The biggest reveal at this year’s Comic-Con was probably the teaser footage for the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which not only hinted at the (expected) antagonistic nature of Bats and Supes’ first onscreen pairing, but also clearly highlighted the influence of Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.
Production for the film has been underway for quite some time by this point, with the city of Detroit, Michigan standing in for our heroes’ home cities. Fans have been eager for any glimpse from the production they can get, and we’ve seen some images already: new Wonder Woman Gal Gadot on set in street clothes, the LexCorp building, and the Superman statue.
In the wake of an official image of Wonder Woman and a new picture of Ben Affleck’s Batman, local Detroit station WXYZ has aired a new look at the set of Batman v Superman. You can watch the minute-long video above.
The main takeaway from this glimpse of the Detroit production is that Batman v Superman will definitely not skimp on the large-scale destruction. While the movie’s predecessor Man of Steel was heavily criticized for its explosion happy final act, a great deal of additional collateral damage is to be expected when the World’s Finest go head to head.
Still, there’s nothing in these images which implicitly suggests that this damage came from a brawl between Batman and Superman. The smashed Metropolis police car clearly identifies that locale, but what of the rubble of what appears to be a Wayne Financial building? Does this mean a significant portion of the film is set in Gotham City, or is this a Wayne Enterprises office in Metropolis?
And what exactly caused all this mayhem? While Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is likely the central villain of the film, he is (usually) not a physical match for Superman or even Batman. The rumors that Superman’s arch-foe Doomsday will play a central role refuse to die, fueling the theory that perhaps Luthor unleashes the genetically engineered chaos machine (or an army of them, courtesy of Darkseid), which mobilizes our heroes into the proto-Justice League.
Beyond Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, we also know a version of Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) will be joining the party, as well. It is feasible that Batman v Superman could take a cue from Joss Whedon’s The Avengers and feature several hero-on-hero battles before the expected team-up in the last act – but expect such fan-catnip to show up in a way we want, but won’t quite see coming.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on May 6th, 2016.