Trailer Trasher: A Good Week All Round

It’s been a great week for film trailers. Last Monday saw the release of a full-length trailer for Ant Man with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. After a fairly weak teaser trailer and a suspiciously timed leak, we now (at last) have a proper trailer for Batman v. Superman. Finally, as I’m sure you’re all acutely aware (the internet pretty much went into meltdown after its release) there’s a new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens doing the rounds. So, without further ado…

Ant Man

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always thought that Ant Man was a bizarre choice for Marvel’s next new superhero franchise. Arguably one of Marvel’s lesser-known heroes, the Ant Man of the comics developed a substance that allowed him to change his size and a helmet with which he could control ants… yeah. Even for Marvel, it’s a bit far-fetched. Still, if we can believe a giant Australian man with a massive hammer is a Norse god, then it’s not too much of a stretch.

Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, a con-man-turned-superhero under the tutelage of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. The film seems to focus a bit more on Ant Man’s size changing abilities rather than his super strength when small (I suppose that makes sense, but it still seems a little weird to me) rather than his more stupid ability to control ants, which is probably a good move.

Something about this movie doesn’t sit well with me though, and I can’t quite put my finger on why. It’s just my first impression, but it seems a bit formulaic and by the numbers. I also have a problem with films that consciously take the piss out of themselves: being self-aware is one thing, but when Ant Man himself is highlighting how stupid his own name is, it comes across a bit disingenuous.

Despite the fact that the comic book character pretty much just ran around solving mysteries, the film looks as if it’s taking a predictably gritty route with its story. Still, the acrobatic movement of the pint-sized pugilist is well done and the film seems to have a decent sense of humour. I’m still annoyed that Edgar Wright isn’t directing, mind.

Batman v. Superman: The Dawn of Justice

After an ill-advised attempt to steal the thunder from the Star Wars Celebration with a teaser that focused mainly on empty costumes, a low quality cam-job of the full trailer leaked its way online. Zak Snyder responded by releasing the high quality trailer the next morning.

I have to say, I wasn’t a fan of Man of Steel; there were just too many flaws and the relentless gritty seriousness of it all got on my nerves. Batman v. Superman appears to be taking itself extremely seriously. From what I can gather of the story, the people of the world are having mixed feelings towards the Big Blue Boy Scout after he levelled the CBD of a major city. The god comparison is inevitable as it is massively sign-posted in Man of Steel, and in the trailer Superman appears to have become the unwilling figurehead of a cult. However, still more people think that Superman is a threat, and it appears that Batman is one of them.

No sign of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor – which is weird given that his reasons for hating Superman are exactly because he see Kal-El as a false god. Neither do we see anything of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, nor Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman. A lot is made of the big showdown between the two eponymous caped crusaders, with Affleck looking for all the world like Lego Batman. It’s worth remembering, though, that this fight is unlikely to be the climax of the movie. It’s also unlikely that Snyder will show the conclusion of the fight; showing one side or the other prevailing would welcome a whole tonne of hatred from the internet, with fanboys soiling their DC themed underpants in anger.

All that being said, it definitely looks promising. But that’s only because Ben Affleck’s Batman looks incredibly cool!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I have huge reservations about JJ Abrams in general; while the first Star Trek movie is at least entertaining if a bit silly at times, Into Darkness is completely ridiculous. Very much style over substance… and sense, for that matter. It’s one of my major worries about the new Star Wars films. Worries that were not allayed by that stupid bollock droid thing, which appears to serve no purpose other than to be not-R2D2.

The trailer, however, looks incredible from the very first shot. We get to see a bit more of the new characters and get the first full look at the villain (although the lightsaber is still stupid), and a silver Storm Trooper who we haven’t seen before. Let’s be honest though, all we care about is having the old gang back together.

Mark Hamill’s narration and teased appearance (with an apparently controversial robotic hand) is well done and gives a hint as to the plot. Carrie Fisher’s Leia also puts in a brief appearance – although you don’t see her face – but the real nerdgasm comes at the end. It’s awesome, see for yourself:

While it’s still a little early to tell whether the films are going to be any good or not, each of them looks promising. Time will tell whether they’ll live up to the hype. Fingers crossed.

Edit: I know the new Fantastic Four trailer is out as well, but it wasn’t out at time of writing.

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