8 things you should know about ‘Batman v Superman’
Alright, ‘Star Wars’ is back, ‘Deadpool’ surprised us, and now it’s time for the next big thing, the caped crusader versus the man of steel. But before you run into the movie theater with your cape -read mom’s curtain- on, here are 8 things you should know about ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’.
- DC extended universe
Just like Disney/Marvel Studios has the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment are now establishing their own extended universe, which started off with Man of Steel in 2013. Next in line are of course: the highly anticipated Batman v Superman in a few weeks, Suicide Squad in August, and Wonder Woman in 2017. Other projects in their early stages include: Justice league part one/two, The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Shazam (Dwayne Johnson), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Green Lantern Corps. A solo Batman movie is also in the talks but has not been officially announced yet.
2. TV shows are not connected to the DCEU
It’s important to know that the TV shows, starring DC characters, will NOT be sharing the same universe with the movies. In the comics this wouldn’t be that big of a deal, since crossovers between universes are not that uncommon, but DC has made it clear that this will not be the case for the TV shows and the movies. So don’t expect to see any link between Gotham/Supergirl and Batman v Superman. Nor will the Flash, as you know him from the popular TV series, be the same as the movie version in 2018. The president of DC Entertainment noted that this approach gives both formats more stability and less creative constraints, seeing as they don’t have to worry about any continuity with each other.
3. Man of Steel 2
Is not the title of this film, but don’t forget that this is still (somewhat of) a sequel to Man of Steel. The events of the last movie will undoubtedly have changed Clark Kent and the world he lives in. Batman v Superman has the same director and writer, so for anyone who is looking for the full experience; it might be worth your time to give Man of Steel another watch. Aside from Superman himself obviously, expect to see the return of several other characters from the last film. The trailers made that abundantly clear, which brings me to my next point.
4. Don’t watch the trailer(s)
More specifically, official trailer number two. Batman v Superman is coming out in two weeks and this trailer has been up for months, but better (extremely) late than never. It’s perfectly fine to watch the final trailer that came out last month, but be aware of the dreaded #2 trailer that was three minutes long and filled with two reveals per second. It had so much of an impact that sites like IMDb just figured: “Oh well, it’s out in the open now anyway. Might as well rewrite the entire plot synopsis.” Not surprisingly, a flood of fan complaints followed after the release of the second trailer. Director, Zack Snyder, addressed this by saying: “There’s a lot of the movie that’s not in the trailer.”
5. Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’
The Dark Knight Returns, by Frank Miller, is a dark and gritty Batman story that has heavily inspired not only Zack Snyder for this film, but also Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Some of the images we’ve seen from Batman v Superman look like they jumped right off of Miller’s pages, especially the suit Batman uses to fight Superman. But according to the creators, it was mostly a visual inspiration, so it will feature an original premise. Regardless of how the movie turns out, I highly recommend watching the two part animated film, The Dark Knight Returns part 1 & 2, that came out in 2012-2013.
6. Midlife crisis Batman
Like I said, heavily inspired by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. So expect to see an older and meaner Batman, maybe even a retired one, someone who has been protecting his city for a long time. A man who relies solely on his own judgement and methods. And obviously this more experienced “hero” won’t (initially) see eye-to-eye with Superman; who is a dangerously powerful alien, still trying to find his way in the world.
7. Justice League members
The subtitle of the movie is “Dawn of Justice” so it’s spoiler-free to say that this will set up the future Justice League movie(s). In other words, expect to see other big names besides Batman and Superman. Contrary to their Marvel ‘Avengers’ counterpart, DC is not taking the long road of releasing separate movies, introducing each character before putting them all together. Instead, DC goes all-out from the get go. Anyone who has looked into the movie already knows who I’m talking about -not just Wonder Woman- and some of them have already shown up in the trailers or posters. But luckily there are still a few left that we haven’t seen yet, so that is definitely something to look forward to.
8. Running time
Prepare your snacks and bladder because it is going to be a long movie, 151 minutes to be precise. That’s ten minutes longer than Man of Steel, but ten minutes shorter than Watchmen. Two Zack Snyder movies that could have benefited from a shorter runtime. Don’t get me wrong; I love Snyder’s style and I’m fully aware of the huge cult following that Watchmen has gathered, despite being ill received by critics. But Snyder is known to prioritize visuals over content, so this has been a big concern. Though this time he had the help of Chris Terrio, who wrote the Oscar winning screenplay for Ben Affleck’s Argo. According to several sources, that same Affleck even made some alterations to the script himself…while he was in his Batsuit. Now, that has to be somewhat reassuring, right?
- This is not Zack Snyder’s first nor last rodeo with DC. They have previously worked together on Watchmen and Man of Steel. He is also (co-)producing Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Aquaman.
- Ben Affleck claimed that the producers asked for a 100,000$ if he wanted to buy the Batsuit.
- The idea for this movie was first pitched in 2001, that’s why there is a teaser poster for it in 2007’s I Am Legend.
- This will be Wonder Woman’s first live-action appearance on the big screen.
- Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons will be playing the role of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon in the upcoming Justice League movies.
U.S. release dates (may vary): ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ – March 25, 2016; ‘Suicide Squad’ – August 5, 2016; ‘Wonder Woman’ – June 23, 2017; ‘Justice League Part One’ – November 17, 2017; ‘The Flash’ – March 16, 2018; ‘Aquaman’ – July 27, 2018; ‘Shazam’ – April 5, 2019; ‘Justice League Part Two’ – June 14, 2019; ‘Cyborg’ – April 3, 2020; ‘Green Lantern Corps’ – June 19, 2020; Untitled ‘Batman’ film – TBA.