Reaction: “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer in 25 stills and a gif

Post by Ryan Pumroy

Ah, summer. School is out, and Comic-Con is in session. The full trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) was released only hours ago. In this post, I’ll describe what the trailer shows us and point out a few observations.

Let’s take a look.

We see Holly Hunter as a Senator (IMDb lists her credit only as “US Senator”) speaking at a committee hearing. This committee appears to be investigating Superman and the massive destruction of Metropolis that occurred in Man of Steel (2013).

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Superman (Henry Cavill) lands at the US Capitol. A large crowd holds signs outside. Most are anti-Superman. Talk about xenophobia. Note the “God hates aliens” and “Aliens doom nations” signs based on those used by the Westboro Baptist Church.

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Superman enters the committee hearing. As a person who watches a fair amount of C-SPAN, I can tell you this room is a little small for a Senate committee hearing, and it has much higher attendance. If people (especially the US government and military) are uncertain about Superman’s powers and purpose, I’m not sure why they’d invite him to the nation’s capital, into its Legislative Branch, in a room with key political office holders.

But hey, what do I know?

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Then we get our first look at Bruce Wayne, played by Ben Affleck. He is talking on the phone with someone. Bruce witnesses the events of Man of Steel. Laser vision cuts a building in two. It falls.

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A lot of people have remarked on Man of Steel‘s September 11th-inspired imagery. It appears to be back for this film. Whether it’s intentional or not, I just don’t know. But based on how much it evokes 9/11, it is hard to imagine that it wasn’t in mind.

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We see Bruce clutching a child among the rubble. He stares up into the sky at – a bird? A plane? Most likely Superman.

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We see what is ostensibly a decaying and abandoned Wayne Manor.

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Bruce receives a clipping from the Daily Planet. Headline: WAYNE TOWER DEVASTATED. “Dozens killed” (technically, thousands are made up of dozens, right?). Written in red: “You let your family DIE.” This seems to be the first of two references to the Joker.

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The Batsuit.

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Our first look at Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons). This version seems to be hipper than either of Michael Caine’s or Michael Gough’s.

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Clark: “This bat-vigilante is like a one man reign of terror.” Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is a big influence on this movie. There will be additional parts of this later in the trailer. I’m lead to believe Superman and his fight with Zod brings the Batman back into action.

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Superman seeks the advice of Lois Lane (Amy Adams) and Ma Kent (Diane Lane). Lois: the “S” symbol means something, provides hope to people.

Ma: hero or not, you don’t owe this world a thing.

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We get a look at Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) in action.

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Robin’s suit and the second reference to the Joker. Seems like something along the lines of “A Death in the Family” happened in this Batman’s past. Will Jared Leto’s Joker appear in this movie? Will the Batman appear in Suicide Squad (2016)? I don’t know – stop asking!

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Bruce, to Alfred: “Twenty years in Gotham, how many good guys are left? How many stayed that way?” Bruce then declares he has to destroy Superman. Here he is in the armored Batsuit.

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Our first look at Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in action. Looks like there are a few vulnerable points in her armor.

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We then see Batman in some sort of desert area. He fights soldiers that have Superman’s insignia on their shoulders. The exact nature of this is unclear. I don’t think Superman would license and franchise his brand. Maybe these guys are something akin to United Nations forces or they are just Superman fanatics. We’ll see.

While it is only a second long, that clip of Batman in this particular Batsuit has me intrigued. Throughout the Batman films, designing a suit has been a nightmare. For the actors, it’s heavy, hot, and cumbersome. Batman couldn’t turn his head until The Dark Knight (2008). Here, he seems to move more fluid than ever before.

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Kryptonite.

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Batman fights Superman. Will Batman destroy Superman in this movie, as he stated before? Considering that Justice League: Part One and Part Two are schedule for 2017 and 2019, respectively – no.

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Wonder Woman, with sword, shield, and the Lasso of Truth. She seems to be fighting in some sort of hellscape. Perhaps the destroyed section of Metropolis.

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Dark Knight Returns, anyone?

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There seems to be some sort of brawl between Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (aka the World’s Finest). I love this shot of the Batman, grappling gun in hand, illuminated by Superman’s laser vision. After writing that sentence, I’ve never felt like more of a nerd. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Superman rips the top of the Batmobile off. Batman rises. Cut to black.

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The logo.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled for a March 2016 release.

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