First up, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director took the stage with stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Godot.
And Snyder showed up with a brief clip from the film!
It’s (super) short, but the less than a minute long clip featured Batman all armored up Dark Knight Returns-style up on a rainy rooftop shining the Bat-signal up into the night.
And who does it illuminate but the Man of Steel, looking pissed, eyes red with heat vision.
Next up, Channing Tatum took the stage to talk up Jupiter Ascending, the latest from the Wachowskis. Tatum joked that co-star Mila Kunis couldn’t be here because she was “super pregnant” (she’s off shooting a TV series right now), but the Magic Mike and 22 Jump Street star presented a new, meatier trailer for the 2015 sci-fi film.
It embellishes on the one released earlier this year, with Kunis’ character Jupiter learning that she was alien royalty and “owner” of planet Earth, but we also saw more action, including a fight between Tatum and a winged lizard-like alien.
Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller came up for his first-ever Comic-Con appearance, telling fans that the fourth film featuring the Road Warrior would offer audiences a new look at stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and new Mad Max Tom Hardy.
Miller presented a sizzle reel and one action scene from the film and it was all big, weird, beautiful, and possibly perfect. Without story context, it’s hard to tell what the hell was going on, but it looks like early on, Max is captured and imprisoned, his blood used as food (?) for dune buggy-driving mutant-types like Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past).
Theron looks fierce as desert leader Furiosa, wielding a sniper rifle and leading a deadly convoy through the wasteland; and Hardy doesn’t have a line of dialog in the trailer (outside of VO setting up the footage), while Miller has created some odd spaces as he builds out his weird, apocalyptic world, with a powerful lightning-filled sandstorm, a gleaming vault carved into a rock wall, and so many bodies getting wrecked.
Also, offering a little look at the production process, Miller says that there was no script for the largely wordless Fury Road. Instead, the movie was shot off of over 3,500 storyboards, with the cast and crew working off of them as a kind of hyper-extended comic book. Word is, Fury Road will be a 2-hour chase movie, with Miller adding on-stage that the characters only speak when necessary.
Miller also explained how the production team arrived at the look of the film, choosing only vehicles which would survive an apocalypse – those which were rugged and lacked computers or the kinds of technology that wouldn’t survive the end of the world.
He described Hardy as “lovable,” sharing the kind of charisma that attracted the director to original series star Mel Gibson.