Who Won Comic-Con?
Last week, super fans came together to celebrate Comic Con, the Christmas in July for movie, TV, and comic book fans. Movie and television studios premiered trailers for their upcoming projects and every year there is always the same question: Who Won Comic Con?
After watching the best trailers, I decided to rank them, not only by quality but by which trailer made the biggest splash. And I want to preface this by saying, all of the trailers on this list are great, some are just greater than others. (Please be aware that I’m only ranking movie trailers, not TV trailers.)
#6: Alita: Battle Angel
I’m so surprised to find Alita: Battle Angel at the bottom of my list because after its first trailer debuted, I found myself excited to see what they would do with the movie. But simply put, Alita just did not make as big of an impression as the other movies on this list. While I was amazed by the technology shown in the trailer, I forgot about Alita: Battle Angel in the context of the other movies and that’s partially due to the fact that this trailer was a little late to the party, premiering on Monday, the 23rd, while the others debuted last Saturday.
#5: Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald
I’m starting to notice a pattern. Because like Alita: Battle Angel, this was the second trailer to premiere for Fantastic Beasts.
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge Harry Potter fan (never really had a chance to get into the books or the films), but I love magic. I love reading about magic, I love seeing it on the big screen and when magic is done right, both in concept and visually, it’s just spectacular. So I have been looking forward to the second Fantastic Beasts trailer, especially so I could see more of Jude Law and Johnny Depp as Dumbledore and Grindewald, respectively.
I got what I wanted: I saw more of Jude Law, I saw more of Johnny Depp, and I started to get a vision of what the movie could shape out to be. But after all the trailers had been released and the dust settled, I simply didn’t remember this trailer. Simply put, the Fantastic Beasts just didn’t wow me as much as other trailers released.
It’s strange that we’ve come back to a day that M. Night Shyamalan’s name is no longer associated with ridicule. But with his success of The Visit and one of my favorite movies of 2016, Split, Shyamalan is back with Glass, the sequel to Unbreakable and Split. Even though I’ve been looking forward to this trailer, I truly had no idea what to expect.
The trailer is a great mixture of action and horror and it hints at the possibilities of the film, without showing too little or too much. And who knew we would get a movie starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, AND Sarah Paulson? That sounds like a good time to me.
#3: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
This is another trailer where I truly didn’t know what to expect from it; I knew it was debuting, I knew Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven from Stranger Things) and Vera Farmiga (Norma in Bates Motel and Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring series) were going to be in it, but that’s about it. While this trailer doesn’t give much of the plot away, the visuals are truly breath-taking and simply, it makes me excited to see more.
Aquaman's trailer was the one I was anticipating the most. All of my family and friends heard me complain about how there was still no trailer for Aquaman, when it comes out this Christmas. But the day finally came, and it was definitely worth the wait. Seeing Atlantis took my breath away and Jason Momoa as Aquaman is the role he was meant to play. My ticket is sold.
Believe me when I say this: I am supremely shocked to find this trailer at the top of my list for Comic Con, especially when I was most excited for the premiere of the Aquaman trailer. But, I have never had a movie trailer change my complete perception of the movie like Shazam’s trailer did.
When I first heard that Warner Bros. decided to make a Shazam movie, I was very skeptical. How were they going to sell the idea that a young boy transforms into a superhero when he says ‘the magic word’? As a comic book reader, I’m used to somewhat outlandish storylines, but how would the mainstream audience accept it? And then I saw a picture of Zachary Levi in the super suit and expectations went down even more.
And even though I still think Zachary Levi looks a bit ridiculous (and I don’t believe that’s just him in the suit), this trailer surprised me with its tone and humor and actually found myself laughing out loud at Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer’s interactions. This movie just looks like a fun time.
And with that being said, Warner Bros. definitely takes home the crown as the winner of Comic Con; half of the trailers on this list are just from Warner Bros. and I am very excited to see if the movies live up to these fantastic trailers.