One of the biggest festivals of geekery in the world, San Diego Con, has been and gone for 2017. The tables cleared, halls emptied, goody bags stuffed and wallets are barren.
But in its wake, it has left us a pile of new trailers to salivate over. In Part 1, we’ll cast our eye over the latest film trailers.
One of Ryan and Keith’s favourite directors, Taika Waititi, seems to have installed a sense of fun and panache into Thor Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk on a trip beyond Asgard, taken over by Cate Blanchett’s Hela. It’s star studded supporting cast with Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jaime Alexander, Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum, Ray Stevenson and Sam Neill all along for the ride.
Is this multicoloured eye feast the one we’ve been waiting ‘Thor’?
Talking of team-ups, from the WB /DC stable it’s time for their Superhero club with Justice League amongst the news that Ben Affleck has re-affirmed his commitment to his take on the Bat. Joining him fresh of the success of her solo outing is Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman with Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg and Ezra Miller’s Flash round out the team in the fight against Steppenwolf (not the band). Supporting is J.K. Simmon’s Commissioner Gordon, Robin Wright’s Antiope, Willem Dafoe’s Nudis Vulko and Jeremy Iron’s Alfred Pennyworth. Don’t be surprised if Henry Cavill’s Superman isn’t just from archive footage. D ya C yourself watching this one?
Spielberg’s tribute to the 80’s, based on Ernest Cline’s novel (beloved by Philip Ellis, maybe), Ready Player One was part filmed on Birmingham’s own streets, it’s a dystopian future fuelled by Pop Culture. Taking over lead is Tye Sheridan, X-Men’s new Cyclops, with another glittering cast including Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys), Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke and TJ Miller (Yogi Bear- bet he wishes he forgot that one). Would you like to play a game?
Rounding out the films with a Birmingham shot or two lurking is Kingsman II: The Golden Circle from Matthew Vaughn. Taron Egerton’s Eggsy, Mark Strong’s Merlin and Colin Firth’s Harry are back and have skipped across the pond after a spot of bother in Blighty. They’re joined in the colonies by some New World folk called ‘The Statesman’ including Channing Tatum’s Agent Tequila, Jeff Bridges’s Agent Champagne and Halle Berry’s Ginger sizing off against villain Poppy (Julianne Moore). See if you can spot Brum in the car chase, maybe not a circle, but a bullring.
One slightly more curious movie coming to us via Netflix is the Will Smith led picture, Bright. Co starring Joel Edgerton, Lucy Fry and Noomi Rapace, it’s high fantasy teamed with modern gritty LA police drama, as a cop and his orc partner search for a mystic weapon everyone is out for.
Ryan was a big fan of Guillermo del Toro’s Robots vs Kaiju supersized beat em up, Pacific Rim, and now it’s back under the hands of Steven S. DeKnight. John Boyega fills in for Idris Elba, set 10 years on from the original, teaming up with Scott Eastwood (yup, that one’s son), Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island) and franchise returnees Rinko Kikuchi, Burn Gorman and Charlie Day. Expect big robots and beasts having a set to, which will get you up, rising out of your seats…
Slick and stylish crime thriller, The Snowman, might be one to watch and no, it’s not a take on Raymond Brigg’s classic. Michael Fassbender’s elite detective team are on the hunt for an elusive serial killer, who only kills during snowfall. Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, J.K. Simmons, Chloe Sevigny and Toby Jones are on supporting cast duties. After this, you might be ‘Walking with a Scare’
After that bit of darkness, time to brighten up with a splash of colour with the Lego Ninjago Movie. The popular franchise has been running since 2010 with both a popular TV show and toy range. Now it’s hitting the big screen with the voice talents of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods and the legendary Jackie Chan. Six teenagers are “hired” by an old master and become ninja heroes at night, defeating monsters and riding vehicles and dragons to protect the faraway land of Ninjago and its capital city. Meanwhile, a warlord named Lord Garmadon must cope with the fact that one of the ninjas is his son, while trying to conquer Ninjago with The Unstoppable Beast. ‘Ninja-go’ and take the kids.
Tune in tomorrow when we cast our gimlet gaze over the pick of the TV trailers!