Comic Con 2013 Round-up

AS THE San Diego Comic Con draws to a close once again, fandoms of all shapes and sizes have been left with a massive grin on their faces and YouTube is once again flooded with movie trailers, mashups and speculations as to what happens in the movie industry.

But before you watch anything else, here’s a quick roundup of what the studios have presented their hungry audience at the mythical Hall H:

Catching Fire, the second film of the Hunger Games series promises to raise the stakes at the 75th Annual Hunger Games, with a late November 2013 release date.

Godzilla once again wades back into the surface after after a decade’s slumber, with Kick Ass‘s Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Ford, with Bryan Cranston and Gareth Edwards, director of 2010’s Monsters at the helm. This iteration promises to return to its Japanese kaiju origins, with a worldwide May 2014 release.

Speaking of which, a new redband trailer for Kick Ass 2 has been released just short of its theatrical debut, and is pretty much as violent and fun as the first film, if not more.

We finally get to see first pictures of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, including a very gruffy Caesar and a deeper insight into the ape culture, rather than the usual post-apocalyptic fare, in the film which is set for release in 2014.

The whole cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past has been revealed: Evan Peters will play Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart as Warpath, Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask, and both the cast of X-Men 3 and X-Men: First Class in the same film. Yes, all of them, set to hit our screens May 2014.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to be, well, amazing, with the introduction of Electro (Jamie Foxx) and a new, or rather, classic Spidey suit. The spectacular web-slinger is set to hit the screens around April 2014.

Marvel hits hard yet again, with the whole cast of Guardians of the Galaxy announced, including Benicio del Toro as the Collector, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and a surprise addition of Dave “The Animal” Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. The Phase Two finale was also announced as Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Vin Diesel still fuelling rumours about his involvement in the series. All sweetened with Tom Hiddleston as Loki at the panel, plated robes and all. Guardians of the Galaxy is set for an Autumn 2014 release, with Avengers: Age of Ultron following soon after with an early Summer 2015 release.

But it seems they have been overshadowed by DC this year, who have announced a Man of Steel sequel, with Batman starring alongside, or rather, against, Henry Cavill’s Superman. Director Zack Snyder cites Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns as reference, but it will not be a retelling of that novel. The principal cast of Cavill, Adams and co. return, as well as the production team of Snyder, Goyer and Nolan. However, there has been no news as to who dons the Dark Knight’s cowl, although Josh Brolin, Hobbit star Richard Armitage and Ryan Gosling have emerged among Warner Bros’s top choices. No set dates yet, but expect a 2015 release.

Wherever your loyalties and allegiances lie, one thing’s for sure: the next two years will be an explosive one for geeks and film fanatics everywhere.