The San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is always one of the most exhilarating events of the year, being just about the largest celebration of pop culture in the world. Even if you didn’t get to attend, no worries, as all of us will still get to enjoy and revel in the exciting new trailers revealed at the convention!
With Marvel and HBO opting to give this year’s SDCC a skip, DC and Warner Bros. have taken centre stage, offering a glimpse at a myriad of their upcoming films and television series. Without further ado, here’s a round-up of some of the best trailers dropped at SDCC 2018!
We kick things off with a splash, as Aquaman was, without doubt, one of the most highly-anticipated reveals at this year’s Comic-Con. The trailer has made waves, with Jason Momoa and Amber Heard looking amazing in a vibrant and beautiful undersea world. There’s epic action coupled with a tad of humour, so high hopes for Aquaman to inject some much-needed colour and life into DC’s film franchise.
Speaking of DC needing some humour, Shazam! is delivering the laughs in this charming teaser. A big change in tone from the darkness of Justice League and Man of Steel, Zachary Levi and Jack Dylan Grazer perfectly express that childlike glee of discovering you’re a superhero. While his face is shrouded, we also see Djimon Hounsou as the Wizard who gives Billy his powers.
After teasing us with photos, we finally see the epic blend of M. Night Shyamalan’s films Unbreakable and Split. Combining the three main characters from those films, it boasts a stunning cast of James McAvoy as the split personality Kevin Wendell Crumb, Bruce Willis as superpowered security guard David Dunn, and Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, the brittle-boned yet brilliant villain known as Mr. Glass.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Set to the haunting tune of Debussy’s Clair de Lune, the trailer for Godzilla‘s sequel teases humanity’s efforts to save their world from incoming monsters, which include the return of Godzilla and some new kaiju. The spread of Mothra’s wings is a sight to behold, and along with King Ghidorah and Rodan, the film is set to be a monster movie of epic proportions.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Moving on from magical creatures let loose from a case, now Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has to work with a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to take down dark wizard Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Wonderful little takeaways from the trailer include the return of Credence, Dumbledore seeing Grindelwald in the Mirror of Erised, Grindelwald bearing the Elder Wand, and the appearance of Nicolas Flamel. It looks all sorts of amazing, and we can’t wait for yet another foray into the wizarding world.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly
It may be the whopping twentieth film, but the massive franchise of Dragon Ball lives on. The first movie to carry the Dragon Ball Super branding, its trailer shows an excellent animation style as Goku and Vegeta take on a new enemy in the form of now-canon Broly.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2
Star Trek: Discovery returns, now with Alex Kurtzman as showrunner. The level of cinematography for sci-fi TV just keeps getting better and better, and the first-look trailer introduces Christopher Pike as acting captain and teases the coming of Spock.
Doctor Who Series 11
It was tough saying goodbye to Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, but we can’t help but be captivated by the refreshing and charming Jodie Whittaker. The trailer reveals nothing about the upcoming season, apart from showing us the Doctor and her three new companions running across various landscapes, promising the other-worldly adventures we expect from Doctor Who.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7
This reveal came out of the blue, but turns out Disney is bringing back their Star Wars animated series after it was previously cancelled in 2013. This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Clone Wars, and excited fans can feast their eyes on the animated Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ahsoka in the trailer once more.
While his rise to fame was his historical fantasy series The Song of Ice and Fire, author George R.R. Martin has dabbled in science fiction in the past, including a short story collection titled Nightflyers that’s getting adapted for TV. The Syfy series is a psychological thriller set in deep space, where the crew face mysterious alien horrors as they attempt to save a dying Earth.
Titans will be the first show to hit DC’s new streaming service, an original series based on Teen Titans. An edgy Robin played by Brenton Thwaites shocks with a one-liner at the end of the trailer, setting the tone for the dark show: “F*** Batman”.
Iron Fist Season 2
Since Iron Fist‘s first season was such a disappointment, we can only hope that its second run can redeem Marvel’s kung fu-fighting superhero (although Netflix… we’d much rather a Punisher season 2).
Black Lightning Season 2
DC superheroes are giving Marvel a run for their money on TV, with more electrifying efforts in season 2 of Black Lightning.
Arrow Season 7
Season 7 of Arrow is a go, with more Oliver Queen action in store as he does time in prison and faces new villains from the comics – the Longbow Hunters.
The Flash Season 5
Surprise, surprise, season 5 will kick off with an unexpected appearance of Flash’s daughter Nora from the future, along with the exciting prospect of the Flash Ring and Cicada as the villain.
Supergirl Season 3
The woman of steel is back, but the trailer mainly comprises of footage from last season, so we’re going to have to wait a little longer before we see what Supergirl is actually up to in season 3.
From the creative mind of Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening comes Disenchantment. The trailer shows the misadventures of an independent princess who leaves her royal life to travel with her elf friend. It looks like a classic Groening show, with the iconic animation and whimsical humour now in a medieval fantasy setting.
As SDCC is rounding up, it certainly hasn’t disappointed, providing us so many trailers for stuff to look forward to in the year ahead!
Joyce is a language nerd whose idea of a good time includes speed-solving Rubik’s cubes and binging Netflix, all fuelled by drinking many, many mugs of tea.