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New Trailers of the Week: Aquaman, Shazam! and Fantastic Beasts 2

by Danny Zepeda | July 28, 2018July 28, 2018 6:00 am EDT

This past week I decided to rewatch Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla as a refresher for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I hadn’t watched it since 2014 and thought it was kind of boring and let down by how little screen time Godzilla actually gets.

They say you have watch a movie twice to form a true opinion and I never subscribed to that notion, but my opinion of Godzilla completely changed with the second viewing.

I came away impressed with how the character driven drama does a fantastic job of setting up the MonsterVerse world by introducing Monarch and, of course, Godzilla himself as the ruler of the Earth.

I’m still mad Bryan Cranston is hardly in the movie, but that’s just me being picky. Suffice it to say, Godzilla got me ready for its sequel, which headlines the movies that had new trailers this week.

Alita: Battle Angel

The second trailer for the manga adaptation did not disappoint with the action. We continued to learn more about Alita and just how much of an elite warrior she is. Also, on a side note, her stylized eyes seemed to have been softened somewhat from the first trailer.


We finally got to take an up close look at the expansive world Aquaman will offer and it is a fun time with nonstop action and wonderful world building. Aquaman may be the titular character but Mera stole the show in the trailer with her vibrant red hair and adventurous spirit.


Aquaman wasn’t the only DC trailer Warner Bros. dropped at Comic-Con; the first trailer for Shazam! also debuted. We get to see our first look at Billy Batson’s origin story and something tells me it is going to be a wondrous adventure from the perspective of a 12-year-old.

Slender Man

Slender Man is here to make you believe urban legends are very real. The second trailer for the movie based on the creepy character does a great job of detailing how the movie is going to bring him to life and it’s quite terrifying.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

The sequel to the 2016 Harry Potter spinoff is shifting gears away from Fantastic Beasts and more towards the dark wizard Grindelwald. There will still be plenty of unique creatures but Johnny Depp as Grindelwald will be responsible for inciting many incidents that pull Newt Scamander into the fray.

Godzilla: King of Monsters

After five years in hiding, Godzilla is returning to take on some of his biggest adversaries in Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. In what has to be one of the most beautiful trailers we’ve seen this year—set to the backdrop of Claude Debussy no less—we get to see Godzilla, his atomic breath and the destruction of the world. What more do you want from a trailer?


Danny Zepeda

Danny's first introduction to fandom was rewatching the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS everyday during fifth grade until he moved on to all