It’s a great time for blockbuster films in Hollywood. Four films have crossed the billion dollar mark at the box office. Comic book films are in a golden era, with the dominance of Marvel and the resurgence of DC/Warner. These accomplishments have been rewarding for us fans, but it’s not possible without the hits and misses from the previous decade of blockbusters. Looking back, it was certainly a promising decade for blockbusters in the 00’s. Sure not every film was a success and some gave us nightmares, but I’ll sometimes go back and revisit the teaser trailers for those films and get reminded of how excited I was at the time.
Here’s a list of 10 teaser trailers that electrified audiences with excitement. Get ready to revisit a time when you were actually excited for movies like ‘Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ and ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’.
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
Remember how we all thought ‘Revenge of the Sith‘ would be the last Star Wars film ever made? Fast forward a full decade later and we’re now getting ready to see the first film in a new trilogy. Going back to ’05, many fans were fed up with George Lucas’ prequels. However, he had one more important chapter to tell, and one many of us were excited to finally see. This teaser trailer might be the greatest ever made, because its intention is to tease an end to a story that started back in ‘A New Hope’. How could you not be excited then?
The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan gave the perfect tease at the end of ‘Batman Begins’ with the joker card. The first time I saw this trailer was on G4 back when it was on TV. I speak for everyone when I say we lost our minds when we saw the Joker card, and heard the Joker’s laugh. Heath Ledger gave us one of the greatest onscreen villains with his Oscar winning performance. I still get chills from this teaser trailer. It didn’t give anything away, and yet it said so much about what’s in store for Batman.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, and a story written by George Lucas. What could possibly go wrong? This might have been the most promising teaser trailer on this list, and its because it didn’t include poor CGI, monkeys, and aliens. I loved how this teaser trailer was self aware. “This won’t be easy. Not as easy as it use to be.” Despite all of this film’s problems and being easily the worst in the franchise, its still a guilty pleasure for me.
Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire gave the comic book genre and its fans something unexpected, yet amazing with ‘Spider-Man’. Expectations for the sequel were high, but Raimi and company stepped up to the challenge. This teaser trailer starts off great with Mary Jane and Peter Parker talking intimately, and then Doc Ock makes a menacing entrance. From there the franchise score sets the tone for Spider-Man’s fight against his best friend, an even dangerous villain, and himself.
“THIS IS SPARTA!”
This trailer is just awesome on so many levels. The visuals from Zack Snyder, the music from Nine Inch Nails, and of course Gerald Butler’s famous line as King Leonidas. I thought Zack Snyder was the perfect choice for Frank Miller’s graphic novel adaptation. This trailer prepared us for a new version of Spartans, with more violence and thrills. I get so amp’d up whenever I see this.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
This might be the most deceiving trailer on the list, because it shows the only good scene of the film. But lets pretend for a second we didn’t know that. How cool is it seeing the Human Torch pursue the Silver Surfer throughout New York? If this was a taste of things to come in the sequel, then we were all in for a treat. Unfortunately, we were all very wrong!
Saying that people everywhere were nervous about this film is an understatement. Few people wanted this film to happen, and it mainly had to due with the casting of Brandon Routh. While I understand fans connection to the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeves films, lets not forget ‘Superman III‘ & ‘Superman IV: The Quest for Peace‘. This property needed a reboot. Bryan Singer tried to make Superman a modern adventure with many callbacks to the older films. Unfortunately the end result didn’t work for many viewers. Still, when this teaser trailer released it calmed the storm from many fans worries, because its great and somewhat nostalgic.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
You cannot have epic teaser trailers from the 00’s and not include ‘The Lord of the Rings‘. The adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s famous novels were finally hitting the big screen, and at a time when CGI was beginning to advance. This teaser trailer promised an extraordinary adventure told in three films releasing three consecutive years in a row. Seeing the members of the fellowship pass one by one is something special for fans of the books. Thankfully, Peter Jackson delivered on a grand scale with each of the films.
Not much is happening in this teaser trailer, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t effective. The trailer is a slow buildup featuring famous quotes from mankind. Then we slowly get hints of Star Trek by the tone and music, until we finally hear the famous words be spoken “Space, the final frontier” followed by a shot of the U.S.S Enterprise. This was such a perfect teaser capped off by the iconic logo, then the words “under construction”.
Once again, another slow trailer, yet it was effective and suspenseful. Audiences had no clue what would happen to Mars rover, and even when the robot attacked it audiences were still curious. Then the title ‘Transformers’ appears and we all went nuts during that moment, especially when it shifts into the Autobot symbol. Its a perfect teaser for what would be the only good film in the franchise.
Thanks for reading and taking this short trip down memory lane. Which film were you the most excited about? Which one disappointed you the most?