Some new trailers hit the web this week. Here’s the ones generating the most excitement with my friends and other movie fans across the internets.
Man of Steel
First up is the third and final trailer for Man of Steel, Zack Snyder‘s reboot of the Superman films. Rumor is this will be a set up for the Justice League movie, but I’m taking those rumors with a massive grain of salt for now. To be honest, previous trailers for the film made it seem a bit too dark to be what I would consider a proper Superman film. But there’s enough awesome in this trailer to at least give me a little hope that it will turn out well. Buzz from some preview events is strong with some people predicting it’s the best movie of the year. So we’ll see how it turns out. I hope it’s as good as everybody thinks it is. I really want a good Superman movie.
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Next up is Star Trek: Into Darkness. I will be completely honest here. I was not a fan of the 2009 Star Trek film by J.J. Abrams. Actually I’m underselling that quite a bit. I HATED that movie. HATED IT! I have been a Star Trek fan since the 70’s and the most important thing about that franchise is that it is science fiction. In fact, many episodes of the original series were written by actual science fiction authors like Harlan Ellison and D.C. Fontana. So what does Paramount do? They give the franchise to someone who had never seen an episode of Star Trek and had it written by the two guys who gave Devastator a scrotum in Transformers 2. No, I was not a fan of that movie at all. And prior trailers for the upcoming Into Darkness had me thinking that I was gonna get more of the same terrible writing in the second one. But this time they have Damon Lindelof helping them out on the script. So maybe it won’t be all bad. Now that they’re done with that whole business of creating an alternate universe for them to make new Star Trek movies in (which they did incorrectly), perhaps they can just focus on telling a good story this time around. This new trailer is quite a bit better than the previous two, but I can tell already there won’t be any science fiction in it. It’s just gonna be an action movie in space like the last one. Except this one has Benedict Cumberbatch who is a terrific actor and absolutely brilliant in Sherlock. Everybody should see that if they haven’t already. Also he’ll be playing Smaug and The Necromancer in the upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Can’t wait for that one. I hope we get a trailer for it soon.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games surprised me. I am a huge fan of Battle Royale and a lot of people were drawing comparisons between the two, so I was indeed skeptical prior to seeing the film. And you know what? Other than a couple slow parts and some over-dramatization of some character’s deaths, I liked it quite a bit. So I am definitely looking forward to this one. And more Jennifer Lawerence isn’t a bad thing either. 😉
So there was an anime in Japan called Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. It was originally brought over to America as the show Battle of the Planets. They butchered the original show in order for it to air as children’s programming. They also added a couple new characters in 7-Zark-7 and 1-Rover-1. These segments were done not just to add cute lovable robots to the show, but to explain to the kids that all the explosions and people screaming didn’t involve people dying. No, instead, the early warning system detected the invasion and everybody was evacuated safely. Yeah, no. In the original anime they showed people being ripped apart by carnivorous plants and blood and body parts being thrown all over the place.
Anyway, now they’re dong a live-action movie in Japan. I hope it’s good. I don’t expect it to be as violent as the original anime, but definitely not as tame as the Battle of the Planets version.
Also, bit of trivia. The animation studio that did the 7-Zark-7 and 1-Rover-1 segments was the same studio that did the animated Tony the Tiger in the Frosted Flakes commercials of the 70’s.
And now you know…