SDCC: ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ Hit Hall H Hard

By July 11, 2015

Although the San Diego Convention Center was still reverberating with the sounds of cheers from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel on Friday night, that didn’t stop Zack Snyder from showing up in style in an effort to set the tone for Saturday’s Warner Bros. panel, as the director of the upcoming DC Comics superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice drove up to the convention center in the Batmobile.

This is what heralded the arrival of the new DC Comics-based cinematic universe, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice easily being the most anticipated portion of the Warner Bros. panel in Hall H this morning. With a lot of pressure on Warner Bros. to deliver something memorable, moderator Aisha Tyler took the stage after everybody took their seats, and joked to the crowd that the footage they were about to see was so good that she “watched it alone in bed at night.” Warner Bros. clearly has something to show, as they added a series of wraparound screens to the entire outer perimeter of Hall H, ready to display something so that everyone could see it.

After beginning their presentation with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Pan, it was time to talk about the main event. Henry Cavill had already appeared on-stage due to his status as the star of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but it then became time to reassert his presence as the latest incarnation of the original superhero. In a surprise, though, Warner Bros. opening video dealing with their superhero film also included some of Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer, and also revealed that the title of the upcoming Green Lantern film would actually be Green Lantern Corps.

Comic-Con got exclusive footage of the upcoming Suicide Squad, showing how the film will loo for the first time.

Comic-Con got exclusive footage of the upcoming Suicide Squad, showing how the film will loo for the first time.

After showing a bit of footage from concept art of the Justice League from the upcoming two-part film, including a look at Ezra Miller’s concept for his Flash costume, director David Ayer himself then took the stage. He told the assembled crowd that they were there to talk bad guys, and that “nobody has bad guys like DC Comics.” That was his introduction of the first footage from his 2016 film. It begins with Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller, telling a police commissioner that they’ve captured someone, and put him away where no one can find him. That someone? The Joker, played by Jared Leto, who says, “I’m not going to kill you. I’m just going to hurt you, really, really bad!” The footage highlighted many of the cast members, including Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, and featured a lot of action-oriented footage of the whole team fighting a group of soldiers.

All the film’s cast members, except for Jared Leto, then arrive on the stage, including Will Smith and Margot Robbie. They didn’t say anything, but just came to say hello to the assembled crowd, and the general enthusiasm for the footage could show the film to be something pretty special. From there, though, it was time to talk about the first stop: March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. On one side of the massive panoramic screen was Batman, and on the other was Superman, which immediately set the tone for the presentation.

Zack Snyder then arrived on-stage, followed by Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Jeremy Irons (Alfred), along with Cavill and now Ben Affleck. Holly Hunter, Jesse Eisenberg, and Amy Adams also joined the rest of the group on-stage. Tyler then introduced footage, which you can see below.

After the massive ovation from the footage, the cast then talked about their roles. Jesse Eisenberg’s comments were particularly interesting, as he mentioned how Lex Luthor has been played on film with a campier edge before. He credits Chris Terrio’s screenplay with giving Luthor an emotional grounding, likely making the Luthor of this film closer to the character we know from modern comics. Some of the actors also mention their predecessors in their respective roles, with Cavill citing Christopher Reeve’s performance in the Richard Donner Superman films as “wonderful,” while Jeremy Irons also praised Michael Caine’s portrayal of Alfred in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. In a funny anecdote about running into Christian Bale, Ben Affleck shared Bale’s primary advice: “Make sure you can piss in that suit.” Snyder then added that they added zippers to all of the suits, after learning their lesson working on Man of Steel.

From there, as Snyder is known to do, he showed the footage one more time. Overall, it was a very strong showing for Warner Bros. and their burgeoning superhero universe. While some news items that had been rumored weren’t touched upon, it still featured a very satisfying look at the two 2016 DC Comics offerings, and we can’t wait to see what else they have in store. If you’d like to watch the panel in its entirety, you can do so below.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.