DC’s jewel in the crown Superman marked his return to the silver screen this year with the somewhat divisive Zack Snyder-directed, Christopher Nolan-produced Man of Steel, but next year will be an all-Marvel affair for superhero blockbusters. We were given our first look at ‘Phase Two’ offering Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) last week, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) are two other highly-anticipated entries, but now the first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) has landed online. Based on the celebrated comic-book arc of the same name, the footage offers a tantalising glimpse of what is an elaborate undertaking.
Marvel are on something of a roll at this moment in time. With Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble (2012) and Shane Black’s riotous Iron Man 3 (2013) both crossing the billion dollar mark at the global box office, it’s clear that their colourful superhero blockbusters have struck a tone with not only comic book fans, but uninformed audiences as well. There’s a good chance that Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World (2013) will continue the strong start to Marvel’s ‘Phase Two’ when it hits UK cinemas next week (you can read my review here), and smartly the studio has also seen fit to reveal the first trailer for Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) online this week to ride on the current wave of goodwill.
We’re now entering the final quarter of the year, and although there are many great-looking films yet to be released, only a few will be more hotly anticipated than the second instalment of Peter Jackson’s pre-Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013). Following the character banners that have been revealed in the past few days, a second full-length trailer has surfaced online, giving us a tantalising glimpse of this big-budget December blockbuster.
Richard Ayoade is best-known for his role as the technically adept but socially awkward Maurice Moss on British sitcom The IT Crowd, but with 2010′s Submarine he proved that he had skill behind the camera as well. As such, his follow-up – simply entitled The Double (2013) - is highly anticipated for more reasons than just its impressive cast. The film has just had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and now a brief but nonetheless eye-catching trailer has hit the web.
The true story of the Somali pirate hijacking of the Maersk Alabama vessel back in 2009 – and more specifically, how the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips, and his crew dealt with their captivity – drew national attention, turning Phillips into an overnight hero in the process. The captain landed a book deal and TV appearances, and now British director Paul Greengrass (best known for directing two of the three original Jason Bourne trilogy, as well as 2006′s United 93) is bringing his story to the big screen. We got our first glimpse of Captain Phillips (2013) back in May, and the second full trailer released today showcases more footage of what looks to be a powerful thriller, already selected as opener of the London Film Festival.
The summer of 2013 may be coming to a close, but there are still a number of highly anticipated blockbusters due for release this year. One title sure to be on many a filmlover’s watchlist is Thor: The Dark World (2013). Directed by Alan Taylor, the man behind the camera on numerous episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the sequel marks the second instalment of Marvel’s ‘Phase 2′ after Iron Man 3 (2013) took the box office by storm earlier this year. Some spoilerific footage was shown to lucky fans at the recent Comic-Con convention and a new poster was released last week, but now we have our best look yet with a revealing two-minute plus trailer.
Often said to be America’s ‘original sin’, slavery is a topic which has formed the basis of many a powerful drama. Most recently, Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg have each analysed the subject in their own unique ways in Django Unchained (2012) and Lincoln (2012) respectively, and the next to do so will be Steve McQueen. After garnering acclaim for Hunger (2008) and sex addiction drama Shame (2012), the director’s latest endeavour, 12 Years a Slave (2013), will see him tackle the oft-examined topic in typically candid fashion, with the first trailer released online earlier this week.
Back in 2007, Zack Snyder’s stylishly-directed 300 was a surprise hit, slashing its way to $456 million at the global box office. The director has since busied himself with a little known film called Man of Steel (2013), which gets its worldwide release this week, and so the reins have been handed over to Noam Murro for the next chapter of the saga, 300: Rise of an Empire (2014). Yesterday saw the unveiling of a new poster and, as is the trend these days, a new trailer has swiftly followed.
With Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 released in UK cinemas nationwide from this Thursday (my full review can be read at Cine-Vue here), now seems the perfect time for Marvel to drop the first trailer for their second Phase Two feature, Game of Thrones director Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World (2013). Due for release on this side of the pond in late October, we pick the story up with Chris Hemsworth’s thunder god back in Asgard after the events of Avengers Assemble. However, it’s not long before Thor’s beloved Earth – and plucky human love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) – to come under threat from a new intergalactic force, led by the vengeful Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston).
The UK release of Marvel’s Iron Man 3 may be just around the corner and The Wolverine has been steadily building anticipation after the release of its first teaser, but for many, DC Comics’ Man of Steel is still the biggest superhero film of 2013. Small titbits of information for Superman’s eagerly-awaited return to the big screen have been making their way to us via online and magazines in the past few weeks, but fans have been baying for some new, substantial footage. That has finally come in the form of a third full-length trailer, and what it reveals will no doubt get people even more excited to see just what Zack Snyder (Watchmen) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) have done with comic book history’s most iconic character.
South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp won critical and commercial acclaim in 2009 with his debut feature, District 9. It’s taken the director four years, but his eagerly awaited sophomore effort – entitled Elysium (2013) - is now mere months away. Earlier this week, we saw the first poster for the futuristic sci-fi, and now a full-length trailer has been revealed. In the year 2154, two classes of people exist; the impoverished struggle on the Earth’s ruined surface, whilst the wealthy reside in ‘Elysium’, a man-made space station that orbits the planet. In need of medical care only available on Elysium, Max (Matt Damon) takes on a dangerous mission that pits him against Elysium Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster).
Of all the big summer releases of 2013, James Mangold’s The Wolverine has strangely been the least marketed. That all changed last Sunday, however, when the first poster for the next chapter in the fan-favourite anti-hero’s saga was thrust onto the web. This was followed by more one-sheets and, as is now customary for big blockbusters, short teasers for the full-length trailer. Today, the full two-and-a bit minutes have been officially released, and the early indications corroborate what Mangold and star Hugh Jackman have been saying since The Wolverine began production; this is the Wolverine film fans have been waiting for, inspired by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s much-loved comic book series.
As the annual summer blockbuster season draws ever nearer, more and more previously confidential information on some of this year’s biggest releases are now beginning to be revealed. The latest to get in on the act is J. J. Abrams’ sci-fi sequel Star Trek into Darkness (2013). It seems more than likely that Abrams, who will now also be directing Star Wars: Episode VII, won’t be returning for any future Star Trek sequels, such is the competition between the two rival franchises. However, everything we have seen thus far suggests that he’ll be leaving this current franchise on a high, and a mouth-watering second full-length trailer released online today gives further credence to the early impressions.
With Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and The Wolverine all scheduled for release in the coming months, the summer of 2013 is stacked with eagerly anticipated superhero movies for global audiences’ viewing pleasure. If the aforementioned blockbusters aren’t quite what you’re looking for, however, Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 (2013) - the sequel to Matthew Vaughn’s outrageously popular original, Kick-Ass (2010) - is set to offer an alternative to the spandex-clad genre with another helping of ultra-violent superhero satire. Today, Universal Pictures officially unveiled an official poster to go along with a US red band trailer, and you can check out all the foul-mouthed goodness at the bottom of this post.
An epic new trailer for Iron Man 3 came online this afternoon, and I wrote a succinct breakdown of what was revealed for What Culture. Read (and watch) here.
It’s been over a decade since Pixar Animated Studios’ highly regarded Monsters, Inc. (2001), and fans have been eagerly awaiting a return to the universe since. Directed by Dan Scanlon – who replaces Pete Docter at the helm – Pixar have done a good job of whetting our appetites, what with the 3D re-release of Monsters, Inc. late last year as well as a teaser trailer. Now we have our best look yet in the first full length trailer, and it promises more animated fun. Monsters University (2013) will focus on the college years of Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman). Before they became the delightful duo we know and love, Mike and Sully were mismatched roommates who couldn’t stand one another. However, when a larger dilemma forces them together, they must overcome their differences.
Watch the trailer for Monsters University at CineVue here.
Although the sports underdog story has been told several hundred times already on the big screen, it’s one that audiences keep coming back to. Combine it’s tried-and-tested form with a historical grounding and you have 42 (2013), a biopic of Jackie Robinson who was the first black ballplayer in baseball history. Directed by Brian Helgeland, Warner Bros. have released a second trailer for the film this week, and already it has the air of inspiration. Chadwick Boseman is the actor who has been deemed fit to fill Robinson’s shoes, whilst veteran Harrison Ford will play pioneering Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson to the minors before bringing him up to the pros.
Watch the trailer for 42 at CineVue here.
The London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony will forever be a landmark accomplishment for Oscar winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours). This year will see the auteur back behind the camera in the intriguing looking psychological thriller, Trance (2013). The first trailer has popped up online today, and it looks to bring many twists and turns to an otherwise conventional heist movie. The narrative will follow Simon (James McAvoy), an arthouse auctioneer who joins forces with criminals to steal a painting from his own gallery. However, during the theft, Simon suffers a blow to the head causing him amnesia, and he subsequently forgets where he stored the valuable artwork.
Watch the trailer for Trance at CineVue here.
The summer of 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting few months for cinemagoers, with this week seeing the release of many impressive trailers. Arguably the pick of the punch is our first look atPacific Rim (2013); Directed by Guillermo Del Toro (at one time down to direct The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), viral marketing for the film begun a few weeks ago, and now to further whet our appetites a full-length trailer has surfaced online. When monstrous creatures – called Kaiju – rise from the sea, the war with humanity takes millions of lives, consuming Earth’s resources in the process. To combat the threat, Jaegers – massive robots controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge – are created. Nearing defeat, an unlikely partnership between a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) is mankind’s last hope against the escalating apocalypse.
Watch the trailer for Pacific Rim at CineVue here.
It’s been quite the wait since that hotly-received Comic-Con teaser all the way back in July, but this evening Warner Bros. finally unleashed the first full trailer for 300 director Zack Synder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel (2013). Using only a few snippets of previously seen footage, this is the clearest indication yet of the type of Superman both Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan have intended for the world come 14 June next year. Not only do we see shots of British actor Henry Cavill’s alien aid in full action (with Michael Shannon’s General Zod also making a brief cameo), but we also get a distinct sense that Snyder’s film will seek to provide the ultimate origin story for arguably America’s greatest superhero.
Watch the trailer for Man of Steel at CineVue here.
The action-packed trailers for next year’s big summer blockbusters just keep on coming this week, with the latest film to offer up some new footage being The Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger (2013). A brief teaser trailer debuted all the way back in October, and now we have a full two-minute look at this big screen Hollywood re-imagining of the popular 1950s American television series. For the previously uninitiated, The Lone Ranger will see former Texas ranger John Reid (Armie Hammer) join forces with native American ‘spirit warrior Tonto’ (Verbinski regular Johnny Depp) as the two work together to fight corruption in the dangerous canyons and plains of the Wild West.
Watch the trailer for The Lone Ranger at CineVue here.
A full seven years after the release of the well-received family drama The Pursuit of Happiness (2006), Will and Jaden Smith have teamed up once again for next June’s apocalyptic sci-fi After Earth (2013). Director M. Night Shyalaman’s most recent efforts – which include the disastrous trio of Lady in the Water (2006), The Happening (2008) and The Last Airbender (2010) - have been disappointing blights on an otherwise solid resume, to say the very least. After Earth will mark the the Indian-American’s return to blockbuster filmmaking, and the inaugural teaser trailer which has crash landed online today is certainly cause for cautious optimism amongst the director’s more avid fans.
Watch the trailer for After Earth at CineVue here.
As 2012 draws to a close – some might argue a disappointing year for the big budget Hollywood blockbuster – the first pieces of promotional material for the prominent releases of summer 2013 are already being unveiled online this week. The latest is the first mouthwatering teaser trailer for J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), a direct sequel to the impressive Star Trek (2009) that successfully revitalised the ailing sci-fi franchise. Images from the set revealed that British actor Benedict Cumberbatch would play the sequel’s central antagonist. What’s more, the full trailer will be released online next week, but today we have our first look courtesy of a short teaser – and it’s certainly a tantalising one.
Watch the trailer for Star Trek into Darkness at CineVue here.
Formerly titled Jack the Giant Killer (but presumably changed as so not to offend the Giant League of America, or some other similar pressure group), the new trailer for Bryan Singer’s fantasy flick Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) has emerged this week with a new name and a new release date. Initially scheduled to hit cinemas this summer, the film’s year-long delay means that this is the first footage we’ve laid eyes on for a good while. In a year where Avengers Assemble, The Dark Knight Rises and Bond #23 Skyfall have dominated global cinema box offices, the studio’s decision may well prove to pay dividends for all involved – assuming that the finished article is up-to-scratch (so rarely the case with projects confined to production hell).
Watch the trailer for Jack the Giant Slayer at CineVue here.