Thursday, April 23, 2015

Trailer Madness

Last week we got a couple of teaser trailers released that made people lose their minds. Of course, I'm talking about Star Wars and Batman v Superman. My general thoughts on each are below, but here's something that applies to both. These are teasers. They don't tell you anything you didn't already know about the movies already. No plot has been revealed, so saying "This will be the best/worst movie EVER!" makes no sense. Personally, I'm going to wait and see the movies before making that decision, but I've always been a little bit weird.

OK, let's talk Batman v Superman. I'm an oddity in that I didn't hate "Man of Steel", nor do I love it. It was "meh", in my opinion, but you can read more about that here. That being said, this movie feels like a natural outgrowth of that first story. Superman has been revealed, the population of Earth knows he's an alien and that his race tried to destroy the planet. So, it makes sense that we have those that support him and those that are against him.

Batman, from what I can gather, has been around awhile, but working in the shadows. Now he sees Superman as a threat and wants to take him down. All logical reactions, but I really want to see how they resolve it. I REALLY hope that we get the respect/friendship of Clark and Bruce at the end, rather than the standoffish-ness that they've gone back to way too much in the comics. We'll have to wait until next year to find out, though.

Now on to this year and Star Wars. I'm one of those people that grew up with Star Wars and can probably quote you the Original Trilogy from memory. I've also been a big fan of the now defunct Expanded Universe, so it will be interesting to see where this goes. (Aside: Thank you, Marvel Unlimited, for adding the original Marvel Star Wars to your catalog.)

One thing that intrigues me is the "Neo-Imperials" we see. New Storm Troopers, new black-on-red emblem, new Sith Lord(?). Are these acolytes of the Empire (like Neo-Nazis) trying to bring about a First Order to succeed the New Order? Is this the remnants of the Empire trying to re-exert control? Is the rebellion still going on after all these years? I don't know, and I want to see where it goes.

I am excited to see the original actors back in their iconic roles, but I don't want them to take over the movie. I'd much rather have this be about the new characters with Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie playing supporting/mentoring roles. But, then, I'd also like to see a green, humanoid rabbit walk across the screen in the background, so I'm ready for some disappointment.


  1. What is the basis for the massive Jaxxon fandom that I see? Just curious. And I know who he is since my very limited comic book reading in my youth actually included Marvel Star Wars #8 and #9!

    1. I can't speak for anyone else, but Jaxxon has become the poster child for the original Marvel Star Wars run, simply because he was in the first story after the movie. For those of us that love that run, even with some of the goofiness, the dismissal of it as just ridiculous simply for having Jaxxon in there upsets us. There are a lot of great elements in the run and Jaxxon, while silly on the surface, grew to become a pretty decent character.