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Wait, Did the Westboro Baptist Church Cameo in the Batman v Superman Trailer?

batman v superman trailer snap 1Just in case you live in cave somewhere, incapable of connecting to a decent Wi-Fi network, the latest trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice dropped online. The sequel to Zack Snyder‘s 2013 film Man of Steel, it hopes to kickstart Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ own cinematic universe — one they hope will rival Marvel’s box office hit incubator over at Disney.

Whether you’re an obsessive geek like myself, just a fan of the movies, or a total comic book greenhorn, one thing sticks out in this trailer — the emphasis on Henry Cavill‘s Superman being an illegal alien. You know, of the same stock that Donald Trump thinks are flooding over the Texas/Mexico border and raping and killing everybody. So of course it’s rife with contemporary political symbolism.

One of the most notable shots comes in at the 0:13 mark, when Supes flies down to the steps of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. to attend a hearing orchestrated by Holly Hunter, who plays a senator. Protesters surround the area, and many are holding signs to picket the Kryptonian. A few look rather familiar.

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Why yes, that’s a “GOD HATES ALIENS” sign in the same vein as the famous “GOD HATES ___” signs used by the Westboro Baptist Church. You know, the folks who picket the funerals of American military veterans and homosexuals, as well as any event they deem offensive.

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Kudos on the political symbolism and the contemporary relevancy, Snyder. May someone will be inspired by this allusion to ask Trump a rather important question at one of his campaign stops: “Excuse me, Mr. Trump. What do you plan to do about the illegal Kryptonian who’s been living among us for decades?”

Check out the trailer below, courtesy of Warner Bros.:

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