Once again, the event of the year that raises the hairs and stretches the bank balance of geek boys and girls the world over descended on the most famous whale’s vagina ever known. San Diego Comic-Con aka Studio Like-Us Fest hosted some significant announcements for the future of both the big screen and small, leading the internet to pass judgement on which ones were worth your attention. Like giant monsters? Bulletproof man-children? Jason Mamoa going ‘woo’ a lot? Comic-Con had it all! Now, seeing as we’re a culture that can’t just be happy with what we’re given the only rational choice was to rank what great stuff we had and make studios sweat about their future calendar more than they already are. Here are the 10 Best Trailers to come out Comic-Con this year. Warning! May contain swearing vigilantes.
Potential internet fallout be damned, but it’s safe to say that in the race of comic book adaptation supremacy, DC has been moving like a Batmobile with a broken wheel. That’s all set to change now that the upcoming streaming service – DC Universe – is on the horizon. Not only hosting television programmes, films and comic books gone-by, the service will also have exclusive new shows, including an adaptation of young supergroup, the Teen Titans. A beloved group that have only made it to television in animation until now, these Titans are looking a little bit different from prior iterations and a damn sight more sweary (pardon my language).
Dropping the ‘teen’ and making it clear this isn’t attempting the soft CW route, Titans is instead heading to the dark and gritty well that has both helped and hindered DC properties in the past. Here we see the soon-to-be team living their lives, either outside of society for its own safety, or in Robin’s case, defending it as a lone F-bomb dropping sidekick going solo. So far, I’ve gotta say that while the Boy Wonder’s look is on point, hearing Robin’s attempt to fill the swear jar doesn’t land as well as he does in that dark alley. There’s also the iffy effects and appearance of hellborne heroine Raven, the girl from another world Starfire, and green-shaded guy Beast Boy, that needs some work. Maybe starting things off slow with simple super-pair, Hawk and Dove (seen near the end of the trailer getting blood all over their gear) may have been the way to go? Here’s hoping this clash with the Titans is the start of something good and not a fumble at the first hurdle for DC Universe when it arrives later this year.
On the other side of the stream, Netflix had a lot to sing and dance about, as per. Besides the welcome (and potentially unwelcome) return of some shows, the bingeing behemoth gave us a brand new look at Disenchantment, the all-new show coming from The Simpsons and Futurama creator, Matt Groening. Having already given a great look at science fiction and demanding it bite his shiny metal ass, Groening is now taking on fantasy, which means we’ll have the inevitable task of setting our watch before the first Game of Thrones joke gets made.
Set in the kingdom of Dreamland (sounds cosy), Disenchantment introduces us to the pint-swilling Princess Bean, her would-be-assassin turned elf chum Elfo, and personal demon Luci, the latter of which is a character design so basic and yet still looks better than the last bit of self-proclaimed ‘art’ I stuck to my fridge. There might be an element of reluctance to try this one out for size given what feels like an eternal lull Groening’s founding family show The Simpsons, and the peak he’s never managed to return to since Futurama. So far what’s on display looks interesting, but we can only hope it keeps our attention and doesn’t get a well-deserved ‘d’oh’ when it arrives on Netflix August 17.
8. Doctor Who
Speaking as someone who doesn’t know his arse from his TARDIS, I’ve got to say that the arrival of Jodie Whitaker taking ownership of the sonic screwdriver is something that even non-Whovians should have some time for. Already looking just perfectly quirky in her new garb, every planet and untouched moment in time and space will be brand new ground from here on out and it’s terrific to see such a beloved show breaking it.
The tone of the new trailer doesn’t look to be one of danger and peril, but exploration and real adventure. Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole (who were in attendance with Whitaker at Comic-Con), and Bradley Walsh look to be in awe of the world they’re in, and I can’t blame them. They’re set to become part of a worldwide phenomenon, enticing a brand new audience to not only watch the show but discover Walsh’s classic Fanny Chmelar moment after word gets around. This is gonna be fun, right?
He might still be attempting to complete a book that will have the collective weight of a small child, but there’s still a bounty of published works from writer George R.R. Martin yet to be given the same treatment Game of Thrones has had. With a handful of prequel-based programming telling the older tales of Westeros, Netflix and SYFY have got their hands on something that’s a far stretch from medieval heroes and dragon queens. Prepare for Game of Thrones in SPAAAACE aka Nightflyers.
Okay, so maybe comparing it to HBO’s trophy show is a bit of a stretch considering that the bearded brain behind it has described it as Psycho in space. Personally, I’m getting sprinkles of Event Horizon and Alien as well, which in no way a bad thing. Set in the near-future, a small band of scientists and a telepath board the titular vessel to travel to the far reaches of space and make contact with alien life. Unfortunately for them, the destination is the least of their problem as strange things start to unfold and the crew are left fearing that they might not survive the trip. Quick tip: it’s a GRRM story, so that’s probably accurate. Currently, there’s no confirmed release date, but the Nightflyer is prepping for takeoff sometime in the autumn (aka fall) on SYFY in the US, and Netflix for the rest of the world not long after.
6. Star Trek: Discovery
From terrifying voyages with a high casualty rate to an adventurous one seeking out new life and new civilisations, Netflix’s Star Trek: Discovery was the show that split die-hard Trekkies right down the line. Personally, I was very much in the camp who’d had their phasers set to stun over just how good it was, and even more so with that hair-raising cliffhanger that paved the way for the legendary Captain Pike. Now he’s set to board the Discovery as the new Captain with Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham still recovering from recent events and in search for her half-brother, Spock.
Now while Nightflyers might look a bit dark, Discovery was not without its unsettling moments last season, either. The trailer appears to be steering to the jovial side of things, with crew members throwing wit into the face of danger as well as classic snot jokes, because why not. Unfortunately, with warp speed yet to be a thing, we’re going to have to wait for early 2019 to get back on board Star Trek: Discovery when it returns to Netflix. Let’s hope it’s worth the wait.
5. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
It may seem like an undeniable effort to milk the magic cash cow, but Warner Bros. is pretty set on making another wizard franchise without The Boy Who Lived. While it wasn’t met with fantastic reviews Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made enough galleons to warrant the plan to go ahead with a trilogy, and now a brand new trailer that apparated into Comic-Con for chapter two shows us more of what’s in store.
Eddie Redmayne as the flittish but fearless beast tamer Newt Scamander is back in action after he’s called upon by a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to take on the dark wizard, Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Spells will be cast, beasts will be fantastic, and chances are that there will be casualties on both sides of good and evil. The big sell that Warner Bros. pushed at Comic-Con was Johnny Depp back as the titular big bad Grindelwald (albeit during current lawsuits getting thrown at him like a stray Bludger). Briefly seen in the first films final act after a face swap from Colin Farrell, there’s not a lot on show to warrant him being a more terrifying threat than the eventual Darl Lord Voldemort. Does Depp have the magic? We can wait for November 16 to find out.
4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Ever seen a monstrous creature knock a skyscraper over like an empty dustbin and thought, ‘this needs some Clare De Lune’? Well, you’re not the only one. The brand new preview for Godzilla: King of the Monsters has an intense version rip through an array of terrified faces and more carnage-causing kaiju than you can shake an unnecessarily large stick at. Brace yourself, folks, this one looks like an absolute beast.
Folks who recall the trailer for the first film will most likely try not to get too excited this time around, only because the finished product didn’t quite hit the mark. All style and a bit low on substance, King of Monsters feels eerily familiar, except for a bigger cast that may or may not make it past the first fifteen minutes and avoid pulling a Cranston. Leading the way is Millie Bobby Burns from Stranger Things, Vera Farmiga from The Conjuring series, Kyle Chandler (Manchester by the Sea, The Wolf of Wall Street), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water) and Charles Dance. Ken Watanabe will also be returning from the first film to see stupidly large beasties go at it. Who’ll win? Place your bets for the fight on March 31. Personally, my money is on the king.
Whatever way you looked at it, one of the redeeming qualities of Justice League was Jason Mamoa woo-wooing his way through the mess and having a little bit of fun with the role of Aquaman. He might not have been staying very close to the character of Arthur Curry, but there was enough there to accept this was our future King of Atlantis. Now he’s back in his long-anticipated solo gig that could finally mark the beginning of DC getting their groove back.
Directed by James Wan and set after the events of Justice League, Arthur Curry is swept under the waves to embrace the heritage he’s been reluctant to be a part of. Half-man, half Atlantean with ties to the throne, our hero faces danger from within the family he never knew, as well as an enemy that threatens all of the seven seas. So far what’s on show suggests DC have taken a dip into a rather lighter tone than before, the one that made Wonder Woman so enjoyable and mix poorly with Justice League so poorly. Besides that, we’ve got the likes of Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson and Nicole Kidman all getting their feet wet and looking good doing so. See if they and Momoa can keep swimming to success when Aquaman hits shores December 21.
Big meets the Big Red Cheese! If there was any indication that DC is moving as far away from the Snyder vision, it’s with the brand new and brilliantly chipper trailer for SHAZAM!. Marking the first big screen debut of one of DC’s oldest heroes, Shazam follows Billy Batson, a young boy who has no interest in heroes but is blessed to become one when he’s gifted with powers by the wizard, Shazam (Djimon Hounsou). Saying his name transforms him into a god-like figure of incredible speed, strength and skill…as soon as he figures out the kinks.
Zachary Levi is donning the red suit as the adult alter-ego and looks like he’s having a ball. Testing out his new duds and the body that fills them. Adding to the wonder of it all is Freddy, Billy’s best mate and hero worshipper played by Jack Dylan Grazer (gazebo hating Eddie in It) and spoiling all the fun as the film’s villain is Mark Strong as Dr Thaddeus Sivana. Everything so far is looking wicked and displaying a great idea of how a kid would handle the job of superhero when the likes of the Justice League aren’t available. Hopefully, lighting will finally strike to benefit DC when SHAZAM! arrives in cinemas April 5, 2019.
If you’d have told me a few years back that the best trailer to come out of a Comic-Con was for an M. Night Shyamalan film, my only response would be to have waited for the twist to present itself. Thankfully though, after the incredibly surprising turn that was Split the director with one the most tumultuous careers is back with a sequel to not just his surprise hit of last year, but also his 18-year old superhero flick, Unbreakable. James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis reprise their respective roles from the two films and find themselves crossing paths in what looks to be just an absolutely hair-raising thriller that Shyamalan has finally remastered the art of.
The most interesting element to this will be how this universe will have developed having been there before and after the comic book movie boom that has consumed our cinemas. Everyone looks to have slipped back into their roles effortlessly, with credit obviously going to McAvoy for reprising the other 9 characters he inhabits as the villain with split personalities. Dude still looks as terrifying as before and I can’t wait to see him work together with Mr Glass. Expect minds to be shattered January 19 when it’s released in US cinemas while the rest of us peasants wait for an official release date soon after.