Universal held its CinemaCon presentation today and brought the house down with its finale as Cher turned up to sing ABBA’s “Fernando” to promote the “Mamma Mia” sequel. However, it was two of the trailers that really caught people’s attention. One was the new “Halloween” which I’ve already gone into in another article.
The other though was M. Night Shyamalan’s combined “Unbreakable” & “Split” sequel “Glass”. Actor Samuel L. Jackson turned up and joked “it’s about time I got the title role in my own motherf–king movie.” Shyamalan dubs it the first “truly grounded comic book movie”.
The clip starts with Sarah Paulson explaining she’s a psychologist who specializes in a growing field of people with delusions of grandeur – specifically people who believe they’re superheroes. She’s sitting in an institution talking to a small group of people who are – revealed to be Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin ‘The Horde’ Crumb (James McAvoy), and David Dunn (Bruce Willis).
She proceeds to explain each of the character’s beliefs about themselves, but Glass interrupts her cataloguing all the bone breaks he’s had in his life and saying: “This is not a cartoon, this is the real world. But some of us don’t die with bullets. Some of us can bend steel. I’ve been waiting for the world to see that we exist.”
In one scene Mr. Glass asks to meet ‘The Beast’ and Kevin in that persona and gets up in his face saying “I believe that counts as the bad guys teaming up”. Someone asks Jackson’s character his name: “First name?” “Mister” “last name…” cut to the title card “Glass”.
The trailer reportedly met a rousing reception, more so than some of the others such as Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” with the few footage reviews so far indicating the potential awards contender fell a bit flat.