July 24, 2016 by Hope W.
Thanks to Warner Bros, which unveiled a whooping *six* new trailers during their presentation, this year’s San Diego Comic-Con delivered an embarrassment of riches despite being light on the films side — Universal, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Paramount sat out this year. Marvel Studios came this year (after skipping last year) and also revealed a new trailer for Doctor Strange, while attendees lucky enough to be in Hall H got to see some stuff from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and a Thor: Ragnorak mockumentary, but that was it from them.
But Warner’s slate looks AMAZING, so that was enough. 😀
Wonder Woman was my favourite part of the terrible BVS, and the trailer for her solo movie looks super cool and badass! Plus it has Chris Pine, whom I love. 😀
Warner has definitely learnt their lesson from the disappointing results and fan backlash to BVS. The Justice League trailer/”special footage” has a much lighter tone instead of being all DOOM AND GLOOM, THE WORLD, IT IS ENDING; and they used a less broody, more snarky Batfleck — who was one of the better parts of BVS — to assemble the new heroes and sell the premise. It looks like it’ll actually be worth catching. (Though the scenes are still as dark as ever. Wonder Woman suffers from this too. Gosh, why don’t they allow the DC movies to invest in lighting! :S)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
The film is shot majestically yet grittily — and by grittily, I mean I can feel the masculinity oozing out of every pore. (Except for Jude Law, who looks really weird with that chain mail covering his head and his awkward pose. :S) Probably trying to appeal to as many dude bros as possible (both old and young) to make up for the fact that it’s a period film and people strangely need more persuading than usual to be open to this genre. Still looks good though. I like how the cheeky, upbeat music in the beginning, coupled with nifty editing of the flashback, helped inject humour, while the folk song ballad(?) in the latter half infused it with the grandeur of a myth. Hope the movie lives up to its promise! And is that Roose Bolton and Littlefinger I see?
Kong: Skull Island
Tom looks so cool and commanding in the trailer! (Still doesn’t help me forget that he is dating Taylor Swift though. :S Tom, you’re classier than being embroiled with a mega pop star!) But Kong looks ridiculously, can’t-believe-they’re-going-for-him-being-this-size, enormous in the wide shots. Bigger is not necessarily always better.
The Lego Batman Movie
I loved The Lego Movie, and this looks like more of the same. It’s so silly and funny! 😀
We find out more about the magical world of Doctor Strange (including the fact that it takes a leaf from Inception’s book and amplifies it by a billion). We also discover that Benedict Cumberbatch looks really good strutting around in a swirling red cape. 😀
Plus we see a new Marvel logo. I prefer the previous one though. :S
Legion is a TV series spinoff of the X-Men universe, starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey’s Matthew and Beast in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast) as David Haller (who in the comics, is Professor X’s son). The trailer is very mind-trippy. If I have time, I’ll watch this when it comes out.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
There’s also a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but I must confess I’m not very enthused about it, mostly because I don’t like Eddie Redmayne. :S (I still can’t forgive him for stealing Michael Keaton’s more deserved Best Actor Oscar with his Oscar-baiting role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Seriously, practically ANY actor of decent acting capability could have won the Oscar that year if they had been in that role. Leo would totally have won his Oscar a year earlier if the producers had thought of approaching him to be Stephen Hawking.)
I also find it difficult to be invested in Newt Scamander’s world because I’m not as familiar with it as I was with Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling has been releasing information on her Pottermore website, but it’s in dribs and drabs, and I’m too lazy to hunt down and be excited every time a new snippet is released.
But that’s just me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯