April 16, 2015 may come to be known as Nerd-Christmas in the years to come, as not one but two of the most hotly anticipated genre films of all time debuted their first substantial teaser trailers on that date. First Disney officially released a Star Wars Episode 7 trailer early in the day, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. Instead, we’re here to discuss the (seemingly) unplanned release of the first full-length teaser for 2016’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a Portuguese subtitled version of which leaked Thursday night, four days before it’s scheduled Imax debut. Before we get any further, obviously there are spoilers ahead for the Batman V. Superman Dawn of Justice trailer, and in turn for what we know about the film from it, so click the link, watch, and read my opinions at your own risk.

Click here to check out the leaked Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

Are you back with me? Good. While there isn’t that much to go in the trailer, there’s certainly enough to give us some idea about the thrust of the film.

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What I Liked

-I loved the running narration that seemed to be sourced from media broadcasts discussing Superman and the confusion that his very presence would bring to the world. Kal-El’s appearance on Earth would calls into question almost every religious and scientific belief system humanity has, and it makes sense that many people would be shaken. Also, while I’m not a big fan of Man Of Steel, a distrust of Superman and his motives by some is perfectly rational considering the damage the Kryptonians and Superman’s battle with Zod did to Metropolis in the climax of that film.

-While we didn’t see that much of either of them, Superman’s costume and both versions of the bat-suit looked really good to my eye, though I thought the normal cape and cowl looked better than the Dark Knight Returns-esque battle-armor.

-I’m not in love with the “versus” concept for the movie (see more below), I will admit to having a fanboy moment while watching the few seconds of Batman/Superman confrontation that caps the trailer. Batman’s “Tell me, do you bleed? You will.” line and Superman’s gargantuan crash on the ground while landing really wet my appetite for a fight between the two.

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What I Didn’t Like

-The trailer was a bit too dark for my liking, not in content but the actual color-scheme specifically when we see Superman. While that may seem like a minor-nitpick to some, it isn’t to me. Part of what makes the Superman and Batman relationship such a fascinating dichotomy is that they both fight for Justice, but from two completely different sides of the spectrum: Batman is supposed to be about darkness and instilling fear, while Superman should be a beacon of hope to the world. I wish that could have been expressed in the trailer, perhaps by setting the few solo Supes scenes we see in daylight. It could even fit thematically, with Superman beyond a beacon of light in the darkness of those who doubt him.

-I fully understand and respect the idea of not giving away too much in a trailer, especially a first teaser, but it would have been nice to see a hint towards the other members of the Justice League who are appearing in the film considering the film’s own title identifies it as a prequel of sorts to the Justice League film. At the first least, some hint of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman would have been appreciated, especially since she was given even-billing with the Big 2 during Comic-Con last year.

-The teaser, and granted it is just a teaser, seems to push home the fact that Batman and Superman in conflict will be a driving force in the film. I’m sure some of you are saying “Well duh Brian, the title is Batman V. Superman”, but I’ve honestly been hoping that that’s at least a bit of a fake-out and that we get a battle between the two in the first 1/3 of the movie, before they team up for the majority of the story. Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always been more a fan of the “different approaches, mutual respect” version of the Clark/Bruce relationship than the hostile/adversarial version this trailer indicates.

All that being said, it’s important to note once again that this is just a teaser trailer. There’s still nearly a year before we get to experience Dawn of Justice in theaters, and I for one am still excited at the prospect of finally seeing Superman and Batman on the live action big screen together.

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