After Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice managed to disappoint a frighteningly large proportion of the people who saw it, DC had a fair bit of catching up to do as it unveiled the next entries from its own cinematic universe.
It was probably a good thing, then, that they brought Wonder Woman along, seeing as Diana Prince was undoubtedly one of the best things about BvS. The trailer – very much a period World War I affair – looked a treat, and suggested that the first movie headlined by a female superhero since 2004’s Elektra is going to be well worth the wait. Slightly bittersweet, however, is the news that Wonder Woman’s preferred mode of transport will not be making an appearance: “The invisible jet is not in this movie, but it might be in the future,” confirmed director Patty Jenkins.
Justice League director Zack Snyder, who rarely misses an opportunity to take to the Hall H stage (who knows, he may even hang around there when Comic-Con’s not on), also unveiled a teaser from his new movie. The good news is, it’s got more humour in its brief running time than BvS managed in two and a half hours. A great iconic picture of the Justice League has been released too – even if that’s a pretty big spoiler that Henry Cavill’s Superman’s back from the dead. Like we hadn’t guessed.
In news for the “didn’t we know that already?” column, Ben Affleck was officially confirmed as the star and director of a standalone Batman film. “It’s really inspiring,” said Batfleck. “It’s like taking on a great play. It’s been reinvented so many times, it’s terrifying but it’s exciting.”
And Aquaman director James Wan hinted at his vision for the wettest of superhero movies. “Fucking Aquaman! What can I say?” The
Conjuring director said. “Aquaman’s such an amazing character. I love the fact that he’s never really been portrayed in the feature movie world before... and the opportunity to explore this universe, you know, bring a bit of my horror element into this. The deep sea is a scary world. And then also explore the wondrous world of Atlantis.”
In the Marvel v DC battle, we’d say honours were just about even. (See Marvel’s offering over the page...)
Diana Prince will make World War I a better place.
Snyder, Affleck and Gadot smiled more than in BvS.