New trailer – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!

20 Apr

Zack Snyder returns to the DC Cinematic Universe, this time pitting Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent against one another.

To paraphrase Jacobim Mugatu, “Comic book movies are so hot right now!” The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Iron Man all topped the box office and became part of the zeitgeist. They were all also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movies based on DC characters have not been nearly as commercially successful, and you rarely hear anyone say ‘want to go see the new DC movie?’ Previous DC releases include: the Zack Snyder-helmed Man of Steel, the one-off Superman Returns, and Batman movies starring Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale. Now DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers are counting on Ben Affleck to once again reinvent the role of the World’s Greatest Detective. And therein lies the problem.

Mugatu - Comics

(To illustrate how thoroughly Marvel dominates DC in theaters, here is are links to box office totals for Marvel Movies and DC Movies)

As recently as April of last year, those in charge of the development at DC had no plan to create a unified universe (it is only in the last several months that they have shared any road map to future films). Operating without a coherent plan means that fans have no character to latch onto and root for. Compare that to say, Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. has been Tony Stark since 2008! Age of Ulton will be the sixth film that he appeared in as Stark. DC does have a plan now, and they are counting on Dawn of Justice to set up the Justice League movies.

The Trailer:

Wow, that was dark, wasn’t it? I don’t mean dark, ‘but it looks like they’ll work it out’. I mean dark like ‘these two heroes actually want to kill one another’. I have to admit, this trailer lost me almost from the start. I don’t mind when a movie uses a voice over as exposition (see: intro to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), but I HATE it when a preview doesn’t show me characters and instead gives me fake panel discussions–as you would see on CNN–debating the true nature of Superman. Zack Snyder sold me on Man of Steel by couching it as a movie that would examine the alien background and implications of someone with Kal-El’s powers living among us. And what does this trailer feature? A discussion about the alien background and implications of someone with Superman’s powers living among us! You already made me sit through a 143 minute movie that was supposed to answer that, but didn’t!

Let’s continue. After an interminable ‘dolly shot’ and some heavy handed lighting effects (they are lighting up the statue of Superman like this movie will shed light on his true identity–see what they did there) we finally see that the words “False God” are spay painted on the chest of Superman. So are we to believe that Batman is now a common graffiti artist? Probably not, but either way, just make an action movie! I know that I don’t want to see another meditation on the theme of ‘with great power comes great responsibility’. (Haven’t there already been like five Spiderman movies?)

False God

Now to the meat of the trailer! Action, right? NOPE! Ok, I’ll admit that we see the Batmobile and Batplane and that is cool. But outside of that, all we get is a look at Batman in a mechanized suit and some vague soliloquy about wrath or some such nonsense.

I am left with so many questions after this trailer: why do Batman and Superman hate one another? Has Batman manufactured kryptonite, or made a deal with Lex Luther to acquire the material? And finally, where does this take place? That is a big question. As you will recall, Man of Steel, ended with an outrageously destructive battle in Metropolis. The folks over at comicsalliance.com did the math on this and estimated that the battle between Superman and Zod caused $750 billion in damaged to property and had a total economic impact of $2 trillion. For comparison, the attacks on 9/11 had a total impact just north of $120 billion. So yeah, I guess this can’t take place in Metropolis.

Will it suck?

I am rooting for this film, but I do not have faith that a movie based around two superheroes fighting can be the spark that DC is looking for. And the climactic battle will likely be pointless–both characters have to be alive to be present in the upcoming Justice League movies. This is a setup that feels like there should be major consequences–arguably the two biggest characters in comics are meeting for a battle, but they both just shake hands and make up at the end? Now, let’s look at the director. Zack Snyder is often venerated as a director with a highly stylized vision. But his last three films; Man of Steel, Sucker Punch, and Legend of the Guardians were all average, at best. His glory days of “300” are far behind him. He has a lot of weight on his shoulders as he is at the helm for this film and both Justice League pictures. So yes, this will suck for many reasons, but maybe the main one is that DC is trying to cut corners and expect the same success as Marvel

Batman V Superman - Suck.

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