If you can't be one of 150,000 people at San Diego's Comic-Con International this weekend, there's still plenty to look forward to, as studios release the latest trailers of their crowd-pleasing blockbusters in conjunction with the event.
Up first is Twentieth's Century Fox's Kingsman: The Golden Circle. In the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, or as Jeff Bridges’ Agent Champagne refers to them “Your American Cousins”. These two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy. Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and Colin Firth return with new additions Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges for the movie directed by Matthew Vaughn.
Check out the red band trailer below:
Next up is Warner Bros' Pictures' The Lego Ninjago Movie, a new chapter in The Lego franchise. The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and LEGO Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu (成龍 Jackie Chan), as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their true power.
See the latest trailer here:
Steven Spielberg appeared with author Ernest Cline to show off the first footage from his Ready Player One. In the movie, the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, and he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.
The clip is mind-blowing, showing a young protagonist who lives in a stacked trailer park in 2044 Columbus, OH, who puts on VR googles and enters a futuristic world much like Minority Report, with homages to 1980s elements like Freddie Krueger, the Back to the Future DeLorean and Rush’s iconic “Tom Sawyer.” It begins with a dazzling purple VR ballroom with dancers in the sky segueing to caped man riding a Scorpion-Transformer like creature. A big cameo: the Iron Giant. “He’s a major player in this story,” said Spielberg.
And the moment that everyone has been waiting for... a new Justice League extended look! In the trailer, a group of assassins enter a building full of school children. Wonder Woman blasts through the door and saves them taking out every single guy. One tries to knock her out, but her head is much harder. Cut to Diana Prince at the Louvre in Paris brushing up a statue. “What did you do this weekend,” asked her assistant. “Oh, nothing very interesting.”
J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon flashes the Bat Signal to the sky. The trailer sets up that the world is mourning Superman’s death. “These are the age of heroes who will never come again,” announces Wonder Woman in the trailer. Another cool shot shows Aquaman dropping through a building standing on top of a body and then walking out the front door. “Don’t engage this alone, we’re all in this together,” adds Wonder Woman to her super friends. Also seen here is the bad guy from Batman V. Superman, Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds), making an appearance, invading Wonder Woman’s femme island and then lording over his own underworld.
At one point the superheroes are on top of the building with Gordon. “How many of you are there?” asks Gordon. “Not enough,” says Batman as they all disappear except for Miller’s Flash, who is left befuddled. At the end of trailer, Jeremy Irons’ Alfred gets a visit from a mysterious friend. Could it be, gulp, Superman?
Marvel used the stage to unveil a brand new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, showing Thor strapped into a chair arriving via tunnel a la a Disney ride to Sakaar, the fighting world of Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. This is the part in the first trailer where Grandmaster asks “What have you brought me today?”
Thor is dumped in a hallway where he meets a rock being with an Australian accent. Within a moment he’s fighting The Hulk in Grandmaster’s stadium, but later on we see that they’re friends with the green giant remembering who Thor was.