'Suicide Squad' Cast Makes Surprise Appearance During 'Batman v Superman' Comic-Con Panel
By John Boone
Warner Bros.’s Comic-Con panel was a real test of patience.
With Marvel out of the picture this year, WB had a shot at "winning" SDCC with their DC heavy panel. Then, the panel started some 15 minutes late -- a million years in Con time. And then Hall H goers waited through Q&As with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. cast and Hugh Jackman for Pan.
It seems the wait was worth it: After announcing Cyborg and Green Lanter Corps movies for the DC Extended Universe, the Suicide Squad officially assembled onstage for the first time, with director David Ayer and nearly the whole cast, including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinneman, and Cara Delevigne. (Jared Leto was noticeably absent, probably being saved for the real deal Suicide Squad panel next year.)
"We were shooting last night, but we had to come in to report to Hall H, because you guys run this sh*t," Ayer told the pumped up crowd. "All this good versus evil sh*t is played out. It’s time for bad versus evil."
And with that, Ayer debuted the first footage from his film, which doesn’t hit theaters until 2016. Most noticeably, we saw Robbie as the wickedly dizzy Harley Quinn, licking jail bars and blowing bubblegum. And of course, Leto's take on the Joke as he declares, "I’m not gonna kill ya. I’m just gonna hurt ya. Really, really bad."
Then it was time for the main even: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Cavill (Superman) was obviously in attendance, as well as Ben "Battfleck" Affleck, director Zach Snyder, Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Jeremy Irons, and Holly Hunter.
Again, Hall H got to see some exclusive footage: An extended trailer for the movie, which revealed that Batman was actually at the Battle of Metropolis from the first movie. As for the 'v' in the title, Bruce Wayne says in the clip, "He has the power to wipe out the entire human race. I’m going to have to destroy him."
Gadot’s Wonder Woman doesn’t speak in the new footage, but she does kick some ass. And during the panel, Gadot said, "Wonder Woman has all the strength of a superhero, but she’s very sophisticated, loving, and has a lot of emotional intelligence."
We also learned during the Q&A that Gotham, which is a working class city, is across the bay from Metropolis, which is a bustling success. Eisenberg’s Luthor will be "less campy" than past takes. And Affleck got some advice on Batman from another cowled crusader.
Affleck said he bumped into Christian Bale while shopping for a Halloween costume with his son. Bale’s advice? "Make sure you can piss in that suit."
Speaking of superheroes, Halle Berry told ET she wants a spinoff movie for Storm.