Bad news for those of you who've already bought your tickets to this year's Comic-Con: The major studios responsible for the bulk of geek fare like 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Superman: Man of Steel,' and 'The Avengers' (pictured in the cast photo, above) are --- say it isn't so! -- skipping the fan convention this year.
Warner Bros., Disney, Dreamworks, and the Weinstein Company will all be no-shows at next month's event, which is usually a major launching pad for everything sci-fi, fantasy or comic-book-related.
According to the New York Times, the studios are regretting the millions poured into promotion of films like 'Tron: Legacy' and 'Sucker Punch,' which underperformed at the box office and are pulling the plug on their often bigger-than-life Comic-Con promotions.
Read on to see what films will have a presence at the convention this year.
The woeful flop of fanboy favorite 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' may have been the tipping point as far as the studios were concerned: The Universal comic-book-meets-video-game indie romance was hyped heavily at Comic-Con, but the $60 million movie earned only $32 million in tickets.
David Glanzer, the convention's director of marketing, seemed unfazed by the studios' mass exodus. "Not every studio comes every year," he told the Times.
So who will be there? That leaves 'Twilight'' as the biggest franchise in town, but the teen vamp saga won't be alone:
- Marvel Entertainment, whose panel for 'The Avengers' was a highlight of Comic-Con 2010, has not yet announced whether it's on board for 2011.
- Universal is not just promoting geek bait 'Cowboys & Aliens' at the convention, but the studio has also just announced the film's world premiere will take place there.
- Paramount will be promoting 'The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,' with a possible appearance by director Steven Spielberg.
- Twentieth Century Fox has 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes.'
- Sony will be heavily promoting 'The Amazing Spiderman' even though the film doesn't open until July 2012.
- Relativity Media is expected to be there for 'Immortals' and 'The Raven,' as well as 'Shark Night 3-D.'
Also expected to make the Comic-Con scene are several television shows, including 'Terra Nova,' produced by Spielberg and 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy.'
[via New York Times]