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Superhero blockbusters to flood cinemas

AAP logoAAP 25/07/2016

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 Warner 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 finished on Sunday.

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