When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was first announced in the now poorly remembered days of 2013, it wasn't entirely clear what the actual movie was.
Ostensively, it seemed to be a Man of Steel sequel with Batman thrown in for a bit of extra spice. However, to many of us that didn't seem right. Surely, Batman cannot be considered subordinate to Superman, and merely a supporting character in a movie which is essentially Man of Steel 2?
Having said that, the recently released teaser trailer did seem to prioritize the continuing story of Supes, as well as the repercussions of his actions in Man of Steel - perhaps reinforcing the idea it is indeed a sequel. Remind yourself of that below:
Apparently, the trailer also convinced MTV's Josh Horowitz that Batman v Superman was a Superman sequel, as he referred to as such in a recent chat with Henry Cavill. Luckily, Cavill was given the opportunity to set the record straight. After Horowitz described the movie as a sequel, Cavill quickly corrected him, stating:
"I wouldn't call this a Superman sequel. This is Batman v Superman, so it is a separate entity all together. It's introducing the Batman (Ben Affleck) character and expanding upon the universe, which was kicked off by Man of Steel."
He added the film could still change in post-production, but ultimately Batman v Superman is "definitely an introduction of the character (Batman), and ultimately the introduction of Justice League." You can check out the full exchange, which was conducted at CinemaCon 2015, below:
So, from the sounds of things, Batman v Superman seems much more akin to a kind of retrospective origin movie for Batman, than a sequel for Man of Steel.
But is this what you really wanted?