Comic Con 2018 Trailers: Aquaman, SHAZAM!, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters


The biggest popular culture convention in the world called the San Diego Comic Con or Comic Con International is currently in full swing in the United States. And as what we can expect from this all-things-geek get together, we see and hear tons and tons of stuff coming out, some are expected and some are complete surprises such as the trailer announcement for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars' new season. Speaking of expectations, a couple of the most anticipated trailers have just been unleashed at this convention. See below the first official trailers for Aquaman, Shazam!, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Aquaman (December 2018)


Aquaman is Jason Momoa's first solo film as the titular character himself after we first saw him in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and in full action in Justice League movies. While those other two films were directed by Zack Snyder, this one is helmed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7, Saw, etc), one of the most celebrated directors of our time. I remember he said when he chose Aquaman over The Flash movie that this film would be a "swashbuckling action adventure". And to me, at least based on this trailer, he is really going to deliver it.

Official synopsis:

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, "Aquaman," starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime-one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be... a king.

SHAZAM (April 2019)


Another super anticipated trailer that came out at Comic Con 2018 is for SHAZAM! following lots of image leaks and teasers. This one is top billed by Zachary Levi as one of the iconic DC Comics superheros - Shazam, and directed by David Sandberg.

SHAZAM! is a surprisingly fun and funny-looking movie. It is actually far better than what I expected based on those official teaser images that DC released in the last few days before this date. And to me, it's like a breath of fresh air from what we have seen so far in the DC Extended Universe that Warner Bros has been trying to establish. Far from those dark, gritty, and grim premise which appeared to be what makes the DCEU a bit disappointing in terms of critical reviews. After seeing these SHAZAM! and Aquaman trailers, Warner Bros is definitely listening to fans and critics. Hopefully this will bring the DCEU back in full swing and be able to finally compete head to head with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

In the trailer, we are introduced to an orphan boy named Billy Batson, who was chosen by a wizard named Shazam. He was given this power and he can summon it whenever he wants by saying his name, Shazam! Then he is transformed into Shazam himself which is amazingly and perfectly portrayed by Zachary Levi. The highlight of the trailer is Billy trying to figure out what his super powers are, and it is all light and fun in the process.

Official synopsis:

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's (Angel) case, by shouting out one word - SHAZAM! - this streetwise 14-year old foster kid can turn into an adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.

Still a kid at heart-inside a ripped, godlike body-Shazam revels his adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip social studies test?

Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he'll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 2019)


It is a follow up to 2014's Godzilla movie by Gareth Edwards. Not just a follow up though, this is also second official installment to the "MonsterVerse" that Warner Bros is trying to create. So far, this one looks great and if the actual movie delivers what we see here in the trailer, then definitely there are more to come in the future. In fact, as of today, Godzilla vs King Kong is in the works and is set to hit cinemas in 2020.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be released in May of 2019 directed by Michael Dougherty. The title is a dead giveaway, that unlike in the first outing, Godzilla will face a few more monsters to prove that he is really the king of them all - King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan - some of the most iconic kaijus, (or titans as what they refer to in this movie) in the Godzilla universe. The events here take place five years after that of Gozilla 2014 film.

Official synopsis:

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the cryptozoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god sized monsters, including the  mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient superspecies, thought to be mere myths, rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.

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