Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ben Affleck was on hand to provide the latest trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. First, Jimmy Kimmel is smart to make his late night show the place to release new movie previews, especially those in the world of superheroes, with the first Captain America: Civil War preview last week. Second, I will admit that I was more impressed with this trailer than the previous two but nothing is perfect. I did have my reservations and dislikes from this latest update of the upcoming DC Comics epic (more on that later).
From the preview, we’re given more intense standoffs. The first is between the alter-egos of the two legendary heroes: Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) vs Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Clark sees Batman as a vigilante and Bruce sees Superman as a dangerous god-like entity with the power to destroy the world, not a hero. Bruce is show to have been in Metropolis, given a front row seat to Zod vs Superman in Man of Steel. The millennial update to Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) helps beef up the gladiator showdown not only between the two men but between the heroes as well, calling it “Son of Krypton vs Bat of Gotham”.
More of the fight is shown as the two heroes clash during a storm, wreaking havoc on an abandoned building, neither man willing to back down or give up. One shot shows Batman caught by Superman, who has his own personal army (?) and unmasks the cowl to reveal a defiant Bruce Wayne to the Man of Steel. Superman knows he could kill Batman, despite the armor the Dark Knight is sporting. All of Batman’s tech (the Batwing and the Batmobile) do not seem to help him in the fight but it takes a turn when Lex brings another element into the fight: Doomsday.
Once this creature appears and seems to target the battleground of the heroes, another joins the fray as a sizzling shield is shown being pushed back along with Superman. Bringing the protective shield away, we are given a better look at the Amazonian princess Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot). Batman and Superman are unsure of what to make of the new presence, questioning who she was with. “Is she with you?” Superman asks. Batman looks confused, replying “I thought she was with you.”
The ending shot gives the audience their first glance at DC Comics “Holy Trinity” or “The World’s Finest Trilogy” as Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman leave the questions aside and prepare to face Doomsday.
Now, I am more sold on seeing this film but I think it revealed too much of the main story and relied on the epic action, special effects, and the destruction this battle will cause in DC Comics Movie Universe. This film is intended to set up the universe and I still think it’s being rushed. Marvel’s slow burn of establishing the universe and its heroes in their own films, having it lead to The Avengers led to a huge payoff. Maybe this current plan will work out for DC Comics as they compete and set up their world of heroes but only time will tell.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released on March 23, 2016.