UPDATE: The trailer is officially out, in glorious HD. It’s still meh.
I’m sure by now you all have probably seen the leaked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Jesus Christ This is a Long Name for a Movie trailer by now. If you’re one of the five people who haven’t seen it yet (or if you’re one of the thousands who don’t give a damn), here’s your chance.
The leaked trailer is here:
Anyway, the trailer contains good stuff. We get a clear look at the Batmobile in action, we get to see the xenophobia gripping the world in the wake of Superman revealing himself, and we get to hear (possibly) Jeremy Irons’ Alfred Pennyworth voice talking to Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. Speaking of Bruce Wayne, how about that shot of him coming out of the shadows? It feels like a scene out of the Arkham games, and I think it’s pretty great.
And finally, we have the scene everybody’s talking about. The big showdown between Superman and Batman, filled with references to Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, down to the big metal batsuit.
And as much as I love Frank Miller’s 1980’s work on the character, this one scene sets up my biggest problem with the film: it’s too fucking dark and gritty.
I don’t have a problem with dark and gritty. There’s nothing wrong with that. I loved the fuck out of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, and it’s one of the grittiest things Marvel’s done. However, there comes a point where the grimness takes over everything and you’d feel like DC movies are ashamed of their comic book roots.
I’m still going to give Batman v Superman a chance, but I’m not sure I’ll enjoy it. We finally have Batman and Superman coming together on the big screen. We should be rejoicing. Why is everything so grim?