As we all know by now, Skyline is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the massive wave of alien invasion movies headed our way over the next year or so. The first full trailer for Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles has debuted online today, and I assume it will also be playing with Skyline over the weekend. This is a movie we started hearing a lot about at Comic-Con this year, and much like Skyline, it is selling itself more based on the concept and the special effects than the stars. Of course, The Strause Brothers also did the visual FX work for Battle: Los Angeles, which could explain some of the similarities between the two, and also prompted Sony to contemplate legal action against them.
From the first trailer it’s clear that Battle: Los Angeles has a slightly bigger budget than Skyline, although they still seem to be holding some of their cards close to their chest in terms of revealing all the special effects money shots. This trailer tries to make an impression based on mystery and tone, choosing an interesting vocoder-driven song to carry it (Johann Johannsson’s “Sun’s Gone Dim”). Strangely, the movie may still undergo a title change before the release date as IMDb now has it listed as “World Invasion: Battle LA”. Either way, it hits theatres on March 11th. What do you think… will this be better than Skyline? Can any of these low budget alien invasion flicks top Cloverfield or District 9? Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.