Okay. Gonna be quick. Holy crap! Lots of trailers.
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens looks like a really good time and it doesn't look like any other Star Wars film I've ever seen before. The cinematography is new to the series, the tone is more or less new, and there are tons of new faces to welcome and either love or loathe. I have my reservations about J. J. Abrams but I'm hoping that the new blood and energy will make the franchise one I can love with a straight face again.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice still has a terrible name and it still fills me with more dread than I know what to do with. I like Henry Cavill as Superman. I think his turn in the cape was one of the few things I liked about Man of Steel. I'm interested in seeing them expand his role as a the world's would-be savior and I'm honestly very interested in seeing what that universe's versions of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Lex Luthor are all about. I am not, however, looking forward to the one thing that seems to have a lot of fanboys and fangirls losing their minds: a knockdown, drag-out between the World's Greatest Hero and the World's Greatest Detective. I have always felt that those types of stories and discussions were fun at conventions and in the comic book shop but there's very little value in having the good guys wail on each other. Isn't that what the villains are created expressly for?
Marvel's Ant-Man is last but not least (although I keep forgetting that it even exists). I like Paul Rudd in most things. He's likeable and affable in most roles (he'll always be Josh from Clueless to me) and I know that he'll be good for whatever comedic energy the Studio of Ideas wants to toss in there. I am slowly but surely getting over the loss of Hank Pym as Ultron's creator and as an active super hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I'm getting over the apparent exclusion of the Wasp. I'm even getting over the fact that Pym isn't a founding Avenger in this version. What I don't think I'll get over is this movie being "Iron Man 2.0." I don't need them to replace RDJ with Rudd and the Iron Man suit with the Ant-Man suit. Give me something fresh, clean, imaginative, and unique in its own corner of the cinematic universe. If I learned anything from Guardians of the Galaxy it's that you can't judge a Marvel movie by its trailer. I'm hoping it'll be a good ride.
So many trailers hit us this past week. So many more on the way.
This year is going to be chocked full of trips to the movies!