DC vs DC: A Battle of Two Trailers

Just released at the San Diego ComicCon last Saturday, Zack Snyder finally revealed a full-length trailer to the very-much talked about movie that is to help launch the DC movie universe, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Reaction has been swift and varied, to say the least.

For me, it was a complete and total let-down.anigif_original-grid-image-19120-1436648151-13

I want to like this movie, don’t get me wrong. I’m certainly no Ben Affleck hater and I appreciate the job Henry Cavill has done in the role as Superman. I think that the glimpses I saw of Gal Gadot looked impressive, as well. So this isn’t a matter of me not liking the actors.anigif_enhanced-22435-1436647839-2

The issue, for me, is the direction of Zack Snyder. anigif_enhanced-20019-1436648007-7

Again, I’m not a Snyder hater. In fact, I was a massive fan of his Dawn of the Dead remake, I own 300 on blu-ray, and really enjoyed Legends of the Guardians. I do understand, however, that not everything he does in everyone’s cup of tea. anigif_original-grid-image-29103-1436648523-4

I’m not really sure that DC should have placed all of their eggs into the Snyder basket.

Now on the flip side of things, you have the newly released Suicide Squad trailer. This is an entity that most people don’t really know about, but in one 3-minute trailer we got to hear the backstory and see snippets of some characters that make us want to see more.Harley Quinn 3

This film is being directed by David Ayer, who hasn’t done anything that I’m familiar with. But even though this trailer is also “dark” in tone, it’s got a hint of fun and flair with it…so it doesn’t appear all doom and gloom. Harley Quinn 1

You’ve got the beautiful Margot Robbie playing the incredibly intriguing Harley Quinn (the first time that the character has been brought to life on screen), Will Smith playing Deadshot (who appears to be a family man, judging by the trailer), Jai Courtney playing Boomerang (who is a bit of a loser in the comics, so it should be interesting to see how it’s portrayed in the movie), and a number of actors I’m unfamiliar with playing characters coming to life on the big screen for the first time ever (such as Killer Croc, El Diablo, and Hugo Strange). Killer Croc

Topping it all off is a cameo by Ben Affleck as Batman and the highly anticipated new-look Joker played by Jared Leto. I, for one, cannot wait to see how this all plays out. Hell…even the music is perfectly haunting. Joker 1Joker 2

The differences in the two trailers, to me at least, is like night and day. I think Batman vs Superman looks dark and brooding and a little boring in spite of the action sequences (seriously…action doesn’t mean destruction of everything around you…it’s easy to get desensitized after awhile). I think Suicide Squad looks exciting and fresh and new and different…like a bad-ass version of Guardians of the Galaxy. As such, I cannot wait to see that movie.

It’s a tale of two movies and their movie trailers. And unless the marketing changes soon, I think you’ll see one do much better than the other…and it will be the unknown entity that surprises everybody.

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