With Superfriends like these, who needs enemies?
Warner Bros. dropped a new trailer for “Batman v. Superman” late Wednesday night, offering a better look at the wide gulf of philosophical disagreement between the DC Comics heroes.
The three-minute trailer for the movie opening March 25, 2016, begins with a showdown of a different kind at a high-class soiree – an argument between Batman and Superman’s alter-egos about the morality of their respective costumed selves.
“Maybe it’s the Gotham City in me, we’ve had a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns,” seethes Affleck’s Wayne to Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent.
Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Godot) and Batman (Ben Affleck) in the new “Batman v Superman” trailer.
It doesn’t take long for their not-so-friendly disagreement to spill into fisticuffs. And boy does it spill over: there glimpses of multiple fight sequences between the two eventual Justice League teammates.
It’s just a tease, but Cavill clearly has fully grown into the Superman costume and Affleck should silence detractors with his Bat-tastic performance as the appropriately grim protector of Gotham.
The movie’s main villain, Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor, correctly bills it as, “the greatest gladiator match in the history of the world.”
The new “Batman v Superman” trailer introduced the villain Doomsday.
In the new footage, Luthor is very much a major part. The casting of “The Social Network” actor was not without controversy initially. And those critics may have plenty of material for new gripes with a performance that seems more over-the-top maniacal than cold and calculating.
“You’re psychotic,” Amy Adams’ Lois Lane accuses him in one scene.
“A three syllable word for ideas too big for little minds,” is Luthor’s answer, delivered very differently than Bryan Cranston would have.
But Luthor brings backup muscle in the form of another iconic Superman villain, Doomsday, famous to comic book fans for having killed off the Man of Steel in a now legendary 1992 storyline.
The real star of the film’s trailer, despite just a few seconds of screentime, is Wonder Woman, played by “Fast and Furious” franchise veteran Gal Gadot. The film marks the cinematic debut of the most famous female character in comics history, long overdue after nearly 75 years as an icon.
Directed by Zack Snyder, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is not just a sequel to 2013’s “Man of Steel,” but a launching point for Warner Bros.’ ambitious attempt to build a giant shared cinematic universe with its DC superheroes to rival that of arch-nemesis Marvel Studios.
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