Ender's Game Trailer is Finally Here

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Ender's Game Trailer is Finally Here


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There's an interesting conversation going on right now in The Escapist news room about how well, or perhaps how poorly, Ender's Game will make the transition from novel to movie, and whether the public at large will buy into the character and the concept. I'm inclined to think that it's likely to stumble; Ender's Game, at least as I recall it, is more thoughtful than crash-bang-boom, and we all know which one puts butts in seats.

Perhaps the greater stumbling block will be the Ender's Game author himself, Orson Scott Card, who's earned a rather ugly reputation for his staunch - some would say fanatical - opposition to marriage equality. Card's planned participation in a Superman comic was "put on hold" by DC Comics earlier this year after the artist on the book refused to work with him and prior to that, in late 2010, a game based on Ender's Game was canceled at the urging of Epic Games. Card is serving as producer on the film, which could (and almost certainly will) lead to some degree of backlash.

But it is a pretty solid trailer, with the right "look," for lack of a better term, an outstanding cast and enough explosions to attract the attention of people for whom the title doesn't carry any weight on its own. It's a promising start - but will it fly?

Ender's Game is set to hit theaters on November 1.

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I don't know what in the world the trailer is trying to show, but that isn't Ender's Game, the book I read had a slow pace, was contemplative, and the only violence that happened to the characters was when the children beat the shit out of (and sometimes killed) each other. They must REALLY be reaching to create exciting action setpieces for the trailers.

I thought it'd be something more akin to Jarhead or Zero Dark Thirty but it seems they want to try to turn it into a generic Sci-Fi movie :/

I will probably go to see this - I love the book, and as long as it doesnt go too Michael Bay it shouldnt be awful...although that said, it annoys me that

Lets hope that OSC keeps as far away from it as possible.

Honestly, I doubt having Mr. Card's name in this movie is going to really do anything.

At least, it won't affect any average movie goer who sees this and thinks "hey this looks interesting!".

That's the distinction needed here. There's us (who remember the bathroom fight, the ending, and the zero G laser tag), who will be critical and anal as hell over how this title is. And also know who Card is as well as unfortunately the kinds of things he has said about god knows what.

Then there is the much greater number of uninitiated individuals who see this and watch it because hey that guy! Or hey explosions! And will sit there and go "Whose that Card guy?", only to look him up much later on and go "hey... he's kind of a dick".

My only real question here, and I might end up watching this trailer again a few times, is if Bean is in it! That poor, poor kid...

A movie with a kid in the lead... I never read the book but it probably worked because you never hear him talk. I will still give it a chance but most of the times kids in movie are annoying as fuck

This trailer doesn't actually look too terrible, and the visuals in particular are impressively realized. I've only ever heard good things about the novel too.

It's just a shame I'd rather cut off my hand than give a cent to Orson Scott Card, and if he's in a producer role that's an even bigger reason for me to keep my money away.

Weasley Crusher: The Movie.
Ah well It's good to see Harrison Ford still in stuff.

Ah so it begins again, people hating works of art due to the personnel beliefs of the artist.

OSC hating teh GHEYs gets people all up in arms. That and he is a strict Mormon.

It may just be the fact that I loved the Ender books so very much growing up, but I really want to see this do well. The original war video footage that Ender spent hours pouring over in the book at the start of the trailer looks great from my point of view, however it and the drama/action music messes up the themes that the book conveyed more than a bit. The cast looks great, especially Asa Butterfield. I'm glad to see a talented child actor who has proven that he has the chops to be in this role, sadly this could be the role that makes or breaks him in a big way.

I know we are all more than a bit irate over the end of the trailer, but sadly they wanted to use intensity as a selling point and as far as it goes that was one of the most intense and meaningful moments in the entire book. Sadly it is also a massive spoiler waiting to happen, I get that, really I do, but if you can look past the planet destroying laser and the music and the dog fighting jets the trailer seems fairly action empty.

Which is a good thing.

Ender was a thoughtful and thought provoking book and I am still hopeful that it will be great and do well.

Card is a great author who wove a world from words that gripped many and I hope his personal life and beliefs are left outside were they belong.

TLDR? Great book. Good trailer, a bit flawed but what isn't?

Meh. I never got into Ender's Game all that much. Now, Speaker for the Dead, on the other hand, that was an excellent piece of science fiction. But I don't see either of those novels working as a movie. Ender's Game is too slow and contemplative, while Speaker for the Dead is too cerebral.
Not that I think a cerebral movie wouldn't be good, it's just not something Hollywood would ever go for.

I do believe that this movie is going to get the "Eragon" treatment. A complete rush job, bastardizing the book to fit it into 2 hours.

moggett88:

Am I to believe these children are striking back against the catholic church?

Hah, they might as well skip to speaker for the dead, already watched trailer.

Yay this awesome I love the book-and this look like it will be a fun adaptation :D
Wait.........did.......did they spoil the ending in the trailer *REWATCH'S*


Dammit trailers stop doing stuff like that ><

FargoDog:
This trailer doesn't actually look too terrible, and the visuals in particular are impressively realized. I've only ever heard good things about the novel too.

It's just a shame I'd rather cut off my hand than give a cent to Orson Scott Card, and if he's in a producer role that's an even bigger reason for me to keep my money away.

Yeah that's the only problem I have with seeing this......Dammit why did the author of such a great book have to be such a bigot T_T

DVS BSTrD:
Weasley Crusher: The Movie.
Ah well It's good to see Harrison Ford still in stuff.

Yeah It was fun see old Han Solo in a modern film,and yes I will always see Him as Han solo.......now all we need is a wookie :P

cursedseishi:

That's the distinction needed here. There's us (who remember the bathroom fight, the ending, and the zero G laser tag), who will be critical and anal as hell over how this title is.

My only real question here, and I might end up watching this trailer again a few times, is if Bean is in it! That poor, poor kid...

Wait are you suggesting that they won't have the bathroom fight and what about his sadistic brother Peter.........goddammit they better not cut out the violent stuff or I will be pissed.

As someone who has never read the book, and only know the author through his "How to write Fantasy and Sci Fi" book and the whole homophobe thing... the film looks meh.

It looks the same as all the other "Something bad happened to earth in the future" movies coming out this year. A CGI heavy mindless thriller pretending to be all deep and meaningful.

I am aware the book is different from the way I described it, because if you are going off the comments I've seen about the books on a few websites, it is quite good, but I am just basing it off the trailer. I might read the book someday, but I might just avoid the movie until then.

knight steel:

cursedseishi:

That's the distinction needed here. There's us (who remember the bathroom fight, the ending, and the zero G laser tag), who will be critical and anal as hell over how this title is.

My only real question here, and I might end up watching this trailer again a few times, is if Bean is in it! That poor, poor kid...

Wait are you suggesting that they won't have the bathroom fight and what about his sadistic brother Peter.........goddammit they better not cut out the violent stuff or I will be pissed.

I wasn't suggesting that, but that is actually a good question.

It's been a fair while since I've read the first book, but from what I remember it did state something to the effect of them (or at least Ender) being naked. Bigger kid goes in for grab, he slips out thanks to sudsyness, and then boom goes the dynamite essentially.

I honestly wouldn't be too surprised to see that particular scene cut or edited in some way as to quickly diminish just how horrifically dangerous to a movie's financial success that kind of scene would be. Seeing "naked boys wrestle in soap" on the headlines of newspapers would pretty much slaughter the potential revenue of the film I would imagine.

As for Peter? Well... sadistic individuals aren't even close to being nearly as stigmatizing as the above, so it's likely to be in the movie. I'm willing to bet it is at least.

Meh, people need to grow up. Your opinion of a man should not influence your opinion of a man's work. Looks interesting enough. Truth be told, I never found OSC all that interesting of a writer. Probably something to do with people always telling me I should like his work.

Boy they didn't believe in not blowing their wad with the first trailer.

I mean I get it everyone has read the book but you could at least pretend right? I'll likely go and watch the movie if only to see just how bad they mangle the book and to count how many times they get microgravity wrong.

cursedseishi:

knight steel:

cursedseishi:

That's the distinction needed here. There's us (who remember the bathroom fight, the ending, and the zero G laser tag), who will be critical and anal as hell over how this title is.

My only real question here, and I might end up watching this trailer again a few times, is if Bean is in it! That poor, poor kid...

Wait are you suggesting that they won't have the bathroom fight and what about his sadistic brother Peter.........goddammit they better not cut out the violent stuff or I will be pissed.

I wasn't suggesting that, but that is actually a good question.

It's been a fair while since I've read the first book, but from what I remember it did state something to the effect of them (or at least Ender) being naked. Bigger kid goes in for grab, he slips out thanks to sudsyness, and then boom goes the dynamite essentially.

I honestly wouldn't be too surprised to see that particular scene cut or edited in some way as to quickly diminish just how horrifically dangerous to a movie's financial success that kind of scene would be. Seeing "naked boys wrestle in soap" on the headlines of newspapers would pretty much slaughter the potential revenue of the film I would imagine.

As for Peter? Well... sadistic individuals aren't even close to being nearly as stigmatizing as the above, so it's likely to be in the movie. I'm willing to bet it is at least.

Yeah children kicking their enemies in the balls while butt naked leading to their death's aren't really the best material to hook audiences......but they could alter it-make it happen while they are dressed would do the trick also *phew* I was worried that peter would be cut out [because of the you know the whole I skin squirrels and try to kill my younger brother for fun bit] but you're right he's too important for that to happen.

Baresark:
Meh, people need to grow up. Your opinion of a man should not influence your opinion of a man's work. Looks interesting enough. Truth be told, I never found OSC all that interesting of a writer. Probably something to do with people always telling me I should like his work.

It's less about an opinion of a man informing an opinion of his work - though that is more of a subconscious issue - it's that he's not the sort of person many people want to support financially.

flarty:

moggett88:

Am I to believe these children are striking back against the catholic church?

I really dont understand what you mean... :s

It doesn't look terrible, but there are some serious issues I do have. For instance, Ender is shown in some big command center type thing, which is horse shit. They were each in simulation style cock pits, not walking around doing flashy stuff with their hands. Not to mention they basically just showed us the damn ending, though, it's the thing that those who haven't read the book won't know that, and those that have aren't really being spoiled anything.

Though it is a little annoying that they ended up showing clips from the Second War, which will create the illusion that that will actually happen in the movie, which it won't, it will just be videos of it. A little over hyping it, but I suppose as long as it keeps more so true with how the book worked, of more of the politics and the warping of the young boy's mind and that whole jazz, we should get a decent movie. But I'll be pissed if they try anything along the lines of giving Ender some sort of love interest in this one. I know they'll try it, but they better fucking not.

Regardless of my perceptions on Enders game this looks... Haphazard. Based on this trailer only. Who knows it could be a surprise success but my gut is telling me not to lie to myself.

cursedseishi:

I honestly wouldn't be too surprised to see that particular scene cut or edited in some way as to quickly diminish just how horrifically dangerous to a movie's financial success that kind of scene would be. Seeing "naked boys wrestle in soap" on the headlines of newspapers would pretty much slaughter the potential revenue of the film I would imagine.

My main bet is that they'll be in like their underwear or towels or something, otherwise Ender's tactical thinking of soaping himself up won't be shown, and he won't be the boy genius that he was in the book.

Random thing, but am I the only one that thought of the HBO Joffery when Ender shouted "now"?

moggett88:

flarty:

moggett88:

Am I to believe these children are striking back against the catholic church?

I really dont understand what you mean... :s

"bugger" is english slang for turd burgling.

flarty:
Snip

That was actually quite clever
*salutes*

DVS BSTrD:

moggett88:

flarty:
Am I to believe these children are striking back against the catholic church?

I really dont understand what you mean... :s

"bugger" is english slang for turd burgling.

I am English, and technically it does, but noone says that...bugger is just a general everyday expletive, like crap.

Looks kind of like a generic sci-fi shoot-the-evil-aliens-oh-look-everything-is-shiny movie. Maybe it is more than that, but I have no intentions of putting money in the pockets of a bigot if I can avoid it.

klaynexas3:
It doesn't look terrible, but there are some serious issues I do have. For instance, Ender is shown in some big command center type thing, which is horse shit. They were each in simulation style cock pits, not walking around doing flashy stuff with their hands.

Well there was that quick part where it showed them in rows wearing VR type helmets. I woudl think that would be the outside view.

*cue camera zooming in to darkened visor to an extreme close-up of one eye then more slowly zooming out revealing.....*

Edit: Why do i suddenly have a desire to buy a New Camry LE? :/

I love the 4 Ender's Game books, and I read the first couple of Ender's Shadow, and stopped at 3 on the Earthbound series. The rest of his work is pretty terrible. The Earthbound series is full of the Mormon ideology, which is to say - racist as shit, homophobic, sexist, so on so forth.

CriticalMiss:
... but I have no intentions of putting money in the pockets of a bigot if I can avoid it.

Baresark:
Meh, people need to grow up. Your opinion of a man should not influence your opinion of a man's work. Looks interesting enough. Truth be told, I never found OSC all that interesting of a writer. Probably something to do with people always telling me I should like his work.

I would tend to agree. Can a piece of work not be viewed for it's own sake without a prejudgment?

I'm sure an artist would appreciate the effort.

CriticalMiss:
... but I have no intentions of putting money in the pockets of a bigot if I can avoid it.

*sigh*

Captcha=right left

Oh. You are on fire today Captcha, :)

Xanex:
I do believe that this movie is going to get the "Eragon" treatment. A complete rush job, bastardizing the book to fit it into 2 hours.

I fully expect this to be another Eragon, and that saddens me. The good news, however, is that say, Eragon got me to read the books (mainly to understand what the hell happened), so it's possible that the movie will pick interest in the book back up. It's up to you whether or not supporting Card is a good thing (I'm willing to ignore politics to support a work, but I understand some aren't), but I feel that gaining interest in good sci-fi is always a good thing.

I'm also going to have to see it, just in case it turns out like Scott Pilgrim instead, and is just about as good a transition as conceivably possible.

sleeky01:

CriticalMiss:
... but I have no intentions of putting money in the pockets of a bigot if I can avoid it.

Baresark:
Meh, people need to grow up. Your opinion of a man should not influence your opinion of a man's work. Looks interesting enough. Truth be told, I never found OSC all that interesting of a writer. Probably something to do with people always telling me I should like his work.

I would tend to agree. Can a piece of work not be viewed for it's own sake without a prejudgment?

I'm sure an artist would appreciate the effort.

CriticalMiss:
... but I have no intentions of putting money in the pockets of a bigot if I can avoid it.

*sigh*

Captcha=right left

Oh. You are on fire today Captcha, :)

Art is the expression of the artist. If you want to call something art, you then cannot separate the art from the artist.

On that note, literature is not art. But when the Author then centers his works around his beliefs, that is where problems arise. Ender's Game does not center around OSC's offensive beliefs, but a lot of his other books do.

captcha: toodle oo. indeed, good day sir.

synobal:
Boy they didn't believe in not blowing their wad with the first trailer. I mean come on showing the destruction of the bugger planet in the very first trailer. I mean I get it everyone has read the book but you could at least pretend right? I'll likely go and watch the movie if only to see just how bad they mangle the book and to count how many times they get microgravity wrong.

The thing about trailers, you can show someone the end of a movie at the beginning and it wont mean much of anything (see inception).

For this, I didn't know what was being exploded until you said it. Thanks for the spoiler bro

The movie looks like shit. We know this now. Thanks!

moggett88:

DVS BSTrD:

moggett88:

I really dont understand what you mean... :s

"bugger" is english slang for turd burgling.

I am English, and technically it does, but no one says that...bugger is just a general everyday expletive, like crap.

Well everyone still knows what crap means, and the context is rather heavily

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