At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel and DC duked it out with a series of teaser trailers to whet the appetites of comic book fans everywhere.
Even if this year’s ‘Batman v. Superman’ movie left audiences divided, one aspect almost every fan agreed upon was the awesome introduction of Wonder Woman. The way in which she arrived on screen as tribal-percussion music thundered all around made it clear how much of a badass she is and gave me chills. Gal Gadot was absolutely astonishing in the role. So, it’s no surprise that I’m thrilled to finally see America’s Guardian Angel finally get a full-length feature.
From the looks of it, the movie from ‘Monster’ director Patty Jenkins is not exactly an origin story in the traditional sense. Comic writers Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns’s script takes inspiration from the character’s early comics. I’m not too sure about Chris Pine playing Steve Trevor, but I’m sold on the idea of seeing the Princess of the Amazon do battle against the Germans in World War I.
I may one of the few who actually enjoys the direction DC is taking its superhero universe. Granted, Warner Bros. and the comic company are moving things much too quickly and heavily on plot, but I’ve always liked the somber, brooding tone of their adaptations. The ‘Justice League’ movie keeps to that style, and I’m glad to see Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot together again because they have great chemistry. The trailer, on the other hand, doesn’t excite me the same way ‘Wonder Woman’ does. It’s really more an extended teaser with Batman preparing for war against Steppenwolf and his extraterrestrial army. All it does is introduce us to Aquaman and The Flash, two heroes who don’t have standalone features until 2018, and give us glimpses of Cyborg, who won’t star in his own movie until 2020. Despite feeling somewhat cold, I’ll still watch this at the cinema.
Marvel retaliates with a great preview for a lesser known but beloved comic hero. For my money, Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role has to be one of the best casting decisions of all time. The actor not only looks the part, from facial features to body type, especially when wearing the iconic red cape, but he will surely bring a level of gravitas to a character who deserves more recognition.
I still wonder how audiences will react to a hero with magical abilities rather than superhuman powers. I also want to see how Marvel plans to harmonize him into its superhero universe. Based on the trailer, the film looks like a dazzling feast for the eyes. The fact we’re about to see Kaecilius, played by Mads Mikkelsen, on the screen is pretty exciting because he’s not so much a villain as simply a master of the Mystic Arts with a warped vision of the way the world should be. I can’t wait for this in November.
‘Kong: Skull Island’
Sure, this may not be a film based on a comic book, but it does come from Warner Bros., the studio adapting the DC comics and going toe-to-toe with Disney/Marvel. In either case, the reboot/remake/reinterpretation of the King Kong character looks like a good deal of fun. As part of a new cinematic universe leading up to a fight against Godzilla, I want to see this on the biggest screen possible.
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