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Batman’s Other Mobile
How different is the Caped Crusader from James Bond? They’ve both got fancy cars, the best clothes, and serious rogues' galleries. Batman just has more of a theatrical flair, so it feels appropriate that Bruce Wayne rolls up to Lex Luthor’s shindig in a black Aston Martin DB6, one-upping Bond’s famous DB5.
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Here we see definitely-not-Superman journalist Clark Kent on the job, possibly covering the event for the Daily Planet, but it doesn’t seem like he’s the most informed writer in the newsroom. Clark’s focus must be squarely on Metropolis, since it appears he has no clue that Gotham’s most famous billionaire just rolled up to the party.
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The Legends Meet
Then again, Clark might have been playing dumb because by the time he and Bruce meet face to face, he not only knows who Wayne is — it sounds like Clark knows he’s the Batman. And if I’m reading the exchange correctly, Bruce Wayne can imagine Clark without those glasses.
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The Mark of the Bat
The exchange between the two outlines their basic beefs with each other. Superman takes issue with Batman’s tactics and his overreach. “Civil liberties are being trampled on in your city,” Clark says. “People living in fear.”
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Metropolis After Kal-El
And Batman doesn’t trust “an alien, who could burn the whole place down.” But the glimpse we do get of Superman’s hometown paints a slightly different picture, with a statue dedicated to him standing tall and not yet vandalized. The conflict between these two heroes is built into their characters, which is what makes their collision feel inevitable.
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Freaks Dressed Like Clowns
Again, the Joker looms large over the proceedings without ever being seen. Bruce Wayne's "freaks dressed like clowns" line is also a pretty sweet put down. Are you sure that you’re indestructible, Superman? Because that looks like a pretty sick burn.
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Introducing Lex Luthor, Party Animal
This trailer is by far the most playful preview of Batman v Superman yet, and that’s largely thanks to a sillier-than-expected turn from Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. In this iteration, the supervillain is supposed to a millennial celebrity billionaire. So, you know, he has to be cool.
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The Good, the Bad, and the Knightly
Placing Lex in between Clark and Bruce, we can begin to see the flame war between the two is clearly being fanned by the guy who’s probably wearing a wig. It’s an entertaining dynamic, even if the “you should not pick a fight with this person” line was totally on-the-nose.
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Wait, What's the Oldest Lie in America?
The question Luthor poses in the new trailer at first seemed like a call back to the previous clip, but he’s switched up his answer. So what is the oldest lie in America, Lex. Is it “Power can be innocent,” or “Devils don’t come from hell beneath us. They come from the sky”? Make up your mind!
This also could be a running gag in the film, similar to Joker’s alternating scars stories in The Dark Knight.
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'Man of Steel': Redux
An appearance by the notorious World Engine is an expansion of what we’ve already seen in the other previews. At least a portion of Dawn of Justice will revisit the events of Man of Steel, but from Bruce’s perspective.
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We’ve seen Batman’s armor before, but the bright fire light takes it out of the shadows, giving us our best on-screen look yet at the suit.
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An Unfair Fight
But something tells me that the suit of armor won’t be enough when Batman is going toe-to-toe with Superman. This image simply communicates the ungodly (or godly?) advantage that Superman has in this fight. “If I wanted it, you’d be dead already,” Superman says, suggesting that, yes, he has learned that snapping necks isn’t always the answer.
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Hell on Earth
More action from the revamped Batwing shows off some of the destruction in the film. A good portion of the city is on fire, but this time, it appears that the explosions have been removed from the densely populated areas, as the skyline decorates the background.
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What now? A new shot from the desert (and possible dream) sequence shows Batman beset by winged creatures of some sort. Smart money pegs these guys as Parademons, essentially the stormtroopers for DC’s big galactic bad, Darkseid, the villain who is widely rumored for an appearance down the road.
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Lex's Frankenstein Moment
Here’s where things get a bit too third act-y. Past trailers have showed Zod’s corpse, but the new one follows those breadcrumbs all the way home. It appears that Lex -- disappointed by the outcome of the superhero battle royale that he, at least in part, orchestrated -- turns the body of the dead Kryptonian into something even uglier through a method that combines Dr. Frankenstein’s lightning rods and Adam Warlock’s cocoon.
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Mix that all together, and you get Doomsday, the much maligned ‘90s-era villain that did the impossible and killed Superman... for a brief period of time. Dawn of Justice drastically changes the ultimate killing machine’s origin, which previously involved an ancient Kryptonian scientist’s mad experiments with evolution and cloning.
Also, in the comics, Doomsday didn’t bear a striking resemblance to the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
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You Can’t Take the Zod Out of Doomsday
And with the new origin comes at least one new ability. Though his comic book power set was pretty much limited to increased strength and quick healing, the new Doomsday gets to keep Zod’s laser vision, explaining who took that shot at Batman in the last trailer.
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Introducing Diana Prince, AKA...
Yes, on top of debuting Doomsday, this trailer also gives away what I’m assuming is Wonder Woman’s big reveal, a moment to which the film probably builds, making this a curious choice three months out from release.
I also think Batman and Superman’s “She with you?” exchange clears up any questions about Batfleck’s voice. The enhanced low voice can be heard even without the armor, so that’s just how Batman talks this time around.
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The Big Three
And here we have our three heroes, standing side-by-side and ready to take on evil. Superman with his strength. Wonder Woman with her Lasso of Truth. And Batman with his... gun? Again, we see the Dark Knight packing some heat, but it’s safe to say that this is more than a shotgun.