SDCC ’12: Movie Studio Details from Variety

Movies, Panels, San Diego Comic Con

Josh Dickey and Marc Graser over at Variety.com have posted some exclusive information regarding movie studios and Comic-Con!

Here is a link to the full story (you may have to register to view it) but here are the highlights:

Disney and Marvel will return, however, after sitting out Comic-Con last year in favor of the Mouse House’s own D23 fanfest. Having tubthumped “Iron Man” and “The Avengers” at Cons past, a look at “Iron Man 3,” which only recently began production, is firmly expected during the confab, which runs July 12-15. Disney is also sure to showcase toon “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” and possibly a presentation on “The Lone Ranger.”

Warner Bros. has reserved a three-hour block Saturday and is likely to anchor its presentation with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” out in December.

Plans include first-look footage from next summer’s “Man of Steel,” not a surprise given helmer Zack Snyder’s love for the Comic-Con crowd when he presented “300” and “Watchmen” in previous years. On the other hand, the studio has never taken one of Christopher Nolan’s Batman pics to the Con, and there are no indications that this year will be any exception.

Sony and the merged Lionsgate-Summit, meanwhile, are understood to be planning a presence inside the San Diego Convention Center’s biggest space.

Sony teased “Total Recall” last year, and may give Hall H an extended look at the Aug. 3 reboot next month. Although the studio has not confirmed any specific plans, it has several other Comic-Con possibilities in the pipeline, including bike-messenger actioner “Premium Rush” (Aug. 24); Kevin James martial-arts comedy “Here Comes the Boom” (Oct. 12) and the Will Smith post-apocalyptic sci-fier “After Earth” (June 2013), which just wrapped production. Studio is not expected to do anything involving “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which will opens July 3.

Summit’s “Twilight” franchise has never missed the show – which has had fans camping out annually to secure a seat in the same room with their beloved thesps – and they’re expected back for the Comic-Con finale. Lionsgate will bring “The Expendables 2” to the Con, where Sylvester Stallone charmed the finicky masses two years ago. No other Lionsgate titles have been confirmed, though its September release “Dredd” would seem to fit the bill.

The absence of Fox and Par would leave quite a hole on opening day as both studios have traditionally held down Thursday slots. Paramount could still change its mind before the convention announces its full lineup in the coming weeks, but if no plan comes together, that means no Comic-Con push for its delayed “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” no sneaks of zombie apocalypse Brad Pitt vehicle “World War Z,” “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” Tom Cruise actioner “Jack Reacher,” and – in a development sure to disappoint the Con crowd – no first look at “Star Trek 2,” which has wrapped lensing.

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