ByPeter Flynn, writer at
An advocate for understanding the phenomenological wonder of the moving image. Also Tremors is the best.
Peter Flynn

You gotta hand it to DC, they're not worried about looking too confident. For years, the movie devision of DC has been laughed at in relation to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, pestered almost like a dorky kid in the playground. Well, in 2015, DC brought a knife to school, and it comes in the form of [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870)! This movie is an effort to role a new Batman, a Superman sequel, and the beginnings of the Justice League all into one, and from the general reception to this trailer, it's working!

Despite it feeling slightly weird that Clark Kent doesn't say a single word in this trailer, there's a sense that DC and Warner Bros are throwing caution to the wind with this movie, cramming the film full of everything fans want, and plugging their ears to the sounds of those claiming it's all too much too fast. With this much hype, Batman vs Superman looks set to be a crowdpleaser. There's just one issue with the story.

Everyone knows how this will end...

You can depict Batman and Superman scowling at one another till the end of time, but not for a second can you convince me that they will actually duke it out to annihilation. It's a kind of unspoken truth that this movie will end with them putting their differences aside. That's almost the appeal itself. Seeing Batman and Superman fight is a novelty that will last for a few minutes, but it's their ultimate unity that will please the audience. If we all know what to expect going into this movie, what's the main conflict?

Now what?
Now what?

"A New Threat"

It's common knowledge now from the synopsis of the movie that "a new threat" is said to make Batman and Superman put their differences aside. I'm surprised how few people have been pining to find out what this threat is, for the main appeal of the movie seems to be seeing the two heroes get into fisticuffs in the first place. Many fans of course would ideally like this new villain to be Jared Leto's Joker, who has almost the entirety of the marketing for the upcoming Suicide Squad riding on his back. A risk emerges with Batman vs Superman, of the prospect of Jared Leto's Joker outshining the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, despite not being in the film.

"Joke's on you!"

I think there's some drama between these two.
I think there's some drama between these two.

There was never any chance of Jared Leto's Joker appearing in Batman vs Superman, given that production on the movie started long before he was even slightly involved in the Suicide Squad project. That hasn't stopped Batman v Superman playing up his presence in this universe. That's a very pointed shot on what I'm guessing is Jason Todd's Robin costume. That said, the hand writing seems a little too good for the level of crazy Leto has been exhibiting on set. That's a very well placed apostrophe! Batman and the Joker clearly have history in this timeline, as is also shown by Leto's fake teeth exhibited in the suicide squad trailer.

Batman v Superman will probably do just fine, but you've got to wonder whether an audience waiting so eagerly for the new Joker might be just a little let down by this missing element in the movie. For more on Batman v Superman, check right here! What's your take on this? Share your thoughts with a post here on MoviePilot, by voting in our poll, or by leaving a comment below!


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