The Comic Con lineup was announced last week and it was full of exciting releases. While Disney and [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](movie:446261) aren't present, there's plenty of high-profile releases coming to Hall H that should get fanboys excited. There's Mad Max: Fury Road, Crimson Peak, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and a few others to may make that never ending wait for Hall H worth it.
As a warning, if this is your first trip to Comic Con and you're hoping to get into Hall H at the start of the day, your best bet is getting in line around 4 a.m. with a blanket, some food, and a buddy to take nap turns with. That line gets worse every year. If you want to make it into Hall H at the start of the day, especially after Thursday, prepare to lose some sleep.
Anyway, while there are releases that already have fans buzzing, there's a few other movies this year at Comic Con that have more to prove. For a variety of reasons, the buzz isn't completely positive for them.
Here are the five movies that have some convincing to do at this year's Comic Con.
Jupiter Ascending (February 6th, 2015)
Jupiter Ascending...talk about disappointment. The Wachowski's latest was scheduled to open in theaters this Friday, but, at the last minute, Warner Bros. pushed the release. The film needed more time for effects work, but more than that, the studio was worried about another box-office dud this summer. You can't blame them. Even though they put out the best action movie of the summer, Edge of Tomorrow, American audiences failed to show up. They took another chance with the Wachowski siblings, a pair of filmmakers they've supported over the years. Speed Race and Cloud Atlas, although both fantastic, didn't reach a mass audience. With such a busy summer it's likely Jupiter Ascending would've suffered a similar fate.
At Comic Con Warner Bros. needs to show all is well with Jupiter Ascending and it'll live up to the Wachowski's past work.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (December 17th, 2014)
The Hobbit movies have been underwhelming. As fun as The Desolation of Smaug is, it shared the same problems as its predecessor: more bloated than epic. Director Peter Jackson got the series back on the right track with Smaug, but there's still plenty of work to be done to whip this series into shape. This is no Lord of the Rings, but maybe The Battle of the Five Armies will bring the series back to its glory days. It would be a real shame to leave Middle Earth on a whimper. Hopefully Jackson & Co. prove at Comic Con (and when the film comes out, of course) that this long journey was worth the bumps in the road.
[Ant-Man](movie:9048) (July 17th, 2015)
Right now the buzz on Ant-Man is somewhat toxic. After Marvel Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) left the project, it kind of lost its appeal: Edgar Wright. On the bright side, they found a fine replacement with director Peyton Reed. While he did direct Yes Man, he's also the director behind Bring It On and the amazing Down with Love. Marvel has to tell fans they've found the right replacement and that there's still passion behind this project. I'm betting things will be looking up for Ant-Man after Comic Con.
Warcraft (March 11th, 2016)
Legendary is keeping their lineup for Comic Con a secret right now, but you can bet on this World of Warcraft adaptation making an appearance. The film doesn't come out until March, 2016, but director Duncan Jones's (Source Code) picture has already completed shooting. They should have enough time to cut together a teaser to tell naysayers a good video game adaptation is possible. Duncan Jones isn't only a talented filmmaker, but a gamer himself. Before he was even attached to the project he discussed how World of Warcraft could work as a movie. It's likely he'll show people how at Comic Con.
Constantine/Gotham (This Fall)
Yes, [Constantine](movie:874314) and Gotham aren't movies, so admittedly this is a cheat. Since we've seen both worlds on film, I'm allowing it. Constantine is a show loaded with potential, while Gotham has...well, we don't quite know yet. The previews haven't been enticing. We've seen some of these characters handled so well on film, so why bother with a television show? That's a question Fox will have to answer at Comic Con. They're showing the pilot there, so maybe they must be confident they have the goods. As for Constantine, he isn't the most commercial character. Will the show retain his dark charm? Hopefully we'll find out this weekend.