Movie trailers from Super Bowl 50

While the actual football game was not bad, and many non-football fans will be discussing commercials, we here at ClutterStuff are talking about the new trailers that aired during Super Bowl 50.

Here are the ones that have been posted to YouTube as of this morning. When last night’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice spot appears, it will be added as well.

Deadpool (release date: 12 February 2016)

Captain America: Civil War (release date: 6 May 2016)

X-Men: Apocalypse (release date: 27 May 2016)

Independence Day: Resurgence (release date: 24 June 2016)

Jason Bourne (release date: 29 July 2016)


All the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers & spots (videos)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opening 18 December 2015, might just be the most anticipated movie since … well … Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. Based on what little we know, this one looks like it will be a far superior film. The little we know, of course, comes almost exclusively from the following videos.

Official Teaser, released 28 November 2014


Official Teaser #2, released 16 April 2015


Comic-Con 2015 Reel, released 10 July 2015


Trailer (Official), released 19 October 2015


TV Spot (Official), released 8 November 2015


TV Spot 2 (Official), released 16 November 2015


Deadpool trailers released!

The trailers for the upcoming Ryan Reynolds-led Deadpool movie have been released!


Warning: the following red-band trailer contains material suggested for mature audiences, including graphic violence and language. So it is awesome!


It is also quite interesting to compare these with the leaked test footage from a few years ago, if you can still find it online. Fox has apparently blocked all of the copies I have seen, on copyright grounds.


Deadpool red-band trailer coming …

The following was posted to the Deadpool Movie Twitter feed this morning (3 Aug. 2015 at 11am):

My suspicion is that this trailer will be the “finished” version of what was shown at San Diego Comic-Con last month.

“The Merc with a Mouth” often breaks the Fourth Wall in the comic books, so we can expect some of that in the film coming next year. So far, the marketing of this movie has been very meta, including this trailer for a trailer (even featuring “Trailer Voice” saying “In a world …”).

The fact that Ryan Reynolds (who played “Deadpool” in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and campaigned hard to get this movie) has been able to pull off what he has during the past couple years proves that he is a true fan. I am confident that what we get will be a Deadpool fanboy’s dream!

What do you think? Will the Deadpool we get be the Deadpool we deserve?

Usual Suspects comic to reveal the origins of Keyser Soze

Bryan Singer should be a household name to fans of comic books and movies. The director of the critically acclaimed X-Men, X2: X-Men UnitedSuperman Returns, and X-Men: Days of Future Past movies is no stranger to comic book adaptations. Singer’s production company Bad Hat Harry also produced X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine, in addition to the television series House, M. D.

Bryan Singer’s first movie, 1995’s The Usual Suspects, may be his most renowned. Christopher McQuarrie won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Kevin Spacey won the Award for Best Supporting Actor in the film. In addition to the official recognition, Suspects achieved an almost instant cult status due primarily to the main villain/anti-hero Spacey’s “Verbal” Kint/Keyser Soze. Little is actually revealed about Soze during the film: even his identity is only revealed in the last few minutes.

This will change in early 2016. Bad Hat Harry Productions and Red 5 Comics have announced a series of graphic novels focused on Keyser Soze. The first issue of Keyser Soze: Scorched Earth will recount how Soze builds his drug empire during the 1980s’ “War on Drugs,” nine years prior to the events of the film.

Enough superhero movies??

Lance Ulanoff recently wrote an “analysis” post on Mashable entitled, “Enough, already, with the superhero movies.” Mr. Ulanoff states that he “spent so much of [his] adolescence praying for superhero movies,” but feels that there are just too many on the schedule for the next few years.

To me, this piece highlights one of the biggest problems with the current popularity of superheroes and geek/nerd culture in general. Merging a decades-old subculture into mainstream American culture gives rise to criticism from outsiders who think they know. It is clear to me, from reading this article, that either Mr. Ulanoff is a newcomer to the comic book genre or is well older than the target audience for the upcoming movies. He quotes his 20-year-old son—much closer to this target audience—but again we don’t know whether his son is a true fan of the genre.

The post continues with what he calls “The Golden Age”: a history of superheroes on film and TV. Mr. Ulanoff’s praise of Adam West’s Batman and George Reeves’s Superman decries his age. Today’s superhero movies are not designed for 50-somethings, as Ulanoff must be given these references and his 20-year-old son. Of course many 50-something fanboys (“fanmen”?) love them, but one can’t expect everyone to do so.

According to Mr. Ulanoff, “TV flirted with superheroes in the mid 1970’s with The Greatest American Hero — but like the character, the show barely got off the ground.” He then launches into deserved recognition of 1978’s Superman franchise. In Mr. Ulanoff’s version of events, nothing else happened between the Christopher Reeve Superman franchise and the 1990s Batman series, then nothing else until Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in 2002.

Um, what about TV’s Wonder Woman, airing 60 episodes from 1975 to 1979? Or The Incredible Hulk, a hit from 1978 to 1982 that inspired three made-for-TV movies in the late 1980s (of sadly and steeply decreasing quality)? What about Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, airing from 1993 to 1997? What about Smallville, which was a huge hit from 2001 to 2011? DC’s first attempt at The Flash didn’t last long in 1990, but it still existed.

Heck—if you count The Great American Hero, wouldn’t you also count The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman from the 1970s? The early 1990s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers certainly seem a lot like superheroes. How about Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the late 1990s? AliasDark AngelHeroes?

The history of comic books on film is of course far more spotty: 1982’s Swamp Thing directed by Wes Craven (and its campy 1989 sequel The Return of Swamp Thing), 1984’s The Toxic Avenger by Troma Entertainment (and its several sequels), 1989’s The Punisher with Dolph Lundgren, and 1995’s Tank Girl with Lori Petty did not have large blockbuster audiences but have achieved cult movie status over the years. (Personally I love Lundgren’s Punisher.) The Crow in 1994 was quite popular at the time, due in part to Brandon Lee’s tragic fate and in part to its alternative rock soundtrack, but has likewise developed a cult-like following in he decades since.

Roger Corman’s 1994 The Fantastic Four may be a paragon of bad movies, but it stands on many geeks’ shelves next to the equally awful 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. Mr. Ulanoff at least acknowledges the third and fourth installments of the ’90s Batman films, even though they were not so good.

The late 1990s also saw film adaptations of Todd MacFarlane’s Spawn and the beginning of a movie franchise featuring Wesley Snipes as Blade. The 1999 Ben Stiller comedy Mystery Men is very popular with the fanboy crowd. In 2000 Fox’s first X-Men movie may have been the first modern blockbuster superhero hit.

Again moving away from the comic book adaptations, other superhero movies include 1990’s Darkman and Robert Townsend’s 1993 The Meteor Man. M. Night Shyamalan’s 2000 Unbreakable is unquestionably a top-notch film.

So did Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man really start the superhero movie trend or, as Mr. Ulanoff asserts, “single-handedly reviv[e] the superhero movie”? If so, why was the trend of film studios buying up the movie rights to every comic book property the main plot of Kevin Smith’s 2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back?

No, what actually appears to be the case is that Mr. Ulanoff does not like comic books or comic book movies.

Mr. Ulanoff doesn’t understand how, year after year since the turn of the millennium, superhero movies have been among the top grossing films worldwide. The fans have clearly spoken—we want superhero movies, so studios are delivering. And if we stop going in record-breaking droves to see them, studios will stop making them. Maybe. Then again, maybe not.

Mr. Ulanoff doesn’t understand that comic book characters inhabit the same world and sometimes meet each other and form super-teams. It’s only natural for comic book movies to begin to display comic book tropes.

Mr. Ulanoff doesn’t understand that comic book readers collect their favorite titles for years, faithfully buying those new releases every month. With our beloved superheros now appearing in cinematic universes, we will faithfully sit in those theaters every single time. Will we always love every film? No. Will we watch them anyway? Probably.

Yes, there are many comic book-inspired movies currently in development for release over the next five years or so. Is it too many? Not for me. And not for many other comic book fans.

If Mr. Ulanoff doesn’t want to watch them, he doesn’t have to do so. If enough people agree with him, the movies will stop being made. But then, and only then, can anyone say there are too many superhero movies.

San Diego Comic-Con trailers: Star Wars, Batman v. Superman, Walking Dead, and more!

San Diego Comic-Con is one of the largest events of its kind in the world (if not the largest). As such it should be no mystery why makers of all things geeky debut quite a bit there. This obviously includes makers of geeky TV and movies. Without further ado, below are the trailers and videos that have debuted this week:

Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes featurette

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer

The Walking Dead (AMC) Season 6 trailer

Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) trailer

Into the Badlands (AMC) trailer

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz) trailer

Outcast (Cinemax) trailer

Vixen (CW Seed) trailer

Con Man (Vimeo On Demand) trailer