Whether or not major genre properties are hosting panels or booths at Comic-Con 2014, studios released some great images on Wednesday preview night and the first full day of the show yesterday. The biggest is probably the above photo of Ben Affleck as Batman from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, not coming to theaters until 2016. The image was nicely timed to the DC Comics celebration week for the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance.
Warner Bros. also released the first poster for the latest movie in the Mad Max series, to star Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. It’s called Max Max: Fury Road, and won’t hit theaters until next year, but that didn’t stop releasing some advance images from the film, including this image of Theron:
and this image of some post-apocalyptic recycling of cars:
The Amblin Entertainment/Legendary Pictures/Universal sequel to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park trilogy, Jurassic World, netted us a teaser poster for the June 2015 release:
Jurassic World will star Chris Pratt, star of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, which also had a new poster reveal for its IMAX 3D version:
Marvel Studios gave us the first look at Paul Rudd’s costume for the July 2015 release, Ant-Man, with a concept art photo giving us an idea of what we’ll see for his costume:
Big news for action figure collectors was confirmation at the show that Firefly, Pulp Fiction, Goonies, and The Nightmare Before Christmas figures actually have been produced and likely will be shipping soon from Entertainment Earth.
Funko also revealed the first look at the first playset for its ReAction retro-figure line, for the Alien franchise, the Egg Chamber Playset:
Hasbro’s black packaging line of Star Wars action figures provided a first look at the new Jabba the Hutt:
It looks similar to past versions but the paint quality seems vastly improved.
Not to be outdone, Marvel Studios released some concept art images from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America:
and the latest addition to The Avengers superheroines, Scarlet Witch:
For a bit of the feel of Comic-Con, check out this time-lapse video of the creation of the giant Weta booth this week, featuring The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, due in theaters this December:
LEGO provided a first look of a new toy based on that movie, the “Lonely Mountain” playset:
The big news of the day was Benedict Cumberbatch responding to a fan’s question about whether he’ll play Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios, asked during a Penguins of Madagascar panel Thursday:
(watch it while you can, as these panel replays usually get removed from YouTube quickly).
More to come this weekend!