SDCC14: Consternation at Comic-Con — Where Were the Surprises? | FanboysInc

SDCC14: Consternation at Comic-Con — Where Were the Surprises?

By Muuka Muyumba

Everyone had their theories about what we would expect from San Diego Comic-Con. Partiularly what would see from Marvel and Warner Bros.?  Well, we got something, but not enough according to some pundits. Marvel started the news blasts a few weeks leading up to Comic-Con with the announcement of another 9 dates for unnamed films.

August 1, 2014 — Guardians of the Galaxy
May 1, 2015 — The Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17, 2015 — Ant-Man
May 6, 2016 — “Captain America 3″
July 8, 2016 — Unconfirmed (But rumored to be Doctor Strange)
May 5, 2017 — Unconfirmed
July 28, 2017 — Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (announced during Comic-Con)
November 3, 2017 — Unconfirmed
May 4, 2018 — Unconfirmed
July 6, 2018 — Unconfirmed
November 2, 2018 — Unconfirmed
May 3, 2019 — Unconfirmed

Then Zack Snyder provided us with a couple of pictures of the Holy Trinity in anticipation of the San Diego Comic-Con.

So, Saturday rolls around and what do we get?

An amazing shot of Wonder Woman with the assemblage of the Holy Trinity on stage and remarkable footage that caused serious rumbles through Hall H and Twitter.

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Marvel provided us with the casts from Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as footage for both films. We also now have confirmation that Josh Brolin will play Thanos.

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Then? Guardians of the Galaxy 2 gets a sequel.

What else did we want? So much more:

What happened to Nikki Finke‘s inaugural scoop? She said that we would learn about WB/DC’s plans for a full slate of films? Finke reported that we would see:

May 2016 — Batman v Superman

July 2016 – Shazam

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Xmas 2016 — Sandman

May 2017 — Justice League

July 2017 — Wonder Woman

Xmas 2017 — Flash and Green Lantern team-up

May 2018 — Man Of Steel 2

Finke now says that Warners “wimped out on all its planned big announcements for upcoming films. (Long sigh… These execs just delay and then delay some more, ad nauseam).”

We did learn that Chris Terrio (Argo) may return to write Justice League, but this report is simply rumor at this point.

Other than that? Bupkis….

As for Marvel, with all those announced dates, we had hoped for Black Panther or Doctor Strange debuts. Bupkis. At least for Marvel, they have D23 in December as an opportunity to present any new information for the rest of their slate. However, what about Warners?

Warners doesn’t have such outlets to get out its news. They could always go the traditional route and just present it in press releases, as they’ve done with much of their news so far.

What kind of a war are they trying to win? One of relevance? It appears that Warners does not have the same motivations as Marvel. Warner wants to give their filmmaker(s) a chance to get the film they want out. They allowed Snyder an extra year to release Man of Steel and are already in production for a movie that doesn’t come out until the Summer of 2016.

What we perceive either as a lack of vision from Warners or a shear lack of confidence in their properties, may truly be a measured practice of producing (what they hope will be) award-winning films, and not just for technical awards.

Marvel can claim having Oscar-nominated films on their slate for technical awards, but Warners can boast having an actor (Heath Ledger) win an Oscar for one of their superhero films. Disney and Marvel have set a different and more aggressive course for their films. Marvel still has Ant-Man slated for July 17, 2015, even though they haven’t started filming with the cast they just announced last Saturday. Marvel is well-known for their machine and has established their process. Marvel’s approach mcreates an appearance for that they are still finding their way in their production process.

What we do know is that we are living in a golden age for genre films. Movie studios like Disney and Warners are banking on these types of films, be it superhero, monster, or science fiction fantasy, to make their money for a fiscal year. This has some people upset, but the reality is that there is more choice out there in the world for how you see films (TV, VOD, set-top boxes), but it is simply supply and demand. The movie theaters rely on the studios for content that will bring people to the theaters and that content continues to be superhero films from Fox, Sony, Marvel, and Warners.

So fanboys, before we start jumping off bridges because they didn’t announce Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, let’s applaud what we have in front of us. Next year, we will see a mad android attack the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, we will also see a man ride an ant, and finally, in a year and a half, we will see Batman and Superman fight each other (possibly to the death) on screen in a live action film.