Just released, a new trailer for 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice promises all-out war between Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman. There’s plenty on offer here, with the footage clocking in at just under four minutes, including a first look at Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons’ Alfred, as well as our best view yet at Affleck’s new take on Batman in action.
After the events of 2013’s Man of Steel, which introduced Cavill in the role of Superman, it seems the world now looks to him as their ultimate saviour, but is all as it seems? In the opening few seconds of the trailer, we see Affleck observing what appears to be the final battle between Superman and Man of Steel’s antagonist, Zod, before the action ramps up to show Batman in action, bringing justice to the streets of Gotham (or Metropolis?), alongside a new Batsignal and the previously-revealed Batmobile.
There’s plenty to get excited about here, including two shots which could tease Jared Leto’s much-rumoured appearance as The Joker prior to next year’s Suicide Squad (for which the first trailer was also previewed at the event), with one Batsuit emblazoned with ‘Haha! Joke’s on you Batman’ and a newspaper clipping graffitied with ‘You let your family die’. Of course, Dawn of Justice is just one of a planned series of films which will herald an eventual Justice League film – DC’s answer to The Avengers – and this trailer is our first on-screen sighting of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, who will join Cavill and Affleck alongside Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ezra Miller’s The Flash in Batman v Superman.
On a related note, it was confirmed this week that a solo Batman film is to be released in the coming years, with current star Ben Affleck in both the director’s and co-writer’s seats.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in the UK on 25 March 2016 and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Galdot, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams and Lawrence Fishburne.
Update (spoilers ahead!): On closer inspection of the new trailer, we’ve noticed that what we originally thought was a Batsuit emblazoned with The Joker’s graffiti is, in fact, a Robin costume. In the Batman comic series, one of the many incarnations of Robin is Jason Todd, who is brutally murdered by The Joker. As a permanent reminder of his failure to save Todd, Bruce Wayne keeps Todd’s Robin costume on display in the Batcave, and it seems Batman v Superman’s narrative will follow a similar thread.