How About That Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Trailer?
If you’re like me you must have had a pretty great weekend watching the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser, the Star Wars: Battlefront trailer and then the Batman V Superman trailer, which I’m actually surprised I typed out “Dawn of Justice” in the heading for, since I find that extension unnecessarily long-winded. Nevertheless despite my huge love for Star Wars, which goes back to my childhood, my love for Batman runs deeper (no homo) and I’ve probably watched the Batman V Superman trailer more than a dozen times already. Don’t judge me, heretic. We’ll all be talking about Avengers: Age of Ultron in a week’s time, so let me have my moment.
I found the teaser to be pretty perfect for, well, a teaser. We got half of it devoted to Superman and the world’s state of chaos and paranoia surrounding his existence after the events of Man of Steel, and we got the latter half of it to the Batman, also known as the Batfleck currently. It showed just enough without giving away too much, and finally gave us some awesome shots of Batman, the armoured Batsuit (read The Dark Knight Returns) and lots of badassery. There’s plenty to talk about in the teaser, as it’s filled with possible easter eggs and discussion points, and there are lots of thoughts floating around my head, so I’m going to take a freestyle approach to this. Why? Because firstly I can, and secondly I’m like a bit of an energiser bunny right now, so coherency is not at the top of my list.
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Without further delay here are all my thoughts concerning the trailer in convenient bullet-point format:
- That’s one great shot of the Superman statue at the start. There are a ton of voices, but the most recognisable one is easily good old lovable Neil deGrasse Tyson. Who could ever forget how he says “universe”? Tell me you heard him, right?
- Clearly there are people who have elevated Superman to God-status, which I think is damn awesome given that Superman is kinda like Jesus. Alright, calm your tits and minds, I say it in jest. But the controversy surrounding him is certainly how people would act, rather than welcome him with open arms. That said, note how the Man of Steel doesn’t appear to be all that comfortable with the worship he’s getting, and it seems like a struggle he’ll face (before the Bat).
- There are soldiers with Superman symbols on their shoulders, and the shot could potentially be a bit misleading as it shows Superman looking all ominous and villain-like. While some speculate that Superman has let the power and worship go to his head, my contention is more than he is unsure of this militant group and doesn’t want them acting in his name. Speech time, perhaps? I don’t quite think he’s in charge of that army, and much like the copycat bats in The Dark Knight movie, I imagine they’re acting of their own accord and Supes doesn’t like it.
- Lex Luthor has a pretty sweet line in the trailer, and I imagine that tells us he’s going to turn people against Superman in the movie, which is great. “The Devils don’t come from hell beneath us, they come from the sky.” Quite villainous, no? He clearly will reach people, especially when you start hearing the chants of “Go home” followed by the revelation that someone painted “False God” on the Superman statue, which honestly had me in goosebumps. It reminded me of BioShock: Infinite and its “False Shepherd” theme, so it struck me that much better.
- There’s a possible Easter egg in the early parts of this trailer, where the Man of Steel seems to be holding a giant rocket above his head. It was discussed on Batman-News, and it appears that the rocket’s “003” number is a reference to “300” the movie, which was director Zack Synder’s first blockbuster hit and what paved the way for him to Watchmen, Man of Steel and of course Batman V Superman.
- Introduce Batfleck! The trailer’s tone shifts as we finally see Bruce Wayne, complete with a fitting broody scowl and a voice over from Alfred who says a really great line. I can’t quite tell whether he’s talking about Batman himself, or warning him of someone else like Superman, or even just confiding in someone close to Bruce about what turned him cruel, much like he was in The Dark Knight Returns. This leads me to a possible Robin Death reference, because there appears to be a Robin Suit (or some kind of suit) behind Ben Affleck in the teaser.
- That’s a sick shot of the Batsuit right there, and what a perfect specimen it is.
- An extremely interesting easter egg shot is of Batman in that broken down place. People have debated as to where it is, with some saying it’s the place Superman killed Zod. I’m not quite sure, but that is definitely a Riddler question mark on the middle pillar on the left! There’s also the names “Joe + Kayla”, which I don’t know if it’s random or if it’s just a fun play on words given that Joker took the name of “Joe Kerr” in the New 52 at one point. There’s also what appears to be the word “Enos” under Joe and Kayla, which would be a reference to still photographer Clay Enos, who worked on Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. At least that’s what they say.
- The next shot of the plane has got to be the most eyebrow-raising for me of the whole teaser. Is that the Batwing? If it is, what the hell is it doing blowing someone clean up? No amount of “rubber bullet” excuses can lead to a “non-lethal” freaking explosion! That man between the vehicles is clearly dead. Or is it an attack drone of some kind? Seems a bit small and jet-like to be the Batwing, but some have speculated that the Batmobile transforms. This still weirds me out though.
- Batmobile! Explosions! Excitement!
- Holy mother of Batmonster! Ben Affleck is huge in that Batsuit, and we finally have a movie-Batman that looks damn scary or at the very least physically imposing! While Christian Bale was a pretty buff guy and I love the actor, his Batsuit was built for functionality and movement, and aside from Batman Begins never quite looked physically threatening. This fantastic shot of Batman really paints him as gigantic.
- Yes, that is indeed Batman with a sniper rifle with his majestic cape flapping in the wind. If you’ve ever read The Dark Knight Returns it’s used as a strong grappling hook.
- And there’s the armoured Batsuit in all its glory! It’s been adapted beautifully from the comic, and whatever your concerns about the movie you at least have to concede that Zack Synder is a master at giving you a visual treat.
- “Tell me, do you bleed? You will!” Hell of a way to introduce yourself, Bats. While the voice sounds great and quite menacing, some people have a problem with it sounding modulated and electronic. I imagine that this is just in the armoured suit, because in the beginning of the teaser when Neil deGrasse Tyson says “we’re talking about a being…” you can clearly hear someone who sounds very much like he has the Bat-voice saying “alien” to overlap “being”. That sounds like Batman’s regular voice, and it’s good if it is!
- I love how Batman just stands perfectly still as Superman crash lands to the ground in front of him. Fearless, and composed as always. Also symbolism level over 9000 if you imagine Batman as bringing Superman down from the sky, to earth.
- I still have no earthly idea how the movie is going to cram Batman, Superman, their conflict, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman and Aqua Man and a team up in one single movie. It has me biting my nails still, as I expressed in a previous opinion piece. We’ll have to wait for a full length trailer and more on this, but I’m cautiously optimistic for now.
- I’ve heard people complain that the movie looks overly dark and humourless, but I strongly oppose this viewpoint. Firstly even Marvel trailers often don’t depict a movie wholly accurately, especially in its tone. Anyone remember Iron Man 3’s extremely misleading trailers? But more importantly than that little point is that DC should not emulate Marvel. Marvel does what it does, and does it excellently. They have a style, and it’s theirs. DC should go with their own. It’s awesome for me to have Marvel on one side, and DC on the other. I can love and appreciate both separately. I love that DC seems to be more dark and gritty and aimed at more mature audiences. While some would argue that Batman V Superman doesn’t look like its for kids at all, denting the audience that Marvel boasts, I’m much happier seeing a “mature” approach to Batman that I got in The Dark Knight Returns. Why can’t we enjoy, appreciate and love both approaches to our beloved superheroes from Marvel and DC?
What did you think of the teaser? Anything to say about my discussion points? Let me know in the comments below!