Nine awesome things about Warner Brothers’ Comic Con panel

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

If you wanted to get into Hall H on Saturday at the San Diego Comic Con, chances are, you or one of your crew joined a line which officially started at 10 p.m. on Thursday night. A small group was actually ready to start lining up as early as Tuesday night. Come in too late on Friday and you’d be shut out.

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In years past, Warner Brothers would always start Saturdays with their big presentation and this year was no exception. I think this is the biggest and most anticipated one they had yet.

These are just nine of the things some 6,500 fans who camped out and lined up were treated to:

1. None other than Conan O’ Brien moderated the presentation.

2. The new Wonder Woman film was the star on top of this Christmas tree. First, they debuted a trailer that got everyone excited. Then, director Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta) and Chris Pine (Steve Trevor) came out for quick panel. This may just be the most anticipated film of 2017 next to Star Wars 8.

I’ll say it again, “Wonder Woman” was the best thing about Batman vs. Superman and it looks like she’ll show the boys how it’s done.

3. They showed a short preview of scenes for Justice League and brought out Ben Affleck (Batman), Henry Cavill (I guess Superman didn’t die after all), Ezra Miller (getting a lot of love from the crowd as the new Flash), the very sexy Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ray Fisher (Cyborg). Wonder Woman is in it too. If things go right, 2017 will be her year.

Will 2017 be Wonder Woman’s year?

Will 2017 be Wonder Woman’s year?

4. The entire cast of Suicide Squad came out to discuss the upcoming film: Margot Robbie was, as expected, the standout as Harley Quinn though I’m just as curious to see what Jared Leto (Joker) brings to the film. Also in the cast are: Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Will Smith (Deadshot), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), Karen Fukuhara (Katana), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jay Hernandez (El Diablo), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc), and Adam Beach (Slipknot). Director David Ayer was clearly thrilled for his baby.

In the last minute of the panel, they called on cosplayers who won a contest to come up on stage and get a photo with their counterparts from the cast.

6. The Kong: Skull Island panel brought director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Tom Hiddleston (thankfully minus Tay-Tay), Brie Larson, the brilliant John Goodman, and Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins (both previously from Straight Outta Compton). The film was shot in Vietnam.

7. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword directed by Guy Ritchie, gives the Arthur story a rock and roll treatment. Only Charlie Hunnam (Arthur) was present to talk about the film but that was completely fine with me.

8. The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them panel had director David Yates and actors Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scarmander), Colin Farrell (Percival Graves) Ezra Miller (Credence) Katherine Waterston (Porpentina Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Allison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein).

To kick off this part of the panel, Eddie (a Hall H first timer) took out his wand and said “lumos.” The lights went back on and said he needed help form the audience for a spell, after which he proceeded to start giving out Newt Scarmander wands to everyone in the crowd. He was helped by folks in sharp 1920’s attire, so the wands got to everyone quick.

9. Finally, to add to the drama of their presentation, they brought out the 180 degree screens to present exhilarating images for each of their films.

The first of their heavy hitters is Suicide Squad which will be released on August 3 in Metro Manila. Whew.

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