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Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice Trailer #2

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Last week, Jimmy Kimmel Live premiered the trailer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next venture Captain America: Civil War to massive excitement on social media. Of course, it’s pretty easy to build buzz for a massive film within the MCU, but it looks like Warner Bros. is trying to chase that same metaphoric dragon with the new trailer for Batman V. SupermanDawn of Justice. The trailer premiered on tonight’s show and was posted to Warner’s YouTube channel soon after.

In case you somehow were living under a rock, the film serves as a follow up to the last DC comics adaptation Man of Steel, with Clark Kent dealing with the aftermath of his actions in the battle of Metropolis, including a massive trial and the judgement of billionaire entrepreneur Lex Luthor. However, his biggest enemy will be the oncoming threat of a mysterious vigilante out to take him down: The Batman. Chaos will ensue as the two heroes of different ideologies conflict, culminating in a massive battle between them and eventually Luthor. Oh, and Wonder Woman, Aquaman & perhaps a few other villains will be entangled in there as well. The trailer can be seen below;

 

There’s a lot to unpack about this rather revealing trailer, but I’ll start with the biggest positive: Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The confident back & forth he has with Clark Kent, seeing Affleck in more action oriented sequences that seem to evoke a powerful stance and a voice that fits the middle ground of gravely yet not sounding like a throat cancer ridden hero of the previous Batman franchise. It seems as if Affleck is genuinely carving out his own place for the hero, even managing to make the final humor bit of the trailer work despite its underwhelming nature in context of a tonal inconsistent looking trailer.

Yet, aside from Batman and an admittedly solid reveal of Wonder Woman, everything else here seems to give fire to the flames of the many worries I had about the film going in. Superman looks even more pouty and grating than he did previously, continuing to give Henry Cavill the look of a man looking for the culprit of a wet fart. The look of what apparently is Michael Shannon’s Zod’s corpse being turned into Doomsday looks like a rejected early sketch for Abomination from The Incredible Hulk brought to horribly rendered life. Even the aesthetic has this desaturated look that director Zack Snyder tries to ground the film in a grittier reality, yet has so much muggy soulless hollow nature of a green screen ladened set. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of this was merely due to how poorly edited together the trailer was, with cringeworthy cut aways like Batman’s cut off “Oh shit” moment being high on the list of disappointing bits of humor.

Of course, the crux of everything that’s wrong here is Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, who seems to be recalling a mixture of his character in Now You See Me and Gene Hackman’s version of the character from the Richard Donner films to disastrous results. His version of the character just seems so grating and un-intimidating as a potential villain, something Lex Luthor shouldn’t be due to his cunning nature and expert tech savvy. He’s a super genius that even gives a super powered being like Superman pause, not a nasal creep who delivers lines about as subtle as a brick to the head. All of his lines leave most of his grander moments on a flat line, seeming more like a dorky unfunny Joker than a genuinely interesting Lex Luthor.

I want to be swept up in giddy excitement for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. After all, it’s Batman and Superman finally coming together in a cinematic context. Yet, I’m really not hold my breath here, given all the signs of Zack Snyder’s hollow disinterested messy style. Regardless, we’ll all bare witness to the fight come March 25. 2016.

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Thomas Mariani is a born geek, with a bit of nerd mixed in here & there. A native of the (less) swampy parts of Florida, Thomas has always been a fan of films, television & other sources of media ever since he was a child, having been raised on Jim Henson, Star Wars and the basic cable cartoons of the ’90s & ’00s. He already has experience writing and podcasting about pop culture, which you can read/listen to on sites like Widescreen Warrior, TvTalk, Horrornews.net and Doc Rotten or on Twitter as @NotTheWhosTommy
  • Batj()y

    Like Man of Steel, this film will have scenes I love and moments I hate. The first half of MOS I loved, it was doing something new and the fight scene at the end was a video game. Ben looks like the best part of this movie. Wonder Women looks promising. I hope Ben can make his own Movies without Znyder’s ineterference.

    • Shadow of Cronus

      “and the fight scene at the end was a video game”
      That is the most absurd bloody complaint, how the god damn hell else do you want them to show a fight of that scale and power? People on fucking strings jumping about???

  • Sean

    So the fight of Batman V Superman (you know, the entire selling point of the film) will be completely inconsecuential as they will team-up at the end to fight the troll of Fellowship of the Ring while shouting one-liners…

    …interesting choice.

    • Shadow of Cronus

      Its consequential to their growth and learning to trust each other, and could be a realization point for Superman to realize he might not have handled MOS’s finale the best.

      It looks exactly like doomsday with less spikes.

      People bitched to the end of fucking time about MOS being too dark and no quips, you pricks made your bed now you have to suffer in it.

      • Sean

        I’m sure that’s the best possible way to handle Batman and Superman trust and personal growth, dedicate a movie to them punching each other in the face for half an hour without any of them getting hurt, then they team up and are friends…brilliant.

        He doesn’t really… he doesn’t look like Doomsday at all, but I really don’t care, it’s a movie, a different interpretation of the character. I was commenting on the fact that he kind of looks like a special effect from another movie.

        I just love when random ass people make wrong assumptions about me. I enjoyed Man of Steel, sure it had it’s flaws but I liked seing a more serious take on the DC Universe, I was pretty excited for this movie before. And (by the way) people didn’t complain about it not having quips, they complained because an entire city got nuked and everyone went at the end: ‘Yay! Superman saved us. He’s so hot’.

        • Shadow of Cronus

          He saved 7 billion people twice, a 5th or 6th size portion of a massive single city is inconsequential to that.

          • Sean

            That’s kinda fucked up. So, he saved the planet and the people that died are completely forgotten and not mentioned at all only because: ‘Well, I could’ve been worse’?

  • Tristan Milner

    I too felt that this “Doomsday” looks like someone took the Cave Troll from LotR:Fellowship, any of the turtles from last years T.M.N.T. and the Abomination from the underappreciated The Incredible Hulk and smooshed them together and rendered them on an Xbox 360. At best, Deadpool will still be playing and I can cleanse my pallet with it. At worst, this might make me apologize to Green Lantern and Jem.

  • Maciek

    I honestly dig this take on Lex. It’s jut more modern version of a guy who’s a face of gigantic company.

    I don’t mind that the trailer is spoiling this much plot as I want to watch the film for Superman/Batman interaction, that where the meat of this movie must be. It looks promising so far.

    I like that the trailer show movie will have some humor to it. I’m sick of the darker/pathos take on Superheros. It’s was fine in the Dark Knight but… man, I just like when the superhero movies are just fun, you know?

    Doomsday…

    Wonder Woman part wasn’t bad. I still wish they would went with Gina Carano or… Guess what! Not have Wonder Woman, or Aquaman or Cyborg at all and just make it – like the title promises – Batman and Superman. Oh, well…

    • Shadow of Cronus

      Gina Carano has physical presence but Gal had much more verbal presence in F6.