See the Biggest and Best Movie and TV Previews From the Super Bowl
Entertainment| | By Jason Owen
As tens of millions tune in each year for the Super Bowl, Hollywood takes advantage of all the eyes glued to football’s championship game to promote their most exciting projects coming to cinemas. Fans of all types this year were treated to heart-pounding Super Bowl movie trailers of the next Fast and the Furious movie, the fifth Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean films, and, unsurprisingly, a bevy of superheroes, along with some previews of highly anticipated TV shows like Stranger Things season 2.
Here’s a recap of all the biggest 2017 Super Bowl Movie trailers.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel’s highly-anticipated sequel made a huge splash during the Super Bowl to gear up for its May 5 release date. In true GotG style, the sneak peek is a mix of action, comedy, and 80s rock music.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise is back again with more slow-motion, metal twisting and bigger baddies than we’ve seen before. And by the looks of it, that baddie could be none other than Optimus Prime himself. The Last Knight opens in cinemas on June 23.
The Fate of the Furious
If you thought Paul Walker’s death could stop the Fast and the Furious franchise in its tracks, you’d be mistaken. The physics-defying high-speed chases are bigger than ever when Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson return for Universal’s eighth Furious film on April 14.
Dwayne Johnson isn’t just hitting the big screen in the Furious franchise this year, but he’ll be making a splash as the lead in the film reboot of 90s beach drama, Baywatch, when it hits theaters on May 26.
Pirates of the Caribbean
One of the most eagerly anticipated sequels coming in 2017 will be Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he takes on an oily new villain, Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. After Depp’s rough 2016, he could use a win, but has the Pirates franchise run out of box office gold? We’ll find out on May 26.
The Avengers aren’t the only heroes taking over cinemas this year, as Hugh Jackman returns as fan-favorite Wolverine in the third installment of the character’s solo films, Logan. The film is a departure from previous X-Men films as 20th Century Fox looks to continue the surprise critical and box office success of 2016’s Deadpool, choosing to make it R-rated and ramp up the violence. Based on buzz for the film, that seems to be the right call for Fox, which has struggled with its superhero properties of late.
Along with the airing with the Super Bowl movie trailers, 20th Century Fox unveiled a film clip for Logan early Monday morning. Logan opens nationwide on March 3.
Ghost in the Shell
For anime fans, the beloved Japanese classic is getting the live Hollywood treatment with Scarlett Johansson as the lead, playing “The Major,” a cyborg police detective with a mysterious past. Can director Rupert Sanders capture the stylistic allure and feel of the original? Early previews should have fans excited — if a bit skeptical. Ghost in the Shell hits theaters on March 31.
It’s one part Alien, one part Gravity: Life brings an all-star cast to the International Space Station after they successfully discover a life-form in outer space. But the tiny alien is more than it appears and the crew are suddenly in the fight of their lives trying to keep a creature that could wipe out life on Earth from reaching home. A 30-second TV spot premiered during the game, but a full-length trailer became available online Monday. Life hits theaters on March 24.
Cinemas aren’t the only place for big premieres this year, as several TV shows offered up sneak peeks as well.
The hit Fox series returns with familiar faces and new ones. Prison Break returns on April 4.
The Walking Dead
Bet you didn’t see this coming. AMC made a splash during Super Bowl 51 with a funny teaser for the show’s February 12 return. Are they making a “Deflategate” joke?
Netflix dropped probably the most talked-about preview of the night when it debuted a show-stopping glimpse of season 2, with brief glimpses of your favorite misfit gang (in Ghostbusters costumes of all things), Eleven, and some strange monsters lurking about as the “world turns upside down.” We. Can’t. Wait. Season 2 premieres Halloween on Netflix.