Warner Bros Panel at SDCC

Now that it is Sunday and SDCC is winding down, let’s take a deeper look at the Warner Bros panel in which the studio dropped a whole lot of hype on us. I’ll get to Marvel tomorrow.

I want to quickly get Kong Skull Island and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword out of the way. Kong has a very Vietnam War film feel to it that happens to also have a giant monster as well. King Arthur looks like a typical Guy Ritchie film, just set in Medieval times. Right now I’m not too excited for those two films, not because the trailers were bad or anything, but more because I’m so much more invested in the other films in WB’s slate.

By the time I watched the trailers for Kong and King Arthur, I was a little emotionally overwhelmed by Fantastic Beasts, Justice League, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman. I had no more to give and was left feeling meh by the other two. Maybe by the next set of trailers, I’ll feel more excited.

Extending the Harry Potter world:

The trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was the one that had me squealing like a small child. This original story featuring the author of a text book the kids at Hogwarts used is a great way to explore this enchanted world J.K. Rowling created thru the eyes of someone who is not named Harry.

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While the past few trailers have focused on Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) and his journey to New York where he is to have an important meeting with the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA for short), this new trailer shows us some of the creatures that escape Newt’s magical suitcase and touches on the ramifications of the havoc these creatures could create with the No-Majs.

Thanks to Pottermore’s Twitter account, we get to know a little more about these creatures:

When the creatures escape, it makes things very difficult for MACUSA and Newt because there is the New Salem Philanthropic Society (NSPS) looking to expose and kill wizards and witches. This group is looking to get No-Maj politicians on their side. Politicians like Henry Shaw Sr. (Jon Voight), whose rally is interrupted by a magical being crashing the event.

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Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.

The first look at Wonder Woman was next on the list of high excitement. As a woman, I want to see more females as the main hero of the story and now there is one coming soon. It doesn’t hurt that a woman is behind the camera, either. The look and feel of this film gives me the chills.

Set in 1916, Diana Price (Gal Gadot) leaves her home on the island of Themyscira after she meets Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) who washes up on the island’s shores. Trevor is (I’m assuming) an American soldier fighting in World War I, and after hearing of the horrors, Diana joins the fight to keep the Germans from winning.

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This is all speculation on my part, but I feel like Danny Huston’s character may have a lot to do with that. As of right now, Huston’s character does not have a name, but is shown in the trailer wearing a German military dress uniform. It looks as if Diana goes for her sword stashed in her dress when she sees him at a party.

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The fighting scenes look great. The pop of color from Wonder Woman’s uniform really stands out in the sea of brown, blue, and grey. That Golden Lasso is just spectacular.

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“I hear you can talk to fish.”

Like I said before, Zack Snyder is at the helm of this one, so I’m not going to get too excited for this one. He makes gorgeous movies in terms of stylization, but he doesn’t know how to tell a deeper story. Snyder attempted to do too much with Batman v Superman and I’m hoping he has learned his lesson on how to stick to a cohesive narrative before starting in on Justice League.

The teaser of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) getting the team together helps calm some of my doubts, but there are some still there. There is a bit more humor involved (something that I think will help, but some hard core DC fans are not thrilled about), and using The White Stripes’ “Icky Thump” gives things a good vibe to it.

There is a little conflict with Aquaman/Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) before he (I’m assuming) comes round to be a part of the team. I don’t think Aquaman is going to be made fun of much longer for being such a second-rate superhero. He looks like a total badass here.

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Meeting Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen was also quite cool. His room (or lair if you prefer) has the feel of a place someone with extreme ADD would live. Lots of books, computers, and TVs to keep a fast running mind occupied. Also if you look off to the right, there are some sketches of a different suit than the one we see Allen in.

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Allen immediately joins up when Wayne comes to call, he does it without needing to know what he is being asked to fight. He wants to be a part of a group. Allen tells Bruce “I need friends.” This is a kid who feels isolated because of his abilities and knowing he will be a part of a group of others like has him excited.

The Flash’s suit is pretty cool looking. Sort of like pieces of armor that are cobble together to protect his body from the effects of super speed.

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Cyborg (what little we see of him) also looks pretty good. Obviously the film takes place after he is transformed by the mother box (seen in BVS when Diana opens up the email), but there is a quick shot of Victor Stone (Ray Fisher) as a normal person. Possible flashback to before his transformation? And he is wearing a letter jacket from Gotham City University.

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What did you think of the cornucopia of trailers Warner Bros dropped on us yesterday? Are you excited for any of these movies? Let me know in the comments section below.

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