Trailer Analysis: Batman V Superman


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A few weeks ago, after a low quality teaser of Batman v Superman leaked on the internet, Zack Snyder officially released a trailer for the film. The first footage with a number of bits and pieces arranged together drops a few hints about how the movie is going to be.

The music has a very electronic vibe yet is very percussive that actually fits the tone of the movie. The scene cuts to a Superman statue in middle of Metropolis with some commentary in background. It sounds more like an interview, but who are they interviewing?

Metropolis in background look very much different than the one Superman destroyed in Man of Steel. The conversation in background highlights a voice asking “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?”

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There is another voice in the interview roundup that sounds like Neil deGrasse Tyson with an awkward emphasis on the word Alien. It seems that Superman’s appearance on Earth’s culture has become a hot topic and to some extent a matter of concern. This shot cuts to Superman surrounded by people with a group with emo makeup who sound like members of some kind of Superman fanclub. Superman looks sad, tired and heartbroken as usual. For a hero who is called hope and savior for humankind he has been constantly portrayed as a sad and destructive force of nature. But that is not my main concern about the movie.

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The scene cuts to Superman’s iconic pose lifting a Russian craft crashing on Earth, that kind of reminds me of the cover page of Superman #1 . The arguments in background grow stronger with a female voice yelling “they are not telling us the truth.” Followed by a man shouting “this is our planet”.

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The trailer clearly shows a pattern, there is a conflict of opinions. People of Earth are insecure about Superman’s presence. Bits of this sequence sound like Kingdom Come’s prologue.

While the conversation grows stronger, the focus towards Superman’s statue keeps increasing along with words like ‘Power’ Chaos’ and ‘tragedy’ continue to appear in a pattern.

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The scene quickly cuts to a sequence where a group of policemen bow in front of Superman. This is an obvious callback from Man of Steel where Superman was shown in handcuffs. Also those helmets look like those of German soldiers in WW2, kind of weird isn’t it?

This entire trailer is submerged in complicated symbols like first Man of Steel trailer which is kind of ironic because the first movie turned out to be a destruction porn on such a great level that it makes me afraid about new symbols. I can only deduce that Zak Snyder is still obsessed with Watchmen days, he should understand that symbols only work in a specific zone of comic book movies and not everywhere.

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I have read at a few places that voices continue to change speaker modes, while a few voices come from left speaker other like Jesse Eisenberg come from the right one. More symbolism I must say. Another scene cuts to Superman’s statue and then the line ‘devils don’t come from hell beneath us.’ That is followed by ‘They come from Sky’ showing Superman in a very godlike pose.

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Final cut at the statue along with chants saying ‘go home,’ along with a final now in light statue that has been vandalized as false god.

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The scene now cuts to Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne and Jeremy Irons who plays Alfred in this movie speaking in the background. He talks about starting something but what exactly remains a mystery for now. There are talks about rage and powerlessness while the shot cuts to Batman’s suit. It seems it hasn’t been used for a while.

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We now see Batman standing in a building with random words written all over the place, while some say it is a clue to Wonder Woman others can’t help noticing Riddler’s question mark at a corner. The lights start flickering in Snyder’s trademark style and we get to see the Batwing. The score now gets intense with explosions and Batman taking out bad guys. The scene cut to the new Batmobile and then finally Batman. I love his chin, very Batman like straight from the comics, he is huge and is very pissed of.

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Over to a shot where Batman is holding a rifle, reminder that Frank Miller gave Batman a rifile in his Dark Knight run I am sure that Snyder taking a lot of material from here.

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Finally we get to see World’s finest facing off each other. An armored clad Batman stares Superman in the sky. Another bunch of symbols, while Batman stares in dark Superman floats in light.

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Batman sounds not in mood of giving any shit to the man hovering on top of him. He growls ‘“Tell me, do you bleed?” the intensity of this scene is no close to any other. Here is a man without any superpowers standing to confront a man who is considered as a god by most of the people in the world. Superman finally comes on the ground while the screen fades to dark.

There is no clue of Wonder Woman or Aquaman. It is safe to consider that both these characters will have glorified cameos before making full appearance in Justice League. May be we will meet the new characters in a new trailer.

This trailer doesn’t drop many hints about the movie but DC is back to its dark tone. We don’t know the timeline of the story and leaves us with a lot of questions. The movie won’t come out next year in March when we get our answers and see how DC Cinematic Universe is actually shaping.

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