Its been a busy week for movie trailers: Star Wars, Ant-Man, Jurassic World, Fantastic Four and Batman V. Superman have dominated your Facebook and Twitter feed. Promising thrilling adventures and explosions featuring all of your favorite characters and/or monsters from childhood.
While most of the trailers have made me feel like a child again, others have made me feel...jaded?
"Jaded?" could that possibly be the right word to describe the feeling I had when I watched the Batman V. Superman trailer? It doesn't make sense, dammit! I've been dreaming of watching Batman and Superman share the same screen for years! Admittedly, the version in my head featured Christopher Reeves and Michael Keaton, but still I dreamed!
My hopes were raised again when it looked as though Wolfgang Peterson was to direct the two heroes clash on screen but were dashed years later when it was called off.
I smiled when I saw the Batman/Superman logo in I am Legend and I thought to myself: "They have to do this..." Hell, I would have taken Christian Bale and Brandon Routh in a film together. The Man of Steel even flew over Gotham in Superman Returns!
I saw that it was possible. Come on, DC. Get your shit together...
Then Man of Steel happened and suddenly I didn't want a Batman/Superman film anymore.
If you've listened to our podcast (I hope you have) then you've most likely heard us discuss at length about the failings of the Man of Steel. It was so dark, morally ambiguous and no one is saved from the devastation. That's not Superman, Batman is dark and brooding. The Superman I know is about light and hope. I even found it insulting when he explains the "S":
On my world it stands for Hope.
No it does not. So why would I want to watch two dark heroes fighting each other, in the darkness and rain in world that does not want Superman? Maybe Zack Snyder should sit down and watch the Bruce Timm classic "World's Finest"...
Now obviously there can be a dark setting in which these two characters can combat in, in fact we have it in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. For those who are unfamiliar, this tale is set with an older Batman who lives in a world where the government doesn't want him and uses Superman to take him out. Even in Miller's dark setting, Superman is still a strong bright figure of democracy and hope.
And that's other thing that bothers me. In the end, this film is really just Snyder filming The Dark Knight Returns. Just look at the Batman's costume from the film, they are lifted right from the comic!
It is not a Superman film where we have him flying through a sunny Metropolis to the John Williams score. It is not a Dark Knight Returns film where we have an old Bruce Wayne trying to understand his place in an ever changing world and realizing he can not live if he CAN NOT BE BATMAN.
This can only spell disaster for this film as it is destined for an identity crisis. It seems as though Snyder was in love with the last few pages of TDKR and is expanding it for a feature length film. I could be wrong but every comic adaption I have seen from the director just displays his misunderstanding of the characters and themes in which the stories are based.