A Smattering of Comic Movie Trailers (and Posters)
It’s San Diego Comic-Con weekend, so a bunch of comic book movie trailers (and posters) have been released. Here are the ones I’m most interested in talking about.
The Justice League trailer is a lot of unconnected scenes, but they open with Wonder Woman, showing that maybe they learned something from the success of her film. (I do wish Gal Godot would stop looking so puzzled when her character’s supposed to be concentrating, though.)
Oh! Don’t watch this if you didn’t see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as I didn’t, because the apparent premise of the team assembling is based on a pretty big spoiler from that movie.
Love J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon! Aquaman (Jason Momoa) looks great. I’m glad they’re giving Ezra Miller’s Flash a sense of humor, because God knows the DC films need a lot of that, but it’s still weird not seeing Grant Gustin in that role. I’m curious to see how much of Cyborg’s (Ray Fisher) story we get.
I wish there was another female hero involved, and the whole thing still looks overly bombastic. Am I supposed to understand the threat here? Because I have no idea who or what they’re fighting. Which I, in my old-fashioned way, still think matters.
Apparently, it’s Darkseid’s Parademons. (Thanks, Susana.) And now Cyborg’s origin is connected to him. Hunh. Obviously, we’re supposed to have seen the first trailer already. My fault for not paying attention until after I saw Wonder Woman. Justice League is due out in November.
Speaking of Wonder Woman, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women brings the story of the heroine’s creator’s odd life to the screen in October.
Readers of The Secret History of Wonder Woman know the trio that made up psychologist William Moulton Marston’s (Luke Evans) home life, including his wife (Rebecca Hall) and student Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote). Moviegoers may find the story surprising. I’m looking forward to seeing it dramatized.
There’s a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, the third movie starring the alien Norse god, also due out in November. In it, Thor (now with short hair) gets captured and forced to fight in a gladiatorial ring against the Hulk on an alien planet.
Loki’s (Tom Hiddleston) back, which is always good, and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie looks terrific. No line as good as the first trailer‘s “He’s a friend from work!” though. The poster is insanely neon.
The Kingsman sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, is out in September. In it, the British headquarters of the secret service group is destroyed, so they team up with “an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman”.
(There’s also a red band version, which appears to differ mostly in use of the F-word.)
I’m disappointed they’re playing up the cowboy aspect of the US agents so hard, but that’s because I wanted to see the US characters as well-dressed as the British. And Colin Firth’s character isn’t dead after all!
And it’s not based on a comic book, although there was a stunning graphic novel adaptation of it, but here’s the teaser for A Wrinkle in Time, coming March 2018.
Meg Murry (Storm Reid) sets out to rescue her brother (Deric McCabe) and father (Chris Pine) with the aid of three supernatural beings (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling). It’s one of the classics of children’s literature, one of the few with a scientific basis and a girl hero, and I can’t wait to see it.