After the amazing teaser that was released a few days prior, the second trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally out. And after watching the trailer a few times, here are my thoughts.
Batman and Superman ideological conflict- In the beginning of the trailer, we see Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne meet, presumably at Lex Luthor's party. With some of the dialogue here, we were able to see hints of the ideological conflict that separates Batman and Superman. The tension here is really palpable, and some of Bruce Wayne's lines here are just great, especially the "freaks dressed like clowns" line (not only the greatest burn of all time, but also an interesting reference to the Joker). This area of the trailer was really the highlight for me.
Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne and Batman- When I first heard that Ben Affleck was being cast as Batman, I was skeptical. After, seeing the first teaser and the Comic-Con trailer, I was starting to warm up to it. After seeing this trailer, however, I am confident that Ben Affleck has embodied the persona of not only Batman, but also Bruce Wayne. It looks like he has made it his own, and I can't wait to see his performance in theaters.
Action scenes between Batman and Superman- In this trailer, we get to see more shots of the fights between Batman and Superman. These action scenes look promising, and here, it seems more like Zack Snyder stuck to a more conventional superhero comic-book style, similar to that of Watchmen, rather than the handheld, almost indie style he used for Man of Steel. Really great stuff for fanboys to get excited about!
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor- His first appearance in the trailer is when he interferes between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne's conversation, and Jesse Eisenberg comes off as awkward and just plain annoying. When I first heard the casting choice, I was absolutely baffled because Jesse Eisenberg, I felt and still feel, is the antithesis of what Lex Luthor is supposed to be, and this trailer helps in reinforcing that notion. Yeah, I'm just not buying it.
Doomsday- One of the biggest reveals of the trailer was that Lex Luthor, using Zod DNA, created Doomsday to defeat Batman and Superman, and when I saw Doomsday, my initial reaction was literally "Wtf is that?" He looks like a mix of The Lizard from Amazing Spiderman and a Ninja Turtle. It isn't necessarily the reveal of Doomsday that was bad but rather the way he looks. Both the character model and his CGI look absolutely atrocious. This is easily the worst part of the trailer.
Wonder Woman Reveal- I honestly feel like this is a nitpick more than anything else, but I felt that including the Wonder Woman reveal in the trailer was a bad decision. Imagine if this wasn't included and we got to see it in the theaters. The fanfare and reaction in the theater would have been amazing, but now, that whole moment is ruined.
Humor- At times, I felt that this trailer was trying too hard to be a Marvel trailer. The attempts at comedy come off as cringeworthy and artificial, and I hope this isn't the case for the rest of the movie. As a tangent, I think that DC needs to be more concerned with creating a unique identity for the DCCU, rather than copying or adhering to established MCU conventions.
The trailer, to say the least, was a mixed bag and a bit of a disappointment. My excitement for the movie has gone down a little bit after seeing this trailer, which isn't what a trailer is supposed to do. Ben Affleck as Batman and the tension between him and Superman hold this trailer up, however, only to mediocrity. Let's hope the actual movie exceeds my expectations at this point.
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5