Epic Trailer Roundup: Batman v Superman, Fantastic Four, and Jurassic World

Superheroes & Dinosaurs

In case you’re internet has been broken all weekend, it’s been a hell of a four days for epic movie trailers.

The headliner of Trailerpalooza was the second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which starred Han Solo and Chewbacca and totally caught the internet off-guard on Thursday afternoon. (You can see that one right here.) However, the Star Wars trailer was followed by the premature release of the first Batman v Superman teaser on Friday, a new Fantastic Four trailer on Sunday, and then a new Jurassic World trailer on Monday.

If you’re a movie geek, it’s enough to make your head spin. Luckily, you’re about to get all caught up.

First up, here’s Batman v Superman, starring voiceovers by Charlie Rose and Neil deGrasse Tyson and laser eyes IronBatfleck. Some people hated it. I loved it. You decide for yourself:

Up next is the new Fantastic Four trailer, starring a bunch of actors you’ve never heard of and featuring our first glimpse of Dr. Doom. It’s not terrible:

Now the new Jurassic World trailer starring Chris Pratt, Dinowhisperer. (He rehabilitates raptors. He trains people.) It’s much better than the first trailer:

Should be a pretty fun year for movies, no?

Jurassic World hits theaters June 12, 2015, with Fantastic Four following on August 7. But for Batman v Superman you’ll have to wait until March 25, 2016. Sorry.

New ‘Star Wars’ Trailer…Han Solo…Must Watch 20 Times

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"Chewie, we're home."

Today Lucasfilm released a second teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force AwakensI’m not going to dissect it for you. I’m not going to break it down shot for shot and try to explain what it all means. Because eventually the actual film will come out, and it will render meaningless all the time and energy and virtual ink spilled on such analyses and theories.

What I am going to do is tell you that the new teaser trailer is f*cking awesome. That it has lightsabers and tie fighters and x-wings and crashed star destoyers and good guys and bad guys and voiceover by Luke Skywalker and then, at the very end, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Like actual moving images of Harrison Ford and Peter Mayhew in his Wookiee suit.

I’ll also just go ahead and admit that, yes, the eight-year-old version of myself that I thought was burried deep in my subconscious kind of lost his shit. Because HAN SOLO AND CHEWBACCA ARE YOU FREAKING SERIOUS?

Anyway, I hope you’re already watching the thing now and not still reading this. It really is great.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18, 2015. ONLY 245 MORE SLEEPS!

The Second ‘Ant-Man’ Trailer Is Here, and It Does Not Suck

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The first trailer for Ant-Man sucked. It introduced you to Paul Rudd, and Michael Douglas, and the idea of a superhero who’s power is being able to shrink himself to the size of a bug and ride other bugs for transportation. But it didn’t give you any sense of conflict or adversity Hank Pym will face. And as we all know, a superhero is only as awesome as the evil-doers he or she is up against.

Fortunately, the second trailer for Ant-Man fixes all that. Not only does it introduce us to Hope Van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly. Not only does it introduce us to some evil business dude trying to make weapons. And not only does it give us our first look at Yellowjacket, Ant-Man’s mortal enemy. It also gives us glimpse at a fantastic fight scene with a pretty kickass punchline.

So well done, Marvel. Your movie no longer looks stupid. I  guess I will go see it.

Ant-Man hits theaters July 17, 2015.

First Image of Jared Leto’s Joker Tells Us a Lot More than You Might Think

Origin Story revealed?

Earlier this week, we got our first look at the cast of Suicide Squad all together in one place…except, of course, for Jared Leto, the person everyone wanted to see the most. For some reason, he wasn’t in the photo.

Fortunately, director David Ayers rectified this injustice late Thursday evening when he posted the first official image of Leto as The Joker on Twitter.

As you can see, Leto isn’t yet sporting the Joker’s iconic white makeup. However, he does have green hair. And, more importantly, the photo is an obvious homage to the cover Alan Moore‘s 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke. 

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The Killing Joke is a “one-shot” issue in which the Joker tries to prove even the most upstanding citizen can be made insane, and it’s interspersed with flashbacks depicting his origin story.

Obviously, anyone who has seen The Dark Knight (which is everyone, right?) recognizes that basic plot. (Though, in Killing Joke, it’s Jim Gordon who gets kidnapped, not Harvey Dent.) But Christopher Nolan made no concrete reference to the Joker’s origin aside from the conflicting stories told by Heath Ledger. Meanwhile, Tim Burton borrowed the “falling into a vat of acid during a heist at a chemical plant” bit from Killing Joke, which came out three months before Batman. But everything else was changed.

Based on the suggestive photo released by Ayer, I think we’re supposed to assume that his Suicide Squad will show the Joker’s true origin on film for the first time. Which would be neat.

No Post-Credits Scene for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

Seriously, you can just leave

You know those post-credits scenes for which Marvel has become famous, and which everybody loves? Well there ain’t gonna be one for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. Sorry. There will be a mid-credits epilogue scene, but no post-credits scene.

The word comes straight from the mouth of director Joss Whedon. He told EW that they tried to come up with something, but the film “didn’t seem to lend itself in the same way.” And because the post-credits “Shawarma scene” from the first Avengers was so good, everyone involved agreed they didn’t want to follow that. “The first rule of making a sequel is take the best moments and do something else,” explains Whedon. “Don’t do the Indiana Jones gun trick again differently. Just go somewhere else. Don’t try to hit the same highs, because people will sense it.”

So no post-credits scene. But why the official announcement?

“We want people to know,” Whedon says, “so they don’t sit there for 10 minutes and then go: ‘Son of a bitch! I’ll kill them!’”

Fair enough.

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Quits ‘Fifty Shades’ Franchise

So long, suckers!

When I first heard the news that director Sam Taylor-Johnson was leaving the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, I assumed it was because the Fifty Shades of Grey sucks.

Turns out I was right. But not in the way I expected.

In her official statement to Deadline, Taylor-Johnson said directing Fifty Shades has been an incredible journey, that she’s extremely grateful, that she made lots of swell friends, yada yada yada.

Then she said, “While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.” And that’s the best part. Because what Sam Taylor-Johnson is really saying here, I think, is good f–king luck dealing with E.L. James!

E.L. James, of course, is the the author of the Fifty Shades trilogy. Universal gave her an unprecedented level of creative control over the film adaptations for a first-time author who, just five short years ago, was writing Twilight fan fiction inspired by her own Robert Patterson fantasies. (No, really.) Word on the street is James used her creative control to make changes that ensured fans of her books would like the movies, which really cramped Sam Taylor-Johnson’s style.

So now Taylor-Johnson is gone. Not that it really matters. The sequels were always going to be terrible anyway.

Check Out the First Image of Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in ‘Batman v Superman’

Jessie Eisenberg was a somewhat controversial pick to play arch villain Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman. Maybe not as controversial as Zack Snyder‘s decision to cast Ben Affleck as Batman—okay, definitely not as controversial as that. But there were concerns that Eisenberg’s Luthor would be a curly-haired nerd rather than a bald-headed psychopath.

Today, however, the folks over at Entertainment Weekly got their hands on the first official image of Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. And it’s very apparent that, if nothing else, he will at least look the part. Because yes, he’s totally bald and pretty damn menacing.

Here’s the whole shot:

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Of course, just because Lex Luthor will be bald, that doesn’t mean Eisenberg will be channeling Gene Hackman.

“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure,” Snyder explains. “Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait another whole year to unravel Luthor’s strings. Batman v Superman hits theaters March 25, 2016.