SDCC 2016: A Roundup Of Trailers and Posters

The Holy Grail of nerdy / geeky fandom took place over the weekend. SDCC, as ever, delivered a plethora of trailers and posters from up and coming films that we’re all eagerly awaiting. Amongst them, highlights include the Kong: Skull Island trailer, The Lego Batman trailer and a surprise addition from the Justice League. With a few out this year and the rest out next year, we’ll be spoilt for choice when we head to the cinema (and watch our TVs) for quite some time.

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One day I hope to go myself and enter the legendary Hall H but for now this will do.Take a look at the latest trailers from some great looking movies (and the pointless sequel to Blair Witch) and see which is your favourite.

The Justice League trailer came out of nowhere and blew a lot of people away. Its introduction of new characters seemed to work well, plus an added dash of humour is something that’s needed in a film like this. Maybe this will right the wrongs of Batman v Superman.

From one Flash to another. The Flash Season 3 trailer was released as well. Basically DC have put out a lot! We’ll see what’s in store for The Flash this time around, but so far, the TV show has been very good. We’ll see who plays the character better though, Grant Gustin or Ezra Miller.

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The Wonder Woman trailer looks like we will finally get a strong female-led superhero movie. It’s been attempted before but unfortunately they have fallen short. Wonder Woman was one of Batman v Superman’s saving graces, she was powerful, interesting, badass and likeable. It looks like the film will live up to its expectations.

One too many trailers for Suicide Squad now. It’s out on 5th August, less than two weeks away. We did not need this trailer, once again far too many trailers and clips have been released for a film. Stick them altogether and you’ll have most of the film. Anyway, I’m still looking forward to this film, even if we have seen more than we should have.

Blair Witch sequel. Just fuck off.

King Arthuer

King Arthur by Guy Ritchie looks like blokey, gritty, dirty movie.  So, pretty typical Ritchie, which is never a bad thing. Charlie Hunnam, of Sons of Anarchy fame, takes the lead as King Arthur along with a couple of Game of Thrones actors. Due out next year.

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Kong: Skull Island looks considerably better than I would have expected, it’s what the King deserves. The ever-awesome Tom Hiddleston, along with Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman, pretty impossible to be shit with that cast. A truly stunning looking King Kong which is leading up to Godzilla vs. Kong!

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Back in black and yellow, he’s here and with a sidekick son who he adopted. Yeah. The Lego Batman movie was announced a while ago and they very quickly released two very short trailers. We finally have a full-length trailer to salivate over. It’s wonderfully funny and Will Arnett is a perfect Batman. 2017 can’t come quickly enough.

From The Lego Batman to pre-Dark Knight. Gotham’s season 3 trailer has been released and it’s a long one. Plus it features the new DC logo, I prefer the old one but oh well. The show has received mixed reviews but the latest trailer is looking great!

The Walking Dead season 6 ended on the biggest cliff-hanger in the shows history. Negan brought the gang together in a cruel and twisted way. They are currently on their knees, awaiting their fate. When we will find out who caught the end of Lucille is anyone’s guess (we know what the show’s like, leaving us hanging as they did when Glen fell into that crowd of walkers, cruel!) But it’s not too long to wait, with the seventh season the premiere in October.

And the Harry Potter fandom continues. The latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was shown to the Comic Con audience this weekend. It’s what you’d expect and more from the creators of one of the world’s biggest movie franchises. Eddie Redmayne is the playing lead character Newt Scamander who, in the Harry Potter universe, wrote the book from the book. Confused? Good.

Whilst I’m not sure about his accent, I’m certain that Benedict Cumberbatch will bring it as he always does. He stars as Doctor Stranger, in the second trailer for Marvel’s next film part of their MCU. It’s looking like a Nolan-esque movie with elements of Inceptions and Batman Begins seen in this and the first trailer. Check it out here.

Defenders

The Defenders consists of Dare Devil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. It’s like an Avengers TV show but with a much better female character. And darker. It’s interesting how Marvel have gone dark for their TV shows but kept their movies relatively light. Either way, it’s working. Luke Cage is brilliant in Jessica Jones and rightly so getting his own show. Iron Fist says it all in the name. Yet another Game of Thrones actor moving from one franchise to another. I’m really looking forward to this, it’s yet another smart move by Marvel to develop these characters and bring them together on the small screen instead of more movies. We’ll see how these go.

The long-awaited X-Men live action TV series is finally coming and it looks alright. Not great but we’ll see. Always have faith in Marvel. Starring Aubrey Plaza and Dan Stevens, yet another TV show from Marvel, which is due out next year.

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Marvel have launched several posters and one image of upcoming MCU movies we can expect to see in the future. One of the biggest pieces of news comes in the form of Captain Marvel. Brie Larson from Room has been announced to be taking that role. She will feature in Infinity Wars and have her own solo movie after that. Footage was shown from Thor: Ragnarok but hasn’t been released any where else just yet. The above image shows concept art of Spider-Man going toe to toe with The Vulture, confirmation that he will be in the new Spider-Man film. With these plus Black Panther, Guardians 2 and several other projects in the pipeline, it looks like the studio isn’t slowing down.

I’ll leave you with their newest intro for Marvel Studios.

Keep. It. Reel.

 

Movie marathon: the survival guide.

On Friday night myself and 3 friends made our way down to the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square for the Ultimate Batman Movie Marathon. I’ve never done one of these before but I’ve always wanted to. It really sounded like fun, pushing your sitting down skills to the very limit, holding your bladder until it almost bursts, getting to watch some great old and new films in a row and spending time in my favourite cinema. What could be better?!

The opportunity finally came up on Friday to attend the Batman marathon which started at 8.30pm Friday and ended at around 10.30am the next day.  Quite a feat in front of me. I want to stay and I need to stay. Some throws down a challenge like this and you have to do it. Especially if you’re self-confessed film geek such as myself.

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Before you embark on something like this, you need to prepare in some way. There’s is a lot to think of and only after completing this did I realise what you should and should not do before, during and after a movie marathon. So here are my very own hints and tips for surviving the long hours you will spend staring at the big screen.

1. Fatty food for films.

I met my friends at 7.30pm and we went for a few drinks and Chinese food. Good start!  The food was a very good idea but maybe not Chinese. Maybe something more filling like pizza for example. It helps you last without spending too much on movie food. Plus it tastes  better! Oh I love Chinese food…moving on!

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2. Shit before you sit.

I always stick to this no matter how long the film is. Something I hate is someone getting up to go to the toilet in the middle of a film. You may miss vital parts, they make noise when they leave and come back in and you can avoid all of this by going before the film! I know this isn’t everyone’s view, it’s just me, I’m just saying it’s annoying! In other words shit before you sit.

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3. As soon as you’re free, pee!

Having said all of that, you can always go in between the films. The Prince Charles Cinema give you a good 5 – 10 minutes in between which helps for buying snacks, going for a smoke or just finally letting it all out! With Batman, there were 6 films so plenty of time in between, just hope you get the same kind of deal!

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During the Batman marathon, my breakfast included a large coke and a big bag of Maltesers. Not a bad way to start my Saturday. Although maybe popcorn would have been a better idea…

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4. Move it, move it!

You’re sitting there. Only getting up for a few minutes at a time. A few hours at a time of being in the same position. It’s hard, no matter your age I promise. I once sat crossed-legged for 4 hours straight without getting up, I’m 28. It hurt. I kicked my legs out a lot in the final hour. What a feeling! Anyway, get up and move when you can. You may not need the toilet, be a smoker or want to eat or drink but get those legs moving. Shake your fat ass if you have to. I did! I did it a lot, it was great! If you don’t? Your legs go stiff, your knees hurt, have fun with that. MOVE IT MOVE IT!

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5. Walk of fame

I left the cinema at 10.50am the next day and I walked to the station. I felt great! I felt like I have truly achieved something. Some may say a waste of time. I say no! It was an amazing feeling. I grinned all the way to the station. I was called a dirty stop out but how can this be? Besides the fact that I didnt shower or brush my teeth, I was totally clean, I swear! But what a great way to start my weekend. It will leave you with a great feeling , no matter what. You may be tired, you may have ruined your diet, but honestly, so what? You’ve just watched some great films, with some great friends (unless they do what my mate did and leave EARLY. Poor effort), a perfect night out and you won’t feel hungover the next day.

SO there you have it, my experience and learnings from my first ever movie marathon. From what I know now, this will not be my last. Follow these rules and you’ll survive the night, you will go home a hero.

And more rises from The Dark Knight…

SO many new images from The Dark Knight Rises, banners, posters and well, that’s about it. They aren’t great to be honest and to get the full picture, I’d say stick to the three trailers, you get a lot more.

There is one image, the last image. It’s Catwoman, well just her silver steel heel treading on one of Batman’s symbol, breaking it in two. The killer heel features as a possible hint to what we may expect, an utterly different Catwoman to what we’ve seen in the trailers. A more vicious Catwoman. The sign off from Catwoman, the two kisses and lipstick mark could be seen as a flirtatious threat in a way. It’s something we’ll have to wait and see. And one last thing, have a closer look at the lipstick mark, a symbol you may recognise in the gap.

A super year for super heroes!

We will never forget the unfortunate and lacklustre comic book films that have come out in recent years including Green Hornet (2011), Green Lantern (2011) and the terrible Superman Returns (2006) but what some may forget is that the studios would never have made these without the aide of Spiderman and X-Men who released their first films 2000 and 2002. They were both huge hits at the box office and comic book fan united and wanted more. Who knew what they’d get some years later is the studios scraping the barrel for film. Even the reboot of Superman films was badly executed. It did to the Superman series what Batman & Robin did to the Batman collective.

But now we find ourselves in 2012, the year of three huge superhero movies, one of which is the concluding chapter in what has already been a brilliant trilogy. Another is a reboot which the fans are more excited about than the original. The final film has already become one of the greatest successes at the box office and This year sees three highly anticipated films released including The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman and The Dark Knight Rises, with the latter arguably being the most popular release this year.

The Avengers

The Avengers has been in the making since Ironman of 2008, where Nick Fury makes an appearance after the credits and visits Tony Stark to tell him about the Avengers initiative. Since then, in The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America, small hints and clues have been dropped using Nick Fury and the ever brilliant Agent Coulson to start the rumours of The Avengers. A film with more superheroes than you will ever see in one film, unless DC get their finger out and make The Justice League. It’s clear to see why this is a huge release for 2012.

Whilst enjoying The Avengers, please take a minute for poor Spidey  who is not one of The Avengers, despite the fact that they all come from comic super power Marvel. However don’t feel THAT bad for him, after just 5 years since Spiderman 3, he’s been given a reboot. This is no ordinary reboot however, this is one that the fans wanted, the one that gets more to the root of who Peter Parker really is and what happened to his parents. We will also see the character Gwen Stacey introduced, who is a refreshing change from Mary Jane. Andrew Garfield takes up the role of Peter Parker / Spiderman and looks as if he is more suited to this than Tobey Maguire, who I never felt fit the part in the way that he should have! I’m sure I can expect some backlash from that comment!

Now we come the The Dark Knight Rises. The legend that will end this year is the legend we’ve been waiting for 4 years to return. Four years after we saw Batman take the fall from Harvey Dents crimes, he returns. But what he returns to we will have to wait and see. From the three trailers, what we do know is that Bane is his new enemy and he’s causing havoc and devastation in Gotham. What has happened to Batman, we don’t know but chances are when it comes to both brains and brawn, The Dark Knight has finally met his match. This is the third and final Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale Batman flick that we will see. After breaking the the billion dollar barrier at the box office, The Dark Knight has set the bar incredibly high, but knowing what Nolan can do, chances are he’ll Rise above it!

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So a great year for some great some films, and there will be more to come. The Amazing Spiderman 2 has already been announced as as The Avengers 2 and 3. Without a doubt, this will be a super year. And for those of you worried about Superman, fret not dear friend! Take a look above, this is the first images from The Man of Steel, pencilled in for a release in 2013, with Christopher Nolan’s creative input as Executive Producer, working with Zack Snyder as Director, this should have you looking forward to another super year for superheroes.