One of the major things to come out of the recently concluded SDCC, if not the main thing out of it, was the release of the new trailer for Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice. What we got was 3 and a half minutes of pure majesty, that could be considered the greatest trailer ever made, and i’m to explain why.
World Building :
In 3 minutes, this trailer paints an amazing picture for us of the world we are getting. We see the destruction of the city but from the point of view of Bruce Wayne, giving us the first glimpse of the seeds of conflict between the two heroes. We see the state of the public opinion, that is definitely split, and the position we see being taken by the government who see Superman first off as a threat and liability. There are also many hints and teases left in the trailer to give us an idea of the history of this world also. The joker spray painted robin costume, giving us a clear idea that we may get our first view of the Batman after the death of a Robin. We also see what is likely the destroyed ruins of Wayne manner. We get to finally see the first appearance of Kryptonite in this universe, as well as a possible introduction to the character of Doomsday, through the retrieved body of general Zod. The introduction of Woman Woman also shows us that she has been around for a little while and has been blending in rather than stick out for now.
New Characters :
This trailer gave us the first and best debuts yet of most of the new characters set to be in this new movie world. We see the new Alfred as played by Jeremy Irons, the Gal Gadot Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. As well as a slew of smaller introductions of other characters set to help fill out this world. Even without much dialogue from most of these characters, and none at all from Gal Gadot, we get a really good sense of the characters and their place in this universe.
Easter Eggs and Inspiration :
All of this new trailer, is filled it easter eggs and nods to the inspirations behind the story of this film. One of the big easter eggs AND nods here is the spray painted robin suit that we see in the bat cave, giving us nods to the Death in the Family and Killing Joke story lines of Batman. We also see the major inspiration of the Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns story line here too, from the shots of the armoured Batman, to even one shot where we see the dark knight in the tell tale pose from the famous cover of the aforementioned dark knight graphic novel. Kryptonite is seen for the first time in this universe, as are nods to Aquaman and Doomsday.
Batman and Superman :
Possibly even more importantly than the new looks and images we see of both Batman and Superman, are the looks we see of Bruce Wayne, and Clark Kent. The trailer gives us this idea that a big part of what we will be seeing, is a conflict between Bruce Wayne and Superman, and Clark Kent and Batman. Bruce sees Superman as massive threat and Clark being the reporter he is, see Batman as a mad vigilante that does more harm than good. Adding a deeper layer to the over arching Batman and Superman conflict.
From the beautiful imagery we see, to the religious and political themes there is soon much that this trailer does and gives us, that it pretty much impossible i think to find real faults with it. Wether you are a fan or not of either DC or comic book movies in general, i think a lot of respect has to be paid to this trailer and hopefully the movie will be up to the same standards.