If you are one of the 51.4 million YouTube views for the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, or perhaps saw the preview in theaters, then, according to one of the film's stars, Henry Cavill, you have already seen the opening scene of the movie. In the current issue of Total Film Magazine, an interview with Cavill reveals that the scene in the most recent trailer that connects Bruce Wayne's opposition to Superman with the destruction of Metropolis, also opens the film.
Cavill went on to state:
What happens there is one of Bruce’s buildings gets destroyed and he’s trying to save all the people inside the building and he can’t. So he is this angry person who fears what Superman may do. Why are they just going to trust this super-powered alien? What if he does decide to turn against us?
There are enough context clues to gather this from the trailer itself, but receiving confirmation from one of the films top-billed actors eliminates any other possibilities. Right off the bat, Batman v Superman ingeniously addresses criticism Man of Steel received, and sets up a believable conflict between these two well-known protagonists.
Cavill's co-star, Ben Affleck, also sounded off about the film's central conflict:
He’s found himself in a place of harboring a tremendous amount of rage for Superman. So it’s how he got there, and what that’s done to him, and what that’s done to people around him like Alfred, who are, I think, very scared and worried for him. It’s something that’s interesting and new.
Again, this statement verifies conclusions that many have merely speculated at before. Personally, I am excited to see a film in the genre that actually addresses the consequences of the previous entry. It is a different flavor than what fans have become accustomed to with superhero movies. Along with the theme of Gotham's socioeconomic struggles juxtaposed with a flourishing Metropolis, it appears that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be handling more sophisticated content than its rival, Marvel Studios.
To read these interviews and more in full detail, make sure to stop by your local bookstore and pick up this month's issue of Total Film Magazine.