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Wonder Woman Steals The Show During Comic-Con

The superhero and film with the same name were mentioned the most on social media in connection to Comic-Con 2016 by early Sunday

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Marlene Lopez of Los Angeles as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con 2016. — AFP/Getty Images
Jul 24, 2016 at 9:44 AM ET

This year’s Comic-Con was chock full of what attendees love most about the annual convention in San Diego: new franchise announcements, free swag, and long-awaited movie trailers—including one featuring the superhero who became the talk of the town.

On Saturday, DC Comics premiered its first trailer for “Wonder Woman,” played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot. The film and the superhero it’s named after became the most talked-about of any superhero on social media related to Comic-Con, which runs from Wednesday to Sunday. More than 100,000 tweets related to Comic-Con mentioned the lasso-swinging Amazonian princess from Tuesday morning to early Sunday morning San Diego time, Vocativ discovered using our technology.

Much of the chatter appeared to be reaction to the trailer, which shows Wonder Woman batting entire armies in slow motion. And it was mostly positive, with many users praising the first glimpse of the movie and applauding Gadot’s portrayal of the famous character.

Wonder Woman was so popular that she was mentioned more than twice as much on Twitter during the event as the convention’s second most-popular superhero: Doctor Strange. Twitter users mentioned the character and the film “Doctor Strange” more than 40,000 times in connection to Comic-Con 2016 from Tuesday to early Sunday. On Saturday, Marvel premiered a second trailer for the film, which features Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.

Throughout Comic-Con, Marvel also focused on teasing several new Netflix series, and the studio announced that Brie Larson, who starred in the 2015 drama “Room,” will play a female Captain Marvel in a future movie adaptation with the same name. The studio didn’t release a trailer for that movie, but it still generated slightly more mentions than either of DC Comics’ popular supervillains, with more than 12,000 tweets.

In all, DC Comics—Marvel’s rival—released new footage from three major film releases by Saturday, including 2017’s “Justice League” and next month’s “Suicide Squad.”

As for fans, they seemed to be more enamored with superheroes than with supervillains. Batman and Superman, who both star in the film “Justice League,” received 30,000 and 20,000 mentions, respectively, in relation to Comic-Con. Meanwhile, Harley Quinn and The Joker, arguably the biggest characters in August’s “Suicide Squad,” received only 12,000 and 11,000 mentions each.