Wednesday 21 February 2018

Stars come out for Comic-Con to unveil blockbuster previews

Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Dr Strange panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International (AP)
Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Dr Strange panel on day 3 of Comic-Con International (AP)
Ben Affleck at the Justice League panel at Comic-Con International (AP)

The first footage of superhero movie Justice League has been released as a host of Hollywood stars unveiled previews to upcoming blockbusters at Comic-Con International.

Ben Affleck, Will Smith, Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne were among the celebrities at the event in San Diego, where Warners Bros showcased some of the biggest films it will release in the coming months.

Batman actor Affleck, who will direct and star in a standalone movie about the Caped Crusader, was joined on stage by his Justice League co-stars including Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, and Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot to present the film's new trailer.

The clip shows Bruce Wayne trying to recruit a number of superheroes including Aquaman and The Flash to form an "alliance" after warning that "an enemy is coming".

The DC Comics film, which is due for release in November 2017, is set to rival Marvel's Avengers movies, which also feature an ensemble cast of superhero characters.

Oscar-winner Redmayne presented the latest trailer for the Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is due out in November.

The cast of Suicide Squad including Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto revealed more footage from the film ahead of its release in August.

British actor Tom Hiddleston and Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson were among the cast of Kong: Skull Island to attend the event as they unveiled the first trailer for the film.

There were also previews of Wonder Woman, The Lego Batman Movie and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword from director Guy Ritchie.

Tens of thousands of people have descended on San Diego for Comic-Con, the annual gathering of movie, television and comic book super fans. The four-day event will finish on Sunday.

Marvel unveiled new footage from a number of new superhero movies including Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 and Dr Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

The Sherlock star presented a new trailer for the film, which is an adaptation of the comic by Steve Ditko.

Cumberbatch was joined on stage by his co-stars, fellow Britons Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Canadian actress Rachel McAdams. Mads Mikkelesen plays villain Kaecilius in the movie which is set for release in the UK on October 28.

Comic-Con was treated to a first look at Spider-Man: Homecoming despite the film being just 10 days into its shoot.

British actor Tom Holland stars as Peter Parker in the latest big screen reboot of the web-slinger, which director Jon Watts described as a "high school movie". The film is due for release next summer.

Oscar-winner Larson is to star in Captain Marvel as air force pilot Carol Danvers, who gets special powers after an alien encounter. The film - which is not due for release until March 2019 - will be the first in the Marvel cinematic universe to centre on a female character.

Larson, 26, won the Best Actress Academy Award this year for her performance in hostage drama Room.

Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana presented footage from their new film Guardian Of The Galaxy 2, which also stars Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone. The movie is due for release in May next year.

It was announced that a new attraction based on Guardians Of The Galaxy will open at Disneyland in California in the summer of 2017. The ride will replace the Twilight zone Tower of Terror, which is due to close early next year.

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o and Creed actor Michael B Jordan were among the cast of Black Panther to attend Comic-Con.

Nyong'o - who won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for 12 Years A Slave - is set to play Nakia, one of the bodyguards and potential wives of T'Challa (Black Panther).

Chadwick Boseman will play the title role in the film, while Jordan will portray Black Panther's nemesis Erik Killmonger.

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