It's Comic-Con International time again, but the big announcements and reveals resonate far wider than the bustling San Diego convention halls.
Comic-Con has evolved from a comic book fan's dream weekend to the place where many of the big pop culture events are revealed, including deep looks into new movies and TV shows and new trailers and announcements for games and other media.
We're sure to see a lot of big news coming out of the event all weekend, but you don't have to scour the internet for it: we'll drop all of the big, need-to-know news right here, so check back regularly and we'll have you covered.
First Justice League trailer
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a dour mess, confirming most of the criticism about director Zack Snyder's hand with tone and subtlety… but maybe the DC Cinematic Universe can bounce back. Maybe it can even stand toe-to-toe with Marvel and its Avengers-centric films.
That's the impression we are so very thankfully taking away from this first look at next year's Justice League, which will bring together Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman as a superhero team for the ages. It looks fun, unlike Batman v Superman, and just three minutes of clips already erases a lot of the damage of the last film. Here's hoping, at least. It's due out in November 2017, though.
And Wonder Woman too
Wonder Woman was one of the rare positives about Batman v Superman, and lo and behold, her upcoming standalone film looks extremely promising based on this first official trailer. It has something of a Captain America vibe, given the setting, but is packed full of big action moments and great dialogue.
Marvel still hasn't been bothered to give Black Widow her own film, yet DC has seemingly had no problem giving this badass heroine a proper showcase of her talents. Granted, great trailers don't always mean great films, but we're excited to see how Wonder Woman turns out come June 2017.
Sonic goes 16-bit again
What's old is hot again in gaming, and the former "big two" are mining their classics for new thrills. Nintendo has its NES Classic coming this holiday season, and now Sega has unveiled Sonic Mania, a new 2D entry that looks like it could've run on a Mega Drive/Genesis back when.
Sonic Mania keeps the old-school approach and offers a mix of brand new zones, remixed classic areas, a new Drop Dash move, and the three classic playable heroes. For anyone who has demanded that Sega go back to basics with Sonic, here's the ultimate realization of that. It's due out in 2017 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
And 3D too
That's not all for Sonic in 2017: at Friday night's 25th anniversary event, Sega also unveiled a teaser for next year's new 3D Sonic the Hedgehog entry, which apparently stars multiple versions of Sonic in a more serious, darker experience.
Sonic's modern adventures have been strongly hit-or-miss, so while Sonic Mania is easy to get excited about, we can't help but be a lot more reserved about what we're seeing here. Hopefully it'll be the 3D reboot that Sonic needs – and this one's coming to Nintendo's new NX console, too, in addition to Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Expect it later next year.
First look at Kong: Skull Island
Peter Jackson's reboot didn't stick, apparently, because King Kong is getting a fresh start next spring with Kong: Skull Island. And as this first trailer shows, it looks pretty spectacular, setting up an intense new origin story for the gigantic gorilla.
Surprisingly, it's set in the same universe as 2014's Godzilla, and is the next step that will ultimately lead to a Godzilla vs Kong film in 2020 (after the Godzilla sequel). With a killer cast headlined by the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, and Tom Hiddleston, Skull Island seems to be well on its way to delivering big monster thrills come March 2017.