Look at that queue! There is a reason for it…
Every year the infamous Hall H at the San Diego Convention Centre, AKA Nerd-Central, is packed to the gills with feverishly excited nerds all salivating to see the latest footage that Marvel, DC and other film-makers are exclusively releasing. In previous years there has been a lot of outcry about exclusive Hall H trailers and showcases, along with the increasing problem of bootleg phone-footage going up on the internet mere seconds after it is initially screened.
This year the consensus among studios appears to be that they will release the trailers at the same time as the footage is shown in Hall H, so they beat the pirates to the punch. This means that the excitement that was once contained to breathless written descriptions now ripples out across the internet, like a wave of nerd-excitement that covers the world within minutes of Hall H erupting like some volcano of joy. Join me as I go through my pick of the best trailers to come out so far….
Anyone who has read my Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice review (https://moonvieswithmoon.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-review/), or listened to the Minotaur’s Head podcast for more than ten minutes (https://hearthis.at/hubrismosaic/) will know of my roller-coaster ride of excitement and dawning horror and disappointment regarding the first major film in DC Studio’s attempt to make a shared universe of their own to match Marvel’s MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Therefore it was with some trepidation that I watched this trailer.
Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince, along with their alter-egos, Batman and Wonder Woman, try to put together a team of super-powered people to fight an unknown threat. There is a distinct feeling of the classic Oceans 11 movies going on here. Gone is the dour grimness of the previous films! There are even jokes in this trailer! Jokes that play off the foundations of the characters on show, which makes them feel organic and amusing! The distinctive style and hyper-reality that, much castigated, director Zack Snyder is known for is still apparent, but the colour that the new characters add makes it pop, rather than loom like the previous entry did.
After the general disaster that was BvS, does this mean that Zack Snyder’s team has discovered how to make these films work?! Hope has been relit for many a nerd today; The Justice League are coming!
Many people decried that such an important female character as Wonder Woman was given such short-shrift in her first ever cinematic outing earlier this year, myself among them. Luckily Warner Bros. and DC apparently feel the same, as she is the first of the DC’s Trinity (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) to get her own movie in a post team-up world.
This trailer has a lot of elements that reminded me a lot of both of Marvel’s “out there” movies for the MCU’s Phase One; Thor and Captain America. Diana Prince’s introduction back into the world of men after millennia spent in relative isolation among her Amazon sisters on the island of Themiscyra is about to happen.Unfortunately, this appears to be slap in the middle of World War One. Needless to say the daughter of Zeus appears to be pretty unimpressed by this and decides to vent her ire upon the ranks of the German army.
Action? Check! Questions that are going to be asked about the power balance between men and women? Check! Amazon’s kicking serious amounts of ass? Check! Gal Gadot will finally get enough screen time to show if she is really worthy of the bracers, tiara and sword of Wonder Woman. Personally, I’m very much looking forward to DC’s premier female hero getting a chance to strut her stuff without any of those annoying caped boys getting in the way!
Kong: Skull Island
King Kong has been around since 1933 and has already had two major remakes, as well as several less impressive outings. Before seeing this trailer I was pretty convinced that seeing him on screen again would be just another money-spinning rehash of what we’ve seen before, but this time things appear to be a little different.
A post-Vietnam trip to an uncharted island by helicopter gun-ship? Sounds like fun! Put that alongside the amazing cast (Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Sam Jackson and John Goodman anyone?!) and it looks that they may well have cracked the code for getting the world’s biggest ape back on the silver screen. Oh, and did I mention that he’s HUGE?! This is officially the biggest Kong has ever been. Watching the staccato shots of massive hands slapping helicopters from the skies has got me really excited to see what this movie has in store for us. Oh, and that shot of the guy on a mounted machine-gun firing from between the horns of a triceratops skull? That may just be the most metal thing I’ve ever seen! I’m booking my ticket to go back to Skull Island, and I’m hoping you’ll join me!
DC have put out a lot of trailers recently, hell this list started with two of them! It would be relatively easy to forget that Marvel still have one movie left to release this year. Luckily they have just been being cunning and waiting to drop the trailer for it until it will have the most mind-blowing effect possible.
Look; its Benedict Cumberbatch continuing to conquer Hollywood like a boss, and this time he’s a sorcerer! Move over Gandalf, there’s a new wizard in town, and his name’s Strange! Although this is clearly a film that will be treading over yet another origin story it is equally as clear that this is something that we have never seen before in the MCU. Reality shattering like glass, portals opening in down town New York, magical ninja cults, Mads Mikkelsen looking menacing, cities turning inside out like a kalidescope and all of it set to the mellifluous tones of Tilda Swinton’s mystical narration? Count me in!
The Blair Witch Project was one of the first true internet marketing success stories, not to mention the start of the “found footage” movie genre. A tiny film that managed to make a huge amount of money through clever use of urban legend tropes. That being said, I always found the movie itself somewhat disappointing and dull.
This surprise follow up looks as though it has taken the lessons of the genre that its ancestor began back in 1999 and refined them until they appear to be truly creepy. A lot of horror trailers these days, like the films they advertise, leave me feeling unbothered, but this one has already got under my skin like few others. All the classic bits of Blair Witch lore are present and correct; hand-held footage, teens on a mission, darkness, trees and odd stick figures. It’s time to make that legend that began seventeen years ago pay off one more time and head back into the woods….