San Diego Comic Con is the biggest convention of all things related to movies and TV shows of the superhero and blockbuster genre. Each year there are countless trailers all vying to be the most talked about online, and this year was no different. Here is a breakdown of the best and worst on the 2017 iteration for film and TV.
5. Ready Player One
Ready Player One is set in the future where humanity has turned virtual reality into reality. The central character enters a VR egg hunt in which the winner receives a fortune.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Hannah John-Kamen, Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn
Release Date: March 30, 2018
4. Justice League
While DC’s films haven’t had the best track record from a critical viewpoint, this year’s Wonder Woman may have marked a turning point for the DCEU. Justice League will see Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg join forces à la The Avengers to face a force that requires all their strength.
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa
Release Date: November 17, 2017
3. Stranger Things Season 2
Netflix’s biggest and most unexpected hit of 2016 returns to follow the story of Will, Mike and co. Season one left lots of questions to be answered, so expectations are high for the follow up.
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder
Director: Matt and Ross Duffer
2. Thor: Ragnorok
While movies following the character of Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have never lived up to his Avenger counterparts, the third addition to Thor’s story is shaping up to change that. A stellar cast, including Cate Blanchett, and what seems to be a more comedic, eighties feel are hyping up audience anticipation.
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mrk Ruffalo
Director: Taika Waititi
5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The sequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service takes the spy instant-classic State-side. Spies on both sides of the pond are forced to work together to investigate the villain of Poppy, a company director played by Julianne Moore.
Release Date: Taron Egerton, Channing Tatum, Colin Firth
Director: Matthew Vaughn
5. The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Both The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie broke barriers as to what can be achieved with animation and self-aware humour. The LEGO Ninjago movie is shaping up to follow the same formula, despite audiences likely not gravitating toward the Ninjago toy line, and perhaps being exhausted with said formula.
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Starring: Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Franco
Director: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher
4. The Walking Dead Season 8
Season seven of the irritatingly monotonous zombie apocalypse TV show was the worst so far, so one has to wonder what was going through AMC’s head when they decided to show a five-minute trailer in which NOTHING EVEN HAPPENED. Can all characters just get bitten already so we can all stop watching?
Release Date: October 22, 2017
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride
Does any meme summarise the Saw series more accurately than this one:
Say no more.
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Starring: Laura Vandervoort, Tobin Bell, Callum Keith Rennie
Director: Michael and Peter Spierig
This movie may lay claim to Netflix’s biggest ever budget on an original movie at $90 million, but it just doesn’t seem to work. There’s a reason elves, fairies and other mythical creatures belong in Middles Earth and Westeros. They just fit in there, not in the real world.
Release Date: December 22, 2017
Starring: Will Smith, Lucy Fry, Joel Edgerton
Director: David Ayer
It just looks so cheap. So very cheap. Netflix has aced the Defenders on Netflix. This looks like the total opposite of that and will undoubtedly be a regret the company has in the future.
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Starring: Sonya Balmores, Isabelle Cornish, Eme Ikwuakor
Creator: Scott Buck