This past weekend, a buttload of trailers were unveiled at the latest edition of San Diego Comic-Con. Believe us, we do not use the word “buttload” lightly.
Some of these trailers were just newer versions of ones we’d all already seen. Others were a true surprise that made many a nerd sit up, take notice, then promptly have a heart attack.
Here are the ones we’re still talking about, obsessing over, and booking release dates off of work for.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Did you identify this movie immediately as a Guy Richie project, and then pat yourself on the back when his name appeared? Good for you, but we can’t award any points. From the 20-second mark on, King Arthur becomes the Guy Richiest Guy Richie movie that ever Guy Richied. It doesn’t look great, but it doesn’t look terrible either. Our biggest gripe? Charlie Hunnam seems to slip in and out of his Jax Teller character from Sons of Anarchy.
Ian McShane will finally be back on your weekly viewing schedule thanks to Starz’s American Gods. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, the show follows a mysterious convict named Shadow (sure) as he navigates a world where Norse gods wander the earth and want to declare a war against the new “gods” we call money and power.
The Benedict Cumberbatch-led film has been plagued with controversy ever since it was announce that Tilda Swinton was playing a Tibetan character. But, judging by the excitement over its newest trailer, the controversy hasn’t soured fans’ expectations.
Remember 1999? Society was scared by only two things back then: the impending Y2K and found-footage films that were maybe actually possibly real. Lionsgate is trying to recapture that terrifying magic with a followup that sends a new group of unsuspecting campers (always the most vulnerable!) to that original scene from all of our nightmares.
FX’s X-Men-themed series from Fargo-creator Noah Hawley was possibly the most out-of-the-box trailer introduced this weekend. Instead of a giant blockbuster full of explosions and one-liner quips, Legion promises to be a quirkier (that dance scene!), cooler and Coen-ier than anything Marvel has ever released.
Kong: Skull Island
Finally, a King Kong film that looks somewhat worthy of praise (looking at you, 2005’s King Kong). The majority of the cast (rounded out by Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson) don’t have a lot to say in the trailer, but their naively-happy-turned-horrified faces speak volumes. The fact that we never catch a real glimpse of Kong himself is thrilling.
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Just when you thought you could get on fine without another magical series from J.K. Rowling, the newest trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them drops and everything you thought you knew is a lie. Potter fans are all grown up now, and will no doubt appreciate the all-adult leads of the film. Not to mention how close to Pokemon Go it all feels.
Just what exactly was Batman v Superman missing so terribly that made it a drag? Well, whatever it was, Justice League found it and has more of our attention with a trailer than its predecessor had with an entire film. Ben Affleck’s Batman is even a delight now, thanks in no small part to the additions of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller’s Flash, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman.
It’s here! It’s finally here! Wonder Woman’s very own film! And holy shit, does it ever look worthy of its protagonist. Gal Gadot is the Wonder Woman we’ve been waiting for, and she doesn’t take crap from anyone. Not Chris Pine, not a soldier in a bar, not even a goddamn World War.