Since it was out there already, Warner Bros has released the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer. It wasn’t done as classily or as coolly as Marvel handled the unintended release of the first The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, though I guess in the end is all that matters is that they did the inevitable.
I produced this image in Pixelmator, and it looking at it, it got me thinking about what bothered me so much about Man of Steel (the movie that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is a sequel to).
Which was, in a nutshell, that the film makers took a relatively simple and optimistic character and attempted to turn him into one that is dark, brooding and complex. Such an approach works well with a character like Batman, not so much in the case of Superman, who’s prior to Man of Steel was all about optimism, often in the face of incredible odds.
Which was part of his charm. He was a boy scout in a world that needed boy scouts. He was the best of us that somehow never managed to rub his blatantly obvious superority in.
In fact, I suggest that in making him more complex they took away a lot of what made Superman, Superman.
Sure, they left the costume, and a lot of the superficial trappings that on the surface made the character who he is, but neglected the most important thing of all, namely the hopeful, almost innocent nature of the character.
Which brings me to the leaked version of the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (located here). I have to admit that it’s better than I thought it would be, if only because it appears to be tackling head-on some of the issues that Man of Steel raised, such as who watches the watchmen, and who is a man with god-like powers truly answerable to–other than himself) and hopefully will do so without a lot of heavy-handed allusions to Jesus (like in Man of Steel, when Supes is falling from Zod’s ship, arms extended like, literally, Christ on the cross) and really twisted moralizing (there’s no way that Clark’s father would even suggest that he should have let a bus full of people die when he had a chance to stop it, just to keep his identity secret).