There have been a lot of different opinions on the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer since it's debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, December 2nd of 2015. Some say that it's an epic collage of clips that builds the suspense even higher than it already was! Some would go as far to say that it's the worst trailer they've ever seen and that if the trailer is trash, the movie is trash... I say, "Enough!"
Yes, if you look through my profile, you will see a post that clearly identifies me as one of the many who dislike the trailer. I'm not ashamed to say it either!
I felt the trailer spoiled a majority of the film by revealing Lex's campy personality, Doomsday's role in the movie, and the fact that Batman and Superman settle their dispute and unite to stop the new threat. I was in my fair share of Internet battles... I was belittled, called names, and even proved to be over-exaggerating on some little things that I didn't like. But no matter how hard my opposing Internet fanboys/fangirls tried, they never proved me wrong...
In the end though, I never proved them wrong either!
I guess you can say that I'm officially a veteran of the "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer War." I was beaten, bruised, scarred, tortured, and sent home on medical discharge. It was then I realized something... I don't know why I'm fighting! All that I've been seeing, hearing, and saying was all just a matter of opinion! That's why I couldn't prove them wrong! That's why I couldn't be defeated! I wasn't fighting for fact! I was fighting for fiction! I wasn't fighting for good! I was fighting for evil! Not truth, justice, honor, or any of that! I was fighting for my ego! My vanity! My own selfish thought of a trailer for a movie that I have yet to see! I even went as far as making my own [poorly edited] trailer and posting it on YouTube! Seriously! Here it is!
Well, ladies ad gentlemen - I'm done! Not just with the controversy over this trailer, but with everything. I will be stating my opinion, but I will not be telling others what to think! I will not be trying to defend my thoughts! I will not throw myself on the line for nothing any longer!
But not without going out with a bang! Not without my grand finale! My piece of resistance! I'm going to tell you all, not just my opinion, but the opposing opinion. My goal is to show you all that humans are capable of being able to see both sides of the coin. To show you that we can understand and respect other people's opinions, and not fight about why we believe we're right!
I've seen articles fight for both sides of the argument, but I've never seen one that is able to relate to both. Here's the trailer, one more time...
So without further adieu, let's get started...
When the trailer dropped, people took to the Internet, expressing their new found love for the sequence of scenes that was laid out in front of their eyes. The trailer was described as "Epic," "Awesome," "Nailed It," and dozens of other positive terms and phrases. Some even more creative [unique/interesting] than others!
Then the black cloud hovered over the trailer and the fanboys/fangirls created World War III. The optimistic side of the battle claimed that the fanboys/fangirls were being dramatic! That their accusations were completely false, and that they should end their charade once and for all!
Spoilers - when the trailer teased Doomsday and the long-awaited team up between our Dark Knight and Man of Steel, people stormed into the comment section and made others know that they were not pleased. Our more general audience and the people who go day to day just waiting to catch glimpses of footage fired back. They exclaimed that fanboys/fangirls have known for what feels like centuries that Doomsday was going to make his cinematic debut at the end of the film. They reassured the fanboys/fangirls that they knew our pointy-eared crime fighter and favorite cape-wearing boy scout were going to team up to fight the monster as well! Not just alone either, but with the Amazing Amazon herself, Wonder Woman!
Spoilers (Continued) - The fanboys/fangirls were told that even the title of the movie AND its synopsis revealed it all months ago! The title itself is indeed called Batman v Superman, but is also accompanied with the controversial subtitle, Dawn of Justice. People could be led to assume that this movie would show our two favorite superhero besties kiss and make up at the end of the film to fight for a better cause. The synopsis just confirmed it:
Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Spoilers (Continued) - So to end off this section of the argument, fans shouldn't have expected any less from the trailer. All it did was confirm what the fans already knew and that the trailer was made to capture the attention of the general audience who doesn't know about what Doomsday is most known for and who already believed that the Caped Crusader and Metropolis Marvel would put aside their differences to take on the threats of the universe together.
Appearances - Spoilers weren't the only thing leaving fans fuming... The physical appearance of Doomsday and personalities of the controversial cast of characters Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Batman/Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), and Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) were also hit with the massive train of criticism as well.
Appearances (Continued) - Doomsday was labeled with looking like a vast majority of different creatures of the science fiction world...
Like the new versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Or Abomination from Marvel's The Incredible Hulk:
Or even the Cave Troll from The Lord of the Rings:
Appearances (Continued) - the loyal fans were told that they were being unreasonable, and that Doomsday is a creature that adapts to survive. Therefore, they shouldn't worry, being that our beloved monster would look like the Doomsday we all know and love... or hate... depends on how you look at it...
That being established, fanboys/fangirls were still causing a fuss over Lex Luthor's campy personality and luscious auburn locks.
Appearances (Continued) - Lex Luthor can be described as the "Greatest Criminal Mind of Our Time." So when fans see him acting like their playful Grandfather in a 32-year-old's body, they tend to get a little upset. The same goes for Henry Cavill's portrayal of Clark Kent, being confident and professional in his day to day life. Superman's alter ego is supposed to be clumsy and awkward to society... cause let's face it, think glasses and parting your hair in the opposite direction really doesn't conceal much...
Appearances (Continued) - Fans were quickly shut down by their opposing side by saying Lex Luthor is only acting so annoying because he is putting on a fake personality for the public and that Henry Cavill is acting so confident as Clark Kent because Batman and Superman may already know each other's identities. They also said that these may even be knew incarnations of these characters and that we should appreciate the artistic changes by Zach Synder and the rest of the team producing this film for us.
The fans went on to say that Ben Affleck was doing just as they predicted though... badly... When Ben Affleck was cast as Daredevil... I mean Batman... fans went absolutely insane. The actor was well-known for his anything but best performance as a Marvel hero over a decade ago, but was said to be handpicked for the role of DC's new Batman and that he did such a good job, he got a standing ovation at the early screening of the film for the head honchoes at Warner Bros. studios. When fans saw his performance in the trailer, they thought otherwise. This was put to sleep though by people insisting that fans were being too nitpicky and not giving him a chance! They were even being unfair, considering that Ben Affleck seemed to be doing a terrific job thus far!
Now that I've stated the prominent arguments on the 'Pro-Trailer' side, it's time to travel to depths of darkness...
As I've stated already, there's a vast majority of people who did not like the trailer for revealing spoilers and showing us what we believe are bad performances and unfaithful reincarnations of the characters that we grew up with... and I was one of them...
I shared all the same opinions with people about the trailer showing us too much of the movie and that the characters were not portrayed correctly. While I did not care about Doomsday's design, I did care that he was spoiled for us by showing him in the trailer. While I did not care what Lex Luthor looked like, I did care about his campy personality. All of this was just a factor of knowing how these characters work in the comic books and that I had faith that they would eventually look like the way we want. There was still the fact that Doomsday was revealed and that Lex acted in annoying manner.
One opinion of mine that puts me into the minority of people who share it was Batman's voice modulator. I grew up watching Batman: The Animated Series, so you can say that I'm a little spoiled when it comes to Batman's voice - considering Kevin Conroy is seen as the God of Batman voices to most people, including myself.
Anyway, being that I've already stated the major arguments above in the 'Pro-Trailer' part of the article, I think it's safe to say that I can portray the 'Ant-Trailer's' side of the argument in one section...
Fandom... A Lifestyle - Fanboys/fangirls can be seen one of two ways... they're either annoying, angry nerds with a fixation of nitpicking and complaining about everything not being as perfect as they wanted it to be... OR... they're humans, just like you, who all share the love for certain stories and characters that they all grew up with and have had in their lives as a treasure...
As a fanboy, I'd like to think of myself as one of those people who love something so much that they just want to see the best come out of it. Kind of like a parent wanting the best for their child! Except we are the outcome of something that was introduced to us at what is now looked at as a very important moment in our lives! I can see how I am looked at as the annoying nerd with the privilege to state his opinion on the Internet though.
You have to understand that us fans are sensitive... though it may not seem like we are, deep down we are just aching to see the things that we love done correctly! Superheroes like Batman and Superman are characters with dozens of supporting characters and storylines that have given fans entertainment in places where they couldn't find it before, hope that we never thought we could have, and/or a different kind of friend or family member that we always wanted. We just want to see the things that gave us so much get something good in return!
So when we say things like, "Doomsday looks like a Ninja Turtle", "They spoiled the whole movie for us," or "[Insert Actor's Name] is not portraying the character right at all," it's because we care! When you see people fighting over which superhero would beat the other, it's because that character gave us so much that we can't bear to see or hear about him/her being beaten. We are human... and we have thoughts and feelings...
In the end, everyone is entitled to their own opinion...
Whether you're a Batman fan, Superman fan, DC fan, Marvel fan, or not a fan at all, none of us are wrong... none of us are right either! We are all very different people with very different mindsets. Granted, some of us share the same opinion as other, we are not all going to think something is done the way the next person thinks it is.
I hope everyone enjoyed this article!
I hope that maybe we all even learned something about each other as well!
I'm going to put a poll at the end of this just to further demonstrate how opinions are made.
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Have a good day, everyone! And here's to respect and freedom!