Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awaken
I feel like that this combination of sound and image is already evidence that the movie will center even further around Luke Skywalker, and the legacy of his family. It's proven further by the following images and continuing dialog. We see a cloaked man with a robotic hand crouching by a fire with R2-D2, clearly this is Luke Skywalker in his prime. Then we see an unidentified child handing a lightsaber to an older person, just as the voiceover says, "my sister has it." Is this older person Princess Leia? Then who's the child? Her son- who may possibly be part of the new generation of Jedi?
Screen goes to black, then a piece of new dialog is said, "You have that power too."
Who's "you?" Is this us, the audience? Is this the child we just saw? Gah, so much anticipation and it's only halfway through the trailer! Anyways, the force music continues as a montage of images occur. The black stormtrooper, girl, and ball droid we saw in the first trailer are seen here on multiple occasions, so that's safe to assume that these are the main characters. We again see the hooded figure with the three-bladed lightsaber, so this is probably our bad guy for the movie. The Stormtroopers take on a new look, meaning there has got to be a new rise of the Dark Side. Then- *gasp*- the Millenium Falcon flies right into the engine of the fallen star destroyer, as a TIE fighter is chasing it? Yes, Han Solo is back with his ruthless knack of thinking with his guns.
Then the last and most unforgettable image of the trailer shows Han Solo: much, much older than when we last remember him, with a beady-eyed Chewbacca. All he says is, "Chewy, we're home," followed by the Wookiee's iconic roar. Okay, so this is where the trailer takes a turn for the worse. I'm sorry Harrison Ford, but you're just not as "Harrison-Fordy" as you were in the 70s and 80s. We all know how it went when he tried to reprise his iconic Indiana Jones role, so my hopes are not too high here.
Just what is there to make out of this trailer? It definitely looks here like it will be an excellent, loyal, and expansive addition to the franchise, and it looks like Disney will not disappoint come Christmas. Except I'm now feeling more iffy about the revival of the original cast. I'm particularly more interested to see more of the new talent and what their characters' stories will be about. Be sure to stay tuned to learn more!
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Then we close right in on the statue, and the image is perfectly clear: the words "FALSE GOD" spray-painted in red on a statue of Superman, as many voices protest, "Go home! Go home! Go home!" Now we get the full picture right from the trailer: Superman is proven to not be the god that Metropolis wanted. Now it's the same situation as The Incredibles, where everybody wants him to hang up the cape and tights.
Then the very next thing we see is Bruce Wayne, contemplating the concept of "powerlessness" as he stares at his batsuit. To be perfectly frank, the new batsuit looks ugly. It almost looks like somebody just constructed the chest armor out of papier-mâché and spray painted it black, and are the facial features on the mask really necessary? I particularly don't think the batsuit has ever looked good in any adaptation, as it has always had unnecessary features thrown on just to make it look cool. But hey, at least this suit doesn't feature any bat-nipples.
This follows with an image of a dark graffiti-stricken alley and a spaceship of some sort fighting against the Batmobile outside of some warehouse. I don't think I've ever seen Batman fight any aliens, have you? But a couple of images later, the dark knight of Gotham takes on a new groove; that's right, Batman and Iron Man had a baby, ladies and gentlemen! I am particularly interested to see what Bruce Wayne is going to make of this new Bat-robot suit, and what kind of foe he will have to fight that will require this, but then the image cuts to Superman in the sky, with Batman asking, "do you bleed?...you will."
So now it comes clear: Superman has an image problem and must fight this one extra-terrestrial enemy to restore himself as the savior of Metropolis. Batman is fighting the same foe, but his brains and gadgets are much behind this form of intelligence. Surely there is some conflict, but Batman and Superman learn to combine their strengths to take down this enemy.
Does this sound totally worth the anticipation? I don't think as much as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Is it still going to be a great early start for the 2016 blockbuster season? I'm a bit two-sided to be frank. One side thinks that this is going to be an excellent image booster after Zack Snyder's 2013 critical failure of the alien hero, as well as continuing the dark knight's reign, but another believes that this will fall under all the same mistakes and uninspired formulas that every other superhero movie ever has fallen under, not taking either franchise much anywhere. Looks like all we can do is wait for the next trailer for more information!