I remember when Man of Steel came out back in 2013. At that time in my film-watching career, I had been in a funny position where I couldn’t focus when I watched a film, which lead to me falling out of love with cinema for several months. However, I thought Man of Steel was a good time despite criticism from the majority, and being a huge DC Comics fan, I was very excited to see if this was the beginning of a new, Avengers-style franchise.
Luckily for me, Man of Steel was just the tip of the iceberg. Since then, DC have announced an array of films spanning the next 5 years, but I’ll save my opinion on that for another article. For before all of that was announced, we found out about a little something called Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
I remember the day that BvS was announced. In fact, I only found out the news after my grandfather told me about ‘a new Superman film’. Naively, I assumed he was referring to Man of Steel, of which I had already watched, so quite foolishly I dismissed it. However, by that stage, a seed had been planted in my head, so I did some research and discovered that Zack Synder, visionary director of 300 and Watchmen, was planning to bring two of comic’s biggest heroes together for the first time in cinematic history.
Let’s put it this way, I was absolutely ecstatic. The Dark Knight Trilogy was (unfortunately) but a fond memory, and with Christopher Nolan’s assertion that we had seen the end of his take on the caped crusader, I was so excited to see where they would take my all-time favourite property. I remember that Henry Lennox, who plays General Swanwick in the DCCU, read out a passage from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller’s masterpiece, that immediately set the stage for what is expected to be an incredible experience.
Since then, we have had a barrage of casting announcements. From the initial disgust towards Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne to the frosty reception to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume, the odds are stacked against BvS. However, I personally believe that this film will not disappoint, and I have proof.
Take, for example, the first image of Ben Affleck in the Batman costume. Just a simple picture like that personifies Batman as a whole – the dark, brooding, empty void that is the alter ego of Bruce Wayne. Although the photo was immediately turned into a meme, reception was positive, possibly due to its uncanny resemblance to the older Batman in Frank Miller’s classic. It is Batman, and it makes me think that what we see on screen in March 2016 will be a faithful and high-quality interpretation of the Caped Crusader.
My main argument, however, is the Comic-Con 2014 leaked trailer. I watched it the day it came out and was hugely excited, but since then my interest wavered, particularly when considering that, at that moment in time, we wouldn’t be seeing this for just under two years. However, what prompted me to write this article is when I watched the trailer again recently. The leaked version is of a very poor quality, both sound and image, is filmed very shakily, and is interrupted by the uproars of the Hall H crowd, but nothing could have made me dislike that trailer. It is simply fantastic, and captures the tone of this DC Comics universe superbly. It seems tonally quite different to Man of Steel, but that’s not a problem, because we can expect a dark, gritty story, something that fans of the source material can really anticipate.
I am so excited for Batman v. Superman that I can’t simply put it down into words. I have loved Batman as a character for so long, and have seen so many of his highs and lows, that a prospect like this is simply mouth-watering. Sure, Snyder doesn’t have the best track record, and sure, people weren’t keen on Man of Steel, but at this rate, BvS is shaping up to be one of the best superhero films in living memory.
Are you excited for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice? What did you think of the Comic-Con trailer? As always, be sure to leave a comment below and let us know your opinion.
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