Last week, box office analysts started tracking Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with the early projections claiming that this highly-anticipated superhero adventure will take in approximately $154 million during its opening weekend in late March. While we still have to wait several weeks to see if those projections will hold up, Warner Entertainment Japan has released an international trailer, which doesn't include any new footage but offers a brief refresher course on this blockbuster-to-be, in case it's been awhile since you've seen the previous trailers. It isn't known if the studio plans on releasing any new footage between now and the March 25 release date.
If you look closely at this trailer, you'll notice Scoot McNairy's mysterious character in two scenes, one where he's in a wheelchair near the Metropolis memorial, and another where Superman (Henry Cavill) is seen entering a Senate hearing. A rumor surfaced yesterday that Scoot McNairy isn't playing Jimmy Olsen, as has been previously rumored, but he's actually playing a character who was severely crippled during Superman's battle with Zod in Man of Steel. He is present at the Senate hearing to testify against Superman, and he also becomes a pawn in Lex Luthor's (Jesse Eisenberg) nefarious scheme, where he is turned into a human bomb. None of these details have been confirmed yet, but it's certainly something interesting to consider.
It isn't known if this unnamed character actually has roots within the DC Comics universe or not, but with less than two months to go before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, it remains unlikely that we'll get any confirmation of these details. During the shots we see of him in the trailer, he is seen in a wheelchair with no shins, which explains why he was wearing those green socks in the set photos that surfaced last year. It's worth noting that an early review claimed the actor is actually playing Jimmy Olsen, but that review's authenticity has not been confirmed yet.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters' first big-screen pairing. The film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (American Hustle) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got to Do with It) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (The Piano) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Zack Snyder directed from a screenplay written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, based on characters from DC Comics, including Batman, created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, and Superman, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder, with Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and David S. Goyer serving as executive producers.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice launches Warner Bros. new DC Comics slate of movies, including Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016), Wonder Woman (June 23, 2017), Justice League Part 1 (November 17, 2017), The Flash (March 23, 2018), Aquaman (July 27, 2018), Shazam! (April 5, 2019), Justice League Part 2 (June 14, 2019), Cyborg (April 3, 2020) and Green Lantern Corps. (June 19, 2020). We'll have to wait and see how these other adventures fare at the box office, but they are all shaping up to be big hits as well. Take a look at this new international trailer, and stay tuned for more on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.