Batman V. Superman Trailer Reaction

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Posted April 20, 2015 by Cody Rostron in Movies

Watching Batman, and Superman the animated series was the closest I ever thought we’d get to seeing these two titans of fiction meet. It’s mind blowing too many to people to think that this movie is less than two years away, for others it’s any other day. Ever since Marvel changed the game in terms of comic book movies DC Comics and Warner Bros. Have been trying to keep up in many ways. I have seen everything from hate to unbridled love for this two-minute slice of footage; I’m leaning more towards unbridled love, but I’m probably not close to that.

Everyone on the internet lost their minds when Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne, plenty of people thought he would ruin the movie. I didn’t think that, I thought he was a fine choice. But ultimately ill wait till the movie is out to judge him. My only reservation about the movie Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is Zac Snyder. The only person who could ruin this movie in my eyes is the man who’s directing it. Now I don’t have any hate for him, I liked Watchmen, I thought 300 was interesting, but every movie he makes is filled with very Snyder like things. And sometimes those things can get annoying, for example, the thing that annoyed me the most about Man of Steel is a tiny and inane thing. It’s all the Messiah and religious imagery, I get it Superman is a God. It doesn’t need to be shoved down my throat during every quiet moment.

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It wouldn’t be a Zac Snyder Superman movie without Jesus invoking imagery

Besides the fact that this trailer is filled with those moments, I really enjoyed it. It’s not like I’m any more excited than I was before because let’s face it I was going to see this movie anyway. But I am reassured by a few things throughout the trailer, first off is the bat suit. By far my favorite thing about the trailer is the batsuit. It looks amazing it’s as if Jim Lee or Greg Capullo suddenly became a costume designer. It’s rough its huge and most importantly it’s Black and Grey, the only thing that would make it better is by having white covered eyes. Apparently that was saved for the Bat mech suit.

Every Batsuit throughout history has a reputation, and this one feels about as close to the comics as you can get. This Batman looks like he could slap you on the back and knock your head off, and you get the feeling that this guy spends his nights beating up Criminals in alleyways because he enjoys it. That’s something I never got from Bale’s Batman, I love those movies but Frank Miller Batman he was not. I wish we got to see more of the Batmobile, the tumbler style of the previous movies seems to have stuck around, heck its even in the upcoming Arkham Knight game. But I hope it’s more streamlined and sleeker than the tumbler. And, by the way, why is the Batplane (if that is the bat plane) blowing up all those cars and shooting at those criminals! Hopefully, there is a clever reason but that scene caught me off guard

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Someone needs a sandwich…

The sequel to a superman movie suddenly became a Batman movie, but what this trailer starts with is the fact that there are repercussions to destroying an entire city, Superman has become a polarizing person. From the statue that says ‘False God’ and every shot after that is him either being prayed to or idolized. Zac Snyder Paints with a thick brush but he shoots it all in a very distinctive way. There is no mistaking this movie and The Avengers. Portraying Superman is a borderline impossible job; Henry Cavil has to be a combination of Soft, Courageous, Strong, Idyllic, and unassuming. The reason it’s impossible is because all those things are pretty dull. I thought he did an excellent job in Man of Steel, and more or less this is Batman’s Trailer. So he doesn’t have any remarkable moments. In many ways, it seems as if he’s the ‘villain’.

There are a bunch of people that we didn’t get to see in this trailer, from Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, and Jason Momoa. That could be because they have minuscule parts to play or because everybody wanted to see Batman and Superman. It’s probably a bit of both but for a two-minute trailer this movie is still keeping its cards close to the vest. We aren’t sure what the story will be, and we don’t know why Batman and Superman end up fighting. Obviously it’s taking inspiration from ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ but that book plays on all the history of these two people as friends. I have a hard time seeing how they try and pull too much story elements from that book.

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Another Day another Crashed Russian Rocket

But I suspect we won’t know any of that until we get closer to release. The final moment of the trailer is pretty great weather you like the voice or not. If that is in fact Batman Talking I can’t imagine, that’s his voice all the time. Maybe its modulated to a crazy degree once he gets into that hulkbuster armor. I’m all for a little modulation, but that seemed a bit odd. But then again it’s certainly better than Christian Bale’s throat cancer voice. Getting a bit nit-picky I would’ve preferred a line straight from the comics instead of “Tell me do you bleed…You will” I think it would’ve hit more with me If he had said something like “I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.” obviously not that quote verbatim but something like that. Again very nit-picky but something I noticed.

This is a good if not great start, this will be one of the six trailers that probably comes out between now and release day. Henry Cavil looks heroic as Superman, Ben Affleck looks Broody as Bruce Wayne, and the talking heads voice over reminded me a lot of Dark Knight returns. the one thing I know for a fact is that Zac Snyder slavishly loves source material, and that is a great things…most of the time. I still can’t wait for this movie, but my hype meter didn’t explode after watching this it’s about the same as it was before. A must see movie for any DC Comics fan.


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Cody Rostron

Writer, Graphic Designer, and Artist, But most importantly a huge nerd.