When we first learned that Warner Brothers and Peter Jackson would be bringing The Hobbit to San Diego Comic Con, we knew we would have to try our best to attend the panel. We would learn who would be joining Peter Jackson (director) at The Hobbit panel, Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), and Andy Serkis (Gollum), which really had us determined to get into Hall H. Of course, we would be in for a challenge because Hall H would only allow 6500 and there were thousands of people who had either camped out for the biggest panel of them all for SDCC, which would include Man of Steel and Pacific Rim.
San Diego Comic Con 2012 may be considered the Hobbit Con because of what we would see throughout the weekend at the different booths from Gentle Giant Ltd., Sideshow Collectibles, Weta, and Bridge Direct, and of course the panel.
We were in Hall H for the Legendary/Warner Brothers panel and just finished watching Pacific Rim and Man of Steel with a couple incredible surprises and the wait was finally near. There would be darkness and silence and then the crowd would roar with cheer for what was to come. Chris Hardwick would introduce Peter Jackson to the stage.
Peter Jackson would be welcomed to a huge cheer and the people that camped out and waited for hours would finally have their moment of what they had been waiting for. Peter Jackson would come out with his phone and camera attachments recording the audience's reaction. He wanted to share this footage for those who would not be able to attend and share it on the Hobbit blog.
We would soon be introduced to the cast members in attendance, Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Richard Armitage (Thorin), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), and special surprise guest, Elijah Wood (Frodo).
Elijah Wood was thrilled to be able to be part of the panel. The crowd was excited to see him added to the panel.
Andy Serkis would give us a great picture. He would talk about how he thought to film a couple of quick scenes for the Hobbit, but be surprised to become a second unit director.
We would be in for a huge treat by seeing a 12 minute clip of The Hobbit, which included footage from both The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14, 2012) and The Hobbit: There and Back Again (December 13, 2013). Peter Jackson would mention that the footage we would see was exclusive to the lucky Hobbit panel attendees and that the scenes were not finished. We wish we could have recorded it, but the rules were very strict. The 12 minute clip gave me the chills with excitement and I was in total amazement how beautiful it was. A scene I would remember most is when Gandalf is holding his staff and ready for battle! We would see dwarves, the journey, Gollum speaking to Bilbo, and even a surprise from Legolas. Can December 14th move any quicker to get here? The Lord of the Rings fans should be very pleased in what Peter Jackson has once again done.
The Legendary/Warner Brothers panel would be the greatest panel of them all because of what they did for the audience. They would not only have the normal huge screen in the front behind the panelist, but would add an additional screen on the left and right sides of Hall H and the added screens would share this!
Thank you Mr. Peter Jackson, cast, and Warner Brothers for a tremendous surprise and panel!