With just over five months until its release, Warner Bros. is already building excitement for the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. A number of high resolution stills from the film were recently released, along with a brief description of the opening scene of the movie. With every new bit of information released, it’s easy to see why Batman V Superman is rumored to be the most expensive film production of all time.
Of course, the film is almost guaranteed to make back that budget, thanks largely to the promised fight between two of DC’s most iconic characters. The confrontation has been explored several times across different mediums, often playing out as a clash of ideologies rather than a straight forward fist fight. A fight between a super-powered alien and a human being seems like an easy call, but Batman has proven time and again it’s not all about sheer power. As such, the biggest question going into BVS is how can Batman fight Superman – especially in Zack Snyder’s grounded DC Universe?
Speaking with Total Film (via Comicbook.com) the director of Batman V Superman laid out the reason that he thinks Batman can trump Superman in a fight. Surprisingly, it has nothing to do with Kryptonite, nor the high-tech armor seen in the trailer.
“The advantage that Batman has is the goodness of Superman, the compliance to fair play that Superman has… Batman knows how to exploit Superman.”
Exploiting Superman seems to be a key component of the upcoming film, as the official trailer shows Superman kneeling before Lex Luthor at one point. It’s clear that there’s an ideological debate at the center of the conflict, but the idea of Batman exploiting Superman could make them uneasy bedfellows in their inevitable team-up.
Fighting Superman with words and ideas can only take the movie so far, so that’s where Batman’s armor comes into play. While it may not give him an advantage in Snyder’s eyes, it’s certainly going to level the playing field a bit. Speaking with Total Film, Ben Affleck revealed a surprising detail about the armor – it’s 100% CGI. The actor called the mo-cap suit he wore during filming “the most humiliating, ridiculous thing in the world.”
“You can move freely and they put [the suit] on digitally. It’s a little bit more humiliating to wear, but it’s easier for the digital effects guys. You can see who the priority is…”
Finally, beyond the iconic battle, one of the most exciting aspects of Batman V Superman is the introduction of another new Batmobile to the world. This new take is all about functionality, built like a streamlined tank that respects the legacy of the vehicle while giving it a modern look. Snyder spoke with IGN about creating the new Batmobile, emphasizing the practicality of design.
“The new Batmobile is super fast. It’s purpose built, which I like. We imagine that Batman built it over time with parts from Wayne Industries. But he made it specifically for the job of fighting crime… it does a lot of cool stuff in the movie.”
It will be interesting to see if Batman can successfully introduce the Batmobile into his fight with Superman. The official trailer clearly shows Superman easily ripping pieces off of the vehicle, so it can’t be useful for the fight itself. Snyder indicates it was built specifically for fighting crime, but what additions could Batman make for fighting a god-like enemy? It’s an exciting prospect – one of many for the upcoming film.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.