Update: After a bootleg copy of the official “Batman v Superman” trailer was leaked online Thursday, Warner Bros. Pictures released it Friday. See it below.
April showers not only bring May flowers but movie trailers galore.
In recent weeks movie fans have been treated to sneak peeks of the new “Star Wars,” “Avengers,” “Terminator,” “Ant-Man” and “Batman” movies coming soon.
But do all these movie trailers — that was the third “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer, right? — give away too much and ruin the experience for fans?
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The “Ant-Man” trailer, for instance, was also not the first released for the movie, due out on July 17. And it revaled much more about what Paul Rudd’s character is like when he gets small than what fans knew before.
And entertainment writers reporting on the new trailer for “Terminator: Genisys” had to include spoiler warnings on their stories because the clips revealed what is considered a major plot spoiler.
“No matter how the unveiling was supposed to go down, what’s indisputable is that (the) trailer went and spoiled what is probably the film’s biggest plot twist,” wrote Forbes.
Fans on Twitter thought so, too.
We won’t do that here because if you really want to know, that “Terminator” trailer is everywhere on the Internet now.
For the Daily Beast, Nick Schager argues that trailers and “exclusive” clips and everything else that’s part of pre-release buzz for movies ruins it for everyone. He calls this hype “unnecessary overkill that just about murders the actual moviegoing experience, though he admits that in the end fans are still going to plunk down their money to see the films in theaters.
“One of the fundamental thrills afforded by movies is surprise. That moment when a story takes a sudden detour into unforeseen territory. When an unexpected character makes an out-of-left-field appearance,” Schager writes.
“... akin to reading the last page of a book before you’ve started it (or an in-depth review before you’ve seen a film, play, or TV show), it destroys the potential for the very amazement, disbelief, anxiety and awe that is a central component of watching movies.”