Not too long after we were surprised with a new Batman v. Superman teaser trailer, Warner Bros. followed up with a full-length trailer that debuted on the Jimmy Kimmel show. The trailer is packed full of new footage, new dialogue, and brand new characters to look at. But as nice as that may sound, this trailer poses some major problems that I just can't look past.
Too Much Single-Scene Footage!
There are two movie trailers that have come out recently that I really enjoyed: The Force Awakens trailer and the Civil War trailer. Both trailers teased us with quick shots of interesting scenes that captivated my attention enough to make me want to see the film.
With this latest Batman v. Superman trailer, they simply gave us too much. At the beginning of the trailer, we get a conversation between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne about the "bat vigilante" that has been all over the new in Gotham. Sure, the scene provides further exposition about the hostility between Batman and Superman, but it carries on too far. It's almost like we're just watching a clip from the movie instead of the trailer.
We Still Don't Know Why Wonder Woman Is Here!
I've stated in different articles that I do not like that the movie is so crowded. This movie is a direct sequel to Man of Steel, and it introduces Batman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Doomsday, and cameos from Aquaman, the Flash, and Cyborg. It seems like the movie might end up being a bit crowded.
While cameos don't really need much of an explanation, I've been waiting to find out what Wonder Woman is doing in the film. I would expect a cameo from her as well, or even just a short scene to introduce her character, but from the trailers it looks like she will be fighting in the climactic battle of the movie. But why?
As Batman and Superman address in the whole "I thought she was with you" gag, she isn't really involved with either of them. The movie is supposed to be about the big battle between two incredibly popular superheroes, and Wonder Woman still slips in with still no explanation. We've gotten quite a bit of exposition from the BvS trailers so far, but all I need to know is why is she here?
It Already Spoiled Major Movie Moments!
A long-speculated fan theory has been that Lex Luthor will use General Zod's body from Man of Steel to create Doomsday, one of Superman's greatest foes that he's ever fought. There was plenty of evidence for and against the theory, so it made for interesting debate among comic book fans.
However, with this latest trailer confirming the theory by showing Doomsday himself, that takes away from the actual surprise of the movie. One of the biggest reasons I love The Force Awakens trailers is that you can tell that the movie has a lot if twists and turns that the trailers only tease us with. The new BvS trailer just outright gave away a major plot point that we didn't need to know, especially four months before the movie even comes out.
The same could be said about the scene where Superman rips the mask off of Batman's face, revealing Bruce Wayne underneath. One of the exciting factors about the Batman/Superman battle is that they both have identities to hide behind.In this new trailer alone, we get plenty of back-and-forth dialogue between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent that wouldn't have been possible if they knew each other's secret identities.
By including the unmasking scene (the very scene we got a longer look at in the earlier teaser), the trailer is already showing us that Superman learns Batman's identity, and it shows us exactly what scene it will be in. That significantly lessens my excitement for the movie now.
Don't get me wrong, I am still going to go see Batman v. Superman as soon as it comes out. There are even some really good moments in the trailer. For example, I really enjoyed Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal as Lex Luthor. While many people disagree with me, his quotes were one of the highlights of the trailer, especially with his quip about psychotic being "a three-syllable word for any thought too big for little minds". I'm genuinely looking forward to seeing more of him when the film comes out.