Hollywood has found a way and, as a result, audiences will be treated to a fourth entry in the Jurassic Park film series, titled Jurassic World, this summer. In spite of a few returning cast members, most notably B.D. Wong’s Doctor Henry Wu, Colin Trevorrow’s new installment in the series is largely considered a soft reboot for the series – continuing the story established in the original Jurassic Park trilogy but forging a new direction for the franchise going forward. To that end, Universal Pictures has sidelined fan-favorite actors (and characters) Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and Alan Grant (Sam Neill) in favor of a new dino-fighting roster, including: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Omar Sy, among others.
Similarly, in an effort to differentiate Jurassic World from its predecessors, Trevorrow’s film will feature a fully-functional park that has managed to suppress natural evolution (and any unexpected consequences of dino/frog DNA cocktails). However, like InGen before them, the scientists of Masrani Global failed to learn John Hammond’s greatest mistake: “life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously.” To that end, unable to resist tampering with nature again, the scientists of Jurassic World endeavored to create a hybrid dinosaur -resulting in a highly intelligent (and adaptable) creature, Indominus Rex.
While Universal Pictures has been open about many of the dinosaurs that will be depicted in the new film, the studio has been waiting for the right venue to unveil their new dino-antagonist (which steps into the lofty footprints of three Tyrannosaurs and a Spinosaurus) – with only minor teases of the dinosaurs teeth and outline to entice fans. However, thanks to Super Bowl XLIX, we have been given our most detailed glimpse yet.
Given the restrained approach that prior Jurassic Park movie trailers have taken with their spotlight dinosaurs, it’s not surprising to see Universal Pictures holding-back a complete reveal of Indominus Rex for a later trailer (or potentially the final film). After all, some of the prior movies’ most memorable moments were the unveilings of new dinosaurs – especially in Steven Spielberg’s original chapter. That said, with so many visually-arresting blockbusters competing for moviegoer money, studios no longer have the luxury of keeping key reveals entirely under wraps.
In the end, context is key – and it’ll be exciting to see exactly how all of Jurassic World‘s respective pieces fit into place – not to mention what other tricks Indominus Rex might have up its sleeve (thanks to a blend of multi-dino DNA). There was a mixed reaction to the film’s first trailer, especially Chris Pratt’s tamed raptor squad but, with several months left before release, Universal Pictures has plenty of time to turn Jurassic World skeptics into advocates – if Trevorrow has engaging explanations for some of the preview’s zanier moments.
Jurassic World hits theaters June 12th, 2015.