In the one corner, you have the black (maybe blue) devil-eared, caped crusader weighing in at over 1000 pounds in his Robocop suit. In the other corner, you have the red-caped, neck snapping, boy in blue. Who will win? Who will lose? It’s hard to say, but what’s easy to say, is that it’s going to be one hell of a fight.
This trailer did a better job of giving us an understanding of what’s going on. Many people (myself included) complained that the perceived casualty rate in Man of Steel was ridiculous and that Supes failed to save the day, in a way. In this trailer, we see that some people, including government leaders, are afraid of big blue. And rightfully so, the guy leveled half of Metropolis while trying to save it. I enjoyed the opening scene of the trailer because it was very Superman-like. You have Superman voluntarily showing up to a government hearing about how he handled the situation in MOS.
The next couple scenes, help explain why Bruce Wayne is anti-Superman. We see that Bruce was in Metropolis whenever Superman and Zod were throwing it down and witnessed the destruction caused by it. Very cool – now it makes sense why Bruce isn’t a Superman fan.
Of interest, is that what follows has to deal with Batman and the Joker – something I wasn’t expecting. We see that Wayne Manor has been in ruins for a very, very long time. I suspect that Bruce has been hanging out in his Gotham penthouse after the Bat Cave became compromised (more on that later). We see that Bruce returns to the cave due to (possibly) the receipt of a message from (possibly) the Joker. The message reads, “You let your family die.” Cut to Bruce staring at the Batsuit intently. Oh my, some stuff is about to go down!
All very cool plot points that create a lot of questions. For instance, how does the Joker know about Bruce’s family? Why is Wayne Manor in ruin? Has Bruce given up on being Batman? If so, what caused him to give up the cape and cowl? Is Superman going to operate outside of the law? Etc., etc., etc.
The next thing we see is Superman doing a lot of heroic things. Followed by a Senator meeting with Lex Luthor about the issue of super-heroes appearing. This trailer gives us our first look at Luthor and…I’m on the fence. He isn’t played stereotypical which is good, but I don’t see Luthor, not yet at least. Maybe as more footage surfaces I’ll be able to make a better judgement call.
Probably one of the most exciting things about the trailer is Robin’s spray-painted uniform in the Bat Cave. I’ve seen people saying that it’s not Robin’s uniform, but a statue. I have to disagree. I believe it’s Robin’s uniform for several reasons: 1) just because the colors are muted doesn’t mean it’s a statue, just look at Batman’s uniform 2) It’s just the suit, there are no arms, face, or legs. Most statues of someone are made from head to toe 3) I don’t think the Joker broke into the Bat Cave and spray painted the suit because the suit looks to be behind glass 4) I think it was the uniform worn by Jason Todd (it looks beaten and burned) and after the Joker killed Jason spray painted the message on it for Batman to find. However it works out, it’s cool to see a Robin uniform and some tie-ins to the Killing Joke graphic novel.
After the Killing Joke reference, there are a lot of quick clips. Most memorable are of Wonder Woman kicking some butt, Luthor looking at kryptonite, and Batman fighting an army with Superman patches on their shoulders.
The trailer ends on Superman tearing open the Batmobile to reveal Batman, which is a pretty cool scene because Batman doesn’t miss a beat and stands up coming face to face with the guy who just messed up his ride.
This was a much better trailer than the last one. My only concern is that there might be too much going on in this movie. We all have seen how well superhero movies do with multiple villains – I’m looking at you Batman & Robin. So far, in this movie we got Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Joker, Luthor, and who knows who else. I heard Doomsday might be in this movie but I didn’t see anything to make me think that.
Consume. Review. Repeat. gives this trailer a 9 out of 10 invisible airplanes.