Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice has certainly been keeping the rumor mill busy lately, with several potential story and character details centering on the film’s villains and the showdown teased by the title. However, in the midst of these unconfirmed reports, we’ve actually learned a lot more about Zack Snyder’s followup to Man of Steel.
The film’s official synopsis hints at a larger threat that unites the two feuding heroes; regardless of who that mysterious larger foe may be (no doubt Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is involved), it does still sound like the heart of Batman V Superman is the war between the two heroes. Now, courtesy of some new promotional art, we may have a better idea of how that dynamic will play out.
Heroic Hollywood has shared two new promotional images of Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman that flesh out just how differently the public perception is for each of them (see below), all the while hewing closely to the style of the film’s teaser posters.
Likely, the views expressed on the Batman/Superman promo images are reflective of the citizens of Gotham and Metropolis, respectively. After all, the debate over whether the Man of Steel should be trusted was the centerpiece of the film’s first trailer, and fans have long wondered how the destruction of Metropolis that took place in Man of Steel would affect the events here.
From the above image, it’s pretty clear that Superman will be largely perceived as a villainous character (at least to a significant segment of the world at large), when the film starts. The inclusion of “false god” in the image directly relates to that same point in the trailer. Moreover, the use of phrases like “Luthor is our savior” and “help rebuild our city” support speculation that Lex Luthor will indeed be exploiting Kal-El’s battle with Zod for his own ends, hiding behind his humanitarian facade.
Perhaps the more interesting point that these images shed light on is how the world may see Batman. Rumors have claimed that Batman is little more than a myth when he is introduced in the DC Cinematic Universe, but his image features a ton of phrases – including “hero”, “Gotham’s dark protector” and “fear the bat” – that seem to illustrate that the character is already recognized as “the hero that Gotham deserves.”
The level of praise the graffiti on the image aspires for is anything but subtle (the halo drawn over Batman’s head, for example). So if this image truly does reflect the nature of the plot in Batman V Superman, the character’s reputation may (in a sense) serve as a loose reboot to where he was left by the end of The Dark Knight Rises, which concluded with the Caped Crusader heralded as the city’s salvation.
What do you make of these promo images, Screen Ranters? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017; Justice League – November 17, 2017; The Flash – March 23, 2018; Aquaman – July 27, 2018; Shazam – April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14, 2019; Cyborg – April 3, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
Source: Heroic Hollywood