Trailer Time: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer #1 (2016) *Meet Newt Scamander*

For a decade, before Warner Brothers embarked on butchering their stable of super heroes, they depended on Harry Potter for a reliable giant blockbuster every 2-3 years.  This is a big year for Harry Potter.  JK Rowling’s play “Harry Potter & The Cursed Child”, which takes place decades after the main series will open, and copies of the novelization of the play will be treated as the eighth book in the series (and don’t think Daniel Radcliffe isn’t getting wads of money thrown against his window in an attempt to bring him back to adapt it).  In the meantime, Rowling has also written the screenplay to the first in a trilogy featuring pioneering magical creatures expert Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).  The teaser gave us almost nothing, so this first trailer is our very first glimpse at a Wizarding World 100 years before Harry goes to Hogwarts.  Rowling has never written a screenplay before and the book on which this is based is approx. 30 pages long  The trailer has an interesting feel, a different era, but still that magical world just beneath the surface of ours.  Here’s hoping the film continues the Potter franchise’s excellence.  Beasts will release November 18, 2016.

Eddie Redmayne, Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Trailer Time: Suicide Squad Trailer #3 (2016) *Third Time the Charm for DC?*

Oh, DC.  Sigh, you’re getting a bit of a reality check this year so far, aren’t you?  You’re rebooting your comic universe (shhh no words, you’re rebooting it again no matter what you call it) for the second time in five years, and your grim and gritty review-proof Batman vs. Superman just got knocked out of first place at the box office by a Melissa McCarthy (BADLY REVIEWED) comedy in its third weekend.  What made grim and gritty work so well in Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy was that it was written and directed by CHRIS NOLAN.  Now your third film in the DCCU – Suicide Squad – set between Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman, has a ton of undue pressure on it and you’ve sent it back for major reshoots to lighten the tone.  Of a movie called SUICIDE Squad.  WB cannot leave things alone, cannot stop corporate tinkering.  They’re the anti-Disney.  They will not be able to make this thing work without doing what they’ll never do: hire someone to run it.  The closest thing they have to that is Zach Snyder and he’s a large part of the reason you’re in the mess you’re in….but you haven’t fired him yet.  It’d be funny if these weren’t great characters deserving of the kind of treatment they get on The CW in the three series there which have been DCU’s greatest successes outside of TDK.

Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn

How much of the reshooting the new trailer reflects, who knows?  It does feature a lot more on Joker and Batman to complement Harley, who was carrying the marketing pretty nicely on her own.  I liked Ben Affleck as Batman, so his inclusion doesn’t bother me.  Heck I liked Henry Cavill as Superman.  The problem was Zach Snyder and David Goyer’s script for BvS, not the cast (except Jesse Eisenberg, who I better never see again in a comic book movie).  Will the tinkering ruin the aesthetic that David Ayer’s film had going that had fans so excited?  We’ll have to wait until August to find out, but if WB ruins this one, their films are just going to become noise that hurts the whole genre.  For what it’s worth, this is my least favorite of the trailers for the film.

Joker, Jared Leto, Suicide Squad

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

The movie hits theaters on August 5, 2016.