Comic-Con is no longer a safe place to screen footage. From Deadpool to Suicide Squad, the sneak peeks shown in Hall H for the event’s biggest releases were leaked online, thanks to fans discreetly recording them on their devices. David Ayer and Warner Bros., specifically, made their disappointment known, while some have said this is just for show. If you ask Fox producer Hutch Parker, though, the frustration is all too real.
Cinema Blend joined a group of journalists on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, during which time we heard Parker’s reaction to the leaked trailer featuring low-res footage of Oscar Isaac as En Sabah Nur. As the former Fox president and a current producer on the studio’s films, he has some strong opinions on the matter. He said:
Comparing the audience in Hall H to a focus group is pretty accurate when you think about it. People on social media and sites like Reddit are quick to bash comic book movies. Just ask anyone involved in Fantastic Four. Parker continued:
In speaking specifically to the claim that leaking footage is all part of a secret marketing plan, he explained that this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
X-Men: Apocalypse doesn’t open in theaters until May 26, 2016. Despite Bryan Singer’s active Instagram account and the latest feature from Entertainment Weekly, there is still quite a long time to go.
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