Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is my most awaited film of 2016. I'm among the five people alive that absolutely loved Man of Steel. I'm also a huge fan of Batman in general whether it be the movies, comics or video-games and absolutely cannot wait for this film. I haven't seen the [Comic-Con](tag:1029427) trailer that took the internet by storm the last few days and have absolutely no intention of checking it out. Neither have I seen the [Suicide Squad](tag:2283363) trailer, which I'm also very excited for and I'm definitely passing on the [Spectre](tag:660009) trailer that came out a couple of hours ago. I will now attempt to illustrate why I'm putting myself through this.
Imagine yourself in the following scenario: You're watching Furious Seven *spoilers follow* in the cinema. The film is halfway through and you're having a great time. The plot is now at the point where the team needs to escape the party they'd busted to steal some data they require (which was concealed in an exquisite vehicle). All their exits are blocked, the tension is building..."How could they possibly get out of this?", you find yourself asking. The bad guys are right on their tail...has Dom's crew finally run out of luck? Dom and Brian get in the car...they're driving around...wait a minute...are they really going to do what you think they're going to do?...is this really going to happen? "Cars don't fly Dom", says Brian...its happening - your suspicions were correct...you brace yourself...this is going to be completely crazy, even by Fast and Furious standards...Dom drives the car out the window of the skyscraper and no matter how improbable or silly it is, the scene is captured with such elegance that your jaw drops...you feel a rush as this sequence that took you by surprise is absolutely amazing.
Now, imagine yourself in the following scenario a month later: You're watching The Avengers: Age of Ultron *spoilers follow*. The Hulk is out of control. He's smashing everything in sight and civilian casualties are piling up. What's Tony going to do? Does he have a plan? He's flying towards Bruce but he doesn't stand much of a chance...does he? Just then he asks Jarvis to unleash Veronica...the name sounds familiar...and then you see it...you see the iconic Hulkbuster armour securing itself on to Tony Stark and you know what's going to follow...you're giddy with excitement...and then it happens...you cannot believe it...Tony Stark in his Hulkbuster armour taking on the Hulk, its a wonderfully choreographed sequence that has surprises at every turn and you don't blink for its whole duration.
Those scenarios sound nice, don't they? Problem is, they never happened. Instead - you, like me, in both cases were probably just waiting to see those great scenes...that you had already seen, that you knew were coming before the movie even started...it was just a matter of when and how.
I understand that studios need to make their trailers as appealing as possible, I understand that when a low budget comedy stuffs its best jokes into the trailer its because that's its best chance at finding an audience. However, I do not understand why movies such as Furious Seven and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which are guaranteed blockbusters, need to show off all their best parts. Furious Seven already showed us one of its big action set pieces with the cars jumping off the plane, did it really need to show us its second one too? Did anyone that was not going to watch Furious Seven already decide to watch it just based on that additional sequence shown in the second trailer? Did anyone that wasn't going to watch The Avengers: Age of Ultron already decide to watch it just because of that one particular scene, that could have worked so well as a surprise in the movie? Initially they just "teased" that big moment, but later on they literally had TV spots that gave away some of the best shots from the already relatively short sequence that was among the best in the film.
And that friends, is why I do not wish to watch a three and a half minute long trailer for a movie I'm pumped for. A friend told me there's a great scene where Superman rips the doors off the Batmobile. I'm more than happy to be patient and actually appreciate the moment and enjoy it alot more when I witness it for the first time during the actual film. I strongly believe that had I similarly passed on the trailers for the two blockbusters I've mentioned, I would have enjoyed them more than I did! Again, I understand that trailers need to build up hype and anticipation, and so its necessary to include some great moments from the movie that the makers are proud of and fans will be happy to see. I'd just like it if we weren't literally shown all the best sequences and there'd still be some surprises.
What do you think? Do you agree with me that trailers are showing off a little too much or do you enjoy going in knowing what to expect and waiting for those amazing scenes? Let me know in the poll and comments below!