'Gatsby,' Superman make their introduction at CinemaCon
05:00 AM, Apr 17, 2013
LAS VEGAS By CinemaCon standards, Warner Bros. got downright cerebral Tuesday night with its slate of upcoming movies.
Eschewing the typical parade of movie stars, the studio brought a handful of directors to show their work before the nation’s theater owners. Films included The Great Gatsby (out May 10), The Hangover Par III (May 24), Man of Steel (June 14) and Pacific Rim (July 12).
Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann began the night with some of the most impressive footage of the convention, hawking his adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.
The film may mark one of the most daring gambles of summer, as Luhrmann told conventioneers in a taped introduction that he shot the movie in 3-D, but without the bombastic effects that accompany most summer films. He says the 3-D captures actors, including DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, “at the height of their power. A scene of characters talking for 11 minutes, that’s an effect to me.”
If Gatsby footage wowed attendees, director Todd Phillips kept them in stitches promoting Hangover III, which he calls the final installment of a trilogy. Phillips says he hopes to dispel some myths about his reputation with the tale of die-hard partygoers.
“People like to say I use crude humor,” he says. “But in my career, I’ve never done a (bodily gas) joke. I don’t like bathroom humor.”
Instead, Phillips says, his humor is “unapologetic.”
“A lot of movies take chances and are unapologetic, but then the last half hour is spent making an apology,” he says. “We never say ‘We’re sorry.’ “
Zack Snyder, too, was making no excuses for the Superman tale Steel, which he says he shot on film (instead of using digital video) “because I wanted a movie that would be a big movie experience.”
The footage drew a strong ovation, boosted by Snyder’s confession that he’s a longtime fan of the son of Krypton (played by Henry Cavill).
“There’s no competition between superheroes, but if there was, he’d win,” Snyder says.
Director Guillermo del Toro didn’t hide his kid-in-a-candy-store worldview, either. Pacific Rim, the story about war between aliens and robots manned by soldiers, was an excuse to pay homage to the anime and monster movies that fed del Toro’s youth.
Said the director: “My outlook this whole movie was to think of what a 12-year-old boy would want to see, and be the 48-year-old man who enables him.”