So many trailers came out of San Diego Comic-Con this year.
So. Many. Trailers.
Rather than post dozens of separate articles about each one of the trailers out of this years’ bumper crop, we decided to put them together into just two, one for movies and one for TV series. This one’s for the movie trailers, and have we got some outstanding stuff to show you.
You’ll probably want to pause the SCIFI.radio music stream while you watch all this stuff.
Let’s start with the breakout trailer of the entire weekend, the new trailer for the Aquaman movie! Jason Mamoa is rocking it as Arthur Curry, the reluctant King of Atlantis.
After years of rumours that an Aquaman movie was on its way, Warner Bros. finally puts everything together and makes what looks like will be a breakout hit, just as Wonder Woman was. DC Comics and Warner are learning their lesson, as Marvel Studios did with Iron Man, that it’s the incidental characters, the ones that haven’t been exploited to the brink of death, that give them their greatest opportunities for original storytelling. Aquaman stars Jason Mamoa as Arthur Curry / Aquaman, and Amber Heard as Mera, and it makes its debut December 21, 2018.
In the teenage wish fulfillment movie of the century, an orphan boy (whose life seriously sucks) is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need via the utterance of a single magic word. They started working on this film in the early 2000’s, but it languished in preproduction hell until 2008, when Peter Segal was going to direct Dwayne Johnson in the starring role. That fell through, and the project sat until 2014 when Warner Bros. announced that David F. Sandberg would be directing Asher Angel as Billy Batson and Zachary Levi as Shazam in the new film.
There were so many opportunities to get this wrong. They dodged every one of them. We can hardly wait to see this. It’s due out April 5, 2019.
Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald
When we ran out of Harry Potter books to turn into movies, it made us a little sad. Never again would we walk the streets of the wizarding world created in such lush and exciting detail by author J.K. Rowling. And then Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit, and it was a hit, and now we dive headfirst into an allegorical tale of Grindelwald trying to use the powers of the magically gifted to take over the world. Watch Johnny Depp as Grindelwald, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, and Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore in this new trailer for Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwad.
The film releases November 16, 2018.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Is it deep? Probably not. Is it heavy? How much does a giant lizard weigh, anyway? The original Godzilla films made cinema history. Starting with Toho Studios’ original Godzilla in 1954, they made a record 29 films in the franchise. Most of them were pretty darn cheesy. Now that it’s the 21st century, we get to watch Godzilla movies made using all the tricks we’ve learned in the past 64 years, and the results are strong. Have a look.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, and it deals with a human race coming to terms with the fact that they live alongside radioactive lizard beasts and moths the size of an aircraft carrier. It stars Vera Farmiga, Charles Dance, and Stranger Things stand-out Millie Bobby Brown. More than four kaiju will be showing up besides the star opponent, King Ghidorah. The film debuts May 31, 2019.
Alita: Battle Angel
James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez debuted this new trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, and if the movie looked cool before, it looks much more so now.
This science fiction/adventure film is based on the manga of the same name by Yukito Kishiro (also called Gunnm). The script is by James Cameron, Robert Rodriguez and Laeta Kalogridis. This movie is based on the first four manga books in the series, and if it does well at the box office, producer James Cameron hopes to make two more Battle Angel films. It comes out December 21, 2018, battling for theater space with Aquaman.
Benedict Cumberbatch and M. Night Shyamalan have something in common. You can mangle their names to tremendous degrees, but when you say M. Shammalammadingdong everybody knows exactly who you’re talking about.
Shyamalan has been making some pretty good cinema after his unfortunate faceplant with The Last Airbender, creating additional installments to his Unbreakable series starring Bruce Willis. Glass is the latest installment in the series, bringing Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy together into an exciting new narrative.
What makes a hero? What makes a villain? Who decides? The film releases January 19, 2019.
We’re going to put all these trailers into a special new area on the SCIFI.radio web site called Trailer Park, so now you’ll have a place you can go to see them all.
Watch this space.