DC Comics and Warner Bros. held quite the presentation at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, unveiling not one, but two new trailers. The new looks at Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad have since taken the geek world by storm – although Suicide Squad seems to have a slight edge – with many praising the way the DC Extended Universe appears to be taking shape.
Of course, not all of the elements in the latest Batman v Superman trailer were universally beloved. There were some questionable shots and scenes in there that only offered confusion as to the tone director Zack Snyder is using for the film. There were two sequences in particular – one with Batman in the desert, battling an army wearing Superman badges, and another with a group of horseman riding along in what appears to be a desert setting. We may now have some more clarification for at least one of those scenes.
In an interview with /Film, Longmire actor Bailey Chase commented on his Batman V Superman role – and while he couldn’t say much, he was able to offer a few details:
“I’m not a superhero but I’ve got a nice, cool role that opens the movie. I get to do quite a bit with Amy Adams and I can’t wait to see it. It was just such a thrill to work with Zack Snyder and something on that scale, I’ve never done that before. It’s a completely different medium from doing cable TV so they have a lot of time and a lot of money.”
Based on those comments, it seems Chase’s part has something to do with Lois Lane (Amy Adams), maybe even the Daily Planet. However, Chase went onto say that his part required a bit of training for a very particular reason:
“I had about three weeks of rehearsal. I’m pretty good on a horse but I had more horseback training. I got some more gun training, got to work with a retired SEAL. It’s going to look awesome… I’m saying it might’ve been required for me, yes. I see some horses and some pretty cool guns.”
How exactly Lois Lane may factor into that scene with horses remains to be seen, although there are a few possibilities as to what Bailey Chase’s scene could entail. One option is obviously the shot from the trailer, which depicted a group of horse riders storming through the desert. That would, of course, fit in with what Chase had to say, although there are a few other potential scenarios where horse riding could come into play in Batman v Superman.
In Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns comic book, Batman leads a group composed of citizens and gang members to maintain the peace after an EMP has struck Gotham City. As Snyder has previously stated, Batman v Superman won’t be a direct adaption of The Dark Knight Returns, but the film is very much drawing from elements (both narrative and visual) featured in Miller’s seminal comic book. The scene with Chase’s character may well be a callback to that aspect of the Dark Knight Returns storyline.
Chase’s scene takes place early in Batman V Superman (as noted by the actor), so if the army of horse riders is somehow involved with Gotham City, then it probably won’t have the same context as it did in Dark Knight Returns. Nevertheless, it seems Chase is enthusiastic about his part in the film, which is always reassuring.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020.