Best Superhero TV Trailers From San Diego Comic Con


San Diego Comic Con debuted a lot of impressive television trailers thanks to the boom of superhero shows on the silver screen.

With a handful of new series coming to television this fall and quite a few returning ones, there were even more trailers than usual. Check out some of the highlights from this SDCC below!

Marvel released another trailer for their upcoming IMAX series, Inhumans, but it still appears to be a big disappointment. Considering the massive budget and how much emphasis Marvel has placed on the series debuting in IMAX theaters first, the special effects are a major let down. Finally revealing Medusa’s hair in action, it looks about as bad as one would expect from the very first cast photo.

What’s even more troublesome is when the cast revealed at SDCC that no one had even seen a full episode yet because they were still figuring out the special effects in the scenes. Inhumans hits theaters in early September and it’s a pretty giant red flag that the show has yet to finish editing a single episode for viewing. At the very least, the acting seems better than the previous trailer and considering the early Inhumans comics were more like soap operas to superhero adventures, the show might be in tone with its original source material.

The last season of Arrow will be hard to top after such a thrilling finale but The CW is still confident in its long running superhero show. A majority of the Season 6 trailer is just revisiting the events from last year but it’s hard not to enjoy the Prometheus highlights with a deliciously evil Josh Segarra.

Since the finale left the fates of every main character (with the exception of Oliver and his son, William) up in the air, the trailer isn’t able to show off many scenes for fear of releasing major spoilers. Nonetheless, it should be interesting to see Oliver tackle being a parent, his job, and being a vigilante next season along with the newly returned Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) and Laurel Lance doppelgänger, Black Siren (Katie Cassidy).

For the past few seasons, The Flash went for ambitious story-telling while ignoring what everyone enjoyed about the show. After an incredibly bleak Season 3 which saw Barry sacrifice himself to the speed force after royally screwing up the timeline, Team Flash will be floundering without him. The trailer sees Iris step up as the new team leader while Cisco and Kid Flash take over the superhero duties in Central City.

Considering the creative team behind the series has promised to course correct with a more light-hearted tone for next season it comes as no surprise to see Caitlin Snow fighting alongside her friends as well as a glimpse at the team getting Barry back. With the promise of a brighter tomorrow, Season 4 of The Flash is shaping up to be the great show it once was.

As a massive X-Men fan, The Gifted can be either a massive disappointment or one of the best new shows in the fall. The trailer offers up some glimpses that inspire confidence like Polaris (Emma Dumont) in action, a long-time comic book character who never got her due on the big screen. She’s joined by Blink (Jamie Chung), Thunderbird (Blair Redford), and new character Eclipse (Sean Teale). With long time genre veterans Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer, The Gifted is sure to have some great acting at the very least.

Unfortunately, FOX’s decision to replace Andrea and Andreas von Strucker with two typical suburban mutant kids, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy Strucker (Percy Hines White). The X-Men universe is so expansive and rich that it’s hard to not want Polaris to reunite with Magneto or Alex Summers or see the Struckers involved with Hydra. FOX has already announced that the X-Men and the Brotherhood won’t exist in this universe, which is disappointing, but at least The Gifted will get back to the mutant roots by dealing with the real life problems like prejudice and oppression.

Supergirl has had an interesting journey after changing networks between its freshman and sophomore series. The first season excelled at portraying Kara Danvers civilian life while the second season succeeded in developing the show into more of a “superhero” show. Despite both years having their separate struggles, this Season 3 trailer looks pretty awesome. Reeling from the sacrifice she made last season, Kara isn’t sure if she wants to bother with her human life but focus on her alter ego.

With so many epic stunt sequences from just the first two episodes, Supergirl is definitely utilizing their fight choreographers to the max. In the romance department, it seems like the characters might be running into some trouble. While “Sanvers” looks happy in this trailer, the announcement that Floriana Lima would no longer be a series regular next season spells doom for the fan favorite couple. Nevertheless, the show will be exploring an interesting theme next season of what it means to be human which is definitely a question everyone has pondered.

FOX debuted a sizzle reel for Gotham as well as a sneak peek for the upcoming season. While the DC Comics series has always been more focused on developing its villains over telling another Batman story, Season 4 looks like it will be a turning point for the show. In the end of last year, Bruce (David Mazouz) finally hit the streets to fight off a mugger. At the end of the trailer, Bruce appears to be embracing his vigilante ways while Selina (Camren Bicondova) seems to be fitting into her anti-hero role.

Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) is happy with his new power and his frozen statue of Nygma (Cory Michael Smith), while Barbara Sean (Erin Richards) is back with a vengeance. The final shot of the trailer shows the introduction of Dr. Jonathan Crane, or better known as the “Scarecrow”. With the rise of horror related television, the Scarecrow is sure to offer up a lot of scares this season on Gotham spelling some doom for the burgeoning dark knight.

The CW has struggled with its superhero shows, trying to juggle the shipping demands from its younger audience, its tighter budget, and the source material. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is an excellent example of a show which listened to the critiques from Season 1 to introduce an amazing sophomore run. With the introduction of the Legion of Doom, and taking itself less seriously, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow became one of the biggest surprises last fall.

The trailer sees the group heading back in time to a circus (a strong metaphor for the Legends) while dealing with a new enemy, Kuasa (Tracy Ifeachor) otherwise known as Mari McCabe’s sister. For those unaware of who McCabe is, she is the current incarnation of the superhero, Vixen (Megalyn Echikunwoke), who appeared on Arrow while Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) who travels with the Legends is her grandmother. With a villain related to one of the heroes, and whole new set of time aberrations to deal with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow looks like it will have an awesome Season 4.

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Marvel debuted another trailer for The Defenders at SDCC as well as screened the first episode for attendees. It comes as no surprise that the Netflix series looks amazing considering the large budget and the six months of filming it took. The culmination of the four Marvel Netflix series (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Iron Fist), The Defenders looks like the perfect reward for those who fell in love with the other shows.

Finally, the trailer offers up its first glimpses of the people affected by Alexandra’s pursuit of power as well as an extended look at the heroes in their first meeting. Not to mention her speech to Elektra makes it seem like the newly reincarnated anti-hero may not be totally on board with the agenda of The Hand. With such a great ensemble and stunning fight scenes, The Defenders is a much-watch show when it comes out on August 18.