CinemaCon 18: Warner Brothers Panel

Apr 25, 2018


Today, Warner Brothers brought us a slew of upcoming films from their slate. Toby Emmerich Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group took the stage to talk about Warner Brothers amazing year at the box office in 2017. From here Lego Batman came on stage to introduce the panels host Will Arnett.

From here the gear immediately switch to WB’s subsidiary DC Comics. The studio brought us a behind-the-scenes montage clip of 3 of their upcoming films including Aquaman, Shazam and Wonder Woman 2. The clip showed a brief footage and concept art for Aquaman which included tons of underwater battles. With some brief interviews by stars Jason Momoa and Amber Heard. Next, it showed show behind-the-scenes look at their in-production film Shazam starring Zachary Levi and Asher Angel. While not much actual footage was shown. It did show Angel screaming “Shazam!” as his character Billy Batson transforms into Shazam himself.

Lastly, the montage showed director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot as they confirm that Wonder Woman 2 will indeed be set in the 1980’s. With Cheetah as the main villain. Recently revealed to be played by Kristen Wiig. The clip ended with host Will Arentt welcoming the cast of Aquaman on stage. On stage included Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Patrick Wilson and director James Wan. The cast revealed small reasons why they boarded the project. With Jason Momoa stating being of Hawaiin decent living in Iowa he never really fit in. Much like how Arthur never fit in on land as he is part Atlantean. Amber Heard revealed that she loved Mera because Mera isn’t a damsel in distress like most superhero films. How she can hold her own. Yahya just admitted he liked teasing Black Manta to his audiences without actually revealing anything about his character. Then, Patrick Wilson joked he thought he was singing up for yet another Conjuring movie by James Wan but it ended up being Aquaman!

James Wan then presented the first teaser trailer for Aquaman which featured extremely per-visual CGI underwater scenes. However, it does show a young Arthur Curry on land. As well as Black Manta and Ocean Master. Lastly, it shows a giant battle with many fish and Atlanteans riding sharks into battle.

Next, Melissa McCarthy came on stage to present a trailer for her co-written comedy Life of the Party. About a middle-aged Mom as she enrolls in college along with her daughter. The cast of Ocean’s 8 next came on stage to showcase a brand new trailer. Which far exceeded their teaser from late last year.

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Focus shifted gears to the horror side of WB with the studio praising last years Annabelle: Creation and the global phenomenon IT. They then revealed the very first teaser for The Nun which is yet another spin-off film set in The Conjuring universe. The Nun was extremely creepy as a religious horror film much in the vain of The Exorcist. They then confirmed that IT: Chapter 2 is expected to begin production this summer. This is something we at Omega Underground reported that IT would start production July through October.

The studio then revealed the cast and trailers for their next two films Tag and The Meg. They also brought out the cast of Crazy Rich Asians. Which marks the first time an all Asian cast has been in a major Hollywood film in 25 years. A trailer was shown which features a Western Asian-American girl as she meets her future in-laws. Who happen to be extremely wealthy and traditional from Singapore.

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Host Will Arnett then reveals that he produces and also stars in Teen Titans Go To The Movies as Slade Wilson. A trailer is shown where Robin is upset that WB is making a movie for every DC character beside him. However, while he has no major villains the Titans run into Slade Wilson they mistake for as Deadpool. Lastly, the studio brings out stars of the animated feature film Small Foot; Channing Tatum, Zendaya and Common. A brief teaser is shown that features a tribe of Yeti who believe that humans are a myth until one of their kind comes across a human in the Himalayas.

The studio then brings out director Andy Serkis to present his take on the classic Jungle Book story Mowgli. A full trailer was shown and it is extremely darker than Disney’s version back in 2016. Serkis is also revealed to be playing Baloo. Next, the studio brings on stage Bradley Cooper to promote his directorial debut of A Star is Born. Co-starring Lady Gaga in her first feature-length film. The two actually preformed their songs live in front of an audience as opposed to lip syncing. Something Lady Gaga insisted upon when she was first cast.

Finally, to close out the show the studio brought out the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald minus Jude Law and Johnny Depp. They brought us a brand new trailer with previously released footage. However, the first last scene shows Newt meeting immortal Nicholas Flamel. The creator of the Sorcerer’s Stone…

Check back tomorrow for Paramount, Focus and Universal…

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