The DC Cinematic Universe was the day's biggest draw at Comic-Con on Saturday, and Warner Bros. rewarded fans with the first sizzle reel from the Suicide Squad movie, and even more footage from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Here's are a few highlights.
1. David Ayer Lays Down the Suicide Squad Ethos
The director took the stage and summed up his movie's motivation in two brief sentences. "All this good versus evil shit's kinda played out right now," he said. "We need bad versus evil!"
2. The First Footage of Jared Leto as the Joker
With his shirt off, revealing his tattoos, a wired-looking Joker loomed over the final frames of the Suicide Squad sizzle reel, leaning over and giddily telling the camera, "I'm not gonna kill ya. I'm just gonna hurt ya really really bad."
3. The Suicide Squad Made a (Brief) Appearance
Before Zack Snyder came out to show the first footage from Batman v Superman, some of the biggest stars from Suicide Squad came out to say hello to Hall H. Will Smith (Deadshot), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), and Jay Hernandez (El Diablo) were introduced to huge applause before taking a bow and hustling out without taking questions.
4. The New Dawn of Justice Footage Had Some Big Surprises
Not to be outdone by Suicide Squad, Zack Snyder screened some never-before-seen footage that left his fans' jaws on the floor. Here are a few bullet points from what we saw.
• Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays Thomas Wayne in yet another flashback to Batman's origin story.
• A brief shot seemed to show Robin's suit being kept in a glass case in the Batcave. Scrawled across the suit were the words, "Joke's on you!" So what does that mean? Likely this is a universe where Robin has been killed by the Joker, and Batman keeps his old suit as a sort of morbid piece of motivation.
• One shot shows the climactic battle in Man of Steel from the point of view of Bruce Wayne, watching from street level as a huge skyscraper collapses. He runs into the debris to save a young girl, looking up and scowling at the destruction being wrought upon Earth's mere mortals by these Kryptonian combatants. It shows how Dawn of Justice uses Man of Steel's destruction and turns it into a key plot point.
5. Christian Bale Had Some Important Advice for Ben Affleck
Affleck told a story about how he and Christian Bale ran into each other while buying costumes for their kids in Hollywood.
"My son is really into Batman, and we went to a costume store in Hollywood to get a costume," Affleck said. "And we heard 'Oy!' and we turned around and it was Christian Bale, and I said, 'You're the best man, so do you have any advice for me?' And he said, 'Make sure you can piss in that suit.'"
6. Batman's Superman-Fighting Suit Isn't Really About Enhancing His Strength
"We call it the mech suit or whatever, but it's more of a self-preservation concept," Zack Snyder said during the panel. "It's not really enhancing his strength. It's just buying him time from something I, uh, won't say."
7. Metropolis and Gotham Will Be Sister Cities in the DC Universe
Metropolis and Gotham are traditionally not near each other in the DC comic book universe, but Snyder said they felt like they needed to change that to make the new movies work. "The big rule that we broke was putting Metropolis and Gotham right next to each other," he said. "It just made sense for us that they were sister cities across a bay like San Francisco and Oakland."
8. Here's Why Batman Is Fighting Superman
One of the most commonly asked questions about Dawn of Justice is, "Why is Batman fighting Superman?" Well now we know. It's because he was disgusted with the damage Superman and General Zod did to the world while they were fighting in Man of Steel. That widespread destruction was the most criticized part of Man of Steel, but Dawn of Justice might make the critics reevaluate how they feel about that movie. This movie appears to be very much about holding Superman accountable for his God-like powers, and Batman's beef with the Kryptonian is part of that.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story misidentified the actor playing Thomas Wayne as Clive Owen instead of Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The error has been corrected.