This weekend, the world’s nerds, geeks and lost Californians wandered into San Diego Comic-Con – the grandaddy of the fanboy culture calendar. As usual, these few days came with a huge amount of movie news and announcements and also trailers… so many trailers.
There will be no surprises when I say that this is something of a superhero movie fest, but there are also some intriguing horror tidbits and a very big blockbuster indeed.
Here’s all the Comic-Con news worth caring about…
Cumberbatch has power in Doctor Strange
We got another good look at Benedict Cumberbatch in all his sorcerer glory in the latest trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which aired to a packed Hall H at Comic-Con. There was plenty of Cumberbatch in his full superhero garb and our first real look at Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen as the main villain. The entire preview is worth watching just for the one killer Wi-fi gag at the end. October can’t come soon enough!
It’s a solid trailer, if a little unremarkable. In fact, it was quite a muted Comic-Con for Marvel overall, particularly given the level of noise brought into play by DC. Speaking of which…
The Justice League assembles…
They’re still pretending Super-Man is dead, at least for the course of the Comic-Con trailer for DC’s much anticipated team-up movie – Justice League. Unsurprisingly, Ben Affleck is front and centre as Batman, but The Flash and especially Aquaman get more than their fair share of the screen time. The problem is that, as with the entire DC universe, there isn’t a speck of colour in the entire trailer, aside from Flash’s bloody ridiculous shiny supersuit.
The trailer is a bizarre mix of DC’s trademark glum mood and faux-Marvel quips. Affleck, especially, delivers an unusual selection of jokes that simply do not fit within the dour, depressing world DC has created for its characters to inhabit. It has to be better than Batman v. Superman, right?
Justice League is due in November 2017.
Blair Witch stealth sequel on the way
Following hot on the heels of 10 Cloverfield Lane, the horror genre has itself another stealth sequel with Blair Witch, previously known as The Woods. Director Adam Wingard told Entertainment Weekly that the original moniker was always a “working title” that all involved knew was going to be changed to tie the movie into the 1999 hit, which remains one of the most successful movies of all time based upon the profit it has made from its meagre budget. The big reveal came at Comic-Con when a Blair Witch trailer landed.
The trailer is an effective one, already looking as if it boasts more scares than the desperately overrated original movie. Wingard, best known for the phenomenal You’re Next, is one of the horror genre’s most promising talents and so, if anyone is going to make this worth the hype, it’s him.
Blair Witch will arrive in cinemas in September.
Brie Larson is officially Captain Marvel
Comic-Con managed to confirm some news that has been on the cards for some time in the shape of the identity of the female performer at the centre of upcoming superhero flick Captain Marvel. As expected, Brie Larson is going to take on the iconic role in yet another interesting choice for the Oscar winner as she makes her away across from the indie world to the A-list.
It’s tough to think of many actors who would be better for the role than Larson. The star of Room is a tremendous performer capable of incredible gravitas and genuinely funny silliness in equal measure. It’s that versatility and acting prowess that means Captain Marvel may well overshadow a certain other female hero who we will get to later.
Captain Marvel won’t turn up here until March 2019. It’s a long wait!
Skull Island trailer goes ape
There’s not a massive amount to talk about in terms of the Comic-Con trailer for Kong: Skull Island. What’s most impressive is the sheer size of its A-list ensemble, featuring the likes of Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and Samuel L Jackson. It’s certainly a formidable roster of stars.
The trailer itself isn’t all that exciting, but does feature some cool glimpses of the goliath gorilla himself, including more than a few shots suggesting that he may well have been given a bit of a boost to prepare for his inevitable eventual clash with Godzilla. This marketing is actually reminiscent of that movie, which used teases rather than outright money shots in its trailer campaign.
Kong: Skull Island will smash into UK cinemas in March 2017.
Wonder Woman kicks butt in new trailer
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine certainly make their presence felt in the Wonder Woman Comic-Con trailer. More than anything, it’s a shock that the trailer features actual colours other then grey and brown, given that it’s a DC property. It’s a fairly generic superhero preview, but one that’s far more entertaining than the dismal and bizarre Justice League teaser.
Gadot definitely looks the part as Wonder Woman and the action scenes look cool. The problem comes whenever Gadot is forced to open her mouth or emote because, with the best will in the world, she’s about half the actor she needs to be. Given that Marvel just cast an Oscar winner to be their first female hero in a solo movie, it feels like DC’s going to struggle to make Wonder Woman work.
Wonder Woman will arrive in UK cinemas in June 2017.
Lego Batman trailer introduces Robin
Last, but certainly not least, DC proves that they can be fun with the new Comic-Con trailer for The Lego Batman Movie. Will Arnett is back as the moody caped crusader, this time squaring off against Zach Galifianakis‘ incarnation of the Joker with irritating support from Michael Cera as Robin. It’s great casting that should create a series of entirely unique takes on these characters.
It’s a great trailer packed with quotable dialogue and delightfully off-kilter voice performances. If this is half the movie that The Lego Movie was, we have another stone cold animated hit on our hands. The Lego Batman Movie is set for release in February 2017.
Which superhero movie are you most excited for? Does Blair Witch look like it packs the same scares as its predecessor? Let me know in the comments section and come back next Sunday for another news round-up.