Once again, Hollywood settled into San Diego for the epic annual meeting of the freaks and geeks that is Comic-Con International. The homegrown event started in 1970 by a group of die-hard comic book fans looking to hang out and swap books has now become a crucial promotional vehicle for studios looking to generate buzz for forthcoming films. Hundreds of thousands of comic fans fly into our sleepy beach town for the weekend of events, parties, and panels.
The big panels and announcements go down in the hallowed Hall H. Two of this year’s most talked about panels were for the forthcoming big-budget superhero films “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” that are both due in 2016. The directors and superstar casts for both movies made the trip and shared first looks at footage. Of course, unauthorized shaky clips of the teasers made their way online in quick order as expected. We now have full hi-def versions of the teaser trailers as well as the panel discussions for everyone who weren’t lucky enough to attend in person.
First up is “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” panel. Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and director Zack Snyder all sat down to answer questions, crack jokes, and present a new trailer.
This footage debuted at Comic-Con, and Hall H went bonkers for it. The film to hit theaters on March 25, 2016.
The other film that everyone has been clamoring to see footage from is David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.” This future blockbuster stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukahara, Jared Leto as the Joker, and Ben Affleck once again as Batman. The cast made the trip from Toronto, Canada where they are in the middle of principal filming to Comic-Con just to show face.
This morning, the distributor for “Suicide Squad,” Warner Bros. Pictures, released a statement regarding the leaked footage of the first look at the film:
“Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”
– Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures
“Suicide Squad” is due on August 5, 2016.