Always a highpoint of Comic-Con, the Warner Bros. Hall H showcase was as huge as some of its stars this year.
Magic and wizardry opened the presentation with Paris-set sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which included a surprise onstage cameo by the dark wizard himself – Johnny Depp, in full makeup and costume.
However, Depp didn’t hang around for the panel (maybe because ex Amber Heard was also at the event?), which included Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Dan Fogler, Zoe Kravitz and Ezra Miller – the latter cosplaying as Toadette from Super Mario Bros.
While they didn’t venture into spoiler territory, the new trailer that debuted gave us a welcome look back inside Hogwarts, and what is revealed to Dumbledore when he looks into that mirror – a key scene in the Potterverse.
Fantastic Beasts:The Crimes of Grindelwald is in cinemas on November 15.
Everything looks awesome about The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which takes place in a post-apocalypse Bricksburg, where Emmet (Chris Pratt), Unikitty (Alison Brie) and Batman (Will Arnett) take on alien villain General Mayhem.
Pratt also voices galaxy-defending archaeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer Rex Dangervest, who appeared in footage exclusive to Hall H.
“These wonderful writers tend to sort of mine from my life to make this film, so don’t be surprised if you see another instance of art imitating life in this movie,” said Pratt, who shared the panel with Elizabeth Banks, Stephanie Beatriz and writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is in cinemas February 2019.
Next up was the film STACK was most looking forward to the first proper look at – Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In this sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 film (and part of the MonsterVerse that includes Kong: Skull Island), Godzilla is joined by other iconic monsters from the earlier Japanese films in the form of Rodan, Mothra and the three-headed fan favourite, King Ghidorah.
It’s the Godzilla movie the world needs, and the first trailer – teasing all three kaiju – received the loudest applause of the morning.
Director Michael Dougherty admitted to being a lifelong Godzilla fan and promised he’s been faithful to the original films. He also added that these monsters are actually Titans who have been hibernating in the bowels of the Earth, until being discovered by the Monarch organisation.
The panel also featured cast members Vera Farmiga, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Thomas Middleditch and Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, who was thrilled to be in her first big Hollywood movie and noted that the Demogorgon had nothing on Godzilla.
The film, which also stars Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), is in cinemas May 2019.