The latest, full length trailer has been released for DC’s upcoming hero mashup, and for the most part offers an interesting take on its biggest two icons going head-to-head. But then goes into overdrive and ultimately overkill by the end of the three minutes.
I love how the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent is set up. They have a lot of distaste for each other’s alter egos and it’s brought nicely into play via a snarky chat at a Lex Luthor organised shindig. We quickly move from this initial passive-aggression to the escalation of their disagreement, which leads to them squaring off at some point in the film.
The whole thing is reminiscent of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War trailer, in that each hero has a valid point-of-view with regard to their powers and the use thereof. Superman is the Captain America here, patriotic and assuming that he should be allowed to act freely as his strength is used to protect the earth. Batman is the Tony Stark then, in that he recognises the danger of a super-being going unchecked (which is fair enough given the levelling of Metropolis in Man of Steel).
The way the trailer builds you would guess that this is what the entirety of the film is about. And in my opinion that’s what it should be. It’s a great dichotomy and offers so much opportunity for conflict that 120 minutes would whizz by, ending with the showdown of these godlike entities.
But sadly DC decided this would be the movie which sets up the Justice League. And so to make the whole thing messy they’ve brought back Zod as an even stronger and more disgusting looking villain (Doomsday) and thrown in Wonder Woman from out of nowhere.
I would stake a good wad of cash that this trailer plays out like an abridged version of the film: Starting strong, promising a clash of titans and a battle for the ages, then resolving said showdown far too quickly and moving on to the next thing, which will be much less satisfying, much more generic and muddled up in cheesy dialogue with regular exposition dumps.
Let’s also guess that the running time will be at least 140 minutes and that by the end we’ll all be questioning why several different stories were crammed into one.
And it’s a shame because I have to say that Cavill makes a great Superman and Ben Affleck does a great grizzled (whilst still being chiselled) Bruce Wayne/older Batman. They could have had the whole film to themselves and the world would have been on board. Instead they’re chucking the kitchen sink at it.