If you’re looking for an upbeat Batman vs Superman trailer breakdown then you’re not going to find it here.
Sorry, I hate moaning. I hate being negative. There’s enough nonsense in our lives to be downbeat about without worrying over a movie. We all need to be able to escape the mundane once in a while and while I want to be excited about a superhero blockbuster film, I can’t help but get a little blue about it… No pun intended!
The idea that Superman and Batman will be in the same movie… Well it is something that gives me sticky, wet dreams.
So, as that image ferments in your mind, allow me to rant:
Batman vs Superman Trailer Breakdown Rant
After Man of Steel arrived in theatres, I wrote an article entitled We Need Superman. I won’t go over old ground, but suffice to say that many of the points that I raised have since been echoed by other fans of the comic-books and original Superman movies.
Man of Steel skips over the juicy storylines and origins of Superman to deliver a film that’s nothing more than one noisy, epic battle after the next. Characterization is minimal and the plot steamrolls over all suspense.
I have a lot of concerns about Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, mainly because it is supposed to be Man of Steel 2. In fact, here’s a handy little quote by the film’s director, Zack Snyder:
“I think in a way ‘Batman v Superman’ is ‘Man of Steel 2… Justice League’ is kind of the transcendent, knights-of-the-round-table of the story. It’d be interesting to think about what a standalone Superman movie might be.”
I’m a little confused by the above quote. Isn’t Man of Steel supposed to be a ‘standalone Superman movie‘?
While the previous trailers have established a few of the exciting set pieces to come, they’ve also hinted that the film might be more than just another slobberknocker. However, the third trailer would suggest differently.
In the wake of Marvel’s success in creating a Universe of television and film characters who co-exist and crossover, DC and Warner Brothers are looking to imitate this model. Therefore, Batman vs Superman is an opportunity to address the problems of Man of Steel, by offering more of a backstory to Clark Kent (aka Superman) that in theory would make Man of Steel a slightly stronger film.
Unfortunately, Batman vs Superman is a crossover film featuring a whole range of characters who haven’t been established yet. It’s essentially Captain America: The Winter Soldier (dubbed The Avengers 1.5) without having the luxury of having multiple films preceding it.
The latter, after all, is the fifth film to feature Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, the third film to have Captain America and Black Widow, the second to star Bucky.
Furthermore, Falcon (first introduced in The Winter Soldier) has since gone on to star in an additional two films, with his fourth appearance being in Captain America: Civil War. Oh, and did I mention Peggy Carter, S.H.I.E.L.D., HYDRA and… Well, I guess you’re starting to understand where I’m coming from.
However, the standalone film Batman vs Superman apparently includes the following:
- a) Establishes Clark Kent as Superman’s traditional alter ego from the comic-books as a reporter for The Daily Planet
- b) Develops Clark Kent’s relationship to Louis Lane, his mother and his new boss, Perry White
- c) Establishes Clark Kent’s friendship to Jimmy Olsen (according to spy pictures – Jimmy Olsen will not have any legs in the film – presumably he lost them due to an injury suffered in the battle between Superman and General Zod
- d) Creates an entirely new backstory for Bruce Wayne
- e) Establishes how the world has changed after the events of Man of Steel
- f) Creates a new Batman and establish him as being as being better than the previous iteration (did the events of Chris Nolan’s films happen in this new DC Universe?)
- g) Establishes the new Alfred
- h) Introduces Wonder Woman including secret identities, her origin story etc
- i) Shows the evolution of Batman and Superman eventually coming to coexist in peace
- j) Introduces audiences to the new Lex Luthor
- k) Highlights Lex Luthor as the villain, including a backstory to show the motivations of the character
- l) Shows how Lex Luthor manages to create a creature for the heroes to fight
- m) Explains how the Justice League is formed
I’m sure that I’ve probably missed out a few things, but my point is that the time constraints of a film prevent incredible amounts of information, characterization, backstories and relationships being established and shown to evolve over time. Therefore, I just don’t see how it is possible for this one film to cover so much.
The third Batman Vs Superman trailer pretty much outlines the entire plot:
- a) Clark Kent covers an event held by Lex Luthor
- b) Clark Kent is made aware of Bruce Wayne
- c) Clark Kent clashes with Bruce Wayne (including an over the top reference to The Joker in Suicide Squad)
- d) Bruce Wayne mulls over being Batman again so that he can stop Superman
- e) Alfred warns Bruce that it’s not possible to stop Superman
- f) Bruce has a nightmare about the future of the world and gets back into training
- g) Batman starts to fight crime again
- h) Clark Kent and Lois Lane develop a romance
- i) Clark Kent supports Batman fighting crime, but is told that The Daily Planet won’t publish a story about a vigilante
- j) Batman looks to stop Superman – one epic battle after the next
- k) Lex Luthor gets General Zod’s body from the military and with a machine is able to create a monster with Superman’s powers called Doomsday
- l) Batman and Superman put aside their differences (becoming almost friendly) to stop Lex Luthor
- m) Doomsday pops up to stop them
- n) Wonder Woman suddenly arrives
- o) Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have a huge battle with Doomsday and stop Lex Luthor
- p) Justice League is established
- q) The world is safe again
You’ll notice that the above plot outline doesn’t really have any glaring holes or missing pieces of the puzzle. You can basically watch the trailer and find out everything that you could ever need to know about the film.
Worryingly this means that there is very little, if any, opportunity to add a rich backstory to characters or to even create suspense.
Think about it: the entire first half of the trailer establishes that Batman has not a snotter of a chance of stopping Superman. It’s ‘suicide‘. Suspense!
As good as Batman is, it’s futile to fight an indestructible alien being. It’s like the T-800 fighting the T-1000 with the entire fate of humanity hinged on stopping an unbeatable force from killing an innocent child (in this case, us).
Okay… in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s slightly different. However, here’s the point: the trailer gives away that neither Batman or Superman will lose and that neither of them are in any mortal danger… After a little cheeky joke (one wink shy of Roger Moore as James Bond), Wonder Woman jumps into action.
The climax of the film has nothing to do with Batman fighting Superman… it’s Doomsday.
Am I insane in thinking that this movie should be only about Batman and Superman? Shouldn’t this film be objective, to resolve their major differences that may flare up in future installments of Justice League?
Taking The Avengers films into consideration, am I wrong to think that prior to this two hour David vs Goliath slugfest, backstories, origin stories and the DC Universe that the characters inhibit should have been established in previous films?
Regardless… As a geek, it’s an exciting time. Wear your badge with pride. We’re no longer a minority, but a majority, an opinion supported by the trailer racking up an impressive 1,691,536 views on YouTube… Not bad!
Batman Vs Superman Trailer Breakdown (…minus the rant)
The third Batman Vs Superman trailer is very unusual. At first, I didn’t think that I was watching a trailer at all, but instead a clip of the film.
Our Batman vs Superman Trailer Breakdown begins with an establishing shot of an event being held by Lex Luthor. Various cars rolls up to the front door as the press takes photographs of celebrities and socialites.
Bruce Wayne arrives in a 1960 Aston Martin DB4. Fun fact: it’s a very rare classic car as only 351 were ever produced. Designed by Touring of Milan, a flawless example is worth between £180,000 to £200,000 at auction.
Anyway, Clark Kent is standing at the front door with a photographer behind him. As Bruce Wayne gets out of his Aston Martin DB4, Clark asks the reporter:
Clark Kent: Who’s that?”
The reporter responds:
Reporter: You must be new. That is Bruce Wayne.
Bruce Wayne walks into the event. Clark Kent grabs his attention.
Clark Kent: Mr Wayne, Clark Kent, Daily Planet. What’s your position on the Bat Vigilante in Gotham?”
Police cars race around corners. A Batarang is stuck in a wall and found by the police.
Clark Kent: Civil liberties are being trampled on in your city. People are living in fear.
Police with shotguns enter an abandoned building.
He thinks he’s above the law.
A man is chained up and has a branding burn on his chest in the shape of the Batman symbol.
A copy of the Gotham Free Press newspaper falls on a table. On the front page it has the criminal who has been branded by Batman being led away by the police. The headline reads: Bat Brand of Justice.
Bruce Wayne: The Daily Planet thinking that they can criticize those above the law is hypocritical. Wouldn’t you say?
A space rocket begins to launch before bursting into flames. Superman emerges with the shuttle, saving those inside.
Bruce Wayne: Considering that every time your hero saves a cat out of a tree, (reference to Superman: The Movie) you write a puff piece editorial.
The Superman logo is painted on the roof of a house. The area is flooded as families seek refuge on the roofs of the few remaining homes left standing. Superman is Godlike as he hovers above them, ready to save the families. A woman with a blue blanket around her shoulders holds her arm up to Superman – a shot very reminiscent of the Virgin Mary kneeling before Jesus on the cross.
Bruce Wayne: An alien who could burn the whole place down.
Clark Kent responds:
Clark Kent: Perhaps the world doesn’t share your opinion Mr Wayne.
Bruce Wayne: Maybe it’s the Gotham City in me.
Bruce Wayne walks past Robin’s armour which is holding a staff and it has the words: HAHAHA Joke’s on you BATMAN spraypainted in yellow.
Bruce Wayne: I have a bad history with freaks dressed as clowns.
Intense faceoff between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent!
The tension is broken by Lex Luthor who introduces himself to Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne.
Lex Luthor: Boys! Hhmm! Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent. Ha! I love it! Huh, I love bringing people together.
Luthor shakes Wayne’s hand.
Lex Luthor: Hi, how are you?
He then shakes Clark Kent’s hand.
Lex Luthor: Hi, how are you? It’s a pleasure… wow that’s a good grip. You shouldn’t pick a fight with this person.
Lex Luthor addresses Senator Finch who is played by Holly Hunter:
Lex Luthor: Do you know the oldest line in America, senator? That power can be an incentive.
Jeremy Irons as Alfred talks to Bruce Wayne:
Alfred: You’re going to go to war.
A shot of a satin black Jeep 4×4 in Metropolis skids to a halt during Superman’s battle with General Zod.
Bruce hugs a young girl in Metropolis as he scowls upwards.
Bruce Wayne: That son of a bitch brought the war to us.
Superman fights Batman.
Alfred: You know that you can’t win. It’s suicide.
The Batwing skims over water as it flies towards an island under attack.
Lex Luthor: The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world.
Batman in the Batwing shoots at Superman who is on the ground.
Lex Luthor: The Son of Krypton vs the Son of Gotham.
Batman uses his grappling hook to escape Superman’s Heat Vision.
Lois Lane speaks to Lex Luthor.
Lois Lane: You’re psychotic.
Lex Luthor: Yes, a three syllable word used by teeny little minds.
Batman jumps on Superman who falls through a glass roof.
The Batmobile skids to a halt in front of Superman.
Knightmare Batman fights a soldier as creatures fly past them. This supports rumours that the entire desert sequence is a nightmare that Bruce Wayne has about Superman. This combined with Bruce Wayne’s experience in Metropolis sets in motion the events to follow.
Bruce Wayne: It’s time that he knew what it feels like to be a man.
Superman: Stay down! If I wanted it, you’d be dead already.
Music changes – General Zod’s body is wheeled towards Lex Luthor.
Lex Luthor: If man won’t kill God…
Lex Luthor faces the camera as Superman is behind him.
Lex Luthor: The Devil will do it!
A machine with a giant egg sack has electricity surrounding it.
Superman looks disgusted.
Superman: What have you done?
Doomsday jumps down, the impact sends debris and crushed cars into the air.
Batman, in his crashed Batwing, looks up from the open cockpit. He’s breathing heavily (I presume that Doomsday has made him crash).
Batman: Ah, shit…
Doomsday’s Heat Vision warms up before blasting out of his eyes and mouth in a huge bubble-like explosion. This engulfs and destroys numerous buildings.
Wonder Woman holds up a shield and skids backwards as Superman covers his face. Batman, still in his Batwing, lowers his arms. Wonder Woman lowers her shield.
Superman turns to Batman, who has an assault rifle:
Superman: Is she with you?
Batman turns to Superman.
Batman: I thought she was with you…
Hero shot of… well, three superheroes. Wonder Woman is in the middle… (isn’t this Batman vs Superman? or Batman v Superman or Superman vs Batman vs Doomsday vs Lex Luthor vs…? oh, I give up…).
Batman V Superman logo.
Batman Vs Superman Movie Trailer Breakdown Conclusion
So there we have it. Not that you need to see the trailer now… or I guess the movie… without further ado… the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie trailer 3:
You may have noticed the artwork in the background during Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne’s confrontation at Lex Luthor’s event. Figures from Greek mythology are in the background which supports the idea that Superman is the Son of God (much akin to Hercules being the son of Zeus). This is similar to Wonder Woman’s representation as a Greek hero, in particular Perseus (also the son of Zeus) who is given gifts from the Gods (a shield, sword, helmet etc) so the he can defeat the Kraken (Doomsday).
Another interesting point (for me at least): Batman is at his weakest, captured and defeated in the desert, the most electrifying moment in all of the trailers. However, (anyone else getting fed up with the buts, ifs and whatevers?) an image at a recent toy fair cropped up on Reddit which is a 12 inch action figure of Batman wearing the same costume seen in the film. The toy company lists the figure as: Knightmare Batman.
When the picture was released, some speculated that the entire sequence in the desert is just a nightmare that Bruce Wayne has. Sadly, the new trailer supports this opinion as new footage shows demonic creatures flying past Batman as he fights two soldiers in the midst of a sandstorm.
Therefore, at the point when Batman is in serious trouble (suspense!) and when Superman is presented as a far darker character than we previously thought, it’s just a dream… Doesn’t count… Move on…
So there we have it: a trailer that suggests that Man of Steel 2 aka Batman vs Superman aka (oh, we’ve already been through the list haven’t we?) is nothing more than pointless noise that lacks suspense. Why? Because the trailers told us not to worry about the heroes that we care about.
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