Quick Thoughts on Comic-Con 2016 Movie Trailers

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Warner Bros. Pictures wins Comic-Con 2016 with DC Extended Universe full trailers


There were a number of movie and TV series trailers that were shown at Comic-Con 2016 but I'm only going to focus on the film trailers that were made available online. I have to say, Warner Bros. Pictures stole the weekend with their surprisingly revealing trailers of three of their their upcoming DC Extended Universe films, LEGO Batman, the Harry Porter spinoff and the Godzilla-Kong installment. Ironically, the Power Rangers reboot still doesn't even have as much as a teaser. Anyway, enjoy the trailers and my brief, immediate thoughts on them;

Suicide Squad




Thoughts: After the character-focused trailers, there isn't that much more that this "soundtrack remix" trailer has to offer besides further assuring the comic book fans that this one's going to be crazy, loud, fun, intense and... Will Smith-ish. I hope it does a better job cramming all these characters into a single movie than Batman v Superman. It's hitting Malaysian cinemas next week on August 4th.

Wonder Woman




Thoughts: It had me at Gal Gadot. Her in that bright-coloured armor gives Sailor Moon a run for her money (rather this than the original starry blue panties). However, like Captain America: The First Avenger (hey, a lot shield action here too!), I can't say that the film itself looks interesting enough — the war period setting and the lack of humour. It feels that Chris Pine's character is going to die in the end and then reappears in sequels as the Winter Soldier. But the action sequences do look pretty cool. Will we get to see her in the invisible clothes? Urgh, I mean, the Invisible Jet? That'd be nice ;) Anyway the film's slated to be released in June 2017.

Justice League




Thoughts: Wow ho-ho, not many people would've expected to see this much of the Justice League movie this early (more than a year to go before film's release) but I'm sure the fans are more than pleased with it. We get to see Batman and Wonder Woman recruiting Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman, without spoiling too much (villain and Superman's revival are not revealed). We get to see the badass version of Aquaman being able to lift Bruce Wayne up with ease despite not being in the water, the funny scene between Wayne and Barry Allen despite being similar to the Stark-Parker scene in Captain America: Civil War and more importantly, it shows that DC hears what the people want: less grim and more humour. Very good, Warner-DC, very good. Now continue without spoiling the story.

The LEGO Batman Movie




Thoughts: Disappointingly, not as funny as the teaser and a bit too cutesy and kiddish with Robin but I can already foresee high demand for this lego figure. The sets and background don't look as fully Lego as in The Lego Movie. Should've at least given Joker a line in this trailer. Hopefully the next trailer would be better. The film is to be released in 2017.

Kong: Skull Island




Thoughts: Oh man, Americans are still not sick of King Kong adaptations? Although I am, the trailer does look pretty good. The scale of the film is amazing with plenty of wide shots of gigantic bones and beautiful jungles, and it has Warner's trademark grim and gritty tone. What makes it more interesting is that this film is part of Legendary's Godzilla-Kong film series. Yes, eventually the King Kong from this film will face the 2014 Godzilla in a versus movie. However, I shall reserve my judgment on the CGI of the titular monster for now 'cause the glimpses of it doesn't look too convincing for now. The film is set to be released in March 2017.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them




Thoughts: Cool visual effects, magic, weird creatures and not much of drama, action or humour — this fantasy flick is probably not for me but it may please the hardcore fans of the both the fans of the Harry Porter franchise as it's a prequel-spinoff screenwritten by JK Rowling herself and it stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as the protagonist. The film is set to be released in this November.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword




Thoughts: From the very beginning, you could already sense it's a Guy Ritchie film, and not a very intriguing one. Feels like a gritty, non-magical adaptation of King Arthur without Merlin the wizard, featuring some of the cast from Game of Thrones. This one's slated to be released in March 2017 and it definitely needs a more interesting trailer.

Sausage Party




Thoughts: Well, it's almost safe to say that this one won't make it to Malaysia. Kinda disappointed to see that there's a point in the movie that the foods could actually talk to humans.

Doctor Strange




Thoughts: Remember those trippy scenes in Inception? Well it seems that we will be getting a lot of that from this one — world-folding, building-flushing, magnet cape-wearing — and I love it! It looks like this superhero-fantasy-House M.D. crossover could bring a different spark and variety to the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies like how Guardians of the Galaxy did.

Snowden




Thoughts: I mistakenly thought that this movie was about Ross Ulbricht. After reading the brief biography of Edward Snowden, I'm very interested in watching this film to know more about what happened and how this movie's gonna end when the real life Snowden is still alive and being hunted by the US authorities for espionage charges. The trailer looks like it's going to be a thriller drama directed by three-time Oscar winner Oliver Stone and starring Joseph Gordon Lewitt in seemingly altered voice. While it's a biographical film, I hope it's not too one-sided and would still leave room for audiences to judge Snowden on their own — hero or traitor?

Blair Witch




Thoughts: So The Woods is now renamed as Blair Witch after it was revealed that it's secretly a sequel to The Blair Witch Project films. As of now, I'm not impressed with this trailer as it looks like it's going to be just another found-footage horror bore with the same jump scare tricks. If I have the time, I would try to rewatch the first movie and then come back to reevaluate this trailer. I couldn't finish the 1999 box office hit when I was a kid but it wasn't 'cause it's too scary, but instead it's 'cause it was too boring to me.

* Marvel's footage trailers/teasers of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 were not uploaded to the internet yet.

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