Peter Jackson and George Miller Geek Out at Comic-Con

Despite the momentary wow factor of glimpsing that spooky stare-down in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (yes, Ben Affleck looks perfectly suited as The Dark Knight), the real joy of the Warner Bros. Hall H panel was Peter Jackson and George Miller geeking out about the The Hobbit finale and the re-imagined Mad Max.

For Jackson, The Battle of the Five Armies represents the culmination of a 20-year cinematic love affair with J.R.R. Tolkien. While An Unexpected Journey is whimsical and innocent, and The Desolation of Smaug darker and more dangerous, The Battle of the Five Armies works as a thriller with greater existential overtones. Not surprisingly, Jackson admitted that the finale is his favorite, and that both trilogies act as a continuous saga.

“The main goal was to get The Hobbit tonally where it would get to Fellowship, and to connect all of that together. Some people will watch this from the beginning and start with The Hobbit and go all the way through.”

Meanwhile, Miller’s return to Mad Max has brought him a sense of exhilaration and renewal. It’s been both familiar and strange, he admitted at his first Comic-Con. “The story popped in my head and just wouldn’t get away, like an imaginary friend. I love chase movies; I think they’re the purest form of cinema. That’s where the film language started. I wanted to make one long, extended chase, and see what we could pick up about the characters along the way.”

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