It’s strange to think that the first Pirates of the Caribbean film came out almost 14 years ago now. An action extravaganza featuring an – at the time – critically acclaimed performance from Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, there were clear franchise ambitions in mind for the property coming from both Disney and the filmmakers. No one could have predicted that in the subsequent installments, though, Jack and his friends would go on to fight Blackbeard, mermaids, and even, wrestle on the beach for the still-beating heart of Davy Jones himself. Suffice it to say, the Pirates franchise has gone to some unexpected places over the years.
However, Jack Sparrow is set to take on one of his most powerful and cunning foes yet with Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar in this year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. After escaping from the Devil’s Triangle, the film finds Salazar and his undead crew on a mission to kill every pirate still alive on the seas, including and specifically, Jack himself.
The Dead Men Tell No Tales Super Bowl trailer premiered during the game last night, and featured more than its fair share of crazy moments and visuals. But none were quite as unusual as the new scenes and shots featuring Salazar and his crew, who not only were seen killing pirates left and right throughout it, but even running across water at one point. Check out some of the best images of Salazar and his crew in the gallery below:
The film’s brief teaser trailer only offered some fleeting, atmospheric glances at Salazar and his crew, but last night’s trailer revealed them for the first time in all of their undead glory. The Pirates films are no stranger to CGI-heavy characters and set pieces by any means, but the new characters (and specifically Bardem’s Salazar) seem to be yet another milestone achievement for the franchise. From the way Salazar’s hair moves, to the unique and specific look of each of his crewmates, it just goes to show how much detail and work there is put into the Pirates films, visually at the very least, each time. Whether the same can be said for the entirety of Dead Men Tell No Tales will have to wait to be seen.
The Pirates films have always been visually pleasing, but the stories and characters have hit to varying degrees over the years. Many have even argued that the franchise has passed its prime now, and bringing it back for another installment may be an unwise decision on Disney’s part. But to their credit, the Pirates films have always managed to be successful in their own right for the studio, and there’s always a possibility that Dead Men Tell No Tales could bring the franchise back again to the heights of the first film. Co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg look to be bringing their own stamp and style to it, promising that Dead Men Tell No Tales will be unlike any other film in the franchise so far – which could be just the change of pace that the franchise and audiences need.