Is there any new news about Batman V Superman?

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Since it was announced back in 2013, the Zack Snyder helmed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (set to be released in the US on March 25th, 2016) has easily been the most anticipated superhero film since The Avengers — though the camp is split pretty evenly between people rooting for it to succeed and be the birth of the DC cinematic universe and people hoping that it fails miserably because, well, why not. Either way, the flames of that great internet debate will be stoked once again this coming weekend when Warner Bros. reveals its newest trailer for the film at the San Diego Comic Con (July 9 - 12).

In preparation for this momentous nerd event let’s take a brief look back at the rocky road that has led to this second trailer.

Zack Snyder made a name for himself when he entered into the tumultuous world of comic geekery way back in 2006 when he adapted Frank Miller’s gory, fantastical retelling of the famous Battle of Thermopylae in the film 300. Three years later he dove back in when he took on the unenviable task of adapting what many consider to be the greatest comicbook of all time, Alan Moore’s “The Watchmen”. Needless to say it was not nearly as successful as 300 and it was met with mixed reviews despite having what many consider to be a better ending than the comic itself.

Between the nerd rage and the less than stellar box office numbers, it looked like Snyder’s run with comic adaptations was over. Neither of his two subsequent films, Legend of the Guardians nor Sucker Punch, had any connection to the comic world and neither was that successful at the box office. In fact, they both bombed. Badly.

Then, in 2013, he made his return to comic inspired cinema and directed Man of Steel. It was easily his most successful film at the box office since 300, but unlike the sword and sandal action epic it was also his most hotly debated. Fans and critics alike took to message boards across the web to either praise or condemn his and writer David Goyer’s “darker”, “grittier”, “more realistic” take on Superman.

Despite the outcry, DC could not ignore the commercial success of the film and they went ahead and handed over the keys to the fortress AND the cave to Snyder. However, outside of the cool reveal for the film’s concept way back at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, not much has landed well with fans. From the much maligned - and oft ridiculed - title, to the birth of Batfleck, and the ever growing fear that Batman v Superman is nothing more than a rushed attempt to catch up to Marvel’s well established cinematic universe, comic geekdom has held every single minute detail under the microscope and time and again levied harsh criticisms against Snyder.

Heck, even good news has come with a bit of skepticism. A little over a year ago we learned that Chris Terrio, who won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on Affleck’s Argo, came onboard early in the process to lend a hand with the screenplay, but then came the rumor that he was essentially rewriting the entire script. Sorry Goyer. Many fans saw this as proof that the project was indeed in trouble and that their hopes of a DC movie-verse were in dire straits.

But, perhaps this weekend will change all of that and lessen the growing fan anxiety. Reaction to the first trailer was fairly positive and some signs point to a reveal-heavy trailer. Gal Gadot is scheduled to appear alongside co-stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in San Diego. Her appearance at the Con, along with her picture on the cover of Entertainment Magazine (center frame between Affleck and Cavill), and the announcement that a Wonder Woman based Barbie line will be released could mean we get to see our first glimpse of the Amazonian Princess herself in the forthcoming trailer.

We were also recently treated to a hilarious image of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor so maybe he could make his trailer debut as well. There’s really no shortage of star power to plaster into a two minute trailer. We still have yet to see Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, or Jena Malone who is heavily rumored to be playing the role of Carrie Kelley, the Robin from Frank Miller’s seminal “The Dark Knight Returns” which is the comic that Snyder’s film has drawn heavily from.

For better or worse, this weekend promises to be the next major talking point in what is easily becoming one of the most anticipated superhero films ever.

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