Film trailers were originally created to display an upcoming movie’s general synopsis, encouraging people to give the movie a chance. Now film trailers have become their own art form. With a killer editing job and an unforgettable soundtrack, a movie’s trailer can evoke a variety of emotions in a two minute spot. However, not all movies can live up to their incredible trailers. Here are 10 Amazing Trailers that Were Better than their Movies.
After years of Marvel releasing one awesome superhero movie after another, DC has trailed behind attempting the same with lackluster results. The summer of 2016 seemed to mark a change for DC. After the spring release of Batman V Superman disappointed, it was up to the Suicide Squad to bring some much needed vigor to Gotham City. The first trailer for Suicide Squad is hard to beat with its Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack, big guns, fast cars, and likeable antiheroes. The trailers that followed were equally eye popping with copious amounts of Harley Quinn screen time. The film was certainly entertaining but failed to live up to its truly spectacular trailer.
Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace
The Phantom Menace was one of the most highly anticipated films of the 1990s. Star Wars fans were practically salivating over the first trailer and once it was released it appeared that it was worth the wait. The iconic music and the lightsabers were all accounted for as well as an appearance by none other than the always insightful Yoda. Along with the familiar Star War elements, there were new characters like Darth Maul and Jar Jar Binks. But, alas, The Phantom Menace just did not live up to its hype or the energetic trailer and the introduction of Jar Jar Binks only made it worse.
Director Zack Snyder certainly has a way with making films visually stunning which is probably why the trailers for his films are so much better than the actual film. Films like 300, Sucker Punch and Watchmen are each a feast for the eyes but the execution of the story tends to fall short. Watchmen may be the biggest disappointment considering the beloved graphic novel already had unreasonably high expectations from fans. The release of the first Watchmen trailer alluded to Snyder pulling off the impossible with a film that could not look any cooler. The spectacular visuals accompanied by the Smashing Pumpkins song, “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning” makes for a phenomenal trailer. Unfortunately, the film is just a little too long and is unable to sustain the same element of cool.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
There were plenty of expectations for a Batman versus Superman film which pitted the two DC giants against each other in a knock out drag out fight. The second official trailer may be the best by providing scenes of Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne officially meeting while Lex Luther comments on Clark Kent’s strong handshake. The trailer also shows us the big bad Doomsday who is there to cut in with his own fight against the superheroes. Wonder Woman shows up at the end to really bring home what kind of spectacle the film promises to be. The film is entertaining enough but it also goes off the rails quite a few times before the fine ending. There was no need to drag out the backstories when there is action to be had and new problems in Metropolis and Gotham to be solved and the trailer seems to understand that better than the film