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New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

Superhero fans, rejoice: A new "Justice League" trailer and movie poster have been revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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Time reported that the trailer released Saturday "hints at the appearance of a mysterious hero," possibly Superman or a Green Lantern. 

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The poster, which features Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), features the words, "You can't save the world alone."

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Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

It was a typical phone call between two boys and their mother, who was on vacation in France. It was brief — the boys wanted to get back to playing with their cousins, not spend time on the phone chatting.

The brevity of that 1997 call haunts Prince William and Prince Harry to this day — for their mother, Princess Diana, would die in a car crash that night.

"Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know 'see you later'... If I'd known now obviously what was going to happen I wouldn't have been so blase about it and everything else," William says in a new documentary. "But that phone call sticks in my mind, quite heavily."

Harry tells the filmmakers the final chat is something he will regret until the end of his days.

"Looking back on it now, it's incredibly hard. I'll have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life," Harry said. "Not knowing that was the last time I was going to speak to my mum. How differently that conversation would have panned out if I'd had even the slightest inkling her life was going to be taken that night."

The ITV documentary "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy" is airing Monday on British TV. Excerpts from the film, and new family photographs, were released Sunday.

The show is one of a series of tributes to Diana expected as the 20th anniversary of her death on August 31, 1997, approaches.

It is only in the last year that William and Harry have spoken openly in public about their feelings about the sudden loss of their mother. William — second-in-line for the British throne after his father Prince Charles — was only 15 at the time. Harry was only 12.

The documentary chronicles Diana's charitable works, including her historic outreach to AIDS victims and her campaign to ban land mines.

William and Harry also stress their mother's fun-loving side, which they say the public generally didn't see.

"Our mother was a total kid through and through. When everybody says to me 'so she was fun, give us an example,' all I can hear is her laugh in my head," says Harry.

William tells a story that reveals the privileged life they led as children. One day, Diana surprised him by having three of the world's top models waiting for him when he got home from school.

"She organized when I came home from school to have Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell waiting at the top of the stairs. I was probably a 12- or 13-year-old boy who had posters of them on his wall," William said. "I went bright red and didn't know quite what to say. And sort of fumbled and I think pretty much fell down the stairs on the way up."

William says he frequently tells his children — Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2 — about Diana so she can be a presence in her grandchildren's lives.

"She'd be a lovely grandmother. She'd absolutely love it, she'd love the children to bits," he said.

WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

A young Wonder Woman fan has something to smile about after sharing a heartwarming moment with actress Gal Gadot at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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According to "Entertainment Tonight," a girl dressed as the superhero seemed to have tears in her eyes when she met Gadot during a "Justice League" autograph signing Saturday. Gadot immediately smiled at the young fan, took her hand and offered some words of encouragement. 

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"Now we are friends, so there's no reason to cry anymore. We are together!" Gadot said in a viral video of the exchange shared by Variety, according to "ET."

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Gadot's "Justice League" co-star Ezra Miller also contributed to the pep talk.

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"You're a warrior. ... I think the ability to let yourself cry is what makes you such a warrior," he said, according to "ET." "Come join the Justice League whenever you get ready."

"Sweet kid," co-star Ben Affleck added.

Comic-Con goes wild for 'Black Panther' at Marvel panel

"Black Panther" stole the show Saturday night at Marvel Studios' Comic-Con presentation, outshining the Ant-Man, Thor and even the ultimate Avengers team-up, "Infinity War."

Fans went wild for the exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming superhero pic, featuring star Chadwick Boseman T'Challa intercepting a sketchy vibranium trade between Andy Serkis' Klaw and Martin Freeman's Everett. Set in an elegant, Japanese-inspired casino, the deal goes haywire and T'Challa and his security detail (Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira) jump to action in their evening gowns to retrieve the precious goods.

The clip was followed by the trailer for the film from "Creed" director Ryan Coogler and the 6,500 souls in the audience erupted into deafening cheers at the sight of T'Challa morphing into the Black Panther suit.

The film finds T'Challa returning to his home of Wakanda after the death of his father, the king.

"He's still mourning his father's death. It's a transition period that gets interrupted, and he's struggling with the type of king he wants to be," said Boseman.

Coogler, Boseman, Nyong'o, Gurira, Serkis and more of the cast were on hand in San Diego to talk about the film, out Feb, 16, 2019.

Nyong'o described her character as a spy who goes undercover to report back to Wakanda about what is going on in the rest of the world.

"Wakanda is an isolated nation," Nyongo said. "The world does not need to know what's going on in Wakanda."

Coogler said he'd always had a fondness for comic books, and found "Black Panther" at a pivotal moment.

"I grew up as black kid in the Bay Area and grew up with comic books and it didn't matter what color the superheroes were. I read X-Men, I read Spider-Man," Coogler said. Then he started looking for a character that looked like him and he stumbled on Black Panther.

Marvel Studios also teased its third "Thor" film, "Thor: Ragnarok ," which has quite a different and more irreverent tone from previous installments, and hits theaters in November.

"I've played this character five times," Chris Hemsworth told the audience. "Me, personally, I got a little bored and thought we've got to try something a little different ... Push the envelope, take it to another level."

So, they cut his hair, take his hammer away and pit him against Jeff Goldblum and Cate Blanchett. When Blanchett's Hela, the goddess of death, invades Asgard, Thor finds himself on the run and under the control of Goldblum's Grandmaster on Sakaar where he is pitted against the Hulk in a Gladiator tournament. In this film, the Hulk refuses to turn back into Bruce Banner, but he is learning to speak, albeit slowly.

"He has the vocabulary of a two year old," Mark Ruffalo said.

Marvel also unveiled the "Avengers: Infinity War" footage that the studio had previously shown to audiences at the Disney fan convention, D23, and made a few announcements regarding upcoming films: Michelle Pfeiffer will play Evangeline Lilly's character's mom Janet van Dyne in the "Ant-Man" sequel "Ant Man and the Wasp" and "Captain Marvel," Marvel's first female-driven superhero movie, will be set in the 1990s.

As Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige described it: It's so long ago that Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury will have two eyes.


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Michelle Pfeiffer joins 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' as Janet

Michelle Pfeiffer is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios announced Saturday at Comic-Con that Pfeiffer has been cast in the "Ant-Man" sequel "Ant-Man and the Wasp" as Janet van Dyne, who is Hank Pym's missing wife.

Pfeiffer will be starring alongside returning Ant-Man actors Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas in the film.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige also announced that Randall Park and Laurence Fishburne were joining the sequel.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" will be directed by Peyton Reed and hits theaters on July 6, 2018.

'Westworld' cast talks existentialism, robots at Comic-Con

Actress Evan Rachel Wood says working on "Westworld" changed her life.

She says the series about a futuristic park manned by robot hosts where humans can live out their fantasies has inspired existential questions about her own life. She also says the powerful character she plays has empowered her off-screen as well.

"It's so fulfilling," she said Saturday at a Comic-Con panel for the HBO show. "Because especially as women, and I don't know if this is true for men too, but a lot of times you feel as if your wings have been clipped and you're not being represented the way that you want to. And this was like just like somebody had given me (expletive) condor wings and I got to take off and fly."

Wood appeared alongside showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and her fellow cast members for a presentation inside the San Diego Convention Center's largest exhibition hall. Other cast members at the panel included Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson and Thandie Newton.

Newton said she's been inspired and empowered by her role on the show, which recently received 22 Emmy nominations.

"I'm so into the existential stuff on the show," she said. "In moment of chaos, when you think you know nothing, that's when gifts come. I just think that's incredibly profound."

Though her character is an android prostitute, she gradually becomes more self-aware.

Nolan and Joy said they parsed out their scripts incrementally during the first season so the actors wouldn't know too much about the story line or their characters' trajectories.

Joy said her work on the show's second season has been inspired by the poetry of William Blake. Nolan added that he's been inspired by video games, including "Grand Theft Auto" and "Red Dead Redemption."

The second season of "Westworld" is set to debut next year.


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Creators, cast of 'Stranger Things' debut season 2 trailer

The creators of "Stranger Things" premiered a trailer for the show's second season at Comic-Con on Saturday that was so new, even the cast hadn't seen it.

The Duffer Bros. were joined by director Shawn Levy and stars Millie Bobby Brown, Matthew Modine and the crew of young actors who play a group of friends searching for their buddy who mysteriously disappears. The trailer shows that Will Byers, who went missing in the first season, continues to be haunted by the experience.

"Will shows more bravery and you'll definitely learn how the Upside Down affected Will and you'll get more into his story line," said Noah Schnapp, the 12-year-old actor who plays Will.

The Upside Down is an alternate dimension where Will spent time during his disappearance. It's similar to the characters' everyday world in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, except more creepy, rendered in grayscale and inhabited by a multi-limbed monster.

Three new cast members were introduced who are joining the second season of the show: Paul Reiser portrays a government official, 15-year-old Sadie Sink plays a character named Max who joins the group of young boys, and Dacre Montgomery takes on a character he described as "a human antagonist."

"I hope I can be scary enough," the actor said.

Thirteen-year-old Brown, who plays the scene-stealing Eleven, shared how challenging it is to play a character who speaks so little.

"It was difficult because obviously I had very few lines and I had to express everything with my face," the actress said. "But it gets easier when you feel more comfortable with your character... It's hard to keep a straight face with, you know, teen boys because they play pranks and they tell a lot of jokes when I'm doing an emotional scene."

The camaraderie among the cast was clear as they watched the trailer for the new season. They craned their necks to see the giant screen from their position on the dais, then hugged afterward.

The sci-fi series is set to return to Netflix on Oct. 31.


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Charlize Theron on equal pay, female action stars and Bond

Charlize Theron has a message to audiences: See female-driven movies, and studios will make more.

"I always say to studios, 'Make more female-driven movies,' " Theron said. "They said, 'We would if people go and see them.' So go see those movies!"

Theron gave a wide-ranging talk at Comic-Con on Saturday in promotion of her upcoming film "Atomic Blonde" in which she addressed the Hollywood pay gap, her own pet peeves about female action star clichés and whether or not she'd be open to playing a female James Bond, now that even Doctor Who has been made into a woman.

On the Bond question, posed in a statement by her old co-star Chris Hemsworth, Theron said she's "all for it," but is fine "leaving that one over to Daniel (Craig) or Idris (Elba)."

"I'll do Lorraine," she said in reference to her "Atomic Blonde" character — a ruthless British spy on a mission in Berlin near the end of the Cold War.

"I think that this character is someone who can hopefully live and breathe in that same format," Theron added.

"Atomic Blonde" hits theaters on July 28 and is a project Theron has been developing for years. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly writer Sara Vilkomerson in Comic-Con's Hall H, Theron said that she was waiting around for something very specific and when that role wasn't coming to her, she went out in search for it. She and her production team found an unpublished graphic novel that would become the film.

Theron likes Lorraine because she is a bit of an enigma. One of her quibbles with action films centered on female protagonists is that the characters are always given a backstory or a justification for why they became warriors.

"We don't need to lose a child or a husband or have some kind of revenge story to become a warrior," Theron said. "(Lorraine) exists. She's simply her. We don't ever over-explain why she exists or why she's any good at her job."

Going along with the theme of female empowerment, Theron also celebrated director Patty Jenkins' success with "Wonder Woman." Jenkins directed Theron in her Oscar-winning performance in "Monster" 17 years ago.

"We need to have more women make these movies for sure," Theron said. She hopes that "Wonder Woman's" success and that of "Atomic Blonde" will help move the needle in getting more female-driven movies made and more movies from female directors.

Theron also addressed the issue of the gender pay gap in Hollywood, saying that she put her foot down with "The Huntsman: Winter's War," where she demanded to have the same pay as Hemsworth. Universal Pictures executives did not even argue with her, she said.

She acknowledged too that she is in a unique position where she can pick and choose roles and when she works, and that not all actresses have that luxury. "With social media, we need to keep this conversation going," Theron said.


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Harrison Ford delights Comic-Con with gruff charm

Harrison Ford is still Harrison Ford, gruff charm and all. The actor delighted and toyed with excited audiences at Comic-Con on Saturday in promotion of "Blade Runner 2049." Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard in the film, which hits theaters in October.

Ford said he gained a greater understanding of his character in the sequel. But when asked whether or not the film answers questions about the original, Ford just paused and said that it doesn't matter what he thinks.

He closed out the panel with a laugh and a cheer.

When an audience member asked if it was Ford's life goal to reboot all of his iconic roles, Ford said, "You bet your (expletive) it is."

Ben Affleck to fans: I'm still Batman, despite rumors

Ben Affleck is still Batman. The actor shot down rumors that he would be hanging up his cape for the stand-alone Batman film, even though he recently ceded directing responsibilities.

Speaking to a crowd of about 6,500 fans at San Diego Comic-Con, Affleck unequivocally assured the crowd that he is still starring in "The Batman."

On Friday, the trade publication The Hollywood Reporter published a report that Warner Bros. was working on plans to "usher out Affleck's Batman gracefully" and suggested that it might happen before "The Batman." The report threatened to overshadow Warner Bros.' flashy Hall H presentation on Saturday, which was focused on hyping the studio's big superhero mashup film "Justice League," which hits theaters in November.

"Let me be very clear. I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest part in any universe, DC or Marvel," Affleck said. He wanted to knock down the idea that he wasn't committed to the character, even though he won't be directing.

Affleck praised director Matt Reeves' vision and said he would "be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves." Reeves recently directed "War for the Planet of the Apes."

With the cloud lifted, Affleck and his fellow "Justice League " stars Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher were left to talk about the upcoming film, which has had its own fair share of upheaval recently when director Zack Snyder exited for personal reasons and Joss Whedon took over the reshoots and completion of the film.

Neither Snyder nor Whedon were at Comic-Con, although Snyder tweeted Friday that he was sending his best to the "Justice League" team.

The footage focused heavily on Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, who emerged as the clear favorite of the fans in the audience who screamed at every shot of the Amazonian warrior. "Wonder Woman" recently became the highest grossing of the four DC Extended Universe films.

Another person missing from the panel was Superman star Henry Cavill. When a young fan asked the actors if he'll show up in the film, Gadot reassured him. "We can't say much but if you love Superman you're going to be very, very happy," she said.

Warner Bros. also teased a bit of "Aquaman," out Dec, 2018, starring Momoa in the title role. A snippet of footage from the James Wan-directed film, showed fishermen who are quite surprised when something under the water catches on to the hook and starts dragging the boat along. They look underwater to see a fleet of giant ships coasting under the surface.

Momoa also teased that Ocean Master would be the film's main villain, though he laughed that he would likely get in trouble for it.

The studio didn't go past the 2018 slate of films, however.

If Batman and Wonder Woman weren't enough, Marvel Studios is primed to take center stage in Hall H on Saturday evening.


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