I was never really that interested in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and then the first trailer appeared. Despite thinking this was going to be nothing other than a Michael Bay style car crash that would paradoxically still be making millions upon millions at the box office I was actually pretty impressed. Cautiously optimistic even. So much so I even wrote a an article about it.
The dark tone so jarring in the woefully bad Man of Steel works with Batman in the mix and the way it was worked into the established events of Man of Steel actually made sense and actually made for a strong reason as to why DC’s best known characters would be at odds with each other. More than that though it teased some interesting narrative points like Superman being demonised for being an alien but also deified by others as well a variety of locations and scenarios. Ben Affleck seemed to be a good fit for Batman (despite whatever The Internet at large seemed to think) and introducing Gal Godot as Wonder Woman would be a big deal given it will be the first appearance of DC’s most iconic female superhero in film.
I went from having no real interest in Dawn of Justice to actually maybe looking forward to it.
Then the latest trailer happened and it completely torpedoed any faith I had in this being anything other than a fragmented, tonally dissonant mess of a film much like Man of Steel.
This new trailer features far more of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor and really that’s where things nosedive into oblivion. Whilst Eisenberg is a great actor (seriously checkout The Social Network) as seen here his Lex is a painfully unfunny clown utterly grating with the tone projected by Affleck’s Batman and Cavill’s Superman to the point it seems like he thinks he’s in another film entirely, or under the impression he is playing The Joker I’m not sure which.
Casting the thirty something Eisenberg as Lex Luthor turned a few heads initially given the characters history of being portrayed by more established veteran actors Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey in previous films, although Michael Rosenbaum did play a younger Lex in the proto Superman show Smallville.
One of the most telling aspects of the new trailer though is despite Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor all having dialogue featured in both trailers released so far we’ve yet to hear a single syllable from Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. This is essentially reducing her to eyecandy which seems to be going unnoticed due to the fact that Wonder Woman is there at all. Yeah Wonder Woman is in your film great but at the moment she is being played like a footnote in the trailers which isn’t exactly a great way to treat a character arguably just as iconic as Batman or Superman.
Aside from that though this trailer reveals that Doomsday will be the reason that Batman and Superman team up with Wonder Woman (and others) , because spoiler the whole point of Dawn of Justice is to set up the Justice League in one film. Doomsday is revealed to actually be Michael Shannon’s General Zod recreated as a poorly executed digital character. Much like Man of Steel Dawn of Justice seems to be crippled by subpar CG FX.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice is looking a bit like a car crash at best and a squandered opportunity at worst.
Check out the trailer below.