Over the weekend, comic book and film fans converged on San Diego’s annual Comic Con, a long-standing convention that has become the place for film-makers and actors to showcase trailers and hints for upcoming films and TV shows to eager fans. 2016’s edition was no different as a deluge of trailers for upcoming box-office smashes and television favourites were showcased, as well as a few earth-shattering reveals to the public. Here are ten of the most exciting reveals from this weekend’s bonanza
Fans got their first taste of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in an extended trailer revealed on Saturday. Her character had a brief role in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice earlier this year, but the new trailer sees the Wonder Woman on her own two feet, as she teams up with Star Trek’s Chris Pine in the film set during World War I, with a release date set for March 2017.
The grown-up’s animated antidote to Pixar’s Toy Story received another incendiary trailer over the weekend, as directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg premiered their film to audiences outside of SXSW festival, where it was first shown earlier this year. There’s plenty of new footage and more wise-cracking food as the film shapes up to be one of the summer’s funniest (and crudest) films.
The Walking Dead
Since its abrupt ending earlier this year, the question of who Negan killed in Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead has been on everyone’s lips – but it still hasn’t been debunked just yet. The new trailer for Season 7, which will air in October, gave no such answers but fans were still intrigued by the first glimpse of new character King Ezekiel, who plays a big role in the comics. If the trailer is to be believed, the TV show could follow-suit.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
This Harry Potter spin-off got its first trailer earlier this year, however Potter fans were thrilled to get an extended look at Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and some of the terrifying, shape-shifting creatures that the film is based around. Further wizard hijinx will likely follow when the film is released in November and we’re already practising our spells.
More Wonder Woman action in the trailer for D.C. Justice League. Soundtracked by The White Stripes’ ‘Icky Thump’, we got a sneak peek at Jason Momoa’s beefy Aqua Man as well as The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The film will not be released until November 2017, but unlike the preceding Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailers, the online response to this trailer was one of intrigue at the surprisingly hilarious trailer.
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
Fans were slightly perplexed when Snatch director Guy Ritchie was named as director for the King Arthur epic, worried that his brand of film-making will not suit the epic dramatics necessary for the story. No bother, Ritchie has made it his own with witty dialogue, fast cuts and looks set to pry a box-office superstar out of Charlie Hunnam (King Arthur) when the film drops in March 2017.
King Kong: Skull Island
The gigantic ape franchise appeared dead in the water following the lukewarm reception Peter Jackson’s King Kong received in 2003, but no one told the team behind King Kong: Skull Island though. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson and John Goodman, the epic fantasy drama sees a slight twist on the Kong story as it seems the film will be set entirely on Skull Island and serves as the precursor to mammoth square-off between the giant ape and Godzilla in 2020’s King Kong vs. Godzilla. Glimpses of King Kong are fleeting, but typically jaw-dropping.
As we suggested the other day, it can be quite difficult to predict what will win at Comic Con. In the Marvel slot, no details of what to expect had been announced and wild guesses were made, but few were expecting the reveal that Brie Larson had been cast as Captain Marvel. She took to the stage confidently to a wild audience reaction and looks set to own the role of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel when the film is released in 2019. She relished the moment, and made sure everyone knew how happy she was on social media.
After endless teasing, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss gave fans their first look at Season 4 with a brief and wickedly dark trailer, which appears to show more action sequences than seen in previous episodes. Toby Jones also makes a devilish appearance as an unnamed villain for Holmes and Watson. The writers teased that it will be a dark season, and we take no issue with that after seeing this trailer.
The stars of the 1980 sci-fi horror convened to celebrate 30 years of the franchise’s second film Aliens, but also found time to discuss a potential sequel to the film being in the works. “(Director Neill Blomkamp) has work to do, and I have work to do. I am hoping when we finish those jobs, we will circle back and start to do it” Sigourney Weaver said regarding rumours of a fifth film, which looks set to be directed by Blomkamp.