We are complete suckers aren’t we? Dangle a bit of hope in front of our noses and we lap it up like hungry dogs. Two films down into the DCEU (Man of Steel and Batman Vs Superman) people seemed to be awakening to the idea that it’s just not going to work, but then we get a few trailers for new stuff and its back to squealing fanboys. DC have finally opted for the Marvel take on things with an introduction of humour into this Justice League movie, along with Jack White’s Icky Thump to make it more bad-ass than serious. Unfortunately, this late change in style just shows again that they have no idea what to do with this and are making it up as they go along…
…but Aquaman looks cool though.
One of the few things I liked about Batman Vs Superman was Gal Gadot (and her amazing theme song). That was further cemented by this trailer which shows she was eager to take a stab at centre stage. If the action scenes across the movie look half as good as some of those on show here than I’ll come out happy. The film is still a little grey for my liking (even with the introduction of the lasso of truth) but otherwise I’m quietly optimistic. My only misgiving is Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, who I’ve never liked in a side saddle role, but I’ll be fine to be proven wrong.
While DC continue to attempt to find their footing, Marvel carries on plodding away without a care. Initially I was nervous about the introduction of magic to the MCU, but this trailer looks a lot better than the first teaser. Cumberbatch looks like a great addition to the team and there looks like some mind-bending special effects on show that could make for some interesting set pieces. Mads Mikkelsen also has the calibre to be an interesting villain.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
As was seen by the buzz that surrounded the West End when Harry Potter returned with The Cursed Child, people are ready for another wizarding fix. Fantastic Beasts definitely looks an interesting set up with a New York backdrop which I hope interweaves well in the script, but the main thing I took from this film is that Muggles and Wizards seem to join forces to fight the monster problem presented by Eddie Redmayne. How that works out for the population of NYC I have no idea, but I’m excited to see where they take it.