Dissecting Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice SDCC trailer

Possible spoiler alert!

A new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was recently released at San Diego Comic-Con. Warner Bros. posted it on Youtube and it received over 4M views in less than a day.

This trailer did not disappoint! With the previous teasers, I’ve caught myself thinking, “Wow it’s the new DC movie, oh yeah, but I know this trailer’s boring, but hey it’s Batman and Superman, but uhm…” I found that I couldn’t totally “geek” out over them, until this new one. I can watch this new one over and over. Maybe because there are more fight scenes. Or perhaps because finally there’s some Wonder Woman in it!

Anyway, I took some screenshots of the trailer and then I will share my thoughts about them here. I’ll try not to bore you. *fingers crossed* Still with me? Alright, let’s go!

Superman being called by the senate
Superman being called by the senate

The trailer starts with a scene where Superman is summoned to the Senate. You can see various reactions from protesters outside; some of them are rooting for him, waving placards pertaining to his “saving lives” and calling to “share the planet”. Most, though, show anti-alien sentiments–understandable after the major loss of life and property from Superman’s battle with Zod.

People in the Senate (?) courthouse don’t exactly “jump for joy” when Superman enters. Though one woman does tuck her hair behind her ear as he approaches the podium. (Ed. note: She might just be fixing it, you know. 😛 – Minami)

Next we have Bruce Wayne on his mobile phone. My guess is that he’s on a call with someone in his building, Wayne Financial.

And oh, Batman is so badass whether in or out of his suit, that he’s caught disregarding street signs.

Bruce runs to his building as it collapses, probably from the battle of the “Kryptonians”, which results in the loss of some of his friends and colleagues. This may be the reason the Dark Knight sees the Man of Steel as a threat to the planet.

I admit I was confused at the presence of a Wayne building in Metropolis. Director Zack Snyder clarifies this at the SDCC panel. “We’ve done stuff in Man of Steel to launch this conflict. We put Gotham and Metropolis right next to each other. It makes sense for us in our story that they’re kind of sister cities across a big bay, like Oakland and San Francisco.” 

Wayne Manor and the Batcave.

Shots of Bruce’s training, the bat suit up close and the new Alfred Pennyworth, Jeremy Irons.

I feel doubtful on whether Irons can surpass, or even be at par with the previous actors of this role. His predecessors, the two award-winning Michaels (Caine and Gough) who portrayed the role for Nolan and Burton’s Batman respectively, did a very good job as the Wayne’s trusted butler. I do know that Irons is a fine actor and has won his own share of awards (I like his Tiberias in Kingdom of Heaven, one of my most favorite movies of all time). I guess they need a more “forceful” character to ram some sense into a more mature and brooding Bruce.

Still fascinated that Martha Kent is being played by Diane Lane, same surname as Lois.

This movie introduces the first appearances of Lex Luthor and the kryptonite material in the new franchise. I’m assuming that the main villain got it from Zod’s ship after it crashed. Mercy Graves, Lex’s assistant, is played by Tao Okamoto. You may be familiar with her role as Mariko in the Wolverine movie.

And I started a joke
And I started a joke…

Screen Shot 2015-07-12 at 12.33.52 PMA lot of people are saying that this is the Easter Egg in the trailer. Will the Joker appear in the movie? Maybe to promote the Suicide Squad film. Snyder kinda confirmed it on his Twitter account.

Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot

Diana! ❤

Enter Darth Vader's theme
Enter Darth Vader’s theme. Oops, wrong fandom.

This is an intriguing scene. Did Lex manage to control Superman and lead some sort of Super Army? I recall from the Reeves version that there was a version of an evil Superman, and if I am remembering it correctly, kryptonite was involved (have to dig up those movies soon). There was a shot earlier where we see a Kryptonian kneeling in front of Lex so this assumption may be true.

At first, it didn’t make sense that Batman was using the bat signal himself. It’s supposed to “call him”, and not vice versa. But then I remember the previous trailer where he confronts Superman asking, “Tell me, do you bleed?” So maybe the bat signal was lit up to attract Supes’ attention, luring him to Gotham, a place Batman knows inside and out, ergo giving him a terrain advantage.

These cutscenes went by very fast. There’s a diver securing something that looks like a rock? Statue? A bent-over human? Possibly with long hair? A big body? Maybe like Aquaman? (!!!)

Jason Momoa, Aquaman
Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Picture shared by Zack Snyder on his twitter- https://twitter.com/ZackSnyder/status/568650209581858817/photo/1

Then we have horses galloping across a field, which seems peculiar for these movies. Maybe Snyder wants to communicate that the guy in the previous shot was indeed Jason Momoa (popularly known as Khal Drogo in HBO’s Game of Thrones, leader of the Dothraki,  a race of nomadic horse-mounted warriors). Or maybe there will be an introduction of the variant Wild West Batman. Lol.

Moving on…

Death of Bruce Wayne’s parents, driving him to become the caped crusader.

It was my wife who noticed this. They arranged the sequence to show Bruce, and then Diana, making it seem like Diana is looking back at Bruce. BxD fans rejoice! (Wasn’t a fan of Superman x Wonder Woman in New 52).

Wonder Woman in fighting stance, and using the Bracelets of Submission to defend herself.

Wondering about the crashed vehicle in the background that looks like a broken pod.

LexCorp, Lex and his kryptonite. We can assume Batman somehow gets a hold of this material as it’s the only way he can stand a chance against Superman.

Batman vs Superman in the roof
Superman getting his ass kicked but with his cape still properly laid down.

Now, the BEST PART.

And the second best part…

“We’ve done stuff in Man of Steel to launch this conflict. We put Gotham and Metropolis right next to each other. It makes sense for us in our story that they’re kind of sister cities across a big bay, like Oakland and San Francisco.” – Zack Snyder

The confrontation.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released in the US March 25, 2016. More finger crossing that we get it earlier! To learn more, go to the official site.

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