Warner Bros treated the San Diego convention to excerpts – at 24 frames per second – from Peter Jackson's Hobbit films, as well as first footage from Zack Snyder's Man of Steel
What a difference 24 frames per second makes.
On 14 July, audiences at Comic-Con lapped up a 12-minute footage bonanza from Peter Jackson, featuring excerpts from both parts of his upcoming Hobbit adventure.
The action looked lush, painterly and utterly absorbing as one would expect from the creator of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
They screened the scenes in standard 24 frames per second format, in stark contrast to the 48 frames per second experiment Jackson prepared for the CinemaCon industry convention back in April.
On that occasion the images were so clear they distracted from the storytelling.
It was a bitterly divisive experience with some in favour and others against, and one most of us will likely never forget.
It's been said the flick will play at the higher frame rate, so we'll have to see what Jackson and Warner Bros decide upon come the middle of December, when the first episode, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hits cinemas around the world (on 14 December in the UK and US).
Andy Serkis treated the 6,500 attendees to a couple of foul-mouthed lines from Gollum and spoke passionately about his love for the work and how glad he was when Jackson asked him to act as second unit director.
The footage we saw featured a scene early in the story where Gandalf and an executive committee of dwarves elect a reluctant Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, to embark on his adventure.
There were plenty of fight sequences and some familiar imagery that brought cheers from the crowd: Legolas pulling back his bow, Gandalf shuffling through dark caverns, Bilbo and Gollum engaging in a battle of wits and delicious Earth mother Galadriel telling Gandalf to give her a call if he needs her help.
Jackson poured cold water on rumours that he might one day adapt JRR Tolkien's The Silmarillion.
"That is owned by the Tolkien Estate and they don't like the [Lord of the Rings] movies, so probably no," he said. An elf sat beside me in the audience sighed and bowed her head.
The Hobbit was part of a loud presentation from Warner Bros that included first footage from Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, starring the UK's Henry Cavill as Superman.
For the record, British actors have got a lock on the three most senior superheroes with Christian Bale of course as Batman and Andrew Garfield newly suited and booted as Spiderman.
The compilation showed a young Clark Kent performing a heroic deed involving a passenger bus and Russell Crowe looking sombre as Supes' real dad Jor-El (his earthly adoptive father is played by Kevin Costner).
We also got to see a split-second of Michael Shannon looking ominous as General Zod and a fair bit of Superman rocketing through the clouds – none of that creepy VTOL action Brandon Routh had to do for Bryan Singer in 2006's Superman Returns.
Man of Steel opens on 14 June 2013.
Guillermo del Toro, a Con deity because he's such a passionate geek himself, started the Warner Bros session by previewing a few minutes from July 2013 release Pacific Rim, in which giant robots piloted by humans do battle with giant monsters.
Speaking of Monsters, Gareth Edwards dropped in to showcase a specially prepared teaser for his Godzilla.
Very dark and cloudy with images of the reptilian nemesis looming over a devastated city, swishing his tale and roaring.
The crowd loved it so much they showed it a second time.
Peter JacksonLord of the RingsScience fiction and fantasyComic-ConWarner BrosJRR TolkienAndy SerkisMartin FreemanGuillermo del ToroJeremy Kayguardian.co.uk © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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