If you aren't busy playing with an Apple Watch, here's a nice way to kick back for a few minutes on a Friday: we've rounded up the best trailers from this week, and there are definitely some clips that you'll want to see. Huge superhero films, Sundance hits, clever adaptations, and some real creepy stuff. Check it all out below.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
A first look at DC's huge superhero film is finally here. It should be no surprise that director Zack Snyder's style for the film is simultaneously murky and full of crisp color — it's really quite comic booky, in a way. This is certainly a cool and moody first look, but it doesn't necessarily instill the level of confidence that you'd want from a movie this large. Still, it has plenty of time to get there: it doesn't come out until March 25th of next year.
It's easy to be tired of superhero movies by now, but don't let that stop you from checking out the trailer for Fantastic Four: it looks like it could be pretty good. It's a dark world, but it often looks gorgeous and just enough unlike a lot of other modern blockbusters to make it stand out. It's out August 7th.
The Little Prince
Unless you hate nice things, you're going to want to watch this. The Little Prince's newest trailer is absolutely gorgeous and looks like a mix between a sweet Pixar film and the charming story that it's based on. The movie comes out in France on July 29th, and a US release date should be announced in the near future.
Dope was one of the hits of Sundance, and this trailer makes it very easy to see why. It looks like a smart and funny film about teens who get in way over their heads while trying to break free of their neighborhood, with plenty of ’90s style and a modern tech mixed in. It opens June 19th.
The Overnight is another comedy that got good (although not glowing) reviews out of Sundance this year and is about to hit theaters. It's hard to tell exactly how the film plays out, but it looks like a fun romp between a cast of strong comedic actors, including Jason Schwartzman and Taylor Schilling. It opens in New York and LA on June 19th.
Ian McKellen's take on Sherlock Holmes is being pitched as a mixture of mystery and the kind of moving cinematic story that people love to watch. It's an interesting take on Holmes as an old man, and it's hard not to be interested in seeing McKellen play him. It'll be in theaters starting June 19th in the UK and July 17th in the US.
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
Tim Burton very nearly made a dark and strange Superman film starring Nicolas Cage back in the late ’90s, but it never quite came to be. Now well over a decade later, a documentary looks back at all the work that went into it and tries to piece together the masterpiece (or colossal failure, depending on your perspective) that it may have been. It'll be in some theaters on May 1st and then go on-demand July 9th.
In the late 2000s, director Oren Peli changed horror with Paranormal Activity, one of the first creepy movies in a long time to elicit such a strong reaction from its viewers. Peli is finally returning with a new movie next month, on May 16th, with Area 51. It's an eerie look at the strange things happening at the supposed alien crash site. Fans of his last movie will definitely want to check this out.
It's good to see Johnny Depp out of a pirate's costume and deep in a more dramatic character again. Black Mass has Depp playing the infamous mobster Whitey Bulger, and this trailer shows that he's bringing a terrifying and creepy confidence to the role. A release date hasn't been announced just yet.
Gemma Bovery gives the romantic comedy a spin by putting a modern spin on Madame Bovary. The film premiered at TIFF earlier this year, and it's headed to theaters on May 29th. It's always fun to see new takes on classic stories, so fans of the book should be interested in checking this out.
A Tale of Tales
A lot of trailers have been coming out for movies headed to the Cannes Film Festival, but I haven't been including them here because it'll probably be a good time before most people can actually watch them. This one is getting an exception for one reason: it's the weirdest thing I've seen all week in the best way possible. Let's just call this NSFW for anyone whose work isn't cool with strange beasts and dining on organs.