The following article contains spoilers for Man of Steel. Now, I know that this is a film that has been out for about two years, but I also know that there are a lot of movies out there, and it is impossible to see everything. So, if you still wish to see Man of Steel and do not want it spoiled, then I suggest that you go watch it, and revisit this article afterwards. Enjoy!
It is no secret that Man of Steel met mixed reactions from critics and fans alike - receiving a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. The conclusion left a sour taste in the mouths of many viewers for a variety of different reasons: Some felt that the killing of Zod was against the code of Superman, while others grew bored by the drawn out destruction of the film's final act. Whatever the reason, it seems that most movie goers were put off by the last act of the film, and from what we know of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice from the two trailers that have been released, I would say that it is very possible that the upcoming film could potentially elevate its predecessor.
The Batman vs Superman trailer has been overwhelmingly well received by the masses and has even turned this Man of Steel adversary around on the potential future of the DC cinematic universe. Within the first thirty seconds, the trailer addresses many criticisms from the Man of Steel film, or at least sets up the conflict between the two heroes.
Director of both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel, Zack Snyder, described the geographical relationship of Metropolis and Gotham as sister cities - much like San Francisco and Oakland respectively. He also states that many citizens of Gotham commute to Metropolis for work. This is evident in the trailer when it is revealed that Wayne Enterprises was one of the buildings among the wreckage as a result of the battle from the first film.
One thing I really enjoy about this trailer, is that it reveals a lot of Easter eggs without giving the whole plot away. At three-and-a-half minutes long, with over a hundred shots, this trailer has a lot of content, but does a masterful job of revealing just enough plot to get audiences excited and yet, still left to theorize hypotheses to unanswered questions.
After the first teaser trailer, I fielded questions from non-comic book fans asking why Batman and Superman would ever fight. Now, after the newest trailer, it seems as though we have our answer. It appears that Bruce was just as furious about the destruction of Metropolis as many fans out there. That in conjunction with the comments from Snyder at comic-con, I believe it is safe to say that the heart of the conflict has been exposed.
Snyder's master plan has been revealed, and has been cooking since the events of Man of Steel. If nothing else, it could prove to be a brilliant layout for the plot of [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), and that may be enough to turn some skeptical fans around - that is, if the film is as good as the trailer promises it to be. I suppose we shall find out when the film is finally released on March 25, 2016.
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