Warner Bros brings darker superheroes to battle at Comic-Con

Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:18pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Superheroes are going rogue with Warner Bros' DC universe, as the studio made a splash with its brooding caped crusaders and ragtag team of anti-heroes at Saturday's Comic-Con.

Director Zack Snyder and actors Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot offered fans at San Diego's annual pop culture and film convention an exclusive look at the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." The film, due out in March, will usher in a new age for DC Comics' cinematic universe.

Affleck, who plays Batman, said he felt the pressure of the role since actors such as George Clooney and Christian Bale have already worn the batsuit.

Fans also were the first to see a new trailer that served up destruction and grit, and cheered loudly when the final scene showed Superman ripping off the doors of the Batmobile, and Batman rising to face him.

Superman (Cavill) is questioned about his power and intentions, while Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego, is held responsible for a tragedy and channels his rage into becoming Batman. The trailer also features Godot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.

For the first time, Metropolis from the Superman world and Gotham from the Batman comics will be neighboring cities, separated by a bay, Snyder said.

Affleck described Metropolis as big and successful, while Gotham is downtrodden.

"The whole idea of wealth and power and how power engenders fear ... made it feel real and smart to me," Affleck said.   Continued...