Here's a list of the developments so far on Thursday at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego:
Netherrealm Studios (Mortal Kombat) revealed Nightwing and Cyborg as two playable characters in their upcoming DC Comics fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Superbot Entertainment showcased the upcoming Playstation 3 exclusive Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. The game is a crossover fighter, featuring characters from popular Sony franchises such as God of War and Twisted Metal. High Moon Studios showcased Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. The game is receiving praise for a multiplayer component that allows players to design their own Transformer. Activision, the publisher, also showcased the recently released The Amazing Spider-Man and the upcoming The Walking Dead. Capcom revealed gameplay footage from the upcoming Resident Evil 6. The footage stars Leon S. Kennedy, an old protagonist of the series, and seems to follow Resident Evil 5’s trend of allowing a computer-controlled ally to support the protagonist even though the series was originally a survival horror game focusing on the protagonist being alone against zombies. Also showcased was a Street Fighter anniversary edition, Lost Planet 3 and the rebooted Devil May Cry. Beyond: Two Souls, the psychological thriller starring Ellen Page (Juno), revealed new cast members Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) and Eric Winter (Days of our Lives). Fortnite, the sandbox game by legendary designers Epic Games, will be the first game to be designed using the Unreal 4 engine. A massively multiplayer online game based on the Game of Thrones franchise was announced for next year.
Warner Bros. displayed the new costume worn by Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel. The design is fairly similar to the classic except for a notable omission of the legendary red underpants on the outside. Sixteen character posters for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were revealed. However, the trailer to Peter Jackson’s movie will be shown in the regular 24-frames per second, despite the movie having been famously shot in 48. 20th Century Fox revealed that they will be rebooting their Fantastic Four franchise. The previous series, starring Ioan Gruffudd and Jessica Alba, was met with critical failures and were not the financial success that such a franchise merited. Fox also stands at the risk of losing the rights to the Daredevil franchise. As the previously attached director has left the project, if production does not start in Fall 2012, the rights to the film may revert back to Disney’s Marvel Studios. Dreamworks announced Kung Fu Panda 3 and Madagascar 4. Both are commercially successful animated franchises aimed at children. Also showcased were Rise of the Guardians and The Crood. Dredd, a reboot of the classic Judge Dredd, was screened. The movie will star Karl Urban (Star Trek) and will hit theaters on September 21. Ben Wishaw will star in the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, as a much younger version of Q, the classic character immortalized by the deceased Desmond Llewelyn. The cast of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 was present. Nearly 6,000 fans were offered a surprise look at the first seven minutes of the film. The Man With the Iron Fists, the upcoming action movie directed, co-written and starring rapper Rza (who also starred on Californication), will be released on November 21.
Shout Factory! and Hasbro will collaborate for the DVD releases Tranforsmers: Rescue Bots and Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters. The two series currently air on The Hub and will be available for purchase later this year. Several toymakers, including Lego and Hasbro, revealed numerous action figures from popular franchises. The toys included characters from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G. I. Joe, Batman, and X-Men.
Archie Comics, already having announced a crossover with the Fox show Glee, is also bringing their own makeup line through MAC Cosmetics IDW Publishing announced Transformers: Fall of Cybertron a digital series designed to act as a prequel to the video game of the same title. A blu-ray release of Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men was announced. The three part motion-comic series covers the entire Astonishing X-Men comics storyline.