Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is being set up as one of the most intense superhero epics ever filmed, promising to place two of the most beloved superheroes of all time into a grim scenario that will force them into conflict. Inspired in part by famously edgy comic book storylines like The Dark Knight Returns and The Death of Superman, the film’s hard hitting, action-heavy trailers have led some to question whether the film will be too dark for younger fans more accustomed to seeing the Man of Steel and Caped Crusader as fun-loving best friends, or the many older fans who already objected to the over-the-top destruction and controversial finale of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
Those looking for a lighter take on the hero-vs-hero action do have some options of their own. Lego’s Batman V Superman line is keeping up a jokier tone in this new ad — which also reintroduces an iconic piece of Batman gear to the DC Extended Universe.
The ad, which recreates the revamped costumes and glossy high-contrast aesthetic of the film, invites Lego and DC fans to build The Batwing — a new version of the high-tech aircraft Batman will utilize in the film. The 30-second sequence also features Lex Luthor flying a combat helicopter outfitted with anti-Superman missiles, though it’s not clear whether this is meant to recreate a specific scene or any other element of the film besides the Batwing itself. In addition, the ad also features a quick look at the Lego incarnations of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane. The voiceover for the sequence also mentions Kryptonite, which did not appear in Man of Steel but is said to figure prominently in the plot of the new film.
In his long history in comics, cartoons, and feature films, Batman has used a number of different flying vehicles as diverse as the “Whirly-Bat” flying-chairs in the original Golden Age comics to “The Bat” in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The “Batwing” moniker however, was first used in Tim Burton’s original 1989 Batman, in which the titular plane was built in the shape of the classic bat-symbol. This new version appears based more on actual modern stealth aircraft, and can be seen flying into battle over ruined cityscapes in several of the film’s explosive trailers.
In the film, Ben Affleck’s aging Bruce Wayne sees Superman as an alien threat to Earth after the destruction of Metropolis in Man of Steel. Wayne outfits himself with high-tech armor (a nod to Frank Miller’s infamous Dark Knight Returns finale) and new, heavy-duty weaponry in order to fight the Kryptonian hero hand-to-hand. It is not yet clear, however, whether the Batwing is a pre-existing part of the Bat-arsenal or another of these new anti-Superman measures. One thing is for certain: whatever tools the Caped Crusader has at his disposal are going to get a serious workout. No matter what ultimately happens between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, they’ll both be facing off against the enormously powerful monster Doomsday and whatever else the diabolical Lex Luthor plans to unleash. Recently, rumors of a third “secret villain” surfaced, which, if accurate, suggest that Batman V Superman’s superhero battle royal could make Man of Steel look like a mere sideshow — and that Batman might be happier than he expected to have a quick way of flying somewhere else.
Fans won’t have to wait too much longer to find out what the Batwing and the rest of those wonderful toys will be used for.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters on March 25th, 2016, followed by 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, and Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020.