On Tuesday evening, the second full-length trailer for Zack Snyder’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” made its debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” At about 3 minutes long, the trailer fully features all the main characters from upcoming film–Superman, Batman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, and Doomsday.
Here is the synopsis from IMDB: Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
The trailer starts off fairly strong with reporter Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) interviewing Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), revealing their differing opinions on Superman and Batman. Then, Lex Luthor enters to interrupt their conversation. Unlike the previous trailer, we actually fully see Jessie Eisenberg deliver his lines as Lex. Comparatively younger-looking and shorter-looking than the two heroes, Lex, with his high-pitched delivery, doesn’t come off very menacing here. However, Einsenberg does feel different enough to feel original.
The rest of the trailer shows off many visual effects and action scenes, while revealing a fair deal of the plot. It is no secret that the rivalry between Superman and Batman was inspired by Frank Miller’s graphic novel “The Dark Knight Returns.” For the fanboys out there, at time 1:43 of the trailer, Batman strikes a pose exactly like the cover from the comic, complete with lightning in the background. Doomsday, who was responsible for the “death of Superman” in the comics, soon makes an appearance (perhaps brought in by Luthor), who looks like a cross between the troll from “Lord of the Rings” and the Incredible Hulk, while shooting beams from its eyes and mouth like Lo Pan from “Big Trouble in Little China.” Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, then makes an appearance out of nowhere to help fight him off while holding a shield like Captain America.
Overall, like “The Avengers”, this trailer feels a bit crowded with too many characters and revealed “twists.” Audiences may wonder how much more the actual film has to offer and why this film hasn’t been re-titled “Batman v. Superman v. Wonder Woman.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, and Jessie Eisenberg, opens in theaters next year on March 25.