Comic-Con 2014: WB Bringing ‘The Hobbit’, ‘Mad Max’ & ‘Jupiter Ascending’ to Hall H

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The 2014 International Comic-Con in San Diego will get underway in just a couple weeks – and today, Warner Bros. unveiled its Hall H lineup for the event. Back at the 2013 ‘Con, the studio make a huge splash in Hall H, where it officially announced the project now known as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Our hope is that this year, WB will drop an even bigger mega-bomb, in the form of a major update on its budding DC Shared Cinematic Universe – in fact, that is THE thing that we hope to see at the 2014 Comic-Con.

But, of course, if the rumors about what WB and DC have planned are on the right trail, then those plans are definitely being saved for a “surprise” announcement at the conclusion of the studios’ Hall H presentation, similar to what happened with Batman V Superman back in 2013.

The official (read: announced ahead of time) Hall H lineup for WB therefore contains no mention of DC movie news – not even Zack Snyder’s pre-Justice League movie (a.k.a. Batman V Superman), which is only part-way into filming and won’t arrive until May 2016 anyway. (That doesn’t rule out the possibility of a teaser being shown, of course…)

WB’s SDCC 2014 Hall H presentation, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26th, is confirmed to include The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the recently-delayed Jupiter Ascending. In addition, WB’s natural disaster thriller Into the Storm (which opens in theaters this August) will be screened for attendees on Wednesday July 23rd at 10 p.m. at the Reading Gaslamp Theater.

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Hobbit trilogy director Peter Jackson will be in attendance to present The Battle of the Five Armies, after having been forced to pass on presenting the second installment, The Desolation of Smaug, at the 2013 ‘Con due to his Hobbit production commitments. As mentioned in our Comic-Con 2014 preview, Battle of the Five Armies could well be the final Middle-earth adventure that we get to have in the foreseeable future; not to mention, (probably) the last trip we take with Jackson as our guide.

Indeed, seeing how the film will serve as the culmination of more than a decade of Jackson bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy literature to life with the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, we hope that Battle of the Five Armies gets its proper due during WB’s Hall H panel – and that the film’s presentation ends up being something quite special.

Tom Hardy as Max in Mad Max Fury Road Comic Con 2014: WB Bringing The Hobbit, Mad Max & Jupiter Ascending to Hall H

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller will also be there to present his new Mad Max film, but it remains to be seen if any of the Fury Road cast members (Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, etc.) will make an appearance along with Miller. We recently got our first look at the delayed post-apocalyptic adventure via official still frames, but it’s likely that the Fury Road portion of WB’s Hall H panel will include some actual footage from the film – possibly, in the form of an official teaser trailer, which will then be released online sometime closer to the end of this year.

Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending Comic Con 2014: WB Bringing The Hobbit, Mad Max & Jupiter Ascending to Hall H

Lastly, Andy and Lana Wachowski will attend WB’s Hall H panel to promote their new sci-fi blockbuster, Jupiter Ascending; additional panel guests will be announced at a later time. (Lead Mila Kunis previously attended the ‘Con to promote Oz the Great and Powerful, so she could well show up again for Jupiter.) Admittedly, of the announced titles for WB’s presentation this year, the Wachowskis’ movie is bound to generate the least excitement, just because so many trailers and promotions had already been released for the film before it was pushed back to 2015.

… On the other hand, if the Jupiter Ascending footage shown at Comic-Con manages to leave a strong impression on attendees, it’ll help to counter some of the negative buzz that’s been surrounding the movie, following its last-minute postponement.

Stay tuned for more updates on what to expect at the 2014 International Comic-Con, in the weeks ahead!

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  1. Stephen Amell is gonna be the MC for WB’s TV projects from 8-11PM on July 26th that includes exckusive footage from Arrow season 3, Gotham, Constantine plus the full Flash pilot.

  2. That will be pretty damn disapointing if there is no Batman v Superman info. Heck, just unveil costumes and stuff like that.

    • I have a feeling they’ll surprise everyone with something, they just don’t want to ruin the surprise by announcing they’ll be talking about it weeks before the actual show. It’s business/common sense and worked last year when they blindsided everyone with Batman V Superman’s announcement.

  3. Mad Max: Fury Road is going to be such a good movie. Really looking forward to it.

  4. I really hope that this (The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies) is the last time Jackson brings us to Middle Earth. I love all of JRR Tolkien’s work (with the exception of the ones Christopher Tolkien finished after his father died), I also love the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. However, The Lord of the Rings Prequel Trilogy (I cannot call it “The Hobbit”, as I do not believe it has earned it), is absolute garbage. If they kept it as one movie, it could have been amazing. Even if it was two movies, as long as they didn’t milk it and kept with a standard 2 hour run time, would have been awesome. But what we got was a bunch of movies that barely resemble the book at all. And before somebody says that Tolkien wrote all of it in the appendixes at the end of The Return of the King, that doesn’t change the fact that it was not in the book. Now here are SPOILERS if nobody has seen the Lord of the RIngs Prequel Trilogy movies 1 and 2 yet. Again, these will be SPOILERS. Here’s a few things that I think are wrong with the new movies.
    If Gandalf had a fight with Sauron, he would have known immediately what Bilbo’s ring was when he gave it to Frodo and would not have had to go to Minas Tirith to confirm.
    The love triangle established in Desolation of Smaug feels forced and awkward, much like something out of Twilight.
    The orcs are CGI. I realize this doesn’t have to do with the story, but it doesn’t make it any less annoying.
    The fight with Smaug at the end of Desolation of Smaug is stupid and makes no sense what so ever. If the dwarfs were not able to stand a chance against the dragon when they were at their most powerful and had an entire army behind them. A handful of Dwarfs and a Hobbit would not be able to stand up against him for 30 or so minutes and live to tell the tale. If they kept it with Bilbo talking to Smaug, it would have been cooler.
    The arkenstone seems too much like Harry Potter’s prophecy. Get rid of it. It wasn’t in the book and is pointless to have in the movies. And yes, I know much of Harry Potter is based off of Tolkien’s work, even if Rowling denies it.
    Tolkien said in an interview that Goblins and Orcs are the same thing, he just called them something else when he wrote The Lord of the Rings. So make them look the same and be the same. Don’t make them something out of a video game.
    Even in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, physics/gravity still had a place in their world.
    Those are just a few things that bothered me. This is only my opinion, I would be intrigued to know of anybody’s counter opinion. And I realize that I have not seen the third one, but I don’t imagine it will be much better. I will still see it because I hope that it will be better. But at this point, it isn’t hard to see where Jackson is going with the story.
    Sorry for my long winded comment.

    • In response to my own comment. My bad, the arkenstone was in the book. I haven’t read it in a while. However, it was portrayed differently.

    • no offense to you man but nobody is going to read that novel you just wrote.

      • I did & I agree with him lol

    • TL;DR. I agree with the fact the The Sjobbit should’ve been 1 movie.

  5. Can’t wait for the last HObbit film. Love the 1st 2 & Jackson captured all the fun, frolick & craziness of The Hobbit. Ppl should read the book before presuming so many bad & critical things about the movies. The Hobbit was written for Tolkien’s kids when they were 11 years old, while LOTR was written for them when they were 17 or so, which is why the tonal difference is so stark, including “the physics” of the two worlds, which are essentially quite different, seeing as they share less than they do…

    CGI is great; character design with all of the Dwarf buffoonery is non stop laughs & takes me right back to when I was 13 & read The Hobbit (A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away -the 70′s).

    Jackson is a wizard & I for one am forever grateful for his magical creations!
    Bring on the end of Smaug!

    • I am beyond excited for The last movie. Desolation of Smaug was one of my favorites! I am crossing my fingers in hopes they show a trailer next weekend! I have been waiting since the second they started playing ‘I see Fire’ and the credits started rolling.

  6. The Wachowskis should have re-titled it JUPITER PENDING.

    Can’t wait to see how they will kill off Smaug

  7. best retitling for that movie. I completely disagree with the criticism towards the Hobbit Trilogy. Jackson said from the start that he was making changes to the films so they would aline with the Lord of the Rings. If you can’t get over your blind devotion to the book then don’t watch the movies.

  8. i think there will be a battle at the beginning of the hobbit BOTFA and Bard will kill him with the black arrow…smaug isnt a big factor in BOTFA so i think he will die early and th rest of the movie will be them claiming the treasure and Bilbo hiding the Arkenstone, then the wood elves and lake-men will show up wanting a cut of the treasure and Thorin will refuse it and then Gandalf will show back up warning them that the orcs and goblins are approaching andf they get ready for the battle of the five armies but lets hope thats not the only action sequence in the movie…thats what disappinted me about the desolation of smaug was there wasnt as much action as there was in an unexpected journey and i felt the scene with bilbo and Smaug was way too long and drawn out