Dawn of explosions and general mayhem

The trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was shown at ComiCon just a few days ago. I’ve watched it a few times since and, after the initial excitement of seeing someone play Wonder Woman on screen, I’m left wondering how they’re going to fit all of this story into a single film.

So Batman and Superman have to meet, fight and (I’m assuming) make up and take on Lex Luthor at some point. The film also needs to weave in Wonder Woman’s arrival on the scene and a guest appearance from Aquaman (who will be familiar to all fans of Game of Thrones).

2013’s Man of Steel started well, but it’s generally agreed that it ended on a spectacularly bad note, with Superman and General Zod kicking seven shades out of each other and pretty much destroying a city in the process.

Fans of the comics argued that Superman would never put civilians in danger like that. Fans of good story-telling argued that the battle scenes were both over the top and just far too long. I have to admit I agreed with the latter.

“Dawn of Justice” has a similar challenge to the recent Avengers films from Marvel. For the uninitiated (read: non-geeks), they need to introduce all the characters, explain why they’re at each other’s throats and resolve it all within about two hours. They can’t ely on the audience’s encyclopaedic knowledge of comics lore to get them through it all.

And while I really (really!) enjoyed Avengers: Age of Ultron, even I was suffering from a little bit of character fatigue by the final credits. I can only imagine what it was like for someone who doesn’t read comics. Or care about super-heroes in general.

This is just a trailer. And it does seem to indicate that there are some consequences for Supes vis a vis all that wanton destruction in the last film. But at the same time, it looks like an epic smash-a-thon between the cape and the cowl.

I’ll definitely go and see this. Probably more than once. But I have to wonder if it’ll be a hit with a general audience.

And are we potentially reaching maximum super-hero exposure? Both Marvel and DC have a whole ton of subsequent movies up their sleeves and we all know how things can easily go in and out of fashion. I’m not complaining – I can’t remember how many times I’ve watched the various Marvel films and the Dark Knight trilogy.

But I’m just one geek…

  1. I’m all over this shite. I loved Batman comics as a kid (and almost forget that I loved Aquaman–the only person I’ve known who did). I never liked Superman comics but the old tv programme and films (well, the first, second and a couple of the latter) were fun.

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    1. I *loved* the Dark Knight trilogy, but have never been a fan of Superman. He’s too… perfect? Too powerful? I prefer my heroes to be a little more human 🙂 Am not a DC fan, though I’ve somehow sat through three seasons of Arrow and am watching The Flash right now! Definitely prefer Marvel’s offerings, in comics, TV and at the cinema.

      But I’ll basically never say no to a superhero flick 🙂

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