Time for me to expressed some mixed emotions. For those of you who didn't know, a new Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer was released yesterday--honestly, about an hour ago--and it was...both good and bad. While it upped my excitement for the movie and gave me some glimpses as stuff I can't wait to see, it just...well, some of it upset me a little bit. Before I get into any of that, though, here's the trailer for those of you who haven't seen it yet:
So there's the trailer. Amazing, right?! Yeah, I thought so too. Nevertheless, there were a few nitpicks I have of it, and I'm sure you do too, so let's get to analyzing that bad boy. Let's start breaking it down, and we'll see what we can get from it.
The trailer started off strong. It has some classical music playing, centering in on some gala/art show hosted by Lex Luthor. The atmosphere was definitely different than the first trailers and teasers we've seen, and I kinda liked it. Bruce Wayne shows up, and things start getting intense.
"Who's that?" Clark asks, to which the photographer standing next to him replies:
"You must be new." I'd have to agree. Is Clark playing stupid, or does he legitimately not know who Bruce Wayne is? "That is Bruce Wayne."
Interesting. And yeah, I'm really digging that classical music. It feels like a spy movie, which kind of reminds us of the fact that both men--Clark and Bruce--are both undercover in a manner of speaking.
"Mr. Wayne! Clark Kent, Daily Planet. What's your position on the bat vigilante in Gotham?" Honestly, this is exactly how I wanted the first conversation to go. Clark interviewing Bruce about the Batman. At this point, I was getting pretty pumped. Bruce flashes a knowing smile, and we get some cuts of the result of Batman's vigilante-ism through the streets of Gotham -- footage we've seen before in previous trailers. The Warner Bros. and DC Comics logos flash by. "Civil liberties are being trampled on in your city. People living in fear. He thinks he's above the law." This is actually funny and ironic, but Clark himself doesn't see the irony: Clark hopes to serve as a sense of hope to the people, but, as we will see, Bruce seems to think that it is Superman who is the real vigilante, and a too powerful one at that.
He replies: "The Daily Planet criticizing those who think they're above the law is...well, hypocritical. Watch yourself, considering every time your hero rescues a cat out of a tree--" we get a cut of Superman saving that Roman missile thingy from the previous trailers, "--you write a puff-piece editorial...about an alien. He had to burn the whole place down."
Clark seems fazed by the accusation, and he gets a bit defensive, which is exactly what you'd expect: "Most of the world doesn't share your opinion, Mr. Wayne."
"Maybe it's Gotham City and me," Bruce replies. "We have a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns." Yeah, you know what's coming. Batman himself seems to have a particularly bad history with this clown, his sidekick having been beaten to death by it!
The tension is definitely climaxing, and it feels like an intense James Bond movie where the protagonist and antagonist are talking in a public place and unable to do anything, but they know they are at odds.
Enter Lex Luthor, and this is where it gets controversial. I know a lot of people are going to hate on Jesse Eisenberg for his over-the-top portrayal of the character and how the character is nothing like the comics, but I, for one, love it. Isn't that what this show is all about, after all? Putting on one face in public while bearing another in the shadows? Clark is journalist/super-powered alien. Bruce is playboy/bat vigilante. Lex is putting on a front, mirroring Bruce and Clark by giving the exact opposite of his true self. His true self is dark and menacing and knowledgeable well beyond his years that is ever hungry for more power, so he acts like a light-hearted, immature, young kid who has a lot of money and oodles of power.
"Mmm. Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent. I love it! I love bringing people together. How are we? Hi, hello. Lex--it is a pleasure--OW!" Lex compliments Clark on his magnificent grip strength. He turns to Bruce: "You should not pick a fight with that guy." He looks back and forth from Bruce to Clark as if seeking approval, reflecting a sense of learned charisma. To me, this Lex knows how to do one of two things: 1) force himself to be liked or 2) force himself to be dealt with whether or not the other party actually likes him.
It really is great. I mean, I don't think he'll be able to top Michael Rosenbaum from Smallville, but...well, that'd be hard, now, wouldn't it?
Zack Snyder's name pops on screen, then we get a quick glimpse from the scene we saw in that fifty second dream sequence preview.
Lex talks again, speaking to the senator: "You know the oldest lie in America, senator? It's that power can be innocent." They show Superman with quick-cutting shots, obviously trying to reflect Batman's view of him.
"You're going to go to war," Alfred tells Bruce from the Batcave.
"That son of a b***** brought the war to us," Bruce replies, obviously not happy. We see footage from the fight with Zod in Man of Steel.
"You know you can't win this," Alfred tells him. We see quick cuts from the fight. "It's suicide."
Lex, on the other hand, has a different opinion of the fight. To him, it's "The greatest gladiator match of the world: Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham!" He doesn't care about the wreckage they leave -- he just wants them both gone, most likely.
Lois Lane is shown, face-to-face with Luthor: "Your psychotic," she tells him.
He's smug. "That's a three syllable thought too big for little minds." He touches her forehead in this weird motion that reminds me a bit of Johnny Depp for some reason. Yeah, it's weird, but I think that's what they're trying to turn him into.
We hear Batman's robot voice: "It's time you learned what it means to be a man..."
*I just want to make a note that at this point, I'm loving the trailer. It's perfect for promoting the movie, from my point of view, and I just dig it. Soon, though, is where it began to go downhill for me.*
"Stay down!" Superman yells. "If I wanted it--" Batman's life, we're assuming, "--you'd be dead already!" In all honesty, I would have ended the trailer right there, and that would have been perfect. A perfect trailer to get me excited for the movie. Boom. Finished. Nada. Superman saying that is perfectly fitting, and accurately reflects the manner in which he fought Batman in The Dark Knight Returns. He's holding back, not trying to kill.
But the thing is, they don't end the trailer there.
"If man won't kill god, the devil will do it!" Luthor yells, and we see him in a lab, experimenting on Zod with Superman standing behind watching.
"WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?" Superman asks. At this point, we all knew what was coming, and I will have to admit it was my greatest fear for this movie...
Yep, it mother-fudging Doomsday, boys and gals. DOOMSDAY. While this is amazing, it is time for my mini-rant:
Now, I wanna point out that I love me some Doomsday. The Death of Superman is the comic that got me hooked on comic books and superheroes -- I love it! Doomsday is, to me, one of the best foils, simply because he is...well, he's just a big bad that can kill Superman! (If you consider that a spoiler, I'm sorry, but you're decades behind). The thing is...to me, Doomsday isn't just a villain you throw in at the end of a movie. Unless this is a three-and-a-half hour movie, you can't have Doomsday. Doomsday, to me, is a character worth saving for a Justice League movie, or perhaps even a two-part Justice League movie. We need to see his destruction. We need to see his power. If the fight with Doomsday is anything shorter than the fight with Zod (which, many people complained, was far too long), then I won't be happy. I hate to say it, but think about it! Doomsday is a billion times what Zod was; Doomsday is a killing machine, and he killed like half of the Justice League before he finally got to good ole Supers in Death of Superman. So you're telling me that Batman and Superman have to have an entire fight against each other, they have to have time to make up, they have to have to create Doomsday at some point in the plot, and then they have to fight him? If this movie doesn't end in a cliff hanger that sets up Doomsday as the big bad for Justice League, I will be kind of disappointed.
I will say this though, a little break from my ranting: Doomsday looks alright to me! Definitely better than Smallville, and fairly true to his comic book appearance. The entrance he makes in the trailer looks slightly faulty in the CGI department, but I'm sure it'll look better in the theatre in three months.
Okay, finally rant about Doomsday:
Why would we show him? Yes, it was speculated that Doomsday would be in the film, but why ruin the surprise? I mean, I don't really care for spoilers--heck, I read spoiler-filled reviews before seeing movies sometimes--but to me, it's something you just don't do. That's like putting "No, I am your father" into the Empire Strikes Back trailer--you don't do it because you have to save some of it for the movie. Up until now, we didn't know how long the Batman vs. Superman fight would last, because we didn't know how big the big bad would be that they'd have to team up and face off against in the end. Now, though? Now we know that the fight has to be short enough to give them time to face off against Doomsday. And plus, can you imagine the thrill of people seeing Doomsday for the first time on screen? They'd be less likely to criticize the appearance of the plot point. By revealing it now, prior to the films release, it gives people like me time to fume about his involvement in the film or how he looks. Had he showed up in the film and not in the trailer, you wouldn't have heard a complaint from me, because I'd be satisfied. Now, though, I am not. It kind of bums me out. (If you want to see how I would have handled Doomsday--and the entire DCCU, for that matter--go check out my article: What I would have done with the DC Cinematic Universe). Anyways, back to the trailer:
I forgot to mention earlier, but Doomsday also has heat vision, so that's kinda different too. He seems to be Zod after lab experiments or something. Wonder Woman epic-ly blocks the heat vision with her shield, and we see the great Trinity together for the first time on screen, which is pretty great (yet another thing I would have left out of the trailer, merely as a gift to fans who go to the theatre to watch it; the thrill of seeing them together is now gone because the first time I saw them together was on a small laptop-screen on YouTube instead of a huge screen at the theater).
"Is she with you?" Superman asks.
"I thought she was with you," Batman replies:
- The new bat-voice! I like it! Correct me if I'm wrong, but this is the first time we've heard it.
- Well, there goes all the tension. The movie is called Batman v. Superman, yet in the trailer we already see them teaming up and casually talking to each other. That kind of bothers me as well, but maybe that's just the aesthetically-pleased engineer in me begging for efficient promotion tactics.
Finally, we get one more intense scene, with the camera slowly zooming in...
And then the title appears, followed by the release date.
Okay, so as I said, I've got mixed emotions. The first half of the trailer I absolutely loved, and while the second half was definitely eye-candy that got the fanboy in me screaming with delight, the moments after I saw it had me realizing that I was kind of disappointed with the advertising department for throwing so much information into the movie. I'd expected both Doomsday and the Trinity-team up in this movie, but one of my favorite aspects is that they hadn't shown those yet...now here I was, waiting anxiously for March, and I feel I've already seen it.
Does that change anything? Not really. I'll still go to the midnight premiere. I'll still see it probably five times before it leaves the theater. I'll probably still by the three-disc combo pack and watch all the Special Features. I'll probably still think it was one of the best movies ever. I'm just a bit disappointed in the trailer, that's all.
Well, those are my opinions, and I'd love to hear yours! Leave some comments below about what you thought about the trailer, and go check out some of my other articles to see how I would have handled the DCCU and let me know what you think about those! Thanks for reading, and have a great day!