First ‘Justice League’ trailer is a massive change in tone for Batman

Batfleck’s got jokes! The first ever “Justice League” trailer is here, and it is heavy, heavy, heavy on the rock and roll and superhero jokes. But don’t worry, Ben Affleck is still doing the bat voice.

Watch as Ben Affleck’s Batman assembles the ultimate DC hero squad in the first trailer for “Justice League,” which was released during the Warner Bros. panel in Hall H at Comic-Con.

And to all those complaining about the overly dark “BVS” tone: “Justice League” heard you.

 

Henry Cavill goes undercover at Comic-Con, surprises Will Smith

In the great superhero movie arms race, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are in the unenviable position of having to play catch-up to their distinguished competition, Marvel. It’s not their fault that Marvel re-calibrated the way sequels work with their cinematic universe. And it’s not their fault that Marvel had a nine-movie head start.

So how did WB/DC respond at Comic-Con 2016? By bringing out the whole bloody Justice League:Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.

Oh, and they delivered the Suicide Squad too: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara and the great and powerful Viola Davis.

Star wattage goes a long way, and the lights were bright in Hall H. But what makes or breaks a presentation like this is the footage. And the footage – a first look at 2017’s Justice League, the first official trailer for 2017’s “Wonder Woman” and a special Comic-Con sizzle for August’s “Suicide Squad” — was heartening.

Heartening because the chief knock against Warners’ DC output has been that it is excessively grim and humorless.

Game Of Thrones shares bloopers at Comic-Con panel

For a show that has become as tonally dark as the worst winter in the history of the Seven Kingdoms, Game of Thrones‘ lighter moments of comedic relief are as life-giving as the R’hllor, the Lord of Light. Knowing full well that Comic-Con attendees are rabid for any new information about or footage from Westeros after the most epically grim and gripping season finale to date, HBO graced fans with the funniest supercut in the history of the show, and it’s a breath of fresh air.

Below you can peep an entire blooper reel from season six, featuring Peter Dinklage messing up the word “benevolent” a thousand times, Kit Harington covering up his junk before he reanimates, Rory McCann (the Hound) struggling to chop wood with an ax, and Emilia Clarke seriously butchering the Dothraki language. It is an incredibly lighthearted look at the moments from Thrones that are otherwise anxiety inducing and tense. Sure, we rely on Tyrion for these moments in the show, but that is what makes his IRL bloopers that much funnier.

During the panel, HBO also released a beautiful behind-the-scenes look at the sets and props that are evidently from the forthcoming seventh season. We see hands cutting and smoothing wooden props, sharpening metal swords, and setting up complex sets. The biggest tease from the video comes when we see the script from the upcoming season finale being dropped on a desk in front of us. So close but so far away! Just let us read one page, David and DB! Come on dudes, we can’t wait until next summer to find out what happens to the inhabitants (living and dead) of the realm.

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