More details on the teaser trailer launch for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” have arrived. Indie Revolver has posted a schedule of what will happen starting with the film’s first one-sheet going online on Monday at 9am US-PDT.
Then, an ‘Enhanced’ version of the trailer will screen in cinemas that night at 7pm. The show will run the trailer twice with director Zack Snyder doing an intro for both times. Then the ‘Non-Enhanced’ version of the trailer goes online worldwide from 9am US-PDT on Tuesday.
No-one is quite sure what the difference between the versions will be. There’s one small problem though – a bootleg of the complete trailer leaked online earlier today and is popping up on various blogs. Warners is pulling them down fast, but the big question is will this change their plans? I won’t link bootlegs here, but here’s a review/description of it:
– The first half of the trailer involves a blend of famous voices and characters from the film talking about Superman as the camera tracks across a dark, stormy and more gothic looking than usual Chicago which I’m guessing is the new Gotham City. The tracking shot heads towards a giant statue of Superman which is in darkness. As the music reaches a crescendo, the chest of the statue is lit up and has been spray painted with the words “False God” in red.
– Interspersed with this are shots of Superman with a crowd of people in Mexican Day of the Dead’ style make-up reaching for him, Superman lifting either a grain silo or a tank over his head, a shot of Superman in a concrete hallway as four SWAT-style guys on either side of the hallway getting down on bended knee almost to worship him, and a shot Superman floating in the sky as someone reaches up to him.
Voiceovers that run through this include the following:
Charlie Rose (?): “Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy”.
Unknown: “We as a population on this planet have been looking for a saviour”
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: “We’re talking about a being whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe.”
Unknown: “Human beings have a horrible track record of following people of great…”
US Senator (Holly Hunter): “Power corrupts, and absolutely power corrupts absolutely.”
Unknown: “Maybe he’s just a guy trying to do the right thing”
Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg): “We know better now don’t we. Devil’s don’t come from Hell beneath us. They come from the sky”.
US Senator (Holly Hunter): “The world has been so caught up in what he can do, that no-one has asked what he should do.”
People chanting: “Go Home! Go Home! Go Home!”
– Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) provides the narration for the rest of the trailer, beginning with “That’s how it starts…”.
– A shot of Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne in a dark room. “The fever. The rage. The feeling of powerlessness…”
– The shot of the Batsuit released the other day. “That turned good men… cruel”.
– Superman logo close-up. ‘In 2016’ lettering.
– Someone very big in a dilapadated building at night.
– A fighter jet (Batwing?) coming in to strafe a shipping yard, the next shot it’s shooting a bunch of things on the ground
– The Batmobile driving through a wall of fire
– Batman walking out from behind fallen concrete.
– Batman standing on top of a metal tower structure (very much like the shot in the “Dark Knight Rises” trailer albeit at sunset).
– Batman in a heavily armored batsuit with light up eyes looking up to the stormy night sky. Cut to a shot from his back looking up – Superman is revealed to be in the air when the lightning flashes.
– Batman’s voice: “Tell me, do you bleed…”. The voice is Affleck’s, but it has been artificially altered to a lower, growlier cadence rather than him trying to do a Christian Bale style rasp.
– Superman drops from his position onto the wet ground. Batman’s voice: “You will”.
– The combined logo, followed by the film’s title.
It’s a solid trailer, the voiceovers are excellent and the visuals are often striking. It definitely seems to be exploring the idea of how the world would react to a seemingly God-like being arriving in our midst. It’s also very much a teaser, offering nothing but glimpses of the main characters and mostly conveying tone more than anything. A good start by Warners.