Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) says it himself: Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will showcase the greatest gladiator match the world has ever seen. As the tragic events of Man of Steel reverberate throughout the fledgling DC Extended Universe — amid the fears of countless other humans — Batman (Ben Affleck) sees no other choice but to take down the nearly omnipotent alien (Henry Cavill) who claims to be a symbol of hope. These two comic book legends are set to face off in a knock-down, drag-out confrontation, but it’s their war of ideologies that will have the greatest impact on the world at large.
A new Brazilian promo for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has just hit the web and it effectively emphasizes one of the film’s core themes about power – and power’s ability to corrupt. Check it out, above.
It’s an effective promo that — while not really showcasing any new footage from the film — provides some clear and concise insight into the mindset of the film’s main characters. Senator Finch (Holly Hunter) essentially acts as a surrogate for the members of the general public who fear what Superman is capable of. Similarly, Bruce Wayne’s portion of the promo showcases an overall distrust of the Man of Steel; however, unlike the general public, Batman believes he can do something about this problem.
In fact, while speaking (presumably) to Alfred (Jeremy Irons) Bruce explains that taking down Superman may ultimately prove to be the one thing he does that truly makes a difference, meaning he probably no longer considers his work against criminals such as the Joker to be true victories. As much as Superman tries to convince the Dark Knight that he’s not the bad guy, he simply can’t get through. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor has surreptitiously orchestrated the entire battle to lower public opinion of Superman.
The main purpose of this promo really is to showcase the fear surrounding Superman’s abilities and whether or not he really is looking out for the best interests of the people of Earth. As Man of Steel dealt with many of Clark Kent’s existential issues and problems, Batman V Superman will see him decidedly more confident in who he is and his place in the world. We see this through his desire to put Batman down mercifully and restrain himself in a way he didn’t with General Zod (Michael Shannon).
It all boils down to one of the biggest questions raised by the film: who represents hope more, the ideal who shows us what we can become in time, or the ordinary man willing to punch god in the face? Ultimately, we do know that these titans will stand together — along with the rest of the Justice League — by the time the film comes to an end, so we will see who absolute power truly corrupts.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will open in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures