Disney and fans pulled off something unique with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’— a film that NO ONE wanted to know anything about before it opened. Thus, when most people sat down in theaters to watch it, they got to see the story unfold before their eyes with no preconceived notions. This followed last summer’s ‘Terminator: Genysis’, which had a major plot point spoiled by the film’s poster and trailers… and as a result flopped.
And then there’s ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ which hits theaters in two short months. The main trailer for this film hit over the holidays and to put it bluntly, many saw it and felt like they’d seen the whole movie. Then last week, after a test screening, users flooded the internet to spell out the entire movie for those that had yet to witness this crucial piece of the unfolding DC Expanded Universe.
Director Zack Snyder commented:
“Of course I hate it when any spoilers come out! You design the movie as a story that evolves as you watch it, so moment-to-moment [you’re thinking], ‘Oh my god, what’s going to happen next? Are they gonna live? Are they gonna die?’ So you want that experience for the audience, as much as you can. If you’re, as an audience member, exploring these articles, looking for answers to questions that you have, maybe you’re okay with knowing before you go. It’s like an individual taste. But like I said, I want people to see the movie without knowing.”
Fun fact, just because a person directs a film, doesn’t mean they have anything to do with the way a trailer is cut together.
One element that a lot of folks walked away from this trailer thinking is, “God that Lex Luthor is ANNOYING!” But as details emerge, there may be more to Jesse Eisenberg’s performance than just that annoying little fop we witnessed in the preview.
“I have the benefit of seeing the movie. It’s cool that they think it’s too much and I appreciate people not wanting to know, but there’s plenty that they don’t know. There’s a lot of movie that’s not in the trailer.”
Sorry fellas. One side. Perhaps the biggest event in the trailer and (presumably) the film was the introduction of Wonder Woman played by Gal Gadot. Snyder commented on this, saying:
“We kind of tried to just listen to Wonder Woman… to preserve her mystery but understand her as much as we can, in the way that we see her in the movie. You’ve got to listen to Wonder Woman because what Wonder Woman wants, Wonder Woman gets, that’s just how it is.” “I think that Gal [Gadot] is amazing, an amazing Wonder Woman and really – I feel like there’s an atmosphere out in the world where [with] this giant iconographic strong female superhero, it’s time. It’s time for that. It’s long overdue.”
And what about that Lex Luthor?
“In the trailer, of course he comes across in a very specific . In the movie, he’s like a million times more sophisticated than what you get in 30 seconds. But that’s also the fun of it. That’s why you go to the movies, so you can actually see the context and understand the depth.”
What do you think? Do you want to know what you’re in for before going to a movie? Or would you rather enter cold? Do Snyder’s words make you more or less excited for ‘Batman V Superman’?