The movie season has slowed down slightly in the wake of Batman v Superman, as studios begin ramping up to their late-Spring blockbusters. Still, that’s done nothing to quell the tide of trailers rolling in, and this week is no exception. We have the latest from the Star Wars franchise, a quick promo for AMC’s next big series, and the latest from Disney’s live-action reboot machine.
1. The Preacher
With all the controversy surrounding The Walking Dead‘s cliffhanger finale, there hasn’t been much else on AMC that’s being talked about in great detail. Still, it’s worth pointing out that the network has its next potential hit on tap for May, coming in the form of The Preacher. It’s based on a comic book series by the same name, and the early footage from the latest teaser shows us some insane stuff the show is set to feature, once it debuts on May 22.
2. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Disney/Lucasfilm’s marketing machine is nothing short of a well-oiled machine. Not 24 hours after they wrapped up their cycle for The Force Awakens, they dropped the first trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film takes place directly before the events of A New Hope, telling the story of a group of Rebels tasked with stealing the plans for the original Death Star. As for the trailer, it gives us all sorts of new information we’d only previously heard in rumors, as well as a good look at Felicity Jones as our main hero.
3. The BFG
Roald Dahl is the most prolific children’s authors of the modern era, having given us the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, James and the Giant Peach, and The Gremlins. The next live-action adaptation of one of Dahl’s stories is coming this summer, in the form of Disney’s The BFG. Standing for “The Big Friendly Giant,” it’s one of the few Roald Dahl properties that hasn’t gotten the live action treatment. And while the trailer does look promising, we’ll withhold our judgment until we see more.
4. Batman: The Killing Joke
Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke has served as the inspiration for a lot of the inspiration for the Batman/Joke dynamic we see in modern cinema (along with Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns). It’s a story that’s become iconic ever since its release in 1988, and you can see bits and pieces of its DNA baked into the superhero genre everywhere. Soon we’ll be getting a full animated movie by the same name, bringing back Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill to voice Batman and the Joker respectively. With Bruce Timm, the creator of the original animated Batman series, also on board, it promises to be a faithful and exciting adaptation to say the very least.
5. Captain America: Civil War
Not to be overshadowed by their DC counterparts, Marvel still has Captain America: Civil War due out this May. The studio has gone all in on the promo cycle the last few months, with the latest being the “Brothers in Arms” featurette. In it, we get interviews with directors Joe and Anthony Russo, as well as thoughts from the cast on what’s to come. Batman v Superman officially threw down the gauntlet, and soon Civil War will meet that challenge in kind.
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