Welcome back to the Movie Media column featuring trailers, posters, and clips for upcoming films. Some are nice and fresh and some aren’t. However, they all have something in common: for better or worse, they all caught my attention. If there is a poster or trailer you think I should check out, be sure to let me know.
This week’s movie goodies include posters, stills, and trailers for a few upcoming summer hits, an animated flick for the fall, a sequel for Shakespeare, and more!
The Dark Knight – Poster
A new poster has arrived on the scene, and it is another winner. All of the posters released thus far have been fantastic designs. What else to say other than: Take a look!
Hancock – Trailer
It was only a matter of time before an anti-hero superhero movie came to the big screen. No, I am not counting Punisher, I am thinking more of an original title. Hancock looks to be that movie. It centers on an alcoholic “hero” who winds up doing more harm than good, and is played by Will Smith. Peter Berg is at the helm of this film, scheduled for a Fourth of July release. I don’t think it will be all that good, but looks like a fun way to spend time at the movies during the summer. A new trailer has arrived, and it gives us a better look at the story.
Igor – Poster
I see this poster and Tim Burton springs to mind. This is a nice little poster for an animated film coming this fall. It is the story of Igor in an alternate universe filled with mad scientists, where one assistant dreams becoming a mad scientist himself. The cast includes John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard, John Cleese, Sean Hayes, Molly Shannon, Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, and James Lipton. Anthony Leondis (Lilo & Stitch 2) directs from Chris McKenna’s (American Dad) script.
The Strangers – Poster, Stills
I’m looking forward to this one. Even though I’ve never been much of a fan of either Liv Tyler or Scott Speedman, I have hopes for this one. It looks as if they will not be given a lot of time to act; rather they will need to react for a good portion of the film, and that could potentially work in their favor. Just look what it did for Paul Walker in Running Scared. This new poster is very creepy and unsettling, don’t you think? Also got a bunch of new stills.
Batman: Gotham Knight – Trailer, Stills
Now, this looks awesome! 2006 brought Batman back to the big screen in a big way with the incredible Batman Begins. 2008 brings the highly anticipated The Dark Knight, which looks to be even bigger and better. Much like Iron Man, all of the footage I have seen for this looks fantastic. To capitalize on the film comes this anime project which looks to match the live action film for its quality. This DVD release features six interlocking shorts that take place in the span between Begins and Knight. The stories will involve such creators as Josh Olsen (A History of Violence), David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), Alan Burnett (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm), Yasuhiro Aoki (Animatrix: Beyond), and Toshiyuki Kubooka (Wings of Honmeaise).
The Dark Knight – Posters
Not one, but two Dark Knight posters this week! Can these guys do no wrong? More posters have surfaced, and there is not a dud in the bunch. Take a look for yourselves, I’ve collected them all for you:
Wanted – Trailer, Poster
Got the latest trailer and poster for this action flick. I must admit, it looks like fun. I do not believe that in any way shape or form it’s going to be good, but it looks explosive, and that is a good thing. Cast is interesting, with Jolie, McAvoy, and Freeman, and the trailer shows off some flashy stunts; it should at least be good for a bucket of popcorn. However, the poster looks lame; while the second is a bit classier, it’s still a little odd looking.
Hamlet 2 – Stills, Trailer
This looks like it is going to be a riot. A failed actor turns to teaching, but he isn’t very good at that either. When the school threatens to cancel the drama program, he decides that they need to put on an original show to save it. The result is a most decidedly politically incorrect sequel to Hamlet. What else do you need to know about the story? I would say not much. Steve Coogan (Night at the Museum) stars as our failed actor in a cast that includes David Arquette, Amy Poehler, and Melonie Diaz. Andrew Fleming (Nancy Drew, The Craft) directs and co-wrote the script with Pam Brady (South Park). Here is the red-band trailer and a few stills: