Summer may be the time when most people flock to theaters to escape the heat and watch superheroes or robots (or both) do battle for Earth, but it's also the time when entertainment buffs and comic gurus gather together at another popular venue: conventions - most notably, San Diego Comic-Con International. As much a summer staple as the wave of popular blockbuster films, the wave of pop culture conventions not only brings out the most dedicated of fans, but also the biggest studios and studio news. Whereas such conventions used to exclusively preview comic book-related projects, they have evolved into much broader, widely attended entertainment-centric events.
And today, the Las Vegas Licensing Expo officially kicked off the 'Con' season, already dropping major film-related bombs, including an official synopsis for Batman V Superman. Due to the small scale-nature of the Licensing Expo - when compared to other conventions - this will most likely be its largest reveal, as most studios will save the show-stopping surprises for SDCC 2015.
That said, there have also been smaller teases for anticipated upcoming films like Independence Day 2, Power Rangers, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Courtesy of Collider, which has snapped multiple photos at the Expo, we now have our first (unofficial) look at a few of the aforementioned films' (official) posters and logos.
Check out the poster for Independence Day 2 below:
For those who missed it, here is the official synopsis for the alien revenge sequel, which (like the poster) sets the scene for more action, more destruction, and an overall grander scale.
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens' advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Both the one-sheet and the synopsis confirm Independence Day's aim to raise the
budget bar even higher. While the 1996 installment saw the flying saucer "Destroyer" ships targeting major cities and iconic landmarks, it seems this time around, the aliens will skip the formalities and aim directly for Earth. Their 'advanced and unprecedented force' could potentially have something to do with splitting the planet in half or blasting a hole through its core - that is, if we take the poster at face value. The image could also be simply setting the stage for a much larger-scale experience.
In addition, the Vegas Expo also revealed logos for Lionsgate's forthcoming Power Rangers movie and the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Check them both out, below:
While neither image provides anything particularly exciting or new in the way of plot details - in fact, both logos are essentially the same as those of the original respective sources - they do imply several things about each film's focus and tone.
With regards to Power Rangers, which director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) recently called "mature but still playful," the updated, slightly more polished logo is similar to what Saban has used for current Power Rangers properties. Rather than 'modernizing' the iconic font - as most reboots and revivals are now prone to do - the studio has paid homage to the colorful franchise's history, suggesting the new film will not deviate (completely) from its signature charm and giddy sense of adventure. That said, diehard fans should certainly be pleased, at least for now.
The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them logo also keeps with its print counterpart's red and yellow color scheme, while enlarging the words 'Fantastic Beasts.' With such a wordy title, it's apparent the emphasis of the film will be on the titular monsters and creatures that inhabit the pre-Harry Potter world.
What do you think of the new poster and logos? Do they get you more excited for the films, or do you need to see more? Let us know in the comments.
Independence Day 2 opens in U.S. theaters June 24, 2016; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18th, 2016; and Power Rangers on January 13, 2017.