I don’t remember the last time I picked up a Batman comic. That’s insane to me given how much of the Dark Knight Detective’s adventures I’ve read over the years but, like much of the New 52, I soured on this version of the character. Not surprisingly, I found myself a bit lost in a series where Batman has been largely absent for a year and Jim Gordon has stepped into a Batsuit to help keep the city safe.
What did I just watch? Returning to the scene of the crime while building on the shaky foundation of 2013’s Man of Steel, a film which turned DC Comic’s moral center into a cold-blooded killer, director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer expand DC’s bleak, joyless universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Realizing Gotham needs a Batman, Nighwing (Sean Maher) takes on the mantle of the Bat while working along with Batwoman and Damian (Stuart Allan) to keep Gotham safe while investigating Batman’s whereabouts. Like most of Grant Morrison’s later work, “Leviathan” is messy, over-complicated, and flawed. DeMatteis takes the best aspects of the story, boiling it down, and merges it with Dick and Damian’s entertaining time as the Dynamic Duo.
DC Comics and Warner Bros. rolled out its first full-length Batman v Superman trailer which gives us a better look at the animostity between Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) and more of both Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) as well as something I can only assume is supposed to be some kind of screwed-up version of Doomsday? The longer trailer doesn’t do much to quell my fears that we’re in for another Zack Snyder trainwreck but at least this looks like it could be more fun (i.e. bat-shit crazy) than Man of Steel. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25, 2016.