from SDCC 2017
By Mikhail Lecaros
Continuing our look at the biggest reveals from San Diego Comic Con 2017 (you can find the first part here), now we delve into the most publicized part of the event: the movies! With major film studios occupying a larger and larger part of SDCC every year, the focus has definitely shifted from the comics in the event’s title. Much like the audience for Super Bowl ads, followers worldwide wait with bated breath for glimpses (in the form of trailers, panels, exhibits, and previews) of upcoming releases.
Here are our favorites from this year:
We have to admit, Bright from Netflix looks weird, with Will Smith (Independence Day, MiB) playing a strung out cop in a world that look just like ours, except for the part where mythical creatures exist alongside regular humans. Smith’s character is assigned a new partner who happens to be an orc (or a troll, we honestly can’t tell), played by Joel Edgerton (Black Mass) in an action-packed story of prejudice and race relations. David Ayer directs from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle), so it will be interesting to see if Netflix can finally deliver a quality movie on par with their TV releases.
Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle
In addition to taking a subpar Mark Millar comic and turning it into a surprisingly agreeable blockbuster, Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), accomplished the jaw-dropping feat of turning perennial nice guy Colin Firth into a bona fide badass. The newly-released trailer confirms his return, along with the introduction of Julianne Moore (as the villain) and Channing Tatum (as an American superspy). The team behind the film also released a clip of Eggsy (Taron Egerton), we can’t wait to witness the awesomeness. And don’t get us started on the animated trailer where Eggsy meets our favorite degenerate cartoon superspy, Sterling Archer.
Blade Runner 2049
It’s been 35 years since Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was released, but fan awareness is still high, as evidenced by the lines waiting to get into an exclusive experience at SDCC that let them step into the film’s cyberpunk dystopia. With Blade Runner 2049 on the way, starring Ryan Gosling (La La Land) and Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), the question of whether or not robot-hunting supercop Deckard (Harrison Ford, Star Wars) was ever really human may finally be answered. In the meantime, we’ve got this sweet new trailer to keep us occupied.
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Since the sequel’s still in production, the teaser doesn’t give us much by way of story; what we get instead is a glimpse of all the new Jaeger designs, along with our first look at John Boyega (The Force Awakens, Attack the Block) as Stacker Pentecost’s (Thor’s Idris Elba) son. The first Pacific Rim wasn’t a major hit in the United States (silly Americans, OF COURSE Gipsy Danger’s sword came last. The sword ALWAYS comes last!), but thankfully, the rest of the world wasn’t so finicky when it came to giant robots punching monsters in the face.