Another year, another Comic-Con here and gone. Once again leaving fans all around the world to digest the deluge of news and announcements that permeate the San Diego air every July. As one of the largest conventions of any kind anywhere in the world, San Diego Comic-Con sees many of the major players in the entertainment universe bring out the big guns to amaze and delight those fans passionate enough to endure sidewalk tents and seventeen hour lines, all just so they can be the first to witness and experience the latest and greatest from publishers, T.V. networks, and movie distributors.
While Comic-Con has certainly grown out of its purely comic book-based pants, to include major exhibits from the worlds of movies, T.V., and video games, the rise of the superhero movie in the past decade or so has reinvigorated fans as to why this convention was perhaps just a bit more ‘super’ than the rest. Superheros once again dominate the landscape, and two companies have set themselves up as the yin and yang of comic-based entertainment, two companies that have storied histories of blowing away fans at previous conventions; Marvel and DC. The pillars of the comic world have completed the transition from kings of nerdom, to kings of all modern popular entertainment. Fans around the world are constantly frothing at the mouth to get a glimpse at what they are doing next. That is why it was so surprising when Marvel Studios, the company behind the wildly successful, landscape altering Marvel Cinematic Universe (their next movie, Ant-Man, releases on July 17th), announced they would not be at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Thus, leaving the door wide open for DC Comics and Warner Brothers, also about to launch their own massive superhero movie universe, to take center stage.
And take center stage they did, dropping not one, but two huge trailers for their 2016 blockbusters, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad. Of course, the Suicide Squad trailer was leaked early, forcing WB to release the trailer before they wanted to, but ya’ know, stuff happens. It seems 2016 will finally be the year DC starts to play on Marvel’s movie level. Here are the trailers for DC’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/ Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/ Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is directed by Zach Snyder (Watchmen, Man of Steel) and releases worldwide on March 25th, 2016.
Suicide Squad (2016) stars Will Smith as Floyd Lawton/ Deadshot, Jared Leto as The Joker, Margot Robbie as Dr. Harleen Quinzel/ Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg. Suicide Squad is directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) and releases worldwide on August 5th, 2016.
Bonus behind-the-scenes footage of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (Dec. 18th, 2015)!