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Warner Bros yanks 'Batman v Superman' footage offline

by Greg Belfrage

Fanboys at Comic-Con were treated to brief footage from the highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Grainy cellphone copies of the trailer immediately made their way to Youtube.

Inevitably, those videos began disappearing rapidly this morning and were replaced with the message, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.".

If you missed seeing the trailer, you didn't miss much.

The trailer opens with Batman on a rainy rooftop, illuminated by flashes of lightning. He's wearing an armored Bat-suit complete with white glowing eyes, very similar to the version presented in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.

Batman throws the switch on the Bat-signal which blazes into stormy skies. The camera pans up as Superman drops right through the center of the Bat-signal... his eyes flaming red as if his heat vision is about to erupt.

Cut to a grimacing Batman and fade to black. That was the footage.


I was apparently a lot less impressed than fans at Comic-Con. The crowd erupted into cheers at Superman's appearance.

Admittedly, I was watching a grainy cellphone movie capture on Youtube. However, I didn't see anything all that spectacular.

I am pleased to see that director Zach Snyder is modeling Batman and his armor very closely on Frank Miller's iconic Batman. Even the sillouhette on the Bat-signal is very reminiscent of the bat symbol found in Miller's Dark Knight artwork.

In other Batman v Superman news, Snyder has released a photo of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. He also recently released a close-up of Ben Affleck wearing Batman's cowl.

There's a lot of excitement surrounding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice .

However, I continue to believe the movie is going to be a complete misfire. It will have its moments, but the failures of Man of Steel have convinced me that Snyder doesn't understand the characters or the universe he's been hired to bring to the silver screen.

I hope that I'm wrong.

Greg Belfrage is a lifelong Star Trek fan, Batman toy collector, sci-fi movie maniac and hopeless geek. He can be reached at greg.belfrage@mwcradio.com

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