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2016 San Diego Comic Con: Reviewing All the New Movie Trailers

2016 San Diego Comic Con: Rise of the Movie Trailers

As we all know by now, the San Diego Comic Con is more about movies than actual comic books. So there’s no surprise that a litany of trailers were released yesterday that premiered at the cultural geek festival.

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This year especially, it was DC who really pushed the trailer aspect. To me that’s nice but not to be outdone Marvel made even bigger news with the announcement that Academy Award winning actress Brie Larson will play Captain Marvel. Combine that with the Black Panther panel and you get a Comic Con that was a triumph of diversity for Marvel.

This year’s Comic Con, on the trailer front for Marvel, there wasn’t much movie wise, but they did premiere the trailers for three upcoming Netflix shows: Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and The Defenders. Match that with the shows Marvel already has on Netflix and you get an impressive streaming resume. Marvel also premiered footage from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Actual comic book movies weren’t the only trailers that premiered at Comic Con. There were also big splashes made by Warner outside the comic book realm with the premiere of the Kong: Skull Island trailer and the premiere of the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword trailer.

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For the purposes of this post I will review the movie trailers only that premiered yesterday at Comic Con.

Wonder Woman [usr=3]

Finally Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman will be able to do more than just float around for 95% of Batman v Superman before appearing as the character. I think Gadot can handle the lead and there were quite a few things about this trailer I liked: the lighter color palette as opposed to the darkness that is BvS and JL, the obvious but still nonetheless refreshing feminist tone (Steve Trevor: “I can’t let you do this.” Wonder Woman: “What I do is not up to you.”), and the humor provided by the more down to earth character of Steve Trevor, played by Star Trek’s Chris Pine.

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It’s always exciting to see a DC film not directed by Zack Snyder but I was a little disconcerted to see director Patty Jenkins channel Snyder a bit in the trailer. Still, hopefully she’ll know how to direct actors and find nuances in the script.

Justice League [usr=2]

Warning: I loathed Batman v Superman and I hate Zack Snyder. Deal with it.

This has cleverly been called “Special Comic Con Footage” by Warner Bros and that makes sense considering not much happens other than seeing more of the characters we wanted to see in Batman v Superman. Flash and Cyborg look fun but there really isn’t much other than a Dirty Dozen kind of rounding up the crew. With Suicide Squad coming out this week that’s not very refreshing. If anything, this special footage should have been incorporated into the second half of Batman v Superman instead of convoluted reasons why Batman and Superman would fight each other — even though we know they won’t stay enemies for long. The most notable thing about this trailer is the shift in tone from the ultra dreariness of Batman v Superman to a more lighthearted approach in this Justice League footage. DC can’t seem to decide what tone they want to go for.

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Part of the reason why there’s not much to show us is that principal photography on Justice League only began last Spring. So there’s no way that production has wrapped yet. The plan was probably specifically to wrap up post production quickly on some scenes to show at Comic Con, but I question why DC would even bother showing us special footage. Yes, again, Flash and Cyborg premiering but Justice League doesn’t come out for another year and a half!!!

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Ben Affleck: #MakeDCFilmsGreatAgain

Look, I don’t want to be completely negative. Hopefully the complete abolishment of the awful David S. Goyer, making Ben Affleck executive producer, the hiring of Geoff Johns and Jon Berg to run the DC Extended Universe — HOPEFULLY that will counterbalance Zack Snyder who needs a very very good script to help. Considering he hasn’t gotten that yet it’s no wonder Man of Steel received mixed to negative reviews while Batman v Superman was critically panned.

Suicide Squad [usr=2.5]

Suicide Squad comes out this week so there’s not really too much we haven’t already seen. This Comic Con trailer was made more for the soundtrack than anything else. There’s a lot riding on Suicide Squad both in terms of box office and critical reception. Will this be the first film in the DCEU to receive positive reviews? The wait is almost over.

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The LEGO Batman Movie [usr=2.5]

LEGO Batman was by far the best character in The LEGO Movie, so it’s no surprise we’re getting a spinoff. This Comic Con trailer is humorous but I’m not really sure if can be subjected to intense criticism. It is what it is and if it does that well it should be a good movie. I’m not terribly excited for this but hey it’s there if you want to see it.

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Kong: Skull Island [usr=3.5]

Monsters exist…

By far the best movie trailer of this year’s Comic Con. A film that is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second installment in Legendary’s ambitiously planned Godzilla–Kong film series. The old adage with monster movies is what made Jaws famous — don’t give away too much of the monster. Some would argue Gareth Edwards 2014 Godzilla took that too far, but it’s a formula that works.

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Featuring a top notch cast ensemble cast starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Toby Kebbell, Tom Wilkinson, Terry Notary, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly.

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I’m not sure if there’s a movie Samuel L. Jackson says no to these days. Jackson was also in Warner Bros Legend of Tarzan released this summer. I am a huge fan of John Goodman there’s probably not a better character actor you can find. One bizarre thing about this trailer is that Tom Hiddleston has no lines in it. He looks to be trying out for Bond alright but it’s just a tad peculiar when the lead actor doesn’t speak. Nonetheless it still looks very thrilling.

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How much interest is there in another Kong movie? Not entirely sure. Peter Jackson’s 2005 Kong did not fare as well at the box office as many would have liked. Still, with this exciting trailer the hype should start to build up.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [usr=2.5]

Yet another Warner Bros product at this year’s Comic Con. Written by J. K. Rowling as her screenwriting debut and inspired by Rowling’s book of the same name. A spin-off/prequel of the Harry Potter film series and directed by David Yates, this film will be the first installment of a trilogy.

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I’m not a giant Potter fan although I like the films quite a bit so I’m probably not the best person to be reviewing this trailer but I found it involving and entertaining. This is the most detailed trailer for the movie we’ve seen yet, although it still reveals very little in terms of overall plot.

Doctor Strange [usr=3]

The first trailer for Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange managed to keep things kind of minimal. However at Comic Con, the second trailer has been unveiled, and it actually reveals some of the magic the film consists of– both actual and figurative– together with the probable imprint Stephen Strange could have on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword [usr=2.5]

Even though Warner proudly displays his name, anyone familiar with Guy Ritchie’s work could have probably guessed this was his film. The first installment of a planned six films series (!!!), this is a ultra revisionist take on the Arthur legend, highlighting that Arthur came from the streets to rightful king. It at least looks entertaining I’m not sure how well the style will mesh but for the most part in Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films it wasn’t that bad.

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The trailer features an excellent track made specifically for the trailer by Sam Lee called “The Wild Wild Berry”.

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