See, the original plan was they showed the "teaser for a teaser" on Wednesday night, premiere the trailer at a special event at select IMAX theatres on Monday, with the trailer officially going online on Tuesday. But, it got leaked to the Internet on Thursday night, forcing WB's hand and giving it an official release on Friday night.
Obstensibly a sequel to Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice was quickly handed the task of establishing the DC Cinematic Universe. So not only does a rebooted Batman show up, we're also going to get Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Cyborg, leading to the origins of the Justice League.
Of course, there was much outcry over the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, but I think Affleck is a good enough actor to pull it off. Assisting Affleck is Jeremy Irons as the new Alfred. Rounding out our Justice League is Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.
Returning from Man of Steel is Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. Rounding out the Superman universe is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
So...how does it look?
Huh. Well...yeah. I'm not diggin' it. I'm not liking Gritty Superman vs Darth Vader Batman.
I know that they're trying to take from the beloved Frank Miller graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns. But that had a whole different set-up to their epic fight. Batman and Superman were the only two superheros left. Superman became a total government sell-out, and Batman was still sticking up for the little guy. It was the clash of ideologies. Granted, they could be going for that in Batman v Superman. Batman could see that he has to stand up for the common person after Superman and Zod's godlike battle that utterly destroyed Metropolis in Man of Steel.
But still...in this film, Superman is just starting out. In The Dark Knight Returns, it was at the relative end of Batman and Superman's superhero careers. No doubt their relationship had become that of colleagues who tolerated each other and got along, but eventually started getting on each others' nerves after 50 years of the same ol' crap. Do you really want them to start out that way?
Or maybe I'm just tired of gritty Batman. Christopher Nolan did it so well in his Dark Knight trilogy, that we were ready for a new direction, and this isn't new enough. Hell, they even rip off a shot from The Dark Knight Rises in that trailer, of Batman from behind, on top of the bridge, his cape flowing in the wind.
Perhaps a co-worker said it best. We all loved the Star Wars trailer so much, that anything else by comparison is going to seem underwhelming for the next little bit.
But I love Batman. I love Superman. And I'm upset that this trailer has me going "meh."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theatres on March 25, 2016.
My original trailer rants follow.
Before the new Star Wars trailer came along and blew our minds, there were a couple other trailers that come out earlier this week that I wanted to ramble about a bit. First up, the new trailer for Ant-Man:
I'm still feeling kind of "meh" towards Ant-Man. I mean, a hero with a supersuit? Battling a villain with a similar supersuit? Didn't Marvel already make this movie in Iron Man? My original complaint of "generic superhero film" still stands.
Although, there are some clever bits. I chuckled at the whole "I need you to break into a place and steal some stuff" gag. And the end bit with the train was cute. But I'm still going..."meh."
Meanwhile, we also got the new trailer for the big Terminator reboot, Terminator Genisys.
Now this one has me a little more sold on Terminator Genisys. I complained that the first trailer had a whole "been there, done that" feeling to it, as we saw the Terminator running around battling a liquid metal Terminator. But now that we're getting more into the plot and we're seeing what's going on, and that John Connor himself is now a Terminator of some kind...now I'm getting more intrigued. Might be going to see this one after all.
Both Ant-Man and Terminator Genisys come out in July.