12. The Lord Of The Rings
No need for intense booming sounds or vague hints here. Frankly, all this had to be was a New Line executive in front of a gray screen saying “We’re making The Lord Of The Rings,” and the fans would have torn up a thrill nerd riot. The best part of has to be the ending shot, listing off all three books and the dates in which we’ll get to see them in theaters – all of it over a single shot of the key characters looking irritated while hiking. It really prepares you for all the damn hiking these films center around.
11. Terminator 2
Because lord knows that when everyone saw the first Terminator they thought, “Okay, but what does it look like when they are made?”
Seriously – when you think about it, manufacturing is probably the least exciting aspect to these gun-toting annihilation machines, and yet the films can’t get enough of showing us. We have this preview for T2 (which is awesome, but still…) and then there’s the prototype bots in T3, followed by the factory in Terminator: Salvation. I think we can all safely say that the assembly line process has been thoroughly explained in these films, and now maybe we can move on to having the third act take place somewhere with less sharp edges in the next film.
10. Superman Returns
Every trailer out there should have Marlon Brando doing this monologue as the voiceover, even if it doesn’t apply. The Lake House should have done it – just any film.
Personally, I’ve never been a fan Superman; sure he’s pretty looking, but that doesn’t really make him any less of a manipulative alien spy policing mankind like a wannabe deity. That being said, hearing Jor-El’s voice over glances of Kent Farm and the Daily Planet, you can’t not be excited for this film… even if it’s about a mighty planet reduced to a slave-race under the moral will of a globally impartial yet privately covetous and emotional being. Just sayin’.