Most-Anticipated Comic-Con Trailers, From Kings and Beasts to Plenty of Batman!

With the San Diego Comic-Con now come and gone, ushering in yet another year of tantalizing surprises and superhero teases, a hefty handful of gracious trailers offered fans a peek at some of the biggest films coming to the big screen soon. From the most-anticipated projects of 2017, like DC's massive line-up of next summer's Wonder Woman and next November's Justice League, to the mystic new teases at the strangest films coming this Fall, this year's Comic-Con brought us not only another epic battle between DC and Marvel, but also some gracious anticipation for some of next year's top films. Here are some of the trailers that stood out to me the most: 

Wonder Woman - While the first look at next Fall's much-anticipated team-up film, Justice League, might have won the show with its glorious sneak peek at the next monumental step for the flailing DC Extended Universe, DC and Warner Bros. plans to take another equally as monumental step as they bring their live-action version of the Amazonian princess-turned-warrior into her own full-length film. With a fantastic cast -- including Chris Pine and Robin Wright -- saddling up to fight alongside Gal Gadot's titular heroine, and a stylish World War I-set trailer to kick off the hype, June's Wonder Woman looks to both channel the war-time essence of Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger, and deliver a unique and highly-intelligent female hero as DC continues to build up their cinematic universe.  

Kong: Skull Island - Culminating into a visually-stunning -- and massive star-studded -- teaser, our first look at next March's Kong: Skull Island was another surprising delight from Comic-Con this year. Delivering a visually-pleasing and highly-cryptic Apocalypse Now vibe, as the film finds explorers (Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson) venturing into a deadly and uncharted island, only to discover they aren't alone, Skull Island looks to bring a refreshing tang to the King Kong franchise, as it prepares to conjoin with 2014's Godzilla for a rebooted Godzilla-Kong franchise from Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment. While 2005's King Kong still remains one of my favorite iterations of the giant ape, this massive new upgrade finds the beast to be ten times as menacing -- and a hundred times as big!    

Justice League - Alongside the stunning preview of next summer's take on Wonder Woman, something fans both expected and completely didn't expect was footage from one of the biggest superhero films of next year, Justice League. Aiming to introduce a plethora of comic-book characters for the first time in a live-action film -- from Ezra Miller's The Flash to Jason Momoa's Aguaman -- while also perfecting his somewhat-established versions of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, director Zack Snyder plans to bring his unique visual style and storytelling to the superhero platform once more, in an effort to sway the negative feedback from his last epic ploy with this year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Already looking to have a lighter tone than Dawn, as well as a face-paced premise that hopes to be as riveting as 2012's The Avengers and as visually-pleasing as Snyder's Watchmen, DC's Justice League is without a doubt one of the most-anticipated films of 2017.  

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - From director Guy Richie, whose stylized and gritty filmmaking has already brought legends like Sherlock Holmes to the big screen with little trouble, the latest revamped tale of King Arthur and the "Sword in the Stone" looks to blend both Richie's fast-paced and visually fluent direction with a brilliant cast including Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou to deliver a bloody medieval adventure next Spring. While it might look to be a bit in over its head with its revved-up adaptation of the classic tale of King Arthur, it could be just as entertaining as Richie's past successes.

Doctor Strange - With a shiny new trailer for November's Doctor Strange also greeting us in this slew of teases, the latest preview of the mystical origins of the Sorcerer Supreme offers up not only a techno-kaleidoscope essence, but also an intriguing amount of new footage. While characters like Rachel McAdams' surgeon Christine Palmer and Mads Mikkelsen's cryptic antagonist Kaecilius remain engulfed in the shadows, the latest trailer for Marvel's massive leap into the magical realm never ceases to get me jazzed up for this film. While it still might be another risky outlier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, much like last year's Ant-Man was, I have high hopes that Doctor Strange may surprise me with another memorable film in the MCU line-up.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Another magic-filled trailer that dropped during this year's Comic-Con was another peek at the highly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Offering up even more footage from what looks to be a highly-entertaining exploration of a part of the wizarding world we've only briefly seen on-screen before, the latest taste of Fantastic Beasts we're given aims to amplify both the suspense and satire of what life before Harry Potter came along was really like. Looking to be quite the adventure, even if you're not totally acquainted with the wizarding world created by author J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts hopefully aims to revamp the Harry Potter world for a new age.  

The LEGO Batman Movie- The last movie trailer on my list of the highly-anticipated upcoming films teased at Comic-Con is probably the most surprising and not-surprising of them all. Banking in on the success of 2014's The LEGO Movie -- which boosted both the fame of the popular children's building toy and the acclaim of Will Arnett as the brooding DC superhero -- the first spin-off in a long line of franchising computer animation films based around LEGOs aims to kick off with the appeal of one of Hollywood's most renowned superheroes. Spinning a whole new tale of millionaire Bruce Wayne aka Batman, as he tangles with a new apprentice and the villainous antics of the Joker, while this spin-off may just look like a money-making ploy to some, it could end up being just as satirical and imaginative as its predecessor.

What was your favorite trailer from Comic-Con? What films/television shows are you excited to see debut? Let me know in the comment section below, and stay tuned soon for my reviews of some of the top films of the late summer, including Star Trek Beyond, Jason Bourne, and Suicide Squad


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