Friday, December 4, 2015

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' Trailer Review

Holy Sh#%!

That was my initial reaction to watching the brand new, 3-minute full trailer for DC's highly anticipated film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it continues to be my reaction after each subsequent viewing.

Now, before I continue, if you haven't done so already, check out the brand new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice below:

When I first watched this trailer, a few thing instantly popped out at me.  The first was the humor that Jesse Eisenberg brought to Superman's arch nemesis, Lex Luthor.  Originally, we were under the impression that DC wouldn't have much humor at all in this new cinematic universe, but between Lex Luthor and some pretty humorous moments from Bruce Wayne/Batman, I believe we will get the much needed levity in this dark and serious film.

The next thing I noticed was during the desert scene, which is rumored to be a dream sequence.  During the battle, you see creatures flying around picking people off.  These creatures look suspiciously similar to Darkseid's Parademon drones. 

If this were just a dream sequence, why would Bruce be dreaming about these creatures?  I believe this is actually a vision of the future (possibly had by Wonder Woman?) in which Batman and Superman are unable to come together as allies.  Also, it would explain Superman's actions, as he may be under Darkseid's mind control.  This could be what prompts Wonder Woman to intervene and assist these two heroes.  And, if they are Parademons, does this confirm the rumors that Darkseid will be the main villain in the two Justice League films?

The third thing is the most obvious...Doomsday.  Near the end of the trailer, a big, beastly creature comes crashing down to the streets.  We then see this same creature preparing to incinerate Batman with its laser blasts, but is blocked by Wonder Woman's shield at the last second.

Many people have been criticizing the look of Doomsday, comparing it to things like The Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, a ninja turtle from the recent Michael Bay produced film, and even the Cave Troll from The Hobbit.  But what people seem to forget is that Doomsday's appearance always changes based on what happens to it.  For instance, if someone gouges its eye, it will form protective spikes around it.  If it's leg is broken, it will grow hardened armor and spikes as protection, and so on.  This is just the first form of Doomsday and will likely be different the next time we see this creature, and I'm confident we will see it again.

As for the rest of the trailer, I found it interesting that Clark Kent, a reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper, didn't recognize Bruce Wayne, even though Wayne Enterprises has properties in Metropolis.  I also liked that Clark had no fear about questioning Bruce on his opinion of the "Bat vigilante in Gotham".

Speaking of Batman, people have been questioning why Batman would brand his victims, as shown by a shot of a newspaper with the headline "BAT BRAND OF JUSTICE?", stating that Batman simply wouldn't do something like that.  however, this version of Batman is closer to the Batman from The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller.  He's an older, hardened, more cynical hero, who trusts no one and who's morals have warped over the years of dealing with Gotham's seedy underbelly.  Bruce even references the Joker, saying "We just have a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns".

Then enters Lex Luthor.  Jesse Eisenberg's unique version of this iconic character comes off a bit comical at first, however, I believe this is just a facade he puts on for the public, as we see his demeanor change to a more serious tone in later scenes.

We then see a series of shots including Superman and his soldiers (presumably part of the vision sequence), a large group of protesters picketing against Superman, and a senate hearing in which Superman attends.  The trailer then shows a glimpse of what looks to be the Bat Cave, a shot of the bat suit, and Bruce's long time friend and butler, Alfred Pennyworth.  I love that they chose to show a grouping of superman shots directly followed by an equal grouping of Batman shots.

The trailer then shows the events of the destruction of Metropolis from 2012's Man of Steel, but from Bruce Wayne's perspective.  I love that this film will tie in to Man of Steel like that, showing that actions do have consequences, even in a world of superheroes.

We finally get some good shots of the Bat Plane, including it being used to fight Superman.  There's also a waist up shot of Batman in his battle armor and several small shots of the two of them fighting each other, all of which look amazing.

As I said earlier, there's a scene with Lex Luthor in a more serious, maniacal tone.  He appears with Lois Lane, where she calls him a psychopath, and he follows up with a great line: "That is a three syllable word for any thought too big for little minds."  You can just tell that he is a going to be the cause of a lot of problems for the Man of Steel.

Next we see Lex's assistant, Mercy, bringing him a crate labeled "USAMRIID" which stands for "United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases".  We then see a body bag being unzipped, revealing the corpse of General Zod.  I have to assume that the body bag is what is in the crate being brought to Lex.

This scene is followed by a shot of a Frankenstein-like scene, where, presumably, Doomsday is being created, because after this we get our very first shot of the monster.  The beast even lets out a massive laser burst which emanates from his eyes AND mouth!

As the blast heads toward a defenseless Batman, who lets out a tension-breaking "Oh sh--", it is stopped by none other than Wonder Woman and her shield.  Gal Gadot looks amazing and badass as the Amazonian Princess.  And seeing the "DC Trinity" together was a magical site.

Overall, this was an amazing trailer, and in my opinion, did not show too much, which is one of the main complaints being spread over the Internet.  I believe Doomsday appears in the early part of the second act, leaving room for another threat at the end (maybe Lex in his infamous battle suit?).  But, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

Also, check out the full video from Jimmy Kimmel Live! leading into the trailer below:

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