Now that was a trailer!
Unlike previous teases and promos, the latest release of three minutes of footage from “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” didn’t hold anything back. We got to see a lot of big firsts in still-developing DC movie-verse, as well as a ridiculously huge introduction to a ridiculously large villain, and even more Wonder Woman! And on top of all that, this trailer somehow managed to pack in something that has been sorely missing from many recent DC movies — humor.
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With a few comedic flourishes (Lex Luthor’s manic, menacing and off-kilter presence) and quotable back and forths (“Is she with you?”), this “BvS” trailer defied expectations by redefining the film’s perceived tone. Did anyone see that coming? There’s a lot of “Wow!” in this trailer (even without a sign of Aquaman, Cyborg or the rest of the future Justice League), and CBR is here to break out the biggest bits.
Bruce, Meet Clark; Clark, Meet Bruce
The trailer starts off a low-key yet undeniably many mega-moment: the first meeting between Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent and Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. Of course because of the “V” in the title, these first impression are barely civil, as both men slyly get in digs at the other’s super persona. And then there’s Lex Luthor, played with a boyishly frantic energy by Jesse Eisenberg, chirping that he “loves bringing people together.” And then we have our second big deal first meeting — Lex Luthor and Superman. With the injection of Luthor’s chaotic energy, the tense-yet-comedic dynamic between these three is unlike anything we’ve seen in recent DC movies.
Lex Luthor is In His Element
Speaking of Luthor, the charismatic, glad-handing exterior of Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor just barely hides his psychotic core (“That’s a three-syllable word for any thought too big for little minds,” he tells Amy Adams’ Lois Lane). He’s probably the type of businessman you’d like to punch in the smiling face, if you didn’t need his connections or fear his reprisal.
Reasons For War
“That son of a bitch brought the war to us,” snarls Batman when Alfred questions his actions. Bruce Wayne needs a mighty big reason to go up against an all-powerful alien, and this trailer explains his well. We once again see that Bruce was in Metropolis during the final battle in “Man of Steel,” where he witnessed up close the rampant destruction and loss of life. Now, that footage is viewed in context with Bruce’s first scene with Clark Kent, wherein he labels Superman an alien vigilante with enough power to “burn the whole place down.” Batman has a very big problem with that much power going unchecked. The question is, can his opinion be changed?
Wait, What Are Those Winged Things?
At about the 2:07 mark, winged humanoids flutter across the screen as Batman fights off a pair of soldiers. The mind of most any DC Comics fan will likely race to Parademons or the organized crime syndicate Intergang, either of which suggests the influence of Apokolips. Of course they could merely be the minions of Lex Luthor, but is he receiving some otherworldly assistance?
Enter the Batcave
The Batcave has always been hi-tech — it is home to the Bat-computer, after all! — but it’s never been what you would call sleek or modern in the way the “BvS” Batcave is. At a glance, you might think Bruce Wayne is wandering through the halls of a WayneTech building at night, but the cascading waterfall and Batsuit reveal that this is indeed his secret lair.
The trailer packed in one reveal fans have been waiting a long time for when Doomsday bounds menacingly onscreen. There’s been a lot of speculation that Lex Luthor would use General Zod’s corpse to create the monstrous adversary, and this trailer pretty much confirms just that. “If man won’t kill God, the Devil will do it,” says Luthor over footage of Zod in a body bag and an electrifying transformation, leading up to the debut a snarling and ready for war Doomsday. Even though the name of the movie is “Batman v Superman,” comic book tropes have dictated from the get-go that a real villain would come along and unite the two (and Wonder Woman!). With Lex and his Doomsday monster, it looks like we have just that.
Wonder Woman Makes Her Big Entrance
While most of the trailer is devoted to setting up the conflict between Batman and Superman — their names are in the title after, all — one of the biggest moments is reserved for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, who appears in the nick of time to save the two heroes from Doomsday’s wrath. It’s a terrific scene cemented by the lingering shot of DC’s Trinity standing together, more than making up for the fact that we have yet to see any other future Justice Leaguers on screen.
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