Well now. That was quite the experience. The new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dropped last night during Jimmy Kimmel. By now you’ve most likely seen it and have drawn your own conclusions about how (enter whatever superlative noun you wish here) it was. Allow me to share my thoughts on the trailer to you Junkie Nation. First, I had high hopes for this trailer, as every trailer before this one had managed to up the epic scale of just how important it was that Batman and Superman were FINALLY going to share the big screen together (with Wonder Woman to boot!) I had my reservations about Jesse Eisenberg being cast as Lex Luthor. I mean at first glance it seemed like an odd fit for the role, but I have an open mind, so I was more than willing to take a wait and see approach to him. It’s been well noted that I did NOT like Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman, because I felt like the role being as important as it was, should go to someone who looked more the part. So let’s get down to it. What did I think after seeing this trailer? The first trailer was MUCH better than this one!
The interaction between Clark and Bruce was great! Affleck (as I expected) fits well in the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, and he’s obviously been affected greatly by the fight in Metropolis between Zod and Superman. It’s made him fearful of a being with that much power and what would happen if they lost their temper (which is ironically the same theme touched on in the most recent episode of Supergirl). All the shots of action also didn’t disappoint, but really, what would you expect from a Zack Snyder film? If nothing else, the man knows how to film epic action scenes. As much as I want to hate on it, Wonder Woman looked good in the 5 seconds of action we saw of her. Gal Gadot MIGHT just be able to do this thing!
Eisenberg has me TERRIFIED. While I can’t really blame him for the way Lex Luthor is being portrayed as he’s only playing what he’s been written to do by the script, this Lex Luthor is everything we didn’t want to see. He’s channeling a marriage between Gene Hackman Lex, the mad scientist Lex from the Silver Age, and a sprinkling of the CEO of a powerful multinational company. My initial reading of the comments in social media let me know I’m certainly not alone in feeling this way. There’s no fixing this. It’s what we’re going to have to deal with moving forward. To be honest, this Lex Luthor doesn’t seem to be worthy enough to be this Superman’s arch-enemy. He’s more like an annoyance that Superman would have to put up with. With all the flippant humor being bandied about by this version of Luthor and the “Is she with you?” bit at the end, I think it’s safe to say DC diehards are going to have a very hard time poking fun at Marvel’s occasional wisecracks any longer.
It was rumored that Doomsday would be part of this film, providing the impetus for our heroes to finally join forces, and the stories appear to be true. However THIS isn’t Doomsday, it’s the love child of Marvel’s Abomination from The Incredible Hulk and a Cave Troll from The Lord of The Rings movies. Apparently Lex Luthor the mad scientist is going to fashion this Frankenstein’s monster from the cells of General Zod’s corpse. How he does it, doesn’t matter (although I would imagine that extracting DNA from this body might prove very difficult) but the fact is that this reveal kind of spoiled what would’ve been an incredible reveal for the actual movie. Had the trailer kept the focus on the conflict between Batman and Superman, then hitting us with this….thing, which was the subject of much speculation and eventually denounced by Snyder AND Michael Shannon (Zod), would’ve been awesome. However Snyder blew his load and spoiled the reveal. It took some of the excitement away for me, and once again according to people of social media, i’m not alone in those thoughts.
Of course, this matters little about whether I’ll see the film or not. I’ll be one of the first in line! However, my expectations for this have been lowered.