First 'Glass' Trailer Electrifies Comic-Con

M. Night Shyamalan brought together Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis to complete his trilogy.

Hall H is no stranger to buzzworthy crossovers, but even the Avengers assembling for the first time onstage back in 2010 wasn't as long-in-the-works as Glass coming to Comic-Con.

M. Night Shyamalan's film comes 18 years after Unbreakable and combines characters from last year's Split, which was a surprise sequel to his 2000 deconstruction of the superhero genre. Emcee Yvette Nicole Brown welcomed stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy and Sarah Paulson. James McAvoy was not able to attend due to illness. 

The team introduced the first trailer, noting they opted to bring it to Comic-Con rather than pair it with one of this summer's Marvel movies, because they wanted the crowd to see it first.  It was appropriate, as the film was actually born at Comic-Con in a way, with Shyamalan pointing out that a chance run-in with McAvoy in San Diego while he was developing Split led to the actor being cast in that film, which led to Glass.

The trailer worked the crowd into a frenzy, but for Shyamalan, the idea of a superhero trilogy may have seen out of reach when Unbreakable was released in 2000. He remembered feeling deflated when the reaction to the film was mixed, noting perhaps people were expecting a sequel to his breakout The Sixth Sense, given that it was Willis and him reteaming. He recalled that during the marketing, the studio said it could not mention superheroes or comic books because "it was too fringe" and "it's those people who go to those conventions."

Times have certainly changed.

Willis was tightlipped about the plot, even balking when asked how he was convinced to join Split. Shyamalan said the actor did the scene "for nothing," eliciting a mock look of shock and confusion from Jackson. 

The filmmaker explained that Glass is perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime movie in that Disney arm Buena Vista International, which owns the rights to Unbreakable, and Split studio Universal, agreed to team up for the film.

"I don't think this will ever happen again, where two studios had two IPs they completely owned, and I said, 'Can we make a sequel to both and you guys share it?' and they said yes," said Shyamalan.

Glass opens on Jan. 18, 2019.