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'Justice League' and 'Wonder Woman' wow crowds at Comic Con

Justice League
Source: DC Comics

What a time to be a geek.

At the annual San Diego Comic Convention, movie trailers for the next generation of super hero movies debuted, sending the Internet into paroxysms of comic fan ecstasy.

"Wonder Woman" and "The Justice League"—the brainchildren of DC Comics' fledgling entertainment division—dazzled audiences and reportedly drew standing ovations at SDCC panel discussions. The Justice League, billed as DC's answer to Marvel's highly lucrative "Avengers" series, has high expectations.

"Wonder Woman" also bears the weight of both high expectations and years of false starts. At one point, "Avengers" director Joss Whedon was attached to a project that was set to bring the Amazon warrior to the big screen, but it never took off.

"Batman vs. Superman" was widely panned by critics, but Gal Gadot won high praise for her brief on-screen portrayal as the iconic female superhero.

The movies are a shot across the bow at Marvel, who has dominated the big screen with its super hero offerings for more than a decade. Franchises like "Spider Man," "The X-Men" and "The Avengers" have been monster Hollywood hits, upping the ante for DC as it seeks to bring its own characters to life.