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.
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.
“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.
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.