Our Favourite SDCC 2016 Trailers

If you’re reading this and don’t know that SDCC 2016 is happening right now, then I feel sorry for you, fair movie geek. For the world’s largest convention of comics, movies and TV shows is underway in San Diego, and is kicking out some incredible movie news as if it were going out of fashion.

As usual the famed Hall H has been responsible for the very biggest trailer releases, and there have been loads of them. So we thought it would be a handy thing to have all our favourites in one place. That way you can see what we like, and also get a mega fix of cinematic goodness.

So here are our favourite trailers to come out of SDCC 2016.

Doctor Strange

As anyone could have predicted, Marvel tore the roof of their presentation, with news of Starlord’s father, a reveal of the Hulk’s gladiator armour and the confirmation of the rumours that Brie Larson will indeed be playing Captain Marvel (Hooray!). But most exciting was the release of a second trailer for Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange. You could say that all that collapsing building stuff is just a rip off of Inception. But it’s not. And it’s also a great indicator of how far we’ve come in terms of FX of this type in just a few short years. Doctor Strange looks mind bending and epic in all the right ways.

Kong: Skull Island

Maybe my favourite trailer of the bunch, and definitely the most gorgeous. Jordan Vogt Roberts’ much anticipated Kong movie has a prestige picture look, with all the trappings of a classic blockbuster. Larry Fong’s cinematography has never been better, and that shot of the helicopters pulling focus into a Dragonfly…just wow.

Blair Witch (aka The Woods)


Director Adam Wingard has built his burgeoning career on subverting expectations and playing with convention to deliver wholly original works. It should come as no surprise then that his new film, which was billed as ‘The Woods’ for the last few months, has come clean and named itself as a sequel to The Blair Witch Project.

It’ll be interesting to see how Wingard fairs in the handheld footage market (especially as it had recently become a pretty much dead and buried marketplace). But the trailer looks stunning, and after You’re Next and The Guest I’m in for anything Wingard creates.

Wonder Woman

DC looks to be seriously getting their cinematic act together after the dreadful Batman v Superman. Wonder Woman looks unabashedly great, carrying a similar colour palette and feel as the first Captain America film, this period piece looks like a superhero movie should, and that’s something I’ve never yet said about a DCU effort. Oh, and I love that Wonder Woman theme; percussion from hell!

Legion

All I needed to be sold on this trailer was that the TV series comes from Fargo show runner Noah Hawley. You can see his Coen-esque shot choices all over this teaser, and his casting looks to be spot on. I’m a huge Dan Stevens fan, and I can’t wait to see this unique take on a mutant story, which seems to favour the psychological aspects over the super powered side.

Justice League

Has Zack Snyder learnt his lesson? It seems so. After BvS the backlash was enormous. Nobody wanted to see the world’s most famous two superheroes just moping around.

This Justice League trailer seems to have come from the ideas men at Marvel, so jovial and adventurous is the spirit. Ben Affleck is such a bloody great Batman/Bruce Wayne, and the dialogue is so great here, with the perfect amount of serious overtones with biting dry humour underneath. There’s colour too! Lots of different colours that aren’t just black and grey. That shot with Aquaman getting hit by the waves is eye-popping stuff, and the scene with The Flash just looks like great blockbuster fun. Suddenly the DCU is looking sharp, and with Suicide Squad just around the corner too! Great timing people.

So that’s our picks for the very best. There were other big trailers released, but we felt they either weren’t up to the standard of the choices here, or were just plain boring. One thing is certain, next year at the cinema is looking very strong.

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.