When they work they can be awesome (X-Men or Sin City anyone?), but when things dont go so well (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comes to mind) comic fans everywhere will hang their heads in shame. Today's trailers aren't necessarily for comic book movies, but there's a connection for each one of them. Let's have a look, shall we?
The idea of Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas joining forces with fantasy novelist and comic book scribe Neil Gaiman strikes me as a whole lot of awesome. Gaiman has written some great comics in his day. I would say that his Sandman series for DC is one of the best ongoing series in the history of American comics. I haven't read the novel Coraline, but I have no reason to believe it's not up to his usual standards. Unfortunately this teaser trailer does nothing to reinforce my expectations. The movie is shot in stop-motion animation, will be presented in 3-D and is based on a Gaiman novel, and that's all you can really tell. To be honest, though, I don't need to be told anymore to know this is something I won't want to miss.
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Star Wars didn't start out as a comic book, but the first several issues of Marvel's adaptation of the original film were on the stands before I had a chance to catch the flick back in 1977, so I've always thought of it as kind of a comic book film. This trailer is for an all CGI theatrical feature releasing on August 15 which will serve as a lead in to a TV series that will launch in the fall on Cartoon Network and TNT. This maneuver reminds me of the decision to theatrically release the pilot episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. I still can't believe I paid to see that. The sensory overload of Revenge of the Sithhas soured me on the idea of returning to George Lucas's galaxy far far away, but I have two nephews who will go ape over this, so I suspect younger Star Wars fans will flock to this.