I traveled to visit family this weekend, so as new trailers came pouring in over the weekend from San Diego’s Comic-Con, I was only able to watch a couple of them. I’m sure many of you may be interested in seeing them, debating them, and discussing them. So I figured as I caught up on them, I would put them all in one spot here at The Wise Guise for your viewing ease and pleasure.
So in the world of TV and film, here’s all the latest trailers and previews from Comic-Con. And because I’m feeling opinionated, I thought I’d grade each one for you and provide some small commentary.
Justice League – Grade: B
It’s no secret that I’m one of the only defenders of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so I’m already fairly excited about this. But I am curious about whether this film will convert more critics or solidify the hatred so many have for the DC Extended Universe. The first footage and trailer makes clear that they are trying to make this one more fun. Will it sacrifice the deeper and more serious questions tackled by its predecessors or will it find the perfect balance? That remains to be seen…
Wonder Woman – Grade: A-
One of my favorite Marvel films is Captain America: The First Avenger because I’m a sucker for a retro, nostalgic period piece to show the origins of a superhero. This looks like DC’s attempt to do so, and it looks like it’s going to work out similarly well. Gadot is a breakout star, and this looks like it’s only going to continue her rise.
Suicide Squad – Grade: B+
One of my most anticipated films of the year. I like the cast (love the idea of Will Smith returning to the fun summer blockbuster genre) and am intrigued at how much Batfleck we’ll get and what Jared Leto’s Joker will be like compared to the once-in-a-lifetime Heath Ledger performance. The new trailer doesn’t give us much of anything new, but does show the film’s lighter and more fun side.
Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie – Grade: A
I love nostalgic throw-backs. And this one seems to have everything you’d want – the feel of the 90s children’s films of our youth, Kirk Fogg, Olmec, the Steps of Knowledge, Pendants of Life, and tons of jokes about how simple the Shrine of the Silver Monkey should be but never was.
Sherlock Season 4 – Grade: A+++
SO MANY THOUGHTS! But most of all, why is no one on the internet talking about the woman at the 50 second mark looking just like Allison Janney? Moriarty, new villain played by Toby Jones, and it seems the stakes have never been higher. Sherlock is one of the best things happening on screen right now. And it seems Season 4 will only further prove its status as a masterpiece.
Kong: Skull Island – Grade: A-
I loved the new Godzilla. I thought it was perfectly done, and the first trailer for the King Kong reboot appears to be following suit. But really, the power of this trailer is the combination of an older generation of amazing stars (John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson) with the next generation (Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Grade: B+
The chance to return to J.K. Rowling’s magical world this November is an exciting one. The chance for another random Colin Farrell performance is fun (given his last one in Saving Mr. Banks). But it still speaks volumes that my favorite part of this trailer is the classic John Williams theme song.
Prison Break – Grade: B-
Look, I get that Prison Break is the Fast & Furious of television. It’s so much fun because it’s so absurd, outrageous, and implausible. So sure, not only is Scofield alive and not dead, but of course he’s also in prison again. I will watch this roller coaster ride because it’s always fun. But is it worth taking one more ride? I’m not sure the trailer tells us the answer to that question.
Doctor Strange – Grade: B+
Pros: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and time travel and/or multiple dimensions
Cons: Will Marvel Studios, which characteristically plays it safe, be able to expand into quirkier superhero territory, especially one that involves all those dimensions?
Time will tell…