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'Watchmen' live up to hype, Frank Miller's got 'Spirit' and Kevin Smith makes a 'Porno.'

Will comic book movies continue to get darker?

Considering one of the darkest yet, 'The Dark Knight,' is smashing one box office record after the next, you can bet your Batsuit they will.

Today's presentation for 'Watchmen,' easily the most anticipated of all Comic-Con movie panels, confirmed superhero flicks will keep exploring super-dark territory.


'Watchmen' live up to hype, Frank Miller's got 'Spirit' and Kevin Smith makes a 'Porno.'

Will comic book movies continue to get darker? Considering one of the darkest yet, 'The Dark Knight,' is smashing one box office record after the next, you can bet your Batsuit they will. Today's presentation for 'Watchmen,' easily the most anticipated of all Comic-Con movie panels, confirmed superhero flicks will keep exploring super-dark territory.

Director Zack Snyder, who two years ago became a God of Comic-Con by unveiling his groundbreaking footage from '300,' followed-up a rambling, bare-bones appearance in '07 with a meaty panel that included all seven of his lead actors an extended take on the trailer that debuted with 'Dark Knight,' this one featuring the "non-PG aspects of the movie." Set to the haunting soundtrack of the Smashing Pumpkins' "The End Is The Beginning of the End," the meditative montage proved but stylish and sobering – and surely amped the anticipation for this adaptation long thought "unfilmable."

Comic-Con pros could've predicted Universal had some tricks up their sleeve when they promoted a 'The Wolf Man' panel featuring "only" makeup artist Rick Baker, a man so revered he got an Oscar nomination for 'Norbit.' Sure enough, out came stars Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt, plus the premiere of a dark and deliciously gory trailer; the sight of guts splattered and limbs ripped off could spell an R-rating. Baker joked about what many of us have said: Del Toro was born to play the Wolf Man. "Just look at him," he laughed.

Frank Miller held down court at the Lionsgate panel of 'The Spirit,' screening the trailer and two clips. The first featured "Eva (Mendes) underwater in a wetsuit": As Miller, who's making his solo directorial debut, explained: "Filming underwater, the technical term for it is ... a f***ing nightmare." The second found Gabriel Macht's titular superhero and main baddie The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) beating the living crap out of each other, at one point with a whole toilet.

The day's major movie panels wrapped up with more toilet humor: Kevin Smith's presentation of his new comedy 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno,' starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Smith revealed a pretty hilarious 5-minute clip in which the two attend a high school reunion and meet gay couple Justin Long and Brandon Routh (yes, Superman), who even share a kiss. The panel was expectedly hilarious, with Long explaining how he got Routh sick from the kiss, Banks riffing off what it's like to work under Smith, who packed on plenty more pounds during the st ("Joyful. But hard to breathe), and Rogen inviting all stalkers ("Send me your hair and s***").