Sometimes when a movie takes too long to be released, it runs the risk of its content clashing with real world events. This is the case with Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. To make matters worse for DC, stating that their movies are grounded in “reality” doesn’t help.
I’d like to bring your attention to a scene in the opening seconds of the teaser trailer, where you hear a mob chanting “go home, go home” and you see the Superman statue. Yes the statue reads False god to inform us that Clark Kent (Superman) has graduated from being Jesus to being a god since the last movie. But every screenwriter should pride themselves not only in the ability to convey text but also subtext.
Recently in South Africa there have been violent attacks on foreign nationals. People getting stabbed in the streets and businesses being burnt to the ground. Reasons range from job opportunities to bleeding the countries resources. Just google xenophobia in South Africa, it’s bad times for us right now.
In its core xenophobia is an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.
So when I watch a trailer with the above definition in mind, I can’t help but think.
Ask any South African about the concept of Ubuntu and they will tell you, it’s the love for your fellow-men. Movies can carry ideas that build or hurt people because it’s a powerful medium adored by millions. When one reads between the lines, if Superman must “go home” then what does this make the beloved Batman in this scenario?
If this movie is about hate and prejudice against Superman (just for the sake of been dark and gritty) I want no part of it. Is this the reality DC/WB wants in their films?
Batman and Superman’s conflict will be over in 2 hours, too bad this wont be the case for us Africans.