Guillermo del Toro kicked off the Pacific Rim panel with a special trailer showing only at WonderCon and CinemaCon. It offer a few new looks at scenes I hadn't expected - showing a Jaeger falling from space, and a few scenes of the sort of awesome I'm hoping for in a movie like this - a Jaeger using an oil tanker like bat to beat a Kaiju. The trailer ends with the point of view from a Jaeger clamping his fists around the head of a Kaiju before it screams and leaps into the camera.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
To convey a sense of the scale they built and destroyed several blocks of Hong Kong, created a four-story tall practical Jaeger head and built the foot of a Jaeger that was the size of the entire convention room.
Ron Perlman's character, Hannibal Child, is a black market Kaiju organ dealer. Harvesting the remains of the giant creatures and selling them for their medicinal properties.
Del Toro said they went through several design variations of Jaegers and Kaijus, having their version of "American Idol" every week as they worked toward the best designs. In the final movie, they will have twelve Kaijus and nine Jaegers.
Although we've heard the Jaegers normally have two pilots, the Chinese Jaeger will have three, called "the triplets".
Del Toro said that the Jaegers couldn't be done with motion capture and full animation was used because it couldn't capture the size and weight.
The Kaiju were sent by an alien race with a habit of consuming planets.
They closed out the panel with the announcement of a prequel graphic novel: Pacific Rim: Tales of Year Zero that will focus on the backstory of the world in Pacific Rim.
Legendary Comics and Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro gave WonderCon attendees a surprise treat today as they revealed the cover art for the graphic novel, PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO. The fully-painted cover was created by Alex Ross.
Hitting stores June 5, PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM YEAR ZERO serves as a prequel to the highly-anticipated motion picture – Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim. Chronicling the very first time Earth is menaced by incredible monsters known as Kaiju, these inhuman beasts rise from the ocean depths and threaten to extinquish all mankind! Witness the race to develop massive robot fighting machines called Jaegers, each one controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. This action-packed book features many of the key characters from the film as we follow them in their early careers. Written by Pacific Rim screenwriter himself, Travis Beacham, and with del Toro’s hands-on supervision, this volume is beautifully illustrated by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, and Pericles Junior; inks by Steve Bird and Mark McKenna.
They also passed out trading cards to the WonderCon attendees. No word on whether they will be available elsewhere.