Published Date – 2021-04-09 00:18:55
Since the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League certain areas of the fandom have been clamoring for him to helm every aspect of the DCEU in whatever form its fragmented world will continue to exist going forwards. A fan trailer has imagined how a version of The Batman overseen by Snyder and featuring Ben Affleck’s take on the Dark Knight might look.
Unlike many such speculative trailers that have to repurpose several films into a chimeric edit to realize their intent, there is already a wealth of relevant footage from which to draw, utilizing multiple shots of Affleck in and out of the suit to build the solo outing he never received.
As an antagonist, as well as similarly granting glimpses of Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, the trailer casts Ben Kingsley as Hugo Strange by way of splicing in some footage from Shutter Island, the psychological thriller’s emphasis on gaslighting and questionable mental hospital treatments mirroring the villain’s popular interpretation as a director at Arkham Asylum. Additionally, a brief shot of Ruby Rose from Batwoman represents Snyder’s original plan to draft in Batgirl.
However, despite the ready-made material, the trailer is lacking a few aspects that round out the quintessential Snyder experience, such as excessive use of slow motion, jarring messianic imagery, and a wholly inappropriate use of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” to soundtrack the action.
Despite what fans are demanding in ever-louder voices, it’s highly unlikely that #RestoreTheSnyderVerse will ever some to anything, and that Justice League will remain an aberration. Besides, the actual version of The Batman we’re set to receive actually looks pretty good, so it’s rather premature to imagine an alternative form of something before we’ve even seen what it’s supposed to replace.