Ah, Comic-Con, how do we love thee? The annual pop culture extravaganza in San Diego has just ended, and and there was the usual deluge of new trailers, first looks, and teasers from upcoming blockbusters, TV shows, and anything even remotely pop-culture related.
On the movie front, however, the absence of usual big-hitters like Marvel and Star Wars was a bit of a downer, but at least Warner Bros showed up with new trailers for two of its upcoming DC Extended Universe movies, as well as exclusive footage of Wonder Woman 1984.
There were also some cool panels and reveals from the likes of Godzilla: King Of Monsters, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, and the latest from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald. Other highlights from films that graced Hall H included Transformers spin-off Bumblebee, Shane Black’s The Predator and the Tom Hardy-starring Venom,
Anyway, without further ado, here are the five movie trailers released during Comic-Con that got us picking our jaws up from the floor. Repeatedly.
No Batman? No Superman? No problem. Hands up who thought Aquaman was one of the best things about Justice League (other than Wonder Woman, of course). Too often the laughing stock of the Justice League’s core members (“I hear you talk to fishes,” quips Batman in Justice League), this particular Aquaman is not one willing to keep his head under water.
The spectacular looking action sequences as well as Jason Momoa’s wry turn as Arthur Curry is one of the reasons this trailer to the upcoming James Wan movie works so well, and it looks like another step in the right direction for DC’s movies.
While we’re still on the subject of the DC Extended Universe, another of DC’s best-known and most powerful superheroes made his bow at Comic-Con… and it looks unlike any other movie in the DCEU so far.
Billy Batson is an 11-year-old boy who is granted magical powers by a wizard named Shazam. When he utters the magic word ‘Shazam!’, he is turned into an adult with magical superpowers by a wizard named Shazam. the only problem is, his mind is still that of an 11-Year-old.
Judging from the trailer, Zachary Levis is pretty much perfect for the role of the superpowered man-child, though we just can’t shake the feeling that he’s actually Chuck Bartowski with superpowers. We still wish Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam was in it though.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
2014’s Godzilla was one of the better Western remakes of Godzilla so far, and this sequel raises the stakes even higher for our favourite city-smashing monster. The trailer has the usual shots of humans looking scared and stunned, but the real treats are the glimpses of three of Godzilla’s biggest foes – Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah! Will we finally get the kaiju smackdown we’ve all dreamed about, or will the filmmakers try to make us believe we’re actually watching the movie because we care about the human characters again?
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
2016’s Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them offered us a tantalising look at the wizarding world of Harry Potter way before he was even born, expanding that particular world beyond the pages of J.K. Rowling’s books. This looks like more of the same, with Jude Law’s Albus Dumbledore (yes, THAT Dumbledore) and Johnny Depp’s Gellert Grindelwald on opposite sides of a magical war, with Newt Scamander caught in the middle of it all. It looks like Harry Potter with more wizarding action and less teenage angst. We love it.
We’ve not been this excited over an M. Night Shyamalan movie since he followed up The Sixth Sense with Unbreakable in 2000. That was 18 years ago, and now he’s actually making a sequel to THAT movie that actually crosses over to his sleeper hit last year, Split. Glass pits the lead character from that movie, James McAvoy’s Beast against Bruce Willis’ invincible David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackso’s super-intelligent villain Mr Glass. We can’t wait.