Honestly, Comic Con coverage has never really been my jam, although there are some Comic Con previews and panels which have interested me in past years. It really felt like the hype for this year’s San Diego Comic Con (the OG Comic Con) was rather… muted. Some of the biggest franchises in TV and film didn’t have much new stuff to shill, so there’s a lot of… like, WB programming on the menu. Still, I didn’t realize that Warner Bros. was going to be doing a big thing for the Fantastic Beast sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
This film doesn’t come out until November, and all of the “hype” about this film – before now – has been about what a sh-tty decision it was to cast Johnny Depp as Grindelwald. The first trailer barely featured Depp, because they KNEW. And then when asked about casting a man who assaulted his wife, director David Yates called the domestic violence a “dead issue,” like every dude gets one pass to beat his wife and then he’ll never, ever do it again. JK Rowling said problematic sh-t about it too (go here to read). In the months since all of that happened, Depp’s downward spiral has continued at a rapid pace, with Rolling Stone likening his vibe to “the last days of Elvis.”
But I guess Warner Bros. was like “No, Johnny Depp is OUR BRO, we’re ride or die for this abusive pile of scarves!” Because they decided to put him front-and-center of their Comic-Con promotion this weekend. Depp pulled a Hiddleston: he showed up to Comic Con as Grindelwald, and spoke to the audience in character:
— FANDOM @ SDCC (@getFANDOM) July 21, 2018
Blah, nope. Depp is also featured heavily in the new trailer. I guess someone at Warner Bros was like “f–k it, we paid for him, we might as well use him like crazy.” It looks like a cool film besides Depp’s casting. Wouldn’t this role have been much better served by someone like… literally anyone else? Paul Bettany, Jared Harris, Cillian Murphy, whoever. Those are just the random names that came to mind.
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