Saturday, July 11, 2015

The BATMAN V. SUPERMAN Comic-Con Trailer

So here I am, writing another blog on a movie that won't even be released in almost a year. And this is....what, the third or fourth time I've written something about this movie already? And we all know, once it finally does come out, I'll just spend a bunch of time whining and moaning about it. So what does this make me? A true movie geek, and a pathetic fanboy.

Anyway....the 2015 San Diego Comic Con is being held as I write this, and the big revelation today was a brand new trailer for BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. The first teaser trailer didn't really impress me, and this one--well, I just don't know. But it does give us more of a taste of what this movie is going to be like.

Once again, we are shown in this trailer that many consider Superman nothing more than an illegal alien--we see protests against him, and we even see Superman having to go to Washington to testify before Congress. This strays way too far toward X-Men territory....and hey, didn't Iron Man have to testify before Congress a couple movies ago?

Remember how several people on the internet (including me) complained about Superman basically destroying Metropolis at the end of MAN OF STEEL? Well, it looks like Zach Snyder is using that backlash as a subplot in this movie. The trailer apparently shows a Wayne Enterprises skyscraper being toppled during the MAN OF STEEL melee...and it looks as if Bruce Wayne himself is there witnessing it falling (in a scene very reminiscent of 9/11 news footage). This apparently (I keep saying "apparently" because you never can take anything for sure from a trailer) is the reason why Bruce Wayne/Batman has such rage for Superman in this story.

The relationship between Batman and Superman is one of the most interesting and intriguing in all of comic book history. Taking that relationship and having it based on just one incident is a very short-handed way of dealing with these characters, in my opinion. Yes, I know this is a movie, and you can't deal with 75 years of comic book history in a small amount of time, but.....a "Let's give Bats a reason to hate Superman" sub-plot is a very high concept, and very predictable, thing to do.

One thing that you do see in this trailer that kind of gives me hope is a quick glance at what looks like a shrine to Robin in the Batcave.....just like the one the "real" Batman has in the comics. If this trailer had shown a giant penny or a replica dinosaur in the Batcave, I probably would have fainted.

The trailer also gives us a glimpse of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and he's pretty underwhelming....he kind of looks like a Millenial computer geek. And we also see a couple shots of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and she still looks to me more like Xena, Warrior Princess.

We also get to see the "Superman-fighting Batsuit" that Ben Affleck wears, and it certainly is inspired by Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.

Is it silly to write a blog post on a trailer? Well, that's what people like me do nowadays. If you didn't like MAN OF STEEL (and a lot of people didn't), you are going to have to accept that BATMAN V. SUPERMAN is very much a sequel to it. For better or worse, this movie is going to be the springboard for a supposed "DC Comics Movie Universe". There's a lot riding on this movie--there's maybe even more riding on it than the next STAR WARS film. Can it in any way possibly make all those crazy geeks like me happy?

Here's a hint: crazy movie geeks like me are never happy.

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