DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. surprised everyone with a new trailer release for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The new video is available in the player below. This trailer heavily focuses on Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight aka Batman aka Bruce Wayne. It certainly did a much better job of selling the film than the previous ones. Many criticized the second trailer for spoiling the reveal of Doomsday in the film.
This one showed a lot more of Batman in action. Specifically, there’s a sequence that looks like it was taken right out of the popular Batman: Arkham video game franchise, especially with Batman bursting up from underneath the floor to take out a group of thugs. Batman then systematically takes on a whole group of criminals at a time. Even the fighting style Batman uses in this footage looks reminiscent of the Arkham games, like when Batman slams down the head of a bad guy on a crate.
It also offers a bit more of the interplay between Bruce Wayne and his loyal butler Alfred. Alfred playfully quips about how Wayne “grew too old to die young. Not for lack of trying.” And finally, there’s some new footage of the brawl between Batman and Superman, showing how Batman is actually able to block a punch from Big Blue using his armored suit that’s heavily inspired by the suit here wore in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns story. Finally, there’s the first look at actual dialogue from Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, having a playfully flirtatious moment with Bruce Wayne. There’s another shot of her jumping into action and issuing a battle cry.
Overall, this trailer did a good job of showcasing the Batman perspective of the film, which will be a major selling point for this film and the DC franchise going forward. It didn’t come off as quite as spoiler-ific as the problematic second trailer. This one definitely raises the excitement level a little bit more for this film. Obviously, Warner Bros. wants the presence of Batman to turn this into a much bigger hit than Man of Steel.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally arrives in theaters on March 25.