San Diego Comic-Con 2014: The biggest announcements from this year’s convention

By Jeff Peterson

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, July 31 2014 3:55 p.m. MDT

Braden Schreiter, 4, as Thor, rides on his father Justin Schreiter's back on Day 3 at the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention held Saturday, July 26, 2014, in San Diego.

Denis Poroy, Invision

In a lot of ways, this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was pretty tame in comparison to previous years. Some of the biggest movies currently in development, including “Star Wars: Episode VII” and Warner Bros. Harry Potter spinoffs, didn’t even make appearances.

There also wasn't much in the way of huge announcements — no Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange, no new Marvel franchises and nothing from Sony about “Sinister Six,” etc.

But that doesn’t mean it was a total bust.

Here are the biggest reveals and announcements from this year’s Comic-Con:

A 'King Kong' prequel

Legendary, the studio behind the recent spate of giant monster movies like “Pacific Rim” and “Godzilla,” won this year’s Comic-Con almost by default as the only studio to reveal a major new movie — one which also happens to involve giant monsters — the “King Kong” prequel “Skull Island.”

The title, of course, refers to the mysterious jungle abode where Kong and all sorts of overgrown fauna were found in Universal’s original 1933 movie.

“Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions," a press release (via Indie Wire) stated. "The film will be released on November 4, 2016.”

No creative team was in place at the time of the announcement, but Legendary hasn’t been sitting idle. According to Deadline, British writer-director Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”) is being courted to take the reins.

'Godzilla 2'

To celebrate the success of its big-budget Godzilla reboot, Legendary also officially announced “Godzilla 2” is in the works with Gareth Edwards once again directing after he wraps up work on one of Disney’s as-yet-undisclosed “Star Wars” spinoffs, anyway.

For Godzilla fans, though, the exciting part came during a brief teaser that revealed some of the classic Toho monsters Godzilla will be facing off against next: Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah.

But wait, there’s more. With “Godzilla” and “Skull Island” both being produced by Legendary, this means there could be…

…a showdown between Godzilla and King Kong?

OK, this wasn’t exactly announced, but it makes total sense given the fact that the King of Skull Island and the King of the Monsters will be under the same roof, so to speak.

With shared universes being all the rage these days, it would be strange if there haven’t been conversations about this at Universal and Legendary.

Besides, it wouldn’t be the first time the two kaiju squared off against each other.

Wonder Woman

Even though the other studios didn’t drop any huge bombs at Hall H this year, Warner Bros. did trot out the stars of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” to unveil the first footage from the movie.

In all of this, fans got their first look ever at Israeli actress Gal Gadot in full Amazonian costume as Wonder Woman.

Surprisingly enough, the look manages to be pretty traditional without being ridiculous.

Outside of “The Lego Movie,” “Batman V. Superman” will mark Wonder Woman’s big screen debut exactly 75 years after she first appeared in comics.

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