Who needs Gotham City when San Diego is so nice this time of year?
That's what Batman himself must have decided, as Ben Affleck arrived at San Diego Comic-Con this year in time for Warner Bros.' Hall H panel. And that's not all: Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) came as well, alongside the first footage from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
The footage begins with an overwhelming swell of drums, pounding louder and more intensely as the times passes. The dark screen quickly gives way to an outpouring of rain, as we see a man standing next to the Bat Signal. He slams the signal on, and we see it shine its logo right onto another hero — Superman.
The man operating the Bat Signal? None other than Batman himself. It's Ben Affleck looking like a vision ripped straight from the pages of Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns." He's covered head to toe in an armored Bat Suit, complete with light-up blue eyes. He's not the only one with glowing eyes: Superman stares right back down at him, his heat-vision swelling in his own gaze. The footage cuts right as the drums reach a fever pitch, and the battle presumably begins.
It was an intense piece of footage, and it was received with equal intensity from the fans. But that wasn't all: Zack Snyder, who premiered the footage, one-upped himself by bringing Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman onto the stage, alongside concept art of how each of them look. The big reveal: the Wonder Woman costume, which looks very traditional, albeit armored-up.
The Snyder-Affleck-Cavill-Gadot appearance, alongside the first footage, was a massively welcomed surprise to kick off the Hall H panel. Your move, Marvel.
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" arrives on May 6, 2016.