Because what has been widely perceived to be one of the films of the year came out this week, The Hobbit, the Internet has suddenly found itself inundated with trailers that have been stuck on the beginning of the must see film (Of which I will get around to reviewing at some point before I leave) and I've decided to go through a few of them.
First of all, so everyone doesn't run away, here is your precious Man of Steel trailer. Now, because I have the (mis)fortune to live in Britain, I didn't get to view that lovely new trailer in the cinema, my Hobbit screening had the old boring, washing powder-esque advert. But thankfully the Internet has once more stepped in to save the day. Now, as a comic reader, the idea of enduring yet another Superman origin story seems slightly unnecessary/ I appreciate however, that in the public eye, Superman has been off of the big screen for quite a while, and this trailer seems to be the first proof I have seen that an origin story of the world's most famous superhero might actually be a good thing.
It seems like some of the main focuses will not be on him learning to be superman, but about his secret identity, and the reasons behind it. Really this whole thing seems quite similar to the vibe the X-men films and comics have been known to take, with the whole "is the world ready" angle. The audience might have had enough of that from the Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen double act though.
flashes that might just be showing us the true scope of his powers, and then of course we have the "Superman in handcuffs" shot that they've been really pushing. >
Another good point is that Henry Cavil looks pretty damn nice. Bad sides are that terrible, choral music, not because choral music is bad, but because it seems completely unfitting, and perhaps indicative of wider confusion in just what kind of Movie they are trying to make. Which is perhaps my largest concern for this movie as a whole. They seem to be trying to go, half Smallville, half Chris Nolan Dark Knight. Something that could very well blow up in their faces.
Ok, with Superman out the way, let us move onto the next iconic franchise in nerd culture. Star Trek...Or, more correctly. J.J Abrams takes a bat to your favourite series. The atrociously punctuated "Star Trek into Darkness" teaser trailer shows us little. Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachy Quinto, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg return as the various original characters they have very little in common with. Hmm, yeah, Okay, I'll level with you, I didn't like Star Trek, and no, annoyingly, I don't mean Star Trek the franchise, I mean the 2009 "blockbuster" which had the audacity to call itself Star Trek and wipe out the entire canon proceeding it (which, yes, I am still sore about). Because I really like Star Trek...You know, the 30+ years of stuff that came before Chris Pine's lifeless performance.
So basically all we can talk about is Benedict Cumberbatch's character, as he is the only thing really new here. Everyone else, Abrams included is here from the last one. So yeah, let us move onto John Harrison/
Gary Mitchell/Khan. From what we see he is a guy who talks about doom in slightly cryptic ways, and takes glee in tearing down the perceptions of security that other people have. Now the reason Khan and Mitchell are crossed off up there is because at different points it has been speculated (and so of course, widely believed) by the Internet that those were who Cumberbatch would be playing, one was because Karl Urban said it, one was probably because some guy on a forum said it.
Now I really like Cumerbatch, and if there is another trailer that focuses on him, there is a good chance I will probably go check this out for better or worse, though if anyone asks, I'm going to say "damage control". I'm pretty much faithful that the man who can expertly pull off Sherlock, can easily translate these talents into playing a clever villain. The only danger here is that he might outshine Pine...but that would be a problem if they cast a stick of butter as the villain. Such is the way of things.
Oh, you were so boring you made your yellow shirt turn black. Bad Chris Pine!
Oh yeah, and GLaDOS talks for the entire trailer
Shut up GLaDOS, I'm trying to listen to the nice man speak.
So yeah, the general principle seems to be that the Alien's don't come from space this time, they come from the water, or rather, they come from an inter-dimensional portal in the water. Thankfully, the trailer seems to imply that Humanity has this covered, some strange pilot guy is even making a direct copy of the speech from Independence Day, while echoing the morals of War of the World. Thankfully neither Tom Cruise nor Will Smith appear to be anywhere near this. So yeah, the robots all seem clunky like in Avatar, the Aliens seem like strange Rhino things, I'm not sure how intelligent they are suppose to be, but everything cuts too dramatically to find out.
Though perhaps I am being too harsh, the robots look serviceable and not too alike their anime/Super Sentai/Power Rangers cousins. The title is stupid as hell, but that isn't a problem of note. Del Toro has gained my trust that he wouldn't deliberately put out a bad film, but unless this is a kind of homage to the Monster Battler era of yore, I really can't see what is stopping this from becoming a 1998 Godzilla.
Oh god I just remembered they are making another Godzilla movie!
Anyway, on that terrifying note, go see the Hobbit, you may get to see some trailers. You will probably just get a new Django Unchained trailer if you are British, but that is going to get a review elsewhere. Like the Hobbit will very soon, after I've written some stuff I don't plan to put on the Internet...Now there is a concept.