Warner Bros. unveiled new footage and first looks at their upcoming theatrical releases at CinemaCon on Tuesday and it wasn’t only DC Comics films. The studio also showcased a range of movies and genres, from Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis to a Willy Wonka origin story.
Elvis took up a lion’s share of the presentation as Luhrmann presented an extended sizzle reel of footage from his film, which he says is not a biopic of the late rocker so much as an examination of America from the 1950s to 1970s as seen through the eyes of Elvis’ shifty manager, “Colonel” Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). While Hanks may be the biggest name in the cast, he was lead actor Austin Butler who dominated the footage with his magnetic depiction of Elvis Presley. He even does his own singing as young Elvis (and is remarkably good at it).
The standout sequence from the sizzle reel was a reenactment of a 1956 Jacksonville, Florida concert where Elvis – the hip-swiveling, gyrating musical rebel who shocked conventional America at the time – was warned by authorities beforehand he better not so much as move a finger onstage. So Elvis proceeded to suggestively wiggle his pinkie to the crowd of screaming women – which makes all hell break loose. As Hanks’ Col. Parker observes in that moment, “In that moment, Elvis the man was sacrificed and Elvis the God was born.”
Music was also a key part of the first footage screened for Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka in this origin story for the Roald Dahl character. Directed by Paddington’s Paul King, Wonka appears to be a very earnest and old-fashioned period musical – one that just happens to be about bringing chocolate to the masses. In this writer’s opinion, Wonka looked even more like a stylized Baz Luhrmann movie than Elvis did.
Olivia Wilde took the stage to present the first trailer for her next directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling, a psychological thriller starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, and Chris Pine. In her address to CinemaCon attendees, Wilde said: “What would it take for you to give up your life, to do what is right? That is the question of Don’t Worry Darling.”
The very steamy trailer tells the story of a young couple (Pugh and Styles) desperately in love who move to a suburban community where Pugh’s character slowly realizes their husbands are up to no good. What exactly remains murky but Pine’s quasi-cult leader appears to be behind it. The Don’t Worry Darling footage had shades of Get Out, The Master, and Gaslight to it.
As introduced by the film’s producer James Wan, The Conjuring’s Gary Dauberman presented the first footage from his upcoming directorial effort, Salem’s Lot. The Stephen King vampire tale was previously adapted for television back in the 1970s but this is its first time hitting the silver screen.
These weren’t the only upcoming films that Warner Bros. touted at CinemaCon. The studio also confirmed director Matt Reeves and star Robert Pattinson will return for The Batman 2revealed the first look at Michael Keaton’s Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Flashand released the first image of Margot Robbie as the live-action Barbie.