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A bootleg is nothing new. As a matter of fact, for anyone who has ever walked through the bustling streets of a major city, it’s as common as a 3-figure gold Rolex. Sure, the time is only right twice a week, but it looks like a Rolex at passing glance.

But what happens when a bootleg teases something that hasn’t reached a global audience yet and it changes an entire movie studios’ elaborate trailer release plan that was only a few days away from occurring with spectacular fanfare and that even forced a direct response from the director of said film the very next day?

Welcome to director Zack Snyder’s world last Thursday night.

It’s being reported that the trailer leak of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice late last week originated from Brazil with a cell phone capture of the trailer with Portuguese subtitles. The quality was low, yet it clearly showed it was for the highly-anticipated¬†superhero epic to-be-released on March 25, 2016. Snyder took to his Twitter account Friday to attempt to counter the early teaser trailer release with the official video and hashtags, “#BatmanvSuperman #NotBlurry #NotPirated.”

While the planned IMAX event at select movie theaters tonight will feature the trailer, a message from Snyder, a few additional shots and some goodies, below is the long-awaited trailer for the public:

Snyder was clever at leaving Easter eggs throughout Man of Steel (regarding Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor¬†and Aquaman) and it seems he’s continued this fun trend in the trailer above. Watch it again and pause at the 1:21 mark. Notice that question mark on the cement column in the foreground on the left side with Batman standing in the background…?

Have a Super Week!

P.S. The first look at Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne brooding (a pivotal expression for the character) somehow appears to have missed the mark, confirming my initial criticism of his casting. And yes, it may be a hasty response (fair enough) and it was always going to be impossible to follow Christian Bale and The Dark Knight trilogy, but still…

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Dawn of a Soundtrack

“Zimmer will only be scoring the Superman parts of the film, according to an interview he gave to Comic Book Resources, while Junkie XL is going to handle the Batman side of things, also scoring the movie. The idea of having two composer working against each other and together over the course of the film feeds directly into the nature of the film.”

–Drew McWeeny, Yahoo’s HitFix

Zack Snyder is proving to be a thoughtful and creative director of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, expected to be released in a year and a half in the middle of 2016.

Snyder is thoughtful because while he is again working with famed composer Hans Zimmer in a follow-up to Man of Steel (which Hans composed and Snyder directed), Snyder is respecting the mesmerizing and unforgettably epic soundtrack Hans created for Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy. This yet-to-be-release movie will feature a new Batman with a new creative team (except for David S. Goyer). It would have been easy (and quite frankly) expected for Snyder to reenlist Zimmer to scribe a new Batman theme. But, out of respect to the stand-alone trilogy and to Zimmer himself, Snyder has excitedly asked him to expand the already praised modern soundtrack to the current Superman: Henry Cavill.

Dawn of Justice will star a new Batman in a new story. And Superman’s story is just beginning, with the origin chapter now complete. So, well done Snyder, well done.

Snyder is creative because he is challenging and, in effect, daring a musical maestro, which has the thrilling potential to result in something quite magical. The process will likely be partly uncomfortable, and yet exciting for both composers. The battle royale of all battle royales in superhero culture will not only have an epic stage, but it will have an epic, multilayer musical journey. This arrangement of competing composers appears to be unprecedented, therefore its creativity reading is rightly off the Richter scale.

Still more than a year off into the horizon, it’s reassuring to read that the director of an upcoming cinematic adventure for the ages starring the two most storied superheros in history understands the gravitas of these characters and seems to be rising to the immense expectations of its dedicated and anxious fans.

That’s music to everyone’s ears.

The Stars are at War in Gotham

There are clues for a myriad of puzzles to solve all around us. It’s one of the truly fantastic aspects of life: never-ending treasure hunts for the eternally curious human population. One of the most fun exercises is when we notice an anomaly in a favorite movie or television show. In the case of the following video clip, director J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII) continues to have fun with his blockbuster director friend Zack Snyder (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice).

An ordinary visual tour of the new Millennium Falcon, right?

It’s likely a good guess that this will not be the last time these two directors cross-over their universes. After all, someone’s got to post bail for this guy…

(Zack Snyder: Twitter)

(Zack Snyder’s Twitter) “Case closed”

Happy Monday!

There were several highlights at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego. For instance, “The Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki disguised himself as a, “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” character and asked a question in front of, “The Big Bang Theory” panel on a main stage area. Once he removed his mask, the crowd erupted in cheers. Galecki then joined the panel on-stage.

Awesome!

However, there was one announcement that flew above the rest. With regard to superheroes, this paring absolutely takes the cake.

For those of us who have been following the subsequent moves of the super hit, “Man of Steel” and for those of us who love, “The Dark Knight” trilogy, Saturday morning was the day we had been waiting for…

We’ve all heard the news, but now it’s time to watch it:¬†

What does this all mean exactly? While director Zack Snyder has said the sequel will not be an adaptation of, “The Dark Knight Returns” comic from which the quote was taken, it does offer an initial clue about the story. A few of the initial and prominent questions will nonetheless include the following:

Will we get the lighthearted jokes between Clark Kent and Lois Lane? How about some playful flirting between Superman (“that’s what they’re calling him”) and Lois Lane? Will we see more Superman rescues a la Christopher Reeve in 1978’s, “Superman?” Who will play the new Bruce Wayne/Batman? What will his personal story entail? What characters will surround Bruce Wayne/Batman? Will Superman and Batman have a common enemy/enemies? How will Metropolis and Gotham City merge?

We’ll all just have to wait and see. Unfortunately, the first teaser trailer won’t be released until well into the future. For now…

Have a Super Week!