The Warner Bros. panel in the massive Hall H during San Diego Comic-Con 2018 was undoubtedly the highlight of the entire week (besides, maybe, GameSpot's visit to the Taco Bell from Demolition Man). The panel started strong with Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. But Warner Bros. didn't stop there: Next up came an extremely impressive DC slate, starting with the worldwide debut of Shazam, moving next to some exclusive Wonder Woman 1984 footage, and finishing strong on the upcoming Aquaman.
GameSpot's Mike Rougeau and Mat Elfring discuss the panel, including the exclusive footage shown, above. Here's a quick rundown:
The new Fantastic Beasts 2 trailer began with a welcome look at Jude Law's young Dumbledore walking the halls of Hogwarts, and teaching a young Newt Scamander in Defense Against the Dark Arts class. Newt reveals that his biggest fear is "having to work in an office."
Johnny Depp's Grindelwald was a big focus, advocating in the trailer for wizards coming out of the shadows. On a foggy bridge, Dumbledore tells Newt that he can't go after Grindelwald himself--it has to be Newt. The special effects look amazing, from Newt's furry, dangerous creatures to a glimpse at a showdown between Newt and Grindelwald. "Mr. Scamander, do you think Dumbledore will mourn for you?" Grindelwald asks.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part portion of Warner Bros.' massive Hall H panel at Comic-Con 2018 opened with a LEGO version of Aisha Tyler moderating a pre-recorded panel with LEGO Batman, LEGO Aquaman (both versions--the classic orange-suited one and the Jason Momoa Justice League version), plus Lego Movie stars Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks).
The unfinished, exclusive LEGO Movie 2 footage shown gave attendees a new glimpse at the now-apocalyptic LEGO world--basically, it's Mad Max with LEGOs. "Everything was awesome. Now, everything is bleak," Wyldstyle says. Of course, Emmet quickly breaks the mood by cheerily showing up with coffee. In the footage, the movie's new villain, General Mayhem, kidnaps Wyldstyle. LEGO Harley Quinn points out that rescuing her is a "suicide mission," a tongue-in-cheek reference to Suicide Squad.
Most importantly, the clip introduced us to Rex Dangervest, a new character also voiced by Chris Pratt, who among his many jobs is a "raptor trainer," a cute little Jurassic World joke. The two characters show the dual sides of Pratt, who, as the actor pointed out during the panel, started his career as the hapless Andy on Parks and Rec and is now a superhero and action movie star.
In Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the planet is experiencing some kind of apocalyptic payback for all the damage that humanity has done to the Earth, complete with huge natural disasters meant to take out the human race. In order to save the our species, they have to find all the titans, (Godzilla, Mothera, etc.) who have been hiding since the time when they ruled over the earth.
The trailer opens with Brown on a rooftop, watching intently as a storm begins to cover the entire city. It then goes on to show various disasters occurring around the globe, before getting to the moment we've all been waiting for; a good look at the new Godzilla.
Next up was Shazam. The trailer showed Billy Batson, the young boy who will become Shazam, struggling in the foster system. He goes home with a new family and meets his foster brother. The tone is funny, as expected.
After a confrontation with some bullies, he flees to the subway, but winds up in a cave, where he meets a mysterious, bearded, lightning bolt-adorned Shazam. He utters his name, and stands up as Zachary Levi. Naturally, the first thing he does is show off for his foster brother. The two proceed to test out his new powers, testing whether he can fly. He also walks around at a mall zapping people's phones to charge them, but accidentally blows one up. In a convenience store robbery, he gets shot and learns that--thankfully--he's immune to bullets.
In the exclusive Wonder Woman 1984 footage, which was called "a rough cut of what we're working on" (the movie has only just begun filming recently), Wonder Woman fought a pair of gunmen in a 1980s mall. She tossed a little girl to safety, crushed the men's guns with her bare hands, then lassoed them with her iconic, glowing rope. In a later scene, she ran so quickly through a crowded street that she appeared to almost float, gracefully, above the pavement.
Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins took the stage with actors Gal Gadot and Chris Pine for some discussion, too. Naturally, moderator Aisha Tyler asked how Chris Pine can be in this Wonder Woman sequel, given the events of the first film.
"I'm actually not really here right now," Pine joked. "No, I can't...I can't tell you that."
"What is he back here for?" Jenkins continued. "Well, it's something I'm super excited for everybody to see--the movie--to find out. It's a very important part of our movie."
Lastly, the long-awaited Aquaman trailer opens on a stormy sea, with Jason Momoa's voiceover describing his mother (an Atlantean) and father (a lighthouse keeper) meeting. A young Arthur Curry is bullied in an aquarium, and reveals that he can communicate with fish. The adult Aquaman then drops into a submarine and starts kicking butts.
Amber Heard's character Mera describes the story--Aquaman has to take his place as king of Atlantis to stop an impending war. The trailer gives extensive looks at Atlantis and the various characters. "You think you're unworthy to lead because you're of two different worlds," Mera tells Aquaman. "That is exactly why you are worthy."
The trailer is now available online, so check it out. However, that wasn't the only Aquaman footage Warner Bros. debuted at Comic-Con. They also showed some exclusive clips only for Hall H attendees.
The exclusive footage featured Mera and Aquaman walking through the desert searching for Atlantean ruins that were once underwater. Mera extracts water from Aquaman's brow to activate a relic in a scene that's part Indiana Jones, part Fifth Element. "You could have just peed on it," Aquaman says.
A hologram of a past Atlantean king appears. "In this trident resides the power of Atlantis," it says. "If you seek my power, journey beyond the edge of the world to the hidden sea. In the wrong hands, it would bring destruction. In the hands of the true heir, it would unite all our kingdoms, above and below."
The clip also showed Atlanteans on opposing sides riding giant seahorses, sharks, and other creatures in battle. Finally, it showed Black Manta emerging from the sea to fight Arthur and Mera on land across chase and battle scenes involving laser fire and huge explosions. Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman's characters made appearances as well, and we caught a glimpse of Willem Dafoe.
Finally, the last shot showed Aquaman in a semblance of his classic costume, orange and green scales included. Naturally, fans reacted with glee and excitement.
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