Batman and Superman weren’t around, but do you really need those guys when you’ve got power trio of Wonder Woman, Shazam and Aquaman?
Warner Bros. came strong with its DC superhero slate at Comic-Con, presenting trailers and new footage from Aquaman (in cinemas Dec. 21), Shazam! (April 5) and Wonder Woman 1984 (Nov. 21, 2019), plus letting its cast and creators weigh on everything from the Reagan era to water fun.
Here are the highlights:
Wonder Woman’s going back to the 1980s for a reason
Director Patty Jenkins showed a quick clip (since they’ve only been filming ‘1984’ for a little over a month) with Gal Gadot’s Diana taking on bad guys and saving children in a retro mall.
“When you dig into these eras, they as metaphors really symbolize things that are true always,” Jenkins said. While the World War I setting of the original “Wonder Woman” showed “a time of modernity and a mechanized world,” Jenkins set the followup in the 1980s, “because it really was mankind at its best and worst. We’re aware of the prices of some of our behavior nowadays but we weren’t in the ’80s — we were at the top.”
You’re going to have to wait to find out about Steve Trevor
When the first shots from “1984” arrived last month, the Internet was abuzz about Wonder Woman’s love interest (Chris Pine) still being alive nearly 70 years after he sacrificed himself and, seemingly, died in a plane explosion to help Diana. But it seems that’s going to be a mystery for a while because Pine isn’t talking. “I’m actually not even here right now. I’m an aura of emotional support for my pals,” he deadpanned. Gadot chimed in that he’s been the “water girl,” helping out “when we’re sad and we’re hungry.”
Zachary Levi’s living the dream as Shazam
Comic-Con got the very first look at the trailer for Shazam!, a fun flick about a young boy named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) running into a wizard (Djimon Hounsou) and becoming a muscular, supersuited dude (Levi) when he says the magic word.
“This is complete wish fulfilment,” said the former Chuck star and self-admitted nerd. “This is 14 year old me who got to put on a cape and fly around.”
Youngsters Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer agreed that Levi was the biggest kid on set. “That’s a fair assessment,” confirmed their geeky co-star.
Everybody in Aquaman has a water story
After much anticipation, the Aquaman trailer was released and it was full of wet derring-do, with guys on war sharks and a lot of spectacle involved with director James Wan‘s vision of a wondrous Atlantis.
Playing the title hero, though, Jason Momoa said he still, to this day, has harness burns on his skin from doing some swimming stunts before admitting that “we drowned Yahya.”
He’s speaking of Yahya Abdul-Matteen II (aka villain Black Manta), who couldn’t swim but taught himself in secret “because I don’t want to be that dude,” he said. “The first thing I did when I landed was I bought a pair of goggles, a kickboard, and went down to the hotel pool and was like, ‘I gotta get ready! I gotta get ready!’ … And then I never had to swim.”
But Nicole Kidman is not afraid of taking one for the team
Making her first appearance at Comic-Con, Kidman regaled the audience talking about how she filmed an early scene as Queen Atlanna washed up on a rock. “I got to lie there with massive waves crashing over me and I’m thinking, ‘The bigger, the better. Come on, James, that’s why I’m doing this movie!'”
Wan added, “Nicole’s such a trouper because we were pummelling her with a massive water tank and huge wind gusts coming down on her. When you get hit by those, it’s like being pelted by rocks.” – Brian Truitt/USA Today/Tribune News Service