Star Wars treat at Comic- Con

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HUGH Jack­man, Mar­got Rob­bie, Will Smith and Ben Af­fleck have whipped 6000 ec­static nerds into a frenzy at Comic- Con.

They were mem­bers of a cav­al­cade of stars that took to the stage at the su­per­sized comic book con­ven­tion as part of Hol­ly­wood stu­dio Warner Bros’ pre­sen­ta­tion of up­com­ing films.

Jack­man stars as the vil­lain­ous pi­rate Black­beard in Pan and told how di­rec­tor Joe Wright con­vinced him to join the new take on Peter Pan.

“He showed me a pic­ture which was my face su­per­im­posed with a wig from Marie An­toinette and a cos­tume of Louis the 14th,” Jack­man said.

“I was like, ‘ I’m in’.” Pan will be re­leased in Septem­ber.

Warner Bros has aligned it­self with DC Comics and Queens­land- raised Rob­bie marched on stage with her rag tag crew from Sui­cide Squad.

Rob­bie plays Bat­man neme­sis Har­ley Quinn, with fel­low Aussie Jai Court­ney as Cap­tain Boomerang, Smith as Dead­shot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Ade­wale Akin­n­uoye- Ag­baje as Killer Croc and Cara Delev­ingne as En­chantress. Sui­cide Squad is cur­rently be­ing shot in Canada and will ar­rive in cine­mas in Au­gust next year.

Warner Bros, which showed sneak peek footage for each film, ended its pre­sen­ta­tion with the much an­tic­i­pated Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice. Af­ter Chris­tian Bale stepped away from the Bat­man role, Af­fleck was cast as the caped cru­sader.

The ap­pear­ance at Comic- Con, which at­tracts 130,000 fans over five STAR Wars hero Har­ri­son Ford has re­turned to the public stage for a spe­cial mo­ment along with fel­low cast mem­bers Car­rie Fisher and Mark Hamill, join­ing stars of the latest film.

Le­gions of fans had slept out­side the Comic- Con con­ven­tion cen­tre in San Diego for days be­fore the much an­tic­i­pated ap­pear­ance. They were re­warded for their com­mit­ment when they were treated to a be­hind- the- scenes look at the mak­ing of The Force Awak­ens, as well as a sur­prise out­side con­cert at­tended by the cast bear­ing light sabres. days, was Af­fleck’s first public foray since the an­nounce­ment he was split­ting from wife, ac­tress Jen­nifer Garner. Af­fleck looked gloomy but scored plenty of laughs when he told the crowd how he ran­domly ran into Bale at a Los An­ge­les cos­tume store.

Both ac­tors were with their young sons, who wanted to go as Bat­man for Hal­loween.

“There he and I were stand­ing in the Bat­man aisle,” Af­fleck said.

The Star Wars orig­i­nals ac­com­pa­nied new cast mem­bers and ac­tors Gwen­do­line Christie, Domh­nall Glee­son, John Boyega and Daisy Ri­d­ley, as well as co- stars Os­car Isaac and Adam Driver, for a fur­ther glimpse at what fans can ex­pect when the new film is re­leased in cine­mas in De­cem­ber.

The panel was Ford’s first public ap­pear­ance since crash­ing his small plane ear­lier this year and he re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion from fans as he walked onto the stage.

Clearly touched by the re­cep­tion, Ford said: “The

Af­fleck did ask Bale if he had any tips on play­ing the su­per­hero.

Af­fleck said Bale told him: “Make sure you can piss in that suit.” Os­carnom­i­nated Aus­tralian cos­tume de­signer Michael Wilkin­son was re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing Bat­man and Su­per­man’s suits.

“Yeah, we put a zipper on it,” the film’s di­rec­tor Zack Sny­der added.

Bat­man v Su­per­man is set for re­lease in March next year. orig­i­nal Star Wars was the be­gin­ning of my work­ing life, I was very happy to be a part of the story and the cast again.”

The In­di­ana Jones star, 72, also suf­fered a bro­ken leg dur­ing an ac­ci­dent on- set but as­sured the crowds he felt “just fine”.

Di­rec­tor JJ Abrams told devo­tees they could ex­pect a new trailer later in the year, adding that one of his most im­por­tant tasks was en­sur­ing he did not let his love of the fran­chise in­ter­fere with the film­mak­ing.


JOIN­ING FORCES: Car­rie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Har­ri­son Ford thank the au­di­ence dur­ing their ap­pear­ance at Comic- Con in San Diego.

Pic­ture: AP

TREAT FOR FANS: Amy Adams, Henry Cav­ill, and Ben Af­fleck at­tend the Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice panel at Comic- Con In­ter­na­tional.

BAT­MAN ROLE: Mar­got Rob­bie.

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