Though the Warner Bros. panel this morning kicked off with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, unveiling Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in addition to a tense confrontation between an armored Batman (Ben Affleck) and angry Superman (Henry Cavill), that blockbuster was in no way the only major presentation from the studio. In fact, the bulk of Warner Bros.’ time at Comic-Con was taken up by three very different films: the Wachowskis’ space epic Jupiter Ascending, George Miller’s long-awaited dystopian actioner Mad Max: Fury Road and Peter Jackson’s trilogy topper The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Let’s take those one at a time. Channing Tatum was on hand first (to near-deafening cheers) to present a new trailer for the film. Unfortunately, the Wachowskis were busy with their Netflix series Sense8 and co-star Mila Kunis is currently “super pregnant,” so Tatum was the only star at Comic-Con. After some playful back-and-forth with moderator Chris Hardwick, they got to it, with Tatum introducing a five-minute sizzle reel for the movie.
Reception was highly positive – the trailer, which was filled with stunning and colorful sci-fi action, alien creatures, planets, space vehicle chases and some jaw-dropping stunts, sold Jupiter Ascending as a certifiable sci-fi epic. It also fills in a bit more of the story, which centers on a down-on-her-luck Earth woman (Mila Kunis) who discovers that she’s the rightful Queen of the Universe.