SDCC Our Top Picks: Film Trailers
By Ashley Northey

Posted on: 27 Jul 2017


The behemoth that is the San Diego Comic Con is over for another year and baby, you better believe Hall H was rocked by some awesome shit! We've taken our pick of the film trailers to come straight outta geeks paradise...

Justice League: The Elephant In The Room?

Can DC do a Marvel? Will Superman live? Why does Zack Snyder love slow motion so much?

Well, the answer to at least two of those questions will be revealed in the UK on the 17 November, and as if fans needed more of an incentive to watch, a new 4 min trailer was unveiled. The big reveal here is Steppenwolf, a big bloody axe and a whole load a Parademons. Cyborg still looks ace, The Flash brings the funnies and Aquaman has, erm, really great hair.

Snyder has a gift to produce visually striking films and the image of Batman against a red sky looked really fucking cool, but I'm still not convinced. Maybe it's the bitter aftertaste that the frankly awful BvS left and I'm hoping for vast improvement.

Thor: Ragnarok

I cannot lie, the first trailer made me wet my fan-boy pants in excitement and the second trailer hasn't changed my giddy first reaction either. We get some nice banter between Thor and Hulk this time, with Mark Ruffalo revealing that he now has the vocabulary of a 2 year old. There are some amazing shots of Cate Blanchett as Hela, this time accompanied by Judge Dredd himself Karl Urban as Skurge.

We know that this movie incorporates some elements of Planet Hulk; is that Korg we see? Also along for the ride is Loki, Valkyrie and we also catch a glimpse of Hemidall in his civvies. The one image that made me whoop with glee was Hulk launching himself at Surtar. So with all this and added Jeff Goldblum, it's gonna rock your socks off!

You can geek out at the cinema when Thor: Ragnarok is released on 27 October.

Ready Player One

The year is 2045 and it seems that the poorest people live in "stacks", mobile homes that are piled one on top of another. A trailer park high rise if you will. When the creator of Oasis, a Massive Multiplayer Online game dies, he leaves an Easter Egg for gamers to find. Whoever finds this egg will win his entire fortune; kerching!

As a major horror fan I'll get this out of the way now...Freddy Kruger is in a Spielberg film, welcome to primetime bitch! Ok, so it's for all of 2 seconds, but hey, its really cool. But that's not all, oh no, because we also glimpse Steven Kings Christine, the DeLorean from Back To the Future, the Iron Giant and I think I spotted Duke Nukem. There may have been more. It looks epic and the visuals are stunning and I'm really looking forward to this one. You can catch this beauty from 30 March 2018.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Just a teaser this one and to be honest, its as cheesy as a margarita pizza. It gives nothing away, but we all know what we are going to get; robots vs. monsters!

This time around we've got Start Wars John Boyega to cancel the next apocalypse.

Arguably Pacific Rim is Del Toro's weakest film, but it was still a fun romp and I hope for more of the same this time round, if not better.

You'll have to wait until 23 February 2018 to see this in the UK.

Bright

Netfilx's biggest budgeted film to date ($90 million), looks pretty damn fun with Will Smith's human cop being partnered up with Joel Edgerton's Orc. There's plenty of wit, some very impressive visuals and great practical effects, but there is also a dark edge lurking under the buddy cop movie facade as our leads search for a deadly weapon.

Set in a world where Fairies buzz around bug traps like moths and a multitude of mystical creatures live side by side with humans, director David Ayer looks to have conjured a world far more enticing than his last outing with anti-hero stinker Suicide Squad. Written by Max Landis (Chronicle), this could well be the film to make Netflix a real force in movies as well as TV.

Bright is released in the UK on 22 December.

Death Note

Netflix again, this time producing a live action version of the much loved Manga series Death Note. Hugely successful in its native Japan, the series has popped up as a TV series, a mini series, four movies and rather interestingly a 2015 musical.

Helmed by the excellent Adam Wingard (The Guest), the story sees student Light Turner stumble upon a notebook with the power kill anyone whose name he writes inside. Accompanying the book is the Willem Dafoe voiced Ryuk, a Death God who we hear early on in the trailer..."Shall we begin?" This is a great piece of casting, his voice unearthly and cackling like an evil madman.

"What if we can change things?" asks Light, deciding to use the book to become a vigilante to "solve all crime". Of course, this is a dangerous path that leads to his pursuit by a mysterious detective, known only as L. The tone of the film looks to be suitably dark and with a hip young cast of Lakieth Stanfield (Get Out), Nat Wolff (The Fault In Our Stars) and Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys) this looks pretty damn good.

Death Note will be available on Netflix from the 25th of August.

Best Moment From SDCC

Netflix have come away from this years SDCC smelling freakin sweet. An excellent showcase of film and TV, really ramping up their already huge profile, but OMFG Stranger Things Season 2.

Season 1 was an absolutely unexpected nostalgic delight last year, and season 2 looks like the mother-fucking bomb. This teaser is an amazingly perfect melding of Michael Jackson's classic track Thriller, with hints of what's to come for Mike Wheeler and Co. Maybe I'm biased, but this really was the absolute top pick for me, but we'd like to hear from you guys too.

Please comment below and let us know what you're most excited about.

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