Movie Talk: ‘Justice League’ Trailer Discussion; Marvel Comic-Con Panel Highlights

     July 25, 2016

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 25, 2016) Mark Ellis, Kristian Harloff, Dennis Tzeng, and Ashley Mova discuss the following:

  • Box Office Report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)

It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. Star Trek Beyond took the No 1 spot opening weekend, beaming up an estimated $59.6 million but falling short of Star Trek Into Darkness’ $70.1 million and Star Trek’s $75.2 million. Taking the No 2 spot was The Secret Life of Pets with an estimated $29.3 million. The film has now grossed over $260 million domestically. Ghostbusters and Lights Out tied for the No 3 spot, each taking in $21.6 million. Ghostbusters has now earned $86.9 million domestically so far, but will need to do well overseas in order to make back its $144 million budget. Lights Out’s $21.6 million debut is a major win for New Line Cinema, with the paranormal horror movie already making back its $5 million budget. And taking the No 5 spot, the other wide release of the weekend, Ice Age: Collision Course. The fifth film in the animated series bombed stateside with $21 million off a $105 million budget. Until now, no Ice Age film had opened with less than $41 million.

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Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Justice League soon after the teaser from director Zack Snyder dropped at the Hall H panel at Comic Con. The follow-up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finds Batman played by Ben Affleck and Wonder Woman played by Gal Gadot putting together a team that includes Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) to combat a looming threat. The film also stars J.K. Simmons, Willem Dafoe, Amber Heard, and Henry Cavill. Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.

On Saturday, Warner Bros unveiled the very first trailer for Wonder Woman during its Comic-Con 2016 panel. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film stars Gal Gadot and tells the origin story of the character we met in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Set in the midst of World War I, Diana Prince’s island paradise life is upended when an American pilot played by Chris Pine crash lands, telling of a conflict happening in the outside world, which spurs Diana into action. Written by Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg, the film also stars Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, and Saïd Taghmaoui. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017.

Marvel released their newest trailer for Doctor Strangedoctor-strange-poster-final as part of their show-stopping Comic-Con 2016 panel. The full trailer focused on the mentor relationship between Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange and Tilda Swinton‘s The Ancient One, who teaches him the ways of mysticism that allow him to travel through dimensions and time. Sinister director Scott Derrickson is behind the camera, with a script by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts. Doctor Strange also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen and Rachael McAdams, The film is set to arrive in theaters November 4th.


As Marvel put their finishing touches on the big Hall H presentation on Saturday, during the group photo with moderator Chris Hardwick and the cast from all the upcoming Marvel movies, Kevin Feige announced the picture needed to include EVERYONE from the Marvel family, finally confirming and then bringing out Oscar winner Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Variety reported over a month ago that Larson was the studio’s first choice to play Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force pilot with superhero abilities. Inside Out co-writer Meg LeFauve and Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman are penning the script but a director hasn’t yet been announced. Captain Marvel is slated for release on March 8, 2019.

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Just after Marvel wrapped its Comic-Con presentation where it shared the first footage from their Sony co-production of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the official Twitter account for the movie released the first piece of concept art from the wall-crawler’s upcoming film, confirming what was shown in the teaser footage – Vulture will be the villain in the movie. The identity of the villain is still unknown but many have reported that Michael Keaton will be behind the mask. Marvel also confirmed the identity of the main cast in Black Panther, revealing the roles that will appear alongside Chadwick Boseman’s T’challa that include Michael B. Jordan as the villain Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, and The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira as Okoye. Black Panther is set for a release on July 6, 2018.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-logoOne of the biggest surprises from the Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con panel at Hall H was the confirmation and reveal of who Kurt Russell is playing in the James Gunn-directed sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. During the panel, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige treated the fans to a scene and first trailer from the movie, with Russell fittingly announced as Star-Lord’s father. Many have assumed this parentage would be the case however, his role was then revealed to be that of Ego, the Living Planet. In the comics Ego entered into existence growing larger and larger by accumulating materials over millions of years. The cosmic being known as the Stranger infused the planet with a consciousness whereby it became a living, sentient world. How Ego will play Quill’s father has yet to be revealed. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 will be released on May 5, 2017.

After the huge DC panel was finished in Hall H on Saturday, Warner Bros then turned to promote their other blockbusters, revealing a new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, along with first trailer releases for Kong: Skull Island and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The 1970s-set reimagining of King Kong was a huge hit with the fans in attendance, with Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts telling the fans it’s a dream come true to be up on a panel at Hall H. Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson and opens in theatres March 10, 2017. The other first look came from Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie’s gritty retelling of King Arthur Legend of the Sword. The film stars Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, who finds himself squaring off against his tyrannical uncle, Jude Law after he murders his father and brother in order to take over the throne. And the last trailer featured was a new look at the J.K. Rowling written Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by long time Harry Potter director David Yates. King Arthur hits theatres on March 24, 2017 with Fantastic Beasts coming later this year on November 18th.

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