ByShannon McShortall, writer at
I have been reading comics since before I could read. When I learned how to read, they became significantly better.
Shannon McShortall

So, San Diego Comic-Con this year released some awesome trailers. Here’s my ranking of them:

7. Fantastic Four

The new The Fantastic Four trailer was released online a little while ago, but since there’s already been a few trailers, it doesn’t reveal that much that we didn’t know besides a better look at Young Reed and Ben and a better look at Doom. Both of which look great. Fantastic Four looks interesting. It doesn’t look like a superhero film. It looks like a great sci-fi film though and I will definitely go to see it just to spite everyone who says it’s going to fail just because of a pre-conceived notion they have about it. But really, this trailer didn’t reveal much that we didn’t already know.

6. X-men: Apocalypse

Sorry guys. The trailer isn't up anymore.

[X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) sounds like a great film, but the trailer didn’t give us much and the whole film is still shrouded in mystery, which I feel is a good thing, but at this point, it’s not very exciting as the only real thing of note that I could make out in the trailer was Apocalypse looking pretty cool. Also, James McAvoy bald and in a wheelchair, which we already knew was going to happen.

The teaser was merely a visualisation of what we already knew, which wasn’t very much. I do think this movie is going to be very good, but the teaser itself didn’t reveal very much. While this may be a good thing, compared to the other trailers, it doesn’t set up much. Although, the film looks funny but epic in scale, focusing heavily on the mutants and their decisions. It’s just that we didn’t see much of it.

5. Vixen

Vixen looks like it’s pushing new boundaries for the CW. The animation is shoddy at points, but otherwise it’s pretty good quality. I’m not very familiar with Vixen as a character, but I know her powers and I know how they probably wouldn’t work in live action, which is why I feel this is necessary if the CW wants to introduce this character to their line-up.

I couldn’t help but think that the line “That’s the 52 million dollar question” was a reference to the New 52. I’d love to this in live action, but first I’m probably going to want to see it in animated form, which looks promising. Honestly, the CW is doing more superheroes better than so many other attempts throughout the years. They’re really pushing the boundaries, considering the budget they have in comparison to the movies.

It says a lot when an almost unheard of network is pumping out consistent high quality DC superheroes, but DC’s first (and at this point ONLY) entry in their cinematic universe featuring their flagship character managed to fail so badly both critically and in the box office. While I’m not absolutely salivating over the Vixen trailer, it does seem like it’s going to be interesting and fun, like the other CW shows.

4. The Flash

The Flash trailer didn’t SHOW much, but it hinted enough to get me more excited than a few of the other trailers. It promised a lot, from Jay Garrick, to more Tom Cavanaugh and most obviously, to Zoom. The next season looks to be great and fun, while being full of interesting comicbook cameos, just like the first season.

3. Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad trailer was released a little while ago after this statement was issued by WB:

“Warner Bros. Pictures and our anti-piracy team have worked tirelessly over the last 48 hours to contain the Suicide Squad footage that was pirated from Hall H on Saturday. We have been unable to achieve that goal. Today we will release the same footage that has been illegally circulating on the web, in the form it was created and high quality with which it was intended to be enjoyed. We regret this decision as it was our intention to keep the footage as a unique experience for the Comic Con crowd, but we cannot continue to allow the film to be represented by the poor quality of the pirated footage stolen from our presentation.”

-Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures

So, here’s my thoughts on said trailer. The film didn’t look like it had the same feel of classic Suicide Squad. No matter how many times I watched it, it just came across as too deep and artsy a film. A “redemption film” about the unthanked heroes of the world, operating under villainous guises. I just chalked this feeling down to the fact that it’s a first trailer and as the new Batman vs Superman trailer showed, the difference between a first and second trailer can vastly change expectations of a film. I guess it’s hard to do a Suicide Squad film given the fact that the only character most casual viewers are aware of is Joker, and he’s most likely the villainous role, so there are no characters that can make believable villains that are being forced to do something good.

But something kept bringing me back to the trailer, even though it’s lack of fun annoyed me to begin with. This thing that brought me back was all the scenes after “are you the devil?”. I realised this was when the music kicked in and I then thought about it as if they were new characters in a film that WASN’T Suicide Squad and just like the newest Fantastic Four trailers, you realise that the film has a good chance of being good despite the fact that the characters aren’t exactly like in the comics, the lineup is a bit shoddy, it’ll probably only be slightly like the comics and it might not make a good SUPERHERO film. But like how Fantastic Four will probably make a good sci-fi film regardless. This film will be a good drama.

I feel like the only reason this movie will fall is if people will go in expecting the Suicide Squad from the comics to be realised on screen. I realised when I considered the multi-layering of the song that this film is going to be deep and have some meaning resonating through it, but weaved in with action. The song obviously draws from the (probable) villain, Joker, but also because becoming the “patsies” shows that the joke was on the Suicide Squad. It’s really well done. It didn’t show much of anyone besides Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Amanda Waller or Joker, but that might be good. Keep the rest a surprise. Will Smith looks like he’ll make a pretty good Deadshot, while Viola Davis is perfect as Amanda Waller. Harley Quinn didn’t have the accent, but Margot Robbie pulled off the crazy better than I expected. Joker was great. Jared Leto had a great mix between the comicbook Joker and Heath Ledger’s Joker that can appeal to the countless Dark Knight fans as well as comicbook fans who want something different. It looks like it’s going to be great.

2. Deadpool

Sorry guys. The trailer was taken down, but it'll up again in hd in a few weeks.

Honestly, when I first saw the leaked Deadpool trailer, I was slightly taken aback at how much like new Deadpool it was. It put me off slightly and that line where he mentions how cool Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s name is felt really unlike what Deadpool would actually say and made me cringe. On multiple viewings, that line still made me cringe, but not as badly. Plus, the rest of the trailer grew on me. While it looks like it’s mostly pandering to the internet fans of Deadpool, the new ones.

Originally I felt betrayed as it seemed like the polar opposite of what Deadpool was in X-men Origins, but in a bad way. It felt like it was abusing the fact that it got an R rating. To be fair, I was very thrown off by the trailer to begin with, because of the blurriness. The second time watching it became clear that I was wrong. The film is brave, having the gall of Fox to attack Green Lantern. Everyone expected a jab at X-men Origins: Wolverine (another Fox property), although they could have also made a braver jab at Ryan Reynolds’ role in Blade: Trinity (Another Marvel property that was under Sony at the time). But they pushed it even further and made a jab at a DC film.

I also heard a line which I only briefly heard the first time around. The line being “f**k Liefeld”. I wasn’t sure if this was a reference to him hating classic Deadpool or hating the recent Liefeld run on Deadpool. All I know is, if they make Liefeld like Deadpool’s God or something, that would be awesome and I’m happy that Deadpool has serious people working with him. Deadpool works the best when he’s working with others and that’s why I have faith, despite how much I dislike Negasonic Teenage Warhead as a character. Although this rendition looks to be a little better.

Deadpool looks to be funny, but not overly funny and goofy like in the new comics and he is still a skilled assassin/mercenary who happens to be insane. This movie looks very good and with a hd trailer reportedly coming within three weeks, Fox is being very good to its fans. That's probably why the leaked trailer had been pulled offline, even though the Deadpool movie owes its very creation to a leak last year.

1. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

What else could’ve been first? This one was great, showing so much but revealing so little really. I have seen the trailer dissected so much since it came out and it was so great that it came out without having to deal with blurry footage first, or at least it was for me since I woke up to it. Lex Luthor looks and sounds like he doesn’t belong in the gritty, dark and serious DCCU, but that’s a good thing. Too much dour seriousness can ruin a film, especially when it’s supposed to be fun. Batman/Bruce seems pretty cool and I think Ben Affleck will kill it in terms of the businessman part of Bruce Wayne. This story looks to be playing around with the mythos and this trailer gets top spot because it managed to take a dying hope in Batman vs Superman and turn it around for me. Hopefully it doesn’t get too packed with characters, because the characters featured in the trailer are enough, maybe with a hint of the Joker thrown in.

All in all, this year’s Comic-Con showcased some stellar live action comicbook material. While Marvel wasn't present, both DC and Marvel properties excelled.


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