Director Zack Snyder’s followup to Man of Steel (his 2013 Superman movie franchise reboot), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, opens with a prologue that re-visits the terrible night that led to Bruce Wayne (played as an adult by Ben Affleck) forming his identity as the Caped Crusader. Thereafter, Batman V Superman re-vists another key event in the history of the DC Extended Universe: the Battle of Metropolis from Man of Steel, wherein Superman (Henry Cavill) does battle with General Zod (Michael Shannon) and his fellow Kryptonian soldiers.
However, Batman V Superman doesn’t merely recycle footage from Man of Steel; rather, the former shows the Battle of Metropolis unfolding from the perspective of Bruce Wayne on the ground. That Batman V Superman sequence was (arguably) one of the film’s better-received elements – and now a fan has recreated Superman and Zod’s Metropolis showdown using clips from both Batman V Superman and Man of Steel‘s version of the battle, further illustrating how smoothly the pair compliment one another.
That Battle of Metropolis “re-edit” video was created by Youtube user “The Film Guy” and can be viewed, above. Not only does this mashup video clearly illustrate the shared aesthetic between how the Metropolis sequence is portrayed in two different films (with the same color palette and similar camerawork); it also shows how differently the battle plays out, depending on the perspective. In Man of Steel, Superman is too busying struggling to hold his own against the more experienced warrior Zod to take in much of what’s going on around him – whereas in Batman V Superman, Bruce gets a first-hand look at every bit of collateral damage that Zod and Kal-El leave in their wake.
While this mash-up video allows for an interesting comparison between how two different films portray the Battle of Metropolis, it makes sense from a storytelling perspective that Batman V Superman doesn’t likewise directly borrow footage from Man of Steel during this scene (in either the theatrical or Ultimate Edition version of the movie). The entire point of the sequence in Batman V Superman is to show what the fight between Zod and Superman looks like through Bruce’s eyes only – in turn, planting the seeds for why Bruce not only is wary of someone with so much power, but also why he’s more than a little skeptical when Superman claims to have noble intentions.
Similarly, this video (arguably) illustrates that Snyder does, in fact, have a unified vision for the DC movie trilogy that will culminate with his currently in-production Justice League feature – something that the Ultimate Edition of Batman V Superman also makes clearer than the theatrical cut. Sndyer’s “vision” of the DC Comics universe has proven to be a decidedly polarizing one thus far (among critics and general moviegoers alike), so it will be all the more interesting to see what the response to Justice League is like by comparison – and whether it leads more people to go back and re-examine Man of Steel and Batman V Superman in ways similar to the above video (for better or worse), as a result.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and its Ultimate Edition are now both available digitally, with DVD and Blu-ray releases coming July 19, 2016.
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash is currently without a release date.
Source: The Film Guy