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Trailer Feedback: Captain America: Civil War (Trailer 1) & Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Trailer 2)

Within the past few weeks there has been quite the buzz among comic book nerds and movie buffs alike. Thanksgiving week saw the debut trailer for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War while last week DC retaliated with the second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

While comparing the two would be another anticlimactic round of apples and oranges, going over them in the same piece is sacrilegious enough for everyone.

Captain America: Civil War (Trailer 1)

This has potential to be one of the best comic book films of all time.

Civil War’s first trailer is packed with plenty of action, suspense and plot details without giving too much away. While most fans know the Civil War storyline, it’s nice to see that Hollywood has not begun squeezing the life out of Captain America and the changes have been reworked to fit the main story rather nicely so far.

One major example of this is the prominent display of Black Panther and Falcon filling the shoes of Spider Man and/or The Punisher (Spidey is now rumored, but will more likely be a post-credits Easter egg than in the actual cast and Punisher will debut on Daredevil). While they are supporting characters, their inclusions feel like they are more of a major role than what’s on paper. Black Widow however, takes a back seat (but that’s okay, we know how bad-ass she is).

The tension of Captain America and Iron Man can be cut with a knife. Watching the two bicker before duking it out is one of the highlights of the trailer and the teamwork of Caps and The Winter Soldier could be one of the most iconic scenes in the Marvel movie universe.

Although many questions remain, one stands out above the rest.

Will the Marvel cinematic universe stay true to the comic by killing Captain America?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Trailer 2)

There is too much going on.

Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent at a party we can assume is being held by Jessie Eisenberg’s goofball Lex Luthor. Neither get along with not only each other but their costumed counterparts as well. Rather than agree to disagree, their alternate personalities decide to fight. During this battle, Luthor seemingly experiments with and/or alters General Zod’s corpse to create Doomsday – a surefire way to rid the world of both of them. Facing this new terror, Batman and Superman agree to disagree when Wonder Woman appears. The three are set to face off against Doomsday where we can only assume either a) Superman dies to set up a real Superman sequel b) the three heroes emerge victorious, Luthor goes to jail (and hopefully bald) to set up a real Superman sequel or C) Doomsday and/or Luthor get away to set up either a real Superman sequel and/or the long overdue Justice League movie.

If at any point that summary felt like a “walk into a bar” joke it’s because the trailer is simply that. While the initial trailer’s hype was built on mystery, shock and awe – this one took all of that away.

Rather than give us tiny bits of information that leave us with questions Warner Brothers has chosen to present the entire plot of the movie in a three minute presentation.

Not only does it feel like a dead giveaway but we are also introduced to a non-threatening Luthor using Zod’s death as a plot device, Wonder Woman basically saying “hi” and Doomsday (who looks like a Ninja Turtle concept Michael Bay rejected).

The only saving grace is Wonder Woman’s inclusion and the exchange between Kent and Wayne (which are brief, as they should be).

Talk about putting all of your eggs in one basket.

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Mark Hamill To Reprise Joker Role for Animated Feature

Mark Hamill’s Joker is coming out of retirement for one last laugh.

It was announced Monday the artist formerly known as Luke Skywalker will voice Mr. J once again for DC’s Animated version of “The Killing Joke.”

Plans to finally make an animated feature of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel had been unvelied earlier this month at San Diego Comic Con.

While he had retired The Joker in 2011 after voicing the Clown Prince of Crime in the “Arkham City” video game, Hamill had reportedly expressed interest in returning to the role if “The Killing Joke” were to be made into an animated feature.

Not only did Hamill and fans alikeĀ get their wish, but according to Collider, Hamill has already recorded his voice for the feature.

The film will be released direct-to-video next year.

Who’d have thought something so awesome could come from a story revolving around one bad day?

Trailer Feedback: Suicide Squad

Last week Warner Brothers Pictures and DC Comics turned heads at San Diego Comic Con when the highly anticipated “Suicide Squad” trailer was revealed to the public.

We are invited to the journey over filet mignon as Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) vaguely discusses her secret government agency A.R.G.U.S’s plans while giving us a brief history of what the Suicide Squad typically is; a random collection of super villains serving as pawns for a covert mission.

Upon Waller’s words we are slowly introduced to the criminals compromising the team with the focus being on Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and Deadshot (Will Smith).

While there’s not much dialogue going on after the first third, we see enough action and twists that give us plenty inclination of what to expect next summer.

Throughout the trailer, there are snippets of singer Becky Hanson’s remixed cover version of the Bee Gees 1968 top-10 hit “I Started A Joke” playing in the background – an obvious foreshadowing of what we’ve all been waiting for.

Enter Jared Leto’s Joker, who’s seems to bring his own unique brand of sinister to the character on the big screen.

All we need to hear is that giant, menacing belly-laugh of his and we’re convinced.

Trailer Feedback: Entourage

It seems that this summer we will be getting the definitive ending to one of HBO’s best original series with the Entourage movie.

Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and crew are back to their usual shenanigans with agent Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) offering Chase his latest film, but this time Chase wants to direct. Although Gold is hesitant to grant yet another Chase wish, he does and according to the trailer; that’s where it begins to hit the fan.

Warner BrothersĀ are pulling out all the stops getting nearly every A, B and C list celebrity that has appeared on the show with new additions Rhonda Rousey, Haley Joel Osment, and Russell Wilson contributing their talents.

Even the show’s executive producer Mark Wahlberg will be gracing the screen with his presence.

This looks to be blockbuster ending we all wanted this series to have.

Trailer Feedback: Get Hard

This Friday Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart may become the next unlikely comedy duo in cinema when “Get Hard” hits theaters.

When millionaire James King (Ferrell) is found guilty for fraud, the law does not take kindly to his actions and sentences him to San Quentin, one of America’s most ruthless prisons. Upon this knowledge King hires Darnell Lewis (Hart) to help him toughen up before he starts serving time – because he’s black. Unknown to James, Lewis has never been to prison. During Jame’s last month as a free man, Lewis will introduce James to a plethora of thugs and absurd prison “training” that seems like it could be comedy gold.

From what we see in the trailer, Ferrell once again goes out of his way to make himself look as ridiculous as possible. Whether he is attempting to live the thug life, crying loudly or dishing out the worst threats in the world, Hart appears to play the perfect straight man to Ferrell’s blathering idiot.

For the love of God, please let this be as funny as it looks.