In the legendary Hall H at Comic Con International in San Diego, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice section of the Warner Bros. panel promised to be jam packed with announcements – and it most definitely didn’t disappoint.
With stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot announced to be in attendance, along with director Zack Snyder, expectations were understandably running high.
The panel opened with a video feature on Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, before confirming that the upcoming Green Lantern movie would be entitled Green Lantern Corps.
Suicide Squad director David Ayer then showed up for a chat, and to break out the first snippet of footage from his upcoming movie – featuring Jared Leto’s Joker saying “I’m not going to kill you. I’m just going to hurt you, really, really bad!”
Ayer was followed by the entire cast of the Suicide Squad… minus Leto.
And then came Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder
…followed by the cast of Batman v Superman!
They then showed some new footage from Batman v Superman, which earned a standing ovation from the fans in attendance and a “play it again! play it again! chant. The footage started at the end of Man of Steel, with Bruce Wayne watching a Wayne building being destroyed during Superman’s battle with Zod. It also featured Bruce’s parents being killed, and a brief Wonder Woman appearance. It also suggested that Metropolis and Gotham were cities separated by a bay, much like Oakland and San Fransisco in the US. We also see Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor recovering Zod’s body and getting his hands on some Kryptonite – as well as Superman destroying the Batmobile.
Jeremy Irons conveyed his admiration for Michael Caine’s Alfred, and Amy Adams expressed her love of the Lois Lane character…
Ben Affleck let us know what advice he received from Christian Bale prior to picking up the Cowl…
Then, as per the crowd’s request (and chanting) they played the trailer again, earning another standing ovation.
No Justice League announcements, no casting news for Green Lantern(s), but still a pretty damn impressive panel, by all accounts.
Now… to hunt down the inevitably leaked videos… *cough*