This past weekend pop culture lovers from all over the world flocked to New York City for its annual Comic Con. Thousands of fans packed into panel rooms to see trailer debuts for highly anticipated films and television shows. Most of those debuts were met with nods of approval, but a few faced some controversy. Let’s take a look at some of the most talked about trailers from this weekend.
John Wick: Chapter 2
Keanu Reeves returns as the assassin John Wick in the first teaser trailer released for John Wick: Chapter 2. Instead of hunting down the gangsters that killed his adorable beagle puppy, Wick must face off against a new villain played by actress Ruby Rose. There hasn’t been much information leaked about the plot of this film, but audiences can look forward to a reunion between Reeves and his The Matrix co-star Laurence Fishburne as promised in the trailer.
Fans of the original (and several reboot) Power Rangers series should definitely be stoked about the new film coming to theaters in March 2017. The film revisits the origin story of five high school kids who develop super human abilities that they must master in order to save the world. The trailer introduces us to the new Power Rangers, their upgraded uniforms and teases Elizabeth Banks as super villain Rita Repulsa.
The Great Wall
The second trailer for The Great Wall debuted in NYC, but the film has been surrounded in a lot of controversy since its first trailer was released a few months ago. The film features American actor Matt Damon and is set in ancient China. Many people were furious when they discovered a fantasy film about the construction of the Great Wall of China starred a white hero. Damon came under fire at Comic Con for his role. “It was a fucking bummer,” he said about audience reaction to the first trailer. “And, ultimately, where I come down is if people watch the movie and still believe there’s whitewashing involved in it, in a creature feature that we made up, then I will listen to it with my whole heart.” In the new trailer Damon’s character is shown as a European archer who came to China as a trader. After he discovers there are killer monsters trying to scale the Wall, he offers his bow to help defend it.
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Marvel’s Iron Fist also encountered accusations of whitewashing when it was announced that Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones would be playing the title role of Daniel Rand. Historically, Daniel has always been a white male character who is heavily influenced by Chinese culture. Some fans believed this would have been a perfect opportunity to cast an Asian-American actor in the role and were frustrated when the part went to Jones. However, reception to the new action-packed trailer has been mostly positive. Iron Fist will also join the Netflix original Marvel’s The Defenders along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.