batman vs superman

Batman v Superman – Final Trailer

Now THIS is a much better trailer than the one that revealed Doomsday.

It’s pretty bog-standard, with cheeky one-liners, blurry action sequences with a million cuts, and the typical Zack Snyder CGI with slow-mo. The dark colour palette from Man of Steel also made it hard to see anything.

But IT DIDN’T REVEAL THE FINAL VILLAIN THAT BROUGHT THE TWO COMBATANTS TOGETHER! It focused on the battle between Superman and Batman, Batman’s motivations, and hinted at Lex Luthor’s involvement. If only…

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Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Trailer

Erm.

This makes me feel a little annoyed, to be honest. I know Lex Luthor is the real villain, and given the title of the film, it’s obvious that Supes and Batsy will work together at the end. But Lex creating a monster out of the body of General Zod? Ugh, what a cliché way to bring those two together.

But it’s nice to see Wonder Woman saving Batman’s ass, hopefully paving the way for female superheroes to kick ass and take names in future films. But her introduction…is so convenient. DC has no choice to be fair; they can’t build their cinematic universe slowly as Marvel as done, because they need to compete. But rushed entry of new characters into films, for the final fight no less, is anathema to me.

I really wish that they could have found another way to bridge the differences between Superman and Batman rather than a monster menace. How about something more psychological? I mean, apparently Lex was manipulating both Batman and Superman in order to make them fight. If that’s the case, why not have them realise the fact that Lex is the true enemy somehow, and work together to fight his influence somehow? That would make for a more intelligent film IMO.

Oh well, let’s see how it all works out.

Update: Because CinemaSins is much better at this criticism thing than I am.

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Trailer

HMMM.

Well, it definitely LOOKS good. I don’t have much faith in Zack Snyder’s ability to direct good plot-driven films, but the visuals are definitely going to be spectacular. But the trailer does hint at a lot of slow-motion, which is his thing.

Also…

I like the plot teased in the trailer. I really do. But it’s really just a adaptation from the comics. Also, while Jesse Eisenberg looks like a pretty good Lex Luthor so far, and Batfleck doesn’t look half bad, I loathe that fat Batman logo. It looks utterly hideous. I mean, sure, there’s nothing wrong with a bulked up Batman. But the logo doesn’t have to go the same way.

Joker will seemingly make an appearance, which is great, but I worry about just how much content are they trying to cram into this movie. Look at the mess that made of Spider-Man 3, when they introduced 3 villains. Hopefully Lex Luthor will remain as a character getting built and teased for the Justice League film, rather than becoming a major antagonist. Ditto Joker and Suicide Squad or the next Batman film.

Wonder Woman makes an appearance too, which is great, but it’s hard to tell what role she’s going to play. Already there feels like an overload of characters. Granted, most people will know superficially of these characters, and it’s possible to play off their prior knowledge and just go for it. But as a standalone film, it needs to build its characters, and I hope they don’t make a mess of it.

And what of Aquaman? As much as he is the butt of jokes on the internet, he’s a legitimately powerful character.

Finally, I have an issue with the final battle. See, there was already plenty of CGI in Man of Steel, but it wasn’t so bad as to make me cringe. But the final battle between Batman and Superman, as teased in the trailer? Looks very heavily CGI-ed. After Nolan’s trilogy, I’m a little more adverse to CGI, especially for a film featuring Batman. Marvel can get away with it because they handle so much more sci-fi, and they have a brighter colour scheme and tone in their films. DC went for dark and gritty, and CGI does not mesh as well.

But what the heck, I’ll watch it anyway.