Today is a Batman vs. Superman extravaganza and no one is surprised.
The second full length trailer for the upcoming movie dropped last night and was full of surprises (and not-so-surprises). Let’s take a look:
This trailer paints a broader picture of the movie, compared to the Comic-Con trailer released earlier this year which zeroed in pretty intensely on the “versus” part of the title. So, if nothing else, that’s a comfort to anyone who’s like me and is feeling pretty burned out on the “hero vs. hero; are good guys really good?” narrative that seems to be happening so often these days.
Now, I’ve never been a fan of the current bracket of DCCU films, so I won’t pretend to have any sort of built in excitement for BvS and I’ll admit outright that the Comic-Con trailer really did nothing but make me even more anxious about the film than I already was. That being said, this new trailer… Well, saying it made me feel better is a little too strong but it didn’t make me feel any worse, so I guess that’s a good thing.
The biggest reveal this time around was (spoiler alert) the grand unveiling of the film’s literal big bad: Doomsday. If the trailer’s editing is to be believed cinematic Doomsday is created by Jesse Eisenberg’s Luthor Jr. out of the corpse of Zod in an effort to “kill god” (aka Superman). We get a handful of decent shots of Doomsday in action looking… kind of like a malformed ninja turtle, I’m not going to lie. I’m not impressed with his design at all. But then again, I’ve never been a big fan of Doomsday’s design in the comics so I don’t have much of an investment in it. It’s also worth noting that the CGI in the trailer looks pretty unfinished so I won’t try to lay into him too intensely just yet.
The other show stopping moment of the trailer was an eleventh hour save by none other than Wonder Woman who storms in just in time to intercept a blast from Doomsday and confuse both of the boys. She looks amazing, but we’ve known that since her first teaser appearance, and she has yet to be shown speaking or outside of action sequences just yet, so it’s difficult to really make any more of a call on her live action portrayal just yet.
I will say though, seeing the live action Trinity together in battle is a pretty cool thing.
Some other little take-aways from the trailer for the category of pure conjecture and wild speculation:
The Joker gets a not-so-subtle nod when Bruce talks about Gotham having a “bad history with freaks dressed like clowns.” The cut away to the vandalized Robin suit at that moment seems like pretty heavy nod to “A Death in the Family,” the famous arc where Joker murders Jason Todd. Given the DCCU’s past reluctance to deal with the Robins in any way, and BvS‘s obvious inclusion of the costume and the “leaked” set photos of a possible grave marked ‘Richard John Grayson’ (the full name of the first Robin), this is an anxiety cocktail with my name written all over it. Is it possible the cinematic incarnation of “A Death in the Family” is going to swap Dick out for Jason? Maybe. Does that thought terrify me? You bet.
On the other hand it’s possible that this could be setting up “A Death in the Family” to remain about Jason and give some credence to the rumors that the first solo Ben Affleck Bat-film will feature the Red Hood as the villain. Who knows.
Also it’s pretty tricky to remove the association with death that Doomsday holds for Superman. The villain is iconic for killing the Man of Steel in the same way that Bane is iconic for breaking Batman’s back. What will this mean for the future of Clark in the cinematic universe? Who can say. I guess we’ll just have to wait until 2016.
Or, if the promotional material continues this trend of getting progressively more revealing, until like three or four more clips and spots get released.
Rather than do a proper ICYMI section, I’d much rather hear what any of you took away from the trailer: Were you excited about Dawn of Justice to begin with and did this trailer make you feel better or worse? What were your major take-aways? Was revealing Doomsday too much of a spoiler for the movie as a whole? Let me know in the comments below.