After all of the wait, speculation, leaks, and rumors, we finally have the first official glimpse at Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In typical Snyder fashion, the footage is tonally dark with the narrative voiceover questioning Superman’s intentions. Juxtaposed against the Superman clips is Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne looking at his Batman costume with Alfred telling him, “That’s how it starts: the fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men cruel.”
The trailer doesn’t capture what makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe feel so full and interconnected. Granted, this is Warner Bros. and DC’s first real attempt (Green Lantern notwithstanding) at creating a unified universe, but it just feels like a Superman film with Batman in it, or vice versa. There’s also the question of Batman’s status quo in this film and whether or not that will confuse casual fans who may not realize the Batman in Dawn of Justice isn’t the same Batman in the The Dark Knight Trilogy.
It will be interesting to see if Snyder will be able to balance enough screen time for not only Batman and Superman, but also the debuting Wonder Woman in the film. Just based on the trailer alone, the film feels too cramped as is, but WB and DC have the highest respect and faith in Snyder… for better or worse.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters in 2016.