'Batman V Superman' Trailer Breakdown: Every Little Geeky Detail You May Have Missed

Last night, a new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrived and the internet reacted accordingly. By exploding. Today, we have sorted through the rubble, sifted through ashes, and gone through the trailer frame-by-frame to explore what new revelations this new batch of footage brings to light.

So join us after the jump as we take a deep dive into that new trailer.

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This exchange of dialogue between Henry Cavill's Clark Kent and another reporter suggests that Clark is still very new on the scene. He doesn't even know who Bruce Wayne is yet, which suggests that he hasn't been working at the Daily Planet for very long. In other words, not that much time has passed since the events of Man of Steel.

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This trailer offers our first full and proper look at Affleck as Bruce Wayne and, well, he looks great. "Cool and confident charmer with a few tricks up his sleeve" is a part he was born to play. You've got to love his little "Oh, we're talking about Batman now?" smirk.

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Hey! It's a Batarang! This take on Batman's iconic weapon looks like the halfway point between the heavily stylized versions seen in the Tim Burton films and the literally-hand-cut-in-a-basement iterations in Christopher Nolan's movies. In other words: just comic book-y enough, while grounded enough to sell the fact that Batman is just a guy with a budget and a lot of time to make gadgets.

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Batman may not believe in killing his enemies, but he certainly believes in scarring them to leave a permanent message. That's awfully rough (it's hard to imagine many iterations of the character deliberate marking his foes like this), but it does drive home the point that this Batman isn't messing around. He's a tough, merciless guy. You know, the kind of guy who wouldn't think twice about fighting an invincible alien.

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Here's a daytime look at that Superman statue, first glimpsed in the first teaser trailer from awhile back. It still seems a little weird that Metropolis would build such a huge monument to a guy whose mere presence is a reminder that half of the city was destroyed, but maybe it'll make more sense in context. At the very least, couldn't they have waited a few years? It took Philadelphia two movies and a few championships to give Rocky Balboa similar treatment and Rocky didn't punch skyscrapers into dust.

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Oh, boy. Here's the most controversial part of a trailer that has already been dividing the internet: our first extended look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. With his hyperactive personality and long locks, he's a far cry from any Lex Luthor we've seen before. To be quite frank, he seems, well, annoying. But that may be the point. This young, energy drink-addled snob is about as far from Bruce Wayne as you can get and you can understand any instant animosity they have for each other.

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We saw her in the previous trailer, but here's another good look at Academy Award winner Holly Hunter as Senator Finch, the congresswoman in charge of investigating Superman. She, uh, looks like Holly Hunter. Moving on!

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Now here is a Batcave built by a guy who's been doing this for awhile! Industrial and slick, it's a far cry from the gothic vision of the Burton films and the ragtag operation from Nolan's trilogy. Note Robin's vandalized costume (as seen in a few trailers) on display to right. Also note the strange red room in the middle of the frame. Could that be an armory? A trophy room? Where's the giant penny and the dinosaur?

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We've known for awhile that Batman v Superman would revisit the climax of Man of Steel, showing the destruction of Metropolis from Bruce Wayne's perspective. This trailer offers a fresh, ground-level look at the chaos, where a bunch of debris seems to be exploding at...Fart Street?

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Here's another big shot: an over-the-shoulder of Bruce Wayne watching Zod's "World Engine" do its thing. Using the controversial climax of the previous film as motivation for Batman is a fascinating concept...if Zack Snyder and his team can pull it off. Making Batman the audience surrogate, the guy who is aghast at what Superman and Zod did to the city, is a ballsy move.

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Here's the coolest shot yet of the armor Batman uses to directly combat Superman. Unlike previous shots of the suit, which were cloaked in darkness, this one is illuminated by flames, letting us see every little detail. Thanks, destruction!

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This trailer features a few new shots of the Batplane in action and it looks like a slick piece of hardware. If you're going to suggest that a billionaire vigilante in a bat costume went out and designed his own personal airplane for crime-fighting purposes, you might as well make it look cool and this film seems to have succeeded on that front.

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That shot is close-up of Batman's face in the Batplane cockpit, but we're really including it here because we can't help but admire Affleck's chin, which may very well be the best chin to ever get showcased by a superhero costume. Seriously. That is one impressive jawline.

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Here is Superman, floating in the rain and getting ready to laser-eye somebody (presumably Batman). At this point in the trailer, we also hear the big blue boy scout tell his all-too-mortal foe what we already know: if he wanted Batman dead, he would be dead. Can Snyder and these actors mine drama out of a fight where one guy is constantly holding back because he would win in a millisecond? That's the billion dollar question.

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Hey, Amy Adams' Lois Lane is in this movie! It wouldn't be a Superman movie without a scene where Superman's longtime ally and love interest tells Lex Luthor that he's crazy and he gets glib in response. Some things never change.

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In a previous trailer, we got to see Superman literally rip the doors off the Batmobile. That makes this shot of Batman just rolling on up to confront Superman kind of hilarious. He makes quite the entrance for a guy who's essentially driving a big wad of tissue paper.

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Now this is interesting. Here is Batman (and some foes) being attacked by an army of flying creatures. Some comic book fans have already speculated that these could be Parademons, the winged minions of the all-powerful villain Darkseid. So, what are they doing in Batman v Superman? Well, Batman is wearing that strange goggles and coat outfit as seen in that previous teaser, which is supposedly part of a dream sequence where the Dark Knight is shown a dark future where the world is dominated by Superman. And since Darkseid is rumored to be the main villain of the upcoming Justice League movie, this shot (and this entire scene) could be laying the groundwork for what's to come.

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Either this is also from that dream sequence or Superman is really upping his "destroy everything in his path" game.

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Also from that dream sequence: Batman unmasked! If this is the grand climax of a nightmare where each and every one of Bruce Wayne's fears seem to be coming to pass, then how much do you want to bet that Batman v Superman ends with him revealing his identity to his new alien ally? You know: he comes full circle and such.

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Here's our first look at Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. In the DC comic book universe, she is the personal assistant and bodyguard to Lex Luthor, although her role in this movie still remains mostly unknown. In this shot, she's escorting a container down a hallway (presumably in LexCorp) and the very next shot tells us exactly what's in that container...


Yep, the body of General Zod. We saw this shot in previous trailers and it only confirms what we've heard about the actual villain of Batman v Superman. But we'll get to that in a second.

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The new Lex Luthor may be a hipster douchebag, but he's not without some classic touches. Although other versions of Luthor have worn white suits in the past, this stylized lab coat look seems to recall his original origins as a mad scientist-type. Over the years, he would evolve into a business tycoon, his early days all but written out of canon. Batman v Superman seems to be merging the old and the new: Eisenberg's take the character is a billionaire CEO, but he's also getting his hands dirty with some nasty scientific mayhem.


"If man won't kill God, the devil will do it!"

Like any proper mad scientist, Luthor has gone mad made himself a Frankenstein's monster. Only this time, the body parts he's using come from a dead Kryptonian general. And the monster is being built to kill Superman.

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Of course, it wouldn't be a Frankenstein story without a little thunder and lighting. The results of Luthor's experiments are literally happening in the shadow of Superman's statue. After all, the Man of Steel is too busy having a beef with the Dark Knight to see where the real trouble lies.

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Here it is. the worst-kept secret in the movie geek world for a year now: Doomsday, the powerful villain who once killed Superman and has rampaged throughout the DC universe ever since, is what forces our heroes to put aside their differences and come together. Snyder's take on Doomsday is surely going to divide people – it looks more like a Lord of the Rings orc or the Abomination from Marvel's The Incredible Hulk than his comic book counterpart.

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Whether you like Doomsday's new look or not, his appearance does get his astonished reaction from Batman. This may be the shot that has officially sold us on Affleck in this part, mainly because it's actually funny. After three movies of Christian Bale's dour, humorless Batman, we could use a Dark Knight who utters "Holy shit" when a crazed genetic experiment shoots eye lasers at him.

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Welp. There goes the city. Again.

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The Batman v Superman Comic-Con trailer offered a tiny glimpse of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in action, but this preview ends with an example of her god-like abilities. It's not clear exactly how this Amazonian demigoddess actually fits into the plot of the movie, but it certainly looks like she'll show up in the nick of time to assist the boys in the battle with Doomsday.

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"She with you?"

"I thought she was with you?"

It's crazy how much fun this exchange is. It may actually be more fun than any of the shots where these two are pummeling each other into the ground. Can these two just skip the part where they're fighting and get to the part where they're buddies and can exchange wisecracks and hang out? Please?

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And here it is. DC's holy trinity. The dawn of justice. Three of the most iconic superheroes in all of popular culture, together in a live action movie for the first time. What a momentous moment. What an image. People have been waiting years for-

Wait. Why does Batman have a shotgun?