At the Warner Bros. movie panel at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Zack Snyder unveiled a new, full length trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s about three and a half minutes long, and gives us a better sense of what the movie is going to be about. It seems that Superman destroyed a Wayne building during his indiscriminate Zod rampage in Man of Steel and now Batman is wicked mad about it, so they’re going to fight and such. Here’s a look at the trailer:
Now, most of this trailer isn’t great. Everyone’s all grumpy and angry, fighting when they should be friends. That’s not cool. Lex Luthor is a Zuckerbergian twit we all want to slap the sass out of. Don’t even get me started on Ma Kent; I mean, “You don’t owe this world a thing”?? Great inspirational speech, Ma Kent. Between her and Pa “Maybe you should have let them die” Kent, it’s no wonder this version of Superman is so screwed up. So much of Zack Snyder’s approach to Superman is just massively, infuriatingly wrong.
So yeah, it’s all dark and gloomy and operatically serious. Aquaman’s not even in it, which is a bad call. Jason Momoa makes everything better. But then this happens:
Oh dang, it’s Wonder Woman!! Looking all kinds of bad ass even with the colours so ridiculously desaturated. Some poor sucker is about to get a punch that is not going to feel good. It’s never a good idea to make Wonder Woman mad.
And then this goes down:
AHHHHHHHHHHH BRACELET DEFLECTING!!!!! So classic, and so fun. Just so Wonder Woman, really. It’s nice to know that even while they’re making dark, unpleasant versions of the titular characters, Batman v Superman is going to get at least some of the iconic Wonder Woman elements right.
And finally, there is this, which I love so much and which fills me with hope that Wonder Woman won’t suck:
That look, you guys. That utterly defiant, “Aw naw, you just messed with the wrong gal” attitude. It’s so entirely Wonder Woman to me. She’s just not having any of it and I love it! It’s literally just a second of the trailer, but I think it communicates so much about the character, and really sells me on Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
I know that some folks were disappointed that all Wonder Woman did in the trailer was be angry and fight, and I can understand that. Unfortunately, it looks like that’s just what this movie is going to be, hurt feelings and punching. It’s going to be a more martial take on Wonder Woman, so we should adjust our expectations accordingly. For me, Gal Gadot looks super fierce in a good way, not in the unhinged way Batman is or the weirdly damaged way Superman is. She just seems done with all of the nonsense, and I’m hoping that her action scenes revolve around her trying to break up the stupid Batman and Superman fights to try to get them to be friends. There’s something to her in these glimpses that I find heroic, in ways I don’t for Batman and Superman. I think that the trailer sets up Batman as human grit and anger and Superman as godly power and detachment, and Wonder Woman serves to bridge that gap with the good parts of both. That’s reading a lot into three seconds of footage, but it’s a super rad three seconds.
Anyway, I am cautiously optimistic about Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman, though I remain wary of pretty much everything else in the film. I may yet be burned; Snyder’s done it to me time and again. But Gal Gadot seems to embody the spirit of Wonder Woman in fun ways here, and I can’t wait to see more of her. If she turns out even half as cool as she looks in this trailer, I’ll be a happy Wonder Woman fan.