The newest trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has created controversy amongst fans, and it’s beginning to worry us: will Batman v Superman be any good?
The Latest Trailer (watch here)
Personally, I think that the most recent trailer for the movie was fantastic up to a point. The original Comic-Con trailer got it all right, and showed you enough character motivation and action to give you confidence that the movie would be good, and although this new trailer has so much cool new footage, it did give away just a little too much. (DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DON’T WANT THE TRAILER (AND POSSIBLY THE MOVIE) SPOILED)
On the plus side, the conflict between Batman and Superman seems to be of even more titanic proportions than we thought, and is full of great action sequences that look astonishing, as well as a fascinating face-to-face confrontation between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne that looks to be full of tension.
However, the last forty seconds or so of the trailer just gave away too much. The Doomsday reveal is a little bit of a shame, but his presence isn’t too much of a spoiler; we still don’t really know how he comes about. What disappointed me was how Wonder Woman was shown.
We see her surprise arrival in the midst of Batman and Superman’s battle, and then the trio’s team shot as they face up to Doomsday in their final battle, and although it is a pretty cool sequence, it’s a shame we didn’t get to experience that first time in the cinema, because that would have been a wonderful moment to witness.
It will be good
Disregarding the errors of the trailer, I’m still very confident for this film kicking off a successful DC Cinematic Universe in the way that Man Of Steel failed.
For starters, that trinity shot just above looks absolutely epic. As I said, it would have been nice to have seen it for the first time in the cinema, but it’s still a really good group shot nonetheless, and it makes Wonder Woman look like she’s going to be able to match Batman and Superman, and even bring them together to fight Lex Luthor and Doomsday, which is very exciting to see.
In fact, Wonder Woman is arguably what I’m most looking forward to. Much like what people have said about Daisy Ridley in The Force Awakens, Gal Gadot must be a fantastic fit for the role, because she doesn’t have huge star power like Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, meaning that she’s almost definitely going to be the most exciting hero to watch when they all inevitably get together.
What’s more is that this film, from the look of all three trailers, looks like it’s going to be able to pull off and justify the dark, brooding tone that many despised about Man Of Steel. This time, everything seems a lot more dramatic and significant, and the presence of Batman in the movie means that it can be a lot darker than a normal Superman movie, and it would be fantastic to see if they could pull it off.
It won’t be good
Despite all that, however, it’s a possibility that this movie could fall flat. Although Marvel are still doing a fantastic job at making consistently decent superhero movies, the genre isn’t impervious to failure. Take Man Of Steel or even this year’s critically panned Fantastic Four movie for example.
So, there are some things that do worry me that Batman v Superman might not be any good. My main issue is around Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luthor Jr. Although we’ve only seen a few snapshots of him from the trailers, they all seem to show that he’s portraying Luthor as a much sillier, jokier villain than you’d expect, which could clash with the obviously overwhelmingly dark tone of the movie.
He’ll inevitably be a lot darker come the finale of the actual movie, but I do worry that, for the most part, watching Eisenberg play Luthor this way could be like watching an annoying little kid get in the way of one of the most epic superhero battles of all time.
Another issue is the initial face-to-face confrontation between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent. Although I thought it was thrilling and tense in the trailers, it looks like it’s an establishing phase that could go on way too long, and feature no action, whilst the final two-thirds only have extreme action.
Again, I don’t know this is the case, but judging by general movie trends, this film is looking very much like it could go the way of Attack Of The Clones. A duller, non-action packed opening followed by an excessively action-packed finale, which really isn’t what we want to see.
To be honest, I don’t know if Batman v Superman will be good or not, these are just my opinions based on what we’ve seen from three trailers now.
I have to say that I have more of a sense of worry than other upcoming blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Captain America: Civil War, judging by the clear potential problems.
In the end, though, this film looks like it could be one of two things. Either terrible, or incredible – probably not in the middle, but the fact that there is still surely a lot that we haven’t seen, even if the trailer did spoil a bit too much gives me hope, and so I really do believe that Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be a good film.