It’s Super Bowl time again! No, that isn’t some amazing piece of kitchenware, its the biggest sporting event of the year…for the Americans anyway!
Personally, I’m not a sporting fan at all, but with an average viewing audience of 110 million people, this is where the film studios reveal the first teases of the biggest films coming later this year.
Whilst there were no big surprises for me, this was still a decent year for Super Bowl spots. A lot of us were hoping that Disney would surprise us all with a Star Wars: Rogue One trailer but unfortunately that was just wishful thinking.
So here we go, in no particular order…
The marketing for the Ryan Reynolds potty mouthed superhero flick has been pretty intense with TV spots and posters appearing everywhere. With this Super Bowl spot, the red costumed anti-hero takes a swipe and the American athletes of the NFL.
Title: Deadpool | Release Date US: 12th February | UK: 10th February
Captain America: Civil War
The clash of the Marvel heroes isn’t far away. Disney put out this thirty second spot featuring some new footage including a new gadget for Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit.
Title: Captain America: Civil War | Release Date US: 6th May | UK: 29th April
Gods Of Eygpt
As you may have heard on the Betamax & Laserdisc Film and TV podcast or read previously from the other trailer postings, this film doesn’t install a lot of confidence in us here at The Unheard Nerd.
Primarily it is the dodgy looking effects shots that are the main concern for us especially as this is from the director who bought us The Crow and Dark City. However this Super Bowl spot is rather good and the effects look to be more polished here.
Title: Gods Of Eygpt | Release Date US: 26th February | UK: T.B.A.
10 Cloverfield Lane
This film came as a complete surprise as not many people new of its existence until the trailer appeared and that it is a pseudo sequel to the original Cloverfield from 2008. Set in the same universe as the original film, a young woman wakes from a car accident and finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.
Title: 10 Cloverfield Lane | Release Date US: 11th March | UK: 11th March
Eddie The Eagle
Seeing as a few trailers have only just appeared on-line recently, Fox took the opportunity to keep our memories refreshed with this reminder and the thoughts of several US athletes who were treated to a private screening.
The film is the true (although I expect heavily dramatised) story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, an amateur ski jumper from the UK who became famous for coming last and achieving this with no sponsorship or funding.
Title: Eddie The Eagle | Release Date US: 26th February | UK: 28th March
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Despite a lukewarm reception from the critics, the original Alice In Wonderland from 2010 has made Disney just over $1 billion dollars, so why not crank out a sequel! This trailer only saddened me as you can hear the late great Alan Rickman’s voice as the Blue Caterpillar, apparently his final piece of work before his untimely death.
Title: Alice Through The Looking Glass | Release Date US: 27th May | UK: 27th May
The Jungle Book
Whilst earlier I was moaning about the the special effects quality in Gods of Egypt, you can’t deny that in this new live action retelling of the classic Disney animated film The Jungle Book, they look simply gorgeous. I say “live action”, I think Mowgli is the only real element here! This new version has been directed by Jon Favreau who also bought us Iron Man 1 & 2 and Cowboys And Aliens.
Title: The Jungle Book | Release Date US: 15th April | UK: 15th April
Jason Bourne, a story of a man who looses his memory and over the course of the first film discovers he is a CIA assassin. The story continued with two more sequels with Matt Damon as the titular star. Jeremy Renner took over the lead role in the fourth entry to the series. Now Damon is back as Bourne in this very first look at the new film.
Title: Jason Bourne | Release Date US: 29th July | UK: 28th July
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
The prequel to this film was an interesting mess (21% on Rotten Tomatoes). There were behind the scenes problems with Shredder’s story and this clearly shows on screen but more importantly, the turtles themselves look weird!
However, a sequel was green lit and here we are with a short but sweet second look at the upcoming film. This time around the film looks a lot better with the return of more classic TMNT charaters such as Casey Jones, Bebop, Rocksteady and a fleeting tease at Dimension X’s Krang!
The director promises that all the problems with the first film have been ironed out for the sequel. Let’s see when the film opens later this year.
Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows | Release Date US: 3rd June | UK: 3rd June
The world’s first and most powerful mutant has awakened after thousands of years and disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. Only Professor X with a team of young X-Men can hopefully save the world.
Director Bryan Singer returns to the film franchise he started with the original X-Men from 2001, to continue the story from X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Title: X-Men: Apocalypse | Release Date US: 19th May | UK: 27th May
Independence Day: Resurgence
The world suffered a huge loss in the terrifying attack by the aliens in 1996 but thanks to the efforts of Captain Steven Hiller and David Levinson, we beat them. Since then we have reverse engineered their technology to better ourselves and rebuild our planet. However, the second wave of aliens has now arrived. Can the Earth defend itself a second time?
This sequel to the huge blockbuster film Independence Day (1996) looks like it will be just as much fun as the original. As usual with a lot of worldwide disaster films it looks as if London will be destroyed once again! Is anyone out there keeping a tally on this?
Title: Independence Day: Resurgence | Release Date US: 24th June | UK: 24th June
The Secret Life Of Pets
In this Super Bowl spot for The Secret Life Of Pets, we get a glimpse of what our furry little friends get up to when we, their owners, are not around. Interestingly, I don’t think there has been a trailer that has revealed the actual plot of this film yet.
The Secret Life Of Pets has been directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, who worked on Despicable Me 1 & 2 and Minions.
Title: The Secret Life Of Pets | Release Date US: 8th July | UK: 24th June
Coca-Cola: Coke Mini (Hulk vs. Ant-Man)
Finally not a trailer but rather one of the better commercials that aired during the sporting event. Ant-Man decides to take one of Dr. Banner’s Coke Minis. I’ll let you see the outcome.
P.S. Who the hell has Coke Minis? What do they contain, two gulps of Coca Cola?