If somehow you’re not in the tune with the glorious nature of everything SDCC, that’s San Diego Comic Con for those out of the loop, then it’s a very simple thing to explain: It’s an annual celebration and, quite simply, the grandaddy of comic conventions, where Sci-Fi and animation fans can enjoy everything they love on a huge scale with cosplay contests, film and TV screenings, as well as countless panels with movie companies, artists, actors and showrunners.
SDCC 2018 has been as marvellous as ever and although we’re not there (this year) the modern era enables everything to be followed on the web, without the chaos of thousands of fans, and so here’s a nice little round-up on a selection of trailers that have got people talking. Warner Bros and DC are back and hoping for a more positive year ahead with the likes of Aquaman and Shazam!, plus M. Night Shyamalan returns with his anti-hero-esque unexpected Glass and also Legendary bring us Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which is where we’ll begin…
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
I’m a massive fan, no pun intended, of Godzilla and loved Gareth Edwards‘ 2014 return to the gigantis that featured an all-star cast of Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. While that one really got inside the characters and Godzilla’s helping hand to humanity, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is directed by Michael Dougherty and sees Watanabe and Hawkins return, alongside new cast members Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, and Charles Dance. Writer Max Borenstein also returns to continue what he started…
Thankfully, the trailer doesn’t get too specific with plot details but… it’s very clear that this next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse is another epic action adventure. Watch now:
Godzilla: King of the Monsters opens in May 2019.
M. Night Shyamalan‘s unexpected trilogy crescendo is Glass, and it opens in the UK on 18 January 2019. Following 1999’s The Sixth Sense, 2000’s Unbreakable and then 2016’s Spilt, this film focuses on the real world hero/anti-heroes from those films – David Dunn (Bruce Willis), Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) and James McAvoy‘s multi-personality – who are somehow put together for reasons, yet, unknown…
Like the previous trailer, I’m happy to not know everything before I go in and think this trailer simply gives those who don’t know the links a new insight but also a re-cap for everyone else. It also hints at various possibilities, but not enough to give away important narrative points. Glass stars all those already mentioned plus Sarah Paulson and the return of Anya Taylor-Joy. We’re all really hoping Shyamalan hits something special here and it’s quite the lead cast, so watch the trailer now…
Glass opens in January 2019
I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about the character Shazam! but this first trailer is one of the most positive things I’ve seen from WB/DC for a while now. David F. Sandberg directs, and this does look entertaining. Because I’m still learning, here’s some official insight and watch it below!
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).
Shazam! opens April 2019.
While I’m positive about most things, I’m more than apprehensive for WB/DC’s Aquaman and that mainly comes down to the likes of Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While Man of Steel was really very good, everything else has been a little bit unsatisfying and I’m not totally convinced that Aquaman is going to change much for them.
Starring Jason Momoa, this trailer feels like a slight script-copy of Black Panther but it looks fun, I have to give it that, with direction from James Wan, this is “the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime — one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.”
It also stars Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman and Dolph Lundgren (!), here you go:
Aquaman comes to UK cinemas on December 14.