We’re only two days removed from the nuclear DC Hall H presentation from San Diego Comic-Con, and the internet is still abuzz with that massive second trailer for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Longer and more in depth than the first one, this trailer gave us a much bigger glimpse into what the DCEU will be.
What the heck are we waiting for? Let’s dive in! Here six huge revelations that I believe are the most important in this new trailer.
Bruce Wayne Was There
As I speculated a few weeks ago, Bruce Wayne was there when Superman and Zod fought. At first I believed that Bruce was visiting Metropolis. Now, some believe that the battle bled over into nearby Gotham. During the SDCC Hall H panel with Warner Bros., we learned that Gotham and Metropolis are “sister cities” in the new DCEU, much like San Francisco and Oakland. Unless it was the Wayne Financial hub in Metropolis, it’s very likely that the fight spilled across the bay.
The Wayne building was evidently totally destroyed in the fight, and we cant’t even come close to speculating how many employees or personal friends of Bruce were lost. One of the few things that we do know is that there is now an second motivation for Batman wanting to take down Kal-El.
What we assumed would be a classic take on the Batman and Superman rivalry has been turned into something immensely personal. Bruce’s feelings could get even more intense if it was the Joker that wrote “You Let Your Family Die” on that newspaper clipping that was sent to him in the trailer. The handwriting looks eerily similar to words spray-painted at another part of the trailer.
To put it simply, the Joker knows that Bruce Wayne is Batman, and has decided to have a little fun by turning the screws. Joker is the one person who could take an already wounded Batman and send him teetering to the edge.
Batman Has Been Through Hell
Speaking of the Joker…
The Robin memorial from The Dark Knight Returns is here, albeit with a few major alterations. The classic looking Robin costume has been replaced by a darker, more practical looking Kevlar suit. It looks like someone that would have been worn by someone who was fighting alongside The Caped Crusader.
Across the chest of the suit are the words “Haha, Joke’s on you Batman,” a modern take on a calling card from the joker. It fits perfectly with the gangster inspired version of The Clown Prince of Crime that director David Ayer has given us.
In a number of classic Batman graphic novels, Bruce Wayne was haunted about the death of Jason Todd, which we see alluded to here when we hear Ben Affleck utter the words “Twenty years in Gotham, how many good guys are left?”
Robin died at the hands of an out of control maniac, and it’s a good bet we’ll find Bruce using this as additional justification for destroying the Man of Steel.
A Realistic Follow-Up
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice may not be a direct sequel to Man of Steel, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not following up on the events that took place in that film.
While it would no-doubt be uplifting to see a world instantly accept its new savior, we all need to take a step back and realize just how unrealistic that is. We live in a world where rising citizens and would be world leaders are torn to shreds on the news and across social media for the slightest thing. How would we react to a god-like being?
Seeing Superman called before a congressional hearing and being found accountable for the destruction in Metropolis makes sense. Thousands died, and the property damage was easily in the billions. It was Superman’s first day on the job, and it showed. Now three years later, opinions are divided across the globe.
Lex Luthor is Quite Well Connected
Billionaire business moguls aren’t strangers to mingling with CEO’s and senators. They are also known to try and sway public opinion on divided issues. In the new Batman v Superman Comic-Con trailer, we see Lex Luthor making inroads with the United States Government.
In one scene, he is seen conspiring with the senator played by Holly Hunter. In others, we see him toying with Kryptonite and unzipping a body bag containing the corpse of General Zod. While Snyder denied the rumors that Doomsday would be appearing in his new film, that’s not all Zod’s body could be used for. Holding Kryptonite to Zod’s body could let him know just how dangerous the radioactive element is to his people.
The lines uttered by Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor reveal a deeply conniving megalomaniac. While previous iterations of the villain on the big screen have shown a campy madman in and out of prison, here we see a devious and powerful man at the height of his power.
Luthor’s trademark humor is still present, even if it is toned down a bit. ‘The red capes are coming,’ was vintage Lex. As always, he’ll probably be the only one laughing at his quips.
Right Out of the Comics
While the trailer criminally underutilized Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, we did get to see just how much care was taken into bringing her character to the big screen. Yes, her Bracelets of Submission will probably be used to deflect blasts and bullets, but they also have the power to create a concussive force of energy. In case you’re not familiar with the extent of her powers in the past, such a blast could be used to stun even someone as powerful as Superman.
Just like the traditional Kevlar model, Batman’s Frank Miller-inspired armored batsuit is on full display. At the aforementioned SDCC panel, Zack Snyder did his best to dispel comparisons to Iron Man’s suit, which is designed for extreme offense. Instead, this new armored suit is designed solely to protect whoever is inside.
The shot of Batman using his grappling hook to move himself out of the path from Superman’s heat vision looks amazing. So does Superman carrying a Russian rocket capsule to safety. Snyder is brilliant at bringing our most beloved comics pages to life, even if he does so in an original story.
My favorite scene in the trailer came towards the very end, when we saw Superman ripping the top off of what I’m guess is a freshly disabled Batmobile. Standing there in a pose that would intimidate almost anyone else on the planet, Batman just stands up slowly, staring his super powered foe in the eye.
It was a cold, calculated move by Snyder and Affleck. Batman standing up after Superman smashed his beloved car shows a man truly prepared to do what is necessary to take down the more powerful alien.
Wonder Woman, obviously as close to a physical equal of Superman as the DCEU will get, will have an important part, but I expect it to be small. This movie will center on Batman tracking down and fighting Superman, which is exactly what it should be. While another villain like Luthor or Doomsday (or both!) are what will ultimately draw the two together. If she is indeed the lynchpin to the whole thing, she could be the one who comes in to save them both at the end.
The first Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer left me in awe, but this one completely blew me away. It showed us that even if another villain like Doomsday is in the film, the main focus is going to be on Batman and Superman. This is exactly what I wanted, and I love the extremely personal angle for Bruce Wayne that Snyder and writer Chris Terrio worked into the plot.
This is going to be a fantastic movie, filled with personal demons, complex imagery and a layers plot. Shut up and take my money, Warner Bros. I’m ready for my tickets now.