After the initial trailer released for Batman v Superman, I felt excited. Very excited. But that excitement cannot compare to the sheer exuberance I experienced while watching the latest trailer the other day. Why so very enthusiastic? It’s not merely the sight of Wonder Woman in all her Amazonian glory. It’s not just watching Batman moving from building to building like Batman should. It’s not only Batman and Superman squaring off, jaw to jaw, after Superman rips off the doors to the Batmobile.
Yes, all of that was … is … mesmerizing.
No, the best part proved to be the idea that actions have consequences and that they matter. What bothered me most about Man of Steel was the fact that Superman seemed oblivious to the loss of human life occurring during his fight with Zod. Buildings literally fell during this climatic battle, and Superman didn’t seem to care.
Batman v Superman addresses that concern. Watching Superman stand before politicians touched upon the problem, but seeing Bruce Wayne running into the dust as others fled, watching Wayne glare into the skyline as Superman and Zod recklessly fought one another, that provided the emotional resonance I so desire. That look on Wayne’s face laid the groundwork for why he and Superman have conflict. That expression exceeded even my disdain for Supermans’ actions. I understood Batman’s anger – I even related to it.
We, of course, know that Batman and Superman will eventually resolve their conflict, but they’ve found the one thing that validates the entire premise of the film, and they’ve done a masterful job setting up the confrontation through the latest trailer. Take a look below, and please do share your thoughts.