Comic-Con: 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Trailer Debuts

Ravenous geek rapture at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.
Ravenous geek rapture at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

The voices of thousands of boisterous fans wrapped up in a ravenous geek rapture exploded in San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H after the showing of the new trailer for Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The movie is ostensibly a sequel to 2013's Man of Steel, but this movie, more than Steel, is really the jumping off point for Warners’ much ballyhooed cinematic universe based on characters seen in the comics published by DC Entertainment.

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot were on hand for the presentation, along with co-star Jesse Eisenberg, Holly Hunter, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Irons, as well as director Zack Snyder.

The movie not only introduces Wonder Woman, making her first screen appearance since the Linda Carter television series, but it also unveils heroes such as Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg.

Snyder talked of his inspiration for the movie's story, saying it's less centered on the classic mini-series The Dark Knight Returns than people think.

"There’s been a lot of talk of my love for a particular comic book, The Dark Knight Returns…I definitely homage in the movie,  as a way to say to Frank Miler, ‘I love your work'…but this story is not that story."

Affleck drew several laughs during the presentation with perhaps the loudest being an anecdote about him meeting Christian Bale in the Batman aisle of a Halloween costume store.

Affleck was still new to the role and felt nervous about it and just happened to be shopping with his son looking for costumes when he ran into Bale. He asked the actor who played Batman in three Christopher Nolan movies if he had any advice.

“Make sure you can piss in that suit,” Bale told him.

The trailer shows a very serious-minded movie, something Eisenberg credited Argo writer Chris Terrio. "There’s an emotional groundedness to this version. And that’s due to Chris Terrio. He gives every character a real emotional core even though the situations are very theatrical," Eisenberg said.

The movie is also Warners' aggressive answer to the cinematic universe template first initiated by Marvel Studios, which this year is not attending the annual pop culture celebration.

Warners previously showed off a teaser trailer for Batman v Superman but the effort to make an impact was mangled when the trailer leaked early online and, in turn, the studio was forced to unveil it on a Friday afternoon during the same time period Disney released the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Saturday's panel, which also included a surprise appearance of the cast of Suicide Squad and a cool sizzle from that still in-production movie, allowed Warners to seize control of the word once more.