While Disney still delivers a few things at San Diego Comic Con, most of their news comes out of D23, but that lets DC/Warner Bros. kind of run amok. Which is fun for the fans to see. This year they had tons of news about their comics and TV shows, but the biggest bombs were these two trailers. First up is Justice League:
This trailer gives us more of what we saw in the first trailer, with five of the original Justice League members (and a sixth teased) strutting their stuff. Not surprisingly they upped the Wonder Woman content since she officially became the highest grossing movie of the summer domestically over the weekend. We finally get to see some of Cyborg’s moves in action. Though Aquaman continues to steal every shot he is in, and The Flash is still good for the laughs.
Next up Ready Player One:
As Stefon would say, “This trailer has everything!” And he would be right. Players play Joust, Harley Quinn and Deathstroke are out on a date night, the Iron Freaking Giant is just out and about, and just about every important geek-mobile is in a crazy race! The book was just non-stop pop culture references, and the trailer seems to indicate that movie will be the same way. I can’t wait.
What was your favorite trailer from SDCC, or any news that you found interesting?
There are so many comic book TV shows out there now. Though for a while it seemed that DC was destined to own broadcast TV while Marvel would just keep trucking along on Netflix (with the exception of Agents of SHEILD). Not so! Marvel is adding two new shows this year, Inhumans and their first comedy The New Warriors.
The internet is going nuts for The New Warriors because it will have Twitter favorite Squirrel Girl played by the AT&T Girl (Milana Vayntrub).
I guess she was in This Is Us too, but who watches that show. Anyway, I have been hoping for a good superhero comedy, so I hope Freeform can pull it off. Though if the internet has taught me anything, The Amazing Squirrel Girl can do whatever she sets her mind to (she beat Thanos once)!
After Joss Whedon puts the finishing touches on Justice League he will turn his full attention to Batgirl, so since he is busy getting the League all squared away I thought I would cast his star for DC’s next solo female superhero adventure! Here are my top pics!
5: Chloë Grace Moretz
She has already dabbled in the superhero genre with the Kick-Ass films, so we know she can pull off the action, and thanks to 30 Rock we know she can nail down Batgirl’s quirky sense of humor. She is a well rounded and talented young actor.
4: Emily Kinney
While she never really got to be the zombie murdering machine we know she was capable of in The Walking Dead, she did show she could keep up an amazing cast and even steal quite a few scenes for herself. The Walking Dead has been worse without her, but I think Batgirl could be better with her.
3: Saoirse Ronan
Just because I have no idea how to say her name doesn’t mean the star of the action thriller Hanna wouldn’t be perfect for Batgirl. I mean Hanna already showed she has what it takes. She has been doing a bunch of indie stuff lately, so it would be great for her to step back in to the mainstream.
2: Jane Levy
Jane has been in a lot of smaller stuff, but the Suburgatory/Twin Peaks star just looks like Barbara Gordon. I mean just put the mask over the picture above and it is Batgirl come to life!
1: Rose Leslie
I know I already cast her to be Poison Ivy, but she was John Snow’s Batgirl on Game of Thrones, and again she looks a lot like Barbra. Not to mention since Batman is older it would make sense to have Batgirl be in her 30’s as well.
Well those are my picks for Batgirl, so of course they are the best picks. Who do you think should wear the purple and yellow?
TNT is making a Snowpiercer TV show for some reason. I liked the movie, but it wasn’t like I was dying for more. I am not sure how long I can watch strange rich people and desperate poor people ride a train. Well, I mean, I guess I do know: about two hours. Of course none of that matters because TNT had the wisdom and foresight to cast the unimpeachable Jennifer Connelly in it. Snowpiercer is now the greatest upcoming show on television.
You don’t know who Jennifer Connelly is? Well I don’t like you very much, but here is her picture:
She has been in a lot of stuff, but for now I will just say she was from The Rocketeer and Dark City. You have Google for the rest. Annnnyyyywaaay, all of that is to say, look out for Snowpiercer on TNT some time next year! It will probably not be that great. Except for the fact it has the amazing Jennifer Connelly in it.
I left the theater last night relieved. Ever since Suicide Squad I had been worried that DC was going to screw up Wonder Woman’s first solo film in her 75 year existence, but Gal Gadot, Patty Jenkins and crew pulled it off, and more than that, they gave the DC Movie Universe the hope and charisma it so desperately needed.
Wonder Woman follows Diana (Gal Gadot) from childhood on the island of Themyscira to her first outing as a hero in World War I. This of course is a change from her comic book origins where she fought in World War II, but the time swap works well for this movie. Seeing the horrors of The Great War really drive home her belief that she needs to stop this before more people get hurt or killed, and the world has not advanced so much that a sword wielding warrior on horseback would seem that out of place, but it still has advanced enough to provide plenty of opportunity for a little fish out of water humor.
The cast of this film is fantastic. Chris Pine (the best Chris) as Steve Trevor is funny and brave, and a great guide to the “man’s world” for the Amazonian Princess. His rag tag crew is a delight, but without Gal Gadot’s charm and strength this movie wouldn’t have worked. She embodies Wonder Woman perfectly. Angry at the injustices that are all around her, but still hopeful things can be changed for the better. I also love Elena Anaya and Danny Huston as the main villains, they are wonderfully comic-book-y, but not in an over the top way. They strike a good balance between maniacal sneer and believability.
That is not to say Wonder Woman is perfect however. The final fight is a little forced and long and has too much dodgy CG. The film at two hours and twenty-one minutes could have been tightened up a bit, but man, the second act of this movie is pretty much perfect, so I will take the slow start and generic end for those moments of perfection. Watching Diana become the hero the world needed and enjoying doing it was rousing, and I am not exaggerating when I say, it made me cry a little.
We have been waiting forever for Wonder Woman to get her chance to shine on the big screen and Patty Jenkins delivered. There have only been a handful of female led superhero films, and they have all been trash, so leave it to most iconic female comic book hero of all time to finally get it right. Make sure that we don’t have to wait another 75 years for another Wonder Woman and go see this movie. When Justice League comes out this November, Wonder Woman is going to be the draw.