Director Zack Snyder wrapped production on the film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice late last year, partly completing the next brick in the wall for DC’s Shared Film Universe (after Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel) in the process. A teaser clip for the superhero movie debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, but since principal photography was completed, the wait has been for a theatrical teaser trailer to be unveiled.
We’re now hearing that will happen when Warner Bros. launches it first major tentpole of the new year, in the Wachowskis’ big-budget sci-fi Jupiter Ascending, more than twelve months before Batman V Superman opens (recalling what Disney/Lucasfilm did with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser last year). That would also allow the trailer to thereafter be included with WB’s other first-quarter 2015 releases, like (fittingly enough) Focus, with future DC movie Suicide Squad costars Margot Robbie and Will Smith.
A number of 2015 tentpoles will be debuting fresh footage during the Super Bowl XLIX game (such as Jurassic World). However, forgoing a Super Bowl TV spot for Batman V Superman would not just be cheaper – since it would come with a $4.5 million price tag – but also better promote the Wachowskis’ expensive space opera, as a perk. That WB would end up taking this approach is something that many have suspected since Batman V Superman finished shooting.
Latino Review‘s El Mayimbe (see below) is now claiming the idea of Batman V Superman‘s teaser premiering with Jupiter Ascending is more than just a speculative thought.
There are several major DC comic-based projects – including a Wonder Woman solo film and two Justice League movies – slowly, but steadily, moving forward based on the assumption Batman V Superman will be commercially successful enough to justify the continued expansion of the WB/DC cinematic playground. It doesn’t require a huge stretch of the imagination to think marketing for Snyder’s film could begin this early in the game, for that reason.
Of course, the Batman V Superman theatrical teaser was previously rumored to arrive in December 2014 (alongside WB release The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), which ultimately didn’t happen. So, it remains to be if this new claim actually pans out.
The Batman V Superman teaser could end up offering brief glimpses at the new screen iterations of famous DC characters (Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and so forth); maybe resembling the Force Awakens teaser, in terms of structure. Failing that, the preview should at least reveal Ben Affleck’s voice as the Caped Crusader, possibly via voice-over a la James Spader as Ultron in the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer.
All the Batman V Superman teaser needs to show, of course, is Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman getting ready to thrown down against one another. Anything else on top of that (like fresh hints about what happens in Oscar-winner Chris Terrio’s shooting script draft for the film) will be icing on the cake really, at this point in time.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in U.S. theaters on March 25th, 2016.