SDCC 2015: Warner Bros. Start Saturday’s Hall H Line Up With A Bang

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Saturday in Hall H was one for the books with a jam packed schedule that started and ended with a bang – which is probably why we stayed in the Hall H line until 2am the night (well morning) before to make sure we got a wristband.

The epic day was started with the Warner Bros. presentation and that was lead by The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The film’s stars Henry Cavill, Alicia Vikander, Armie Hammer, and Elizabeth Debicki were on the panel to discuss the Guy Ritchie 1960’s spy flick. The full panel can be watched here and you can check out the trailer below:

Next up for Warner Bros. was the story of how Peter Pan came to be in Pan and the director Joe Wright and actors Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, and Levi Miller were all sitting in on this panel. With the footage shown there is no doubt in my mind that the film is going to be absolutely stunning. Unfortunately none of the footage shown is available on the internet so you can check out the theatrical trailer here and give the full panel a watch below if you are interested:

And now, now is what I had been waiting the whole morning for: the DC portion of the panel, but more importantly the Suicide Squad panel. The cast had been shooting in Toronto the day before, but made the trek to Hall H at SDCC to be a part of the madness because “[Hall H] runs this shit” and oh how happy I am that they did that.

Director David Ayer came out first to completely hype up the fans for the film and the footage they were about to see; he basically gave fans exactly what they wanted to hear saying, “We’re making this movie for you, okay. It’s all about canon, it’s all about being faithful to the source material. You guys know who you are and you know what you want and you’re going to freakin’ get it with this show, okay.

“And all this good vs evil shit is kind of played out right now; it’s time for bad vs evil, right? Time for a movie about bad guys and whose got the best bad guys out there: DC comics. Best villains ever.”

Oooo, controversial (but even being a Marvel fan, I have to admit that the DC villains are some of the best).

The cast (minus Jared Leto, unfortunately) was brought out and they gave a little salute to the audience which sort of gave off the vibe of what the set must be like – pretty awesome. On stage there was Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Will Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Viola Davis, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, and Joel Kinnaman. 

Rather unfortunately, the footage from Suicide Squad was leaked early which (fortunately) forced WB to release the trailer before they wanted to. Check it out below and revel in how amazing this movie is going to be:

Last, but certainly not least, WB brought out the big guns: Batman vs Superman: Dawn of  Justice. 

The panel brought director Zack Snyder to the stage as well as Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, and Holly Hunter. 

Before the cast got talking they debut the special SDCC trailer they put together for the lovely people in Hall H and let me tell you, it definitely psyched me up for this movie a lot more than the initial teaser trailer did… but that probably has something to do with the addition of Wonder Woman. Take a look below:

When Snyder was asked where the story came from he said, “I mean listen, if you want to talk about the story itself or about the particulars of this movie that was a thing we… it’s definitely based on just ideas we had in a room talking about what would be cool to see. The idea of Batman fighting Superman is a thing that happens all the time in the comic books.”

Snyder also broke some rules when it come to the DC canon, he “put Gotham and Metropolis right next to each other. I dunno if it appeared that way ever, but it made sense to us and worked for our story that they were kind of sister cities across a big bay.”

It was then time for the actors to get a word in on their characters and it was the first time, for me anyway, where I got to hear Gadot speak about her character and while I still don’t think she physically looks like Wonder Woman should, she certainly understands the character.

“Well for me, Wonder Woman, I feel like I had been given such a huge opportunity to show this strong, beautiful side of women, finally,” Gadot said. “Wonder Woman has all the strength of a Superhero, but at the same time she’s very sophisticated, loving and has a lot of emotional intelligence so for me I feel very, very privileged to be the one who is going to bring her back to life and I just can’t wait to celebrate this character and I hope you will enjoy it.”

Amy Adams admitted that this was her first stint at SDCC and that she “wanted to be Lois Lane since I was 5 years old.”

Cavill had been lucky enough to have an entire film to build his character and not make it like the Christopher Reeve version of Superman. He explained that “with Zack, on Man of Steel, I built the character as much as I could drawing from the canon and I’ve just tried to follow that and stay true to the character that we ran with in Man of Steel.” 

As for Batman, the character who has been played so many times by many, many different iconic actors, Affleck said if he had thought about the list and tried to draw from them he might not have taken the part so he worked on the character with Snyder.

“I talked to Zack about it and was like ‘are you sure’ and he said ‘I have this vision, I have this idea for the guy and you’re perfect for it.’ So I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He’s like, ‘He’s at the end of his rope, he’s older, he’s like a burn out..’ I appreciate that,” joked Affleck. “The truth was that he took me through the process of creating this character that I quite, almost didn’t see and at the end of it I was even sort of astonished to look at it and go ‘that’s exactly what you pitched me and I wasn’t even sure I was doing it’.”

But that doesn’t mean Affleck didn’t take any advice from the previous masked men. Affleck said he met Christian Bale in a costume shop around Halloween time and Bale gave him some very useful advice: “Make sure you can piss in that suit.”

To see the full DC Comics portion of the Warner Bros Hall H even see the video below:

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