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5 Must-Watch Trailers From Comic-Con 2016

It’s that time of the year again where millions of comic book and sci-fi movie lovers wait up hoping that the film studios participating in the San Diego Comic-Con would release the trailers and clips they’ve showed to attendees on to the Internet.

Unlike recent years where we’ve seen absences from top studios, this year’s top trailers include entries from the likes of Marvel Studios, Warner Bros & DC, and some top TV show trailers from the networks and Netflix.

Let’s get straight to it.

1) Justice League

There was a time when the Internet completely dismissed Ben Affleck when he was casted as Batman. Shortly after Batman v Superman released, he was regarded as the only good thing about that movie. Good thing for us is that it looks like he’ll be the leader and main good guy in the upcoming Justice League movie that sees him assembling his team Ocean’s Eleven style with Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (more on her later).

 

Film: Justice League
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa
Release: November 2017

2) Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch can almost do no wrong at this point of his career. Almost anything he touches turns to gold and his versatility in working from critically acclaim Oscar-worthy dramas to explosion-packed family-loving blockbusters makes him a studio, critic and audience favourite. The unsung hero in all of this – Marvel’s success – is its casting director, who has time and time again delivered on every level, from Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark to the latest announcement of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Behold Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, another testament to the brilliant casting choices at Marvel. I think I’ll be changing my Wi-fi password to “shambala” from now on.

 

Film: Doctor Strange
Studio: Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Studios
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton
Release: November 2016

3) Wonder Woman

Speaking of brilliant casting choices, Gal Gadot is proving to be a big hit amongst DC fans and comic book lovers as a whole. It’s not hard to see why. The trailer sees a whole introduction to the Amazonian world she comes from and the chemistry between her and Chris Pine’s character. It’s a refreshing change for once to see a woman take lead in a superhero film, with a leading actor such as Pine taking on a supporting role. Even towards to trailer’s end do we see a commentary on the treatment of women in that era, which to some extent is still prevalent in our society today.

 

Film: Wonder Woman
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine
Release: June 2017

4) Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

This is arguably the best trailer we’ve had so far for the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s spin-off tale. The trailer sees Newt Scamandar, played by Eddie Redmayne, travelling to America in mid-1920s when his creatures escape from his magical briefcase, ensuing chaos and a bit of fun and adventure.

 

Film: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell
Release: November 2016

5) The Lego Batman Movie

Spinning off the success of the highly acclaimed The Lego Movie, The Lego Batman Movie focuses on Lego Batman, a massive departure from character we’ve seen in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy or Ben Affleck’s dark and brooding Bruce Wayne, which makes it all the more humourous. Will Arnett did a brilliant on voice duties for The Lego Movie and I can’t wait to see how this one plays out.

 

Film: The Lego Batman Movie
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera
Release: February 2017

Bonus Mentions:

Beyond the film trailers, Marvel and Netflix also dropped trailers for Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders series, which will see all of their Netflix characters team up against a common foe.

 

 

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