Warner Bros. invaded Hall H on Saturday, San Diego Comic-Con’s busiest day, with a hefty program of their titles set for release between now and 2017 including their slate of movies from DC Entertainment: WONDER WOMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, and SUICIDE SQUAD — which proved to be quite impressive.
Conan O’Brien proved to be the perfect choice for the panel moderator. He started by having a chat with directors Patty Jenkins, Zack Snyder, and David Ayer for the aforementioned films as well as Rick Famuyiwa for The Flash and James Wan for the upcoming Aquaman.
Jenkins stayed behind to introduce the trailer for Wonder Woman, which embodied female empowerment which was followed by Q&A with stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Connie Nielsen. As a long overdue adaptation, there’s a lot riding on the movie. That said, it needs to be good — and my money is saying that this will be the strongest of the bunch. It needs to succeed and based on the incredible trailer (and how Gadot handles that Lasso of Truth) it will.
The presentation of Justice League included the cast stepping out on stage with no Q&A and director Zack Snyder sharing a surprise cut of footage. It featured Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) going around the world recruiting a team of heroes for a mission. He has a little squabble with Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and shares a fun moment with the Flash (Ezra Miller), who is guaranteed to be a scene-stealing star in the movie. They touch on Ray Fisher’s Cyborg but barely give us enough to chew on. The trailer also had good dose of humor, which was a huge surprise considering the uptight and straight-laced Batman V Superman. For only being in production for a couple months Snyder gave a good look at the Flash in action and Aquaman chugging a bottle of alcohol and later getting into a little fight with Bruce. All gives hope for Justice League, but then again, Snyder knows how to curate an outstanding trailer, as for constructing an outstanding feature, his track record has been inconsistent.
Nothing new was shared about Suicide Squad besides a new trailer and a brief conversation with the all-star ensemble Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara and Viola Davis. But since it comes out in a couple of weeks, there’s really no need. This might mark start of a streak of strong superhero films.
After a shift of leadership and a lackluster and polarizing reception of Batman V. Superman, Warner Bros and DC Entertainment’s showing at Comic-Con shows that they may have found a superhero rhythm… but we’ll have to wait until the movies to come out to decide that.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer