San Diego Comic-Con gushed in and out of the pop-culture front page this past weekend carrying with it a wave of celebrity panels (most of which I don't care about), incredibly talented, goofy and twisted cosplayers, clever and expensive immersive experiences, free swag and, most importantly, the comic book artists and writers who are the real reason there's even a Comic-Con in the first place.
Unfortunately, this event is becoming more and more out-of-reach for most people like me who don't have the time or money to spend on this over-the-top geek tsunami.
I think this is why the feature film trailer and footage releases are such a big deal for everyone unable to attend this event.
In addition to movies, were also about a dozen or more television series trailers released, but for the sake of saving space and sanity, I'm sticking to big screen releases. I'm also either behind on some of these television shows, lost interest in others, or never even watched some of them that are returning for new seasons. Exceptions are Iron Fist, Better Call Saul, and The Clone Wars, all which I plan to tune in for.
As for the big screen fare, I can actually honestly say I'm looking forward to seeing all five of the big upcoming films highlighted, two of which are from the DC universe.
The big one I was personally waiting for was Aquaman, and although the plot looks like a typical origin story, the casting of Jason Momoa as Aquaman has had the anti-Ben Affleck effect on the character. While I felt Affleck managed to make my favorite comic superhero of all time uninteresting and dull, Momoa's portrayal of Aquaman takes the superhero we all love to make fun of and make him a straight-up badass. I'm more than ready for this one.
Here are the other four getting attention.
This was the biggest surprise, and it looks like someone from DC got the hint from Marvel comic-book fans like to take things lighter and laugh. If the trailer holds true, it will incredibly entertaining, and give Zachary Levi some heftier, and well-deserved, movie cred.
I thought Unbreakable and Split were the best things M. Night Shyamalan had done, and now this sequel to both of them ties together a dark and intelligent superhero world. It might also end up reminding people that Shyamalan is actually a very good storyteller.
Godzilla 2 King of the Monsters
Godzilla and King Kong have been rebooted and remade beyond recognition, but this sequel to the latest 2014 effort looks to bring back some other favorites from the classic Japanese monster movies. Yes, I do believe that is Mothra you see.
Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald
I know it's hip and cool refer to Johnny Depp as a washed-up has been, but even though his personal life is a hot mess, I still consider him a brilliant actor. This newest trailer indicated he'll do a creepy cool job in this film. This sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also reaffirms how much more I enjoy the world of Newt Scamander that Harry Potter. This new one has the vibe of Peaky Blinders meets the Wizarding Worlds.
The wave of Comic-Con hype is disappearing with the tide, but it has left behind a few trinkets of entertainment to look forward to this year and next.