The Most Exciting Movie Trailers of 2015
There were a lot of great movies released in 2015, but there were even more great movie trailers. From the first looks at the slew of upcoming superhero flicks to footage from the latest award season contenders, film lovers had a lot of notable teasers to dissect, discuss, and watch repeatedly this year. These dozen trailers in particular stood out, giving us just enough details to get us that much more excited for the premiere of the actual movie. Below, check out 12 of the best movie trailers of 2015. (Note: this list only includes trailers, so several of these films haven’t actually hit theaters yet).
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Of course, no trailer for any movie garnered quite the fan response as the October clip for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. According to StarWars.com, the trailer was viewed 128 million times in a single day. But it wasn’t just about awareness. The trailers managed to hit the right tone of nostalgia for the long-beloved movie franchise and anticipation to meet the new group of characters. It was a great lead-up to the single most-talked about movie event of the year.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
The trailers leading up to one of 2015’s biggest films were just as wonderfully mad as the movie itself. After months of buzz starting with last year’s Comic Con, the first footage from the film relayed everything that fans wanted and more: visually striking scenes of destruction, car chases, and massive battles, all set to the tune of a soaring classical score. Between the A-list cast (all hail Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron) and the gorgeous cinematography, the trailer promised an epic return of the franchise — and that’s exactly what it delivered.
3. Suicide Squad
Warner Bros. was forced to release the full-length trailer for this movie after a low-quality version of the footage from Comic Con leaked online. The early release didn’t seem to hurt though — the clip outpaced the first Batman v. Superman trailer in viewers, garnering an impressive 50.9 views in its first week. More importantly, the footage was worth the hype. The Suicide Squad trailer had the tricky job of introducing a new set of relatively unknown characters and it rose to the occasion, making an outlying comic property into one of the most anticipated events of this year and next.
4. Steve Jobs
The Aaron Sorkin-penned movie went through a lot drama prior to its release, with several lead actors dropping out prior to Michael Fassbender’s casting and then the sudden switch of studios from Sony to Universal. So by the time the trailer arrived, everyone was curious to see whether it’d be as great as initially expected or just plain disastrous. Thankfully, it was the former. The trailer promised a movie well worth the wait, showcasing the journey of a brilliant but fundamentally flawed man with one mission: to turn his vision into a reality.
After years of being stuck in development, Deadpool is finally set to hit theaters next year and fans are already buzzing – for good reason. The trailer promises an R-rated, hilariously meta comic book film that perfectly captures the spirit of the eponymous Merc with a Mouth. From the looks of the clip, Ryan Reynolds (who originated the character in X-Men Origins) will actually get a chance to have some fun with the role this time around, employing all of the blood, gore, and swearing that fans enjoy in the original source material.
6. The Revenant
This movie was an Oscar contender before the trailer even dropped, on just the simple fact that it involves both Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro Innaritu. But the trailer seemed to solidify the award season conversation, showcasing the highly intense tale of murder and revenge alongside the amazingly scenic winter landscapes. The film was reportedly a nightmare to shoot, but it sure did make for some beautiful imagery. Combined with a stellar cast and director, DiCaprio might finally be on his way to getting his first Oscar.
7. Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: Civil War has a lot of story lines and a lot of characters to pack into one short clip and the trailer focuses mostly on the action, pitting friend against friend as the Avengers divide on the topic of superhero regulation. But as is always the case with Marvel, there are also some telling clues if you pay close enough attention — from return of General Ross to a glimpse of the Sokovia Accords — and uncovering those are half the fun.
8. The Hateful Eight
After much anticipation and what seemed like a dozen promotional posters, the first full-length trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight finally dropped in August — and it definitely lived up to the hype. The teaser, which kind of feels like a cross between Django Unchained and Reservoir Dogs, promises to deliver everything that fans would want from a Tarantino film, from a motley crew of gun-toting characters to plenty of snappy dialogue. While the movie hasn’t actually officially hit theaters yet, it’s gotten strong reviews so it looks like it was worth the wait. The film is slated to premiere in limited release on Christmas Day before expanding into more theaters on January 8, 2016.
9. Hail Caesar!
The stars of the upcoming Coen brothers-directed comedy have promised the film will be zany and from the looks of the trailer, that’s definitely true. Between the sprawling star-studded cast (including Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, and Scarlett Johansson) and the 1950s old Hollywood setting, there’s clearly a lot to look forward to in this movie (including Tatum tap dancing!). The Coen brothers are known for building a truly immersive world with their movies and this promises to be no different.
10. The Martian
The Martian got creative with its marketing, releasing multiple promotional videos in conjunction with the traditional trailer. But though that NASA diary-style video was a fun bonus, that doesn’t mean the trailer itself disappointed. In fact, the clip only heightened anticipation, perfectly nailing the balance of dramatic space adventure with lighthearted humor. Case in point? “I am the greatest botanist on this planet,” Watney says in one of the greatest lines of the trailer (while on Mars. Alone.). The trailer made it clear this would be an epic movie star performance from Matt Damon, and that’s exactly what it turned to be, as evidenced by the high critical acclaim and slew of award nods.
11. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
A fair share of fans have had bones to pick with the Batman v Superman trailer, but the initial clip did deliver in one big way: it gave us the first look of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne running through Metropolis as skyscrapers crumble around him — including his own building of Wayne Enterprises. It’s a powerful shot and one that helps ground the superpowered action that dominates the rest of the clip.
12. The Witch
If you’re looking for sheer terror, this is the trailer you won’t want to miss out on. Robert Eggers’ debut, a tale of religious hatred and witchcraft, earned a lot of buzz at Sundance earlier this year, and it’s easy to see why from this tension-heightening clip. It displays the nightmarish story to full effect, without giving anything away — leaving you just hooked enough to make you want to show up and watch the drama play out on the screen in February.