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I guess I just like liking things

Batman is my favorite super hero. I was even forgiving of … well, let’s not go there. I have been reading and watching Batman related media for well over 40-some years. It is with this bias and experience I wish to write today.

Like many of the trailers for upcoming movies, the one for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice has the internet in a tizzy. When Ben Affleck was announced as Bruce Wayne, many thought it was a sign the film would be a disaster. I was always of the opinion to hold off judgment in that regard having learned my lesson with Michael Keaton. Instead I wanted to wait and see what the film would look like.

I have already made my thoughts known on Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel. My opinions of that film have not changed. We got our first look at the follow-up recently and, well, here are some more of my thoughts.

This film is being released three years after Man Of Steel. I like how it is giving us a Batman that isn’t in need of (yet another) origin, but has him already established, older, a veteran.

But what has been going on during those three years? Is this the same Bruce Wayne that hung up his cowl at the end of the Christopher Nolan trilogy? What has Superman been doing? Who has he been fighting?

I like the idea of exploring Superman as a god, which this trailer alludes to. There appears to be a backlash, which is fine, but in the three years between Man Of Steel and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice what has been going on? How did we get to this point? There is going to have to be a lot of exposition which usually doesn’t bode well for superhero films.

And the look. I dislike desaturated colors. I get that there’s an artistic statement to be made with the lack of colors, but it isn’t realistic and takes me out of the story. Using a thematic color palate is fine but to go in during post-production or whatever and mute the colors feels… false.

At about the 1:34 mark we see Batman on top of a building holding what looks like a sniper rifle. I assume this is going to be some sort of weapon to use against Superman. Kryptonite bullet to slow him down? Am I the only one who doesn’t like that implication of Batman using a gun? Yes, early on in the first comics he did use a handgun, but that went away quickly. The generally accepted mythos is Batman doesn’t like guns because that is how his parents were murdered.

Immmediately after this we see the “glowing eyes batsuit armor” which is cool.

I am not a fan of the overly gravelly voice that Christopher Nolan had Christian Bale use in his Batman trilogy, and it appears to be making a return here. A little disappointing. I’m not expecting “happy go-lucky” Adam West delivery, but something less… well, somebody get him a lozenge.

Final impression of the trailer?


Look, I may be overly critical. This is, after all, just a trailer and not necessarily representative of the final film which comes out next year. I am holding final judgment until I see the film. I am just tempering my expectations now.

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