Jett’s Initial Thoughts on the AQUAMAN & SHAZAM! Trailers

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Hey Now!

So, the big Warner Bros. Hall H presentation is over, and they did a hell of a job!

Not to float my own boat, but I did lobby for them — when it came to DC on film — to focus on 2 films only: AQUAMAN and SHAZAM!  Oh yeah, I was also going to be cool if they teased WONDER WOMAN 1984 just a bit, and they did. Nice.

So, no announcing any “upcoming” films and pandering to fans with stuff that will likely never come to pass.

Thought you were going to see Henry Cavill walk out on stage, introduce SHAZAM!, and then announce MAN OF STEEL 2?  Or perhaps see director Matt Reeves trot out and tell us who the next Batman on film was going to be and when he’s releasing THE BATMAN?

Didn’t happen.  Wasn’t going to happen.  And a great thing it didn’t happen.

So again, well done Warner Bros.!

Now, on to my initial takes on the SHAZAM! and AQUAMAN trailers…

SHAZAM!

Loved it.

This first trailer was perfect in terms of what they’re going for in this film: BIG meets comic book superheroes.  And really, it’s not ripping off BIG because Captain Marvel has been around since 1940.

I’m not going to lie y’all: This trailer made my eyes get just a little misty.  It certainly tapped into my inner child — the 6, 7, 8 year old Bill — who loved wearing the superhero costumes that my Mom and Grandmother made for me.  Not only that, but the fantasy of becoming one of the comic book characters that I loved so much as a child, well, I’m sure I’m not the only one who experienced that as a kid.

The only issue I have with this production is the seemingly overt nod and potential connection to MAN OF STEEL and BATMAN v SUPERMAN.  Yes, one could acquire movie props like issues of TIME and a Batfleck-Batarang (set on a pedestal, mind you), so I’m personally hoping that how thing thing turns out.

We’ll see.

AQUAMAN

It’s not bad at all.  In fact visually, it’s very impressive.  But I gotta admit, it didn’t blow me away (and I kinda wanted it to blow me away).  There was something, well, missing that I can’t put my finger on quite yet.  Regardless, I’m still excited for this movie until I’m not.  More coming in the next BOF Vlog and Podcast, so stay tuned.

Well, what did you all think about both trailers, as well as how Warner Bros. handled their SDCC ’18 Hall H presentation this year?  Post your thoughts in the comments section below! – Bill “Jett” Ramey

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A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football (fan since birth/season ticket holder since 2000), Elvis Presley, rock-and-roll, cold beer, dive bars, the city of Austin, his summer house in Minnesota, the University of Texas Longhorns...and BATMAN! He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife, his youngest son, and 1.5 Boston Terriers.