugs me is the mid-section (a red belt is exactly what the costume needs IMO), but as for the rest, I think it looks pretty good actually.

        • If they change that in the sequel how do you think they will explain it, modification done in the Fortress? In fact are we gonna be seeing a Fortress Of Solitude in MOS?

          • I have no idea…

    • That hardly looked like an “official” image though…

      • By that you mean not on film with effects etc?

    • that’s not an official image. someone took a random shot during production and did some manipulations to it to create a fan poster image. the final images will be of better quality.

    • but i tend to agree that a belt might have looked cool

  5. I hope legendary pictures mentions something about Godzilla. Its been to quiet for to long. it has me worried.

  6. I’d love to hear something about Godzilla, this film must be on hold. Also i’ve heard rumors that a 2nd Hobbit trailer is coming soon. Maybe at Comic Con?? or maybe with the Dark Knight Rises. We Shall See.

  7. jack:
    Brandon Routh should be Superman, letting him go was a mistake

    I agree with this 100%… They should have just done what G.I. JOE is doing, don’t discredit any of the past but at the same time wipe it out completely and start something new… Brandon Routh should have been the one for a batman superman crossover. The only reason I see WB doing the whole ZOD thing over again is because they are going to make Superman how he should be viewed, “loved by the public and feared by the government.” We never got that feeling in the old movies and he was always welcomed by the world but if they’re setting up CADNIS “if i spelled that correct” that could be a main issue for THE JUSTICE LEAGUE movie.

    If they went with Bryan singers superman sequel there was no doubt fine tuning to be done but Brainiac would have been the next step into going the same dirrection and making to government fear the unknown and the what if’s and they could have started looking at superman differently with Lex Luthor’s influence of course.

    • A lot of the general public did not like SR in fact Im sure it made Superman more of a joke to his detractors more than ever. Hence the fresh start and new take on the character.

      • Superman Returns made more than Batman Begins.

        • Don’t get me wrong I liked it but anytime that movie comes up jokes ensue.

  8. Will Star Trek be there? What about Dark Knight Rises?

    • No Paramount aren’t showing anything. Which is a surprise because Star Trek 2 finished filming weeks ago.

  9. I wish they would quit letting in movies that have nothing to do with comics.

  10. I think they should screen TDKR at comic con.

    • I think they will…

  11. I’m just hoping we’ll get a few awesome surprise announcements this year: ESPECIALLY Marvel and DC announcing their new slate of films for 2014 and 2015… how great would that be?

    • That may very well be the case

  12. I agree with all of you about Brandon Routh being taking out of Superman, They should have stuck with him and just started over again with this new version. If Nolan would have just Barley started the Batan Trilogy I would have thought that maybe we would have saw a justice Legue movie featuring some of these actors in it but then we wouldnt have gotten an awesome TDK Movie with Heath Leager

    Man My dream of a Justice League would have been:

    Brandon Routh as Superman
    Christian Bale as Batman
    Ryan Renolds as Green Lantern
    Bradley Cooper as The Flash
    ???? as Wonderwoman

  13. Cant wait till they show man of steel trailer

  14. Really? Do any of you pay attention to actual acting? I mean u don’t know about you but I don’t want a D-list soap star for Kal-El, Clark Kent, The Man Of Steel, Superman! Movies at making fans too simple now a days. I mean Brandon Routh and Christian Bale? What would Bale say to that?

  15. Honestly Gregory Peck should have played Supes!

    • Now that is a statement I can wholeheartedly agree with.

  16. Twilight shouldn’t be there.

    Where’s James Bond?

  17. I know that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics will be there for TOMB RAIDER but I think that’s the game and not the movie. Finger crossed to hear some reboot news though. :)

  18. Yup, I feel that man of steel is going to shut some people up… WITHOUT ANY UNDERWEAR! lol! xD dudes just chill, is all abot the story, nit the looks (it’s not like it’s going to look bad) I trust in Nolan, Zack, & Davis S. G. Man of steel is going to melt some faceses!!!! :P lol

    • About* not the looks*

  19. That’s damn exciting..!! Amazing Preview. I love these all comic-con movies.