DCU_directors_sdcc_16Warner Bros. stormed Hall H this morning with tons of new footage and appearances from the DC family. After unveiling two additional screens (in addition to the main one situated atop center stage) which covered the entire length of the massive room, the crowed was riled up and ready to see some cool stuff.

After each director of the DCU briefly came out to talk about their films, we got a trailer for Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins then returned to the stage and was joined by her cast, Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor) and Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman). Jenkins was gushing over Gal, saying that she IS the character, embodying both the love and heart that the character stands for. Also of note, Jenkins mentioned how she didn’t want Trevor to be a sidekick, but an equal; funny, brave, powerful and strong, someone who could stand firmly beside Wonder Woman without being emasculated.

The footage is beautiful, evoking a grand scale and lots of sharp social commentary, culminating with WW entering a battlefield in full armor. I love how colorful and huge the footage is – I officially need to see the film.

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Next up, Zach Snyder invited his Justice League team up, Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash, dressed as Gandalf) and Jason Momoa (Aquaman). The footage is everything we wanted from Batman v Superman. It’s fun, the banter and chemistry are on fire, and you really want to see more of these people together. I love that the footage was already interesting without any real action scenes. Also, take a look at that promo photo – Superman is smiling! Looks very promising indeed.

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David Ayer then brought out the Suicide Squad. They giant cast took up the entire stage to remind us that we’re just a few weeks away from the film’s release. They didn’t have any new info, but for another new trailer. The pace and tone here are very light, not at all dark and gritty, but adventurous and big. We’ll find out soon how accurate this is to the actual film.

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The final DC film to be presented during WB’s slot was for The Lego Batman Movie. I was already sold on this one, but the new trailer took my anticipation to new heights. Director Chris McKay and Will Arnett came out to talk about the film, calling it About a Boy as directed by Michael Mann, and telling us that there’s a slight Dirty Dozen aspect to it. Lastly, we found out that lots of villains will feature, including a few obscure ones.

This trailer is really fantastic, and I’m positive that this may be one of the best Batman films ever made. The stuff with Robin is incredible, with Michael Cera helping to bring out a new side from the caped crusader. It’s incredible how much the film understands the character, despite its spoofy nature.

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If there’s a takeaway from this impressive slate, it’s that WB has heard all of the complaints and are listening. Everything here was colorful and popped off the screen with vibrancy. The characters felt more like their comic book roots, and no longer ashamed. The entire panel left me impressed and wanting more, so I’d say it was a success.

SG