Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Superheroes and 'Riverdale' -- trailers from San Diego Comic Con

Just after I posted the trailer for "Lucifer" in yesterday's Trailers for 'Stranger Things,' 'Westworld,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'Star Trek: Discovery," and more at San Diego Comic Con, I realized I was heading into someplace I wasn't ready to enter.
If I continue down this path, I'll enter true comic book territory.  Archie and the costumed crimefighters deserve their own post, so readers expecting "Arrow" based on the preview image will have to wait.
I then promised to "post more television traliers tomorrow and the movie trailers after that."  My plans have changed slightly.  If I'm going to post superheroes today, I may as well post the two movie trailers for Marvel and DC movies as well.  First, "Thor: Ragnarok" Official Trailer.

That looks like it will be as much dumb fun at the other "Thor" movies, which means I'll watch it when it gets to cable.  However, it's not the superhero movie I'm anticipating more.  That honor goes to Justice League - Comic-Con Sneak Peek [HD].

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Three things about this trailer.  First, it has plenty of in-universe references, including to Green Lantern (he doesn't exist on Earth in this continuity) and The Penguin.  Second, this movie, unlike "Man of Steel" and "Batman v. Superman," has a sense of humor in the right places; having The Flash around helps.  Third, I thought the villain was Darkseid; no, it's his general Steppenwolf.  All of which give me hope that it will be better than either of its predecessors.  Even so, I still think "Wonder Woman" will be the superhero movie of the year.

Enough of the movies.   Follow over the jump for the superhero TV show trailers.

My favorite show of the bunch was promoted in Comic-Con 2017: Gotham Sizzle Reel | GOTHAM.

Catch up on the last season of GOTHAM and have a look at what's to come in season 4! GOTHAM returns THU, SEP 28 on FOX!
"Gotham" is an odd duck -- a Batman show without Batman, although it looks like Bruce will be getting closer this season.  I fully expect "Gotham" will descend deeper into madness.  It will be glorious.

Next, the superhero in yesterday's preview image, Arrow | Comic-Con® 2017 Trailer | The CW.

A hero’s duty never ends. Arrow premieres October 12 at 9/8c on The CW.
One of these days, my wife and I will watch this series.  I expect we'll watch "The Flash" first.  Speaking of which, here's The Flash | Comic-Con® 2017 Trailer | The CW.

The world needs The Flash. Season 4 premieres October 10 at 8/7c on The CW.
Based on characters from DC's The Flash. After the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator explosion, a dark matter lightning storm strikes Central City C.S.I. Barry Allen, bestowing him with super-human speed. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns that Barry Allen has become...The Flash.
As long as I'm posting trailers for CW's superheroes, I may as well post one of my favorite, Supergirl | Comic-Con® 2017 Trailer | The CW.

Who is Supergirl without Kara Danvers? Season 3 premieres October 9 at 8/7c on The CW.
SUPERGIRL is based on the DC character Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, who after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul Cat Grant. However, Kara's days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw, head of a super-secret agency, enlists her to help protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats.
Now for a series I was never planning on watching until I watched DC's Legends of Tomorrow | Comic-Con® 2017 Trailer | The CW.

Dinosaurs, saber-toothed cats, and time travel.  This show just might have potential.

Finally, the other comic book show on the CW, Riverdale | Comic-Con® 2017 - S1 Bloopers and S2 Trailer | The CW.

Things are not always as they seem in Riverdale! Season 2 premieres October 11 at 8/7c on The CW.
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music and not follow in his dad’s footsteps despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Now Archie has no one to mentor him, certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse).

Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves, which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (M├Ądchen Amick), aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between Veronica and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)... Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows.
Yeah, I might just watch "Archie pretending to be 'Twin Peaks.'"

Expecting trailers from the Marvel shows on TV?  Sorry.  Other than "Legion," I'm not a big fan, and I could find no Comic Con trailers of that show on YouTube.  Oh, well.

That's enough of corporate PR for entertainment, although I'm not done with the topic of entertainment and media entirely this month.  I plan posts about the News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which will be announced later today and more about the Primetime Emmy nominations, concentrating on the political and science/nature shows nominated, but also "Star Wars" on television, "The Walking Dead" franchise, and all the rest of the speculative fiction nominees.  Stay tuned.


  1. Ragnarok and the Justice League movies both look action packed. I'm so out of it I didn't even know Superman was dead and I love Green Lantern. Sorry he's not in it. I'm still catching up on TV shows. Just started watching The Americans. Seems appropriate considering we seem to have an "illegal" in the WH. I'm up to season 4 on that and I have Game of Thrones season 6 yet to watch.

    I'll take your recommendation on Wonder Woman I've been looking forward to that.

    1. Superman died during the climax of "Batman v. Superman." I won't say how to avoid spoiling it, but it's one of the few things that made sense in the movie (it was also in the comics). As for Green Lantern, the 2011 Ryan Reynolds movie, which was a big budget flop, ruined the character on the big screen. There is some talk of a Green Lantern Corps movie, but that's years away.

      As for "The Americans," that's a critical favorite that earned five Emmy nominations, Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Guest Actress in Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and Outstanding Music Direction. It's underappreciated prestige TV.

      Thanks for the recommendation. As soon as it gets out of theaters and on cable, I'm watching "Wonder Woman."

      BTW, I just realized I forgot the "Black Panther" trailer. If someone asks in the comments, I'll post it along with the Marvel TV trailers in a future post.

    2. I made a mistake. "The Americans" has only four nominations. Outstanding Music Direction is for "The American Epic Sessions." Oops.

  2. well organised something for everyone....great fun.. comic con