After a very exciting teaser and a lot of anticipation, the first trailer for upcoming superhero epic Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was released worldwide after being leaked on Thursday.
There has already been countless speculation and questions regarding what we’re going to actually see in the film, but there are a few things that die-hard Batman or Superman fans, such as myself, will be able to piece together and determine what we can expect when DC’s two greatest heroes finally come together on the big screen next year.
- The beginning of the Justice League
Aside from the two eponymous heroes, we know that prominent Justice League members Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) will be making appearances in the film. After Batman and Superman have inevitably settled their differences, how will the others come into this? With the first instalment of the Justice League movie set to be released in 2017, we have some time for each hero to be established, but it’s quite likely that they’ll all come together at some stage during Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.
- Solo films for each character
In a reverse of what happened with Avengers: Assemble, DC are instead releasing a film where all of the characters appear together, and then splitting them up. To put it more clearly, Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg and Wonder Woman will all be appearing in Dawn of Justice, but over the next few years, we’ll see the latter three characters appearing in their own films – Wonder Woman in 2017, Aquaman in 2018 and Cyborg in 2020, along with the Justice League in 2017. It’ll be interesting to see how these characters can develop their stories after being introduced in a shared film, whereas Marvel brought in each member of The Avengers singularly, before bringing them all together in 2012.
- A younger Lex Luthor
Much to the chagrin of certain comic book fans, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) was cast as genius billionaire and the nemesis of Superman, Lex Luthor, a role previously held by veteran actors such as Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey. By casting a younger actor in the role, it seems DC may want to explore Luthor’s origins more than they have done previously, and perhaps give the audience an insight into how Lexcorp was developed, along with Lex’s constant attempts to challenge the Last Son of Krypton.
- And, of course – the showdown of the century
It’s all in the name, and it was the most exciting part of the trailer -seeing Superman landing heavily in front of an armour-clad Batman, looking totally unfazed as Batman asks him if he bleeds, and that he will. From the details already released to the public, and the look of Batman’s armoured suit, the plot will be drawing material from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, which tells the story of an older Batman who comes out of retirement to combat growing levels of crime in Gotham City, and is forced to fight Superman (now acting as a government operative) along the way. Many a DC fan will be very happy to see how this fight plays out, and what effect it will have on the story. The most common theory is that Batman and Superman will be fooled into fighting each other (giving some merit to the ‘false god’ graffiti seen in the trailer), before teaming up to work for the common good, most likely against Lex Luthor.
Do you have any ideas of what we might see in this clash of titans? Leave it in the comments!
Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be released on March 26th, 2016.