What a time to be alive for fans of Warner Bros. and DC Comics films. Following the unleashing of this new DC universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, WB and DC brought their latest flicks to San Diego Comic-Con. As if they needed to get us even more excited for Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League.
While we don’t everything that will happen with WB/DC’s upcoming film slate, we did get a tease of some things we can expect from their San Diego Comic-Con panel last Saturday. From the Justice League assembling to Suicide Squad’s bad vs. evil to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, we got a taste of what we can expect from the DC Cinematic Universe in the next year.
Here are five things we learned from Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ panel at SDCC:
1. The Justice League is Ready to Kick Ass
No doubt perhaps Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ most anticipated film in the coming year and a half is Justice League, which brings together some of the world’s most famous heroes including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg. The cast assembled together on stage in Hall H to the shrill cries of fanboys and fangirls. And the cast was just loving it. There is so much hype and expectation that comes with Justice League, and it appears as if the cast is more than ready to kick some serious ass.
2. Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman
Make no mistake, Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman embodied. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins raved about Gadot’s strong presence and loving nature that makes her every bit as inspiring as Diana Prince. Just as Princess Diana led “from her heart, not her head,” Gadot said that’s something that she really put into her character. Diana Prince has the heart of a human and the strength of a God. But if there’s one thing we all took away from this panel is that there is no one better suited to play Wonder Woman than Gadot: an inspiring hero in her own right.
3. Wonder Woman Doesn’t Have a Sidekick, She Has a True Partner
Wonder Woman will bring us Diana Prince’s backstory, which includes the introduction of Steve Trevor, the man she eventually fell for. But when it came to Trevor it was important to director Patty Jenkins that he was not a sidekick but a true partner for Diana. Chris Pine explained that Trevor is someone who lives in darkness, and they both learn about the world through each other.
4. Suicide Squad Tells the Story of Bad vs. Evil
When it comes to Suicide Squad one of the things that you need to remember is that these are the bad guys. But there’s more than just bad guys being good guys at play here. Suicide Squad is very much about bad vs. evil. At what point have you done so bad that you become irredeemable? It makes for quite an interesting question that will keep us asking it throughout the film.
5. The Suicide Squad Cast Got Incredibly Close and Into Their Characters
When you’re delving into a project like Suicide Squad not only do you become incredibly close with your cast mates, but there comes a certain point where you really get into your character. Jared Leto was the first one to get things started in terms of embodying his character. Leto, who plays the Joker, got so into “Mr. J” that he sent a live rat to Margot Robbie which left her and even Will Smith freaked out. But then that was also the start of the craziness that was Suicide Squad‘s production.
Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5; Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017, and Justice League hits theaters Nov. 17, 2017.