Yes, you read this correctly. It’s nothing like a procrastinating university student reviewing a whole movie on a 2 minute trailer. This shit is amazing, I creamed my pants and there’s lots to talk about so LETS GOOOOOO!
The first thing that’s obvious to me was that it actually looks like a really good follow-up to the underrated film, Man of Steel.
The trailer begins with various monologues spoken by various people who play a significant role in the film. The various monologues basically raise and tackle the question(s) that were created during the end of Man of Steel, which was how people would react to the existence of an alien living on Earth. The questions raised were well executed because the trailer showed a very wide range of reactions, which are all understandable, given the circumstances and the very nature of humankind.
For example, Charlie Rose asks, “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?”
Paired with this quote, we get an image of Superman standing and looking solemn among a crowd who are all reaching out for him. It’s important to point out that Superman seems to be uncomfortable with the praise and worship he’s receiving, probably because he didn’t become Superman for superficial reasons.
Why is this important? Because it shows human behaviour reacting towards Superman. Some humans bend their knees towards worship at a higher being (religion) and some outwardly reject it (Lex Luthor).
This follows up with Lex’s quote where he says “We know better now, don’t we? Devils don’t come from Hell beneath us; no, they come from the sky.” Understand the dichotomy that’s raised in the film now?
“Can you imagine how people on this planet would react…if they knew that someone like this was out there?” – Perry White (Man of Steel)
This ties in with the first film where Perry White warns Lois Lane of the dangers telling the people of Earth that they’re not alone in the universe.
Neil deGOAT Tyson follows it up with “We’re talking about a being whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe”, which was an amazing surprise because he’s one of my scientific heroes and is a character in the comics that helps Superman locate Krypton.
It’s worth noting that bridging that quote and the next one is a shot of Superman floating mid-air over someone’s outstretched hand, again looking very angelic. It actually resembles a piece of promotional art from the heavily-Bible-quoting Kingdom Come Elsewords series and Superman All Star.
Yes, some people think Kal is a god, and yes, others think he is a fraud. Yes, some people think he should be “kept on a leash”, and yes, someone raised the important question of “we know what he can do, but do we know what he should do?” These are good, interesting philosophical questions, about accountability, something that is very rarely (if ever) mentioned in superheroes movies.
And yes, it’s dark. Wah. Big deal. Not everything is as fluffy and rainbows as Avengers or Cap 2, which is annoying because they skimmed through this question and no one really seemed to care that advanced alien civilizations existed except for SHIELD.
Next image is called the “money shot” because it’s visually arousing and very faithful to Superman’s character. It displays real strength and Superman saving expensive property and most likely human lives from the possible hazard if no one stopped it.
The shot of the soldiers bending their knees towards Superman? Holy shit. It should also be noted that the soldiers are also wearing Superman badges near their shoulder. I’m guessing this shot is about the soldiers that Superman saved in Man of Steel so they know he’s a good being. But also this shot is just sooooooooooooo powerful. Say what you want about Snyder, but he knows how to make a compelling and powerful image.
That said, the longing look at the empty costume and then the music as the camera gets closer…feels significant. The images are both hollow and haunting. It alludes that perhaps by now, Bruce has hung up the cape and cowl and is being drawn back out, a la the start of The Dark Knight Returns, upon which a number of elements of the film are said to be based or at least inspired by.
As for the relationship between Superman and Batman, Bruce is suspicious, cautions and even aggressive, but who can blame him? Because of the existence of an alien on Earth, a small town and a big city got destroyed (and we can also presume that there have been some climatic changes due to the Terraforming machine too). As far as we know, Batman is a seasoned hero. Of course he is going to be cautions around someone whose mere existence, once it was revealed, brought such destruction on Earth.
Holy shit he looks menacing! What I love about Zack’s interpretation of Batman is that it’s the most accurate towards the comic books yet. Batman is supposed to strike fear into his opponents, and how can you not be afraid of something like that approaching you? Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
I, for one, do not want to see these people becoming best friends in five minutes after meeting. I like some psychological realism in my stories, no matter the settings. Friendships built over time and hardships are more interesting (and realistic) than those built on the fact that two people have classes together/are in the same office and therefore colleagues in a professional setting.
What’s significant about this picture is that Superman is always flying above the people of Earth. While on the surface this has no real impact because Superman can fly, it holds value because it’s a visual metaphor of Superman as a higher being.
This notion leads to the next picture where Batman asks, “Tell me, do you bleed? You will”. Why is this important? Because Batman, a human, humanizes Superman by asking him human qualities. And what happens next?
Yep. Superman drops to the ground and is now on the same level as Batman. Hence they’re now equals and about to duke it out on equal ground. Genius visual storytelling ❤
What we’ve seen so far of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice makes the movie looks a lot more grounded in our world than the MCU, and it’s something I really like. To each their own on that aspect, of course.
Also Snyder’s Batman makes Nolan’s Batman look like Sesame Street.
TL;DR: the trailer looks really promising and I totally trust Warner Brothers and Zack Snyder to do something original with the DCCU. #dccudefensesquad2k16