Trailers for Iron Man 2, Robin HoodThere’s a pair of new trailers out this week for movies coming this summer (well, I guess it’s spring technically, but May is summer in the world of movies) that I’m particularly excited about. The first is the second trailer for Iron Man 2 (which I’m so stoked about I’m trying not to think about it too much), and, of course, it looks awesome. There’s a bunch of stuff in this new trailer that’s got the Marvel geek in me insanely primed (the suit-in-a-suitcase gag, lifted directly from the classic comics; the apparent promise that Mickey Rourke will don a something closer to a full suit of armor at some point; Downey and Cheadle kicking the crap out of a bunch of robots; I could go on and on), and it’s clear that director Jon Favreau and company responded to the common criticism leveled against the first Iron Man that there wasn’t enough action. The only X-factor for me is Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, because the Black Widow is supposed to be Russian, and Johansson is a bad enough actress as it is without trying to handle a Russian accent. But that’s a minor concern considering the amount of robot suits and lasers this movie promises. Iron Man 2 opens on May 2.
Next up is Ridley Scott’s re-teaming with Gladiator star Russell Crowe for a new take on Robin Hood. I’ve been fascinated by medieval stories since I was a little kid, Robin Hood in particular (I loved the Kevin Costner movie when I was 9), and Scott, one of my favorite filmmakers, already made an excellent (and underrated) movie set in the period in 2005’s Kingdom of Heaven (it’s a really great Middle Ages epic, or at least the Director’s Cut is; I never saw the terribly-reviewed theatrical cut). As much as I was pretty lukewarm on the idea of another Robin Hood movie when I first heard about the project (particularly Scott’s and Crowe’s involvement; it felt like they were revisiting Gladiator territory), and I was so-so with the first teaser, this new full-length trailer finally grabbed my interest. It looks more epic than I expected a Robin Hood film to, and Cate Blanchett (probably the best actress working today) classing up the joint as Maid Marian certainly helps matters. Robin Hood hits theatres May 14.