The Biggest Trailers From San Diego Comic-Con 2016

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San Diego Comic-Con isn’t what it used to be. The one time intimate comic book convention has turned into one of Hollywood’s biggest showcases for some of their most prized features and television shows. This year there were several big announcements. Some were exciting (Brie Larson as the new Captain Marvel). Others not as much (the trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). We did some big first looks at several highly anticipated movies. Here are a few thoughts on some of the biggest trailers from SDCC 2016.

“Wonder Woman”

My gosh, how can you not start with “Wonder Woman”? DC definitely gets their promotion off on the right foot for their 2017 Wonder Woman stand alone movie. Everything about this origin story looks great. The World War I setting is intriguing and offers a much different flavor. Gal Gadot looks very comfortable in her role (as much as a trailer can show that). Chris Pine seems like a perfect fit. The attention to a strong female lead seems to be more than just lip service. The action looks incredible. AND WE SEE THE LASSO OF TRUTH! The trailer did everything I need it to do – sell me, intrigue me, and make the geek-boy in me giddy with excitement.

“Kong: Skull Island”

I have to admit “Kong: Skull Island” wasn’t on my radar initially. It seemed like the perfect subject for another summer popcorn movie rehash. My perspective has changed. The new trailer did several things to get me on board. First off the cast – Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Tobey Kebbell all excite me. Second, the Vietnam War era setting instantly grabbed me. The attention to that period detail seems spot-on. I also love how we are only given glimpses of Kong, but what we see makes him look bigger and even more frightening. This could be a real treat and a wonderful flashback to the old school creature features that I have loved. Look for it March 10, 2017.

“Justice League”

“Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” may end up being the most talked about film of 2016. There are many who love to hate on it while others vehemently defend it. I was a big fan and had a much better experience than the many. But “BvS” left many people wondering about “Justice League”. Now we have the first glimpse of the film and it looks pretty good. This is clearly not an officially finished trailer. It’s an introduction meant to wet your appetite. The most obvious thing is the much lighter tone. Jokes, banter, a White Stripes song – it all points to a more lighthearted experience. That was never an issue for me but for those wanting a more Avengers-like tone should be getting it. I love the heroes (Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is a hoot) and I’m hoping the story delivers. We will know on November 17, 2017 but so far, so good.

“Doctor Strange”

The first trailer for Marvel’s upcoming “Doctor Strange” left me on the fence. Nothing about it looked that compelling. Things certainly opened up in trailer #2 and now I find myself anxious to see more. I kept thinking it looked like a mindbending, psychedelic experience visually inspired by Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” but on a much larger scale. That’s not a bad thing. Benedict Cumberbatch seems the perfect choice to play the eccentric Sorcerer Supreme and there are some supporting roles I can’t wait to see namely Mads Mikkelsen as the antagonist with a twist. You won’t have to wait long for this one. It hits theaters November 4, 2016.

So there a few thoughts on some of the biggest SDCC movie announcements. I would love to read your thoughts on these trailers. Excited? Skeptical? Let me know in the comments section below.

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19 thoughts on “The Biggest Trailers From San Diego Comic-Con 2016

    • Wonder Woman has the opportunity to be something truly unique for the genre. Hopefully they won’t screw it up. I think the exact same thing could be said for Doctor Strange.

  1. I really don’t like Wonder Woman, but damn it, that trailer is selling me. lol
    I’m still not sold on Doctor Strange (though I’ll probably see it anyways) or Skull Island. I still need to see BvS, but I really like Ezra Miller so he’s intriguing me the most in the Justice League trailer.

    • Not a Wonder Woman fan? I like her quite a bit. My wife is a rabid fan going waaay back. Obviously the trailer really amped her up. BvS has a ton of haters and in some instances I can see why. I was all onboard with it. I don’t need every superhero movie to be a wild playful romp. I actually thought its serious tone was refreshing.

  2. I thought Dr. Strange and Kong: Skull Island look alright while Justice League look cool because of Ezra Miller. Yet, it is…. Wonder Woman that is just…. holy fuck. I want to fucking see that.

    • You are the second person to mention Ezra Miller. That name didn’t even register with me. It looks like he could potentially be a good Barry Allen.

  3. I think I’m with you on Kong: Skull Island. I had initially written it off as more forgettable summer blockbuster fluff but that cast is top-notch. No way is that going to be a let-down. Bring it on!

  4. Hey Keith! Funny I was more excited for ‘King Arthur’ than ‘Kong: Skull Island’ though I like both actors. I would end up watching both though, esp since it’s got Brie in ‘Kong.’ But Wonder Woman, boy I can’t friggin’ wait for that!! The trailer looks sooo good! The geek-girl in me is giddy with excitement too 🙂

    P.S. My double review of STB is up now.

    • I’m like you, I will definitely see them both. For me the King Arthur trailer just felt so unusual. As for Kong, I didn’t even pay it any attention when it was announced. I didn’t know much about it going into this trailer. I think that’s one reason I was so pleasantly surprised. Fingers crossed for that one.

      What do you think about Doctor Strange? I was pretty iffy but this new trailer has me a little more interested.

      • I’ve become increasingly bored seeing Benedict Cumberbatch everywhere so naturally I’m not as excited about Dr Strange. Plus the story doesn’t seem all that interesting either.

  5. I liked final trailer for SSquad the most but that Wonder Woman trailer was fantastic – the editing in particular was spot on and Gadot is so good in this role

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