The annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego, California isn't just an excuse for the world's most committed nerds to get together and compare costumes. It's also famous for its panels, in which the actors and directors behind the biggest upcoming movies unveil their new projects, drop huge plot hints and showcase their most enticing footage. Here are the nine biggest trailers from this year's event.
Another fairly obscure comic-book superhero gets the big screen treatment courtesy of Marvel. But this one looks particularly fun thanks to that amazing cast: Benedict Cumberbatch as the doc, Tilda Swinton as his mystic guru and Mads Mikkelsen as a crazed villain with truly scary eyes.
Kong: Skull Island
We weren't convinced of the need for yet another take on the giant ape classic, but this trailer's changed all that. Set during the Vietnam war and sporting a heck of a cast, including Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and John Goodman, this is clearly pitching itself as the 'Apocalypse Now' of mega-monkey movies.
The Lego Batman Movie
He was the best thing in 'The Lego Movie', so it stands to reason the plastic bat would get his own feature film. And it looks pretty damn funny, as Bruce Wayne adopts a circus orphan and trains him to be his sidekick. Expect plenty of over-the-kids'-heads gags.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The first trailer for JK Rowling's self-penned prequel to the Harry Potter stories takes place in 1920s New York, hence the 'Peaky Blinders' haircuts. The trailer is colourful and fast-moving, but could the end result be a bit too wacky? And can Eddie Redmayne do funny?
We met Gal Gadot's Amazon princess earlier this year in 'Batman v Superman'. Now she gets her own origin story co-starring Chris Pine, David Thewlis and (yes!) Lucy Davis aka Dawn from 'The Office'. It looks suitably flashy and loud, but can the untested Gadot (who let's face it, wasn't very interesting in 'Batman v Superman') carry a whole movie?
This one's less a trailer, more a compilation of footage from Zack Snyder's follow-up to 'Batman V Superman', which sees Bruce Wayne hunting heroes to join the eponymous league. Let's hope it's jollier, more exciting and, well, just generally better than its predecessor.
The biggest switcheroo at Comic-Con came when a fairly obscure, low-budget indie horror movie named 'The Woods' was revealed to be a secret sequel to genre-defining found footage classic 'The Blair Witch Project'. Early reports suggest the film is spectacularly scary.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Guy Ritchie was never the right director for a new take on the legends of King Arthur. But we couldn't have predicted how gobsmackingly awful this trailer would be. Ditching medieval grandeur and mythic resonance in favour of leery banter and daft Cockney capers, it's among the very worst trailers we've ever seen. Of course, that doesn't mean the movie itself will be bad, by any stretch. But…
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