Studio panel adds two new screens to Hall H for first time

Warner Bros. literally needed to add more screens to Hall H, inside the San Diego Convention Center, to present its slate of tentpoles at Comic-Con, that included ”Man of Steel,” ”Godzilla,” ”Pacific Rim” and ”The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Two additional screens unfurled from the sides of the hall’s primary screen that was used to show off logos and other footage during presentations, a first for Comic-Con.

Legendary Entertainment-chief Thomas Tull, wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers T-shirt, kicked off the three-hour panel with Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots versus monster actioner, out in summer 2013, with the first footage of the pic shown off to a packed house of 6,000.

”You stood in line for hours” to see the footage, ”I stood in line for years to make it,” Del Toro said. ”We developed the movie like fans,” he said, referring to the design of the giant beasts and mechanical machines and action sequences in the pic.

When given a big budget, ”You get crazy or lazy. I wanted to go crazy,” to which Tull quickly chimed in, ”Our bank account can attest to that.”

Tull also surprised the crowd with test footage for ”Godzilla” that Gareth Edwards will direct for Legendary. Footage shows the aftermath of a devastating attack of a multi-armed monster on a city and ends with Godzilla roaring.

Sequence was shown twice, with Edwards stressing that his take would be a more realistic take on ”Godzilla.”

”We’re going to take this really seriously,” and treat this ”as if it really happened,” adding that he doesn’t want the pic to ”be sci-fi” and like a traditional monster movie.

”We just want to make a kick-ass Godzilla movie,” Tull said.

WB and Legendary also used the panel to premiere the first footage of Superman reboot ”Man of Steel” with a montage of scenes from the pic, also out next summer.

”We know that Superman is the jewel in the DC crown and we just want to get his house in order,” said helmer Zack Snyder, who was joined by new Superman Henry Cavill.

”Superman’s always been this big boy scout but we wanted to make him so he could beat the shit out of everybody.”

Snyder was reverential about the character, wanting to make sure he let the audience know he was faithful to the superhero. ”It’s all about making him work and making him cool,” Snyder said. ”Bringing (the footage to Comic-Con) is bringing it where it belongs.

”Superman is the king daddy of all superheroes. If you make him work it opens the doors to a lot of possibilities,” Snyder said of the chance for sequels and crossover pics like ”Justice League.”

”We wanted to bring as much of the modern superman to the world,” Cavill said. ”It’s for everyone who doesn’t know what Superman could be.”

Hans Zimmer is scoring the production and coming up with a new unique theme for the production, Snyder said.

Cavill said he was inspired by ”Death of Superman” and the ”Red Son” comicbooks for his take on the character.

”They provide a different view point,” he said. It’s about how he ”grew up in a different place.”

Peter Jackson showed off a 12-minute montage of footage from ”The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” for the audience.

”Thank you very, very much,” Jackson said, receiving a standing ovation. ”I hope this was worth the wait,” referring to production delays and Del Toro’s departure from the production as its initial director.

Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, said he wasn’t nervous joining the franchise because Jackson and producers made him feel comfortable.

”If you worry about what people at Comic-Con will think, you’ll go mad,” he said.

Studio also brought out Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis to promote comedy ”The Campaign,” in which the two play politicians running for Congress.

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