Jimmy Kimmel, you son of a bitch. First you released the Captain America: Civil War trailer (my review can be found here) and now you've released the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. So much for getting my Empire Strikes Back review up today. But yes, the third (and hopefully final) trailer has arrived for the second film in the DCEU. Wait, the DCEU? What's that? That, my dear children, stands for the DC Extended Universe. Get used to it. They plan to stick around for quite some time now.
But anyway, this third Batman V Superman trailer begins with Clark Kent working as a photographer at a party that's seemingly being hosted by The Joker... wait I mean Jason Todd... wait no it's Lex Luthor. That's right. Lex Luthor. That's who it is. And guess who just has to show up at the party? Our good friend, Mr. Bruce Wayne, who Clark hasn't even heard of. Clark and Bruce meet and, of course, Clark brings up the topic of Batman, leading to banter between the two of them where Bruce has a go at Superman and Clark has a go at Batman. While it looks like the film is still early on, I can't help but feel as if the two of them already know of each other's identities. Or perhaps it's this conversation that leads to them discovering each other's identities. Or better yet, Clark is oblivious while Bruce knows. I mean, Clark's only disguise is a pair of glasses so that wouldn't be too shocking.
The banter between the two of them is rather brilliant and just what I wanted out of these two characters, but it's soon cut short (and by soon I mean nearly a minute into the trailer... Jesus) by Lex Luthor. This portrayal of Luthor appears to be rather different to his character in the comics. He's not a manipulative and power hungry bastard, but he's instead a fast talking, wise cracking ass. While it deviates drastically from the source material, I still feel as though this can work. It's not the Luthor we know and love, but it is instead a new incarnation of the character. Plus, I'm almost positive we'll be seeing him do a lot more evil things than this trailer leads us to believe, although creating Doomsday is pretty freaking evil. But more on that later.
A very interesting aspect of this first minute is that Luthor is already well acquainted with both Clark and Bruce, and it's even hinted at during the Doomsday reveal that Luthor was the one who tried to get the two of them to fight. Why? We'll have to wait and see. I do like the dynamic between the three of them and I'm interested to see them interact. There's a moment later in the trailer where Lois Lane calls him psychotic and his reaction is brilliant. It's so Jesse Eisenberg, but it works. He seems to have his hands twisted in everyone's businesses and if so, I doubt that this is the last we've seen of him. Superman solo movie? Or even the Justice League? If I was to bet on anything, he's going to be DC's Loki. Sorry, Jared Leto. I'm sure you'll appear eventually, too.
What follows the opening party scene is a variety of different scenes, all tied in together with snippets of conversation between some of the main characters. The editing style of this part of the trailer is rather jarring, so much so that I was on the verge of a headache. It's a series of jump cuts that basically shows the entire movie, although ignoring the style of editing used in the trailer, the footage seen looks rather impressive. We get plenty of glimpses of the two titular characters battling it out and the CGI is practically flawless. This trailer even gives us another taste of Ben Affleck's Batman voice. It's a little strange to get used to, but after watching the trailer a few times, I quite like it.
And on the topic of Batman, Ben Affleck is making all the haters shut up. I've always been on board with him as Batman and the more I see of him, the more I love him, although nothing has sold me on his casting more than that 50 second teaser from a couple of days ago did. Until the mask came off, I didn't see Ben Affleck in that clip. I saw Batman. Ben who? Ben Affleck doesn't exist. There is only Bruce. Affleck is going to put all the previous incarnations of Batman to shame. Sorry, Bale. Sorry, Keaton. Neither of you can top the Kryptonite-weilding, no shit taking Batman we're about to get.
That brings me to the final part of the trailer. The Doomsday reveal. Everyone kind of suspected that something bigger was going on than just Batman taking on Superman, who, for the record, is still being played perfectly by Henry Cavill. I still love that casting. In this third trailer, we finally got to see a glimpse of this unknown enemy, and who is it? The one and only Doomsday, the vicious villain from the comics who ends up being the cause of Superman's death. I doubt we'll see Doomsday killing Superman in this film, though. This is only his second appearance.... But perhaps we will in a later film. Perhaps, like with Luthor and the Joker, this isn't the last we've seen of Doomsday, either. Only time will tell.
I really do like that Doomsday is in this movie. It's a threat big enough to allow the Justice League to form together. I don't, however, like that we saw him in the trailer. Everyone, including myself, was already speculating as to what exactly was really gong down in this movie and it would've been fun to keep on guessing right up until the movie's release. It would've been so much cooler to see his reveal while watching the actual film, as it was certainly a big "OH MY GOD" moment. My jaw had dropped and I squealed quite loudly. It just seems like a twist we won't see until the third act, along with the reveal of Wonder Woman, although I'm sure we'll be seeing her out of costume earlier on in the film. But this feels like the first time in the film we see her in action.
Also shown at the end of this trailer is Superman and Batman coming to terms with each other and teaming up to take on this unstoppable force that Luthor has created, presumably by using General Zod's dead body. It's no surprise that the two of them are going to settle their differences by the end of the movie, but what is surprising is that they showed it in the trailer. This film is called Batman V Superman, not Justice League. I don't want to see them on the same side until I'm watching the actual film. That being said, it was pretty fucking awesome. The DCEU is off to a solid start, excluding Man of Steel.
As a whole, this was a rather impressive trailer, although it's also slightly underwhelming. It's got a lot going for it and it's looking like it's on track to be the biggest money maker of 2016 (and hopefully one of the best films of the year, as well), but the trailer itself is put together rather mediocrely. It's a three minute rundown of the entire film's plot and while I like what I saw, I didn't need to see all of that. I do actually like being surprised when I see a movie. But perhaps I'm wrong. Perhaps Doomsday is introduced halfway through the film. I doubt it, but it's not impossible. This is Doomsday we're talking about. Giving him 10 minutes of screen time would be an injustice to his character. We'll find out more when the film is released in Australian theatres on March 24th next year.