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Wonder Woman Debuts In The New "Batman V Superman" Trailer

So does Lex Luthor — and the origins of why Batman wants to take down Superman — in a dark extended look that debuted at Comic-Con.

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A new extended trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuted at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, and it is full of dark surprises.

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It opens with Superman (Henry Cavill) testifying before Congress about the Battle of Metropolis, an event that has not made the Man of Steel very popular with humanity.

And it would appear perhaps Wayne's family died in the tower.

This taunting message could have meant the larger "Wayne Enterprises" family, but who sent it? Perhaps… the Joker?

Speaking of the Joker, it looks like Batman v Superman will incorporate at least part of the classic DC Comics story in which he kills Jason Todd — aka the second Robin.

Grim!

In the Comic-Con panel, Affleck said that director Zack Snyder thought of him for the role because he had a very specific idea in mind for it.

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And, indeed, Wayne's outlook on life is quite gloomy in Batman v Superman.

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"Twenty years in Gotham, how many good guys are left?" Wayne says. "How many stayed that way? [Superman] has the power to wipe out the entire human race. I'm going to have to destroy him."

In the panel, Affleck and Snyder talked about how the film also sets up an adversarial dynamic between Gotham City and Metropolis. In this movie, they are sister cities, separated by a large bay — "like San Francisco and Oakland," said Snyder. And perhaps echoing the thorny socio-economic dynamic between those two real cities, Gotham in Batman v Superman is a downtrodden, working class city — and its citizens ferry across the bay each day to work in the shining, successful Metropolis.

As for the Superman side of Batman v Superman, the trailer makes clear that the Man of Steel is not happy with Batman's brand of brutal vigilantism.

"This bat vigilante is like a one man reign of terror," says Clark Kent to his editor Perry White (Laurence Fishburne), which provokes this telling response from White: "You don't get to decide what the right thing is. No one cares about Clark Kent taking on the Batman."

In the panel, Gal Gadot was clearly thrilled to finally be able to talk about being the first actor to play Wonder Woman in a major feature film.

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"She's very sophisticated, loving, and has a lot of emotional intelligence," Gadot continued. "I feel very, very privileged to be the one who's going to bring her back to life."

The Comic-Con trailer also presented some strange, curious moments, like this sepia-toned sequence of a WWII-like Batman battling masked soldiers wearing Superman's insignia.

They kind of look like updated Nazi soldiers. Is Superman being thought of here as a literal übermensch bent on dominating humanity? If so, that is a very, very dark approach to a character conceived as standing for truth, justice, and the American way.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016.

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