Batting clean-up on the final day of CinemaCon 2014 was Warner Bros.' annual "The Big Picture" presentation, meant to showcase the studio's plethora of A-list stars and the fact that they tend to release the most movies per year, something that probably contributed to them become the #1 studio globally in 2013.
Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara introduced Dan Fellman and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Warner Bros. Presidents of Distribution Domestic and International, who then alternated to make introductions for the long list of movies and talent on hand to share it with exhibitors.
Godzilla (May 16)
The footage that made the biggest splash (pun intended) was the footage shown from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' first movie of the summer, which expanded upon footage that's been shown in various places over the past few months. Director Gareth Edwards came out to give a rather modest but effective introduction to his revival of Toho Studios' beloved movie monster before showing an extended trailer that begins with a scene of Bryan Cranston's wife in a hazmat suit as some sort of accident causes a gas leak that presumably kills her as Cranston runs to try to save her, to no avail. Cranston's speech from the most recent trailer has a bit more impact knowing that Godzilla's surfacing might have been responsible for her death.
From there, we cut to a tropical holiday location, possibly Hawaii or Southeast Asia, where we see a little girl on the beach looking out into the ocean that begins to rise above the people as they flee frantically and a large tsunami wave crashes down upon them and through the streets. From a building above the flooding waters, someone shoots flares off a nearby roof that lights up Godzilla's scaly skin towering above the rooftops. The rest of the footage seemed somewhat rejiggered from previous trailers while only giving us the briefest glimpses of Godzilla himself and adding plenty of tension. The footage went over quite well, especially since it's clearly one of the summer's movies that will really warrant being seen on the big screen.
Edge of Tomorrow (June 6)
Again, Warner Bros. used the presentation to show the newest trailer which shares even more details about the complex time traveling premise behind this sci-fi action thriller directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. None of them who were on hand to add to the Warner presentation's vast talent pool.
Essentially, Tom Cruise is a rookie soldier who keeps being killed and returning to the day he starts active duty but not before encountering Blunt's more experienced soldier and watching her being killed as well. There's an interesting dynamic between the two of them as they're essentially trying to save each other, Blunt training Cruise to kill the aliens before they kill him but we also see her killing him in different ways when he fails to have him start over. It looks like a far more intriguing concept than Cruise's last sci-fi movie Oblivion, that's for sure.
Jupiter Ascending (July 18)
Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis came out to introduce the recently-released trailer for the new sci-fi action thriller from Lana and Andy Wachowski, and you can already watch that here. Seriously, even with this new trailer, I have no idea what this movie is about.
You can read about the other films that were presented at ComingSoon.net.