Now that I’ve had a few days to marinate on the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, I wanted to express my thoughts as well as hear yours. First off, let me start by saying I am an unapologetic DC heroes nerd. If you read my About Me section, you would discover that Superman and Batman both had a profound impact on my childhood. While I love the current Marvel renaissance we are experiencing, I will always bleed red, blue, and yellow. However, I also have to remind you that I was not kind to Man of Steel back in 2013. I thought it was style over substance that lacked any real sophistication that character of Superman deserved. Plus it was so dreary and it sucked out the fun out of the superhero genre. So I take all that baggage into my thoughts of this Batman v Superman trailer.
Zack Snyder has never been accused of an unartistic eye and this trailer certainly highlights his flair for the dramatic. However, the same dourness and morose tone that described MoS has definitely returned- but this time with a vengeance. Snyder is determined to set up a world that is the antecedent to the Marvel U where the line between hero and villain is very thin at best. I am not appose to flipping the script and starting the journey in an unexpected place but I have concerns that this is the right approach to launch the DC universe. Like I mentioned in my bio, I am a huge fan of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns. As a boy, I was infatuated with the idea of the Man of Steel squaring off against the Dark Knight and I would have never dreamed that I would ever see it on screen. However, what made DKR work was that it was more than an irresistible force meeting an immovable object, it was the clashing of ideals. The payoff was two philosophical world views finally colliding after decades of tension. In this trailer, you get no sense of that. It feels more like, two school yard bullies that can’t share the same playground. Clearly after MoS, Superman is not Earth’s mightiest hero (yet) which is also supported by all the controversial commentaries in the first half of the trailer. If a showdown must happen, then I fear it will result in one inevitable outcome; Kryptonite. That’s how Batman takes Supes out in the DKR and I would bet we will end up with a similar solution (sorry for the spoiler, but you’ve had 30 years to read it). Again, that move by Bats only payoff because of the longterm friendship in DKR. I hope Snyder shocks us with something different but he has not shown evidence of real innovative storytelling from his past works.
So I don’t want to jump to a bunch of irrational conclusions. This was still considered a ‘teaser’ and we have a long year till BvS comes out. Another concern that I have, which I share with many of you all, is how in the world will we introduce Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the gang in the middle of this spat between Bats and Supes?!? I hope I am so wrong with my initial feelings about this trailer and I do want to leave room to be surprised but it’s hard to be optimistic. I also hope they move the release date up since the longer wait just makes it worst if my suspicions are true. Am I being too harsh and what are your thoughts on the trailer? Leave your comments below!
**Updated April 24**
Check out this colorized comparison of Man of Steel, I think it best illustrates my point.