Nerd Nirvana last weekend. A perpetual state of bliss for us all of us sci-fi nuts. Last weekends San Diego Comic Con Festival was as big and splashy as ever. Other than the conspicuous absence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all of the fanboy faves were making their way through the halls of San Diego Convention Center. From Batman V. Superman, Xmen Apocalypse, The Flash and Arrow Cast, to MTV’s Teen Wolf anything that a cinema nut could geek out over was there.
What seemed the most arresting was the Batman V. Superman trailer. Admittedly, I have been the most trepidatious about this iteration of Batman. Ben Affleck? A boney Wonder Woman?
The trailer inextricably allayed all my fears. Of greatest concern—Wonder Woman! Gal Gadot, at first glance, does not bespeak Amazonian Princess. The Israeli born beauty is striking enough, but, as a seventies baby, I say Linda Carter is the real Wonder Woman. Aaah, Linda Carter, my first crush—-but I digress. If you have ever watched any of the Justice League’s animated versions, Wonder Woman is a muscular, buxom woman. Gadot is not. But I would say the one scene in the trailer where she’s doing her thing, struck the right tone, so much so that I, the comic purist, I’m willing to give her a chance.
Ben Affleck won me over awhile ago. As a talent, he has grown since his Daredevil days, so this wasn’t so hard for me to accept. The premise is Bruce Wayne is a little older, wizened by the ravages of time. He’s world weary; Adventuring ain’t an easy business. This hero, once lauded whose own foibles and ego get in his way seem to mirror Affleck’s real life. In a recent Entertainment Weekly article, Affleck speaks of this iteration of Batman. “He’s on the verge of being swallowed up by the anger and the rage that we see haunt this character in the other manifestations of it,” Affleck said. “But this guy is further down the line and has become more embittered and cynical.”
The trailer unfurls more of the premise. The trailer intimates that Bruce Wayne was watching from the ground when the major battles in the “Man of Steel” movie took place. Superman (Henry Cavill) is not universally loved by all. His god-like powers are healing salvo for some, and a foreboding premonition of tyranny for others. Bruce Wayne, whose buildings may have been destroyed in the battle, may want the god-like superhero to leave Earth.
One concern about this movie is that seems to be more of a Batman movie than a Superman movie. Man of Steel was special effects laden thrill ride, but didn’t feel like an iconic Superman movie. Becoming Superman was acceptable for an origin story, but this premise leads us to believe that it will be swallowed up by Batman’s dark edges. Marvel has done a good job letting the individual movies not just be Avenger set ups.