The Trailer Park: What You Missed at Comic-Con

The post title is pretty self-explanatory. Here are a few trailers from last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con 2015, along with one extra to remind readers of a movie set to release in August.

‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’

Of all the trailers and discussions to come out of Comic-Con this year, this preview, for sure, has me the most excited. It reveals just enough to understand the story and character motivations, making it the most anticipated movie of 2016, while only showing very brief glimpses to inspire questions and theories. I love that this is a direct sequel to 2013’s ‘Man of Steel’, having Superman address the disaster that came from his battle against General Zod. Even better, we see a legitimate reason for Bruce Wayne/Batman’s anger towards to the last son of Krypton.

This is also a Batman we haven’t seen yet on the big screen – an older, darker and more unforgiving Caped Crusader. I’m not too sure about a smarmy Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, which creates some hesitation. Still, the best parts of the trailer are the quick peeks at Zod’s dead body, Gal Gadot’s beautiful Wonder Woman, and the vandalized costume of Robin. I can’t wait to see this on the biggest screen possible!

‘Suicide Squad’

Despite being one of the lesser known comics in the DC universe, this movie promises to get viewers to take notice, if not instantly become fans. The trailer terrifically sets up the expected tone. As a lullaby-like song plays in the background, we’re slowly introduced to each character, along with flashes of the action that will put this team of united supervillains to the test. I’m really digging the new, more realistic look for the characters, including El Diablo, Killer Croc and Enchantress.

I wasn’t too sure at first, but now seeing Will Smith as Deadshot (a couple frames show him in his familiar costume, which is cool), I think he pull it off just fine. The real highlight, of course, is freaking Jared Leto’s Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, who’s poised to garner some serious fanboy crushes for this role. But wait a tick! Is that Batman?

‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’

Granted, this isn’t exactly a trailer. It’s more a collection of random behind-the-scenes footage from the set. Still, it’s an excellent way to whet the appetites of fans everywhere, giving them small glimpses of the stage design, costumes and practical special effects. It’s just enough so that one can imagine what the finished film might actually look like.

Hearing the childlike excitement from the cast and crew brings a big smile, but best of all is seeing that the movie will not be completely digital. There’s a great old-school feel to it, and this nearly four-minute EPK look at the production has me more excited than anything else I’ve seen for the movie.

‘Fantastic Four’

I’ve never been much of a ‘Fantastic Four’ fan, so that might have something to do my very lukewarm reaction to this latest attempt at a remake, reboot or whatever you want to call it. The film features a strong cast to be sure. Each actor is very likeable and talented, but the story doesn’t interest me much. It looks like it simply retools the same plot from the 2005 movie.

This definitely looks sleeker with lots of eye-candy and should be more action-packed, but the characters mostly seem bland and incapable of showing emotion. Then again, that could just be a fault of the trailer. In either case, I’ll more likely watch this on Blu-ray than in theaters.

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  1. Bolo

    I remember when I first read about ‘Suicide Squad’ it intrigued me. I generally enjoy men-on-a-mission type movies and I like David Ayer’s work even though he’s made a few stinkers. The trailer looks pretty good. I’m looking forward to it.

    I hope it’s not too overloaded with distracting shared universe stuff that is solely in the film to set up or pay off other movies than the one I’m watching. That stuff is really big these days and I don’t like it.

    The rest of those films don’t really interest me.

  2. Timcharger

    I hope the justification that Batman wants to fight Superman is better
    than the collateral damage argument of General Zod’s fight with Supes.

    Yes, it’s sad, that Wayne Financial lost hundreds of employees in that
    destruction. And yes, with the sad music, Bruce Wayne is consoling
    that little girl amidst in the wreckage.

    But Batman reaches the conclusion that humanity is better off
    without a God that cheers for Kansas and is clearly American-biased?
    I get that large populations of ultra-religious people may turn against
    a God-like alien. Or big-dick-envy people fear that they aren’t the
    most militarily dominant anymore so they turn on Superman.

    But Batman is the “world’s greatest detective.” I hope the film better
    explains his motivation.

    Multiple god-like aliens already visited Earth in this storyline. And we
    want to get rid of the one who fought on our side? Because collateral
    damage is worse than complete devastation of Zod and others?!

      • Timcharger

        Yes, but Snyder has said this movie ISN’T that storyline.

        In that storyline, Superman became an instrument of the US Govt.
        President Reagan would use Superman to weaken the Soviet
        Union’s military. A blur of red/blue would tip the Cold War in
        favor of the U.S. Superman was America’s secret weapon.

        So Superman became just a pawn for political power. Their
        battle in Dark Knight Returns wasn’t so much Batman hates
        Superman. It was Superman who followed orders to take down
        the Batman.

        • cardpetree

          Yeah, I don’t know then. That’s a good point made though. I was under the impression he was following a comic book storyline. Maybe Luther helps to fuel either Batman’s or Superman’s rage against each other? Hopefully it’s not too cheesy.

          • C.C.

            Ben Affleck signed on for it. So guarantee it will be typical Hollywood left wing America bashing crap.

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