Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer: So Serious

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At last, here is the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in official and proper-quality form – well, online proper, as opposed to the optimum IMAX version a lot of you will see Monday. My first impression: the head of Warner Bros. wasn’t kidding when he said the new DC Comics movies will be edgier than Marvel. For the MCU, there’s a battle in New York, thousands of civilians are killed, and the heroes go eat some shawarma and continue to yuk it up. For the DCCU, there’s a battle in Metropolis, thousands (if not more) citizens are killed, and a whole mega-franchise is built out of that destruction.

This movie, a sequel to Man of Steel and lead-in to the Justice League movies and more, looks Serious with a capital ‘s.’ Maybe that’s what the ‘s’ on Superman’s chest really stands for. The extraterrestrial superhero (Henry Cavill) is apparently being called a false god and likened to the Devil and dictators at the start of the Batman v Superman trailer, and likely that’s the start of the movie. We hear a handful of voices discussing the controversy of his very existence, including Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Another one of them is Holly Hunter, playing a US senator, and as always it’s great to hear that twang.

And then we hear Jeremy Irons’s also-great and distinct voice as Alfred, speaking to brooding Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. While we’re on the topic of voices, of course, we have to address the new Batman growl, which sounds like Megatron from the live-action Transformers movies meets the Nothing from The NeverEnding Story. I’m sure its echo quality is due to the armored, Superman-busting Batsuit he’s wearing at that moment, as he asks the flying Kryptonian, “Do you bleed?” I think Master Wayne has been seen Predator a few too many times.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.

Christopher began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called 'Read,' back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials.