Unless you live under a rock, hate comic book movies or you really do not care, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is coming next year. Fans have been waiting for a very long time to see iconic characters Batman and Superman on the same screen for the 1st time ever. The release for the 1st trailer for BvS has been speculated for months as rumors that it would be attached to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Jupiter Ascending, or even a potential Super Bowl spot. Last Wednesday, Warner Bros had a crazy idea to release a 20 second trailer teaser announcing a special IMAX release of the trailer on April 20. Then everything changed last night as somebody leaked the full trailer and sent social media abuzzed. So this incident has forced their plans to change and the trailer has officially been released.
The trailer is clearly going for a much darker and gritty then anything Marvel related (except of course the Daredevil show). The events of Man of Steel where Metropolis was essentially destroyed was met with controversy with fans asking “Why not address the destruction?”, well this is why. Those events have caused many to question if Superman (Henry Cavil) can be trusted and if he is really a good guy. This ultimately forces Batman (Ben Affleck) to investigate whether Superman is worth trusting.
The trailer gives us a brief but good look at Affleck in the Batsuit and he looks great. The jury is still out if he’ll end up being a good Batman but he looks the part. The Iron-Batsuit and the regular Batsuit look ripped right out of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. We also get a brief line from Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor but no footage of the businessman in action. The trailer ends with Batman in his Iron Batsuit staring at Superman as the two prepare for battle, similar to the comic con footage. The issue I have with the trailer is that it looks so bleak that it may be a bit of a turn-off for some. Plus Snyder isn’t very trustworthy as a director at this point.
Overall, the teaser was solid as Batfleck looks great in the cowl but Zack Snyder is notorious for having great trailers for his movies. Man of Steel is a solid movie but it isn’t as good as the trailers made it out to be. That’s the same case for Snyder’s Sucker Punch (which turned out to be a terrible film), 300 (a mediocre action flick), and Watchmen (a disappointing yet still decent movie). Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also stars Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Scoot McNairy, and Diane Lane. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released March 25, 2016. The teaser trailer is below.