Batman V Superman: New Trailer Teaser Dissected


In anticipation of the latest and greatest

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

trailer, Warner Bros. / DC released a


on tonight’s

mid-season finale of Gotham

.  The actual trailer itself is set to be released this Wednesday on

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

.  What better way to pass these

so very long

two days than to break out our scrutinizing scalpels and dissect what we have.  Dissecting a less than 50-second trailer?  Are you nuts, Steve?  Yes, I am.  When it comes to the Man of Steel or the Dark Knight, you can never do too much.  Though this is just a small excerpt of what we’ll be getting this Wednesday, the scene tells a lot, so let’s explore …

There is no doubt that Batman is in some type of nightmare.  He’s confused and tense.  Suddenly, he hears impending footsteps and … BOOM!  Superman launches down.  And might I saw what a powerful landing.  That gust of wind raises a small dust cloud among the soldiers who seem to be serving our Man of Steel.  They quickly kneel to their god.

Batman is anxious as he sees Superman approach him.  Superman has a very cocky and smarmy scowl on his face.  He almost seems disgusted with Batman.  As Superman nears his target, the two men give each other a staredown.  Superman finally rips the cowl from Batman’s face revealing an angry and panting Bruce Wayne.  Superman then takes a quick unimpressed gander at the empty cowl.  This too short teaser quickly cuts to black where we’re treated to the title slowly appearing.

First off, who are the people tied up with Batman?  No one says a word to anyone.  From brief glimpses of their gear, I’m gathering that they’re mercenaries of some type.  Did Batman hire them to help him track Superman?  And we’re pretty sure that this is a nightmare because Superman would never allow anyone to bow or kneel before him.  This is Batman’s worst nightmare, his badly informed point-of-view of the motivations of the Last Son of Krypton.

Before I part, I’d like to also add that as a screenwriter, we’re trained to show and not tell.  This teaser has zero dialogue and is pure show.  Zack Snyder’s direction really comes through here.  We know nothing, yet so much … if that’s even a concept.  But you know what I mean.  The tension and paranoia really come through here.  Wednesday can’t arrive soon enough!

The new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer will premiere on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:35 / 10:35 CT on ABC.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Official Synopsis: Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s 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.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a United States release date of March 25, 2016.  It will be directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio from a story by David Goyer and Zack Snyder, and will star Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves, Holly Hunter as a United States Senator, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg, and Callan Mulvey, Scoot McNairy, and Jena Malone in unspecified roles.