Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing the next two installments in its DC Extended Universe (Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman) to the San Diego Comic-Con this year. However, the studio’s film slate also includes a number of titles that have the potential to give rise to new franchises (either standalone or spun-off from older properties); including, the LEGO Movie spinoff The LEGO Batman Movie, the King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island, and the King Arthur re-telling King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
New trailers for all three of the aforementioned WB tentpoles are expected to be revealed at the studio’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, June 23rd, and should make their way online shortly thereafter. In the meantime though, the studio has gone ahead and unveiled new posters for much of its slate; one that also includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in addition to LEGO Batman, Skull Island, and Legend of the Sword alike.
LEGO Batman Movie is written by Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), directed by Chris McKay (the animation co-director on The LEGO Movie), and stars Will Arnett as the LEGO Caped Crusader himself. Bruce Wayne himself is the only one featured in the LEGO Batman Movie‘s Comic-Con poster (see below), though the film character roster also includes Robin (Michael Cera), Batgirl (Rosario Dawson), and The Joker (Zach Galifianakis) among others.
Next up is the Kong: Skull Island Comic-Con poster. The film is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), co-written by a team that includes Max Borenstein (Godzilla (2014)) and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), and features a human cast that includes Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (Room), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), and Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), among others. Skull Island promises to feature the biggest onscreen vision of King Kong to date and you can get a glimpse of the King himself, in the poster below.
Last, but not least, is the Comic-Con poster for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The film is directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2) and written by Joby Harold, with Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) starring as Arthur opposite Jude Law (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as his villainous uncle, Vortigern. It’s been reported that WB’s plan is for Ritchie’s Arthur film to serve as the beginning of a multi-installment saga, which explains why the studio is using this year’s ‘Con to help spread awareness about the movie, well ahead of its spring 2017 release date.
The LEGO Batman Movie opens in U.S. theaters on February 10th, 2017, followed by Ninjago on September 22nd, 2017 and The LEGO Movie Sequel on February 8th, 2019.
Kong: Skull Island opens in U.S. theaters on March 10, 2017, followed by Godzilla 2 on March 22, 2019, and Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword opens in U.S. theaters on March 24th, 2017.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures