It’s that time of year where any and all elements associated with pop culture gather in San Diego for Comic Con, an event with strangely little to do with actual printed comics but more reflecting the medium's influence elsewhere, like Preacher on Netflix or X-Men on the silver screen. By attending, you risk choking claustrophobia, an over abundance of Deadpool cosplay variants- plus a fight through crowds of fellow fans to get a first peek at the latest blockbuster offerings. As for us, well, we know better. Join us as we sit back from the comfy space of our homes and view the best and worst pickings from what was on show.
Let’s start with Marvel Studios because, dunno if you know, they're pretty big in the whole comics thing and that...
Despite Dr Strange looking like something of a fresh take on the superhero genre, it’s hard to not to spot the elephant in the room. With its glamorous costume design and schlocky plot, it's very apparent that Sinister director Scott Derrickson is not only taking a page out of the Christopher Nolan book, he’s photocopied the entire guide and added a new ending. After the spectacular visuals of 2010’s Inception, it’s surprising that the spectable of cities folding in on one another hasn’t been pinched by more filmmakers. Either way, at least we won’t be bludgeoned over the head by the wonder-team-dynamic of the Avengers (at least until the inevitable post credit scene).
Moving onto DC’s cinematic universe... (They also do a bit of comics stuff, FYI)
‘Grace. Power. Wisdom. Wonder.’ lines the bottom of the first poster but I prefer: ‘Captain. America. But. Female’. It’s a serviceable premise - Wonder Woman battles across Europe during the First World War - but the action sequences give us flashbacks to the flop of Batman V Superman. The trailer looks to be all flash, no substance.
How will DC's superhero team fare?
Let’s quickly move on.
The LEGO Batman Movie
With the Lego movie being a surprisingly fun time at the cinema, we could only cringe at the thought of a solo Batman Lego movie. However, the debut trailer actually looks to stand on its own legs- it's possibly one of the highlights of the event. Not taking itself seriously what-so-ever (a massive problem that Batman V Superman struggled with), the latest trailer looks to be a hilarious satire of the superhero genre.
To top things off I’ll end with my personal favourite of the convention.
Kong: Skull Island
Now you’re speaking my language. I love Kaiju movies. I’m a defender of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie from 2014 and Peter Jackson’s King Kong back in 2005 (even if both moves could have been considerably cut down). With the cast consisting of Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, and Tom Hiddleston – I cannot wait to see a Kaiju movie with the aesthetic of Apocalypse Now.
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