CineEurope: 'Wonder Woman,' 'Skull Island,' 'The Accountant' Previewed by Warner Bros.
The all-star presentation started with DC, leaped to Lego and signed off with 'Harry Potter.'
Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. turned it up for the final presentation on the first day of CineEurope in Barcelona, bursting straight into its expanding DC universe with the promise of at least 10 new superhero movies over the next five years.
Crowds on Monday were treated to an extended Suicide Squad trailer, an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek of Wonder Woman and a short skip to the London set of Justice League, where Zack Snyder, Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill gave a brief video hello.
From there it was off to the jungle for The Legend of Tarzan, with an action-packed extended look at (a mostly shirtless) Alexander Skarsgard swinging down vines in a film that director David Yates said would "change everything you think you know about this iconic character."
There also were shots of a gray-haired Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood's Sully, telling the story of the pilot who heroically landed a U.S. Airways plane onto the Hudson River in 2009. The film marks the first feature to be wholly shot in Imax.
Both The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck as a freelance sleeper assassin with a mind for numbers, and War Dogs, starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill as amateur arms dealers, were given exclusive, extended and high-octane previews. Teller and Hill gave a video message in which they attempted to explain the title of their film.
"What's a War Dog? It's a bottom feeder who makes money from war without actually stepping on a battlefield," said Hill.
The growing Lego world, part of the Warner Animation Group (WAG) stable, was given a hearty seal of approval, with a special, Barcelona-themed Lego Batman video from the Caped Crusader himself; a sizzle reel for the kung-fu themed Lego Ninjago Film; and even a mention of Lego 2 from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, despite its release having recently been pushed back to 2019.
There also was a special preview of Storks, one of the non-Lego WAG offerings, due out in September and with Jennifer Aniston recently announced as joining the voice cast, plus a glimpse of Smallfoot, about a yeti who believes in humans and set for release next year.
A return to the jungle for an extended preview of Kong: Skull Island featured shots of stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly in action.
"This is going to be the biggest Kong there's ever been," boasted director Jordon Vogt-Roberts. "Not 10 foot or 30 foot, but a 100-foot ape."
After brief mentions of King Arthur, Guy Ritchie's adaptation of the British epic, and Christopher Nolan's now-in-production WWII drama Dunkirk, there was only really one way for Warner Bros. to sign off: with the return to the most successful film franchise of all time.
Behind-the-scenes footage of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them showed J.K. Rowling actively involved on the set, with Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell offering their best wand trickery among wizards and muggles alike in 1920s New York. The film is due out Nov. 17.