The Tomorrowland International Trailer Explains a Whole Lot More than the American One
The international trailer for Tomorrowland is out, and for better and for worse, it leaves the viewer much less mystified than the American trailer:
While the first trailer only made vague references to Britt Robertson's character saving the world, this trailer explains the concept of Tomorrowland much more explicitly. Apparently, in Tomorrowland, (spoiler!) all the geniuses in the world come together to fix the world's problems, or something to that effect. George Clooney's character seems to be one of these geniuses as well, but Robertson is the "chosen one" because "she hasn't given up."
The only really disheartening part of this trailer was Disney's blatant self-promotion. I cringed a little when they listed "Walt" as a "genius" before, say, Einstein, Mozart, etc. Here's hoping that the movie won't be one long Disney commercial.
But whether you like spoilers or not, this trailer is much more egalitarian than its American counterpart. Where the American trailer placed the focus on Clooney's character, this trailer made it clear that Robertson is the more important character, and prominently featured another female character as well. Once could argue that this isn't about sexism, as Clooney is obviously the more famous actor. But then there's this poster:
This poster could easily have featured Clooney and Robertson, as that would include the necessary star power and would make the most sense, but instead they featured a young boy for absolutely no reason. Who is that boy? He can't possibly be a significant character if we haven't heard of him so far, which is a clear sign that Disney is actively avoiding placing women front-and-center in their marketing campaign, at least in the US.
UPDATE 3/30/15: The above international trailer was taken down for copyright reasons, so here's another international trailer:
It's mostly the same, except that it does feature that little boy from the poster. It's still an extremely brief appearance compared to Brit Marling, and I still have no idea who he is, but there you have it.
Tomorrowland comes out in theaters on May 22.